Nation Online – The Nation Online http://mwnation.com Top Malawi Breaking News Headlines Fri, 24 Nov 2017 21:38:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9 NPL tops Green Media Awards http://mwnation.com/npl-tops-green-media-awards/ http://mwnation.com/npl-tops-green-media-awards/#comments Tue, 07 Nov 2017 14:35:32 +0000 http://mwnation.com/?p=221532 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…

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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 preparedness.

According to AEJM secretary general Charles Mkoka, the association conferred the publishers of The Nation, Weekend Nation, Nation on Sunday, Fuko and Nation Online the Green Print House Award in honour of its in-depth and coordinated coverage of environmental issues.

“During the Green Awards, Nation was considered the best print house because it has a special page for environmental news, a special projects desk with an eye on environmental issues and it has been following environment-related events, such as climate change, water, sanitation and world observances with special supplements,” he said.

In the individual categories, our Features Editor James Chavula won the Green Award in the Fisheries Category for his Exclusive Enquiry, Water Wars of Lake Chiuta, in which he exposes violent scrambles for waters and dwindling fish population of Lake Chiuta which keeps disrupting the families, peace and livelihoods in villages along the water body on the border between Malawi and Mozambique.

Lilongwe Bureau Chief Samuel Chunga scooped the Best Wildlife Reporter Award. The winning article highlights how some legislators’ visit to Liwonde National Park moved them to pass the amended National Parks and Wildlife Act which prescribes straight custodial sentences of up to 30 years for wildlife criminals.

Mzuzu-based reporter John Chirwa received the Best Disaster Preparedness Journalist Award having told the story of Mzuzu’s “forgotten disaster” through the eyes of a devastated victim to underline the need for early warning systems in disaster preparedness to minimise unnecessary loss of lives among loved ones.

This is the story of last year’s disaster in which Ethel Khosa lost two daughters and collapsed in the middle of the night. The woman fainted during the torrents and was admitted to Mzuzu Central Hospital. Upon being discharged, she travelled to Chikangawa to bury her daughter.

“I was devastated” she told the reporter.

Alick Ponje emerged the Best Journalist (Mining) for his article, published before he joined NPL.

He reveals how uncertainties over the opening of Kanyika niobium mine have left people of the mineral-rich setting impoverished, food insecure and frustrated with environmental degradation.

Chanco Radio emerged the best radio station for its unremitting coverage of environmental affairs, with its reporter Sekina Majawa winning two individual accolades in the Sustainable Mining and Climate Change categories.

Other winners include MIJ FM’s Tamanda Matebule (Social Accountability and Agriculture), Joy’s Enock Balakasi (Green Documentary), Timveni Radio’s Nancy Malata (Waste Management), Zodiak Broadcasting Station’s Hudson Bisani (Green Photojournalism) and Grace Khombe (Agriculture) as well as MBC’s McDonald Chiwayula (Energy Journalism) and Eunice Ndlovu (Water and Sanitation).

The Green Awards were graced by Minister of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining Masi who underscored the importance of the media in rallying Malawians to take part in protecting the environment as effects of climate change worsen.

 

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Tragedy leads to postponement of MDF teams’ games http://mwnation.com/tragedy-leads-postponement-mdf-teams-games/ http://mwnation.com/tragedy-leads-postponement-mdf-teams-games/#comments Fri, 03 Nov 2017 18:11:07 +0000 http://mwnation.com/?p=221230 Football Association of Malawi (FAM) yesterday postponed two Fisd Challenge Cup quarter-final games involving Malawi Defence Force (MDF) teams following a road accident that claimed the lives of 18 MDF trainees on Thursday. Kamuzu Barracks were scheduled to host Azam Tigers at Civo Stadium in Lilongwe Saturday afternoon whereas Umodzi FC were supposed to take…

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Football Association of Malawi (FAM) yesterday postponed two Fisd Challenge Cup quarter-final games involving Malawi Defence Force (MDF) teams following a road accident that claimed the lives of 18 MDF trainees on Thursday.

Kamuzu Barracks were scheduled to host Azam Tigers at Civo Stadium in Lilongwe Saturday afternoon whereas Umodzi FC were supposed to take on Moyale Barracks at Kalulu Stadium in Nchalo, Chikwawa tomorrow.

