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About Lovemore
Lovemore Khomo is a journalist based in Lilongwe, Central Region, Malawi.
I understand that the world is in our hands and there is need to work together and make a difference to people lives.
I have been working with Farm Radio International Weekly also known as Barza Wire farmradio.fm as a contributor since 2016. Locally, I am a staff writer for Nyasatimes www.nyasatimes.com and a freelance for Malawi Voice www.malawivoice.com and below are my recent stories.


And these are my profession qualities:
•	A progressive and deep thinker with excellent analytical skills posseses more than 5 years’ experience as a journalist working in a busy newsroom.
•	I have written and produced Investigative pieces on different topics (In-depth reports)
•	Ability to investigate things deeply.
•	I have been tracking different developmental integrity and topics in recent years-Malawi.
•	I have worked as a Journalist with an excellence knowledge in articulating issues happening in different developmental sectors.
•	Excellent in researching, writing and listening on wide range of topics.
•	Excellent in covering the real time news and presenting them (Trending technical, political, social and economic issues).
•	Proficient in working in shifts and to work in 24X7 work environment.
•	Unmatchable communication skills in written and verbal both.
•	Excellent interpersonal skills.
•	Able to identify, research and verify news stories
•	Generating ideas for stories from current issues making headlines
•	Covering a range of areas for local dailies.
•	Reporting live as it unfolds and presenting newscast on air.
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AIP marred with ambiguities – World Bank Report

27 Feb 2024  |  Malawi Voice
The World Bank's report highlights ambiguities in Malawi's Affordable Inputs Program (AIP), particularly in beneficiary selection and fiscal shortfall mechanisms. Launched in October 2023, the AIP aims to reach 1.5 million productive farming households and is reportedly on track. The report also addresses Malawi's challenges with maize production, harvest variability, high prices, and El Nino impacts. While commending the government's macroeconomic recovery steps, including currency adjustments and an IMF agreement, the World Bank emphasizes the need for sustained macro-fiscal reforms, export-led growth, and resilience building against extreme weather and food insecurity.

Refugees Pose Security Risk, Says Homeland Minister

30 Jan 2024  |  Malawi Voice
Ken Zikhale Ng’oma, the Minister of Homeland and Security in Malawi, has expressed concerns that criminals may be exploiting refugee status to pose security risks to the country. To address this, the ministry is enforcing a court order to relocate refugees to Dzaleka Refugee Camp in Dowa district. The relocation is part of a larger plan to move the camp to Mbalizi in Chitipa, which is currently facing congestion issues with 50,000 refugees and asylum seekers housed in a facility designed for 12,000. The Department of Refugees, supported by CCJP, organized a briefing with traditional chiefs and council members in Lilongwe. CCJP National Coordinator Boniface Chibwana and Senior Chief Mwenewenya have shown support for the relocation, although there is some resistance from a few individuals.

Uladi Mussa Joins Malawi Congress Party, Pledges to Strengthen the Party

29 Jan 2024  |  Malawi Nyasa Times - News from Malawi about Malawi
Uladi Mussa, also known as 'Chenji Golo', has joined the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) at a development rally in Salima. In his speech, he committed to working hard to strengthen the party. The Deputy Secretary General of MCP, Catherine Gotani Hara, highlighted Uladi's popularity and his experience as a government minister. President Lazarus Chakwera spoke about the inclusivity of MCP and emphasized the importance of unity and development in the country. Prior to the rally, President Chakwera inspected various government development projects in the regions of Mvera, Dowa, and Salima.

Kawinga FC promoted into Super League after a win against Zitha FC amid match fixing probe

29 Jan 2024  |  Malawi Nyasa Times - News from Malawi about Malawi
Kawinga FC has secured promotion to the TNM Super League after defeating St Gabriel Zitha FC with a score of 4-1 in the Central Region Football League final. The match was played under the directive of the Football Association of Malawi, which also launched match-fixing investigations involving Kawinga FC and Ngolowindo FC. Kawinga FC's coach, Harry Bishop Saidi, commended his team's performance despite the challenges posed by the match-fixing allegations. St Gabriel Zitha FC's coach, Mtheto Mkamanga, cited a lack of match fitness and preparation time due to the allegations as factors in their defeat. The Football Association of Malawi has requested further information on the match-fixing claims for their investigation.

