Tengani coronation tomorrow

A Bachelor of Science degree, a Master’s degree in Information Systems Engineering, coupled with a lucrative job as group IT manager in the hospitality industry—but the man—Foster Chindebvu—walks down to the Shire Valley tomorrow to be installed Traditional Authority (T/A) Tengani in Nsanje. The heir to the throne confirmed in an interview on Friday that…

MDF soldiers decry peacekeeping pay

Government owes over 800 Malawi Defence Force (MDF) soldiers who have been participating in peacekeeping missions in war-torn countries under the UN umbrella about K3.3 billion following deductions made on their allowances. But the Ministry of Defence has said the deductions were not made arbitrarily as MDF had to fulfil some conditions before the whole…

Corruption worsens—-survey

Most Malawians believe that corruption in the country has significantly worsened since the last survey in 2010 by Chancellor College’s Centre for Social Research. In the recent survey, the Department of Road Traffic and Safety Services (DRTSS) Malawi Police Service (MPS) and the Accountant General’s office top the list of most corrupt institutions. In its…

Admarc moves to replenish stock

Using bank loans guaranteed by government, Admarc has started buying maize in all regions from June this year and lately started importations from Zambia, according to officials. This is the corporation’s efforts to save a situation in the country where 2.8 million people are likely to face starvation, according to the Malawi Vulnerability Assessment (Mvac)…

Court stops sale  Of mulli property

Tthe Supreme Court of Appeal in Blantyre yesterday set aside a High Court judgement that allowed Malawi Savings Bank (MSB) to sell property belonging to Mulli Brothers Limited (MBL) to recover a K3.3 billion loan. The Supreme Court, therefore, ordered that a consent order, as per agreement entered between MSB and MBL to reschedule payments…

apm sues ntata

President Peter Mutharika says enough is enough to his fierce critic Allan Ntata and wants to face him in court. The President has sued Ntata and online publication Nyasatimes for defamation and wants to be paid damages. Ntata was legal adviser to the President’s elder brother, Bingu wa Mutharika, who ruled the country from 2004…

Malawians linked to drugs arrested in SA

Two unnamed Malawians were on Tuesday evening arrested in South Africa in connection with a drug factory police uncovered in Johannesburg. The factory, according to media reports in South Africa, was once a place of worship but was turned into the drug manufacturing laboratory. The building used to house the Old Grace Church on the Hallgate,…

Some council officials demand sex in exchange for PWP work

Public officers in some district councils are demanding sex from women in exchange of casual labour offered under government’s cash transfer initiative—Public Works Programme (PWP)—a Kalondolondo report has claimed. The heart-rending revelations were discovered during last year’s assessment of the PWP in Ntchisi and Mwanza. Ministry of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare and Ministry…

Nyondo dies

National Salvation Front (Nasaf) president James Nyondo has died. Nyondo, 47, died Friday night at Steve Biko Hospital in Johannesburg, South Africa. Nyondo led Nasaf in the 2014 tripartite elections. Nasaf’s secretary general Lester Chikoya confirmed Nyondo’s death in an interview, explaining that Nyondo died after a short battle with lung cancer. He added that…

Release of Swazi activists excites Muluzi

Former president Bakili Muluzi on Tuesday expressed excitement that some opposition political leaders jailed in Swaziland have been released days after he implored King Mswati to free political prisoners. Muluzi, as a special Commonwealth envoy to Swaziland, was in that country from July 5 to 10 to continue a process of engaging the Government of…

Salary uniformity complete­—Govt

While the Judiciary is still against harmonisation of salaries in public service, government has disclosed that the process was already dealt with in the 2014/15 financial year. Ministry of Finance, Economic Planning and Development spokesperson Nations Msowoya disclosed in a response to a questionnaire on Wednesday that in addition to a clean wage bill implemented…

Experts fear for MSCE results disaster

Education experts have warned that this year’s tight Malawi School Certificate of Education (MSCE) examinations timetable is a recipe for disastrous results. Meanwhile, Malawi National Examinations Board (Maneb) insiders  have said the board designed the 18-day timetable—running from June 17 to July 10 2015—based on budget constraints as longer period meant paying more for invigilators.…

ZEC break-away church faces contempt charges

  Registered trustees of the Zambezi Evangelical Church (ZEC) have instructed their lawyer to file for contempt of court against Zambezi Evangelical Church Chiole Synod headquartered in Ntcheu. The trustees’ action follows’ failure by the defendants to comply with a recent High Court ruling in Blantyre that ordered Zambezi Evangelical Church Chiole Synod to stop…

Muluzi to mediate in Swaziland

Former president BakiliMuluzi returns to Swaziland this Saturday to continue a process of engaging the government of Swaziland to undertake further democratisation efforts in the run up to the 2018 elections. The Commonwealth observer mission to Swaziland, which Muluzi chaired, recommended the democratisation process after Swaziland’s September 2013 elections. Secretary General of the Commonwealth appointed…