Gunda: We need to stand in solidarity

In a statement issued on Friday, the association’s general secretary Alfred Gunda said the games “have been postponed due to the tragedy that has befallen Malawi Defence Force family.

“This decision has been taken to enable all football fans and supporters to stand in solidarity with the MDF family and their teams as the country mourns our departed brothers.”

Asked if the postponement would extend to competitions which are not managed by the association, FAM acting competitions manager Casper Jangale  said: “We are in the process of consultation with our affiliates on that, but the Southern Region Football Association [SRFA] has also followed suit..”

MDF spokesperson Paul Chiphwanya told The Nation on Thursday that the accident occurred at Mapanjila in Mzimba District and 16 of the 35 people on board died on the spot after the Iveco truck they were travelling in overturned.

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Mulhako wa Ahlomwe honours artists http://mwnation.com/mulhako-wa-ahlomwe-honours-artists/ http://mwnation.com/mulhako-wa-ahlomwe-honours-artists/#respond Tue, 31 Oct 2017 08:54:13 +0000 http://mwnation.com/?p=220832 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…

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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.

Mabedi recieves the prizes from Mutharika

Also honoured were Izeki ndi Jakobo comedians—the late John Nyanga and remnant Eric Mabedi.

The fallen artists, represented by family members, were presented with miniatures.

Mabedi was the only living award-winner. He also received a gong for his deceased friend Nyanga.

 

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UN staff saluted for dedication and commitment http://mwnation.com/un-staff-saluted-dedication-commitment/ http://mwnation.com/un-staff-saluted-dedication-commitment/#comments Fri, 27 Oct 2017 11:44:23 +0000 http://mwnation.com/?p=220560 United Nations staff members in Ethiopia today gathered at the Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) to celebrate UN Staff Day with a lot of activities, including live performances, music, games, a talent show and international food tasting. Speaking at the event, Staff Union president, Joseph Baricako, said he was elated that UN Staff Day, which…

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United Nations staff members in Ethiopia today gathered at the Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) to celebrate UN Staff Day with a lot of activities, including live performances, music, games, a talent show and international food tasting.

Speaking at the event, Staff Union president, Joseph Baricako, said he was elated that UN Staff Day, which has not been celebrated in recent years, was back on the calendar allowing staff to take stock as they reflect on their work as international civil servants seeking to contribute towards a better world.

“This day is important because we get the opportunity to celebrate the courage, commitment and sacrifice of UN staff all over the world and their potential too. We are delivering on our mandate as the United Nations because of the high level of professionalism, dedication and skills we have here through the UN staff so it is only fair that we get to celebrate ourselves today,” said Baricako.

He said UN Staff Day celebrations were taking place at a time the institution is going through reforms so it can deliver in a better and more efficient way.

“So this is a special time. We also have challenges as resources continue to dwindle but we have more to celebrate and we stand ready as always to deliver our mandate to the world so every UN staff member should feel proud of the great work they are doing all over the world, sometimes in very difficult conditions,” said Baricako.

Speaking on behalf of ECA deputy executive secretary, Giovanie Biha, administration director, Carlos Haddad, praised UN staff in Ethiopia for their commitment and dedication to duty.

He thanked the staff for continuing to deliver on the UN mandate even as they work in an ever-changing world under difficult conditions.

Echoing the Secretary General’s 2017 UN Staff Day message, Mr. Haddad said; “Today we celebrate our ideals; peace, sustainable development, human rights, solidarity and compassion. It is also a day to celebrate the skills, commitments and talent that UN staff demonstrate in so many ways, and on so many challenges.”

In her remarks, Ahunna Eziakonwa-Onochie, UN Resident Coordinator, who’s also the UNDP Resident Representative and UN Humanitarian Coordinator, praised the high standard of work exhibited by UN staff in Ethiopia.

“When you have that kind of connection you can’t help but be proud of this organisation. The totality of the UN in this country—the footprint—is incredible. There’s nothing that is left untouched by the United Nations; that’s what we are here for, that’s what we do,” she said, adding the diversity of the UN “is what makes it all happen. The UN is better because of you”.

A representative from the Ethiopian Foreign Ministry celebrated the diversity of the UN saying this was its strength. He thanked the UN for the great work it is doing in his country. He said Ethiopia will continue to do all it can to ensure UN staff and their families enjoy their stay during their tour of duty in the country.