Mozambican National Arrested for Illegal Ivory Possession in Malawi

17 Jan 2024  |  Malawi Voice
Moses Paul Banda, a 26-year-old Mozambican national, has been arrested by the Mangochi Police in Malawi for illegal possession of elephant ivory, a protected species, without a license. This act is contrary to the National Parks and Wildlife Act. The arrest occurred on January 17, 2024, at Namwera after community members tipped off the police. Banda was intercepted while carrying a bag with two raw ivory tusks, each weighing 5 kilograms. He was apprehended while crossing Mandimba Bridge on a motorcycle. Banda is set to appear in court after the completion of investigations. The Malawi Police have expressed gratitude to the public for their assistance in combating wildlife crime.

Oncology Unit to stall at Cancer Centre after March 31st

17 Dec 2023  |  Malawi Voice
The Oncology Unit at Malawi's National Cancer Centre, providing radiotherapy and chemotherapy, is expected to be operational after March 31, 2024, as stated by Health Minister Khumbize Kandodo Chiponda during an inspection. The construction of concrete bunkers is progressing well, with work being done around the clock to meet the deadline. Site Agent Ajai Mohan from PLEM Construction confirmed the expected completion date. The project, which began in 2017 with bunker construction starting in 2022, is eagerly anticipated to offer comprehensive cancer treatment services.

You cannot run an economy with propaganda

08 Dec 2023  |  Malawi Voice
Leader of Opposition Kondwani Nankhumwa criticized the Malawian government for relying on propaganda to manage the economy, highlighting issues such as high inflation, unemployment, and a significant devaluation of the Malawi Kwacha. He argued that President Lazarus Chakwera's foreign trips have been unproductive. In response, Leader of the House Richard Chimwendo Banda defended the government's actions, citing improvements in electrification, social cash transfers, and infrastructure projects. The article reflects a critical view of the current administration's economic policies.

ActionAid asks World Bank, IMF to end failed debt, austerity policy in Africa

13 Oct 2023  |  Malawi Voice
ActionAid's Country Directors in Africa have urged the World Bank and IMF to halt debt stress and austerity policies in African countries, coinciding with the 2023 annual meetings in Marrakech, Morocco. They advocate for debt cancellation and progressive tax reforms, highlighting the failure of austerity measures to promote economic and human development. A report by ActionAid, 'Fifty Years of Failure,' criticizes the IMF's adherence to austerity, despite evidence of its detrimental effects. Chikumbutso Ngosi from ActionAid emphasized the need for systemic solutions to debt and public service expenditure, resisting austerity and privatization, and overhauling the global financial architecture. The organization also points out the structural under-representation of African countries in decision-making at the World Bank and IMF, rooted in a colonial legacy.

Infections increase TB cases in Nkhatabay

28 Sep 2023  |  Malawi Voice
Nkhatabay district has seen a rise in Tuberculosis (TB) cases, registering 98 cases in the first half of 2023, up from 79 cases in the same period in 2022. The increase is attributed to high HIV/TB co-infections, informal mining activities, and overcrowding in fishing docks. District TB Officer Mavuto Khomba highlighted a 60% HIV/TB co-infection rate and a 7% fatality rate due to late hospital visits and delayed diagnosis. Stigma and discrimination are significant barriers to TB treatment. Despite resource constraints, plans are in place to intensify awareness campaigns. MDR patient Kondwani Mtawali expressed satisfaction with his treatment.

Bullets leads TNM Super League table

21 Sep 2023  |  malawivoice.com
FCB Nyasa Big Bullets secured a 1-0 victory over Mighty Tigers in the TNM Super League match at Kamuzu Stadium, with Yamikani Fodya scoring a late penalty. The win places Bullets at the top of the league table with 40 points from 19 games. Mighty Tigers are now 11th with 27 points from 23 games. In another match, Kamuzu Barracks defeated Ekwendeni with Olson Kanjira scoring the only goal, positioning the Barracks fifth in the league. Bullets' coach Callisto Pasuwa praised his team's effort, while Mighty Tigers' coach Patrick Nyambose expressed disappointment over the late penalty. Chawanangwa Gumbo was named player of the match.

