Local firm wins K5bn case in Hong Kong

Malawi Leaf Company Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of AHL Group in the business of buying and exporting tobacco, has won a case in the Hong Kong Administrative Court against Star Tobacco. The firm’s legal services manager Martha Ngoma yesterday said the case involved unsettled invoices amounting to $13 million (about K10 billion) worth of…

Search warrants for sale

Nation on Sunday has busted a search warrant racket involving police officers and court officials who process the document for a bribe as low as K3 000. According to a former Attorney General we spoke to, the development can lead to violation of right to privacy and fuelling of criminal activities, among others. Following reports…

‘We do more than banking’

Standard Bank Malawi came tops at this year’s Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM)-Malawi Group’s Annual Marketing Excellence Awards. The bank also produced Marketer of the Year in Thoko Unyolo, its head of marketing, and went on to scoop three top awards linked to marketing communications of its inaugural ‘Be More Race’ sponsorship. Be More Race…

‘Delilah’ singer no saint

When different musicians started writing and producing their own songs for their society, the music industry used to be one of the major channels for disseminating important information. The information was about education, life lessons, experiences and advice that helped to develop many people’s lives. In other words, the artists used to play some major…

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…