Police net 4 hard-core ex-convicts for robbery in Lilongwe

By James Mwale, MANA Barely days after arresting a hard-core ex-convict, who led a gang of notorious robbers, Lingadzi Police in Lilongwe has nabbed four of his accomplices, who are also ex-convicts of Maula and Zomba Maximum Prison. The four, Laston Gelevaziyo, Idrisa Mtuwa, Alli Issah and Laston Gogoda, were arrested during Sunday and Monday raids by police detectives, according to Police Public Relations Officer, Salome Zgambo. Zgambo told Malawi News Agency (MANA) that the gang, recently released from…

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Mzimba man imprisoned for 14 years for defiling and infecting girl with HIV

By Judith Kayange, MANA Mzimba Second Grade Magistrate Court on Monday sentenced a 40-year-old man to 14 years imprisonment with hard labour (IHL) for defiling a 12-year-old girl. State Prosecutor, Yollam Kanyenda, told the court that Eliya Tembo, from Yesaya Shunga Village, TA Mmbelwa in Mzimba, was caught by the victim’s friend. “Tembo was identified by the victim’s friend who caught him defiling her. She reported the matter to the victim’s parents and they took her to Mzimba District…

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Road accidents on the rise in Ntchisi District

By Felix Kapatamoyo, MANA Ntchisi District has registered a rise in the number of road accidents from 16 in 2018 to 24 from January to October of 2019 due to increase in the number of motorcycle taxi operators, says Ntchisi Police spokesperson, Richard Kaponda. The rise the road accidents has led to the loss of 13 lives from January to October this year against last year’s nine lives from January to December period.  According to Kaponda, incompetence that leads…

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Karonga Council asked to properly manage waste disposal site

By Laureen Banda, MANA Group Village Headman Cheyema has asked Karonga District Council to manage Katili waste disposal site, saying it has turned into health hazard to people.  The local leader made the call this week when officials from Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRCC) visited the area on health assessment. “We are very worried with what is happening here. Garbage is being disposed just anyhow, outside the fence thereby compromising hygiene for the people living around here….

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Chiefs, CSOs, stakeholders sign agreement on ending child marriages

By Grace Kapatuka, MANA Traditional Chiefs, Civil Society Organisations and other stakeholders from six districts of the country on Tuesday signed an agreement to end child marriage at a ceremony that took place in Salima. The signing ceremony took place after a thre- day annual conference on girls’ education and youth sexual reproductive health rights organized by Centre for Youth Empowerment and Civic Education (CYECE) whose aim was to give a platform to young boys and girls from six…

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Netherland NGO donates K400m-worth surgical equipment to Kasungu Hospital

By Duncan Mlanjira Netherland NGO, Help for Malawi, has handed over surgical equipment worth K400 million to be used in testing sugar and BP levels as well as dental services for Kasungu District Hospitals as well as all its affiliate health centers. Help For Malawi has been in the country for the past seven years and its Board chairperson, Marleen Luiten said they were very happy to be associated with helping Malawi. She said her organization started helping the…

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Police ready to relocate officers to Msundwe, Mpingu if communities there should renovate its offices

By Felix Kapatamoyo, MANA The Malawi Police Service (MPS) says it is ready to deploy officers to Msundwe and Mpingu police units in Lilongwe if communities there should renovate its offices, which were destroyed four months ago. This was said by MPS public relations officer James Kadadzera in an interview on Sunday, saying they have not deserted the two areas and are also concerned that with the absence of the police officers since community members are finding it hard…

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JournAids, CISE drill journalists on child marriage reporting

By George Chikhadwe and Owen Zayambika, MANA Journalists Association Against Aids (JournAids), in collaboration with Community Initiative for Social Empowerment (CISE) on Monday hosted a media training for journalists based in Mchinji on how best to report on issues surrounding early and child marriages.  JournAids’ Programs Manager, Dingani Mithi said the project called ‘Enhancing Accountability in Tackling Early and Forced Marriages in Vulnerable Communities’, aims at increasing accountability on the part of duty bearers in Mchinji District in ending…

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Mzimba TA applauds Malawi Red Cross Society’s WASH project

By Joseph Mkandawire, MANA Traditional Authority Kampingo Sibande of Mzimba District has applauded Malawi Red Cross Society for improving sanitation status in his area through the Water and Sanitation Hygiene (WASH) interventions. The WASH project in T/A Kampingo Sibande’s area has contributed to reduction of communicable diseases such as diarrhea. “Over 90 percent of households now have sanitation facilities such as latrines. We are a community that suffered from cholera before,” the T/A said. He commended fellow traditional leaders…

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Department of parks signs MoU with Kasungu communities

By Yankho Phiri, MANA The Department of National Parks and Wildlife has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Kasungu communities surrounding Kasungu National Park to encourage them to help in curbing poaching.  Speaking on Sunday after signing the MoU with Kasungu Wildlife Conservation for Community Development (KAWICCODA), Director of National Parks and Wildlife, Brighton Kumchedwa said the department has noted that foreigners entice the local people to be poaching for them. He said the department had embarked on…

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