58% gets Covid

07 Sep 2023  |  Malawi Voice
Covid-19 remains a global threat despite being declared no longer a public health emergency by the WHO. In Malawi, 58% of the targeted population has been vaccinated against Covid-19, falling short of the 70% goal. The UNC project is conducting research on the efficacy of the ModernaTX vaccine in Malawi and the Sub-Saharan region. Delays in vaccination among healthcare workers and the general population are hindering herd immunity. Stakeholders are urged to use innovative communication strategies to increase vaccine uptake. The research aims to provide valuable insights into the vaccine's effectiveness, although results may take 3 to 4 years to be published.

ATI book launch to promote transparency, accountability

31 Aug 2023  |  Malawi Voice
The Malawi Human Rights Commission has stated that the new Access to Information law will enhance transparency and accountability in Malawi. During the book launch organized by the Media Council of Malawi, MHRC Executive Secretary Habiba Osman highlighted the operational status of publishing information under the ATI and the training of information officers. Parliamentary Committee on Media Chairperson Susan Dossi discussed the legislative gap that the ATI law fills, and Media Council of Malawi Board Chairperson Wisdom Chimgwede spoke on how the ATI will aid their mandate. U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Officer Namita Biggins also emphasized the importance of freedom of expression.

Old Mutual increase MISA Awards sponsorship

21 Aug 2023  |  malawivoice.com
Old Mutual has increased its sponsorship for the MISA annual awards on Responsible Business Reporting from K1.5 million to K2 million. A new Memorandum of Understanding will be signed at a later date. The announcement was made by Patience Chatsika, Old Mutual's Marketing and Corporate Affairs Manager, during a media workshop on the New Pensions Act in Lilongwe. Legal Counsel Pempho Likongwe discussed the importance of the pension act, which mandates social security and employer compliance. MISA Malawi Vice Chairperson Chisomo Ngulube expressed gratitude for the increased sponsorship, noting it fosters excellent journalism. The new Pension Act, amended in 2022, became operational in 2023.

GCN demand probe into Netball Player's sexual abuse

17 Aug 2023  |  malawivoice.com
The NGO Gender Coordination Network (NGO-GCN) in Malawi, led by Chairperson Barbara Banda, has called for an investigation into allegations of sexual abuse within African netball, as reported by Malawi National Netball team legend Mary Waya. Waya highlighted the issue of male coaches demanding sexual favors for team selection. The NGO-GCN condemns such abuse and advocates for a safe environment, gender-sensitive training, and support services for affected individuals, emphasizing the importance of sports as a platform for empowerment and positive role modeling.

Struggling with gender-based violence in Malawi

04 Aug 2023  |  Barza Wire
The article discusses the plight of Jennifer Kabiya and Malita Jonathan, two women from Malawi who have suffered from gender-based violence and neglect. Jennifer Kabiya, who is pregnant and already has a daughter, is struggling due to her husband's lack of support. She sought help from the Forum for Concerned Young People (FOCOYOPE), which provided her with counseling and legal assistance. Malita Jonathan, a mother of three, faced similar issues with her husband, leading to police involvement and a court case. The article highlights the role of community-based organizations and police in addressing gender-based violence in Malawi. It also mentions the financial support of the Government of Canada through Global Affairs Canada for The Innovations in Health, Rights and Development (iHEARD) project, which is implemented by a consortium including Farm Radio International, CODE, Marie Stopes International, and others.

Court adjourns Lilongwe street vendors' injunction hearing to July 13

30 Jun 2023  |  Malawi Voice
High Court Judge William Msiska has postponed the hearing on the Lilongwe street vendors' injunction application to July 13, 2023, following the Attorney General's request for more time to respond. The vendors, represented by lawyer Felisa Kilembe Mitambo, are challenging Lilongwe by-laws that prohibit informal street vending and involve the confiscation of goods. The judicial review application is based on alleged abuses by council evictors. The vendors' case is supported by the Southern Africa Litigation Centre and the Centre for Human Rights Education Advice and Assistance.

