25 January 2015
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Trail of flour and rice lead to arrest of thief


Ntchisi, January 24: A man who is suspected to have broken into Ntchisi main market and stole bags of flour and rice in one of the shops was arrested after the police followed the trails of the stolen items up to his house. The suspect, Sly Banda, 27, is alleged to have climbed a fence of Ntchisi market on the night of 7 to 8th January, 2015 and went away with 50kgs bags of flour and rice ignorant that the bags had holes that allowed the content to leak. Ntchisi Police Detective, Sub Inspector Frazer Kamboyi told the court that he had received a complaint that the market was broken into and that some shops were affected in theft of different items.  “We rushed to the market and found that there were some trails of the stolen items up to the fence and when we went behind the fence we discovered that the trails continued up to Bandas house which was some 200 meters away from the fence,” said Kamboyi. The police detective said when Banda was confronted early in the morning, he was found with some grains of rice and patches of flour in his hair and admitted to have stolen the items but said they were taken out of the house for hiding at the nearby Dambo bush. “We went to check at the Dambo but we did not find the items, and that’s when we arrested him and picked him to our office for questioning,” said the police detective. Banda who pleaded not guilty, hails from Kachulu Village Traditional Authority Malenga in Ntchisi and is yet to defend himself as police prosecution is still parading witnesses against him. Banda will appear in court again on Monday, 26th January, 2015.


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First lady commends Plan Malawi for supporting flood victims

M The First Lady (r) presents a donation in Lunzu, Blantyre - Pic by Francis Mphweya Mulanje, January 24: First Lady Madame Gertrude Mutharika has commended Plan Malawi and other organizations for supporting families affected by floods across the country. She was speaking Friday at Mthuruwe Primary School in the area of Traditional Authority Nkanda in Mulanje when Plan Malawi launched emergency response to flood victims in the district. “We all know life is never the same when one has lost essential things in life including property and lives of relatives and that is why government appreciates organizations that are giving a hand to ease suffering of the affected,” Mutharika told the gathering. Madame Mutharika then commended Plan Malawi for committing to support about 3600 households in Mulanje. The support is towards child protection, nutrition, education, water and sanitation.   Country director for Plan Malawi, Lilly Omondi said her organization has set aside K100 million to assist flood victims. She said the organisation had planned to support over 3600 households translating to 20,000 people and particularly 2,000 children in Mulanje alone and then scale up to other districts. Omondi said her organization would construct additional pit latrines and provide safe water in schools where the victims camped to protect children from health risks. District Commissioner Jack Nguluwe said 12,582 families were rendered homeless, 1193 were camping in schools, 264 got injured, 20 died, 7300 hectares of crops were affected and 3330 hectares were completely swept away. Over 15 districts countrywide were affected with the torrential thunderstorms and strong winds and over 500 mm of rain fell in the entire district of Mulanje from 10th January 2015for one week.


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Mutharika visits flood victims in Blantyre


The first couple visits flood victims - File Photo Blantyre, January 24: President Prof. Arthur Peter Mutharika has bemoaned the negative impact heavy rains and floods that hit the country mid this month have had on the country's economy.  Mutharika made the remarks Friday afternoon after visiting flood victims in Makhetha, Ndirande and Chimwankhunda in Blantyre. Professor Mutharika said experts were currently assessing the impact of the floods, and that the results will help government to devise a modus operandi on how to deal with disasters. “I must admit here that I have never seen floods like this in our country. This was really a disaster and I cannot be happy for this to happen again. I do not know whether this was a result of climate change or what but all in all it happened. What has remained now is to move all affected people to upland where they can be on safer side." “The recent floods exposed gaps in the country's response and management of disasters, hence the need for a special policy that would address such gaps,” said Mutharika. The President then promised that government would do everything possible to ensure that all affected families received the necessary support. Mutharika also commended companies, Non-Governmental Organizations, political parties and all other well-wishers both local and international for their material and financial support. The worst affected districts with the floods are Nsanje, Chikwawa, Phalombe and Zomba. Others include Blantyre, Chiradzulu, Thyolo, Mulanje, Balaka, Machinga, Mangochi, Ntcheu, Salima, Rumphi and Karonga.


