December, the 12th and last month of the calendar year, is here again. The month stirs excitement as billions of Christians and non-believers alike celebrate Christmas Day on December 25—the day designated as the birthday of Jesus Christ. The festive mood extends to New Year’s Day on January 1, six days later. The festive mood…

  December, the 12th and last month of the calendar year, is here again. The month stirs excitement as billions of Christians and non-believers alike celebrate Christmas Day on December 25—the day designated as the birthday of Jesus Christ. The festive mood extends to New Year’s Day on January 1, six days later. The festive…

APM, Chilima set to meet

    President Peter Mutharika and his estranged Vice-President Saulos Chilima, political allies-turned-foes, are set to meet face-to-face at the funeral service of Paramount Chief Chikulamayembe at Bolero in Rumphi today. This will be the first time the two will make a public appearance at the same function together since June this year when Chilima…

      I trust it is not an exaggeration to declare that Malawians love their tea. Tea and Malawians cannot be separated. Tea is arguably the most popular hot beverage many Malawian households consume. Predominantly grown in the Southern Region districts of Thyolo and Mulanje over 18 000 hectares (ha) and about 650ha in…

  Financial inclusion has become a popular catchword in recent years. From central banks and financial institutions-the conventional commercial banks, insurance companies and micro-finance groups-to international multilateral organisations, they are all talking about it. Employing various strategies, the mostly formal institutions seek to ensure that as many people as possible have access to financial services.…

  Having expressed reservations with appalling customer service levels from an array of service providers in the country in previous articles, my attention was drawn to a post on Facebook last week by a chief executive officer of one of the international non-governmental organisations (NGOs) based in Lilongwe. In her post, which attracted comments from…

APM, Chilima rift widens

Malawi risks a constitutional crisis following President Peter Mutharika’s exclusion of his estranged Vice-President Saulos Chilima from the Cabinet list in a reshuffle that has reduced women representation in the 20-member team from four to three. The Cabinet list released by the Office of the President and Cabinet and signed by Chief Secretary to the…

  Professor Matthews Chikaonda, who breathed his last in California, United States of America on Tuesday this week, was a man of many faces. He fitted in as many shoes and stirred a fair share of controversy. That he was eloquent cannot be disputed. He even delivered controversial statements with ease. He studied his audience…

Having expressed reservations with appalling customer service levels from an array of service providers in the country in previous articles, my attention was drawn to a post on Facebook last week by a chief executive officer of one of the international non-governmental organisations (NGOs) based in Lilongwe. In her post, which attracted comments from several…

  Financial inclusion has become a popular catchword in recent years. From central banks and financial institutions—the conventional commercial banks, insurance companies and micro-finance groups—to international multilateral organisations, they are all talking about it. Employing various strategies, the mostly formal institutions seek to ensure that as many people as possible have access to financial services.…

  Financial inclusion has become a popular catchword in recent years. From central banks and financial institutions—the conventional commercial banks, insurance companies and micro-finance groups—to international multilateral organisations, they are all talking about it. Employing various strategies, the mostly formal institutions seek to ensure that as many people as possible have access to financial services.…

  Malawi is currently observing the National Tourism Month to raise awareness on the tourism sector, its potential and contribution to the socio-economic development of the country. Basically, the National Tourism Month culminates into the World Tourism Day which falls on September 27 and is this year being commemorated under the theme Tourism and Digital…

  Reactions to a Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism announcement of a presidential directive for State produce trader Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (Admarc) to buy pigeon peas (nandolo) at K230 per kilogramme (kg) have been diverse. Through a statement dated September 12 2018 signed by the ministry’s Principal Secretary Ken Ndala, President Peter…

  Malawi is currently observing the National Tourism Month to raise awareness on the tourism sector, its potential and contribution to the socio-economic development of the country. Basically, the National Tourism Month culminates into the World Tourism Day which falls on September 27 and will this year be commemorated under the theme Tourism and Digital…

There could not have been a better moment for Reserve Bank of Malawi (RBM) Governor Dalitso Kabambe to challenge internal auditors than the 18th Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) Malawi Annual Lakeshore Conference in Mangochi on August 31. Delivering his keynote address at the conference held under the theme Gaining the Edge with Partners in…

  Having expressed reservations with appalling customer service levels from an array of service providers in the country in previous articles, my attention was drawn to a post on Facebook last week by a chief executive officer of one of the international non-governmental organisations (NGOs) based in Lilongwe. In her post, which attracted comments from…

  For a long time, Malawians who transact businesses in the country’s commercial banks have decried congestion in banking halls characterised by snaking queues that rendered air conditioning systems useless, especially in the summer. Back in 2012, in a Business Unpacked entry under the headline ‘Why some banks are congested’ I pointed out that the…

  For a long time, Malawians who transact businesses in the country’s commercial banks have decried congestion in banking halls characterised by snaking queues that rendered air conditioning systems useless, especially in the summer. Back in 2012, in a Business Unpacked entry under the headline ‘Why some banks are congested’ I pointed out that the…

  If findings of several recent audits of the operations of the government ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) are anything to go by, fraud and corruption are rampant in Malawi. The vices tend to happen in various ways, including false claims and inflated invoices for goods and services purportedly rendered to the public sector. In…