CCJP Set to Revamp CK District Hospital One Stop Centre

The Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP) in Chikwawa has engaged various district stakeholders in a bid to fully revamp the District One Stop Centre which is the main referral for cases of Gender Based Violence and sexual Abuse in the district.

15, 000 Cattle Vaccinated Lower Shire

Agriculture officials in Lower Shire have vaccinated about 15, 000 cattle to protect the animals from Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) which has hit the area.

979 Girls Pregnant From Jan-Jun in Neno

In Neno district, 979 girls of school going age have fallen pregnant during the period of January and June this year, thus according to antenatal register and district maternal heath forum a development which has worried Neno district protection cluster.

Child Victims of Witchcraft Seek Police Protection

Amid increasing witchcraft related attacks on children and grannies in Mulanje district, on Thursday police in the district had nine minors aged between 8 and 14 at its victim support unit who escaped from mob justice.

Engalaweni Health Center in Need of K6M

 

Authorities at Embangweni Mission Hospital in Mzimba have appealed to well-wishers to support them with 6 million kwacha to finish construction of Engalaweni Health Center which will carter a population of over 25,000 people if completed.

Unemployed Nurses and Midwives Demonstrate Forcing Government to Employ Them

Unemployed nurses took to the streets on Thursday in the main cities demanding employment from government.

HRDC Challenges Chakwera on SADC Regional Matters Approach

The Human Rights Defenders Coalition HRDC has cautioned President Lazarus Chakwera against skirting around on issues of Human Rights and Safeguarding the civic space among the Southern African Development Community SADC member states, once he assumes the leadership as chairperson of the regional block.
 
Before the SADC annual summit for heads of state and government was held virtually on Monday, Director for East and Southern Africa human rights body, Amnesty International Deprose Muchena, made a special appeal to the leaders.
 
Muchena said, “A number of countries in the SADC region are experiencing alarming human rights violations and abuses threatening peace and stability and hindering the response to COVID-19. In Zimbabwe, authorities have stepped up a crackdown on dissenting voices with state security forces unleashed on activists, human rights defenders, journalists and opposition supporters".
 
Ironically, the leaders skirted around the issues in the region only to celebrate the 40 years of SADC existence and paying special tribute to the founding fathers.
 
HRDC National Coordinator Luke Tembo expressed dissatisfaction with how the SADC heads of State avoided denouncing the Zimbabwe crackdown by security agencies.
 
“We don’t want SADC to be reduced to a talk show where we don’t see tangible results. Of what benefit will SADC be to its citizens if it does not take its rightful role is making sure that countries and leaders from the member states respect the rule of law and human rights” Tembo said.
 
However, President Lazarus Chakwera a rookie in SADC has chosen to play it safe on the foreign policy matters.
 
His press secretary Brian Banda told us, Chakwera will engage the Zimbabwean leader Emerson Mnangagwa through diplomatic channels.
 
“The president is treating the matter in Zimbabwe as an internal matter there, He is using diplomatic channels to engage the Zimbabwean president, it’s the presidents (Chakwera’s) intention not to add fuel to an already intense situation” said Banda.
 
Before being elected president, Chakwera was seemingly an ardent human rights defender as on several occasions he took part in street protests, over perceived poor governance and human rights abuses by his predecessor Peter Mutharika.

Partners in Health Pledges Continued Support in NN

In drive to make lives of poor communities bearable in Neno district, an International Non-Governmental Organization, Partners in Health, has promised to continue with its humanitarian support to the district in terms of health, education and infrastructure development.

Friends of Balaka Bailout Burnt District Hospital

A grouping under the banner friends of Balaka District Hospital has embarked on maintenance of the facility that was gutted down by fire three weeks ago.

Truck Run over Police Officer

A border police officer has died after a truck run over him at Mwanza border Monday evening, injuring two other people in the process.

Court Finishes Hearing Parliamentary Elections Case

High court in Blantyre on Tuesday finished hearing a parliamentary elections case where some three individuals are challenging results of the 2019 elections in Chikwawa and Nsanje districts.

COVID-19 Fight Facing Hitches in Mulanje

Lack of cross border collaboration between Mulanje in Malawi and Villa-Milanje in Mozambique is said to be negatively affecting the fight against the spread of coronavirus in Mulanje.

Health Minister Takes a Swipe at Contractor for Poor Work at Chilinde Health Centre

Minister of Health Khumbidze Kandodo Chiponda has asked the contractor for Chilinde Health Centre, Golden Star Construction Company- to redo works around the facility citing poor finishing especially around corridors and walls among others.

Porous Borders Worry Immigration Authorities

Authorities at Muloza immigration office in Mulanje have disclosed that existing porous borders are threats to Malawi’s security and make the country lose revenue through customs duty evasion.

Mulanje DSWO Sounds an SOS on Witchcraft Victims

The District Social Welfare Office (DSWO) in Mulanje says five boys who are victims of last week’s Duswa witchcraft accusations are destitute as they have no food and cloths.

MP Decries Slow Project Implementation in Likoma

Member of Parliament for Likoma and Chizumulu Islands Christopher Ashemes Songwe has faulted the council secretariat's failure to meet some procurement and implementation standards, for the delays in the completion of several development projects on the Islands.

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