Mixed fortunes for Escom on tariffs

Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) faces mixed fortunes to re-engage  Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (Mera) board to review its decision to hike tariffs by 31.8 percent instead of the proposed 60 percent. While Mera chief executive officer (CEO) Collins Magalasi yesterday boldly rebuffed Escom’s bid to re-engage the regulator on the tariff review, the…

MRA busts K488m car racket

The Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) has moved to recover K488 million from owners of 47 top-of-the-range vehicles seized for non-payment of tax in a joint operation with the Directorate of Road Traffic and Safety Services (DRTSS). MRA head of corporate affairs Steve Kapoloma on Wednesday said the joint operation the two State agencies conducted in…

Escom wants to re-engage Mera on tariffs

Barely one week after the Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (Mera) trimmed to 31.8 percent Escom’s 60 percent tariff hike proposal, the power utility plans to renegotiate the matter with the regulator. Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) chief executive officer Allexon Chiwaya told a news conference in Blantyre on Tuesday the power utility believes that…

Malawi’s compact fate in December

  Following a failed meeting between President Peter Mutharika and Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) executives in New York, Malawi will have to wait until December when the MCC Board will decide on eligible countries for the next compact financing. In a written response to a questionnaire, United States of America (USA) Embassy public affairs officer…

New tariff should  Boost power supply

  Malawi Confederation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (MCCCI) has said the 31.8 percent electricity tariff hike over a four-year period will be meaningless if Escom does not improve power supply. The pronouncement by MCCCI chief executive officer Chancellor Kaferapanjira on Tuesday comes on the back of a tariff hike approval by Malawi Energy…

APM misses MCC meet on new compact

  It has emerged that President Peter Mutharika on Tuesday missed a crucial meeting in New York to discuss a second compact grant with Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) executives after failing to make it to the venue at the appointed time. Presidential press secretary and spokesperson Mgeme Kalilani said in an interview on Sunday senior…

Parly oversight under scrutiny

  Some leaders of parliamentary oversight committees have said their role of checking government ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) is under threat due to, among other things, lack of political will, disregard to procedures and inadequate funding. The parliamentarians argue that various parliamentary committees have made recommendations to government in the past five years which…

Lecturer summoned over UTM exam question

  Mangochi-based privately-owned DMI St John the Baptist University has instituted disciplinary proceedings against a lecturer for asking students a question related to United Transformation Movement (UTM). Correspondence on the issue shows that the university has summoned the lecturer, Felicity Kadyampakeni, for asking her students in a Women and Development examination paper to mention what…

Census enumerators threaten boycott

The 2018 Population and Housing Census enters its final days with enumerators threatening to sabotage the exercise to push the National Statistical Office (NSO) to release their outstanding allowances. Sporadic reports of discontent have been registered in Blantyre, Ntcheu, Mchinji and Mzuzu where enumerators agreed, among other things, to enter wrong data and withhold census…

Suspended CEO battles ministry

  Suspended Kasungu Municipality Council chief executive officer (CEO) Stuart Ngoka has taken to task the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development over its handling of his interdiction and disciplinary procedures. He is accusing the ministry of using uncorroborated information submitted by elected representatives at the council to crucify him without regard to his…

CSOs warn against demos sabotage

  With just four days before the planned anti-government demonstrations scheduled for this Friday, the Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) has warned city councils not to thwart efforts by the group to hold peaceful protests. As of yesterday, only Mzuzu City Council (MCC) had given permission for the demonstrations while Blantyre, Lilongwe and Zomba city…

Committee protests Escom borrowing

    Parliament’s Budget and Finance Committee has vowed to block  State power utility Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) from borrowing K30 billion from  commercial banks to finance its K55 billion deficit after Treasury earlier rejected its bailout request. In a telephone interview yesterday, committee chairperson Rhino Chiphiko said his committee told Escom top…

Govt selects 120 students to an incomplete school

  Parents and stakeholders in Machinga District have protested the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MoEST) decision to move 120 students initially selected to Machinga Secondary School, whose construction is not complete, to various community secondary schools (CDSSs) across the district. The development highlights the challenges the education sector is facing despite government allocating…

Chilima, JB meet

Malawi’s Vice-President and president of the United Transformation Movement (UTM), Saulos Chilima and former president Joyce Banda met in Zomba on Saturday amid speculation that the two were working on a possible political working relationship between United Transformation Movement (UTM) and People’s Party (PP). Eyewitnesses confided that Chilima’s motorcade was seen heading to Banda’s home…

Prisoners mixing worries MHRC

The Malawi Human Rights Commission (MHRC) says overcrowding and the mixing of convicts and prisoners on remand is affecting efforts to ensure that inmates are kept under dignified conditions in the country’s correctional facilities. MHRC executive director David Nungu said this yesterday following a survey report by the Centre for Human Rights Advice and Assistance…