Blessings Kang'ombe

Blessings Kang'ombe

Members of the public continue to give mixed views on the recently released preliminary proposed constituency and ward boundary maps by Malawi Electoral Commission-MEC as some communities in Ntcheu Bwanje North says the map is there just to confuse electorates and a hindrance to development.

Speaking to Zodiak Online today, Village Headman Kaiya 1 under Inkosi Ganya feels betrayed by the electoral body hence advising legislators to vote against the maps when brought to Parliament for legislators' approval.

“The new map is a setback to development. We tend to wonder on what criteria did MEC use to demarcate the area,” said Kaiya 1.

Herbert Chidothi is another concerned citizen from the area and claims voter apathy is imminent in 2025 general elections if the electoral body does not treat the concerns with the utmost respect.

However, MEC Chairperson, Chifundo Kachale says the maps were produced based on suggestions and feedback the commission received from stakeholders concerning the review exercise.

“MEC produced the proposed maps based on feedback it received from people. However, all suggestions relating to the same will be incorporated if permitted by the law,” he said.

The exercise brings the number of constituencies to 229 up from 193 and wards to 500 from 462.

The Office of Director of Public Prosecutions-DPP says will this week file the appeal against the lower court’s ruling in Ntcheu which acquitted Vincent Dzimadzi on charges of an act intended to cause grievous harm last week.

Reserve Bank of Malawi-RBM says has bought 67 kilograms of Gold out of the targeted 100kgs as it waits to sent the targeted mineral for processing before export market value for the same is known.

Former first Speaker for Malawi's Children Parliament says delay to convene Youth Parliament almost four years the last session was held, is an indication that authorities are not caring to improve the welfare of youths in the country.

Local organization, Future4All Malawi has responded to Tropical Storm Ana survivors in Ntcheu by donating blankets to 53 people under Group Village Head - GVH Dzoole, Inkosi Kwataine in the district.

The Malawi Confederation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry - MCCCI says is set to meet next month in March to assess if it can hold this year’s International Trade Fair.

Director-General for International Union for Conservation of Nature - IUCN, Dr. Bruno Oberle says Malawi must learn from experiences on effects of environmental degradation if efforts of restoring nature are to pay dividends.

Malawi Red Cross Society - MRCS says has set aside 51 Million Kwacha towards cash transfers to at least 771 families affected by recent Tropical Storm Ana in two districts of Ntcheu and Balaka to reconstruct homes and build resilience.

Ntcheu District Commissioner, Francis Matewere says unless Malawians take environmental conservation as a habit, adverse climate change will continue to haunt the country.

A stakeholder in the ongoing joint fresh inquiry into the alleged Msundwe rape saga, the Malawi Human Rights Commission - MHRC has retaliated that it still stands to its earlier report over the matter which indicated the action by police violated survivors human rights.

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