Eamon Piringu

Eamon Piringu

Newly elected chairperson for Machinga Civil Society Organizations (CSO) Network, Belinda Somanje Chimombo has cited lack of coordination among Machinga district council secretariat, political and local leaders and CSO's as a major contributing factor to the district's poor result in the 2022 Local Authority Performance Assessment (LAPA).

Traditional Authority Mchinguza of Machinga has threatened to remove from positions chiefs who are aiding perpetrators of child marriages to escape into neighboring Mozambique, saying it is affecting efforts to end the vice in the area.

Forum for Youth Development (FOYODE) has expressed dismay with continued discrimination coupled with gender based violence towards female sex workers in the country despite Malawi being a signatory to several treaties including the United Nations’ ‘Leave No One Behind’ commitment.

Road users around Liwonde Township in Machinga on Monday asked the district’s council to identify a new parking space for trucks that are ferrying fertilizers from the township, noting that the trucks are causing panic along the Liwonde–Ntaja road commonly known as the Bakili Muluzi Highway due to congestion.

Women in areas of Group Village Headman Chiganga under Senior Chief Nkoola in Machinga district have accused some local chiefs in the area of forcing them to pay bribes for them to shield their husbands who are defiling their own girl children.

A local organization Youth Impact has embarked on an initiative to eliminate all forms of Gender Based Violence (GBV) by providing capacity building development support for groups representing marginalized Malawians.

Paramount Chief Kawinga of the Yao tribe has called on local chiefs in the country to take a leading role in the fight against Gender Based Violence (GBV) if the vice is to be completely dealt with.

AIP to Include Livestock

Minister of agriculture, Sam Kawale, has disclosed that his ministry will use part of remaining K12.4 billion of the K109 billion of the Affordable Inputs Programme (AIP) budget to implement a livestock Programme under the same initiative.

DAES Worry on Low Funding

The Department of Agriculture Extension Services (DAES) in the ministry of agriculture says inadequate financing into extension services coupled with shortage of extension workers is affecting their service delivery to the country's agriculture sector.

Malawi police commissioner responsible for human resources, management, and development, Stan Kaliza has been sent on forced retirement, Zodiak Online has established.

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