Historically, football has always been associated with aggression and violence. Since its emergence in the 14th century, the game “on the pitch” has been gentrified. The FIFA World Cup epitomises this evolution, bringing together some of the world’s best athletes who, representing their country of origin, are pitched together in intense competition. In many countries…

Malawi stands to benefit from  newly approved WHO HIV test

Malawi stands to benefit from the World Health Organisation (WHO) move to approve a mobile HIV viral load test designed by global healthcare company Abbot, called m-PIMA™ HIV-1/2 V. m-PIMA™ HIV-1/2 V is specifically designed for resource-limited settings such as in sub-Saharan Africa, and WHO has given Abbot prequalification approval (WHO PQ). “m-PIMA HIV-1/2 VL…

Researchers secure K5.8bn for agriculture transformation

Michigan State University researchers received a $7.8 million (about K5.8billion) grant from the Agricultural Transformation Initiative to build an independent policy research institute in Malawi dedicated to improving the livelihoods of smallholder farmers and transforming the country’s agricultural sector. According to a statement released by the Michigan State University (MSU), the policy research institute project…

Diaspora remittances up K3.7bn in 2018

Diaspora remittances in 2018 rose to the equivalent of over 0.6 percent of Malawi’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), according to a new report from the World Bank. The 2019 Migration and Development report says remittances have risen from $41 million (about K30 billion) in 2017 to $45 million (K33.7 billion) last year, an increase of…

An approved list of Parliamentary candidates released by the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) shows that we will have 1 333 aspiring candidates in this year’s parliamentary polls. The campaign period will kick off in earnest this month. It is a period the whole country will be in over drive as these aspirants will go out…

An approved list of Parliamentary candidates released by the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) shows that we will have 1 333 aspiring candidates in this year’s parliamentary polls. The campaign period will kick in earnest this month. It is a period the whole country will be in over drive as these aspirants will go out to…

AfDB strategy targets private sector growth

The African Development Bank five year country strategy will support the foundations for private sector-led growth by investing in public infrastructure to unlock private investment, promote diversification and build economic resilience, the bank said. In its Country Strategy Paper for 2018 to 2022 published on Monday, the AfDB said to reduce Malawi’s fragility and strengthen…

K1.1bn kitty for solar projects

The solar sector has received a major boost with the launch of $1.5 million (K1.1 billion) results-based grants for solar home system companies. The United States Agency for International Development (USaid), announced Wednesday that in support of the United States-led Power Africa initiative, it has launched the Solar Home System Kick-Starter Programme in the country…

On August 12 2013, the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) elected Lazarus Chakwera as its new party leader and presidential candidate in the 2014 election. No one would have imagined the force he would be as the party leader today. To fully understand the impact he has had on MCP, you have to look at the…

We on the streets are devastated with the looting taking place in government. Sadly, those tasked to stop the loot are the ones at the heart of it all. The public purse is free-for-all. If you think we, on the streets are exaggerating, read the 2018 Transparency International (TI) Corruption Perception Index (CPI) which once…

The 1993 National Seed Policy is being reviewed and, soon, Malawi will have a new National Seed Policy. The white paper is in the public for discussions and input. On December 31, I was among the journalists under the Association of Business Journalists (ABJ) to give input through an engagement the Farmers Union of Malawi…

We on the streets are livid to hear that some lawmakers took bribes to shoot down Financial Services (Amendment) Bill 2018 in Parliament on December 13. It is even distressing to hear Malawi Congress Party (MCP) legislator Alexander Kusamba Dzonzi lamenting that a commercial bank offered him a K200 million kitty to abandon tabling the…

We on the streets are not surprised by the results of a survey conducted by Institute of Public Opinion and Research (Ipor) released on Monday, November 5. The poll results reflect the views of the local man on the ground. Dismiss it as fake at your own peril. But in the words of one Nicholas…

The councils at district, municipal, town and city level play a critical role in development aspects ranging from passing appropriate policies, development plans, budget, initiating development projects and mobilising resources to ensuring effective implementation of those development projects. For development to reach the poor, government needs well functioning councils and the role of councilors and…