Mphungu primary school gets desks from Rotary Club

29 Jun 2023  |  Malawi Voice
Lilongwe City Center Rotary Club donated 120 desks worth K1.7 million to Mphungu Primary School in Lilongwe, fulfilling a promise made last year. The donation aims to support the education sector and improve learning conditions. The Club also plans to renovate the school's roofing and ceiling. Headteacher Lucy Chigwadala expressed gratitude, noting that the desks will enhance class attendance, increase pass rates, and reduce dropout rates. The school has 846 learners, with an almost equal number of boys and girls.

Henry Mussa, Gideon Munthali appeal hearing adjourned to July 11

20 Jun 2023  |  Malawi Voice
The High Court in Lilongwe has postponed the appeal hearing for former Information Minister Henry Mussa and the ministry’s director Gedion Munthali to July 11, 2023, due to the defense's failure to file necessary documents. Justice Eddah Ngwira cautioned the defense against repeating this mistake. Both Mussa and Munthali are currently serving sentences for conspiracy to steal, felony, receiving stolen items, and theft by public servants. The court will also address a bail application filed earlier this month.

Three jailed for possessing fake banknotes

15 Jun 2023  |  Malawi Voice
The Mangochi First Grade Magistrate’s Court in Malawi sentenced three men to up to five years in prison for possessing and forging fake banknotes. Malawian Panganani William and Rwandan Emmanuel Saidi received four-year sentences, while Burundian Jackson Sherma received a five-year sentence. The arrests followed a tip from the public, leading to the seizure of fake notes, a Canon printer, and other forgery tools. The state prosecutor highlighted the serious impact of their crimes on Malawi's economy, leading to the court's decision to impose a harsh sentence as a deterrent.

Genocide fugitive Fulgence Kayishema obtained a Malawi passport in the years between 2017 and 2018 that he used for travel under the name Positani Chikuse

05 Jun 2023  |  The New Times
Fulgence Kayishema, a fugitive wanted for his role in the Rwandan genocide, reportedly obtained a Malawian passport between 2017 and 2018. He used the alias Positani Chikuse for traveling. The article by Reuters highlights the ongoing challenges in tracking and apprehending individuals accused of serious crimes such as genocide. It also raises concerns about the integrity of passport issuance processes in countries where such fugitives may seek to hide or escape justice.

Genocide fugitive Fulgence Kayishema obtained a Malawi passport in the years between 2017 and 2018 that he used for travel under the name Positani Chikuse

05 Jun 2023  |  newtimes.co.rw
Fulgence Kayishema, a fugitive wanted for his role in the Rwandan genocide, reportedly obtained a Malawian passport between 2017 and 2018. He used the alias Positani Chikuse for traveling. The article by Reuters highlights the ongoing challenges in tracking and apprehending individuals accused of serious crimes such as genocide. It also raises concerns about the integrity of passport issuance processes in countries where such fugitives may seek to hide or escape justice.

Bankers on top, Bullets second in TNM Super League

04 Jun 2023  |  Malawi Voice
Silver Strikers FC lead the TNM Super League with 18 points after defeating Kamuzu Barracks FC 1-0, maintaining their unbeaten record. Stain Dave scored the decisive goal. Silver Strikers' Head Coach Hendrikus Pieter de Jongh praised his team's effort. Chimwemwe Idana was named Man of the Match. Kamuzu Barracks sit in 13th place with 8 points. Mighty Wanderers FC moved to third place after a 2-1 win over Karonga United, with goals from Lawrence Chaziya and Stanley Sanudi. Bullets are in second place due to a superior goal difference over Wanderers.

