Shamuda Drake

Shamuda Drake

Stakeholders have recommended to government and its partners to declare Likoma and Chizumulu Islands prone district to disaster occurrences due to its geographical position which is a key risk factor threatening lives and property of the Island people.

As the Affordable Input Program (AIP) remains the Malawi government’s bullet of shooting down hunger and poverty, the fight is facing another fierce enemy which has grossly interfered and compromised drive to promote the Malawi Development Goals (MDGs) on food security and poverty reduction at a household level by 2030.

Dust is failing to settle at Likoma District Council following waves of demands for money in form of compensations and fines from landowners after the district council utilized some of their pieces of land for infrastructure development.

The introduction of patrols by beach committees to combat illegal fishing practices in lake Malawi may be a sigh of relief on the endangered fish species which have been accorded the much-awaited security after falling prey to illegal fishing for decades.

Likoma and Chizumulu residents can now afford a smile following a 20% reduction of utility and new connection fee for water supply after Likoma district council signed a one-year renewable contract of K10 million borehole fund to subsidize utility bills of over 2000 customers and boost the operations of the Water Users Associations (WUAs) on both Islands.

Young people on Likoma Island will wait a little longer to start acquiring technical skills  as the districts’ Water Users Association is delaying to connect piped water to the just constructed Constituency Technical College in the district. 

Friends of Nkhatabay, Nkhotakota Chapter for Mudawuku wa Atonga (MWATO) on Friday visited St.Maria Goretti School for Visually Impaired Children in Nkhatabay district.

Women and children on Likoma Island are expected to see an improved health service delivery at the islands St. Peters Hospital courtesy of a donation of various machines for the maternity and labour wards at the facility by the Nation Publications Limited (NPL) through its health resource mobilization campaign, Mothers Fun Run (MFR).

Likoma and Chizumulu Islanders have rejected a request by their Member of Parliament to reopen the District Health Offices (DHO) which they sealed during the last month's demonstrations pushing government to transfer six officers including the DHO.

Over 700 vulnerable people in Likoma Island will now be able to access face masks at a subsidized price of about 100 kwacha each, courtesy of the Member of Parliament for the Island Christopher Ashemes Songwe.

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