National Planning Commission holds rapport with city, town councils’ CEOs towards achieving national wealth creation

  By Duncan Mlanjira National Planning Commission (NPC) has inspired city and town council chief executive officers that they shall be actively involved in the successor to the Vision 2020, which will emphasise on inclusive wealth creation as opposed to the focus on poverty reduction it had. NPC hosted a dinner at Sunbird Mount Soche Hotel in Blantyre on Monday for the CEOs to discuss among other things, the new national  narrative of wealth creation for all and role…

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Establishment of MUST was mooted way back in ‘80s by Bingu and APM

President Peter Arthur Mutharika has said discussion for the establishment of this Malawi University of Science and Technology (MUST) was started while he and his brother, former State President late Bingu, were in the Diaspora way back in the 1980s.  “We had always dreamt of a University that would nurture our African pride,” the President told the congregation at at the graduation ceremony of Malawi University of Science and Technology (MUST) on Tuesday, November 5. In a speech entitled…

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ACB cautions Uladi Mussa from commenting on his criminal case that is currently in court

  By Duncan Mlanjira Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has cautioned former Minister of Home Affairs and Internal Security Uladi Mussa from commenting on his criminal case that is currently in court as that would be tantamount to interfering with the court processes. A statement from the ACB signed by Director General Reyneck Matemba, notes that Mussa was a guest in ‘Tiuzeni Zoona’ programme aired on Zodiak Broadicasting Station on Sunday, November 3, 2019 and upon being asked about the criminal…

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Air pollution does deeper damage than just lungs and heart

  By Hindustan Times Air pollutants cause frequent lung infection, chronic obstructive lung disease, lung cancer, heart attack and stroke, but lesser known is the long-term health damage from non-cardiopulmonary diseases and infections. One in eight deaths in India is attributable to air pollution, which accounts for at least 11% of all premature deaths in people younger than 70 years, according to the most comprehensive state-wise estimate of air pollution-related disease and deaths published in The Lancet Planetary Health…

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People applaud strict measures taken by Northern Region Police on road checkpoints

  By Duncan Mlanjira The general public has applauded strict measures taken by Northern Region Police stopping traffic police officers from mounting unauthorized traffic checkpoints as well as an unauthorized confiscation of driver’s licences. A circular from Regional Traffic Officer-North, Sub Superintendent  M.G. Chambakata, No: NR/20/2D dated 31/10/2019 addressed to all traffic officers, says police management in the region has been receiving complaints from the general public for “unprincipled way some officers are displaying whilst executing duties on the…

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Housing Investment Cooperative to reward newly-joined members

  By Duncan Mlanjira Housing Investment and Development Cooperative Society Ltd (HIDCO), that was registered just last year but was actively operational this year, has been running a promotion campaign enticing members to join and will hold the promotion’s draw between November 4-8. Chairperson Robert Mbeza said the promotion, named ‘Ndalowa Nawo’, started as soon as HIDCO became actively operational early this year and the first phase ended on Thursday, October 31. “We are planning to film the draw…

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Citizens for Progressive Action leader quits Umodzi Party

By Duncan Mlanjira Pemphero Mphande, leader for the Citizens for Progressive Action, a grouping of young activists who came to the fore last year when they protested the election on Indian legend Mahatma Gandhi’s status in Blantyre, has resigned as National Youth Director of the Umodzi Party. In a letter to the party’s Professor John Chisi dated 3rd November, 2019, Mphande says cites his role in activism as reasons for quitting politics. “I write to you to officially inform…

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Citizens for Progressive Action unperturbed by Indian High Commission rejection to receive petition over Gandhi statue

  By Duncan Mlanjira Citizens for Progressive Action, which held a vigil at the Indian High Commission offices in Lilongwe on Friday in protest of the plans by the Indian government to elect a statue of Mahatma Gandhi, says they are unperturbed that the Indian High Commission rejected to receive petition. “We are happy that our action was noticed and we went on to deliver the petition to Lilongwe City Council, who will pass it on to the Indian High…

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MEC advises media not to run campaign stories and adverts at close of by-election campaign on Sunday

  By Duncan Mlanjira The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has reminded the media not run campaign stories and adverts in the editions when the campaign period closes at 6am on Sunday, November 3 for Matenje Ward in Kasungu North West Constituency. A statement from MEC signed by Chief Elections Officer, Sam Alfandika, says editors are encouraged to manage news contents to remove campaign materials. “Radio and television stations should also not broadcast or play any campaign messages and songs…

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Ntcheu CCAP Church rejects Ovixlexla Bunya’s request not to bless Inkosi Gomani V’s wedding

By Duncan Mlanjira Ntcheu CCAP Presbytery has rejected the formal request made by Ovixlexla Bunya of Lilongwe that she wrote on Thursday, October 31, asking the Church not to officiate the Holy Matrimony between Willard Mswati Gomani (Inkosi Gomani V) and Rishakadza Khanyisa Mathebula. This comes after Gomani V also obtained a court injunction against his ex-lover restraining her from taking legal action against the marriage officiation that has now taken place Saturday. Bunya claims that she and the…

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