Steve Zimba

Steve Zimba

The Human Rights Defenders Coalition-HRDC has asked President Lazarus Chakwera to report to the Anti-Corruption Bureau – ACB, all individuals who are using State House name in corrupt practices like unlawfully encroaching on public land.

Health experts have tipped government to revisit HIV and Aids management systems amid international reports of a new strain of the virus which is said to be more severe than the current variant of HIV.

The Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace says continued abuse of public resources in local councils is due to shunning residents from participating in financial management activities like tendering of big projects.

The Livingstonia Synod Aids Program - LISAP has disclosed that it will invest K60 million in the construction of 17 Early Childhood Development Centers in the area of traditional authority Mwahenga in Rumphi to allow children there to attend early education.

 LISAP Executive Director Jonathan Vumu says they have decided to embark on early childhood education in the area because there has never been any center offering such services to children before.

 ``If these children start primary school education this January, teachers will not have problems teaching them because the students will have knowledge on some of the things that happen at the school",  Says Vumu.

 He explained that the CCAP Synod of Livingstonia would like to improve the country’s education system by ensuring that almost all children have access to quality education.

 So far, LISAP with financial support from UK-based Comic relief through Help a Child, has already constructed six Early Childhood Development Centers in the area.

 Rumphi District Social Welfare Officer Zindaba Lungu hailed efforts by Lisap saying this will ensure that more children will now attend education in the district.

 Said Lungu: ``This only shows that LISAP is a true partner for development. Government is happy with this development"

Meanwhile, first group of more than 150 learners has graduated from ECD's and are set to start primary school education this coming December.

 There are about 341 Early Childhood Development Centers in Rumphi.

The NGO Board and Council for Non-Governmental organizations in Malawi have ordered the Mzimba Civil Society Organizations Network to immediately stop working in the district accusing it of being in disrepute with the M'Mbelwa district council.

A survey by the White Ribbon Alliance Malawi has revealed that only 2 percent of the men population in the country are accessing modern family planning methods saying this may have negative effects on population growth in the country.

At least one hundred and twenty-five students are on the verge of withdrawing while sixty-eight have been removed from Mzuzu University this school academic alone due to financial woes like school fees.

The Malawi Human Rights Commission has commenced investigations in a case of alleged police brutality where Leonard Mkumbwa of Chitipa is accusing the law enforcers in the district of assaulting him with a hot pressing iron in September this year.

Government has ordered the National Construction Industry Council of Malawi to temporarily lift a ban it imposed on China State Engineering Construction Cooperation Limited that stopped construction works of the Mzuzu University Library for not meeting some construction guidelines.

Deputy Minister of Transport and Public Works, Nancy Chaola Mdoko says the relief has been considered following the stage at which the project is and the impending rainy season which can affect the progress.

``With the project at an early stage, foundation, can you temporarily lift the stop order to allow China State Engineering Construction Cooperation Limited to commence with their work on the foundations. We are near rain season which can affect the stage,” ordered Mdoko.

The Council halted construction works on basis that the Beijing - based company working on the project did not subcontract  30 percent of works to local contractors.

The order follows, a request by China State Engineering Construction Cooperation Limited Project Manager at Mzuzu University site, Wang Qiang who wrote Ministry of Transport and Public Works requesting it to temporarily lift the order as they are in discussion with local companies that were Sub Contracted for the project.

Requested Qiang: ``We would like to have sixty days for construction, while we are finalizing agreements with other Sub Contractors.

Council's Acting Chief Executive Officer, Engineer Gerald Khonje could neither confirm nor deny the developments but asked for a questionnaire which he is yet to respond to.

Government and its partners have invested about K7 billion for the construction of the Mzuzu University Library.

Center for Human Rights Education, Advice, and Assistance has written President Lazarus Chakwera asking him to pardon a 19-old inmate at the Mzuzu Prison so that he continues with his education at the Mzuzu University after being selected to pursue his studies there.

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