Disasters contributing to economic loss

  Disasters have hit Malawi hard in recent years, leading to the country losing 1.7 percent of its gross domestic product (GDP), a report by the Ministry of Home Affairs and Internal Security reveals. Minister of Home Affairs and Internal Security Cecilia Chazama has since stressed the need to build resilience in disaster preparedness to…

Ticking bomb in MCP

Divisions refuse to die in Malawi Congress (MCP), that some sitting members of Parliament (MPs) have asked the party to re-run primary elections in four constituencies. In a memo Nation on Sunday has seen, the party has called for a re-run of primary elections in Kasungu South East, Dedza Central East, Mchinji North and Mchinji…

Govt reform policies get mixed reactions

  Governance commentators have received government’s launch of two policies aimed at transforming the civil service with mixed reactions, with some saying it is too little and others arguing they will help Capital Hill to improve performance. Last week, Chief Secretary in the Office of the President and Cabinet Lloyd Muhara launched two policies—the Malawi…

Committee queries audits quality

  Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has expressed reservations on the quality of audits of government ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) and has since asked the National Audit Office (NAO) to improve to ensure public confidence. The committee’s concern comes against a background of some controlling officers in MDAs appearing to cook up information when…

Govt launches reform policies

Chief Secretary to the Government Lloyd Muhara has said the public should expect improved performance in the public sector, following the launch of Public Service Management and National Public Sector Reforms policies. Speaking during the launch of the two policies at Bingu International Convention Centre (Bicc) in Lilongwe on Friday, Muhara said the two policies…

PAC wants ACB turned  into commission

  The Public Affairs Committee (PAC), a multi-faith human rights and social watchdog, has proposed that the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) should transform into a commission to be freed from political and government interference. Briefing journalists after a four-hour closed-door meeting with the ACB in Lilongwe, PAC chairperson the Reverend Felix Chingota said while strides have…

Family perishes in car crash

  People of Kapanila Village, Traditional Authority (T/A) Zulu in Mchinji were in shock yesterday as they buried 11 of the 12 people killed in a road accident on Tuesday night. Eight men and four women died in an accident which government has declared a national disaster. The government also bought coffins as well as…

DPP vehicle overturns, 2 die

  Two people have died after a governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) vehicle they were travelling in overturned in Kasungu on Sunday. National Police spokesperson James Kadadzera identified the deceased as a DPP official Charles Chiwanda who died on the spot and a Ministry of Information and Communications Technology technician Graciano Tsumba who died shortly…

Court lifts plastics ban

The High Court in Blantyre has overturned an earlier ban on thin plastics after some 14 companies successfully challenged the dismissal of a judicial review on the ban. The Malawi Parliament Conservation Caucus (MPCC) has since said it will engage the expertise of a United Kingdom (UK)-based lawyer, Shamimi Jayanathan, to help government beef up…

Money chaos in councils

Councils may have mismanaged over K20 billion in fiscal years ending June 30 2015 and 2016, our calculations from a National Audit Office (NAO) report shows. According to the NAO audit report for city and district councils released on June 8 2018, the audit found six major loopholes through which the billions of taxpayers’ money…

IG blames parties for political violence

Inspector General (IG) of Police Rodney Jose has accused political parties in the country of perpetrating violence by giving their youths too much power to the extent that some of them feel they are above the police. Delivering a keynote address during a half-day meeting for Malawi Police Service (MPS) and representatives of political parties…

Court cases gag LCC

  Lilongwe City Council (LCC) and the Parliamentary Committee on Local Authorities and Rural Development say there is little they can do to control the proliferation of illegal structures in the city because individuals involved have sought courts intervention. Illegal structures and irregular allocation of plots have culminated in a stand-off between LCC management and…

Norway pumps K3.3bn in  climate change project

  The Norwegian Government has pumped $4.3 million (about K3.3 billion) into increased resilience of vulnerable populations to impacts of climate-related risks in Malawi. First Secretary responsible for Agriculture and Environment at the Royal Norwegian Embassy Jan Erik Studsrod said in an interview there is need for combined effort by government and citizens to fight…

Scotland gives CSOs K11bn for projects

  Scotland has committed to disburse 11 million pounds (about K11.3 billion) to various civil society organisations (CSOs) it works with to undertake projects aimed at achieving local and international development goals. Malawi-Scotland Partnership board chairperson Ann Phoya made the announcement at a news conference in Lilongwe yesterday ahead of a high-level conference on Malawi…

Govt abolishes secondary school fees

  Barely two weeks after advising public secondary schools to delay collection of K500 per term tuition fees, the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MoEST) has announced abolition of fees in conventional and community day secondary schools. Making the announcement in Lilongwe yesterday, Minister of Education, Science and Technology Bright Msaka said the abolition…

Government ready to resume tuition fees collection

  Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MoEST) has said it will resume collecting of tuition fees from all secondary schools in the next two weeks, but the official announcement of the exact dates will be made within the week. In an interview yesterday, MoEST Principal Secretary Justin Saidi said government has resolved the challenges…