Electricity tariffs to rise by 40%

More suffering awaits Malawians as the country’s sole electricity provider, Escom, will soon increase power tariffs by 40 percent, the fourth time the State-owned utility company has adjusted the cost of electricity since May 2012. This means from May 2012, the cost of electricity will have gone up by 124 percent cumulatively, having risen by…

Kaliati to answer criminal charges

The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has charged former Malawi Cabinet minister Patricia Kaliati and two others in connection with the admission of 76 pupils into various government secondary schools in the Shire Highlands Education Division (Shed). Kaliati—whose last Cabinet post was Information and Civic Education in the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) administration—has, alongside her brother Clement…

Missing cop’s family wants answers

The family of a police officer, Constable Clement Sinoya, who went missing six months ago, has raised questions over why the Malawi Police Service (MPS) is failing to locate him. The family’s spokesperson Leonard Kadongola said efforts to trace their relative have proved futile. “The family is still at pains and does not understand why…

Tutu, others back Tengatenga

Retired Anglican bishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa has joined hands with 13 other eminent persons across the world to condemn Dartmouth College for rescinding the appointment of Bishop James Tengatenga over his anti-gay remarks. In July this year, Tengatenga was appointed dean of the William Jewett Tucker Foundation at the college and was expected…

Empower MEC on abuse of public resources—Expert

Empowering the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) to punish abuse of public resources during elections could help level the electoral playing field, a law expert has said. Associate professor of law at Chancellor College Edge Kanyongolo said since the general elections of 1994, there have been concerns over abuse of state resources by ruling parties during…

Mera puts Malawians at risk

Malawians are at risk of feeling the full force of changes in fuel prices after energy sector regulator Mera began drawing money from the critically important Price Stabilisation Fund (PSF). Nation on Sunday investigations show that between January and August 2013, the Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (Mera) has drawn about K2 billion from the PSF…

Umodzi Party rocked

A tug of war has erupted between the newly launched Umodzi Party and a nongovernmental organisation, Umodzi Found-ation, over the use of the name Umodzi. The NGO is accusing the party of embracing the name fraudulently. While the foundation’s chief executive officer Samuel Magombo claims there is no link between the political party and the…

JB donates K1m to Catholic women

President Joyce Banda yesterday donated K1 million  to the Catholic Women Organisation at St Louis Montfort Cathedral in Blantyre when she attended the official opening of the church and centenary celebrations. The President hailed the relationship that exists between the church and government, singling out the St Louis Montfort Church for its support when she…

MCP asks fans for campaign money

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) has adopted US’s Barack Obama’s people-funded campaign technique by calling on followers to contribute K100 or more to the party’s 2014 elections. Political experts have since hailed the party for the move, arguing it might be a popularity test other than a sound of distress. The party this week flooded social…

Deadly Virus in your meat

Malawians may silently and unsuspectingly be dying from diseases acquired from meat, milk consumption and animals due to government’s neglect, Nation on Sunday has established. Our investigations show that poor funding to the Ministry of Agriculture’s animal and livestock management, inadequate trained personnel and broken livestock infrastructures to deal with diseases of domesticated animals are exposing Malawians to diseases.…

Treasury outlines Sadc Summit hosting benefits

Treasury says hosting the 33rd Southern African Development Community (Sadc) Summit may have brought fiscal burdens to government, but it was worth the sacrifice. Treasury spokesperson Nations Msowoya said in an interview on Wednesday that while the Ministry of Finance cannot quantify the benefits of hosting the summit at this stage, he believes the fruits…

Treasury outlines Sadc Summit hosting benefits

Treasury says hosting the 33rd Southern African Development Community (Sadc) Summit may have brought fiscal burdens to government, but it was worth the sacrifice. Treasury spokesperson Nations Msowoya said in an interview on Wednesday that while the Ministry of Finance cannot quantify the benefits of hosting the summit at this stage, he believes the fruits…

Csec condemns govt’s action on Must

The Civil Society Education Coalition (Csec) has condemned government’s dilly-dallying in opening the Malawi University of Science and Technology (Must) describing the delay as “unbecoming development and uninspiring”. Despite the initial plan to open the imposing Must, which was built in Ndata, Thyolo, in September this year, the exercise has been shifted to January next…

K130m lost in auctions

Malawi government has this season lost over K130 million (about $325 000) worth of subsidised fertiliser recovered from alleged theft, but which courts sell for a song, The Nation has established. The courts’ conduct has not amused the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security and the Malawi Police Service (MPS), which say the Judiciary should…

Court throws out Peter’s  injunction against MBC

The High Court in Blantyre has discharged the interim injunction granted to DPP leader Peter Mutharika restraining MBC and three individuals from discussing the so-called war-mongering remarks. In her ruling on Friday, Judge Rachel Sikwese said the court was satisfied that the undertaking made by the first defendant—Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC)—not to make further publication…