Comesa to abolish call roaming charges

Member States of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa) have agreed to abolish roaming charges levied on cross-border mobile calls, a move that is expected to reduce calling charges. This development will mean citizens of Comesa travelling within the region paying domestic rates for calls, text messages and data services. Currently, most…

Kam’mwamba  project to start Nov

Government expects  the Kam’mwamba Coal-Fired Power Plant Project to start this November after signing 10 agreements with China last week. According to Minister of Finance,  and Economic Planning and Development Goodall Gondwe government has agreed with their counterparts in China to have major shareholding of 85 percent while China Gezhouba Group will have 15 percent.…

RBM, CFTC warn institutions  on information non-disclosure

The Reserve Bank of Malawi (RBM) and Competition and Fair Trading Commission (CFTC) have warned financial institutions against non-disclosure of information to consumers. RBM and CFTC signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in 2016 which looks at consumer protection, and so far, the two institutions have been flooded with consumer complaints on non-disclosure of information,…

Maofesala a kalembera ayera mmanja

Maofesala omwe akugwira ntchito yolembera nzika za dziko lino m’nkalembera wa anthu mwaunyinji ayamba kulandira malipiro awo atsopano. Chiyambireni ntchitoyi mwezi wa May chaka chino, maofesalawa akhala akudandaula ndi kuchepa kwa malipiro awo omwe adali pa K5 600 pa tsiku. M’kulira kwawo, maofesalawa amati ndalamayo siyikugwirizana ndi momwe katundu wakwerera m’dziko muno. Pachifukwachi, ogwira ntchitowa…

MW to roll out solar photovoltaic electrical training

Malawi will soon start training solar photovoltaic technicians to install and maintain solar PV equipment, which will effectively contribute towards strengthening the renewable energy industry in the country. Speaking at a press briefing about the project on Thursday at Sunbird Mzuzu, Technical Entrepreneurial and Vocational Education and Training Authority (Teveta) regional manager for the North,…

Open-school policy to protect girls

Minister of Education, Science and Technology Bright Msaka has said government is finalising the Open Spaces Policy to lower cases of sexual assault in schools. The policymakers envisage creating a transparent learning environment where   girls no longer suffer defilement because they are confined in a room perverted male teachers. Msaka, speaking at a community march…

RBM nods to FMB, OIBM merger

The Reserve Bank of Malawi (RBM) has permitted the merger between First Merchant Bank (FMB) and Opportunity International Bank of Malawi (OIBM) to go ahead. The Malawi Stock Exchange (MSE)-listed FMB announced in June this year its intention to fully take over Opportunity Bank of Malawi (OBM). However, the deal was subject to regulatory approvals…

RBM forecasts 5%  GDP growth in 2018

  The country’s gross domestic product (GDP) growth rate is forecast to rise to five percent in 2018 from this year’s projected 4.5 percent growth buoyed by the expected recovery in the agriculture sector and macroeconomic stability. This is according to the latest economic review from the Reserve Bank of Malawi (RBM). In 2016, the…

Prepare nutritious food, parents told

German Ambassador  Juergen Borsch has asked parents in Mzimba District to prepare nutritious meals for their children and to teach them ways of preparing the same. Borsch made the call on Wednesday when he toured the Nutrition and Access to Primary Education (Nape) programme at Kamwamphimbi Primary School in Mzimba South. “I would like parents…

CFTC probes FMB’s acquisition of OBM

  The Competition and Fair Trading Commission (CFTC) is probing the impact of the takeover of Opportunity Bank of Malawi (OBM) by Malawi Stock Exchange (MSE)-listed FMB plc on competition. CFTC’s move comes after FMB finalised the notification process to fully take over OBM. In line with the Competition and Fair Trading Act, CFTC is…

NFB powers Mzuzu Health Centre

New Finance Bank donated a generator and solar lamps worth K1.7 million to Mzuzu Health Centre. Despite experiencing frequent power outages, the congested clinic in Mapale Township has been operating without a back-up generator for six months. The on-off power supply posed a constant threat to women in labour, newborns and patients, according to the…

Mzimba Hospital to have K40m guardian shelter

  Health officials have asked M’mbelwa District Council to allocate Constituency Development Fund (CDF) for the construction of a guardian shelter bathrooms and toilets at Mzimba District Hospital. About 80 guardians at the hospital, which serves nearly 608 000 Malawians in Mzimba South, sleep in a two-room structure which is dilapidated, congested and unhygienic. The…

Rabies scare in Chitipa

  Chitipa District Hospital has been hit hard by an influx of people bitten by stray dogs, a major cause for rabies. Chitipa district health officer (DHO) Ted Bandawe confirmed that health workers at the hospital are treating no less than six cases of dog bites every day, but ruled out a possible outbreak of…

Nthalire Road irks Speaker

  Speaker of Parliament Richard Msowoya has urged government to upgrade the Rumphi-Nthalire Road which is in bad state. The Malawi Congress Party (MCP) vice-president backed Paramount Chief Chikulamayembe’s cry for a better road when they travelled to Chitipa to attend the burial of Traditional Authority Nthalire. They urged government to fulfill President Peter Mutharika’s…

Mzimba Ngoni open up  to empower women

  The Ngonis of Mzimba District appear to have bowed down to pressure from women’s rights defenders to empower women against a background of a culture that regards men as superior to women. For the first time in the history of the Jere Ngoni of Mzimba, during this year’s annual cultural festival, Umtheto, the theme…