Slander on dead policeman’s professional action earns Karonga man K100,000 court fine

  By Duncan Mlanjira Incensed with the professional action executed by Malawi Police Officer, late Sub Inspector Michael Mwangomba, when he confiscated two illegal bags of charcoal from a certain man at Songwe Border in Karonga while he was still alive, Palisha Swira produced an audio that alleged that the officer had died because he was defecating charcoal. In the audio, which went viral on social media, Swira alleged that the owner of the charcoal bewitched the police officer…

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Tourism and Hotels Board close down Sana Food Court in Lilongwe

  By Duncan Mlanjira Tourism and Hotels Board of the Ministry of Industry, Trade & Tourism has closed down Sana Food Court in Lilongwe for failure to comply with minimum standards in accordance with the Tourism and Hotels Act, CAP 50:01 of the laws of Malawi. The food store, which is part of Sana Supermarket, is situated close to Kamuzu Central Hospital Roundabout and the premises shall remain closed until the Tourism and Hotels Board re-opens it. In an…

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Concerned Chitipa citizens petitions MRA to facilitate for upgrade of access road to Mbilima Border Post

  By Duncan Mlanjira Concerned Chitipa citizens have petitioned Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) that it should facilitate for the upgrade of the access to to Mbilima Border Post which is in bad shape. However, the concerned citizens have given MRA 7 days from January 2, 2020 to respond to the request failing which the government tax collecting body should remove its officers from Mbilima Border Post or expect unpleasant unspecified action. The petition to Chitipa MRA officer in charge…

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Ministry of Agriculture warns on Armyworm outbreak

  The Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development has issued an alert to all farmers and the general public that there are Armyworm (Fall Armyworm and African Armyworm) outbreaks reported in several districts. A statement from the Ministry’s secretary, Gray Nyandule-Phiri, says these armyworm outbreaks are facilitated by the prevailing weather conditions in the country.  “Most parts of the country are experiencing weather conditions characterized by several rainy days followed by sunny days. This type of weather coupled…

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Food insecurity threatens Malawi’s HIV progress

  By Henry Kijimwana Mhango, The Telegraph Thousands of people living with HIV and Aids in Malawi are “silently” dying of hunger, even as the government spends huge sums of money procuring life-prolonging drugs. The small southern African country has one of the highest rates of HIV and Aids worldwide, with roughly one million people suffering from the deadly disease.  But over the last 15 years the government has ramped up efforts to tackle the epidemic, gaining global recognition….

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Malawi Police investigations into alleged Msundwe sexual abuse at advance stage

  By Duncan Mlanjira The Malawi Police Service (MPS) says investigations into alleged Msundwe, M’bwatalika and Mpingu sexual abuse that commenced on December 31, is at an advanced stage. A statement from MPS’ Public Relations Officer, Senior Superintendent James Kadadzera released on January 4, says the six-member senior police investigators from across the country is also taking into consideration the Inquiry Report by the Malawi Human Rights Commission, reports both in the social and mainstream media and most importantly…

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Blantyre City Council to speed up reinstalling Chirimba level crossing warning lights

  By Duncan Mlanjira Blantyre City Council has promised to speed up reinstalling the warning traffic lights at Chirimba level crossing following an accident that happened early hours of Saturday morning there when a GadaWorld security company’s vehicle rammed into a train. According to reports, it seems the driver of the vehicle had spotted the train coming and he tried to speed up in order to pass through first instead of giving way. Commenting to a post by Lucky…

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People urged to boycott buying from city vendors to discourage them from making street pavements untidy

  By Duncan Mlanjira  The majority of city dwellers have been asking Blantyre City Council to remove street vendors plying their trade in undesignated areas, who are contributing to making the cities look untidy and ugly. However, some are urging each other that the best solution is to stop buying from the street vendors so that they get discouraged and relocate to proper markets. The mostly food vendors take advantage of people who find it inconvenient to go to…

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Pros and cons on Airtel’s Malawi’s IPO to list on Malawi Stock Exchange

  By Duncan Mlanjira As soon as Airtel Malawi released the Initial Public Offer (IPO) intending  to list on the main board of the Malawi Stock Exchange (MSE), several professionals in the financial services industry, mostly in their personal capacities, wrote their opinions on the pros and cons of this latest development that is inviting the public to be shareholders. Initial observers, however, first sent red flags trying to dissuade the public from rushing to buy the shares, which…

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Female rangers in Malawi: ‘Only the strongest survive’

  Feature by Rabson Kondowe, writing for Aljazeera.com Trace Banda stands outside the rangers’ camp carrying an M-16 assault rifle as she prepares for an anti-poaching training exercise inside the park. “This is not an easy job, it’s typical bush life. Only the strongest survive,” she said. Banda, 35, is a ranger and risks her life to save wildlife at Kasungu National Park. Situated in the district of Kasungu, home to about 55,000 people, it is the second-biggest national…

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