‘The NGO space is shrinking in Malawi’

Council for Non-Governmental Organisations (Congoma) has now clocked 32 years in the country, and our reporter FATSANI GUNYA caught up with chairperson MACBAIN MKANDAWIRE who painted the bitter sweet of the NGO journey in the country. Excerpts: Congoma, the grouping you chair, recently held an annual general meeting in Lilongwe. How unique was it this…

NPL’s manager, other inducted as Rotarians

Nation Publications Limited (NPL)’s Marketing Manager Albert Banda became the latest employ to join a rotary club after he was inducted on Friday night into Bwaila Rotary Club. His induction comes barely months after the company’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mbumba Banda was successfully inducted as a member of Lilongwe Rotary Club earlier in the…

In his address when he opened the 47th session of Parliament in Lilongwe last week, President Peter Mutharika lambasted Parliamentarians over reported abuse of the Constituency Development Fund (CDF). Our Reporter FATSANI GUNYA engaged JEPHTER MWANZA a governance expert working with Link for Citizen Empowerment and Development, also known as The Link on this. EXCERPTS:…

‘Political positions are not a right’

Sosten Gwengwe was just a whisker away from becoming the country’s youngest ever vice-president when his frontrunner in 2014 Tripartite Elections Joyce Banda of the People’s Party (PP) was defeated.  The former Minister of Industry and Trade also fell from grace in Dedza Central East where he lost his parliamentary seat. Now under the Malawi…

New political party launched

A new political party, Leadership with Compassion (LCP), has been launched in the country. The founder and president of the party is a South African-based Malawian, Sally Kumwenda, who is studying for her doctorate degree at Wits University in the rainbow nation. The launch of the party, held today in Lilongwe, now takes the number of registered…

Malawi secures K122bn loan for irrigation

  The World Bank has approved a US$166 million (about K122 billion) loan to Malawi aimed at transforming the country’s irrigation agriculture,  especially in the Shire Valley. The Shire Valley Transformation Programme (SVTP-I), which will cover the Chikwawa-Nsanje areas, will lay foundations for commercialisation and improve management of natural  resources in the Shire Valley districts.…

Chimunthu Banda narrowly escapes death

The former Speaker of the National Assembly Henry Chimunthu Banda on has narrowly escaped death in a road accident in Mchinji. Chimunthu-Banda’s car, a Toyota Prado VX series, is said have overturned several times due to a head-on collision with another car that had reportedly left its lane while over-taking other cars. Chimunthu-Banda was behind…

MPs dare public on Fisp flaws

Parliament has challenged the public to hold it accountable should there be further flaws in this year’s Farm Input Subsidy Programme (Fisp). The remarks follow government’s giving in to many recommendations the House made for the programme ahead of the coming growing season; which included adopting the Parliamentary Committee on Agriculture to be party to…

‘MEC has earned the confidence of the public’

On Tuesday, Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) will conduct elections in Lilongwe Msozi North Constituency, Lilongwe City South East Constituency, Nsanje-Lalanje Constituency, Mayani North Ward in Dedza North Constituency, Mtsiliza Ward in Lilongwe City West Constituency and Ndirande-Makata Ward in Blantyre-Malabada Constituency. Our reporter FATSANI GUNYA engaged MEC spokesperson Sangwani Mwafulirwa on various issues that have…

MCA-M projects excite govt, US

The United States government has expressed satisfaction with the progress made so far in the power projects under the $350 million (K256 billion) Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) energy compact. The MCC compact is aimed at supporting Malawi to increase the capacity and stability of the national electricity grid and the efficiency and sustainability of hydropower…

Saving little Cassey

      Young Prince had to wait seven years to have a sister. But his family is worried that Cassey Chilumpha, born on May 3, may be gone soon. Medical doctors say she may not live two more months unless she gets specialist treatment abroad. “We haven’t told Prince about her condition. We just…

First Lady calls for prayer at SDA evangelism crusade

  First Lady Gertrude Mutharika has said the country’s administration needs prayers from its citizens to effectively run the country “as is expected of the office.” Mutharika was speaking on Tuesday evening at Bingu National Stadium in Lilongwe where the Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) Church is conducting a month-long evangelism crusade ending September 30. Veteran evangelist Tony Yoramu-Nyirenda…

PIL gives Mzimba Hospital K5m medical equipment

The country’s major petroleum importer, Petroleum Importers Limited (PIL)has donated a K5 million worth consignment of assorted medical equipment to Mzimba District Hospital. It was double luck for the hospital within a space of a year as it was also the principle recipient of Nation Publications Limited (NPL)’s Mother’s Fun Run initiative in October last…

‘Malawi should break the poverty cycle’

Mia Seppo, the Resident Coordinator of the United Nations and Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has completed her tour of duty in Malawi after four years and five months of leading the UN system in support of the Malawi Government national development agenda. Our reporter FATSANI GUNYA caught up with Seppo…

NPL Mother’s Fun Run gets K10m equipment boost

Beata Holdings executive chairperson Ben Phiri has said the country’s public health sector would not have been “this awful” had local companies and individuals been patriotic. Phiri made the remarks on Friday in Lilongwe when his group of companies donated assorted medical laboratory equipment worth K10 million towards this year’s Nation Publications Limited (NPL) Mother’s…

‘Egenco will add value to the Malawi energy sector’

In June 2016, Parliament passed the Electricity Amendment Bill which, among others, resulted in the unbundling of the Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) into two entities; the Electricity Generation Company (Egenco) and Escom (residual].  This is part of the $32 million Power Sector Reform Project (PSRP) being implemented by government with funding from the…