At least 16 countries provided food, allowing staff and their families, friends, partners and invited guests to feast on different types of food and drink.—Uneca Communication Unit

 

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NRB work gets a boost http://mwnation.com/nrb-work-gets-boost/ http://mwnation.com/nrb-work-gets-boost/#respond Tue, 24 Oct 2017 07:23:54 +0000 http://mwnation.com/?p=220217 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…

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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 motorbikes to the district.

Cunningham (R) makes a symbolic handover of the motorcycles to Kang’ombe as Chiumia (2nd R) looks on

They were received by the Minister for Home Affairs and Internal Affairs Grace Chiumia and the National Registration Bureau (NRB) chief director Tresphore Kang’ombe.

“These motorbikes symbolis for me that this project will do whatever it takes to get the job done. To defeat the difficult terrain, the bad roads, and soon the conditions of the rainy period, the NRB and its partners have decided to provide each district of the country with bikes like these,” Ambassador Cunningham said.

The 84 motorcycles will be distributed to all 28 district councils in the country.

In her remarks, Chiumia said the motorbikes will ease transportation challenges not only for the distribution of the national ID cards, but also during the reminders of the mass registration to serve citizens in areas that are particularly hard to reach.

“It is against this background that government is grateful to all Development Partners that support the NRIS project for the timely provision of these motorcycles to the district registration offices in all the 28 district councils,” said Chiumia.

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Staff crisis fuelling abuse http://mwnation.com/staff-crisis-fuelling-abuse/ http://mwnation.com/staff-crisis-fuelling-abuse/#respond Sat, 07 Oct 2017 09:32:22 +0000 http://mwnation.com/?p=218927 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),…

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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), Thomas Chirwa (M’mbelwa), Grace Chirwa (Chitipa), Lusizi Nhlane (Rumphi), Charles Mwawembe (Likoma) and Felix Mkandawire (Nkhotakota).

Shortage of staff in councils is affecting projects like these

Six of the eight DCs said they do not have a director of public works (DoPW), whose mandate is to ensure efficient and quality implementation of construction projects in district councils.

Five said they do not have a monitoring and evaluation officer (M&E) to evaluate the projects and ensure successful implementation.

Four said they do not have an internal auditor to check if funds are being used in line with their intended purposes.

Three said they do not have a director of planning of finance (DoF) to oversee issues pertaining to finances.

Two said they do not have a director of planning and development (DoPD) to oversee the planning and execution of projects in the district council while three do not have a director of administration to coordinate activities of sectors in the council.

Some of the DCs said lack of key personnel to operationalise the devolution process is paralysing services and leading to abuse of resources.

They say the development is creating misallocation of staff, multiple holding of positions which compromises standards of service delivery, officers working too long in acting positions and lack of peer review mechanisms, among others.

There have been reports of rampant abuse of public funds in some councils for Local Development Fund (LDF) District Development Fund (DDF) and Constituency Development Fund (CDF) amounting to over K15 billion, which commentators attribute to capacity gaps in the handling of financial transactions in local councils across the country.

Some 17 sectors have already been devolved where operations such as processing of salaries for teachers and medical personnel are being done at council level.

Following the partial devolution, government in the 2017/18 national Budget allocated K179 billion or about 14 percent of the Budget, according to the Budget statement.

Mateauma, whose council does not have a DoPW, DoPD and an M&E officer said these are key positions designed to facilitate development in a systematic manner.

“We are talking of personnel with high level of expertise. Minus these, there is lack of professionalism because as a stop-gap measure, we use people who are not qualified. At the same time, the officers might be failing to perform their main responsibilities,” he said.

Simwaka, whose council does not have a DoF, DoPW, and M & E officer, said: “We submitted our human resource needs to the ministry. We are still waiting for a response. Meanwhile, our operations are being hampered. Imagine, we have to do projects without professional hands while people expect high standards.”

Chirwa, DC of M’mbelwa, where there is no DoF, DoPW, DoA and M & E, said: “Now we have the District Development Fund (DDF) but without a qualified engineer as a DoPW, this affects the quality of structures produced such as roads, bridges or blocks constructed without professional input from the council.”

The DC for Chitipa bemoaned the absence of a DoA and an M&E officer.

