Noel Mkubwi

Noel Mkubwi

The Malawi Police Service says it has no clue on the whereabouts of one of its recruit constables who has been missing for weeks in Kasungu.

A total of 2800 less privileged families at Mpasadzi in Kasungu are earmarked for owning modern houses under the smart village initiative courtesy of the Community Development Initiative (CDI). 
CDI Board Chair and former president Dr. Joyce Banda said the initiative seeks to transform the lives of less privileged people in the area.
"We want to change the face of this rural area by bringing social services closer to the people," said Dr. Banda. 
CDI has partnered with US-based Irise Homes and Imperative Inc to transform the area by also promoting commercial farming among the beneficiary households. 
Speaking when she laid a foundation stone marking the commencement of the project on Friday at Mpasadzi,   Dr. Banda warned chiefs and stakeholders against politicizing the initiative and to guard against corruption and abuse of construction materials. 
She said any traces of corrupt tendencies and theft of resources would force CDI to pull out. 
"We want the lives of people to change for the better and we can only achieve that if the resources are safeguarded," she said. 
Irise Homes Chairperson who led a delegation of sponsors,  Jason Rosamond challenged the Mnyanja community to work hard to transform their own lives. 
He said "donors' support without recipients' hard work would mean nothing. This is your development, you have worked hard! "
Apart from modern houses, CDI with support from its donors will construct a secondary school, a hospital, and fish ponds.
Traditional Authority Mnyanja said the community will ensure the project was successful saying the area has lagged behind for decades. 
Chiefs in consultation with the Kasungu District Council have offered 12,000   hectares for the smart village initiative at Mpasadzi. 
The area was previously used as a scheme for tobacco products under the defunct former Kasunguy Flue-Cured Tobacco Authority (KFTA) 


Lightning has killed a 37-year-old man in the area of Traditional Authority Kawamba in Kasungu last night. 
Pyxus agriculture Limited says it has lost about 400 hectares of trees to arson fires in Chikangawa  Forest in Mzimba this year alone. 

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.

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