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Street Rat launches Tilitonse Band in Scotland

  Malawian musician living in Scotland, David Luhanga, aka Street Rat, officially launched a band last week at Edinburgh’s Fringe Festival. Street Rat established the six-member group trading as David Luhanga and Tilitonse Band to widen his opportunities as an international artist. The band was the opening act for six shows in Edinburgh from August…

CSOs impress Tilitonse

  Tilitonse Fund has reported greater rewards than challenges during the six years it has been operating in the country. Speaking during a national conference in Lilongwe, Tilitonse Fund programme officer Tiyanjana Kazembe said the programme has made a difference in governance issues in communities. “There was a noticeable gap in the governance and civil…

Community demands  explanation on project

A community in Traditional Authority Msakambewa in Dowa is demanding an explanation from managers of a classroom block project at Chigudu Primary School. The community through their radio listening club and area development committee (ADC) members met authorities to explain  how the project resources, said to have been worth K7.7 million were being used on…

Half of councils in financial mess

  Findings of a Local Government Accountability and Performance (LGAP) assessment show that half of the country’s 35 local government councils have serious financial issues and audit queries on their expenditures. In an interview on the sidelines of a public finance management meeting in Mzuzu yesterday, LGAP technical director Phaniso Kalua said progress has stalled…

10 more councils  In CDF abuse probe

  Treasury says it has extended its audit exercise to 10 remaining district councils to examine how the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) was used in respective constituencies following revelations of abuse. Initially, only 18 district councils were audited where it was revealed that about 20 members of Parliament (MPs) allegedly misappropriated the fund. However, a…

We on the streets have received the news that the Local Development Fund (LDF) will be disbanded with absolute joy. The fund, which was established as a nationwide, standardised and transparent development financing mechanism for local governments and part of the inter-government fiscal transfer system, has lately been dogged by many challenges, including high level…

Thrown out

Politicians and government officials in councils have conspired against the poor they are supposed to serve, working in cohort to kick them out of over K30 billion development projects. Nation on Sunday investigations reveal how politicians and council officials have ignored communities’ prioritised projects—as documented in district development plans (DDPs) and their operationalising annual investment…

Big fraud that is LDF, CDF, DDF

LDF, CDF and DDF—Malawi’s major local development financing mechanisms for improving the poor’s livelihoods and giving them better services—are on course to becoming the biggest fraud in the country’s history. Weekend Nation investigations reveal that at least half of the projects implemented under the Local Development Fund (LDF), the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) and the…

Selling Malawian music abroad

One of Malawi’s best music exports Street Rat, real name David Luhanga has just established a band in Scotland where he now stays. With his new band, he plans to tour Europe and make a name for himself while selling Malawi music in general. In this interview, which starts with his background in music, our…

Project to improve council effectiveness, accountability

The United States Agency for International Development (USaid) has invested $22.9 million (about K16.4 billion) in a project to improve accountability and effectiveness in local councils. Called Local Government Accountability and Performance (LGAP), the five-year project is being implemented in partnership with the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development in eight pilot councils out…

Kafantayeni Project frees 112 murder convicts

  Taxpayer-funded Malawi Human Rights Commission (MHRC) says 112 murder convicts have been released from the country’s prisons under the Tilitonse Fund-sponsored Kafantayeni Project where cases of those sentenced to life imprisonment are set for rehearing. Speaking yesterday in Lilongwe on the sidelines of a two-day civil society conference on inclusive and accountable governance being…

Chilima urges tough decisions to achieve accountability

  Vice-President Saulos Chilima has dared civil society organisations and public sector leaders to embrace tough decisions to achieve accountability and good governance in the country. The Vice-President made the remarks at the Bingu International Convention Centre (Bicc) in Lilongwe yesterday when he officially opened a two-day conference for CSOs organised by Tilitonse Fund under…

NGO empowers Mzimba communities

A local non-governmental organisation (NGO), Ungweru, says empowering local people with information is vital to influencing change in service delivery. The organisation’s project officer Onnis Kasambara said this at Mzimba District Executive Committee (DEC) meeting in Mzimba last week where he presented outcomes of a project they were implementing in the district. He said community institutions…

Project improves revenue collection in LL

  Lilongwe City Council (LCC) has applauded Mtendere Organisation for contributing towards transparency and accountability in financial management and expenditure in the city. The organisation, with financial support from Tilitonse Fund, has been implementing a project in Traditional Authority (T/A) Tsabango in the district to increase citizen participation in operations and administration of revenue collection…

Street Rat establishes band in Scotland

A Malawian artist living in Scotland, David Luhanga, aka Street Rat, has formed a band to widen his opportunities internationally. The six-member group trading as David Luhanga and Tilitonse Band will be launched at the Edinburgh’s Fringe Festival next month. In an interview, Street Rat said the band has also been booked for six other…

BCC to launch Service Charter July 1—officials

Blantyre City Council (BCC) has said its service delivery is expected to improve once the service charter is launched and operationalised on July 1 this year. BCC officials gave the assurance on Thursday in Blantyre during a stakeholders’ meeting organised by Concerned Youth Organisation (CYO), a non-governmental organisation, which is championing citizen participation and implementation…

Nkhata Bay DEC boycott budget tracking meeting

  About 40 members of Nkhata Bay District Executive Committee (DEC) boycotted a meeting convened by Catholic Commission for Peace and Justice (CCJP) to unveil findings of an inquiry into how the district council is using public funds. The shunned budget tracking initiative, funded by Tilitonse, aims to strengthen citizen participation for transparency and accountability…

Where are women writers?

  When people talk about the dwindling reading culture in the country, they do not mentioning the writers. In the words of Nancy Phiri, chairperson of the Women’s Desk at Malawi Writers Union (Mawu), one cannot talk about the declining reading culture when writers are no longer writing and publishing their works.  “We are talking…

MPs shun meetings

  Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP) of Lilongwe Archdiocese has expressed concern over the absence of members of Parliament (MPs) during development meetings in Dowa. CCJP governance officer Mwai Sandram observed on Friday that constituencies cannot register meaningful social and economic transformation when MPs do not attend area development committee (ADC) and area…