Nice hails parties for role in registration

The National Initiative for Civic Education (Nice) Trust has commended political parties in Chitipa District for their active participation in the registration exercise, which it says helped to prevent certain serious elements. Nice regional civic education manager (North) Enock Chinkhuntha said this on Friday when he assessed the registration exercise in Chitipa District, which run…

Malawi launches intensive geological survey

Malawi will soon launch an intensive geological survey in Chitipa and Karonga Districts to establish comprehensive information on mineral deposits available in the two districts. This was disclosed Wednesday by the Regional Mining Engineer for the North, George Maneya during a meeting organised by ministry of energy and mining to brief district executive committee (DEC)…

Malawi must create wealth—Atupele

United Democratic Front (UDF) president Atupele Muluzi says Malawi needs to create wealth and protect poor people by managing public resources well and ensuring that the poor have a say on how the country is run. Muluzi said this on Thursday in his keynote address during the opening of the party’s two-day national policy conference…

Maskal faces Daredevils in Sunbird Search for a Star

Urban musician Maskal, real name Masiye Kasalu, will on Saturday perform alongside Blantyre-based hip-hop outfit, Daredevils during the second eviction of the Sunbird Search for a Star singing competition. Sunbird Tourism public relations officer Akossah Mphepo said fans should not miss the show scheduled for Sunbird Mount Soche’s Njamba Room. “We are this week having hot musicians…

Malawi’s Minister of Economic Planning and Development Ralph Jooma on Friday said the Institutional role of his ministry is to formulate government’s development plans for which Malawi Growth Development Strategy (MGDS) II is currently the overarching medium-term plan and is largely implemented through the national budget. Jooma made the remarks in the National Assembly when…

Minister claims JB getting death threats

Minister of Information and Civic Education Brown Mpinganjira claimed in Lilongwe yesterday that President Joyce Banda and her family are receiving death threats from unknown people following the intensive investigations into the looting at Capital Hill. Mpinganjira, who was speaking at a press conference held in conjunction with the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs…

JB says suspicious transactions in IFMIS deleted

Early results of investigations into the looting of government resources show that some suspicious transactions were made and deleted from the government payment platform IFMIS, President Joyce Banda told opposition leaders at Kamuzu Palace on Thursday. The President’s statement comes against the background of the plunder of at least K20 billion (US$5.4 million) that has…

Police in Ntcheu have arrested Sapita Banda, an animal handler in the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security based at Bilira Extension Planning Area (EPA), on allegations that he impregnated his 15-year-old stepdaughter. According to Ntcheu Police public relations officer, Gift Matewere, the victim went to her home village where her aunts suspected that she…

Second HPV vaccine to roll out in November

The second phase of administering HPV vaccine to prevent cervical cancer in women is expected to roll out in November after a successful phase in September this year. The exercise, which was introduced by the Ministry of Health (MOH), targeted girls between the ages of 9-13 in Zomba and Rumphi districts, and received tremendous response,…

First consignment of digital migration in

As Malawi is preparing to move from analogue to digital broadcasting, on Tuesday the first consignment of the digital migration equipment arrived in the country through the Kamuzu International Airport (KIA) in Lilongwe. The equipment which is worth $1.7 million (K678.7 million) includes computer software as well as the hardware gadgets. Ministry of Information’s Digital…

MEC senior managers drilled in performance management skills

The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) commissioner, Gloria Chingota has said performance management skills form the basis to steer the commission towards an ideal, effective and creative electoral management body in readiness for the 2014 Tripartite Elections. Chingota made the call when she officially opened a performance management training workshop in Zomba organised in conjunction with…

Malawi eyes tourism for forex

Government says tourism is Malawi’s next potential big foreign exchange earner now that tobacco may not be popular with the growing anti-smoking lobby. Minister of Tourism and Culture Racheal Zulu revealed this on Wednesday on the sidelines of the World Postal Day Commemorations in Chiradzulu, where the Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA) handed over a renovated Mtengatenga…

Man in for assaulting son for years

Police in Lilongwe on Thursday arrested 30-year-old Paononga Kalonga Phiri of Ndevu Village, Traditional Authority (T/A) Kalolo in Lilongwe for allegedly assaulting his eight-year-old biological son for a long time. Confirming the development to Malawi News Agency (Mana), Kanengo Police spokesperson Esther Mkwanda said they arrested Phiri after his son, in the company of a well-wisher from…

DJs battle in Carlsberg Chill competition

Carlsberg Malawi will host a DJ competition as part of its Carlsberg Chill promotion on 25 October at Blue Elephant in Blantyre. Coordinator of the event, Twikale Chirwa, confirmed that the competition will attract well-known radio and club disc jockeys from Malawi battling for K300 000 (about $750). Some of the DJs slated to compete include DJ…

Competition and Fair Trading Commission (CFTC) executive director Charlotte Wezi Malonda, has called on the media and the private sector to take a leading role in safeguarding the welfare of consumers. Speaking at Sunbird Capital Hotel in Lilongwe on Monday when CFTC organised a sensitisation meeting with the private sector and business journalists, Malonda said the high…

Malawi Parliament meets from October 21

Malawi National Assembly will meet from Monday next week (October 21) to debate several issues amoung them the current looting of public finances. The Office of the Speaker of Parliament made the announcement about the meeting on Monday. The announcement monitored on State broadcaster MBC said ministers and deputy ministers will be communicated to accordingly once President Joyce…