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Government impressed with tourism projects


Nankhumwa (c) inspects construction of Panyanja Hotel in Mangochi - Pic by Arnold Namanja Mangochi, January 24:  Government has expressed satisfaction with many infrastructural development projects taking shape in the tourism and hospitality industry across the country. Lilongwe believes such developments are clear manifestation of a flourishing Public Private Partnership. Minister of Information, Tourism and Culture, Kondwani Nankhumwa made the remarks on Thursday after conducting a tour of some new and old establishments under the tourism sector in Mangochi. Nankhumwa said government was pleased to note the interest private companies had shown in investing in the tourism sector. “It is quite gratifying to see the numerous structures that are taking shape across the country. It only shows that individuals and private companies have embraced the concept of public private partnership which is necessary to the growth of the country’s economy,” Nankhumwa said. Nankhumwa observed that many Malawians were showing interest to invest in the tourism sector unlike in the past, assuring that government would continue creating an enabling environment for the same. “In the past foreigners were the ones who were dominating tourism sector and now Malawians have come up as many of them are investing and showing interest in tourism sector,” Nankhumwa said. He reiterated government's commitment towards the tourism sector by among others developing a tourism master–plan which would accommodate access roads to tourism attraction centres. “Some of the owners of the lodges that I have visited today have expressed concern that tourism tax charges are exorbitant but as government we will sit down and review some of the policies so as to accommodate them,” he added. Enock Njunga, site supervisor for Panyanja Hotel said they were failing to expeditiously complete construction works of the facility due to some policies which favour big and established institutions. Njunga particularly cited the customs codes procedures used by Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) and bureaucracy at the Electricity Supply Commission of Malawi as some of the hurdles which restrict expansion of investments in the tourism sector. “It would be a very good thing if you (Minister) could intervene so that investors in the tourism industry have an importation waiver from MRA on such goods like electrical equipment and fittings,” Njunga pleaded.   During the tour, Nankhumwa visited Malawi Shipping Company boat yard at Monkey–Bay where he inspected the newly constructed MV Chilembwe vessel. Nankhumwa also visited Pamadzi and Skyview Hotels which are under construction, Mpale Cultural Village and Skinny Hippos Lodge.


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Mutharika opens K6.2billion John Chilembwe Highway


President Mutharika opens the John Chilembwe Highway on Friday - Pic by Govati Nyirenda Blantyre, January 24: President Peter Mutharika has stressed the important role good road networks play in sustainable economic development saying poor roads inhibit business growth. Mutharika made the remarks Friday morning at Kachere Township in Blantyre during the official opening of the 60 kilometre John Chilembwe Highway, formerly Blantyre-Zomba road. He observed that countries with bad road networks could not develop because poor road infrastructure poses enormous challenges to the business sector. “It is with great happiness that today I am opening Chilembwe Highway. The late president Professor Bingu WaMutharika laid a foundation stone for this road.
“This is no mean achievement as the road has very good impact on the country’s development. Let me say that government has taken infrastructure as a tool for attracting more investors by making travelling easy. President Mutharika greets Gilberto Rodriques of Mota Engil during the opening of the John Chilembwe Highway - Pic by Govati Nyirenda "My appeal is, please take care of the road and the ownership is in your hands. Avoid vandalizing the road and make sure that you are using it in the right manner,” said Mutharika. The Malawi leader added that government had rolled out several road projects such as Jenda-Edingeni, Mzuzu-Nkhatabay, Thyolo-Thekerani-Bangula and Zomba-Jali-Phalombe roads. Mutharika then disclosed that he would be commissioning the Lilongwe by-pass road in a week's time. Francis Kasaila, Minister of Transport and Public Works said his ministry was working towards ensuring that all road projects are concluded on schedule. “It is the wish of the government to ensure that there is a good road network across the country. Let me report here that the heavy rains that have hit in the country, has also destroyed 20 roads which currently are under rehabilitation," he said. Dr Andrew Mwaba of the African Development Bank (ADB) said his bank decided to fund the project to enhance the country's socio-economic development. The construction of Chilembwe Highway started on 19th January, 2012 and ended in October, 2014.


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Trail of flour and rice lead to arrest of thief

First lady commends Plan Malawi for supporting flood victims

Mutharika visits flood victims in Blantyre

Government impressed with tourism projects

Mutharika opens K6.2billion John Chilembwe Highway

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Mutharika opens K6.2billion John Chilembwe Highway

Mutharika opens K6.2billion John Chilembwe Highway

President Mutharika opens the John Chilembwe Highway on Friday - Pic by Govati Nyirenda Blantyre, January 24: President Peter Mutharika has stresse...

'Government to formulate National Disaster Policy soon'

'Government to formulate National Disaster Policy soon'

Shocked with with extent of disaster: Mutharika Thyolo, January 23: President Professor Peter Mutharika on Thursday reiterated his administration's...

Mutharika sympathizes with flood victims

Mutharika sympathizes with flood victims

A washed away field of maize - File Photo Mulanje, January 23: President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika on Thursday visited some areas heavily af...

Political News

Mbendera to lead ECF SADC observers in Zambia Presidential polls

Mbendera to lead ECF SADC observers in Zambia Presidential polls

To lead the SADC obervers: Mbendera Blantyre, January 18: Malawi Electoral Commission Chairman, Justice Maxon Mbendera is expected to lead commissi...

No valid reasons for demonstration says Cultural Heritage Cooperation of Malawi

No valid reasons for demonstration says Cultural Heritage Cooperation of Malawi

L FLASHBACK: Demonstrations in Blantyre in 2014 - File Photo Lilongwe, January 9: Cultural Heritage Cooperation of Malawi Acting Director Dr. Owen M...

