Breaking News: APM fires Chaponda

President Peter Mutharika has fired Agriculture Minister George Chaponda on the back of investigations into the purchase of maize as well as a search and seizure exercise that the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) carried out yesterday. Among other things, the ACB seized more than K160 million in cash of local and foreign currencies at Chaponda’s house…

Gaba, Ng’ambi’s teams progress in CAF tourneys

Flames duo Frank ‘Gabadinho’ Mhango and Robert Ng’ambi played full games as their teams progressed to the first round of CAF tournaments on Saturday. Gabadinho’s Bidvest Wits managed to turn their CAF Champions League first-round tie around as they earned a 3-1 win over Saint Louisienne of Reunion to progress 4-3 on aggregate. Wits entered…

Warehouse receipt financing in the offing

Legumes farmers and traders have an opportunity to access loans from commercial banks through the warehouse receipt financing facility through AHL Commodities Exchange (AHCX). In finance, warehouse financing is a form of inventory financing in which loans are extended to producers or farmers on the basis of goods or commodities held in trust as collateral…

Standard Bank remains resilient, wins global award

United Kingdom (UK)-based The Banker Magazine, the world’s longest running international banking title, has hailed Standard Bank Malawi for being resilient and growing its capital and assets in a difficult macro-economic environment. This feat has culminated into the Malawi Stock Exchange (MSE)-listed bank being named Bank of the Year 2016 for Malawi. In its citation,…

‘Actions, not words, will change Africa’

Israeli-born member of Parliament David Bisnowaty was one of the latest defectors to the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP). In September, he travelled to New York for the United Nations General Assembly where President Peter Mutharika came under fire for overstaying his welcome without explaining what he was doing. While in the US, Bisnowaty caught…

Believers protest abortion, same sex relations

  The clergy yesterday led their faithful in nationwide peaceful demonstrations to protest against the proposed Termination of Pregnancy Bill and same sex marriages in the country. The marches took place concurrently in Blantyre, Zomba, Mangochi, Lilongwe and Mzuzu. During the marches, the demonstrators presented petitions to government through city and town councils as well…

ATC reaffirms capacity to deliver, supports diversification

Agricultural Trading Company (ATC), a subsidiary of diversified business venture AHL Group, says it is poised to support farmers to realise their potential espoused in the newly-launched agriculture policy target of 100 percent growth in yields. President Peter Mutharika last week launched the national agriculture and irrigation policies in Lilongwe that seek to raise the…

Lions club in diabetes awareness campaign

  The Blantyre lions Club from November 30 embarked on a campaign against diabetes and high blood pleasure with a target to reach 1000 people by 3 December. Speaking Friday in an interview during one of the campaign sessions conducted at Malawi Telecommunications Limited (MTL) the organisation’s chairman of community services, Lion George Chirombe explained…

Abdalla Hamdok appointed ECA’s acting head

The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has designated Abdalla Hamdok of Sudan as acting executive secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA). Hamdok took office on November 1 2016, following the departure of Carlos Lopes of Guinea-Bissau on October 31. Lopes served the ECA for four years, and leaves the UN after…

VP to invite Pope Francis to Malawi

Vice-President Saulos Chilima yesterday left for a one-day visit to the Vatican where he is expected to extend an invitation to Pope Francis to visit Malawi, among others. A statement from the Office of the Vice-President said Chilima, himself a devout Catholic faithful, will be among the faithful who will attend a general audience of…

Fire burns Unilia computer lab

Fire has razed down a computer laboratory and matron’s office at University of Livingstonia’s  Ekwendeni Campus, destroying goods worth millions of kwacha. Campus registrar Binnie Mwakasungula has told Nation Online that the inferno resulted from a spark at the electricity’s main switch housed in the matron’s office. The fire brigade was called to duty, but…

Fairy tales: A trip up Lake Malawi

As the sun rises, the inky shape of the hills and the stars above the Malawian shore start to pale. In the east towards Mozambique, an orange line forms, fattening into a blood-orange ball. Fishermen are already out as the MV Illala, a 600-tonne ferry that has chugged up and down Lake Malawi each week…

Malawi cherishes relations with Zambia—Chilima

Vice-President Saulos Chilima has said Malawi cherishes its relations with neighbouring Zambia because the two countries share a lot in common. The Vice-President said this was the reason it was important for Malawi to be part of the inauguration of President Edgar Lungu in Lusaka yesterday following his triumph in the recent Zambian elections, according…

Sipho Makhabane jets in August 24

Gospel music lovers can turn the hourglasses on. The sands of time can start dropping as the date for the arrival of South African singer Sipho Makhabane has been set. It is August 24. Makhabane’s manager Cynthia Mathenjiwa said on Monday that the big fish arrives in the country two days before his performance at…

Mallan Kamanga Employment relations arise when an employee supplies skills and labour to the employer in return for payment. This two-way process is the basis of employment contract where the disputes between employees and their employer happen. For years, there have been continuous disputes over the terms and conditions of employment.  The battle has never…