Experts upbeat on Bt Cotton release

Scientists managing confined trials of Bt Cotton in the country have expressed optimism that, despite rigors of regulatory frameworks in the country’s biotechnology sector, the variety will be released soon by government. Bt Cotton trial manager Professor James Bokosi from Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (Luanar) said this last week during at Bt…

Like June, July is cruel to people in Malawi, especially those that sleep alone. Someone described cold days as chilangambeta. That is not true because not all unmarried people sleep alone. And so true it is that not all married people sleep at home with their spouses. Chief Kazingist has evidence that the only time many men sleep…

Chief Kazingist cannot lie that he does not know places in Blantyre. He left his Zolozolo base more than two years ago and he should have visited a number of townships, of course, for various reasons. One of the townships he frequents is Kachere. Unfortunately, he does not know much about this place. The reason…

Ministry proposes guidelines   on declaration of councils

Malawi’s presidents will in future be required to justify decisions to declare areas as cities, districts or any local council if Parliament passes into law the proposed Local Government (Amendment) Act of 2015. Effectively, the proposed law seeks to trim the powers of the president or Cabinet minister to declare willy-nilly an area as a…

Proposed law to trim minister’s powers

Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development has proposed several amendments to the Local Government Act, including one that will stop the minister from appointing district commissioners (DCs) and chief executive officers (CEOs) of local councils. In Section 11, the Local Government Act empowers the minister to appoint CEOs in city, municipal and town councils…

Drinking is becoming less interesting in this cold weather. Because of the bad weather, many people prefer to stay indoors. Spending the whole day at home is unheard of for most men and when it happens, it is the worst part in life. This is because they always feel hungry. And when they ask for…

Court orders Yeremia Chihana’s release

  The High Court in Blantyre yesterday ordered the release of businessperson and politician Yeremia Chihana who Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) in conjunction with the Malawi Police Service (MPS) arrested on Friday for alleged tax evasion. Chihana, who is managing director of YMW Property Investments Company which valued the estate of former president the late…

Lawyer wants cops out of colleagues’ cases

  Justin Dzonzi, a lawyer and social commentator, has proposed the establishment of a special unit to be prosecuting police officers who collide with the law through involvement in criminal activities. Dzonzi, who is executive director of Justice Link, made the suggestion in an interview in the wake of increasing criminal cases involving police officers…

Malawi President top aide Ben Phiri quits

—cites serious allegations against him as reason Malawi President Peter Mutharika’s long-time top aide, Ben Phiri, has resigned from his post of Special Adviser and Assistant to the President, saying he wants to pave the way for those accusing him of corruption to prove their case. Phiri, who has been the President’s aide since 2007,…

Macra launches second TV white spaces project

Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra) has launched the second pilot project of Television White Spaces Test Bed at Mulanje Secondary School and Chitakale Teacher Development Centre (TDC) in Mulanje. The technology takes advantage of free or unused television channels to provide internet connectivity. Speaking during the launch at Mulanje Secondary School on Thursday, Minister of…

7 DCs challenge government

  In what can be described as a cat-and-mouse chase, seven district commissioners (DCs) have once again obtained injunctions stopping government from demoting them. The chase started when former president Joyce Banda promoted them to P2 grade. The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) administration reversed the promotions with Minister of Local Government and Rural Development Tarsizio…

ACB staff cry for resources

  Employees of the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) yesterday complained about lack of resources, forcing some of their colleagues to carry sensitive investigation files on public transport. The staff expressed their frustrations yesterday when British High Commissioner Michael Nevin visited the graft-busting body’s regional offices in Blantyre. During the tour, Nevin was told different stories about…