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School repeaters cost govt K23bn

Government lost K23 billion last year training repeaters due to understaffing at the back of thousands of unemployed primary school teachers, an expert’s survey has revealed. An education expert Limbani Nsapato, in an interview on Tuesday, said  in 2017,  1 170 337 pupils in primary schools   repeated classes—representing a 24 percent repetition rate, among others—due…

Public ‘varsities in a mess

Student union leaders of two of the four constituent colleges of the University of Malawi (Unima)—Chancellor College (Chanco) and the Polytechnic—have decried overcrowding in classrooms and inadequate library resources, which they said is leading many students to fail examinations. The leaders described the situation at the two colleges as pathetic. But registrars of the two…

MLS pushes for impeachment rules

The Malawi Law Society (MLS) yesterday called on Parliament to expedite the laying down of clearly laid down impeachment procedures for a sitting president at the back of the K145 million a supplier deposited into a Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) account which President Mutharika is the sole signatory. In statement, MLS said: “In hindsight, the…

Hospitals ration food

The recent decision by government to cut funding for public hospitals by four percent has started biting as some health facilities are ratioining food and only giving patients porridge and one proper meal per day. But the Ministry of Health said it is not its policy to give patients one meal a day after breakfast,…

APM’s broken promises

With only 11 months to the next elections, President Peter Mutharika is racing against time to fulfill a third of what he promised Malawians in the run-up to  the May 20 2014 Tripartite Elections. We looked at 23 promises APM made during his campaign, and found that only six have been fully met.   These…

Chiefs protest tax on honoraria

The honeymoon is over for chiefs who have all along been spared from tax deductions from their honoraria as the Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) has advised councils to start deducting tax from honoraria. MRA spokesperson Steve Kapoloma said some councils have not been deducting 10 percent withholding tax from honoraria paid to chiefs and ward…

We are not disappointed—Chilima supporters

The core of team of members rooting for Vice-President Saulos Chilima to vie for the country’s presidency in the 2019 elections say they are not disappointed or taken by surprise with Chilima’s decision to quit as a Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) member. The sentiments come a day after the Chilima Movement Northern Region chapter pledged…

Kaliati takes on Mchacha

Accuses regional governor of masterminding march against her Mulanje West legislator and Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) director of women Patricia Kaliati has accused the party’s regional governor (South) Charles Mchacha of masterminding on Friday’s protest march against her in Mulanje. A handful protesters clad in DPP-branded T-shirts and party cloth on Friday marched from Chitakale…

Education expert warns on Nche

An education expert has warned that the court ruling the National Council for Higher Education(Nche) has no mandate to accredit universities in the country exposes students to less protection by the State as some would continue to enrol in programmes that would later be unaccredited once the board is gazetted. In an interview on Thursday,…

Conventions delay will hurt parties

Delays by the country’s major political parties to hold conventions ahead of the May 2019 Tripartite Elections will hurt them, political analysts have warned. The analysts expressed the sentiments in separate interviews with Weekend Nation in the wake of the delay by all major political parties—Malawi Congress Party, (MCP), Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), United Democratic…

Kaliwo disowns  MCP convention

Embattled Malawi Congress Party (MCP) secretary general Gustave Kaliwo yesterday described the party’s planned convention in Lilongwe as ‘illegal’. The party on Thursday resolved to hold an elective conference at the weekend after the courts vacated an injunction restraining it from doing so for several months. Kaliwo, who was reinstated into his position this week,…

CSOs give APM 15 days to fire Goodall

Against all odds, protesters in Blantyre presented their petition to the President, calling for the removal of two Cabinet ministers within 15 days. Leader of the protests in Blantyre Masauko Thawe speaking at Civic Centre after delivering the petition, said the civil society organisations (CSOs) would chart the way forward on the matter if the…

Health budget cut irks Mhen

    In a year Malawi has lost 30 lives to cholera and registered over 800 cases of the disease, government has reduced funding towards all district hospitals and the drilling of boreholes in rural areas. The development has irked the Malawi Health Equity Network (Mehn)—a network of non-governmental organisations working in the health sector—which…

‘Respect dpp  Constitution’

  Article 8 (C) of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) constitution says it is only the party’s National Political Conference or convention which has powers to elect office holders into various positions in the party and DPP should respect it. This is the position of the party’s group of officials who have vowed to go…

Shambolic building in cities

Most buildings constructed in our cities central business districts (CBDs) in the past three years do not comply with the Town and Country Planning Act of 2015, Weekend Nation findings show. The Act specifically prescribes a minimum of six floors for all structures in CBDs and commercial areas of Blantyre, Zomba, Lilongwe and Mzuzu. The…

Is the red star  Campaign a flop?

  Has the decree that President Peter Mutharika issued in 2015, that city councils should demolish substandard structures flopped? Mutharika ordered the demolition in 2015, saying the structures were a threat to lives, and an eyesore. Presidential spokesperson Mgeme Kalilani said in an interview on Wednesday that it is necessary to take down the buildings,…

  Occupational health and safety (OHS) is a multidisciplinary field concerned with the safety, health  and rights of people at work. Every workplace has to institute measures to maintain a hazard-free environment by exercising strict safety and health practices at the workplace. While many view occupational health and safety as an extra burden or cost…

Court sentencing disparity rife

They say everyone is equal before the law and, indeed, those who commit crimes get arrested, and are formally charged and sentenced. But when lesser crimes are fetching stiffer sentences than serious ones, law experts say it is time the country’s Penal Code was reviewed. An example of the Penal Code irony is prescribing a…

Tussle over dual carriageway project

A war of words has ensued between Blantyre City Council (BCC) and Minister of Transport and Public Works Jappie Mhango over the former’s decision to allocate space for construction of three service stations along the Chileka Road where a dual carriageway project was supposed to start last month. President Peter Mutharika launched the K11 billion…