Nkhata Bay launches Sanitation and Hygiene Investment plan

    By Aliko Munde, MANA Nkhata Bay District Council and Northern Region Water Board (NRWB) have launched a 20-year Sanitation and Hygiene Investment Plan to guide implementation and promotion of sanitation and hygiene services in the district. During the launch on Thursday at Nkhata Bay District Council Chamber, a sanitation set of equipment worth K15.9 million was handed over to the council. NRWB Chief Executive Engineer, Titus Mtegha noted that only the district hospital has a sewer system…

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K2,000 ID processing fees force Standard 8 learners out of school

  By Dyna Mtalimanja Banda, MANA Some Standard 8 learners in Dowa have been forced to drop out of school after failing to pay K2,000 for identity cards required by Malawi National Examinations Board (MANEB) if one is to sit for Primary School Leaving Certificate Examinations (PLSCE). A report produced by District Education Management Information System (DEMIS) Office, shows 556 learners dropped out after failing to pay processing fee for the IDs. Out of the 556 dropouts, Kayembe Zone…

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Donors happy with progress of lean season response

  By Louis Kumchima, MANA Donors have expressed satisfaction with the progress made by government in responding to the food insecurity situation in the 2019/2020 season. Donor partners who assist with funding towards lean-season response and Social Cash Transfers, which among others include Department for International Development (DfID), United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Irish Aid in collaboration with Plan Malawi International, made the sentiments when they toured Ulongwe in Balaka District. DfID Country Director, Dave Beer…

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There was nothing wrong with Vision 2020; It still remains valid

  By Duncan Mlanjira In its process to develop the successor of Vision 2020, National Planning Commission has concluded that there was nothing wrong with the original Vision because it was perfectly crafted and remains valid to this very day. This has been presented by Dr. Winford Masanjala during the launch of envisioning process held at Bingu International Conference Centre (BICC), which was presided over by President Peter Mutharika on Friday together with Speaker of Parliament Catherine Gotani Hara…

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EGENCO promises full power supply to be back in March

  By Yamikani Yapuwa, MANA Electricity Generation Company (Malawi) Limited (EGENCO) says the country should expect full power generation by the end of March this year as it is still working on faulty machines at Kapichira Power Station. According to a press statement issued on Tuesday, currently, three out of four machines at the power station have broken down with different technical problems. The statement said EGENCO engineers and technicians are working tirelessly to resolve the faults and that…

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Gabadinho one of highly rated ahead of Soweto derby showdown between Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs

  By Duncan Mlanjira Malawi’s international Gabadinho Mhango is amongst four players who have been high rated as players to watch in Saturday’s showdown between arch rivals Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs in what is the biggest Soweto derby. The Absa Premiership match, that kick-off at 3:30pm CAT at FNB Stadium, is being touted as one of the best in recent memory and the other three players mentioned as players to watch are Pirates’ Wayne Sandilands and Chiefs’ Samir…

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ESCOM migrates 90 percent of customers to prepaid billing system

By Glory Msowoya, MANA Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (ESCOM) has said almost 90 percent of its customers have migrated to the new pre-paid billing system in the country. Speaking to Malawi News Agency (Mana) on Wednesday, ESCOM’s Public Relations Manager, Innocent Chitosi said the process was still ongoing and only few customers were yet to start using the new system as the process for importing the materials was still in progress. “So far, we have done 90 percent…

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NICO Group sponsors K5m for ESCOM to host Southern Africa Power Pool conference

By Duncan Mlanjira Leading financial services provider NICO Group has sponsored K5 million for Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (ESCOM) to successfully host the upcoming 54th Southern Africa Power Pool (SAPP) International Conference to be held at Bingu International Convention Centre (BICC) in Lilongwe. To be convened from March 2-5, the SAPP conference will, among other issues, discuss adequacy, reliability and trading of power in the Region in keeping pace with developments within the Africa Region and the world…

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Luchenza Secondary School temporarily closed

  By Tikondane Vega, MANA Management of Luchenza Secondary School in Thyolo District have temporarily closed the school due to what they described as bad behaviour among its learners For the past few weeks, learners at the school have demonstrated unbecoming behaviour ranging from teasing and bullying to destruction of school property as well as stealing fresh maize from nearby gardens that belong to the school and staff. Headteacher Helbert Nsasa declined to comment on the matter, saying only…

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Mzuzu curio vendors bemoan lack of sales due to filthy environment

By Cosmas Chimaliro Mzuzu curio vendors have bemoaned lack of business due to Mzuzu City Council’s delay in removing garbage at the market, a development they say has lowered sales of their products and compromised tourism market for the country. In an interview Wednesday, Mzuzu Curio Market chairperson, David Ngulube bemoaned continued accumulation of garbage at the site rendering the place filthy. “Mzuzu City Council has taken almost two weeks without collecting the garbage, all the garbage from the…

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