JB says she is not afraid

Former president Joyce Banda yesterday challenged authorities and her political adversaries that she is not afraid of anything and is prepared to face whatever comes her way. Banda, the president of People’s Party (PP) booted out of government during the May 20 2014 Tripartite Elections after a two-year stint, told a rally at Kanengo in…

DPP youths in  pro-Chilima chants

President Peter Mutharika’s departure to the United Kingdom on Friday provided the starkest of proof of a youth-driven ‘revolution’ supporting Vice-President Saulos Chilima as the party’s torch-bearer in the 2019 elections. Hundreds of supporters clad in DPP regalia stiffly went through the usual routine of seeing the President off at Kamuzu International Airport yon Friday…

Tobacco season off to good start

Malawi’s tobacco selling season this year got off to a good start at the Auction Floors in Lilongwe, with farmers fetching reasonably high prices for their leaf—the country’s main foreign exchange earner. Early sales at the floors saw top-quality tobacco fetching $210 per kilogramme while low-quality tobacco was going at $80 per kilogramme. The prices…

Nkhoma Synod laments poor leadership

  Nkhoma Synod of the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP) has lamented poor leadership and a myriad of social-economic ills which have cost Malawi her tag as the Warm Heart of Africa. In a hard-hitting Pastoral Letter-cum Easter Message under the theme Remaining Salt and Light in the Evil and Crooked World read out…

China calls for increased  support to agriculture

  Chinese Ambassador Shi-Ting Wang has appealed to fellow members of the diplomatic community in the country to increase their countries’ support towards the agriculture sector in Malawi. The envoy said the move would strengthen the sector and, by extension, the country’s economy since Malawi’s economy is agro-based. Shi-Ting expressed the sentiments during a field…

Lawi, Namadingo conquer Lilongwe

  The much-touted Lawi and Namadingo Easter joint tour reached its climax in Lilongwe Saturday night when the two artists staged an impressive show at Bingu International Convention Centre (Bicc). The two artists proved why they are among Malawi’s top musicians with their performance and interaction with the fans throughout the show. The show, which…

Community demands  explanation on project

A community in Traditional Authority Msakambewa in Dowa is demanding an explanation from managers of a classroom block project at Chigudu Primary School. The community through their radio listening club and area development committee (ADC) members met authorities to explain  how the project resources, said to have been worth K7.7 million were being used on…

Farmers want pest-resistant maize

  Small-scale farmers from Dowa have asked maize breeders to come up with pest-resistant varieties. Speaking during the launch of a new maize variety, DK777, by Monsanto Malawi, the farmers said they face challenges accessing information on pest management. A representative of the farmers, Bodington Kadzipalire, said crop-damage by fall armyworms threaten to plunge the…

‘Japan is always ready to help’

Ahead of the upcoming Tokyo International Conference of African Development (Ticad) which will be held in Yokohama, Japan, in 2019, Japanese ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary, Okamura Yoshifumi was in the country to solicit ideas may help in preparations for the upcoming conference so that it addresses relevant areas. Our reporter JACOB NANKHONYA caught up with…

APM entices C’Wealth body to invest in MW

  President Peter Mutharika has encouraged a United Kingdom (UK) investment financing institution Commonwealth Development Corporation (CDC) to invest in the country’s energy and agriculture sector to helping revamp the country’s economy. Speaking when he had an audience with a CDC delegation at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe yesterday, Mutharika said Malawi is a safe place…

Economists warn govt on  development strategy

Economists have warned government that while the third Malawi Growth and Development Strategy (MGDS) appears to be a well thought-out development strategy, more efforts should be invested in its implementation. Economics Association of Malawi (Ecama) and Malawi Economic Justice Network (Mejn) expressed the sentiments in their reaction to President Peter Mutharika’s unveiling of MGDS III…

UN hails Malawi women empowerment efforts

  The United Nations (UN) has hailed Malawi for enacting positive policies and laws aimed at promoting women in the country. Speaking during International Women’s Day (IWD) commemorations at Bingu International Convention Centre (Bicc) in Lilongwe yesterday, UN resident representative Maria Jose Torres Macho commended Malawi for enacting the Marriage, Divorce and Family Relations Act,…

Japan donates theatre  equipment to Likuni

Japanese Embassy has donated $40 000 (about K29 400 000) for the purchase of an autoclave machine and anaesthesia at Likuni Mission Hospital. The donation follows a request that the hospital made to the embassy to help it increase its theatre capacity. Speaking during the signing of an agreement which was attended by Minister of…

Tobacco stakeholder discuss diversification

Tobacco stakeholders have given their views regarding diversifying from the crop at a time the country’s main foreign exchange earner is under pressure from anti-smoking lobbyists. The stakeholders spoke on Wednesday in Lilongwe at a consultative meeting on the alternative crop to tobacco. Speaking at the meeting, Hugh Saunders, managing director of Alliance One, one…

Parliament to launch ‘enhancement’ project

  Parliament will today launch the Malawi Parliament Enhancement Project (Mpep) to stimulate cordial political relations and strengthen institutional and individual capacity in improving performance and delivery of parliamentary functions. Clerk of Parliament (CoP), Fiona Kalemba said in a statement issued yesterday that, among others, the project aims to increase Parliament’s autonomy by cultivating relations…

Norway in K2.6bn prison project

  The Norwergian government has launched a four-year K2.6 billion prison reform project amid concerns of poor conditions in Malawi prisons. Norwegian Ambassador Kikkan Haugen launched the project on Monday in Lilongwe, saying it is aimed at addressing the challenges in prison management, improved prison health delivery and management, and improved criminal justice processes with…

APM, Chilima mourn Kanyama

Fallen Dedza Diocese Bishop Emmanuel Kanyama was laid to rest yesterday at a ceremony graced by President Peter Mutharika and Vice-President Saulos Chilima, among other dignitaries. During the funeral mass that was led by Arch Episcope for the Diocese of Lilongwe Tarcizius Ziyaye, Chilima, who spoke on behalf of Mutharika, described Kanyama as a learned…

Politicians, clergy, locals mourn Sam Mpasu

  Dirges, gun salutes and eulogies marked the last mile of veteran politician Sam Mpasu, who died three days ago at his Blantyre residence. The climax of the event came when the body was being lowered into the grave at Khuze Village, Traditional Authority Kwataine in Ntcheu District. The ngoma dancers tried their best to…

MEC chair warns against biases

    Justice Jane Ansah has threatened to instantly sack Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) workers who show political favouritism and rudely handle stakeholders, including voters. The MEC chairperson warned against political bias and misconducts when she opened a training for master trainers yesterday in Lilongwe. The commission expects the trainees to train new workers on…