Village Banks Empowering Youths Financially in Balaka

Hadijah Witness from Traditional Authority (T/A) Kalembo is 24 and a member of Madzi Oyera Youth Club in Balaka that runs a village bank to help young people fend for their school needs and run small businesses that can help them earn more.

Msungama Warns Contractors on Projects

Youth and Sports minister, Ulemu Msungama, has today Wednesday took to task Mangalasi construction company which is constructing the Neno Integrated Youth Centre under the Jobs for Youth, saying works on the site are behind schedule and will not meet the June dateline.

Old Mutual Partners Precious Medical Insurance in Medica Cover

Old Mutual Life Assurance Company (OMLAC) has partnered with Precious Medical Insurance in provision of annuitants medica cover to the former’s employees.

WoLREC Commends Group Businesses For Rural Enterprises

Women Legal Resource Centre WoLREC says there is a growing need for stakeholders not to relent in organizing people in groups for group businesses mainly in rural areas if they are to be relevant on the market.

Poor Sanitation at Mulanje District Hospital Guardian Shelter

A week after guardians at Mulanje District Hospital guardian shelter complained of bed bugs, and District Hospital Management Team responded by fumigating the guardian shelter, the guardians are now worried about poor sanitation at the facility.

Love Malawi Festival to Demonize Corruption - Organizers

The Evangelical Association of Malawi (EAM) has expressed hope that the ‘Love Malawi Festival’ slated for early October this year will assist the country to promote unity and demonize corruption.

NICO Prepares People for Retirement

NICO General Insurance Company has implored on people in the country to timely start preparing for their retirement to ease challenges that come with retirement.

General Manager for NICO Pension, Gerald Chima, says life becomes unbearable for people who fail to prepare for their retirement.

He said this on Tuesday during the Retirement Planning Seminar the company organized in Blantyre.

“What happens is that people have a lot of needs. Maybe they relied much on company properties such as house and car. It now becomes hard when they leave all that during retirement.

“Imagine, they were used to posh cars and now they are walking; they were used to self-contained houses now they living in small houses and even staying at the village. That brings depression.

“Some changes in life bring stress that can even lead to death. That is why we are here to promote saving culture. The challenge is we relax a lot until we reach forties which is too late depending on responsibilities that we have. We need to start now before it is too late,” he said.

Main speaker during the event, Jimmy Lipunga, says the seminar was “to make sure that we equip one another with basic skill. It is not complicated.

“We just want to say that you can begin to prepare now by saving and accumulate benefits that will help you during your retirement.”

4 Undocumented Mozambicans Fined, Repatriated

Senior Resident Magistrate's Court in Mangochi yesterday ordered four Mozambicans to pay a fine of K70, 000. 00, each for illegally entering into the country which contravenes Section 21 (1) of the Immigration Act.

Two Denied Bail in Pangolin Case in Mulanje

The magistrate's court in Mulanje has denied bail to two people accused of possessing a live pangolin.

73-Year-Old Man Jailed for Defilement

Mangochi Senior Resident Magistrate's Court on Monday, June 7, 2021, convicted and sentenced Patrick Bannet, 73, to 12 years imprisonment with hard labour for defiling a 13-year-old girl.

British Husband Commits Suicide in Mangochi

A 70-year-old British man who has been identified by police as David Henry Graves has died after hanging himself with a rope in his house over marital problems.

Council Commends NGO for Supporting Youth

Kasungu District Council has applauded Good Health Organisation (GHO) for supporting 15 Youth Networks in the district with sports balls through Kulimbikitsa Ufulu WA Achinyamata (KUUWA) project.

Chiefs Worried Over Govt Delay to Pay Honorarium

Some Chiefs in the country have expressed worry over the continued delay by government to pay them honorarium for 19 months now.

Concerned Chiefs from Dedza and Chikwawa for example have told Zodiak Online that the delay is affecting their livelihood.

"We have not received our honorarium for 19 months, they are not telling us what is causing the delay, this has affected us, we depend on this money to get our basic needs."

"It is unfortunate that despite the money we receive being very little, government is also delaying to pay us," said the chiefs.

The Concerned Chiefs in Dedza and Chikwawa for example told Zodiak online that village headmen receive K5000 and group Village Headmen K10,000 only per month but they are yet to receive their money for months.

The Chiefs said they feel under-appreciated despite undertaking a crucial role in the country's villages.

The Chiefs have also faulted government for paying chiefs through banks saying, the little money they receive is used for transport to and from the banks.

"We are worried as chiefs, we are paid honorarium through banks, for us to travel to and from the bank, we spend a lot of money for transport," said the chiefs.

Deputy Minister of Local Government and Rural Development Halima Daudi attributed the delay to failure by some Chiefs to open bank accounts.

"Some Chiefs have not opened bank accounts that is why they are not receiving honorarium but their money is available."

"As government, we are considering to start paying chiefs through Airtel money or Mpamba," said the chiefs.

Meanwhile, the chiefs have faulted Government for introducing a system of paying their honorarium through banks before consulting them.

Lake Malawi Gains Highest Water Levels in 8 Years

The National Water Resources Authority says water levels in Lake Malawi have this year hit 475 metres high above the sea level, a highest record in the past 8 years.

2 Soldiers Killed in Presidential Convoy Accident

Two soldiers of the Malawi Defense Force have died this afternoon when a Military Police pick-up vehicle they were traveling in on President Lazarus Chakwera’s convoy overturned at HHI in Blantyre.

Sladge Mwathunga Wins 18 Plus Music Competition

18-year-old and form three Chambe Secondary School student Sladge Mwathunga has emerged winner of inaugural 18 plus music competition organized by Timveni, Child and Youth Organization.

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