Mirriam Singini

Dowa female police officers commended to love another

 

By: Mirriam Singini

Female police officers in Dowa have been asked to love one another if they are to excel in their daily duties.

The officer in charge for the station deputy commissioner Rhoda Manjolo made the opinions during a meeting organized for female police officers aimed at instilling discipline amongst female police officers on Wednesday 7th April.

Speaking during the meeting, the officer in-charge stressed the need for female police officers to love one another and avoid in indulging in immoral behaviors such as gossiping.

On her part, one of the female police officers based at Mvera Police sub-inspector Maureen Nyondo said the meeting had come at the right time in ensuring that true love exist among female police officers hence enhancing professional skills.

According to the statement released by Dowa police Public relations officer Gladson M,bumpha, the deputy commissioner Manjolo advised the female police officers to work as a team for the benefit of the station and senior female police officers should be motivating junior female police officers.

Mirriam Singini

Kell Kay to ft upcoming artists in his new album

 

By: Mirriam Singini

Kell Kay is set to release an album titled “ndabwera ndi nkhani” and feature 10 upcoming artists from various regions of Malawi after two years down the line without releasing any new album.

Among the list released the youngsters to be featured are Devine Njuchi, Bongie Melon, Lil Vince and Mad alley from the Central region and Angie, J recks, princess multikey and inno busy from the southern region and  King Wiz, Merchah and Tremone Trun from the northen region.

Kell Kay has said that the album will be released this year and with Henwood, Tricky beats, DJ sley, Janta and GI as producers.

“ndabwera ndi nkhani album 80% done.. I really want to work with some upcoming artists.

“Unlike my previous releases which were all about love and relationships, the next album tackles social issues as well as what we face in our day to day activities in our community,” he said.

According to Kell Kay’s Facebook posts on his page says he would like to work with upcoming artists so that their talents should be discovered.

 

Mirriam Singini

YAS to take Chakwera to court over teachers strike

 

By: Mirriam Singini

Youth and Society (YAS) has threatened to drag President Lazarus Chakwera’s Tonse administration to court if it fails to resolve their difference with teachers union of Malawi (TUM).

Meanwhile, teachers in public primary, secondary and training colleges have vowed to continue with the stay away until government meets their demands.

YAS programs manager Amos Simwela disclosed the expansion during a press briefing held on Wednesday in Mzuzu.

According to Simwela, the stay away is affecting innocent children whose absolute right to education is provided for in the constitution of Malawi.

This has come to light as teachers are on a stay away strike asking government to cover them up with appropriate personal protective equipment in cash coasted package as a once off payment covering three months.

Lea Malimbasa

Voters trickle in to polling centres in Zomba

Voting in Zomba Changalume

 

Voters are trickling in to vote for a Palriamentary candidate in Zomba Changalume.

The turn out has been as follows so far:

Namadidi Polling Centre:

Registered voters: 1762

460 have voted

Namadidi Primary School Polling Centre:
Registered Voters 1429
454 have already voted

Thondwe Agriculture EPA Centre: 
1836 Total Registered voters
332 have voted so far

Chisomo Ngulube

Minibus operators block Mangochi-Liwonde road

Tear gas

 

People using Mangochi-Liwonde road were stuck as minibus drivers and conductors put up 'roadblocks' along the way.

According to one of the drivers the closing of the roads was due to the increment in  fuel prices.

"They have increased our tax, we are paying the tax of 16 people instead of 8, this is really killing us," he said.

Some passengers also expressed worry over the strike saying it was delaying them. 

The protests  started in the wee hours of Monday, in Mangochi at forest.

There were running battle between police, minibus drivers and conductors.

Police has since used teargas to disperse them.

Mayamiko Majawa

MEC chairperson visits some polling centres in Mangochi

Chifundo Kachale, MEC

 

Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson Chifundo Kachale has visited four polling centres in Mangochi West Constituency.

Kachale has visited Malembo, Chamtulo, Thema and Cholumba centers and has expressed satisfaction with the voting process so far.