“It is difficult to operate without these key personnel. Apart from the projects that are suffering, we are finding it difficult to coordinate activities without a DoA, and there is no M&E officer who can produce monthly reports,” she said.

Mwawembe said his council is using extension workers as a stop-gap measure yet they need personnel with skills and educational qualifications that match their job descriptions.

Mkandawire lamented over the quality of construction works due to lack of qualified staff. “We have Masaf, DDF, CDF and LDF projects, but we don’t have a DoPW and an M&E who are supposed to plan, execute and evaluate the projects. In the absence of such key staff, we are using a mere building foreman from the Department of Health to do the job. How do we handle these projects without such key people?”

Head of political and administrative studies at Chancellor College, professor Happy Kayuni, in an e-mailed response on Wednesday urged government to address the human resource challenges if it was serious with making decentralisation work in the country.

Said Kayuni: “The  Public Service Reforms report, in relation to local councils, recommends “full decentralisation of government functions” and decentralisation is one of the key reform areas for the Malawi public sector. Capacity challenges faced by councils derail the whole reform agenda in local councils and negatively affect service delivery.

“In other words, if government is serious about the decentralisation process in Malawi, then human resource capacity challenges need to be addressed.”

Economics lecturer at the Catholic University (CU), Gilbert Kachamba, described the scenario as a setback on government’s commitment to deal with fraud.

Said Kachamba: “What is happening is a diversion from the norm. The Ministry of Finance should have ensured that there are funds available to recruit competent people into key positions so that they can efficiently utilise public funds.

“Otherwise, reacting when the damage has already been done is not helping us as a country to move forward. In my view, the K179 billion allocated to councils is enormous. There must be an immediate attempt to address these problems before it is too late.”

Department of Human Resource and Management (DHRMD) spokesperson Rudo Kayira, whose department is responsible for recruiting civil servants, in a telephone interview on Tuesday, while acknowledging human resource gaps, pushed back the issue to Local Government Service Commission (Lascom) and Local Government Finance Committee (LGFC).

Local government spokesperson Muhlabase Mughogho, answering our e-mailed questionnaire on Wednesday, said the ministry was moving to address the challenges noted.

“The ministry, under its affiliate institution, Lascom, is currently rationalising and integrating staff at council level. This process entails finding out where and which sectors have more human resources of the same kind. These will be moved to sectors or councils that lack such expertise.

“The process was carried in eight districts and, currently, the process is being carried in the remaining councils. Thereafter, it will be determined where there is need for fresh recruitment,” she said.

However, Mughogho added: “The human resource gap existing in councils may not be able to deliver as required. But the rationalisation and integration process which is currently in process will see to it that this problem comes to an end quickly. The devolution process requires that council members should be aware of what is required of them and that every arm at district level should be in full operation.

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Entrepreneurship key to women advancing Africa http://mwnation.com/entrepreneurship-key-women-advancing-africa/ http://mwnation.com/entrepreneurship-key-women-advancing-africa/#comments Thu, 10 Aug 2017 14:28:36 +0000 http://mwnation.com/?p=214486 Entrepreneurship can play a pivotal role in advancing women’s empowerment in Africa but more needs to be done to remove the myriad of hurdles they face in starting and growing a business. This is one of the key findings of research into “Women’s Empowerment in Africa” by Relifwe Mokoena released in Dar es Salaam today…

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Entrepreneurship can play a pivotal role in advancing women’s empowerment in Africa but more needs to be done to remove the myriad of hurdles they face in starting and growing a business.

This is one of the key findings of research into “Women’s Empowerment in Africa” by Relifwe Mokoena released in Dar es Salaam today (Thursday) during the Woman Advancing Africa forum. This study was commissioned by the Southern Africa Trust to examine the main drivers, obstacles and opportunities for women’s empowerment in Africa.  It specifically looked at the entrepreneurial activities of women in the Graca Machel Trust’s Women Creating Wealth (WCW) programme in Tanzania, Malawi and Zambia.

The research was presented by The Trust’s Project Manager for Private Public Partnerships Ulrich Klins who noted that while necessity was a main driver for African women to start businesses, the study also found that the motives were more nuanced.

“A desire for independence, the ability to work in an area they were interested in and the influence of role models also proved to be key motivators for the women interviewed,” said Klins.

