Noel Mkubwi

Noel Mkubwi

About 4000 villagers from Katenje and surrounding villages in traditional authority Santhe in Kasungu can now afford safe drinking pipe water courtesy of Water Mission Malawi.

A 39-year-old woman in Kasungu is in police custody for secretly keeping a dead body of her one-month-old baby in the house at Kasalika location in Kasungu municipality until it started to decompose.

Police in Kasungu is keeping in custody a 44-year-old woman Joice Kadzeve and her 14-year-old son for allegedly murdering the head of the family over a family dispute.

The Ministry of local government and rural development has today Friday 19th of February 2021 elevated four chiefs in Kasungu.

A 30-year-old Kasungu man identified as Emmanuel Shawa is in the cooler for allegedly defiling and murdering his six-year-old biological daughter.

All Saints Anglican Church at Mtunthama in Kasungu is bitter with ESCOM for failing to connect power to a bakery meant for income generation of its orphanage despite the church paying over K6 Million for power connection.

Church Warden Kennedy Kamphambe says the church paid ESCOM in 2018 after a UK-based well-wisher procured and installed bakery equipment for the orphans.

"The bakery was to support the orphanage to be generating own income than depending on well-wishers. ESCOM told us to pay over 6 Million kwacha for a transformer and other materials which we did with the support from the donor," said Kamphale.

But since 2018 ESCOM is yet to connect power to the bakery.

Kamphambe says what is surprising though is the power utility board has been connecting new customers ever since leaving behind the charity initiative.

"We have been knocking at their doors time and again but they just promise and days have turned to months, months to years, nothing on the ground. "

Kamphambe says in early 2019 Escom mounted a small old transformer near the bakery after the UK-based donor engaged the UK High Commissioner in Malawi.

Since then, the bakery equipment is gathering dust and the donor seems frustrated.

"We are doing this for the sake of the vulnerable children but it seems ESCOM doesn't understand the challenges these orphans go through," He lamented.

Mphatso Banda, one of the founders of All Saints Mtunthama Opharnage says the church's mothers union established the place to mitigate the impact of orphanhood due to HIV and AIDS.

He says the orphanage is experiencing reduced support from well-wishers due to COVID 19 pandemic and the bakery would ease the pressure.

"The orphanage needs to pay nuns and buy food for the kids every day. All these need a stable income, " he said.

Zodiak has learnt that for the past two months, support towards the orphanage has significantly reduced due to Covid 19 restrictions.

"We are planning to take action against Escom, whether it will demand us holding a vigil with the orphans we will go by that," said Kamphambe.

Escom Public Relations Officer Innocent Chitosi was yet to respond to a questionnaire Zodiak sent to him.

The Kasungu based orphanage is a home of over sixty postmen some of whom were adopted on day one.

Kasungu District Health Office has been shot in the arm with assorted personal protective equipment worth Millions of kwacha from a UK based group called Friends of Kasungu.

Police in Kasungu have arrested 31 villagers from Makanda village in the area of Chief Mwase in the district for alleged malicious damage and theft of property belonging to Mr. Msusa Zimba.

A 29-year-old fisherman has been arrested in Kasungu for allegedly killing his 3-year-old stepson during a marital dispute when his mother refused to offer him for ritual purposes.

Some councilors in Kasungu district are concerned that people have to travel long distances to access affordable agriculture inputs because services are concentrated in urban areas such as trade centres.

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