Public forced APM’s action on pay rise—Commentators

Political and social commentators have attributed the decision by President Peter Mutharika and Vice-President Saulos Chilima to defer their salaries increment to negative public reactions. Our sister newspaper, Weekend Nation, disclosed on Saturday that government increased the salaries of the President and Vice-President by 80 percent only for the Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC) to announce…

Auditor General backs Cashgate report release

Auditor General Stephenson Kamphasa has attested to the authenticity of the Cashgate report containing names of individuals and companies allegedly involved in the plunder of government resources at Capital Hill. The public release of the report has attracted criticism from various sections of society who believe the report was tampered with and was not in…

A dent on Malawi’s development efforts

Fifty years after independence, Malawi’s unemployment figures continue to threaten gains made in the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) which expire next year. On a dusty street corner at Mtandire in Lilongwe, Mathias Maseya a 64-year-old father of three children and nine grandchildren, sits on boulder gazing at the passing vehicles across Kaunda Road.…

K7m property lost in school riot

Property worth K7.5 million was damaged after Ntcheu Secondary School students torched and destroyed their institution in what government has   described as the most severe school riot in Malawi in recent years. Ministry of Education, Science and Technology spokesperson Rabecca Phwitiko, in giving the damage-assessment amount and the gravity of the rioting yesterday, said the…

Nursing, midwifery vacancy rate at 75%

Principal of Kamuzu College of Nursing and Midwifery Address Malata says the nursing vacancy rate in the country is at 75 percent, adding there is need for more collaboration among stakeholders to rectify the situation. Speaking yesterday during the opening of a Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa (Carta) in Lilongwe, Malata said quality…

Cancer centre location change angers opposition

Opposition members of Parliament (MPs) yesterday thwarted attempts by government to change the location of the National Cancer Centre from Lilongwe as earlier communicated to Blantyre. Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development Goodall Gondwe was forced to refer the Loan Authorisation Bill for $13.1 million (about K5.3 billion) to the Health Committee of Parliament.…

Commercial bank presence triples

Commercial bank branches, as measured by geographical presence and in relation to population tripled in the last two years consequently improving access to financial services. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) Financial Access Survey (FAS) data updated this week indicate that bank branches per 1 000 square kilometres more than tripled, rising to 3.04 in 2013…

Mutharika accuses JB of assassination plot

Fired-up President Peter Mutharika yesterday tore apart his arrest on treason charges under the Joyce Banda administration as a “concoction and total rubbish” and further claimed an assassination attempt was made on his life while in police custody. Addressing a political rally for his Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) at Masintha ground in Lilongwe, Mutharika further…

Diesel, petrol prices down 5%

For the first time since February this year, the Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (Mera) on Tuesday announced an adjustment to fuel prices, reducing the pump prices for diesel and petrol by an average five percent effective on Thursday. In a statement, the energy sector regulator said the pump price for diesel has been reduced by…

Malawi NGOs to disclose expenditures

Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) will start disclosing and reporting to the public their expenditures as one way of achieving transparency and accountability. This is one of the resolutions contained in the NGO Governance Charter that the Council for Non-Governmental Organisations in Malawi (Congoma) agreed on in Blantyre in 2007 during its annual general meeting. Malawi President…

Malawi athletes better records in China

They did not win medals, but Malawi’s five up-and-coming athletes were content to improve their personal best times at the 2014 Second Summer Nanjing Youth Olympic Games in China. The athletes took their turn in the final qualifying round on Sunday, two days after sailing past the first-round. Malawi chef de mission Jimmy Kadewere gave…

Flaws in chess national polls

Chess Asoociation of Malawi (Chessam) elections scheduled for Kamuzu Institute for Sports (KIS) tomorrow face quorum and eligibility challenges. Each regional league for the South (SRCL), Centre (CRCL) and North (NRCL) is supposed to contribute 10 paid-up members to, alongside four Chessam executive committee members, vote at the annual general meeting (AGM), but the tenure…

Kamanya suicide investigation stalls

Investigations into the suicide case of former deputy minister of Local Government and Rural Development, the late Godfrey Kamanya, have stalled because of insufficient evidence on the matter, police have said. In an interview with The Nation on Wednesday, Inspector General (IG) of Police Lot Dzonzi said despite Kamanya leaving a suicide note, police have…