Mixed reactions on Fisp

  There are mixed reactions to the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development decision to resume distribution of 2018/19 Farm Input Subsidy (Fisp) coupons suspended last Tuesday amid reports of anomalies. Reacting to the decision, Farmers Union of Malawi (FUM) yesterday said it was not satisfied that the ministry has resolved the anomalies that…

Apam decries selective justice

  The Association of People with Albinism in Malawi (Apam) has accused the Malawi Government of selective justice in handling court cases in the country. Apam made its position in view of the speed and resources government allocated to the UTM registration case, saying if similar energy was invested in handling cases relating to the…

Court dismisses FND on Speaker

  The High Court in Blantyre has dismissed an application by Forum for National Development (FND) seeking an order of interlocutory injunction restraining Speaker of Parliament Richard Msowoya from exercising his duties. The ruling, which was delivered by Justice Mike Tembo in the chamber on Friday, follows an application of the injunction by FND through…

State, UTM fight on

  The State has revived its legal battle with newly formed United Transformation Movement (UTM) through an appeal against the November 2 High Court order to register the movement as a political party within seven days. Through senior State advocate in the Attorney General’s (AG) Chambers Neverson Chisiza, the State is challenging High Court Judge…

11 district councils yet to pay Oct. salaries

  Civil servants in 11 district councils are yet to receive October salaries, The Nation has established. The affected districts are Chikwawa, Phalombe, Dedza, Mulanje, Lilongwe, Karonga Nkhotakota, Chitipa, Mzimba, Machinga and Neno.   In random interview yesterday, council officials in some of the affected districts attributed the delay to the recruitment of about 8…

Maneb releases MSCE exam results

Malawi National Examinations Board (Maneb) has released this year’s Malawi School Certificate of Education (MSCE) examinations results which show a 63.23 percent pass rate. Addressing the press in Blantyre on Wednesday, Maneb executive director Gerald Chiunda said although the pass rate has increased by two percent compared to last year, the quality of grades has…

Nandolo farmers cry foul at Admarc

  Delays by State produce trader Admarc to buy pigeon peas (nandolo) have forced some smallholder farmers to sell the legume at K130 per kilogramme (kg) to vendors instead of the K230/kg President Peter Mutharika directed. Spot-checks at Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (Admarc) buying point at Luchenza in Thyolo on Thursday showed that the…

Govt, teachers tussle over salary arrears

  Teachers Union of Malawi (TUM) has given government up to end of this month to pay salary arrears for both public primary and secondary school teachers accumulated from 2009. In a letter dated October 1 co-signed by president Willie Malimba, secretary general Charles Kumchenga and treasurer general Ernest Chirwa, addressed to Principal Secretary for…

City blocks  UTM rally

There is mist over tomorrow’s United Transformation Movement (UTM) rally at Nyambadwe Primary School ground after Blantyre City Council (BCC) yesterday refused to grant the movement permission because it is not registered. But in an interview yesterday, UTM spokesperson Joseph Chidanti Malunga said the grouping—led by the country’s Vice-President Saulos Chilima who broke ranks with…

Apam salutes communities for rescuing albino girl

The Association of People with Albinism in Malawi (Apam) has commended communities in Chikwawa for rescuing an 18-year-old girl with albinism from assailants. Speaking in an interview, Apam president Overstone Kondowe said the Standard Seven girl, who stays with her sister in the district,  was attacked early Monday after unknown assailants broke into the house.…

NSO extends census

  The National Statistical Office (NSO) has extended the Population and Housing Census (PHC) to tomorrow to allow households that have not been counted to do so. Commissioner of statistics Mercy Kanyuka said this yesterday at a press briefing in Blantyre on the status of the PHC. The census, which has seen the NSO migrating…

JB yet to receive official vehicles

Government is yet to provide the immediate past president Joyce Banda with some of her benefits, including official vehicles, as part of her retirement package, Weekend Nation has learnt. In an interview on Thursday, Banda’s spokesperson Andekuche Chanthunya expressed concern over government’s failure to honour some of the former president’s retirement benefits. According to the…

Mzimba residents living in fear

  Residents of Mzimba district in the Northern Region are living in fear following the brutal murder of two people at Manyamula Trading Centre  by unknown assailants. Both Manyamula ward councillor Kefasi Chisi and Mzimba Police station spokesperson Peter Botha confirmed in a separate interview yesterday the murder of the two people at Manyamula. The…

We are under pressure—ACB

  Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) director general Reyneck Matemba says he works under immense pressure due to heavy workload at the graft busting body. Matemba said this in an interview on Monday in response to an inquiry on whether the absence of ACB deputy director general is affecting service delivery at the bureau. President Peter Mutharika…