Sheriffs pounce on Escom

The Sherriff of Malawi on May 3 pounced on the Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) and took away four operational vehicles for failure to pay compensation to some of  former employees, who were unfairly dismissed. Court records indicate that the Industrial Relations Court on May 3 2017, in a case number 239 of 2009,…

Govt to resuscitate MPC assets

Minister of Information and Communications Technology Nicholas Dausi has said government will help identify partners to save loss-making Malawi Posts Corporation (MPC) stations nationwide. The minister said this on Saturday when he toured Chikwawa Post Office where he encouraged staff to change their approach to business. “Our plan as a ministry is to resuscitate all…

New prison project stalls

A K10 billion maximum security prison project which the government embarked on over five years ago to de-congest the country’s prisons has stalled due to funding constraints, prison authorities have confirmed. The development has turned the 300 hectares allocated to prisons with a capacity of 4 000 inmates at Chitedze in Lilongwe into a farm.…

Nsanje Port dream crumbles

The much-touted Nsanje World Inland Port project, which has already cost the taxpayer billions of kwacha, is slowly turning into a mirage after government has now removed it from its top priorities in the next five years. Since its inception in 2008, the project—and one of the flagship projects in the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP)…

Synod moves to reduce Aids-related deaths

  Blantyre Synod Health and Development Commission (BSHDC), a development arm of the CCAP Blantyre Synod, has intensified efforts to reduce HIV and Aids-related deaths through mobilisation of local groups. BSHDC officials last week visited impact areas in Blantyre Rural where the commission is implementing a four-year integrated community-based project for HIV and Aids care,…

Priority mix-up in government

At a time government has plans to develop the tourism sector by, among others things, constructing an international airport in a tourist haven, Mangochi, the same government has excluded the sector from its top-five priorities in the next five years. Briefing donors under the Development Cooperation Group (DCG), Ministry of Finance, Economic Planning and Development…

China commits to  support media

China has pledged to support the media in Malawi in order to develop stronger ties between Malawi and China. Chinese ambassador to Malawi, Shi Ting Wang said this when he visited Nation Publications Limited (NPL) head office in Blantyre earlier today. He said his government values the important role the media in Malawi plays in…

CZ councillors seal DC’s office

Chiradzulu District Council members who recently threatened mass action against district commissioner (DC) Memory Kaleso, on Friday threw all caution to the wind and closed the DC’s office. And following this development, the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development has said it will come up with a decision this week after receiving a legal…

Gay, aborton issues on Blantyre Synod indaba

The Blantyre Synod of the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP) is poised to discuss and resolve contentious issues of same-sex marriages and abortion at the synod’s forthcoming biennal conference, the synod’s general secretary Reverend Alex Maulana has said. “It is a fact that some clerics have been criticising how we are handling these issues.…

Mera exposed to lawsuits—experts

MEra board has rendered itself susceptible to lawsuits for firing two of its managers who implemented its resolution to release K2.9 billion for the purchase of maize in 2016, labour experts have warned. “The board made a decision which they tasked management to implement,” argues Mauya Msuku, a labour law lecturer at Chancellor College in…

Bingu’s wealth under probe

The Public Accounts Committee of Parliament has summoned the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) and the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) to explain what they have found out about former president Bingu wa Mutharika’s estate, which a private valuer put at K61 billion in 2012. Public Accounts Committee (PAC) two years ago tasked the two institutions  to investigate…

Goodall says fraud to affect budget implementation

Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development Goodall Gondwe has said fraudulent activities if left unchecked in government, will derail implementation of some projects outlined in the 2016/2017 National Budget. Gondwe’s sentiments follow fraud reports and wastage of public funds in various ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs). Recently, there have been rampant reports of abuse…

‘Immigrants a security risk’

Lack of a decisive law to deal with asylum seekers and refugees who leave their camps and settle elsewhere is compromising the country’s security, security institutions in the country have warned. In an interview on Thursday, Immigration Department spokesperson James Chauwa said this has resulted in a free flow of asylum seekers in the country…

Valuation controversy resurfaces

The capacity of Blantyre City Council (BCC) to conduct a Supplementary Valuation Roll (SVR) is being questioned by some property owners in the commercial city and a professional body of land surveyors. The development augments disagreements that have been rocking the industry following some reported skirmishes between valuers and property owners in Mzuzu, Zomba and…

CMST burns drugs

The Central Medical Stores Trust (CMST) last Thursday burnt piles of medical drugs in Lilongwe, some of which expired while lying in warehouses. While sources claimed that tonnes of drugs were silently taken out to be destroyed, CMST spokesperson Herbert Chandilanga said the quantities were not as high as alleged by our sources. He added…

Health crisis in Phalombe

Lives of thousands of people in Phalombe are in danger following an impasse in negotiations between the Ministry of Health (MoH) and the Archdiocese of Blantyre over Holy Family Private Hospital which closed its doors to patients. The church a week ago closed its door to patients served by the hospital at government’s expense in…

AG demands MEC full forensic audit

  The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has said the Auditor General (AG) has recommended that a full forensic investigation should be carried out at the commission following a financial scandal at the institution which led to the suspension of some senior managers last year. MEC chairperson Jane Ansah said this yesterday at a press briefing…