While structural barriers posed a significant obstacle to business growth, the research also showed the internal and relational challenges respondents had to overcome on their path to empowerment . These challenges included overcoming self-doubt that stemmed either from their own initial lack of confidence or from the misgivings of others.

“Once they were self-assured, the entrepreneurs were better able to connect with others and begin to influence the prevailing business environment of their countries,” said Klins.

The research showed that family, parents and husbands could provide critical moral, financial and technical support to female entrepreneurs and well as inhibit such success.

Overcoming structural hurdles required a fundamental change in not only the business environment but also around women’s capabilities and own their perception of their capacity. The research suggested that there was untapped potential in the support and encouragement that respondents received from relatives.

The study pointed to the need for collective action to promote change.

“The road to women’s empowerment is complex and may differ for every context. What the research shows is that investing in a woman’s skill and education is important but is most effective when the woman already has a fundamental sense of her own worth and is operating in an environment where she can navigate the structural and relational barriers she will inevitably encounter,” said .Klins.

 

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MRA touts its export initiatives http://mwnation.com/mra-touts-export-initiatives/ Wed, 09 Aug 2017 08:06:23 +0000 http://mwnation.com/?p=214333 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…

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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 agency has developed a fully fledged exports department under the Customs and Excise Division.

Kapoloma: We have various initiatives

Figures from MRA show that the value for exports from macadamia nuts have increased to number three in June 2017 at $3.213 million (about K2.3 billion) from number six in September 2016 at $1.315 million (about K949 million).

Similarly, tea earnings were at number two in June 2017 with $7.434 million (about K5.4 billion) up from number three in September 2016 where it earned $3.845 million (about K2.7 billion).

Malawi Confederation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (MCCCI) head of public private dialogue Hope Chavula is on record having said that the country’s export base is still being dominated by traditional agricultural exports.

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NAO raises eyebrows http://mwnation.com/nao-raises-eyebrows/ http://mwnation.com/nao-raises-eyebrows/#comments Sat, 22 Jul 2017 14:43:23 +0000 http://mwnation.com/?p=212905 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…

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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 refurbished.

Confirmed to a parliamentary committee that the NAO building was condemned: Kamphasa

NAO itself—through Auditor General Stevenson Kamphasa—confirmed to a parliamentary committee in May that the building was condemned and he described it as a “ticking time bomb”. But a visit to the rented NAO headquarters last week found that the offices are being painted, even as the cracks that make it unfit for human occupation remained agape.

Weekend Nation could not immediately establish how much the maintenance works will cost, although NAO spokesperson Rabson Kagwam’minga said this week that the agency has so far spent around K3.4 million on the ongoing maintenance works.

The country’s supreme auditing institution pays at least K30 million per month in rentals for the building, according to NAO.

The renovation activities at the office have raised eyebrows even among some officials at the institution. One auditor said he and some of his colleagues have wondered why a condemned structure is being repainted, fitted with tiles and costing the taxpayer so much millions.

 It was the Department of Buildings in the Ministry of Transport and Public Works that said the structure should be demolished to pave the way for reconstruction.

The department observed that the structure’s beams and pillars holding the roof had moved off position and the pillars had tilted. The building was also condemned for blocked water drainage.

Appearing before cluster meetings by the Joint Parliamentary Committee on Public Accounts, and Budget and Finance, in Lilongwe in May this year, Kamphasa said the office building is too dilapidated and could collapse anytime.

Heappealed to government for a new office building, saying the current one is unfit for accommodation. Kamphasa told the committee that the estimate for a new office building would be around $30 million (about K22 billion at the current exchange rate).

At the cluster meetings, deputy chairperson for the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Parliament Kamlepo Kalua said his committee would help push for a new building.

“The Auditor General cannot be operating from such a building. We need the office to be secured at all times since it is a governance institution,” said the parliamentarian. In an interview last week, NAO’s Kagwam’minga said the Department of Buildings condemned the structure in 2014.

He said the matter was reported to the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Physical Planning. Kagwam’minga said the ministry assured NAO that a new office building would be identified and secured by 2015, but that never happened.

“Three years down the line, we continue to occupy the same structure because the ministry is yet to secure the office accommodation for us.

“Their message is that we should wait, yet the condition of the building has continued to deteriorate over time, posing a serious life threat to our members of staff and clients alike,” he said.

