CSOs threaten another demo

Civil society organisations (CSOs) say they will organise another nationwide protest over what they term “a lukewarm response” to their petition presented to President Peter Mutharika during the April 27 demonstrations. In an open letter addressed to the President, the CSOs say they are disappointed that Mutharika has not acknowledged receipt of their petition. They…

Gondwe admits Fisp for votes

Minister of Finance  , Economic Planning and Development Goodall Gondwe has admitted that government’s increase of the Farm Input Subsidy Programme (Fisp) allocation is to win votes in the 2019 Tripartite Elections and achieve food security. In an interview yesterday, Gondwe said there was nothing wrong in seeking votes from the people. He said: “If…

MCA-M contractors in north miss deadline

  Contractors working on the $350.7 million (K261 billion) Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) energy compact-funded projects in the Northern Region have missed deadlines in their works. During a tour organised last week by Millennium Challenges Account  Malawi (MCA-M), the local implementing agency, it was observed that all the contractors have missed the April 2018 deadline.…

Palibe mlendo ku MCP—Munthali

Pomwe chipani cha Malawi Congress Party (MCP) chidachititsa msonkhano wake waukulu kumathero a sabata yapitayi mwa mpanimpani pothawa ziletso ku mabwalo a milandu, zidadziwika kuti chipanichi chasintha kayendetsedwe pochoka pokhazikika m’chigawo chapakati nkusefukira mzigawo zonse za dziko lino. Pamsonkhanowo am’nkhala kale m’chipanichi omwe amachokera m’chigawo chapakati monga Juliana Lunguzi, Max Thyolera, Lewis Chakwantha, Kusamba Dzonzi,…

IMF tells Malawi to develop SMEs

The International Monetary Fund(IMF) has urged Malawi to promote entrepreneurship development by addressing structural challenges constraining small and medium enterprises (SMEs). In its country report for Malawi, IMF says while the country has made progress towards financial deepening, easing various structural barriers to financial deepening in terms of depth and access to financial services will…

Govt snubs calls to review FISP

  Government has snubbed calls from some stakeholders to review the Farm Input Subsidy Programme (Fisp) during the 2018/19 financial year. In the 2018 Economic and Fiscal Policy Statement published by the Ministry of Finance, Economic Planning and Development, government said it will maintain the number of beneficiaries at 900 000 farming households in the…

Tobacco rakes in K32.5bn in four weeks

  Malawi has earned $44.3 million (K32.5 billion) in one-month from the sale of 29.1 million kilogrammes (kg) of tobacco, figures from the Tobacco Control Commission (TCC) have shown. During the same period last year, Malawi earned $23.1 million (K16.9 billion) from of 13.4 million kg of the leaf. Average price stands at $1.52 (about…

TCC touts GPS project for capturing data

  Tobacco Control Commission (TCC) says it is making positive strides in capturing data of all tobacco fields using global positioning system (GPS) project. The project, which is being piloted in Ntchisi, Lilongwe and Mchinji districts, aims at flushing out intermediaries selling illicit tobacco on the market and control overproduction. In an interview on Wednesday,…

Low key start to tobacco sales in Mzuzu

Mzuzu Floors opened its doors for the 2018 Tobacco Marketing Season yesterday on a low note with prices ranging from K587.20 (80 cents) to K1 394.60 ($1.90) per kilogramme (kg). The prices left growers selling their leaf under the auction system discontented. On the other hand, growers under contract or the Integrated Production System (IPS)…

Wopha Wame akasewenza moyo wake wonse

Bwalo la milandu lalikulu m’boma la Salima Lachitatu lidagamula Limbani Maliro, mnyamata yemwe adapha Mlaliki Shadreck Wame kukasewenza moyo wake wonse. Bwalolo lomwe lidalowa nthawi itangodutsa 6 koloko ya madzulo lidapereka chigamulochi m’nthawi yosakwana ola limodzi. Apa n’kuti Maliro ali zyoli pomwe makutu a anthu a nkhaninkhani omwe adafika kubwaloli kukamvera mlanduwu adali tcheru. Bwaloli…

 ‘Kusintha lamulo la ufiti kwachedwa udyo’

Kuchedwa kwa ntchito yosintha lamulo lokhudza zaufiti kukuchititsa kuti okalamba amene akuwaganizira kuti ndi mfiti apitirire kuzunzidwa komanso kuphedwa, atero a mabungwe ena. Polankhula ndi Msangulutso padera-padera, mkulu wa bungwe limene limati kulibe ufiti la Association for Secular Humanism (ASH) George Thindwa komanso mkulu wa bungwe losamalira achikulire la Friends of the Elderly Mike Magelegele…

Adindo akhudzidwa pa imfa ya Masambuka

  Kusowa kwa mnyamata wa chialubino m’boma la Machinga kwavumbulutsa zinthu zoziritsa thupi. Macdonald Masambuka wa zaka 22 yemwe ankachokera m’mudzi mwa Nakawa, Mfumu Nkoola, m’boma la Machingali adasowa pa 9 mwezi watha. Pofika lero apolisiwa amanga anthu 12 powaganizira kuti akukhudzana ndi nkhaniyi ndipo ena mwa iwo ndi wapolisi, wogwira ntchito zachipatala komanso wansembe.…

RBM eyes the faith community on saccos

  The Reserve Bank of Malawi (RBM) is eyeing the faith community to establish Savings and Credit Cooperatives (Saccos) as one way of  promoting a saving culture. Speaking in Mzuzu on Tuesday during a training of leadership of the synod on sacco, RBM principal examiner on financial cooperatives, Dickson Chidumu said church Saccos can amass…

Economists differ on common currency

  Two local economists have differed on the probability of 19-member Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa) achieving monetary integration or common currency any time soon. This follows a meeting of governors of central banks and representatives from 11 Comesa countries in Djibouti last week that reiterated that achieving monetary integration is possible…

Livingstonia Synod blasts Egenco

  Church and Society programme director Moses Mkandawire on Friday described diesel-powered generators installed by Electricity Generation Company (Egenco)as a raw deal. The head of the CCAP Livingstonia Synod said this in an interview  Church and  Society Programme after pre-budget consultations in Mzuzu on Friday, Egenco installed three gensets in Mzuzu, each producing two megawatts…

More calls to abolish Fisp

  Church and Society Programme, a development arm of the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP) Livingstonia Synod, has added its voice to calls to abolish Farm Input Subsidy Programme (Fisp). Church and Society’s call during the Pre-Budget Consultations Meeting in Mzuzu on Friday followed similar sentiments expressed by the Economics Association of Malawi (Ecama)…

Surveyors Institute lobbies for development bank

  The Surveyors Institute of Malawi (SIM) has joined calls for the country to have a development bank to promote infrastructure development and grow the economy. For some time now, government has indicated that it wants to establish the Malawi Development Bank to provide a cheaper source of capital for infrastructure development. Speaking during the…