Parliament allows govt to borrow K13 bn for Masaf IV

Parliament Friday allowed Government to borrow from the International Development Association (IDA) $32.8 million (about K13.12 billion) for the Masaf IV project. Speaking during presentation of the Bill in Parliament, Minister of Finance Goodal Gondwe, said the proposed project would be a second-generation safety-nets program, which would improve key safety-net programmes such as Cash for…

Malawi@50: Malawi has valid reason to thank God

Rev. Bishop Brighton Vitta Malasa today said Malawi has a valid reason to thank the almighty God for the gift of unity, tolerance and harmony amongst its people. Said Malasa; “Malawi was blessed with peace loving people as evidenced by what we see from our fellow African countries who are at war. “As we celebrate…

Malawi@50: Independence celebration begins with prayers

Malawi today, Sunday 6 July 2014 is celebrating 50 years of independence (Golden Jubilee) years of peace and prosperity. Among other things that have been lined up to mark the event are inter- denomination service of worship of prayers at Bingu International Conference Center (BICC) in Lilongwe and various performances from all the regions of…

White spaces project on track—Macra

The Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra) has said the rolling out of the Television White Spaces (TVWS) project, currently in its pilot phase, will take Internet to the rural masses. The TVWS project is being implemented by Macra in collaboration with the University of Malawi’s Chancellor College physics department, with an aim of providing broadband…

Mzuzu Flea Market ready, opens July 1—CEO

The long-awaited Mzuzu Flea Market is almost completed and is expected to be opened on July 1, Mzuzu City Council chief executive officer Thomas Chirwa has said. Chirwa told Malawi News Agency (Mana) that they have completed almost everything in terms of renovating and maintaining it, saying they are just remaining with painting. He, however,…

57 magistrates sworn in

Twenty-six third grade magistrates and one senior resident magistrate were sworn in in Lilongwe on Wednesday, bringing the number to 57 after 30 others took oath of allegiance in Blantyre on Monday. Speaking at the swearing-in ceremony at the Commercial Court in Lilongwe, Chief Justice Anastasia Msosa urged the magistrates to be familiar with the law for…

Farmers urged to embrace sustainable agriculture

Smallholder farmers in the country have been encouraged to embrace sustainable agricultural practices which include the use of manure and irrigation farming to increase crop productivity at all levels. Director of Fisheries in the Ministry of Agriculture, Alexander Bulirani, said this on Thursday at Zimbayuda Village in Traditional Authority (T/A) Nankumba in Mangochi during the launch of…

DPP told to deal with Cashgate

Some parties in opposition have asked the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) to put an end to the looting of public funds. Speaking on Thursday, People’s Party (PP) Member of Parliament (MP) for Mangochi Monkey Bay Constituency Ralph Jooma decried the massive theft of public money, dubbed Cashgate. He was speaking in response to the…

CCAP Nkhoma Synod has disowned a pastoral letter that was read in most of the synod’s churches last Sunday, saying it was written by a group of reverends who want to divide the church. In a statement made available to Malawi News Agency (Mana), the synod’s moderator the Reverend Dr. Chatha Msangaambe appealed to church…

Court users in Nsanje have expressed concern about the delay in the delivery of justice due to the closure of some courts in the district, forcing people to travel long distances to access justice. Nsanje Police prosecution officer Beston Chimbelenga says the situation is affecting police work as some alleged offenders are being discharged because…

Some members of staff at Machinga District Council have expressed worry over the council having two district commissioners (DCs), saying it negatively affects service delivery. Machinga has since March been operating with two DCs after Stuart Ngoka obtained a court injunction, restraining government from transferring him to Ministry of Local Government headquarters in Lilongwe. The…