But Kagwam’minga said the works being done at NAO now are not necessarily renovations, but minor annual maintenance works just to improve the working environment while awaiting new office accommodation.

“You should appreciate that the building is still being occupied and, therefore, cannot be abandoned completely. “NAO consulted the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Physical Planning before embarking on these minor maintenance works and will continue to consult on any course of action,” said Kagwam’minga.

The NAO spokesperson feared the renovations may cost more as the office intends to improve the outlook of some of the offices.

While acknowledging that the building continues to pose a threat to users, Kagwam’minga said there is nothing that can be done, as government has other priorities.

But architectural expert and principal building inspector at LCC Chichizga Msumba, said any building that is condemned is not fit for renovations.

“The occupants of such a structure are at risk,” he warned.

Ministry of Transport and Public Works spokesperson James Chakwera said in another interview that the ministry is not aware of any works being done at NAO.

He was, however, quick to say that it was possible that since they are still occupying the building, NAO probably found it necessary to carry out routine maintenance works.

“It’s difficult to find office space at the moment and that is probably why NAO continues to occupy the building,” said Chakwera, adding the ministry has not changed its position on the recommendations made earlier.

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Maliro pa chisangalalo http://mwnation.com/maliro-pa-chisangalalo/ http://mwnation.com/maliro-pa-chisangalalo/#comments Fri, 07 Jul 2017 13:00:14 +0000 http://mwnation.com/?p=212108 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…

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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 Centre (BICC) pomwe woyendetsa mwambowo mbusa Timothy Nyasulu adalengeza za omwalirawo. Iye adapempha anthu kuti akhale chete kwa mphindi imodzi polemekeza mizimu ya omwalirawo.

Wapolisi kuthandiza mmodzi mwa ana ku BNS

Ndipo nduna ya zamalonda ndi mafakitale Joseph Mwanamvekha, yemwenso adali wapampando wa komiti yoyendetsa mwambowo, adatsimikiza za imfa ya anthuwo mapemphero ali mkati. Iye adati anthu oposa 40 adavulala pangoziyo. Nthambi yofalitsa nkhani za boma lidati anthu 65 adamwalira.

Mutharika ndi mayi Gertrude Mutharika adakazonda anthu amene adavulala pa chipwilikiticho ku Kamuzu Central Hospital.

Mutharika adati :”Boma ndi lokonzeka kuthandiza pangoziyi.”

Dziko la Malawi limakumbukira kuti latha zaka 53 kuchokera pamene mtsogoleri wa dziko lino Dr Hastings Kamuzu Banda adakwanitsa kupeza ufulu kuchokera kwa Angerezi amene adayamba kulamulira dziko lino m’zaka za m’ma 1890. John Chilembwe, mmodzi mwa Amalawi oyambirira kufuna kumenyera ufuluwo adamwalira mu 1915.

Zikondwerero za chaka chino zinalipo kuyambira Lachitatu pa 5 July pomwe asilikali ndi achitetezo ena adayenda m’mizinda ya Blantyre, Zomba ndi Mzuzu.

Ndipo chikondwerero chimayenera kufika pa mponda chimera pa masewero a Nyasa Big Bullets ndi Silver Strikers amene amayembekezeka kuchitika kumalo a ngoziyo.

Komatu galimoto za chipatala ndi zapolisi zidali kukangalika kuthandiza ovulala pa zisawawazo.

Koma polankhula ndi Tamvani zisangalalozo zisanachitike, Amalawi ena adati ngakhale dzikoli latha zaka 53 likudzilamulira maloto ena amene adalipo pomenyera ufulu wa dziko lino.

Yemwe adakhalapo sipikala wa Nyumba ya Malamulo, Sam Mpasu adati m’Malawi wa zaka 53 ali panayi: Zina zasintha pang’ono, zina sizinasinthe, pomwe zina zaima kapena kubwerera mmbuyo.

Iye wati kunena mosapsatira zaka 53 sizidabweretse kusintha kwenikweni paulamuliro ndi kayendetsedwe ka maufulu a anthu m’dziko muno.

Mwa zina, iye adati ulamuliro wa Kamuzu Banda udayesera kubwezeretsa ulimi m’chimake pamene adakhazikitsa makampani otulutsa zinthu zina kunja zimene mu ulamuliro wa atsamunda zimakapangidwa kunja, koma zina sizikuyenda.