Resource constraints affecting leprosy fight in Chiradzulu

01 Jun 2023  |  Malawi Voice
Chiradzulu District Hospital is facing significant challenges in combating leprosy due to resource constraints, which hinder their ability to conduct awareness campaigns and screenings. Dermatologist Thoko Phiri highlighted the increase in leprosy cases from zero between 2015-2020 to eight cases since 2021, including an 11-year-old boy. The hospital relies on voluntary patient visits and occasional assistance from well-wishers. Despite these challenges, the hospital continues to collect samples and raise awareness about leprosy symptoms and signs.

JournAids worried over end to Covid

22 May 2023  |  malawivoice.com
The Journalists Association against AIDS (JournAids) has expressed concern over the World Health Organisation's declaration that Covid-19 is no longer a public health emergency, fearing it may reduce vaccine uptake. JournAids Program Manager Dingaan Mithi emphasized the role of media in encouraging vaccination during a Media Science Cafe in Lilongwe. Malawi has vaccinated 30% of its population, short of the 70% target for herd immunity. The World Bank's newly introduced Pandemic Fund aims to improve pandemic preparedness in developing countries, with Malawi set to benefit. The Ministry of Health's Mabvuto Thomas highlighted the ongoing presence of Covid-19 and the potential threat of new variants.

Govt suspends two School Projects Contractor in Chikwawa due to substandard work

22 May 2023  |  malawivoice.com
The Malawian government has suspended ACH Construction Company for dishonesty and substandard work on school structures at Mbiya and Makande CDSS in Chikwawa. Deputy Minister of Education Nancy Chaola Mdooko ordered the suspension during an inspection of the Equals Project, which aims to improve education services in secondary schools. The project, funded by the World Bank, includes the construction of various educational facilities in 13 districts. The Deputy Minister criticized the use of poor materials and ordered a halt to construction pending a review by the government's Education Infrastructure Unit.

Mwaungulu's 18th seconds stunner into the second half rescue poor Bullets

22 May 2023  |  malawivoice.com
Patrick Mwaungulu scored a goal 18 seconds into the second half, saving FCB Nyasa Big Bullets from their first league defeat of the season against Civo Service Sporting Club. Civo's Binwell Katinji had scored in the first half, taking advantage of Bullets' weak defense. Bullets' coach Callisto Pasuwa made strategic substitutions at half time, which led to the team's improved performance and the equalizing goal. Civo's Team Manager Gabriel Chirwa praised his team's effort and possession control. The match ended with Civo's Chikaiko Batson winning the man of the match award and a prize of K50,000.

PAC urges Nkhatabay District Council to invest in tourism, agriculture

18 May 2023  |  malawivoice.com
The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Parliament has recommended that Nkhatabay District Council focus on developing tourism and agriculture to increase revenue. During an oversight meeting, PAC chairperson Mark Bottomani highlighted the potential of these sectors for economic growth and urged the council to implement strategies effectively. The committee expressed dissatisfaction with the council's revenue collection and fund allocation, advising adherence to the Public Finance Management Act. Nkhatabay District Commissioner Rodgers Newa acknowledged the need for guidance on tourism policies and the importance of improving transport and accommodation around Lake Malawi.

Man arrested over cocaine, Kuber

13 May 2023  |  Malawi Voice
A 40-year-old man named Elias Black was arrested in Lilongwe for possession of three blisters of cocaine and 18 packets of kuber tobacco without a license. The arrest was made at a rest house's gate in Biwi Township following a tip. Black, who hails from Kalima Village in the area of Traditional Authority Masasa in Ntcheu District, is charged with possession of dangerous drugs without a license and is expected to appear in court next week.

Luchenza Municipal Council's Improper Planning Worries PAC

11 May 2023  |  www.malawivoice.com
The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Parliament, chaired by Mark Bottomani, expressed concern over Luchenza Municipal Council's lack of a strategic plan since 2015. During an oversight meeting in Lilongwe, Bottomani emphasized the need for a development blueprint and urged the council to create a new strategic plan. The Acting Chief Executive Officer of the council, Wanyapukucha McPhine Sturdy Mzumara, acknowledged the necessity of a guiding document for initiating development activities but cited inadequate resources as a challenge. The council also faces issues with unpaid rates by property owners, totaling K32 million.

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