MEC to hold LL  by-elections June 6

The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has set June 6 2017 for the by-elections in Lilongwe City South East Constituency instead of a re-run as ordered by the Malawi Supreme Court of Appeal. MEC chairperson Jane Ansah announced the development in Lilongwe during the first National Elections Consultative Forum (Necof) meeting. She said MEC concluded that…

MIJ graduates 538, to introduce degree programme

Malawi Institute of Journalism executive director, Dalitso Nkunika, has said her institution is ready to introduce a degree programme before 2020, following demand from students. Nkunika said this on Friday in Lilongwe during the award of diplomas and certificates in journalism to 538 students. “We have plans to introduce a degree programme before 2020. The…

K370m gold suspect case deferred

The Lilongwe Magistrate’s Court yesterday adjourned to a later date the case involving Moinuddian Mohamed Iqbar Sodagar who was expected to take plea for various charges levelled against him. Sodagar, a 37-year-old Indian national, was arrested on December 30 2016 at Kamuzu International Airport after being found in possession of foreign currency equivalent to K494…

Food crisis hits Dzaleka

  Malnutrition is stalking the country’s biggest refugee camp, Dzaleka in Dowa, after rations were slashed following funding cutbacks by the international donor community. UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) southern Africa spokesperson, Tina Ghelli, said a humanitarian disaster is looming among the 24 000 refugees at the camp. “Children less than five years, child-headed…

Roads of gender balance

  Well, road maintenance could be considered a men’s field. Women are often invisible in this field because tradition expects them to be in the kitchen, cooking. Trends, however, are beginning to change. More women have proved to be better on what is said to be men’s job. Rosemary Chaseta of Kangomowa Road maintenance club…

Government slashes sa arms deal

  The Malawi Government yesterday confirmed that it has succeeded in slashing a controversial $145 million (about K100 billion at the current exchange rate) defence deal signed between former government of president Joyce Banda and South African-based arms company the Paramount Group, saying the contract was “too expensive” and not subjected to “proper analysis”.  …