Adapereka zitsanzo za makampani a Sucoma, yomwe inkakonza shuga, Malawi Cotton yomwe inkaomba nsalu komanso British American Tobacco yomwe inkapanga ndudu ngati zina mwa zotsimikiza izi. Dziko lino lisanaladire ufulu, Mpasu adati zonsezi zinkabwera kuchokera kunja, ngakhale alimi ochuluka amene ankazilima m’dziko muno ankatumiza kunja chifukwa adali Atsamunda.

“Kamuzu  adayesetsanso kulimbikitsa msika wa mbewu kudzera ku Admarc ndipo adaonetsetsa kuti manyamulidwe a mbewu ngosavuta chifukwa kudali sitima za panjanji zomwe zimanyamula katundu pa mtengo otsika kupita ku misika,” watero Mpasu.

Ndipo mkulu wa bungwe loyang’anira za momwe maphunziro akuyendera m’dziko lino George Jobe wati pakutha pa zaka 53, Malawi amayenera kukhala ndi ntchito za umoyo za pamwamba motsatira chiyenerezo cha bungwe lalikulu loyang’anira zaumoyo la World Health Organisation (WHO) koma mmalo mwake zinthu zambiri sizikuyenda.

“Mpaka pano sitidayambe kukwaniritsa mlingo wa WHO oti K15 pa K100 iliyonse m’bajeti izikhala ya za umoyo. Chiwerengero cha ogwira ntchito za chipatala chikadali chotsika kwambiri poyerekeza ndi anthu omwe dokotala mmodzi amawona pa tsiku,” watero Jobe.

Ndipo kupatula zaumoyo, mkulu wa mgwirizano wa mabungwe a zamaphunziro, Benedicto Kondowe wati sizoona kuti zaka 53 zingathe ana asukulu makamaka a kuma Yunivesite n’kumakhala pakhomo miyezi yambiri chifukwa cha mavuto m’sukulu zawo.

Iye wati pa zaka zonsezi, atsogoleri amayenera kukhala atapanga njira zothandizira kuti kalendala ya sukulu kuyambira ku pulayimale mpaka ku Yunivesite isamasokonekere chifukwa kutereku n’kulowetsa maphunziro pansi.

“Posachedwapa, aphunzitsi adali pa sitalaka pa nkhani ya maphunziro ndipo tikunena pano ophunzira m’ma Yunivesite sadatsegulire chitsekereni miyezi ingapo yapitayo nkhani yake kayendetsedwe,” adatero Kondowe.

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ACB arrest former Roads Authority CEO http://mwnation.com/acb-arrest-former-roads-authority-ceo/ Tue, 20 Jun 2017 14:42:03 +0000 http://mwnation.com/?p=210967 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…

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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 Central and Southern Regions of Malawi without the approval of Internal Procurement Committee (IPC) and without declaring interest.

Arrested: Hiwa

According to a statement from ACB, Hiwa recommended Infracon Limited be awarded the above-mentioned contract.

He said that Infracon had a less work load as compared to other consultants.

But the truth of the matter was hat no any consultant was contacted to find out if they were free to undertake this contract.

The Bureau also established that Hiwa misinformed Engineer Samuel Kadangwe that Infracon Limited was cleared by the ODPP and could do business with Roads Authority.

ACB say Hiwa is likely to be charged with failure to disclose interest in the procurement process contrary to Section 25D (1) of the Corrupt Practices Act and Section 19 (1) of the Public Procurement Act and abuse of public office contrary to Section 25B (1) of the Corrupt Practices Act.

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The budget framework http://mwnation.com/the-budget-framework/ Sat, 20 May 2017 07:47:15 +0000 http://mwnation.com/?p=208602 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…

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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 is about K348.8 billion or 7.0 percent of GDP.

Gondwe going through the budget documents in the morning in his office

Presenting the budget in Parliament in Lilongwe yesterday, Finance Minister Goodall Gondwe said recurrent expenditure comprises K303.6 billion wages and salaries, K185.8 billion interest payments, K197.3 billion subsidies and transfers, and K256.0 billion purchases of goods and services.

He has planned domestically financed development expenditure at estimated K132.6 billion or 2.7 percent of GDP, which is 1.7 percentage points higher than 2016/17 financial year, while foreign financed development expenditure is projected to amount to K216.1 billion or 4.4 percent of GDP.

