ILO hails Luanar for child  labour fight initiative

  The International Labour Organisation (ILO)has commended Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (Luanar) for including child labour issues in its programmes to end the practice in the country. In an interview on Friday, ILO national project coordinator Patrick Makondetsa observed that the initiative will help Malawians understand how child labour can be prevented.…

Parliament passes two bills

  Parliament yesterday unanimously passed the Digital Foundations Project Loan Authorisation Bill and Control of Goods Bills to allow government borrow from the International Development Association (IDA) and control the importation and exportation of goods respectively. Minister for Finance, Economic Planning and Development Goodall Gondwe made the first, second and third readings of the Digital…

Chiefs against death penalty

  Majority of chiefs in the country no longer prefer death sentence as punishment for murder suspects, according to the Malawi Traditional Leaders’ Perspective on Capital Punishment Survey report. Since the dawn of multi-party democracy in 1993, no Head of State has signed a death warrant despite the law providing for the same. The report,…

Unicef lobbies for increased funding in education

The United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) has lobbied government to increase allocations to early childhood development (ECD) and secondary school education to enable children realise their full potential. In its proposal to the Malawi Government through the Ministry of Finance, Economic Planning and Development, Unicef—which works to save children’s lives and defend their rights—lobbied for…

Bwaila Rotary Club inducts new members

  The number of Rotarians performing charity work in Lilongwe has increased to 39 following the induction of three new  members who joined the club recently. This is an indication that there will be more charity work. On Saturday night, Bwaila Rotary Club inducted Phyroser Ishmael, Thokozani Juma and Richmond Chatose Chinula as its new…

Malawi urged to learn from Tanzania graft fight

  Economics professor Ben Kaluwa has urged Malawi to learn from neighbouring Tanzania in applying extreme anti-corruption measures that punish those who plunder hard-earned public resources. Kaluwa, who teaches economics at the University of Malawi’s Chancellor College, said this in reaction to government’s efforts towards fighting graft by strengthening and introducing Institutional Integrity Committees (IICs)…

Forum consults on  MPs K4bn funding

  Forum for National Development (FND) has embarked on national electorate consultations to solicit views from 193 constituencies that are meant to benefit from the K4 billion parliamentary allocation. Last week, the initiative gave a platform to about 20 chiefs in Salima North Constituency to air out their views on the money, with the chiefs…

World Bank, govt sign  $100m LWSP agreement

  The World Bank and the government of Malawi yesterday signed a $100 million (about K73 billion financing agreement to let the Lilongwe Water Board (LWB) and Lilongwe City Council (LCC) start implementing the Lilongwe Water and Sanitation Project (LWSP). On December 20 last year, the World Bank approved LWSP project whose objective is to…

Cama slams Escom on  prolonged blackouts

  Consumers Association of Malawi (Cama) has taken a swipe at Electricity Generation Company (Egenco) and Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) for extended load shedding despite the provision of diesel generators. In an interview yesterday, Cama executive director John Kapito said the country is sailing through troubled waters despite having diesel generators which were…

KU communities hail  K29bn DfID project

  Communities in Kasungu on Tuesday hailed the Enhancing Community Resilience Programme (ECRP) for bailing them from abject poverty during the six years of its implementation. ECRP, which was co-funded by Department for International Development (DfID), Irish and Norwegian governments but implemented by Christian Aid, ran from 2011 to 2017 with a total budget of…

MHC says working on Area 18 broken sewers

  The Malawi Housing Corporation (MHC) has said it is working to rectify  the Area 18 broken sewers that led to residents drinking contaminated water recently. The corporation was responding to Lilongwe Water Board (LWB)’s claim that the corporation took a lax attitude on matters of concern. In an interview yesterday, MHC spokesperson Ernestina Lunguzi…

Unilia closes over staff strike

  University of Livingstonia (Unilia) has closed down two colleges following a strike by academic and non-academic workers demanding a 60 percent pay hike and better working conditions. Yesterday morning, management of the university, owned by CCAP Synod of Livingstonia, ordered students to vacate Ekwendeni and Robert Laws campuses in Mzimba. The students were at…

Mzuni to introduce sports management course

  Mzuzu University (Mzuni) has unveiled plans to introduce a degree programme in sports management to be run by its Tourism and Hospitality Management Faculty. The University believes the programme, whose first intake will be in September this year after government approves its curriculum,  will help enhance sports management, especially on the economy. Speaking at…

Comesa, Wlsa tip Malawi on gender gap

  The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa) and Women and Law in Southern Africa (Wlsa) have urged government and other stakeholders to address gender disparities to close the gender gap by 2030. Meanwhile, Wlsa says the country has enough laws and policies that need to be implemented for the gender gap to…

Govt targets 1.2m tourists per year

Government through the Ministry of Tourism and Culture says it is targeting to start hosting over one million tourists per year by 2022 as one way of increasing domestic revenue amid falling tobacco earnings. Director for Tourism, Isaac Katopola speaking during a curriculum review consultative meeting initiated by Mzuzu University, said Malawi should seriously consider…

Suspected Tanzanian  spies denied bail

  Eight Tanzanian nationals suspected of spying on Kayerekera Uranium Mine appeared before the Resident Magistrate’s Court in Karonga on Tuesday. The suspects pleaded not guilty to a charge of criminal trespass. Police arrested the eight last month around Kayuni Village near the suspended mine in the north-western hills of the shoreline district. They did…

Councillor summoned for doubling roles

Following The Nation’s revelation two months ago, Lilongwe District Council Human Resources Committee last month summoned Ngala Ward councillor Misheck Khomba for doubling as a teacher and councillor. Lilongwe district commissioner (DC) Charles Makanga confirmed the development, saying it was important for the council to hear from the councillor before making a decision. Said Makanga:…