First Lady talks tough on protection of girl child rights to education

By Lusayo Singogo, MANA First Lady, Madam Monica Chakwera on Friday urged all stakeholders to stand and protect the girl child by giving her equal opportunities to education for her to have a brighter future. During the commemoration of the International Day of the Girl Child held at Mitondo Primary School in Lilongwe District the First Lady said it was disheartening that Malawi was ranked number seven on countries with high cases of child marriages. She urged all Malawians…

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Malawi Police strongly remind that public gathering of more than 100 people still prohibited

By Duncan Mlanjira Malawi Police Service has issued a statement strongly reminding people from disregarding COVID-19 rules and regulation enforcement, saying public gatherings of more than 100 individuals is still prohibited and that seating capacity in public transport should still not exceed 60% of the seats. The statement by public relations officer, Senior Superintendent James Kadadzera says it has been noted that some quarters of the society are approaching the COVID-19 Prevention, Containment and Management rules and regulations with…

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Neno Councillor asks for road upgrade to match state-of-art technical centre that is to be built

By Duncan Mlanjira Ministry of Youth & Sports is constructing four state-of-the-art community vocational training colleges in Neno, Karonga, Nkhotakota and Phalombe — whose official ground breaking was commissioned by Minister Ulemu Msungama on Saturday at Neno Boma. The project, funded through a MK2 billion loan and grant from the African Development Bank, is set to uplift the faces of the four communities — Ngara in Karonga, Mbandira in Nkhotakota, Naminjiya in Phalombe and at the Neno Boma. In…

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A number of girls fail to attend Standard 8 exams due to falling pregnant

By George Bulombola, MANA Minister of Education, Agnes NyaLonje says the 2020 Primary School Leaving Certificate Examinations (PSLCE) have started on a good note on Tuesday but she expressed concerned that a number of girl candidates did not turn up because some of them were impregnated whilst others have married. This happened during the long period when schools were closed in March due to the COVID-19 restrictions in which a number of unplanned teenage pregnancies and marriages were recorded….

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Times Group MD Chikadya appointed as MERA chairperson

By Duncan Mlanjira Times Group Managing Director, Leonnard Chikadya has been appointed as chairperson of Board of Directors for Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (MERA). Other members are Thokozani Chimkono, Pemphero Likongwe, Lameck Ntchembe and Alexandr Kalanda while ex-officios are Secretary for Energy, Director of Energy Affairs, Comptroller of Statutory Corporations, Secretary to the Treasury and MERA’s Chief Executive Officer. MERA’s Board plays a crucial role in determining fuel prices in the country under the recommendation of MERA’s Liquid Fuels…

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Youths urged to embrace innovative business ideas through COVID-19 pandemic and life thereafter

By Chipambano Mbewe Students For Liberty (SFL) Malawi chapter, a nongovernmental organization (NGO) that advocates liberty thinking amongst young entrepreneurs, is encouraging young minds in Malawi to start developing innovative business ideas to help them pass through COVID-19 pandemic and life thereafter. Students For Liberty is an international nonprofit organization with the mission to educate, develop and empower the next generation of leaders of liberty across the world. Just recently, the SFL Malawi chapter held an online conference to entice…

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Stewart The Cyclist launches long-term charity project for underprivileged students

  By Duncan Mlanjira Stewart ‘The Cyclist’ Kambewa has launched a long-term charity project named ‘2 Wheels 2 School’ that is aimed at assisting underprivileged rural school students. With support from Blantyre Cycling Club members, Stewart sets the ball rolling to fundraise his project when they will hike up Mulanje Mountain on October 24 and ascend back. Then they shall cycle saddle-less 58km non-stop back to Blantyre. This will be the third adventure Stewart has undertaken to cycle non-stop…

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MIM boss goes on leave soon after Chilima criticized his management style

By Duncan Mlanjira Soon after being censured by Vice-President Saulos Chilima that Malawi Institute of Management (MIM) is not up to the task under its management and that it is being run down, the institution’s Executive Director Arnold Juma has gone on a 34-day leave. In an internal memo to members of staff, Juma has claimed 15 days of his annual leave from September 10-30 and a further 19 days from October 1-28. Meanwhile, Juma told the members of…

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Police officers encouraged to upgrade their academic credentials

By Daniel Namwini, MANA Commissioner of Police responsible for Central West Region, Merlyne Yolamu has encouraged police officers to upgrade their education in order to compete for high positions. Yolamu made the remarks on Wednesday in Lilongwe during a day-long customer care and professional code of ethics training under the theme ‘Soul Searching’ that targeted Central West Region’s police stations such as Kanengo, Kawale, Lilongwe, Nathenje, and Lumbadzi. She encouraged women officers more to consider upgrading their academic credentials…

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NCHE asks the public to scrutinize if registered learning institutions’ programmes are also accredited

By Duncan Mlanjira National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) is appealing to all prospective students, parents and guardians to access and scrutinize lists of all registered and accredited private learning institutions if their academic programmes are also accredited in Malawi before enrolling. NCHE said this in a public notice that detailed all registered and accreditation higher education institutions in line with the National Council for Higher Education Act (No. 15 of 2011), that gives mandate to the Council to…

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