Nigerians speak on drugs

The Nigerian Community in Malawi has faulted government for its alleged failure to curb the growing syndicate of illegal and dangerous drugs business in the country. In an interview yesterday, Nigerian Community in Malawi chairperson Ken Nwosu said the illegal business of dangerous drugs is now rampant because of the country’s weak laws on illicit…

APM approval splits DPP wings

  Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) college wings are split on the endorsement of President Peter Mutharika as the party’s presidential candidate in the 2019 Tripartite Elections. In an interview yesterday, DPP National Students’ Union chairperson Gerald Mgala, a student at Malawi College of Accountancy (MCA), said the reported endorsement has stirred trouble among college wings,…

Nsanje Port for private events

Government has failed to explain the use of the much-touted Nsanje World Inland Port Project, which has already cost taxpayers billions of kwacha, as a venue for public events. On Saturday, a picture circulating on social media showed people gathered at the port, a brainchild of former president Bingu wa Mutharika, for a wedding ceremony.…

Mulanje District Council formulating new by-laws

Mulanje District Council on Tuesday begun formulating new by-laws aimed at addressing various issues hindering development in the district. Speaking during the opening of a four-day stakeholders’ consultative meeting in the district, council vice-chairperson Samson Makwinja said the exercise was long overdue. “For some time now, as a council, we have been contemplating to formulate…

UN condemns violence

The United Nations (UN) has condemned the assault of a Times Group journalist, threats and intimidations of legislators during the opening of the Parliamentary Budget Meeting last Friday, and threats directed to female councillors and civil society activists. The UN has since called on the police to investigate the matter and ensure that culprits are…

NGO condemns violence

  The 50:50 Campaign Management Agency has condemned the fracas and attack o f Mulanje West legislator Patricia Kaliati (Democratic Progressive Pa r t y- DPP) on the sidelines of the Third Meeting of the 47th Session of Parliament last Friday. The agency has since asked the office of the Speaker of Parliament and police…

NPL rated best in 2018 Misa awards

  Nation Publications Limited (NPL) collectively won 20 awards out of a possible 27 at this year’s Media Institute of Southern Africa (Misa) Malawi Chapter annual gala to commemorate World Press Freedom Day. During the awards ceremony at Sunbird Mount Soche, NPL was named the Best Print Media House and also won the Best Electronic…

ACB denies  Clearing JB

The Anti-Corruption Bureau has denied clearing former president Joyce Banda in Cashgate, the plunder of public resources at Capital Hill exposed under her watch in 2013. ACB director general Reyneck Matemba said in an interview on Monday the graft-busting agency never cleared Banda on her alleged involvement and wondered where she got the information that…

JB says clean on Cashgate

Claims Interpol cleared her Immediate past president Joyce Banda yesterday distanced herself from Cashgate, the plunder of public resources at Capital Hill exposed under her watch in 2013, claiming that even the International Police (Interpol) cleared her. Banda, who returned home on Saturday after a four-year self-imposed exile in the United States of America and…

DPP plots to  Foil demos

  Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Blantyre district governor Eric Motifala has vowed to counter today’s nationwide demonstrations organised by civil society organisations (CSOs) against disbursement of K4 billion fund to legislators and other issues. Speaking at a rally in Limbe yesterday afternoon co-addressed by national governing council (NGC) members, including vice-president (South) George Chaponda and…

Committee wants farm gate prices reviewed

The Parliamentary Committee on Agriculture has expressed concern over the 2017/18 farm gate prices which the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development released on Friday, saying some minimum prices will not benefit the farmer. In the farm gate price list signed by Secretary for Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development Gray Nyandule-Phiri, the minimum price…

US envoy says doors open for support

  United States Ambassador Virginia Palmer has said her office is committed to supporting development projects that will benefit communities and the nation as a whole. The envoy said this on Monday in Blantyre when she presided over the official opening of Jacaranda Physiotherapy Community Clinic at Chigumula in the city. She said doors are…

Hunger Project urges  people to use moringa

  The Hunger Project has urged communities in Neno District to use moringa tree leaves to fight malnutrition. Hunger Project deputy board chairperson Rosemary Nhlema made the appeal on Monday at Ligowe, Traditional Authority (T/A) Mlauli in the district where officials from her organisation were on a tour to appreciate how people are using the…

Two arrested over Escom K8.7m copper wire theft

  Police in Blantyre have arrested Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) security guard and a minibus driver on suspicion that they stole over 650 kilogrammes of the power utility’s copper wire worth over K8.7 million. In an interview yesterday, Blantyre Police Station spokesperson Augustus Nkhwazi identified the guard as Daston Konzani who is suspected…

Minister warns contractors on feeder roads work

Minister of Transport and Public Works Jappie Mhango has warned contractors involved in the feeder roads grading project that they will be prosecuted if they deliver substandard work. The minister issued the warning on Friday in Mwanza where he launched the K2.89 billion National Feeder Roads Grading Project. The 90-day programme, being implemented by Roads…