New face of traffic rot

Parallel Road Traffic offices in Blantyre Use stolen official security paper to produce traffic documents The rot at the Directorate of Road Traffic and Safety Services (DRTSS) has reached new levels, with its staff nourishing black market issuance of road traffic documents by illegally selling official security paper at K4 000 to users. Papers such…

NRWB writes ODPP to take action against Plem  for interference

Northern Region Water Board has written the Office of the Director of Public Procurement to take action against   Plem Construction Limited saying the firm violated procurement procedures for the K14 billion  Mzimba Integrated Urban Water and Sanitation project. But Plem director Mohan Khrishnan said the allegations are baseless and aimed at diverting attention away from…

Contractor forced back to site, to bear the cost

Lilongwe City Council (LCC) has asked Plem Construction, a contractor of some city roads, to re-do the rehabilitation of some roads following government’s displeasure with the quality of the works. In the 2016/17 financial year ending this June 30, LCC set aside K2.175 billion for the rehabilitation of some roads in the city. However, Ministry…

Little hope for K6.1bn MSB toxic loans recovery

Two years after government set up a special recovery vehicle for K6.1 billion Malawi Savings Bank (MSB) toxic loans, no single tambala has been recovered and only hope remains for the initiative to succeed. Even the board of the special collection vehicle, MSB Debt Collection Company, comprising Chadwick Mphande as chairperson, lawyers Modecai Msisha and…

Prison Service blows k100 million on plants

Malawi Prison Service (MPS) has blown K100 million they did not have to procure machinery for purposes that are not the core business of the prison service. MPS, which is now negotiating with Treasury for funding of a tipper and an excavator it acquired outside its budget, has attracted the wrath of the Public Accounts…

LWB excels at Africa awards in SA

Lilongwe Water Board (LWB) was on Wednesday awarded the Water Utility of the Year Award at the 4th edition of the African Utility Week Industry Awards held in Cape Town, South Africa. African Utility Week Industry Awards—a leading event and platform that recognises, rewards and celebrates success of Africa’s power and water sectors—brought together over…

LL City boss sent on leave, Makanga takes over

  Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development has sent on three months leave Lilongwe City Council (LCC) chief executive officer (CEO) Moza Zeleza to pave the way for an investigation into the council’s “gross underperformance” Lilongwe district commissioner (DC) Charles Makanga has since been appointed LCC CEO. In a letter reference number C/61/01/03 to…

APM, Goodall welcome K60bn, World Bank budget support

  Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development Goodall Gondwe yesterday cautioned Malawians not to celebrate the resumption of general budget support, as the country was not yet out of financial muddle. Gondwe’s remarks follow an announcement by the World Bank on Thursday that it has given Malawi about K60 billion ($80 million) in general…

No Botswana free entry for Bushiri

  South Africa-based Malawian prophet Shepherd Bushiri of the Enlightened Christian Gathering (ECG) has been put on visa restriction order by the Botswana government. The order comes weeks before his scheduled crusade in that country, The Nation has learnt. Botswana Minister of Nationality, Immigration and Gender Affairs Edwin Batshu, using his country’s Immigration Act, gazetted…

LL City under fire over poor road works

  Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development has queried Lilongwe City Council (LCC) on the construction of roads in the city which have been rated as not up to the standard. The ministry has said it will commence disciplinary action against the office of the LCC chief executive officer for gross negligence of duty.…

Torture for confessions

Use of torture in police stations to force suspects to confess a crime is still endemic because police have minimal investigative skills, lack forensic laboratories and equipment to aid investigations, police have confirmed. Two Criminal Investigations Department (CID) officers in Blantyre Weekend Nation talked to last week claimed that police officers use crude and basic…

Payout bill halts Lilongwe water project

World Bank pulls out of Diamphwe Dam Project K14 billion compensationscares away financier Malawi’s capital Lilongwe could be three years away from having less than three days of tap water a week unless government quickly finds an alternative financier after the World Bank pulled out its financial backing in the Diamphwe Multi-purpose Dam Project that…

  The High Court in Lilongwe has set April 3 for hearing a bail application for convicted former minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs Ralph Kasambara and two others pending an appeal against their conviction. Kasambara alongside MacDonald Kumwembe and Pika Manondo were convicted after being found guilty of conspiracy and attempt to murder former…

Hospitals blow  Drug budgets

  The country’s district hospitals have blown up 87 percent of their drug budgets, four months to the next budget due on July 1, raising fears that patients could die from treatable ailments because of lack of medication. The Ministry of Finance, Economic Planning and Development has since said it has no more funds to…

Malawi losing K64bn taxes yearly—Report

  Malawi is estimated to be losing K64 billion ($86 million) yearly through tax losses due to profit shifting by multinational companies, new figures published by the Tax Justice Network in London, Britain, on Wednesday show. Malawi was among 74 countries the United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER) in Helsinki, Finland,…

Councillors from hell

    Battle lines have been drawn between Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) councillors and Chiradzulu district commissioner (DC) Memory Kaleso whom they want out for turning down their demands to use council resources for political activities. Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development has confirmed that there are disagreements between the councillors and the DC.…

  Higher Education Students Loans and Grants Board (HESLB) has imposed a 25 percent penalty on university loan defaulters at the expiry of the one-year grace period to repay by March 31, it has been disclosed. University students, mainly from University of Malawi, owe the board about K3.8 billion and so far the board has…

Malawi renegotiates Vale, Cear deals

  Malawi has renegotiated deals with Vale Logistics and Central East African Railways (Cear) in a move that will see Malawian investors owning shares in the two companies. The Nation has established that the new deals will also see the rehabilitation of railway lines and an increase in concession fees, all in exchange for Malawi…

Cities losing revenue to fraud

Fraud and revenue under-declaration have short-changed Lilongwe, Blantyre and Zomba city councils, resulting in gross under-performance, The Nation can reveal. Malawi’s cities, by design, are expected to be semi-autonomous. However, they, in most cases, have been relying on government subvention to carry out their activities despite literally sitting on ‘gold’. The Nation investigation targeted city…

Breaking cycle of disaster

The country continues to be ripped by disasters, especially chronic floods. Following recent floods which displaced thousands and killed three in Lilongwe, our reporter REX CHIKOKO caught up with Vice-President Saulos Chilima who heads the country’s disaster management efforts. Malawi experiences perennial disasters, how did we prepare for these tragedies and how has government moved…