Godfrey Maotcha

Archbishop Ziyaye dies

Ziyaye

 

Archbishop Tarsizius Ziyaye of the Lilongwe Diocese of the Catholic Church has died.

According to a statement from the Episcopal Conference of Malawi, Archbishop Ziyaye died this morning in Namibia where he was receiving medical treatment.

Details are to be announced later.

Kulinji Reporter

Voters trickle to polling stations in Lilongwe North West

Voting in Lilongwe North West

 

Voting is underway in Lilongwe North West Constituency where six candidates are vying to occupy President Lazarus Chakwera's Parliamentary seat.

The contenders are; Mphatso Boti - Malawi Congress Party, Blessings Bokola – Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), Njelengo Cristopher Nolex – Mbakuwaku Movement for Democracy (MMD) and independent candidates Goodwell Ndiwo Banda, Bryson Majoni and Chimwemwe Kameta.

There were initially seven candidates but one independent candidate Deborah Mitawah withdrew from the race two weeks ago.

A  snap survey of six centres showed low turnout as of 10 am.

The centres visited included Malembo primary school, Sendwe, Pathungo, Mbandanga, Chazozoma and Kazumba.

 In an interview, Malawi Electoral Commission Commissioner Olivia Liwewe sounded optimistic.

"We have some substantial queues so it is a good start but hopefully we will see more people in the afternoon coming to vote and as MEC we would also like to urge people to maintain peace," said Liwewe.

Polling centres will close at 6 pm, thereafter results will be counted at each station and then sent to the District Commissioner for the tallying of the total votes for the constituency.

The by-election is being held following the resignation of legislator for the area Lazarus Chakwera before his election as President of Malawi on June 23.

Source: Josh Mphanda, MEC Stringer

High voter turnout in Karonga Central

Karonga Central

 

Voting has started on a high note in Karonga Central Constituency where five candidates are contesting to replace Dr. Cornelius Mwalwanda who succumbed to COVID-19 a few months ago.

As early as 05: 30am, there were long queues of people at Mwenilondo, Lupembe, Lughali and Mlare Polling centres waiting for their turns to cast a vote.

According to National Initiative for Civic Education (NICE) Public Trust regional civic education officer Vincent Kalawa, the turn up is good and encouraging.

"We are impressed with the turn up," Kalawa said.

The five candidates are: Leonard Mwalwanda of MCP, Ernest Mwalughali of DPP, UTM Party Frank Mwenifumbo, independent candidate Mary Florence Nthakomwa and Mbakuwaku Movement for Development's Nellie Sichali.

Independent candidate Nthakomwa already cast her vote at 06.30 am while UTM Party candidate Frank Mwenifumbo voted at 09.45 am at Mwenilondo polling centre.

About 16,180 are expected to vote today to elect their August House representative in the closely contested election. 

Voting will close at 6pm this evening.

By Jordan Semeon Phiri, MEC Stringer

 

Elijah Phompho

Voting underway in CK, UTM candidates casts her ballot

UTM candidate

 

With voting underway at most poling centers in  Chikwawa, the  UTM candidate for the Makhwira South ward by-election Fransisca Nyaunguru has voted at Nyangu Primary School Poling Center.

Casting her vote at exactly 9am, Nyanguru said she is so far impressed with the voting progress as no challenge has been registered.

However, presiding officer for Nyangu Primary School Poling center Kingstone Mara described the turn out as not being impressive, three hours after opening the center. Mara was however optimistic of incresed turn out during the day as most people are expected to have concluded their farming activities.

Queues up
Nyanguru queues up to vote. Photos by Elijah Phompho, MEC Stringer

Fransisca Nyanguru is among three female contestants for Makhuwira South ward including Lenita Austine of MCP, and Mary Lennison independent.

Other contestants for the area are Henry Tambu of DPP and Isaik Odges of UDF.

Makhwira South ward fall vacant following the demise of the fomer ward councillor for the area Manick Gannet.