Thieves Vandalize ESCOM Wires at Ndata Farm

Suspected thieves have stolen electricity wires for the Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (ESCOM) in Ndata farm in Thyolo which connected late Bingu wa Mutharika's mansion, Casablanca and other dairies.

Chibade Granted Befitting Send-Off

From the old capital Zomba, in 2005, reverberated a new soothing melody by one Thomas Chibade - one that inspired hope and love amidst piercing pain.

Nigerian Philanthropist Feeds the Hungry in Thyolo

As some 4.4 Malawians are facing hunger this year, a Blantyre based-Nigerian Joel Chidi has expressed need to embrace the spirit of sharing the little with the less-privileged.

Stance Academy Opens Doors, Forms PTA Committee

An educationist and director of Stance Academy in Thyolo, Stanford Jonathan says lack of discipline among some teachers and structured dialogue mechanisms in many schools are the main source of students' violent protest.

Education, One of Our Priority Areas - EPM

Eastern Produce Malawi (EPM) Limited says it will continue responding to education needs in Mulanje and Thyolo districts. Apparently, the company is one of the biggest tea growing companies in the two districts.

Bvumbwe Community in Police Station Rebuilding Drive

A year after irate communities torched Bvumbwe police sub-station in Thyolo, stakeholders have launched a resource mobilization drive to reconstruct the police structures.

Public Internet Configured Against Illicit Sites

The Malawi Digital Project says the internet connectivity being installed in government institutions will be configured to ensure no one is accessing illicit sites that promote sex harassment and terrorism.

Thyolo Restores 608 ha of Banana

Agriculture authorities in Thyolo have admitted that banana revamping drive is facing challenges with only 608 hectares restored over the years of the 3, 738 hectares.

Thyolo District Council Needs Resources to Relocate Sambambidzi Freddy Survivors

Thyolo district commissioner Hudson Kuphanga says they are looking for resources to relocate Cyclone Freddy survivors in Sambambidzi area, Traditional Authority Changata that are returning to the disaster-prone site.

LifeCo Ready to Popularize New Pensions Act

LifeCo Insurance Company says it has taken a step in popularizing the new Pensions Act of 2023 for people to understand and fully benefit from it.

Experts Suggest Ways to Maximise Borehole Water

Experts in the Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) sector have proposed for stakeholders in the sector to find ways of ensuring multiple use of the borehole water.

5 Convicted for Assaulting Nurse

Thyolo First grade magistrate Kondani Chinangwa has ordered five men who assaulted Thyolo district hospital nurse to serve a 20 months jail term or pay a combined K250, 000 fine.

Pathologist and Police Investigator Testify in Mzimba Human Trafficking Case

State in Mzuzu Thursday October 19th paraded fourth and fifth witnesses in a case related to the discovery of a mass grave of 30 migrants at Mtangatanga forest in Mzimba last year.

The two a police criminal investigations officer for Mzimba police Baxter Mkumbwa and Pathologist Profffesor George Liomba appeared before
Judge Gladys Gondwe where they amongst other things provided evidence that the victims did not die a natural death.

First to testify was Mkumbwa who narrated how he learnt about the mass grave from the people that reported at Mzimba police station, and also tendered in court  as evidence some of the items he picked from crime scene as evidence.

“We visited the crime scene and we found bodies in a decomposed state, some half buried in the mass grave. I also picked a few items that were on the scene including pieces of papers containing foreign phone numbers purportedly Ethiopian, bank deposit slip of an Ethiopian bank, an identity card with Arabic scribblings, a wrist watch and aluminum piece of motor vehicle,” he told the court, while also exhibiting the items.

However, during cross-examination the defense team wanted to know if indeed the contacts he saw were of Ethiopia numbers, which Mkumbwa confirmed he verified them using an undisclosed person.

Second witness Dr George Liomba in his testimony said he conducted an autopsy on 30 dead bodies that were in a decomposed state and infested with magots.

He told the court that the bodies had similar traits as they were all tall, slim, male adults between the ages of 25-45, and that 27 of the bodies wore dark trousers, while some only had no shirts.

The court was sent in chills when part of the report was telecasted showing pictures of dead bodies and part of the tissue that was examined to prove death was due to suffocation with  Carbon Monoxide as a contributing factor.

“After examining the bodies we established there was no organ disease and no evidence of physical trauma. With the presence of magots we determined the bodies must have been in the forest for three to five days,” said Liomba

He however, said an autopsy conducted on internal organs of the five of the dead bodies revealed cherry red tissue which he said indicates presence of carbon monoxide.

He said they concluded the people did not die a natural death but death was due to suffocation with carbon monoxide.

A heated and interesting cross-examination ensued when defence lawyer Kolezi Phiri quizzed Liomba to clarify how he thinks organs can only turn cherry as a result of carbon monoxide infestation, but Liomba refused to conduct a medical lecture in court and referred the defence to google.

Judge Gladys Gondwe has since set November 27th to 30th November for continuation of trial, where defence will continue to parade more of its 14 witnesses.

Those answering the charges are Tadikila mafudza, Samuel Navaya, David Luhanga, Thomas Kazembe, Duncan Kalulu, Boniface Ngulube, Aubrey Dukes and Arnold Mwakiyelu

Neno Develops New Contingency Plan

The Neno district council has a new contingency plan which will among other things help to mitigate the impacts of climate disastrous hazards in the district.

Health Expert Speaks on Kombucha

A public health expert has tipped both manufacturers and the Malawi Bureau of Standards to ensure that they play their rightful roles in sensitising consumers of the products available on the market.

CADECOM, PLAN International Vow to Fight Human Trafficking in Malawi

Two organizations, Plan International Malawi and Catholic Development Commission in Malawi, (CAEDCOM) have cited poverty and lack of economic opportunities among citizens as key factors that are fueling trafficking in persons (TIP) in the country.

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