Written by Moses Masiye
About 70 households in the areas of Senior Chief Kanduku and Traditional Authority (T/A) Nthache in Mwanza are in dire need of food and shelter after hailstorms left them destitute.
Mwanza District Disaster Risk Management Desk Officer Drake Chiningwa says a two-year-old boy has been hospitalized at the district hospital after a tree fell on him.
The boy’s mother, Maria Malunga, sustained minor injuries.
Chiningwa told this blogger that figures of the affected people may rise, saying a full report will be ready by close of business Wednesday.
He said houses and other institutions were affected in group village Mchotseni of Senior Chief Kanduku and Kagonemwake of T/A Nthache in Mwanza central and Mwanza west constituencies respectively.
Senior chief Kanduku says the victims need urgent assistance as they have been homeless since Saturday when the accident occurred.
Senior Chief Kanduku told this blogger that though the assessment on the damage is still ongoing, the victims need urgent assistance.
He called upon government, civil society organizations and other well-wishers to come in and assist the victims.
Meanwhile, Chikwawa and Nsanje are likely to face heavy flooding as the Shire River has already had its banks and surrounding areas flooded.
The rains from upland have caused the river to flood, damaging crops on a large cultivation area.
Meanwhile, the Malawi Red Cross has asked communities living in flood prone areas to move to safer places.
In Mzuzu, torrential rains, accompanied by heavy winds, on Tuesday destroyed houses, rendering scores of people destitute. Authorities say they are still assessing the damage
The tendency of most Malawians travelling cross boarders without proper documents refuses to end, as 21 nationals were deported back from Mozambique through Mwanza border.
Mwanza boarder immigration public relations officer Pasqually Zulu confirmed that the young men in their mid 20s who had no any travel document, were arrested Friday morning at Moatize roadblock on their way to south Africa.
According to Zulu, they are from Balaka, Machinga and Mangochi districts.
He blamed the growing tendency of travelling without proper documents, which he said has recently claimed lives of many, as a result of using unchartered routes and uncertified means of transport.
Written by Moses Masiye
The government of Germany says is committed to pump in more support towards improving Malawi’s health sector.
Deputy Germany ambassador to Malawi Thomas Staiger made tr remarks in Ntcheu after appreciating the positive impact Results based financing program it supports in collaboration with Norway, which has improved the health sector, especially maternal and child health.
He says:- “Healthy Malawians are guaranteed to develop the country meaningfully.”
Staiger says he is impressed with how the money channelled through the Results based financing- RBF program for maternal and neonatal health has assisted improving infrastructure in health facilities, motivating health workforce, and encourage women deliver at health facilities among other areas.
Minister of health Atupele Muluzi says Malawi government appreciates the support it gets from Germany government.
“Maternal and child deaths have reasonably decreased in the health facilities where RBF program is implemented, and we are thankful to government of Germany and other partners for the support,” says Muluzi.
He says government has strategies in place to sustain the initiative and scale it up to other districts apart from the four, where RBF program is currently implemented.
RBF country director Matthew Mviiri says health service delivery has improved for the better in selected districts of Mchinji, Dedza, Ntcheu and Balaka, where the program is piloted.
Mviiri says:- “RBF has components of staff motivation, pregnant women placed on social cash transfer, construction of different infrastructure and state of the art hospital equipment procured, just to mention some elements that have improved maternal and child health over the past three years.”
Written by Moses Masiye
Two of Malawi’s legendary musicians Charles Sineta and Sir Paul Banda have embarked on an online music market project aimed at promoting other upcoming musicians from the proceeds realized.
Sineta also popularly known as the reggae machine told this blogger that The Duo 30 music project is targeting 3rd May 2019 when the two legends will commemorate 30 years after one of their memorable performance when Saint Pope John Paul the second visited Malawi.
Sineta says the proceeds realized from the music sales will boost the music industry.
“We have chosen to open the music market,www.apmcstore.com a copy right society of Malawi hosted platform, so as to ensure proper benefit than other platforms,” says Sineta.
He says a special committee will identify music groups or individuals who will be assisted next year during the duo’s 30 year commemoration using the proceeds.
On other benefits, Sineta says musicians will have the chance to reap from their talent in this era of piracy boom.
“Gone are the days when we enjoyed sales from tapes and compact discs and online sales is one option these days of increased piracy,” assured Sineta.
Charles Sineta performed with Alleluya band for a first great show at Chichiri stadium aged 15 during Pope John Paul’s visit to Malawi on 3d May 1989, while Paul Banda led the youth for a first main show on the same day, thus the idea to commemorate the 30 years in a meaningful way.
