22 parties collect nomination forms

At least 22 political parties have so far collected nomination forms to contest in the presidential, parliamentary and local government elections on May 20, a far cry from the 54 registered parties in the country. Among the parties that plan to field a presidential candidate is Alliance for Democracy (Aford) amid court wrangles emanating from…

Desperate RBM issues securities at 40%

In a desperate attempt to control money supply and rein in inflation, the Reserve Bank of Malawi (RBM) has issued securities—tradable instruments—worth K17.9 billion at over 40 percent, a move condemned by an economist as counterproductive. According RBM daily money market reports, the central bank has issued securities through Open Market Operations (OMO)—the buying and…

PCL yearly profit to jump 70%

Dual-listed conglomerate Press Corporation Limited (PCL) is expected to post a 70 percent rise in after-tax profit in the year ended December 2013, according to a trading update issued yesterday. This is the same profit forecast the company gave in the year ended December 2012. In 2012, the group listed on Malawi Stock Exchange (MSE)…

Entering the year 2014 will be a great experience as mobile telecommunications company Airtel Malawi will, on New Year’s Day, release a musical anthem which features over 20 of the country’s top musicians on a track dubbed Mwezi Wawala – Tithyole Dansi. Airtel Malawi deputy managing director Maurice Newa disclosed that Mwezi Wawala is a…

Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC), the country’s State broadcaster, has been recognised at continental level for its contribution to the promotion of innovation. MBC emerged among the top five institutions drawn from across Africa and selected from 67 entries at the 35th Africa Association for Public Administration and Management (AAPAM) Annual Roundtable Conference held at Serena…

The Southern Region Referees Committee (SRRC) has suspended for six months three of its Grade One referees for accusing the committee’s leadership of misappropriating funds and demanding bribes from referees. Harris Kajawo, Waneck Mlenga and Felix Nkhoma, who officiate Super League games, drew the wrath of the committee after reportedly authoring a letter accusing their…

Army teams owe Epac owner K1.5m in player deals

Businessperson Dini Josaya Banda has said Malawi Defence Force (MDF) teams owe him K1.5 million through his Epac Football Club in respect of players to Red Lions (K400 000), Moyale Barracks (K400 000) and Kamuzu Barracks K700 000. In an interview on Wednesday, Banda said they will use proper channels to get their money. The players…

Unlocked lock: Allegory of loot?

Dan Brown, author of The Da Vinci Code, one of the most widely read novels of all time, flags his 2013 publication, Inferno, with a line from Dante Alighieri’s epic poem The Divine Comedy: “The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.” It is, therefore,…

Newly crowned Miss Malawi UK Alexina Phiri, who this coming weekend participates in Miss Black Africa UK, has lined up a number of events aimed at selling the country to probable tourists. She is set to convince the West, most especially UK, that there is more good news about Malawi and Africa at large apart…

Malawi urged to develop seed sector through PPP

Malawi should move towards developing her seed sector by creating a strong Public-Private Partnership (PPP) in the sector, a renowned professor in agriculture has advised. Richard Mkandawire, who is also vice-president for the South Africa-based African Fertiliser and Agri-business Partnership (Afap), offered the tip at the weekend in Lilongwe on the sidelines of a Malawi…

Trapping mosquitoes with sugar

It was in Standard Four at St. Andrews High School in Blantyre that the now 15-year-old Joshua Mwanda was introduced to science as a subject. “I have liked it since then. I love opening and observing objects and I dream of pursuing a career in electrical engineering,” said Mwanda, a Form Four student at Lilongwe…

Women soccer sidelined in Malawi

If you think discrimination against women in Malawi is only rampant in homes and offices, then you are wrong. Discrimination has crossed frontiers into domestic football where Super League clubs resist sharing pitches with their female counterparts, thereby denying them exposure and with it, the growth of women football. In 2011, the now defunct Abramo…

The Super League of Malawi (Sulom) may consider scrapping off pre-match training on game venues until clubs understand procedures for doing so, general secretary Williams Banda has said. Banda hinted at this on Saturday night in reaction to Mzuzu United players’ assault by suspected Big Bullets fans at Kamuzu Stadium on Friday afternoon, a day…

Nigeria sharpen up for Flames

The Flames’ leaky defence has its work cut out as Nigeria are set to sharpen their attack with four key strikers, including veteran Shola Ameobi. The Super Eagles coach Stephen Keshi told BBC Sport that Ameobi of English Premiership side Newcastle United has made himself available for the decisive 2014 World Cup African qualifier on…

Network calls on NGOs to embrace youths

The Network for Youth Development (NYD) has called on organisations who receive funding from development fund partners of Norway to include the youth in their programmes for sustainable development. Network for youth development project officer Dumisa Kaponda made the call last week at a two-day workshop for Northern Region-based organisations that receive funding from development…