Total revenue and grants in the 2017/18 fiscal is at K1 108.0 billion which is equivalent to 22.3 percent of GDP. This comprises K980.3 billion or 19.7 percent of GDP domestic revenue and 2.6 percent grants.

 “The momentum taxes displayed in 2016/17 is expected to continue into 2017/18 such that taxes are estimated to amount to K900.8 billion [18.4 percent of GDP]. This comprises K474.7 billion in taxes on income and profits, K364.2 billion in taxes on goods and services, and K78.8 billion in taxes on international trade.

“Non-tax revenue will total K79.4 billion [1.6 percent of GDP], K4.1 billion lower than the previous fiscal years on account of low remittances of dividends from Parastatals,” reads Gondwe’s summary of the budget.

The minister said the fiscal deficit has been reduced from 6.1 percent of GDP in 2013/14, when budget support and a sizeable share of dedicated grants were withdrawn, to 3.9 percent of GDP in the 2017/18 National Budget. n

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LIVE: 2017/18 BUDGET COVERAGE http://mwnation.com/live-201718-budget-coverage/ Fri, 19 May 2017 12:09:36 +0000 http://mwnation.com/?p=208524 Minister of Finance Goodall Gondwe is today expected to present 2017/18 budget in Parliament. We’ll live tweet the event. 

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Minister of Finance Goodall Gondwe is today expected to present 2017/18 budget in Parliament. We’ll live tweet the event. 

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Climate change action is good for African economies http://mwnation.com/climate-change-action-is-good-for-african-economies/ Fri, 19 May 2017 10:00:01 +0000 http://mwnation.com/?p=208505 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…

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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 on Thursday.

Denton: We need a new growth model

The meeting is advocating for a green transformation and an industrialisation that does not harm the environment.

Said Denton: “It could constitute Africa’s greatest potential to adapt to impacts and to usher in a new model of sustainable development, but, on other hand, it could also decimate African fragile economies, thus compromising its ability to realise several of [Sustainable Development Goals] SDGs.”

Reducing Africa’s carbon emissions would not, she added, harm African economies.

Close to 200 million Africans lead insecure lives due to climate change as their livelihoods depend on climate sensitive economic sectors. The continent loses an estimated $68 billion per year due to soil degradation, affecting 180 million people in Africa.

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Road to Miss Malawi: Know the finalists http://mwnation.com/road-to-miss-malawi-know-the-finalists/ Thu, 13 Apr 2017 09:11:47 +0000 http://mwnation.com/?p=205868 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…

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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.

Nthanda Manduwi

 

On the entrepreneurship front, Nthanda is the owner of ChicRedefined Hair Studio, ChicRedefined Online Clothing and Shoe Stores, among others.

She says if she becomes Miss Malawi, she will work towards addressing its theme Managing Overpopulation.

“I will use my knowledge and experience to inspire actions to curb over-population,” she says.

 

Peggy Mwanguku 

 

Peggy Mwanguku, aged 22, is a professional primary school teacher-cum-model who believes in the power of education and community mobilisation to bring awareness about issues that affect Malawi such as overpopulation.

Peggy Mwanguku

“As a teacher, I widely interact with young people and communities through different projects. I counsel and motivate pupils to take responsibility of their lives,” she says.

Peggy says the theme for Miss Malawi, which is Managing Overpopulation, falls within the line of her duty.

If she becomes Miss Malawi, she says she will  work with traditional chiefs to bring awareness to their communities on the consequences of having many children to the development of the nation.”

Cecilia Khofi

The 23-year-old holds a bachelor of science in nutrition obtained from Chancellor College. She is currently working with the Ministry of Health.  At the same time, she is a human rights activist working with different organisations to fight gender-based violence and human trafficking.

Cecilia Khofi

Cecilia brags about her unique middle name called Njenjengwa, which means clever and intelligent.

“I was named after my late great grandmother. Until to date, my family believes I am the only Njenjengwa in Malawi, which is very interesting,” she says. 

Given that she becomes Miss Malawi she will use her voice to spur development and betterment of Malawians, especially through girl-child education.

“I believe education is the best weapon in bringing about positive change to our society and that it is the strongest mitigation measure for overpopulation,” says Cecilia. 

 

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