Steve Zimba

Steve Zimba

UTM has with immediate effect suspended its regional secretary for the north Jane Mbale on allegations that she used a party vehicle to smuggle three illegal immigrants from Karonga going towards Mzuzu, last week.

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship Services in conjunction with police in the north have arrested 140 illegal immigrants and two Malawian nationals in connection to immigration-related offenses.

 

The government says it is not ready to lift the travel and slaughtering ban of pigs in Nkhatabay and Mzimba following an outbreak of African swine fever that has so far claimed more than 600 pigs forcing some farmers and vendors trafficking the livestock to potential markets like in Mzuzu.

The First Mayor of the City of Mzuzu in the democratic era, Professor Egbard Chibambo has died early hours of Tuesday evening at Mumbwe Private Hospital in the city.

The Human Rights Defenders Coalition-HRDC has asked President Lazarus Chakwera to report to the Anti-Corruption Bureau – ACB, all individuals who are using State House name in corrupt practices like unlawfully encroaching on public land.

Health experts have tipped government to revisit HIV and Aids management systems amid international reports of a new strain of the virus which is said to be more severe than the current variant of HIV.

The Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace says continued abuse of public resources in local councils is due to shunning residents from participating in financial management activities like tendering of big projects.

The Livingstonia Synod Aids Program - LISAP has disclosed that it will invest K60 million in the construction of 17 Early Childhood Development Centers in the area of traditional authority Mwahenga in Rumphi to allow children there to attend early education.

 LISAP Executive Director Jonathan Vumu says they have decided to embark on early childhood education in the area because there has never been any center offering such services to children before.

 ``If these children start primary school education this January, teachers will not have problems teaching them because the students will have knowledge on some of the things that happen at the school",  Says Vumu.

 He explained that the CCAP Synod of Livingstonia would like to improve the country’s education system by ensuring that almost all children have access to quality education.

 So far, LISAP with financial support from UK-based Comic relief through Help a Child, has already constructed six Early Childhood Development Centers in the area.

 Rumphi District Social Welfare Officer Zindaba Lungu hailed efforts by Lisap saying this will ensure that more children will now attend education in the district.

 Said Lungu: ``This only shows that LISAP is a true partner for development. Government is happy with this development"

Meanwhile, first group of more than 150 learners has graduated from ECD's and are set to start primary school education this coming December.

 There are about 341 Early Childhood Development Centers in Rumphi.

The NGO Board and Council for Non-Governmental organizations in Malawi have ordered the Mzimba Civil Society Organizations Network to immediately stop working in the district accusing it of being in disrepute with the M'Mbelwa district council.

A survey by the White Ribbon Alliance Malawi has revealed that only 2 percent of the men population in the country are accessing modern family planning methods saying this may have negative effects on population growth in the country.

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