Ireland Injects K980m in Cash-Transfer Program

The people of Ireland have injected about K980m into a poverty reduction cash-transfer program in Ntcheu.

Macra Lifts Moratorium

The Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority MACRA has lifted a moratorium on issuance of radio licenses in the Frequency Modulation (FM) band.

Cabin Crew Trouble at Malawi Airlines

Trouble is brewing at Malawi Airlines where employees have filed a notice to take industrial action beginning December 9.

Mzuzu Vendors Raise Concerns Over Garbage

Some vendors in Mzuzu continue to raise concerns on their health safety following the continued piling up of garbage outside the Mzuzu city main market where some vendors do set up their businesses and some streets within town.

Dedza Promoting Village Savings Banking

Village savings groups have become phenomenal in Malawi to the extend they are handling significant volumes of cash in circulation. They are now being encouraged to adopt the culture of banking which is significantly low in Malawi.

Phenomenal Growth in Malawi Village Savings Groups

Village savings groups have become phenomenal in Malawi to the extend they are handling significant volumes of cash in circulation. They are now being encouraged to adopt the culture of banking which is significantly low in Malawi.

Students Riot at Bilira CDSS, Destroy Property

Students at Bilira Community Day Secondary School in Ntcheu went on a rampage yesterday, destroying school property because of allegation that a student teacher has an affair with a student.

Messi Wins Ballon d'Or Award

It is the 32-year-old Argentine's first Ballon d'Or since 2015 and comes after he scored 54 times for club and country in 2018-19, in which Barca won La Liga.

Water Pollution in Kaleya River, Threat to People of Mwanachingwa

The Kaleya river situated about 10 kilometers South of Mazabuka town, with its genesis in Chikanka District meanders from upper Kaleya before giving birth to a squatter town ‘Kaleya Station.’ Surrounded by small and large commercial farms, the river has been a reliable source of water for the people of Chief Mwanachingwala and their livestock, downstream for many years.

With perennial characteristics, it discharges its content into the Kafue River, one of the most important rivers in Zambia economically.

When it rains plentifully, the river causes flooding to surrounding areas at the confluence of the Kafue river known as Kabanje, making it one of the most fertile places as the water sink with all the debris.

Kabanje village, sharing a lean boundary with Zambia sugar cane fields is practically an all year round agriculture area, thanks to Kaleya river. This is the village where you find all manner of vegetables and fresh maize all year round, supplying consistently to Mazabuka town.

Biodiversity has for many years been admirable in the Kaleya river until recently when man’s gluttonous behavior reversed the structure. Crabs, fish of all types especially cat fish, sardine fish, frogs of all types were patrons of the tranquil water in the Kaleya River. This has now stopped thanks to man who has changed water quality and quantity.

Dammed many times from its pinnacle in Chikankata accompanied by massive deforestation, the Kaleya stream has suffered a lot of structural damage due to commercial and subsistence activities, although it has resiliently continued to discharge its contents, owing to its hydraulic strength, according to experts.

Despite 2019 being the driest year in the recent history, the Kaleya stream, small as it may be, retained some water quantities, mainly from its underground recharge systems.

River bank cultivation, indiscriminate cutting of trees along the stream, brick molding and sand mining in few places have however, been blamed for the silting of the river, making it dry in some places.

The ecosystem in this stream of life has gradually disappeared, much to the consternation of old people who for a long time have raised eyebrows on commercial farmers who built dams across the stream, accusing them of discharging chemicals in the river channel.

“We just saw the reduction in the crabs and fish a delicacy of the people of this area,” said …Munanchinga who has lived near the river for over 50 years now.

He revealed in an interview that sometimes people would find fish, crabs and frogs floating dead in the stream without knowing the source of water poisoning.

The increasing number of people doing commercial and subsistence activities along the river are a danger to its survival, Mr. Munanchinga laments

A study report by the University of Zambia in 2001 indicates that, about 90 percent commercial farming was being done just about half a kilometer away from the Kaleya river while 60 percent was small scale farming. This therefore means that chemical effluents from fertilizers and pesticides where discharged into the river by rain water regularly.

The study further reveals that the Kaleya river farming community use a lot of chemicals for both fertilization, pest and weed control, making the water prone to contamination. Further, both commercial and small scale farmers were aware that chemical effluents being washed away from their farms were a danger to the environment.

Recently, a new strand of contamination by residents of Kaleya station township surfaced.

Mr. Munanchinga bemoans the growing recklessness where some Kachasu brewers clean their vessels right in the river, thereby contaminating the water with molasses, the major ingredient used to make the illegal beer.

He adds that the chemicals used in gardens and farms and the Kachasu residues discharged right in the river channel is killing the ecosystem and fauna.

Chemicals discharged in the water may have given rise to some invasive alien organisms threatening the rich bionetwork of the river.

There are adequate provisions with regards to water protection in this country which are being wantonly abrogated.

According to the ZEMA act No 12 of 2011, a person shall not discharge or apply any poisonous, toxic, eco-toxic, obnoxious or obstructing matter, radiation or other pollutant, or permit any person to dump or discharge such matter or pollutant into the aquatic environment in contravention of water pollution control standards established by the Agency in liaison with the relevant appropriate authority.

A novice’s look at the water in the Kaleya river reveals some brown color and when you move closer, there is an atrocious stench coming from the water. Written by Reuben Hambulo.

 

Chileka Communities Worried After Forcing Maize Sale

Communities surrounding Chileka Admarc Depot in Lilongwe say they are hoping that maize sales continue, after authorities were forced to start selling the maize at the depot.

MEC Ordered DBO to Flout Procedures

Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) Chief Elections Officer Sammy Alfandika Monday morning told the Constitutional Court hearing the historic Presidential Election Case that the Commission gave instructions to elections auditors DBO to approve tally sheets that were not signed for by party monitors during the 21 May Tripartite Elections.

Info. Minister Hails ZBS for Professionalism

Information Minister Mark Bottomani has commended Zodiak Media House for being professional in how it is discharging its duties.

DD Sunshine Crowned Central Region FAM League Champions

DD Sunshine Football Club produced a brilliant performance to beat Skippers FC in the final match of the central region FAM league courtesy of Chisomo Banda and Funny Mwale’s goals with the runners up getting their consolation goal through Fazira Chiyembekeza.

Malawi Under20 Leaves for Zambia

The Malawi Under 20 national football team has on monday left for Lusaka, Zambia ahead of the 2019 COSAFA U-20 Youth Championship which kicks off on Wednesday.

APAM Wants Report on Albino Killings

The Association of Persons with Albinism in Malawi (APAM) says it wants the commission of inquiry instituted by President Peter Mutharika on albino killings to release a report on people behind the killings.

Religious Freedom in Focus Globally as Minorities Increasingly Targeted

Human rights experts from around the world are calling on governments to intervene where the religious convictions of minority groups in their countries are being trampled on.

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