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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Canadian cooperator applauds Dzonzi for cementing formation of Police SACCO

  By Duncan Mlanjira Canadian cooperator Karen McBride, who is raising awareness for Malawian charity Women at Heart Foundation, has praised former  Inspector General Lot Thauzeni Pansipadana Dzonzi for his role that cemented the establishment of a Police Savings & Credit Cooperative (SACCO) way back in 2013-14. Dzonzi retired as Deputy Permanent Representative/Deputy Ambassador of Malawi to the United Nations after he attained the mandatory age of 60 years on 14th of January, 2019. The retirement came after 32…

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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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South Africa trounce England to win 2019 Rugby World Cup

  By Robert Kitson, The Guardian In the end it felt as if it was written in the stars that every 12 years South Africa have an unerring habit of winning Rugby World Cups and they have done so again, following up their triumphs of 1995 and 2007 with another prodigious display of power and might.  In some ways this was an even more special achievement, certainly for anyone who has ever dreamed of a black Springbok captain lifting…

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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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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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