Vanani Nyirenda

Vanani Nyirenda

The Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation ADMARC has embarked on a produce outreach buying system where the parastatal is buying produce from big farmers at their door step. 

Governments’ delay to pay contractors is delaying construction of Mzimba Stadium as well as the Mbelwa District Council Office complex in Mzimba, according to contractors at the projects site MANOBEC. 

A UNICEF situation report for the week 23 to 29 July indicates that the increase in the number of COVID-19 fatalities is mainly due to late reporting and limited management capacity at emergency treatment centers. 

Government has urged both the public and private sector to start disinfecting their offices amid the raging COVID-19 pandemic to guarantee the safety of both workers and those accessing their services.

 Minister of Health Khumbize Kandodo Chiponda told Zodiak Online that this comes after effecting the same in some government offices.

 She has since commended the Department of Road Traffic Services for embracing the initiative.

 She said it was encouraging that some entities like banks have disinfected their working places but the onus was now on government departments and agencies to carry out similar exercises.

 “We are encouraging this exercise to be done especially in offices where most people meet, like the Road Traffic department where people come to get their documents such as licenses, passport offices, banking halls just to mention but a few,” said Chiponda.

 While commending government for the initiative, health activist George Jobe is of the view that disinfectants used must be long lasting for maximum safety.

 "Disinfecting all public offices is commendable even other public places like markets and the like but key to that is how long are the disinfectants lasting to give workers or other people a guarantee that they are safe for so long a period,” said Jobe.

 Meanwhile Zodiak Broadcasting Station ZBS on Saturday disinfected its offices in Lilongwe to ensure staff safety.



The Department of Mining says efforts to have the ministry decentralised to some districts where mining is taking place in the country are being hampered by gaps in human resource who can be deployed to man offices at council level.

The Center for Social Accountability and Transparency will from next week launch a "Wear Red Mask Campaign" to ensure speedy prosecution of all cases related to plunder of public funds during the previous Democratic Progressive Party led government.

The Chief Resident Magistrate court in Mzuzu has adjourned to a later date hearing of an electoral related case in which Penjani Fredokiss Kalua and others are suspected to have committed electoral related offences during the June 23, 2020 Fresh Presidential Election.

The Mzimba Heritage Association has shelved this year’s Ngoni Umtheto gathering due to the surge in Covid19 cases that the country is registering.

As the country continues to register Covid19 case the Malawi Red Cross Society has embarked on a K108 million project to rehabilitate buildings designated as isolation treatment centers in Mzimba and Mangochi district.

In Mzimba district, a Democratic Progressive Party-DPP monitor is in police custody for an an alleged electoral related offence.

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