MPs push for Chanco reopening

The continued closure of Chancellor College, a constituent college of the University of Malawi (Unima), moved members of Parliament (MPs) to ask government to act with urgency and seriousness. The MPs, mostly from the opposition, suggested that delays to act on the reopening of the college portrays the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) administration as taking…

Govt under fire over by-elections

Members of Parliament (MPs) from the opposition benches yesterday asked government to act with urgency on by-elections in Lilongwe and Dedza districts, questioning what happened to the K1 billion allocated for the polls. Rising on a point of Matters of Urgent Public Importance, the legislators took to task Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development…

WB budget support an act of mercy—Chakwera

  Leader of Opposition in Parliament Lazarus Chakwera has described the resumption of budget support by the World Bank as an act of mercy. He has since urged President Peter Mutharika’s administration not to abuse the funding. Chakwera’s sentiments were echoed by People’s Party interim leader Uladi Mussa and Alliance for Democracy leader in Parliament…

 Donors satisfied with economic performance

Development partners in the country have hailed government on the strides it is taking to improve the economic status of the country. Commenting after President Peter Mutharika delivered the State of the Nation Address (Sona) at the opening of the Sixth Meeting in the 46th Session of Parliament and the 2017/18 Budget Meeting in Lilongwe…

MCP told infighting not healthy

  Malawi Congress Party (MCP), the country’s oldest political party, has been warned against continued bickering among its rank and file with an analyst suggesting the situation is not healthy, especially with general elections two years away. Mzuzu-based political analyst Emily Mkamanga said in an interview yesterday it was high time MCP acted like the…

AG stops court staff strike

The Attorney General (AG) yesterday obtained an injunction stopping Judiciary support staff from proceeding with their strike scheduled to start today to push management to give them housing allowance. Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs spokesperson Apoche Itimu said in an interview last evening the planned strike does not comply with Section 44 of the…

Oxfam clears itself from minerals smuggling

  Oxfam Malawi country director John Makina has distanced his organisation’s involvement in the case of illegal possession of precious stones and smuggling involving an employee of Oxfam South Africa, Lerato Motaung. Motaung was arrested on April 12 at Kamuzu International Airport (KIA) for being found in possession of precious stones from Malawi without documentation…

RFA suspends payment to Lilongwe City

  The Roads Fund Administration (RFA) has suspended payment for all road maintenance programmes managed by the Lilongwe City Council (LCC) following the council’s failure to ensure quality standards of the roads under construction. RFA public relations officer Masuko Mngwaluko said in an interview yesterday that payments will only be made after the council addresses…

Norway gives Luanar K1.7bn girls hostel

   Norway yesterday handed over a modern K1.7 billion ($10 million) 212-bed hostel at the Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (Luanar) Bunda Campus in support of government’s commitment to promote girl-child education. Speaking during the handover ceremony of the three-storey hostel fitted with elevators, touted to be the first of its kind to…

8 arrested for smuggling ivory

  Six employees of Lilongwe Handling and Clearing Company and two police officers have been arrested for allegedly aiding a Gambian man identified as Sainey Jagne to export ivory through Kamuzu International Airport. Briefing Parliament’s Natural Resources and Climate Change Committee and officials from the Ministry of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining, Wellingtone Chimdzakazi, representing…

Use social media for development—Speaker

  Speaker of the National Assembly Richard Msowoya has called on the youth in the country to use social media as a tool for development. The speaker made the remarks yesterday during the opening of the first session of the second cohort of Youth Parliament of Malawi (YPM) currently underway in Lilongwe. Msowoya said the…

LWB explains lack of water project ESIA

The Lilongwe Water Board (LWB) yesterday told the Budget and Finance Committee of Parliament that the Attorney General (AG) stopped the water utility from proceeding with the environmental and social impact assessment (ESIA) in the Salima-Lilongwe Water Project. Briefing the committee at Parliament Building in Lilongwe, LWB chief executive officer (CEO) Alfonso Chikuni said the…

Review president’s powers—committee

  Parliament’s Natural Resources and Climate Change Committee has asked government to table the Natural Resources (Amendment) Bill in the next meeting of Parliament to review provisions giving the President absolute powers on mining and oil exploration deals. Committee’s chairperson Werani Chilenga said it was high time the Bill was tabled in the House to…

MCP gives in to MEC  on by-election decision

Opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) has given in to the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) decision to hold a by-election instead of a re-run in Lilongwe City South East Constituency as ordered by the Malawi Supreme Court of Appeal. MCP president Lazarus Chakwera said yesterday his party will participate in the forthcoming by-elections slated for June…

Opposition bites: Petitions govt on 17 points

Demands accountability Seven opposition parties, including the Malawi Congress Party (MCP), yesterday petitioned government on 17 points they believe positive action would enable the country to successfully implement public sector reforms and attain accountability and transparency. In the petition titled Prospectors for Public Sector Reforms, the opposition accused the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) administration…

Govt, Cham hospitals stock genuine drugs—Study

Public hospitals and Christian Health Association of Malawi (Cham) facilities stock genuine medical drugs, especially for malaria, compared to private hospitals, according to a College of Medicine (CoM) study. The study also found that Malawi administers genuine medicines compared to other countries in African countries, including Nigeria. The study was commissioned in the wake of…

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…