People implore Road Traffic Directorate to vet big bus driver’s licenses before being employed

  By Duncan Mlanjira Following continued occurrences of accidents on the roads of Malawi involving big buses, some members of the general public are asking if the Road Traffic Directorate should be advising bus companies to be liaising with the Directorate whenever they are employing new bus drivers. This follows the accident that happened in the early hours of Saturday morning around Nkhamenya in Kasungu District involving one of the newly-acquired Malawi Post Corporation (MPC) coaches, which has claimed…

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US suspends tobacco imports from Malawi over forced child labor allegations

  By Geneva Sands, CNN The United States on Friday suspended imports of all tobacco and tobacco products from Malawi for alleged forced labor practices — including child labor. Customs and Border Protection, which holds the authority to detain imports, has recently ramped up its efforts to hold companies and suppliers accountable for forced labor practices.  The agency issued a “Withhold Release Order” on tobacco from Malawi on Friday, allowing it to detain goods believed to have been produced…

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Matenje Ward ready for November 5 by-election

Erah Pinifolo, Mec Stringer in Kasungu All is set for Tuesday (November 5) by-election for Matenje Ward  in Kasungu North West Constituency as Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) finalizes training polling staff. The two-day training attracted polling staff and political party monitors in readiness for the by elections. MEC Commissioner Dr Jean Mathanga called upon the polling staff to discharge their duties professionally. “As a Commission, our goal is to conduct credible elections, hence the need to train the polling…

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Chikwawa District Council investigating if four deaths registered is due to heat wave

  By Duncan Mlanjira In the past few days, Chikwawa District Hospital is reported to have received a number of adult cases who presented with clinical features that are usually associated with heat exhaustion and that the district also had four reported deaths. But while the District Council is acknowledging that the high temperatures that hit the area might have contributed to the deaths, investigation is underway to establish exact cause of the deaths. “There has been four reported…

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Airtel in sensitization drive to help people from being defrauded through digital mobile money services

  By Duncan Mlanjira With the growing cases of people being robbed through syndicate of fraudsters who are swindling people through mobile money digital system, Malawi’s mobile phone service provider Airtel is on a sensitization drive people not to entertain callers claiming they are from Airtel. Some people call unsuspecting people informing them that they have either won a promotion competition that Airtel had conducted or that they have erroneously sent money to their Airtel Money account. When called…

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People warn each other on recurring syndicate of fraudsters using mobile digital system to swindle people

  By Duncan Mlanjira People are warning each other on social media that there is a syndicate of fraudsters who are swindling people through mobile money digital system and it is suspected the culprits operate within prison walls. According to sources that Nyasa Times has talked to, the crooks are very cunning in that they call when least expected, saying they were calling from TNM or Airtel for Know Your Customer (KYC) updates and they ask people to open…

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November 5 by-elections ballot papers arrive Friday

By Duncan Mlanjira The ballot papers and other polling materials for the November 5 by-elections for Matenje Ward in Kasungu Lilongwe South Constituency will arrive at Kamuzu International Airport on Friday, November 1 through an Emirates flight EK9747 at 3.05pm. The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) says in a statement that ballot papers and supporting documents for Matenje Ward in Kasungu will be taken straight to Kasungu while those for for the postponed Lilongwe South Constituency will be taken to…

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Ministry of Health advises public on heatwave safety measures

By Duncan Mlanjira As many parts of the country are experiencing excessive high temperatures, the Ministry of Health and Population has observed that this has had various negative health impacts on human health and it has issued safety measures for the public to follow.    MoH, through Dr Dan Namarika, Secretary for Health and Population, advises the public to keep their living space cool and to keep checking the room temperature between 8-10am and from 13hrs up to 22hrs. “Ideally,…

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Canadian couple raising awareness for Malawian charity Women at Heart Foundation

By Duncan Mlanjira Five years after leaving Malawi on secondment at Malawi Union of Savings & Credit Cooperatives (MUSCCO), a Canadian couple, Karen and Blair McBride still have fond memories of The Warm Heart of Africa and have maintained touch with those they were closer with. Whilst in the country, they assisted an ambitious work colleague, Jovitta Likishoni Sakwiya to realize her dream of setting up a charity, ‘Woman at Heart Foundation’, with an aim of helping orphaned and…

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High Court of Malawi finds Uladi Mussa and 4 others with case to answer on corruption

By Duncan Mlanjira The High Court in Lilongwe has found former Minister of Home Affairs and Internal Security Uladi Mussa and four others David H. Kwanjana, Pascal Rwasa, Peter Katasha and Esili Kubwimana with case to answer on all the charges that the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) filed. The case is that on 25th September, 2015, the ACB received a complaint alleging that on 14th May, 2014, the Chief Immigration Officer granted Malawi Citizenship to Rwandan nationals using a file…

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