No CT scanning services at KCH

Some patients in need of CT scanning at Kamuzu Central Hospital (KCH) in Lilongwe could be dying needlessly for failing to access such services at the facility, Nation on Sunday has learnt. The predicament follows the breaking down in November last year, of the only available machine at KCH, which was being accessed freely by…

Goodall should  apologise—Youth CSOs

Finance Minister Goodall Gondwe’s remarks that the youth are babies and lack experience to govern this country have drawn fire from youth bodies, accussing him of insulting them and demanded that he should apologise. But Gondwe yesterday said he will not apologise, saying he does not see anything wrong in what he said because he…

Members want Veep to stand as MP

Some Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) yesterday stormed Vice-President Saulos Chilima’s residence in the capital city to ask him to stand as member of Parliament (MP) for Lilongwe City Centre. Independent lawmaker David Bisnowaty is the incumbent MP for the constituency. The supporters, led by their constituency governor only identified as Mr Ayuda, yesterday went to…

Kalonga gets 7-year jail term

After waiting for at least two years, Cashgate convict Leonard Kalonga was yesterday slapped with a seven and a half-year jail term by the High Court in Lilongwe. The court, on August 26 2015,  convicted Kalonga, a former assistant director in the Ministry of Tourism on his own plea of guilty of stealing K3.7 billion.…

Chakwera wants Goodall probed

Leader of opposition in Parliament Lazarus Chakwera has demanded that the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) investigates both Finance Minister Goodall Gondwe and Minister of Local Government and Rural Development Kondwani Nankhumwa. He also wants the two to appear before the Parliamentary Account Committee (PAC) for their roles in the acquisition and distribution of the contentious K4…

Dausi rebuts Chaponda

  Minister of Information and Communications Technology Nicholas Dausi has denied claims by former minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development George Chaponda that K95 million seized from his residence belonged to Democratic Progressive Party (DPP). Dausi has also denied assertions that he was meant to collect the money which Chaponda alleged was to be…

Admarc dismisses Transglobe contract

Two officials from Agricultural development and Marketing Corporation (Admarc) on Tuesday denied knowledge of a deal between Transglobe Export Produce Limited and the grain marketer to supply maize from Zambia. The officials, who were State witnesses in the ongoing Zambia maize deal, told a magistrate’s court sitting in Lilongwe that it was surprising to see…

Govt still mum on corruption indaba report

Almost 10 months after Malawi held a National Anti-Corruption Conference, government officials are still mum on whether resolutions and recommendations from delegates did form part of the final report. It is also not clear if the report was circulated to delegates and Cabinet deliberated on the resolutions and came up with action plans as expected…

Economy still in trouble—commentators

Despite a rosy picture painted by Finance Minister Goodall Gondwe, that the country’s economy is heading for a rebound, some commentators have played down such sentiments. Presenting the Mid-Year Budget Statement to Parliament yesterday in Lilongwe, Gondwe forecasted that economic growth rate could reach 7 percent and inflation rate is estimated at 11 percent this…

Civil servants pensions backlog up four months

Government has conceded that it has slipped to four months—from one month—the period it takes for its new retirees to access their benefits. In 2016, government had reduced the period from 18 months to one month following implementation of pension reforms after it adopted a first-retire-rirst-pay (FRFP) principle to clear the pension arrears. Ministry of…

Space crisis in hospitals

A rise in referral cases to the country’s four central hospitals has clogged the facilities so much that in the wards all space on the beds and floor is taken up. Consequently, some patients are forced to occupy corridors. Congestion is most pronounced at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH) in Blantyre, the country’s largest referral hospital…

Pensions Act under microscope

Employees and employers can at least breathe a sigh of relief as authorities seek to improve the controversial Pensions and Terminal Benefits Act of 2010. Both Treasury and Reserve Bank of Malawi (RBM)—the two government institutions that are championing the evaluation—have confirmed to Weekend Nation that consultations are underway with different stakeholders to review the…

District leaders  attack Malawi Congress Party MPs

  Some Malawi Congress Party (MCP) district chairpersons have demanded an apology from a section of the party’s legislators who they accuse of interfering in the management of the country’s oldest political party. Briefing journalists in Lilongwe on Saturday, the district chairpersons faulted the members of Parliament (MPs) for holding a meeting  last week where…

Up for sale: Govt scanner

Supplier wants to recover his dues Up for sale: a K620 million CT scanner that government bought in 2012 but has not collected it from the supplier. The supplier, Medical Consultants Africa Limited (MCA), decided to sell the machine to private health facilities to recover storage and service charges for another scanner installed at Kamuzu…

LCC fires two directors, demotes one

Lilongwe City Council (LCC) has fired two directors, reinstated one and demoted a fourth one, all of whom were suspended in 2016, authorities have confirmed. Those fired are director of finance Jeremiah Sibande and director of administration Dyton Milanzi while director of engineering Julius Tsogolani has been reinstated and director of planning and development Hillary…