DPP Director of Women celebrates with women in Mangochi

DPP Director of Women celebrates with women in Mangochi

High profile DPP women during a public function - File Photo Mangochi, January 6: DemocraticProgressive Party(DPP)Director of Women in the Eastern ...

Health News

Adolescents at high HIV/AIDS risk in Nsanje

Adolescents at high HIV/AIDS risk in Nsanje

Nsanje, 20 January: Lack of access to information on sexual and reproductive health in Nsanje is said to be putting teenagers at a high risk of contracting HIV and AIDS. Nsanje District Aids Coordinator (DAC) Peter Mwakalagho made the re...

13 yrs IHL for defiling, infecting girl with HIV in Mangochi

13 yrs IHL for defiling, infecting girl with HIV in  Mangochi

Mangochi, January 23: The Mangochi First Grade Magistrate Court on Tuesday convicted and sentenced 24 year old Fyson Malembo who defiled and infected a 13 year old girl with HIV in August last year to 13 years imprisonment with hard labou...

Sports News

Female Referee Kwimbira to officiate at Algarve Cup in Portugal

Female Referee Kwimbira to officiate at Algarve Cup in Portugal

FLASHBACK: A female referee among female counterparts - Pic by Arkangel Tembo  Blantyre, January 12: Malawi’s top female assistant referee Bernadettar Kwimbira is expected to travel to Portugal to officiate games at the 22nd edition of t...

Richard Chipuwa dumps Nomads

Richard Chipuwa dumps Nomads

LEAVING: Chipuwa in goals for Wanderers during a penalty shout out with EPAC - Pic By Brian Itai Blantyre, January 8: Richard Chipuwas’ four -year reign at Mighty Be-Forward Wanderers may soon come to an end, in fact as early as before t...

Development News

Government calls for equality in development

Every Malawian irrespective of differences in political party allegiance is entitled to equal share of government-initiated development projects, Local Government and Rural Development Deputy Minister Augustine Mtendere made the observation Friday. Mtendere made the remarks at Zyalambe Teacher Development Centre in the area of T/A Kapelula in Kasungu on the sidelines...

Business News

Government impressed with tourism projects

Government impressed with tourism projects

Nankhumwa (c) inspects construction of Panyanja Hotel in Mangochi - Pic by Arnold Namanja Mangochi, January 24:  Government has expressed satisfaction with many infrastructural development projects taking shape in the tourism and hospita...

MRA for coordinated Border Management

MRA for coordinated Border Management

MRA officials interacting with school children during a Trade Fair - File Photo Blantyre, January 23: The Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) is on Monday next week expected to join the rest of the world in commemorating the International Cus...

Entertainment News

Positive arts to release a DVD collection

Positive arts to release a DVD collection

       Lilongwe, January 21, 2015: John Nguluwe, a veteran video producer who has clocked ten years in the career is to release a 14 track DVD collection album which will comprise various artists on the local scene through his Positive A...

B’ella to screen in secondary schools

B’ella to screen in secondary schools

Blantyre, January 20: Members of the Dikamawako Arts intend to screen the movie B’ella in all secondary schools across the country under the ‘B’ella in schools’ project. Director of the movie and founder of Dikamawako Arts Tawonga Nkhonj...

Agriculture News

Four Admarc employess netted for messing up FISP in Mangochi

Written By Arnold Namanja on Tuesday, 06 January 2015 19:19
Four Admarc employess netted for messing up FISP in Mangochi

FLASHBACK: Recovered stolen FISP fertilizer in 2014 - File Photo Mangochi, January 6: Police in Mangochi have arrested four Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (ADMARC) employees for suspecting them to have been siphoning ...

Features

UPDATE: Floods Disaster response operations as at Wednesday 21st January 2015

UPDATE: Floods Disaster response operations as at Wednesday 21st January 2015

All donations will be accounted for: Chilima - File Photo BACKGROUND SITUATION From late December 2014 to the second week of January 2015, heavy rainstorms and floods hit 15 out of the 28 districts in Malawi (Chikwawa, Nsanje, Phalombe, Zomba, Rumphi, Karonga, Thyolo, Machinga, Mangochi, Ntcheu,...

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Most adolescent girls aware of their rights

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First lady commends Plan Malawi for supporting flood victims

First lady commends Plan Malawi for supporting flood victims

M The First Lady (r) presents a donation in Lunzu, Blantyre - Pic by Francis Mphweya Mulanje, January 24: First Lady Madame Gertrude Mutharika has c...

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Kachebere Seminary clocks 75 Yrs

Kachebere Seminary clocks 75 Yrs

M Catholic Fathers at Kachebere - File Photo Mangochi, January 12: The Kachebere Major Seminary in Mchinji has clocked 75 years in its service of pr...