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Brian Matchere

Brian Matchere

Civil Society Organisations in Rumphi have raised concerns with poor sanitation within Rumphi market claiming it is posing a threat of Cholera outbreak in the district.

The ministry of labour says the abandoned Lura Technical College in Rumphi requires more resources to be completed.

Rumphi District Council has launched this year's tree planting season with hope to increase survival rate from the current 75 percent to 90 percent.

Some traditional leaders and residents in Rumphi have asked Northern Region Water Board (NRWB) to reduce its 50% water tariffs increment to 36%.

Speaking during an engagement with the board yesterday executive director for Rumphi Residents Association Walika Mkandawire said that the 50% hike, is too high.

Mkandawire claimed that the board did not do thorough consultations on the matter before coming up with the new tariffs.

"The new tariffs are not affordable, have to be revised," said Mkandawire.

Mkandawire also raised the issue of poor hygiene at the board’s intake asking it to improve.

Acting chief executive officer for NRWB, Francis  Munthali turned down the request, saying that the high cost of commodities has pushed production high, hence previous tariffs were not sustainable.

He added; “The board considered a number factors such as; Covid-19, the war between Russia and Ukraine among others.”

On the issue of poor sanitation, Munthali committed to take action on the matter.

Communities living along Vwaza Marsh Wildlife Reserve and Nyika National Park in Rumphi and Mzimba have bemoaned that Hippos and monkeys continues to destroy their crops.

Farmers in Rumphi have urged tobacco buyers to offer good prices during this year’s marketing season.

District Water Development Officer for Rumphi Vincent Holowanya says 31.4% of boreholes in the district are non-functional.

Police in Rumphi are keeping four families who have been chased in their homes accusing them of practicing witchcraft in the area of Group village headman Lisa under Traditional Authority Chikulamayembe.

The Minister of Transport and Public Works Jacob Hara has given China Henan International Corporation Group Co (CHICO) two weeks to demonstrate if it has the capacity to rehabilitate the M1 Road from Kacheche to Chiweta in Rumphi District.

Chairperson for the organising committee of the Tumbuka cultural annual festival Gonapamuhanya in Rumphi, Group village headman Mchinanguwo says the event which was expected to take place tomorrow has been shifted to 19 November.

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