Govt ignores own digital task force

  The Ministry of Information on December 22, 2015 threw caution to the wind and signed a working agreement with a Chinese firm Star Times Technologies Ltd ignoring its own task force disapproval to work with the firm, Weekend Nation can reveal. The deal involves the Ministry of Information working together with Star Times Technologies…

Are police roadblocks effective?

It took officers from the Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) to impound a truckload of 109 bags of Indian hemp (chamba) at Lirangwe roadblock in Blantyre north in January 2016. The drugs—which presumably originated from Nkhotakota—were destined for Blantyre city and only the timely interception of the tax officers put a stop to a huge consignment…

Lessons from Neno debacle

Malawians are still reeling from the shock of the cold-bloodied murder—Monday last week in Neno—of four elderly persons who were butchered on suspicion of having a hand in the death of a 17-year-old girl who was struck by lightning. The incident was a latest in a wave of violent crimes reported across the country in…

Henwood helps resettle flood victims

About 302 families that were displaced by surging waters early 2015 are struggling to rebuild their homes at their new village at Jombo in Chikwawa. When Henwood Foundation presented some support to the area last week, it was clear that families are failing to raise permanent structures for habitation on their own, one year after…

PAC to hold another conference

The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) administration should brace for a tough assignment this month with the Public Affairs Committee (PAC) holding its All-Inclusive Conference scheduled for February 17 and 18 in Blantyre. But a political analyst has urged PAC to step up its game if the resolutions of its conferences are to have any bearing…

APM’s aides in K307m package

While President Peter Mutharika has stuck to a 20-member Cabinet and more than halved the number of principal secretaries, the length of his advisers’ list is cancelling most of the envisaged savings. A recent government special directory dated October 1 2015 records over 16 special assistants to President Mutharika. Mutharika’s advisers’ line-up is more than…

When LGBTI becomes an economic issue

In the aftermath of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LBTI) issues making prominence in Malawi, faith leaders have taken a bold stand to declare their unshaken resolve not to allow their faith groups to employ a lenient view on people with different sexual orientation other than heterosexuals. This comes at a time the Government…

How to survive in the year of hunger

  That Malawi is facing food shortage is no longer news. Government and other stakeholders have come out in the open to declare that most parts of the country will this year (2016) experience food deficits. The situation has been aggravated by the El Nino weather phenomenon, which Malawi and other countries in the southern…

Primary justice solving prison overpopulation

  Stakeholders in the dispensation of justice have welcomed introduction of a primary justice system aimed at curbing congestion in the country’s prisons, Malawi Primary Justice (MPJ) programmes coordinator for the South, Dalitso Mipando has said. In primary justice, smaller cases are handled at community level thereby helping to reduce numbers of people being remanded…

The flood victims jigsaw puzzle

As the rainy season sets in across the country government is again grappling with the question on how it can handle effects of excessive rain water which has been a major cause of concern for authorities in the past years. The picture is complicated with the recent announcement by the Department of Climate Change and…

MLS faults government on JB Cashgate role

The Malawi Law Society (MLS) has faulted government for ‘prosecution through the media’ in a matter the State is accusing former president Joyce Banda of a role in the infamous plunder of State resources—popularly known as Cashgate. MLS’s sentiments were sought in view of a statement released by government titled ‘Government Response on ‘JB blasts…

 ‘Malawians suffered in 2015’

Economic commentators have described 2015 as a year when lives of average Malawians took a plunge as evidenced by soaring hunger, diminished incomes, sharp rises in essential commodity prices, interest rates, drug stock outs and food shortages in some public hospitals across the country. Outspoken consumer rights activist John Kapito, summing up the year, told…

Women woes for domestic energy

In a country where only seven percent of  about 16 million people have access to electricity, it is not surprising that Regina Kumalonje, a mother of two from Dambo Village, Traditional Authority (T/A) Kuntaja in Blantyre, endures long distance to access energy for domestic use. She wakes up at 4 am and walks a two-hour…

When poor economy dampens festive mood

  Christmas and New Year celebrations in 2015 seem to have come at a time the country is struggling to climb a mountain of bumpy macro-economics, with visible signs of diminished spending by citizens owed to a heavily battered economy. Forays into the markets this week revealed that mostly people’s pockets are dry; while shoppers…

Police ups training

  Inspector General (IG) of Police Lexten Kachama says recent upsurge in criminal activity and the complexities of contemporary crime requires the police to step up their training techniques to adapt to the situation. He was speaking on Saturday at Police College in Zomba where he commissioned 35 officers who have completed a three-month Command…