Written by Moses Masiye
Apart from flying the Malawian flag in Italy, Alleluyah Band, an arm of Andiamo youth cooperative trust arrives back Thursday, with support that will see more children under 15 years as well as pregnant women accessing improved quality healthy services at Comfort community hospital in Balaka.
Andiamo youth corperative trust Director Patrick Bwanali says through the shows Alleluyah Band held in Italy, they have managed to raise funds, which will assist in quality health service delivery to over 90 thousand people.
“After successful provision of free health services to children below 15 years and pregnant women last financial year, we assure to continue the same this financial year following a successful tour of Italy and Israel,” Bwanali told this blogger.
He says 90 thousand patients were assisted of which 70 percent were children below 15 years, adding that more than that are to benefit this time around.
According to Bwanali, if these were to pay, the cost could be valued at over 15 million Kwacha.
Bwanali says:- “Apart from the funds, Alleluyah Band has through the tour also managed to bring in a state of the art ambulance, which will serve the communities around Balaka town.”
Alleluyah band has been on a tour for Italy and Israel for about three months.
By Moses Masiye
Longstanding misunderstanding on who should manage rates and markets revenue around Liwonde roadblock and Mangochi turnoff, remain unresolved.
But newly elected Balaka district council chairperson has challenged to reclaim markets and places that Machinga district council collects revenue instead of Balaka, come 90 days.
In his acceptance speech on Tuesday, Balaka council chairperson, councillor Thomson Bwanali said markets at Mangochi turn off and Liwonde roadblock are the starting points.
“We will claim back this our revenue base as long as am the chair, and I urge this honourable chamber to join me in achieving this noble cause within first 90 days of my leadership,” said Bwanali.
The ministry of local government is yet to resolve the long outstanding issue, as it promised recently to hold meetings with the two concerned districts.
Ministry of local government spokesperson Mushlabase Mughogho Wednesday morning asked for more time when drawn for a comment on the progress of the proposed mediation.
The two markets that are the center of attraction are in Balaka central east constituency.
Balaka central east parliamentarian Yaumi Mpaweni said will support the initiative.
“We can amicably resolve this using contact and dialogue by engaging all concerned parties,” said Mpaweni
By Moses Masiyee
Five people have died and several others injured in Ntcheu road accident Wednesday morning, after a vehicle they were travelling in failed to take a corner at Salima turn off M5 and M1 roads T junction.
Ntcheu police public relations officer Hastings Chigaru confirmed that the dead bodies and those injured were taken to Balaka district hospital.
“The five out of the total eleven, including the driver, died on the spot, while two others sustained serious injuries.
“Three escaped with minor injuries while the only infant on board escaped unhurt,” said Chigaru.
Chigaru said the vehicle registration number MG 5559 belonging to Chitipa agriculture office was going to Blantyre.
The driver Sekani Nguluwe, also the mother of the unhurt infant, failed to take a left turn at the junction, due to over speeding, and landed with force on an electric pole.
Only the driver and Margaret Phiri of Chiwambo village T/a Mtwalo in Mzimba, have been identified.
All the dead bodies and the survivors are at Balaka district hospital.
By Moses Masiye
The ridicule women around Our lady of Mount Carmel community hospital in Malawi’s Mchinji district face for delivering at home or on the way to hospital might be history, thanks to a 9 million Kwacha maternity waiting hostel.
Sister in charge for Our lady of Mount Carmel community hospital Jovita Protazio told Zodiak online that women will be coming good time before labour, thereby restoring their dignity, which was lost due to numerous deliveries outside the facility.
“Their respect is now restored as women are safe from public ridicule, hence they will be waiting in a conducive and comfortable environment some days before delivery,” said Protazio.
She said instead of buying other consumables, management agreed to construct the 24 bed capacity maternity waiting hostel, which she said will benefit more generations.
Director of reproductive health in the ministry of health Funny Kachali commended Our Lady of Mount Carmel community hospital management for good usage of the initial facility support from RBF.
She said:- “We at ministry commend RBF for this support which has also benefited several facilities under the program in different ways.”
RBF country director Matthew Nviiri said they have so far disbursed 70 million Kwacha towards initial health facility support.
“Under this initiative, hospitals are given the chance of how to use their money, and we commend Our lady of Mount Carmel community hospital for their innovation, which other facilities need to emulate,” said Mviiri.
RBF under the program also provide funds for construction, medical equipment, incentives to motivate health workers, conditional cash transfer to pregnant women among others, in a bid to complement Malawi government efforts of improving maternal and child health.
Over 2 billion kwacha has been disbursed already for all these internventions