‘I will always be MCP’

Suspended Malawi Congress Party (MCP) publicity secretary Jessie Kabwila, who is also Salima North West Member of Parliament (MP) says MCP bloods runs in her veins. Kabwila, alongside five other alleged ‘rebels’—party vice-president Richard Msowoya,  second deputy president Macdonald Lombola, secretary general Gustave Kaliwo, deputy secretary general James Kaunda and treasurer general Tony Kandiero—were recently…

Ministry says it erred on fall armyworm response

  The Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development has admitted that it has so far not handled well the fall armyworm outbreak in the country. Controller of agriculture extension and technical services Albert Changaya said this in Lilongwe last week during a research dissemination conference organised by Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources…

Ombudsman’s role under microscope

  International Ombudsman Institute (IOI) president Peter Tyndall has re-iterated the push for government to account to its citizens, saying the way countries make use of ombudspersons mirrors whether democracy has matured or stunted. The Ombudsman of Ireland made the remarks in Lilongwe during the opening of a five-day African regional training on the role…

Minister challenges universities to conduct relevant research

  Government has challenged public universities in the country to ensure they come up with relevant research that contributes to the country’s development. Minister of Education, Science and Technology Bright Msaka made the remarks in Lilongwe on Tuesday when he opened the 2018 Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (Luanar) research dissemination conference at…

Youths call for empowerment programmes

  Youths in Balaka have called for a change in focus among stakeholders in the country’s fight against early marriages and teen pregnancies towards empowering youths. Speaking on Sunday at a youth conference organised by Forum for Civic Education and Social Empowerment (Focese) in the district, one of the youths, Alice June, said advocacy and…

Mera warns against flouting standards

The Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (Mera) has indicated it may decommission some fuel service stations that flout the authority’s standard guidelines. Mera chief executive officer Collins Magalasi said this in an interview in Lilongwe on Wednesday on the sidelines of a day-long stakeholders’ sensitisation workshop at Sunbird Capital. He said the new guidelines have been…

Government admits fall army worms here to stay

  Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development says the fight against the fall army worms is greater than initially anticipated and that the pest is “here to stay”. Briefing the media in Lilongwe on Friday, the ministry’s controller of agriculture extension and technical services Albert Changaya said the Southern Region is the worst hit…

Nutrition experts urge informed communities

Nutritionists have said informed communities are key to improving nutrition levels in the country. Speaking on Wednesday in the area of Traditional Authority (T/A) Mzikubola in Mzimba District, Farmers Union of Malawi (FUM) senior nutrition coordinator for the district John-Bosco Kasitomu urged the country to adopt healthy nutrition habits to combat malnutrition. The remarks come…

Kachindamoto demands more on education for anti-early marriage fight

  Senior Chief Kachindamoto of Dedza has expressed fears that the country’s efforts in curbing early marriages may be hampered by the inadequate support the education sector continues to get. Various reports indicate education standards in the country continue to dwindle and this comes despite Parliament allocating the sector with the largest chunk of the…

‘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:…

Cement price should not exceed K7000—Govt

  Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism has put a cap on the price of cement to help check the escalating costs of the product amid scarcity concerns. Some unscrupulous traders are taking advantage of the scarcity, which has been attributed to stalled production due to power outages, by raising the price from about K6…

Malawi, Iceland in K11.billion development pact

Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development on Wednesday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the government of Iceland to provide improved social services in Mangochi. The MoU is for a four-year Mangochi basic services programme to run from December this year until 2021. Iceland has pumped in $16 million (about K11.7 billion) for…

‘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.…