Malawi partners with UNICEF to launch humanitarian drone program

Malawi partners with UNICEF to launch humanitarian drone program

Malawi’s government announced Thursday that it will partner with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to begin using unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), commonly called drones, for health care and other humanitarian needs. “Malawi has over the past years faced serious droughts and flooding,” said Jappie Mhango, the Minister for Transportation…

Cycling, walking move a greener Africa forward

Four African countries are among the world’s five most dangerous for walking and cycling, a new UN Environment Programme report on transportation finds, but positive change is making big strides. From Uganda’s student bike-sharing programs, to Zambia’s village bicycle ambulances and Namibia’s bicycle-based recycling pickup service, Africans are taking an…

Zambia, Malawi farmers develop resilience to climate impacts

Climate action on agricultural sustainability is a priority for reducing carbon emissions, and much of that work is being done among Africa’s smallholders. The support for local food systems and related anti-poverty efforts in rural regions of the continent is among the priorities laid out in the UN State of…

Missing Mutharika to return on Sunday, Malawi officials say

President Peter Mutharika will return to Malawi from the United States this weekend, the government said Tuesday. State House Press Secretary Mgeme Kalilani sent a statement to local news outlets assuring Malawians that Mutharika, who left Lilongwe on September 13 to attend the United Nations General Assembly in New York…

Zambia, SADC launch food aid in drought-stricken south

The Zambian government began Wednesday to send food relief to neighboring Malawi and Zimbabwe, in an effort to address food shortages in the drought-stricken nations of southern Africa. Shipment of the 48,000 metric tons of maize is part of a USD$2.4 billion humanitarian response coordinated through the Southern African Development…

#Malawi corruption: Who bears the cost?

As British ambassador Michael Nevin leaves his four-year posting at Lilongwe, his recent remarks about Malawi’s future are disheartening. Nevin, who will be replaced by new High Commissioner Holly Tett, irked some Malawi government officials when he said the nation is significantly more corrupt now, and that the rule of…

Tanzania awaits final word on Lake Malawi dispute

Malawi and Tanzania have been at loggerheads on where the border should be drawn between the two countries on the third largest fresh water body in Africa-Lake Malawi also known as Lake Nyasa in the neighbouring country; Owen Nyaka investigates. A new revelation under President John Magufuli’s leadership shows that…

Owen Nyaka

Owen has been a jounalist since 2001 and worked in a number of print and electronic media including the Malawi's lone news agency.

What’s being done about the persistent power blackouts in Malawi?

Malawi – Businesses in the country have received heavy blows after persistent power blackouts which have rocked the country since August this year. The state-owned power producing company in Malawi – Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) – announced in August this year that the problem is due to ‘insufficient…

Charles Pensulo

Charles Pensulo is a Malawian based journalist.

Malawi Government erred on the oil and gas exploration deal

New revelations show that Malawi’s Government has erred by issuing two exploration licences for gas and oil on the World Heritage site of Lake Malawi including the National Park marine protected area which could seriously dent the country’s image in environmental conservation. Godfrey Mfiti, Environmental Activist in Southern Africa says…

Owen Nyaka

Owen has been a jounalist since 2001 and worked in a number of print and electronic media including the Malawi's lone news agency.

Malawian police protect two suspects from angry mob

Yesterday, Malawian police protected two suspects from an angry mob after First Magistrate Chakaka Nyirenda adjourned their case reported the Nyasa Times. They are accused of abducting an albino boy. 33-year-old Fishani Mtambo from Mukwavi Village and Wamisi Kawumba, 32, of Cheyama Village were arrested last Thursday on suspicion of…