Roads Authority to kick out corruption

Roads Authority (RA) has come out to declare that it will not tolerate any attempts of corruption either by its employees or contractors who seek favours to be given contracts. RA chief executive officer Trevor Hiwa said in an interview on Friday that following complaints of suspected corruption, the RA had come out to make…

Public sector reforms to hit councils

The public sector reforms which the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) administration is implementing will soon be introduced at district council level in order to reach out to common Malawians living there. Addressing representatives of the private sector at a meeting in Blantyre on Friday, Nwazi Mnthambala—principal secretary in the Office of the Vice-President responsible for…

How safe are albinos?

  People with albinism in Malawi face a daily dicey life. Stories of abductions and killings—and add in for good measure, exhumations of graves of people with albinism—appear frequently in the local media almost a year since the unfortunate events started manifesting themselves in the country. This is despite statements from the government—notably President Peter…

Experts for winter cropping

Warn against too much reliance on maize imports Encourage agriculture remedies to end hunger Agriculture experts have challenged government to   promote winter cropping, describing it as the most viable solution to   food shortage that has hit Malawi for two years running. The call comes on the heel of a presidential declaration of the State of…

Hunger to trigger social economic challenges

Malawi Economic and Justice Network (Mejn) executive director Dalitso Kubalasa, said the lingering hunger will trigger more social and economic challenges for the country. “In the current scenario, the government needs to focus on getting all priorities right by effectively and efficiently channelling adequate resources towards priority nutrition and food security interventions as a part…

Inclusive girls education boosted in Mangochi

Blantyre Synod Education Department has committed to promote inclusive education among girls with disabilities as well as those coming from ultra-poor backgrounds in Mangochi District. The synod’s education secretary Moses Kasitomu made the commitment when he took delivery of a donation of a Toyota Land Cruiser, a motorcycle, computers and office furniture for the synod’s…

Trouble brewing over Shire resources

  Tempers are flaring in communities living on the edge of Liwonde National Park  as they accuse park managers of high-handedness in stopping them from fishing in Shire River. But African Parks (AP) Ltd, managers of the park on a concessionary arrangement,  denied using excessive force and receiving any complaints from anyone. The villagers claim…

Should we celebrate when fraud is revealed?

There have been fresh reports of the Cashgate type of fraud at the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development where K47 million was allegedly siphoned out of public coffers through salary payments to ghost workers. Confirming the development, Erica Maganga, principal secretary in the ministry, refused to divulge further details beyond saying that 70…

Water crisis looms as El Nino bites

Malawians should brace themselves for serious water problems due to El Nino weather that has affected rainfall patterns in Malawi and other countries in eastern and southern Africa. Weather experts say rainfall volumes during the 2015/16 rainy season have fallen short of expect quantities, affecting agriculture as well as water supply. Adams Chavula, principal agro-meteorologist…

Malawi misses EU deadline

The Government of Malawi has missed a European Union (EU) deadline of March 31, 2016 to fulfil 20 conditions as a requirement for the bloc to provide direct budgetary support. The EU has set December 2016 for reviewing the given benchmarks. Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development Goodall Gondwe told Parliament in November last…

Chiradzulu community queries LDF project

  A school block constructed under the Local Development Fund (LDF) at Providence Industrial Mission (PIM) primary schools in Chiradzulu has been abandoned due to poor quality of the structure only three years after completion. Chairperson of Kumitembe Village Transparency and Accountability Club (TAC) in Sub Traditional Authority Wonga, Milton Sukali, said the withdrawal of…

62% of inmates kept illegally

Over 8 600 inmates are in detention unlawfully because the High Court has not confirmed their sentences within legally stipulated periods, says a human rights group. The number represents about 62 percent of the inmates in the country’s prisons, according to our calculations based on figures from the Centre for Human Rights Education, Advice and…

Is social media force for good or evil?

  From graphic images of accidents’ victims and disturbing pictures of physical abuse to rumours of infidelity on celebrities and cynical stories associating clergymen with occultism, social media usage in Malawi has not been short of controversies of late. The introduction of internet-based communication in Malawi about a decade ago brought with it a new…

Why are suicides on the increase?

There has been an upsurge, lately, in the number of people who are committing suicide in the country. The country has so far seen controversial suicide cases, among them the double murder-suicide case of a man in Zingwangwa, Blantyre, who first shot dead his wife and step-child before turning the gun on himself. In October…

SR Socials shot in the arm

  Into Sports and Carlsberg Malawi Limited donated various items towards 2016 Sports Administrators and Journalists (SAJ) tournament scheduled for Football Association of Malawi’s (FAM) Mpira Stadium from March 19 to 20. Social teams comprising journalists and sports administrators drawn from the three regions of the country, will participate in the competition. Into Sports, a…

Still no maize  In districts

Two weeks after the Ministry of Agriculture, National Food Reserve Agency (NFRA) and Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (Admarc) officials witnessed the beginning of the arrival into the country of the 30 000 MT of maize government has bought from Zambia, there is no let up in huge crowds at Admarc depots wanting to buy…

Groups rip govt apart on maize

The Parliamentary Committee on Agriculture and the Civil Society Agriculture Network (Cisanet) have blamed the maize shortage in the country on poor planning by the Ministry of Agriculture and its failure to heed advice from stakeholders to prepare well for the lean period. The two bodies said in separate interviews that government was aware of…

Parties zero in on serial MP absentees

Parliamentarians who have mastered the art of staying away from parliamentary sessions should count their days as parties have started discussing how to punish errant MPs who absent themselves from the house without valid reasons. The current Mid-Year Budget Review sitting of Parliament has seen the worse attendance by MPs with a reported over 50…