Govt plays with K10bn

Govt trains over 10 000 teachers, fails to recruit them  Ministry suspends training programme In the face of one of the highest teacher-to-pupil ratios, K10 billion in public funds may go down the drain as government is yet to recruit about 10 000 primary school teachers it trained between 2012 and 2014. The teachers were…

Commonwealth salutes Bakili Muluzi

The Commonwealth Secretariat in United Kingdom has applauded former president Bakili Muluzi’s role in leading an election observer team to monitor Nigeria’s polls. Muluzi was in the West African oil-rich State leading an 11-member Commonwealth Observer Group (COG) in the just-concluded elections which saw opposition leader Muhammadu Buhari triumphing over the incumbent president Goodluck Jonathan…

Mtambo appointed Comesa judge

High Court Judge Michael Mtambo has been appointed one of the international judges to serve at the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa) court in Lusaka, Zambia. Judiciary spokesperson Mlenga Mvula confirmed the   development yesterday saying Mtambo, who was nominated by the Malawi Government, was officially unveiled during the 18th Comesa Summit in…

TUM gives govt June 30 deadline

It appears there is no end in sight to government-teachers disputes with the latest being a fresh cut-off date the Teachers Union of Malawi (TUM) has given their employer to settle their outstanding leave grants. TUM general secretary Dennis Kalekeni said in an interview their patience was wearing out with government’s continued failure to honour…

Man nabbed for attempted uterus sale

Police in Blantyre have arrested a 24-year-old man for allegedly being found in possession of a uterus, a female organ that contained a developing foetus, which police claim he intended to sell to a traditional doctor. The man, identified as Charles Nyasu, is alleged to have approached a Mbayani based popular witchdoctor ‘Dr Nyangazidana’ whom…

Chanza appointed BCC acting CEO

Four days after sending Blantyre City Council (BCC) chief executive officer Ted Nandolo on an indefinite suspension, government has appointed former principal secretary for Ministry of Labour Alfred Chanza in an  acting capacity. Nandolo was suspended last week for allegedly implementing salary increments without following required procedures. He has worked as BCC chief executive officer…

Malawi to refund K3bn it misused

Malawi Government will squeeze $6.4 million (nearly K3 billion) from its thinning taxpayers to refund the Global Fund after Capital Hill splashed the money on unplanned expenditures. The ineligible expenditures in 2010—unearthed by the Fund’s independent audit body, the Office of the Inspector General (OIG)—included buying of unbudgeted for vehicles. The misprocurements happened at the…

APM, JB wealth made public

—Chilima, Chakwera, Speaker assets also known Malawi President Peter Mutharika is among a group of billionaires if part of the details of his wealth, as declared to the Office of the Director of Public Officers Declarations, is anything to go by. Information accessed by Zodiak Broadcasting Station (ZBS) from the assets’ director’s office indicates that…

Govt awaits donor nod on Chingale Road

Government has said it is waiting for a nod from the Kuwait Fund to start construction works of the Lirangwe-Chingale-Machinga Road which were stopped following alleged flouting of procurement procedures. Minister of Transport and Public Works Francis Kasaila said on Tuesday the road project has already been allocated $10  million (K4.5 billion) from the Kuwait…

Mutharika, media pay tribute to Chitsulo

President Peter Mutharika yesterday joined the media fraternity in the country in paying tribute to Nation Publications Limited (NPL) managing editor Edward Chitsulo who died in the early hours of yesterday after a short illness. Chitsulo, one of the most refined and accomplished journalists and media trainer, died at Blantyre Adventist Hospital at the age…

Cham nurses shun strike

Nurses and midwives working for Christian Health Association of Malawi (Cham) facilities yesterday shunned a directive by the National Organisation of Nurses and Midwives in Malawi (Nonm) to go on an indefinite strike. Nonm instructed its members in Cham facilities to go on a strike starting yesterday following the expiry of its seven-day ultimatum given…

Malawi nurses’ strike on today

The organisation gave government an ultimatum last week demanding non-taxed leave grants, salary increments and arrears for its members working in Cham institutions dating back to October 2014.he National Organisation of Nurses and Midwives (Nonm) yesterday instructed all its members to go on an indefinite strike starting this morning following the expiry of its seven-day…

Cham strike called off

Christian Health Association of Malawi (Cham) employees have called off their nationwide strike following government’s assurance to meet their demands barely two days after laying down tools. Spokesperson for Cham workers Chisomo Mkandawire confirmed the development in an interview yesterday, but indicated that they had agreed to return to work with some conditions. “We have…

Zomba City mayor dead, burial today

Burial of Zomba City Council (ZCC) mayor the late Joan Ntaja will be held today at her home village, Mtenje, in Traditional Authority (T/A) Machinjiri in Blantyre. Ntaja died around 10am yesterday at Mwaiwathu Private Hospital in Blantyre, after a month-long battle with undue vomiting, a family member told The Nation in an interview. Sanislas…

Public yet to request access—Tukula

Three days after the office of the Director of Public Officers’ Declarations launched the public access to the declarations, members of the public are yet to apply for access to details of the declared wealth. The public was supposed to start applying to the director to have access to details of assets for public officers…

Cham hospitals’ staff down tools

There were mixed scenes yesterday when aggrieved employees of Christian Health Association of Malawi (Cham) started their strike with about half of the health facilities discontinuing their operations nationwide. Spot checks at some Cham facilities in Blantyre and other districts showed that while some personnel stayed away from work and were seen playing assorted games…

APM mum on ICC pullout

Malawi is yet to make its stand known on whether to pull out of the Switzerland-based International Criminal Court (ICC) as requested by the new African Union (AU) chairperson Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe. During the closing ceremony of AU’s 24th Ordinary Session of Assembly of Heads of State and Government in Ethiopia last month, Mugabe…

NAC status is intact—Govt

Malawi Government says the under-fire National Aids Commission (NAC), despite being stripped of its status as a principal recipient (PR) of the Global Fund grants, will remain intact carrying out its operations and overall mandate. The government and the Global Fund confirmed last week that NAC, a government agency, will no longer be the country’s…