Cotton industry on verge of collapse

  The country’s cotton industry risks collapsing due to continued dwindling of output over the past five years, which is costing government billions of kwacha and huge debts shared among the sector’s key players. A position paper on cotton production produced by the African Institute of Corporate Citizenship (Aicc) shows that key players-farmers, ginners, suppliers…

Karonga’s ‘Benghazi’ attacks BBC journalists

Irate villagers from Malema in Karonga’s ‘Benghazi’ area on Friday attacked three British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) journalists and three other members of their crew on suspicion that they were bloodsuckers. According to one of the crew members [name withheld], the villagers were armed with pangas, axes and other dangerous weapons. The crew was beaten up,…

Chiumia hit hard in NRB case

  The High Court in Mzuzu has slapped Minister of Civic Education, Culture and Community Development Grace Chiumia with a default judgement in a case in which 14 National Registration Bureau (NRB) workers sued her for ordering their arrest on September 17 2017. It follows her failure to respond to the case in her personal…

State rebuffs NRB workers in Chiumia case

Government has rebuffed demands by 14 National Registration Bureau (NRB) workers who sued Cabinet minister Grace Chiumia for ordering their arrest last September when she headed the Ministry of Home Affairs and Internal Security. But a sworn statement signed by senior State advocate Aristotle Mahonga indicates that the Minister of Civic Education, Culture and Community…

Immigration nets 55 Ethiopians

  Immigration officers on Thursday detained 55 Ethiopians at Tukumbo in Nkhata Bay for entering the country without valid travel documents. The security agents also impounded two vehicles and arrested four Malawians who allegedly aided the group’s travel and entry. Department of Immigration regional deputy spokesperson Francis Chitambuli said they nabbed the migrants on the…

PP lacks direction—ousted MPs

  Disgruntled former ruling People’s Party (PP) members of Parliament (MPs) have predicted doom for the party in the 2019 elections, stating the orange camp has lost direction. Two of the MPs, Welani Chilenga of Chitipa South and Ralph Jooma of Mangochi Monkey Bay constituencies, said in an interview yesterday they are planning to query…

Immigration nets 55 Ethiopians

  Immigration officers on Thursday detained 55 Ethiopians at Tukumbo in Nkhata Bay for entering the country without valid travel documents. The security agents also impounded two vehicles and arrested four Malawians who allegedly aided the group’s travel and entry. Department of Immigration regional deputy spokesperson Francis Chitambuli said they nabbed the migrants on the…

Study for Wovwe power upgrade begins March

  Electricity Generation Company (Egenco) has signed a deal with German firm, Fichtner, to assess the feasibility of expanding Wovwe Power Station in Karonga. Egenco plans to double the 4.5 megawatt (MW) hydropower plant commissioned in 1995 to improve electricity supply in Karonga, Chitipa, Rumphi and parts of Mzuzu. In an interview, Egenco public relations…

Group queries  Mzuzu expansion

Almost 200 people from Kandodo and Kaphiliwita areas have risen against Mzuzu City Council (MCC) plans to open a new settlement in Area 6. They accuse the council of putting the land they occupy up for grabs without engaging and compensating them. Yesterday, their lawyer, Wesley Mwafulirwa, wrote the council demanding a meeting to discuss…

Egenco shifts gensets arrival dates again

  The Electricity Generation Company (Egenco) says the 30 megawatts (MW) generators it initially indicated would arrive in the country from China in early February will now be here in March and April. In an interview yesterday, Egenco spokesperson Moses Gwaza said generators for Mapanga in Blantyre were shipped on January 20 and will arrive…

Egenco shifts gensets arrival dates again

The Electricity Generation Company (Egenco) says the 30 megawatts (MW) generators it initially indicated would arrive in the country from China in early February will now be here in March and April. In an interview yesterday, Egenco spokesperson Moses Gwaza said generators for Mapanga in Blantyre were shipped on January 20 and will arrive on…

DPP’s blue night foray

  The High Court in Zomba has set February 20 2018 to start hearing the case in which five civil society organisations (CSOs) want the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) to pay back money it got from parastatals during its dinner and dance dubbed the Blue Night. The CSOs are Centre for the Development of…

Farmers turn to herbs to fight armyworms

  Farmers in Mzimba are using herbal mixtures to deal with fall armyworms which have destroyed maize fields across the country. Farmers in Emsizini, Traditional Authority (T/A) Kampingo-Sibande, are spraying their maize fields with Tephrosia Vogelii and Tephrosia Candida in the fight against the devastating pest attack. On Saturday,  Tiyeni Organisation  organised a field day…

Opposition warned

Political and governance commentators have warned opposition parties against growing internal bickering, saying they portray bad conflict resolution skills among party leaders besides eroding people’s confidence in them. While acknowledging that even the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) is not spared the internal wrangles, the commentators further cautioned that the infighting may minimise opposition parties’…

Law Society faults Attorney General’s partisan politics

  Attorney General (AG) Charles Mhango’s active involvement in partisan politics continues to hog the limelight with the Malawi Law Society (MLS) stating that his conduct raises “legitimate and practical questions”. In a written response to a questionnaire, MLS honorary secretary Michael Goba Chipeta said as required by Section 98 of the Constitution, which establishes…

Of chiefs and political SIDEs

  Just when Malawians want chiefs to desist from partisan politics, Senior Chief Mwankhunikira of Rumphi has ordered village heads in his area to keep away from rallies organised by opposition political parties. . Our Mzuzu Bureau Supervisor JOSEPH MWALE caught up with the chief to understand the remarks he made at a political rally…

Unknown people poison K40m eucalyptus nursery

  Illegal timber producers in Viphya Plantation have allegedly poisoned 134 000 tree seedlings worth K40 million. According to Raiply Malawi forestry manager Nathaniel Nthala, the seedlings at Champhoyo Nursery garden would have covered 84 hectares in the hugely deforested plantation. “On January 4, we found that some seedlings, especially eucalyptus, were wilting. We reported…

DPP wants 20 MPs named, brought to justice

  The governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) says it wants names of 20 members of Parliament (MPs) suspected of mismanaging Constituency Development Fund (CDF) to be made public and the culprits brought to book. Speaking during a political rally at Mphompha in Rumphi on Saturday, DPP Northern Region governor Kenneth Sanga said some legislators were…

Chikulamayembe forgives DPP

Paramount Chief Chikulamayembe of Rumphi has said he has forgiven the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) for the fracas that its youth cadets caused during the Gonapamuhanya cultural event last year. Ironically, while welcoming the forgiveness, DPP spokesperson Francis Kasaila has said his party never wronged Chikulamayembe  if anything, they were not aware that they…