Blessings Kang'ombe

Blessings Kang'ombe

Minister of Justice, Titus Mvalo who is also a member of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 is suggesting handing community service sentences to people convicted of contravening the pandemic containment measures.

Media Council of Malawi (MCM) says consultation with stakeholders to centralize accreditation of journalists is progressing and expects to be complete by the end of this year.

The organization's Executive Director, Moses Kaufa however feels with 714 journalists issued with press cards so far, their quest for media self-regulation and professionalism to addressing issues of gate-crashing is on track now.

"We are looking forward to centralizing accreditation of journalists as such consultations with Ministry of Information and Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority have already been done. By end of this year, all key stakeholders will be consulted," he said.

Media expert, Horace Nyaka believes accreditation will help in identifying journalists, and in the case they misbehave, aggrieved parties can approach their media houses or MCM.

However, on the conduct of journalists, Nyaka says it is important for event organizers to ensure that only bonafide journalists attend such events.

The country has over 1, 500 practicing journalists, according to the Media Council of Malawi.

Ntcheu District Council says will take legal actions to reclaim government land that was allegedly sold to people in the district through dubious deals with the aid of some public officers there.

The Department of Forestry says only four companies have been issued sustainable charcoal production licenses in the country as provided for in the Forestry Act of 1997.

The opposition United Democratic Front (UDF) is yet to fill the vacant post of party Veep for the South weeks after Lance Mbewe resigned.

Centre for Alternatives for Victimized Women and Children (CAVWOC) says 20 adolescent youths in two Traditional Authority's (T/A's) Kalembo and Amidu in Balaka district have been returned back to school after being withdrawn from teen marriages between 2019 to 2020.

Hadijah Witness from Traditional Authority (T/A) Kalembo is 24 and a member of Madzi Oyera Youth Club in Balaka that runs a village bank to help young people fend for their school needs and run small businesses that can help them earn more.

Children's Parliament in Ntcheu has resolved that the school bursary scheme which currently is being controlled through the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) should revert back to the Ministry of Gender as deserving needy students are not benefiting from the current arrangement.

A district mapping exercise conducted by the NGO Board in Ntcheu on operations of organizations there has revealed that a majority are working in areas with easy accessibility living out the hard-to-reach areas.

The Ntcheu district health office says it registered at least 5,000 teen pregnancies in 2020, which is a sharp increase from about 1, 200 in the previous year.

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