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As the world celebrates International Day of the Girl Child, some girls have pleaded with the government to enhance efforts in curbing challenges girls continue to face such as defilement and domestic violence.

The Malawi Bureau of Standards (MBS) is commemorating 50 years of service in Malawi, a period which it says has been one of both successes and challenges.

In our special report this week, Steve Zimba, discusses how human activity in the Kaning’ina Forest reserve located in Nkhata Bay district bordering Mzuzu City, is threatening the life of Lunyangwa Dam, the main source of water for the northernmost Malawi city and surrounding areas. 

Over a quarter of a million people living in Mzuzu city and people in surrounding parts of Nkhata Bay and Mzimba districts depend on Lunyangwa dam for water supply.

But the dam is now overstretched. Initially designed to supply clean water for about 85,000 people; the population of the city between 1988 and 1992, today, the dam supplies for nearly three times the original target.

But while that is concern enough, in this special report, Steve Zimba, finds that now human activity in the Kaning’ina Forest is threatening the very life of the dam such that the Northern Region Water Board fears that soon there could be a crisis as the catchment area dries up.

Barely a fortnight after Limbe Police arrested two men for allegedly kidnapping an eight-year-old boy in Kanjedza, Blantyre, two more suspects have been netted.

Ministry Hails LLWB Work

The Ministry of Water and Sanitation has applauded the work by the Lilongwe Water Board under Lilongwe Water and Sanitation Project, saying it will help Malawi attaining UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 6 of providing all people with clean water by 2030.

The United States African Development Foundation (USADF) has pumped in over K200 million kwacha towards the curbing of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in Neno district, targeting members of two cooperatives: Mwangidzi Cooperative Society Limited and Mfundadzi farmers’ Cooperative Society Limited.

Lingadzi Police in Lilongwe has expressed worry over the tendency of residents that do not report to the police when they have their property stolen by thieves, saying it makes the identification of stolen goods difficult once recovered.

Coolio, the rapper whose playful and sometimes gritty takes on West Coast rap and anthemic hits like “Gangsta’s Paradise” made him a hip-hop star in the 1990s, died on Wednesday in Los Angeles. He was 59.

Statistics from Malawi Police Service show that the country has registered a drop in defilement cases by slightly over 300 in the first half of this year compared to last year.

As Malawi joined the rest of the world in celebrating World Environmental Health Day on Monday, Sept 26, local environmental experts said the country needs to do more to achieve environmental health systems that could help in achieving the 2030 global Sustainable Development Goals.

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