Phalombe bitter with Fisp suppliers

  Discontent is rising in  Phalombe following failure by majority of farming families to acquire subsidised farm inputs. The development has angered some of the district’s members of Parliament (MPs) and councillors who now fear for another season of food shortage. A visit to the district on Friday showed that in most garden, the maize…

Politics triumphs

  Political analyst Boniface Dulani has said politics triumphed over performance in the downfall of former Blantyre City Council (BCC) mayor Noel Chalamanda who lost to his former deputy Wild Ndipo. Ndipo, Chigumula Ward councillor and a Democratic Progressive party (DPP) candidate, defeated the flamboyant Chalamanda of Blantyre City Centre Ward yesterday with a resounding…

  Junior police officers from Southern Region Headquarters on Friday took advantage of their annual Christmas Party to boldly express their distress to authorities over a “promotions drought”. The discontented officers asked their commissioner for the region, Demister Chigwenembe, who was the guest of honour, to deliver the message to the Inspector General that lack…

40 days of prayer and fasting

    Many people fast for personal reasons, but Assemblies of God in Malawi Ndirande Bethel Temple looks at fasting from another perspective. The church has organised 40 days of fasting to glorify God for the country and the church. JAMES CHIMPWEYA had a chat with resident reverend of the church, LUCKSON MAKANJE, to learn…

Pressure mounts on  Chaponda, Admarc CEO

  Pressure is mounting on President Peter Mutharika to suspend State-produce trader Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (Admarc) chief executive officer Foster Mulumbe to create space for an impartial and independent probe into the Zambian maize procurement saga. Latest to issue such demands are civil society organisations (CSOs) who have also called for the resignation…

Slow progress on  Declared assets

Compliance to updating declared assets and liabilities remains low among public officers despite repeated pleas for adherence, the Office of the Director of Public Officers’ Declarations has said. In an interview yesterday, director of Public Officers Declarations Christopher Tukula said while some officers have updated their assets and liabilities, slight progress has been registered so…

Controversy rocks Zomba mayor’s polls

  Controversy has arisen between councillors, Zomba City Council (ZCC)secretariat and Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development over the latter’s decision not to conduct mayor’s election. The country’s city councils are scheduled to hold mayoral elections in January 2017 following the expiry of two and a half years terms of office for the incumbents.…

Govt gets mixed rating from CHRR

Despite a stockpile of challenges, Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR) has given President Peter Mutharika and his Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) administration a ‘fairly good’ rating on the 2016 performance. In its assessment report of government’s performance in 2016, while criticising the administration for some social and economic problems, CHRR has also applauded…

The enigma of Muluzi’s K1.7bn case

  It is common detail that the K1.7 billion graft case involving ex-President Bakili Muluzi is one of the most high-profile court cases to have been tried in Malawi. Muluzi, alongside his former personal assistant Violet Whisky, is being accused of corruptly diverting $11 million (about K1.7 billion at the time the alleged offence happened)…

Illicit deals drain  K470bn yearly

  Malawi is losing about K476 billion (about $650 million) annually through illegal fiscal transactions in the face of economic challenges rocking the country, a report released by global financial analysts has indicated. In the computation of data released by the Global Financial Integrity (GFI) in the Southern African Development Community (Sadc) covering the period…

MPs demand probe Into maize deal

  Members of Parliament (MPs) in Malawi under the Parliamentary Committee on Agriculture, Irrigation and Food Security have demanded an inquiry into the procurement process of maize from neighbouring Zambia. The committee’s position comes against the background of a storm over the procurement of imported maize, especially from Zambia. Committee chairperson Joseph Chidanti-Malunga said in…

Cassim Chilumpha’s wife dead, buried

Wife to former vice-president Cassim Chilumpha, Khalida Chilumpha, died yesterday in Blantyre after a short illness. Nephew to the former VP, Alick Mwale, confirmed in an interview that Khalida, 57, died at Blantyre Adventist Hospital (BAH)  just after midnight. She was buried yesterday as per Islamic rituals at her home Vinjenje Village, Traditional Authority (T/A)…

Inspectorate report condemns Mzuzu Prison

Mzuzu Prison is subjecting juvenile offenders to “indescribable tragedy” and rights activists have recommended urgent intervention from government to save their lives, according to a recent inspectorate report. Findings by the Inspectorate of Prisons also found an awkward set-up of the young offenders section which endangers their lives at the prison. The report, titled Prisoners…

Chilima appeals for optimism in 2017

  Vice-President Saulos Chilima has asked the public servants tasked to steer public sector reforms to bring about a positive transformation that will impact on the citizenry in the New Year 2017 and beyond. The Vice-President also said as Malawians prepare for the dawn of 2017, they must embrace positive thoughts of optimism while reflecting…

Politicians wish Malawians good health

  President Peter Mutharika and other political leaders yesterday wished Malawians good health as they joined the Christian community in celebrating the birth of their Saviour Jesus Christ. Several political leaders The Nation spoke to said they spent their Christmas Day with relations and friends while reflecting on the less fortunate. This year, Mutharika and…

Thodi new nib boss

  Former chief Immigration officer Elvis Thodi has been appointed the new director general of the National Intelligence Bureau (NIB) replacing Nicholas Dausi who was last week drafted into President Peter Mutharika’s Cabinet. Newly appointed Chief Secretary to the Government Lloyd Muhara yesterday could neither confirm nor deny Thodi’s appointment as government’s spy chief, referring…

FISP in a mess

  Implementation of this year’s Farm Input Subsidy Programme (Fisp) is rocked in a mess with some beneficiaries yet to get coupons and in some cases, the inputs are yet to be delivered. The development has stirred panic among beneficiaries and agricultural stakeholders in Malawi who fear that the frustrated beneficiaries may opt for open…

BT men shun HIV services

Blantyre District Health Office (DHO) has expressed concern with the number of men accessing HIV testing services (HTS) in the city. HTS coordinator Maggie Kanyenda said yesterday statistics show that men in Blantyre continue to shun the services despite high HIV and Aids awareness and sensitisation. Kanyenda was speaking at Bangwe and Manje markets during…

Shut down ACB, economist tells govt

  Henry Kachaje, a Malawian economist, yesterday suggested that operations of the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) be closed down in the country because they are no longer relevant. Making a presentation on governance at the Public Affairs Committee (PAC) annual general meeting in Blantyre, Kachaje said over the past two years, operational independence of ACB has…