NPL tops Green Media Awards

4 journalists scoop individual awards The Association of Environmental Journalists in Malawi (AEJM) has named Nation Publications Limited (NPL) the greenest print media house in the country. During the environmental awards held at Golden Peacock Hotel in Lilongwe on Saturday night, four NPL journalists scooped individual awards for outstanding coverage of wildlife protection, fisheries, mining and disaster…

In a first, the brains behind Mulhako wa Ahlomwe yesterday recognised four artists who have excelled in various disciplines. During the annual cultural festival graced by President Peter Mutharika, the tribal group honoured outstanding Lhomwe artists, including departed musicians Michael Yekha (real name Michael Mukhito Phiri), Allan Namoko and Saleta Phiri. Also honoured were Izeki…

NRB work gets a boost

Government is receiving 84 motorcycles from its development partners that are initially to be used for the distribution of the new Biometric identity (ID) cards to all the card collection centres in the country. At a ceremony at Nkhata Bay District Commissioner’s office yesterday, the ambassador of Ireland to Malawi Gerry Cunningham handed over four…

Staff crisis fuelling abuse

District commissioners (DCs), who are at the centre of the decentralisation programme, have decried huge staffing gaps in their councils, which they say result in lack of accountability of resources. We interviewed eight of the 28 DCs in the country. The DCs we talked to are Rodrick Mateauma of Balaka, Bester Mandele (Machinga), Rodney Simwaka(Salima),…

MRA touts its export initiatives

Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) says it has various initiatives that exporters can benefit from which are in tandem with government’s overall objective of turning into an exporting country. In an interview, MRA head of corporate affairs Steven Kapoloma said to ensure that sustained and effective services are provided to the exports sector, the tax collecting…

NAO raises eyebrows

The National Audit Office (NAO) is splashing millions renovating its headquarters in Lilongwe that experts three years ago condemned as unfit for human use and recommended that it should be vacated and demolished. The move to renovate the offices has alarmed a Lilongwe City Council (LCC) buildings expert, who says a condemned structure cannot be…

Maliro pa chisangalalo

Mwambo wa chikondwerero choti dziko lino latha zaka 53 lili pa ufulu wodzilamurira lidasanduka chisoni pomwe ana 7 ndi bambo mmodzi adamwalira pokanganirana kulowa m’bwalo la za masewero la Bingu National Stadium kumene kumayenera kuchitika mpira waulere. Izi zidadziwika pomwe mtsogoleri wa dziko lino adatsogolera Amalawi pa mapemphero wolingalira za ufuluwo ku Bingu International Convention…

ACB arrest former Roads Authority CEO

The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB)has arrested former Roads Authority (RA)chief executive officer (CEO) Trevor Hiwa for abuse of office. Hiwa’s arrest follows investigations instituted by the ACB which established that Hiwa recommended Infracon Limited Hiwa’s company to be awarded the World Bank contract worth $303,823 for the design and supervision of various roads constructions in the…

The budget framework

The 2017/18 National Budget presented in Parliament yesterday has been formulated within the backdrop of a rebounding economy and an improving macroeconomic environment. Total expenditure and net lending is estimated at K1 299.4 billion or about 26.2 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) comprising K946.6 billion or about 19.1 percent of GDP while recurrent expenditure…

Climate change action is good for African economies

Investing in effective management of environment assets is critical to reducing poverty and hunger and spur inclusive growth on the continent, director of special initiatives division at the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) Fatima Denton, has said. Denton said this on the eve of the 2017 Africa Regional Forum on Sustainable Development which kicked off…

Road to Miss Malawi: Know the finalists

Nthanda Lizzie Manduwi Aged 21, Nthanda Lizzie Manduwi holds a degree in Social Sciences (double majoring in economics and demography) from the University of Malawi, Chancellor College. She also holds certificates in Population Project Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (obtained from the University of Malawi) and Business Management.   On the entrepreneurship front, Nthanda is the…

No-one runs or rushes in Malawi

A 19-year-old Fairlie woman spent six months teaching at a school in Malawi earlier this year and was amazed by the difference in day-to-day life. Estelle Arundell spoke about the extreme differences between life in New Zealand and Malawi at an assembly at her former school, Craighead Diocesan School, New Zealand. “Here, everything’s so accessible…

Winning big with savings and investments

When her husband abandoned her and her four-year-old baby in 2010, Bertha Khumula was left with two choices. Give up on life or do something to provide for her daughter. “I had nowhere to start from because during my marriage life, I depended on my then husband. Life was really tough for us to the…