Steve Zimba

Steve Zimba

At least one hundred and twenty-five students are on the verge of withdrawing while sixty-eight have been removed from Mzuzu University this school academic alone due to financial woes like school fees.

The Malawi Human Rights Commission has commenced investigations in a case of alleged police brutality where Leonard Mkumbwa of Chitipa is accusing the law enforcers in the district of assaulting him with a hot pressing iron in September this year.

Government has ordered the National Construction Industry Council of Malawi to temporarily lift a ban it imposed on China State Engineering Construction Cooperation Limited that stopped construction works of the Mzuzu University Library for not meeting some construction guidelines.

Deputy Minister of Transport and Public Works, Nancy Chaola Mdoko says the relief has been considered following the stage at which the project is and the impending rainy season which can affect the progress.

``With the project at an early stage, foundation, can you temporarily lift the stop order to allow China State Engineering Construction Cooperation Limited to commence with their work on the foundations. We are near rain season which can affect the stage,” ordered Mdoko.

The Council halted construction works on basis that the Beijing - based company working on the project did not subcontract  30 percent of works to local contractors.

The order follows, a request by China State Engineering Construction Cooperation Limited Project Manager at Mzuzu University site, Wang Qiang who wrote Ministry of Transport and Public Works requesting it to temporarily lift the order as they are in discussion with local companies that were Sub Contracted for the project.

Requested Qiang: ``We would like to have sixty days for construction, while we are finalizing agreements with other Sub Contractors.

Council's Acting Chief Executive Officer, Engineer Gerald Khonje could neither confirm nor deny the developments but asked for a questionnaire which he is yet to respond to.

Government and its partners have invested about K7 billion for the construction of the Mzuzu University Library.

Center for Human Rights Education, Advice, and Assistance has written President Lazarus Chakwera asking him to pardon a 19-old inmate at the Mzuzu Prison so that he continues with his education at the Mzuzu University after being selected to pursue his studies there.

Police in Nkhatabay have arrested self-acclaimed Sheikh on suspicion that he trafficked 50 children, from Salima to Mpamba in the district.

A Mzuzu University-based tourism expert has warned that the country’s tourism sector may collapse due to several governance issues the sector is facing.

 Police in Mzuzu have arrested a truck driver for allegedly obstructing President Lazarus Chakwera's convoy in Mzimba, yesterday Sunday.

The first lady, Monica Chakwera says Malawi should have laws for Social Workers that can protect and promote the rights of professionals who work with their clients like street-connected children and victims of gender-based violence.

Management of the Bandawe School for the deaf in Nkhatabay has told Zodiak Online that the financial crisis has hit the institution such that they are struggling to buy foodstuffs for students.

Government targets to at least give 11 million people access to the Covid-19 vaccine by 2022.

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