K17bn invested in specialised clinic

People who cannot afford expensive specialised bone and nerve surgeries will soon access such services for free courtesy a K17 billion (about $24 million) grant to construct of a modern clinic in Lilongwe. The Lilongwe Institute of Orthopedics and Neurosurgery (Lions) Clinic will be constructed at Kamuzu Central Hospital (KCH) and is expected to provide…

Govt recalls 4 diplomats

Without stating reasons, government has recalled four Malawian diplomats at the South African Embassy, including the High Commissioner. They have been given seven days each to pack and return home, a development some have questioned as strange. The recall of the four leaves the embassy with only two diplomatic staff since it was an office…

Mzimba project stops over land wrangles

Government and interested non-government organisations have stopped implementation of land-related projects in Mzimba over unresolved Mzimba Heritage Association (Mziha) demands, Nation on Sunday can reveal. With support from development partners, government identified Mzimba as one of eight districts to pilot implementation of five inter-related new land laws before rolling out nationwide. But Mzimba Mziha, which…

Refugees in Malawi risk starvation

Over  35,000 refugees in Malawi risk starvation from January next year if the international community does not respond to the call for support, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has warned. In a joint statement released on Friday and made available to Nation Online the…

I am not UTM – Kinnah Phiri

Former Flames coach Kinnah Phiri has distanced himself from any links to Vice President Saulos Chilima’s United Transformation Movement (UTM) saying he remains a member of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), despite speaking at a UTM rally in Mzuzu last August. Speaking in an interview with Nation Online, Phiri said his invitation to speak…

Govt ignores inquiry reports

Government has for over five years ignored recommendations of commissions of inquiry, a situation analysts say is a waste of public resources and a mockery of justice. A Nation on Sunday analysis of three commissions of inquiry conducted between 2011 and 2013 show a general lack of interest from government to put to use recommendations…

Mother’s Fun Run raises over K165m

Nation Publications Limited (NPL) 2018 edition of Mother’s Fun Run has raised over K165 million, which is more than the targeted K150 million, in support of public health facilities in Ntchisi District. During the main event at Ntchisi District Hospital on Saturday to hand over the donations to Ntchisi District Health Office (DHO), most speeches…

The curse of being an intersex

  At first, it was just another meeting where people share ideas on rights of minority groups. But when a real life experience was narrated by a troubled mother with an intersex child, each of the participants, who included chiefs, lawyers, the clergy and a member of Parliament (MP) from various parts  of the country,…

ACB, PAC probe embassy fraud

The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) and the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) are separately investigating suspicious financial dealings at Malawi’s Nairobi mission. From documents we have seen, there are indications that the country lost billions of kwacha from 2005 to 2012 when the embassy was reopened in Kenya and through recruitment of property managers who allegedly received…

IMF raises hope for Malawi

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) mission to Malawi has said the country’s general economic performance is on track and the country can do much better if government can improve debt and public financial management as well as restore budget balance to correct last year’s spending overruns, among other suggestions. The IMF mission, which has been…

Malawi economy on track–IMF

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) mission to Malawi has said the country’s general economic performance is on track and the country can do much better if government can improve debt and public financial management as well as restore budget balance to correct last year’s spending overruns, among other suggestions. The IMF mission which has been…

Bushiri deplores Malawians’ ‘jealousy’ mentality

South African –based Malawian Prophet Shepherd Bushiri has deplored what he calls the colonised Malawian mentality – which glorifies and celebrates everything western while vilifying home-grown ideas as ‘fake and satanic’. Bushiri said Malawians should learn to appreciate each other’s success and be willing to learn from such experiences if the country is to move…

MCP primaries take toll on old guard

There are many twists and turns in the ongoing Malawi Congress Party (MCP) primary elections as some old guards continue to dispute their fall with Lilongwe Mpenu’s Watson Makala-Ngozo being the latest. Makala-Ngozo, having lost yesterday to party president Lazarus Chakwera’s right-hand man Eisenhower Mkaka, who is the party’s secretary general, joins a list of…

Government elusive on UNGA trip

Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Emmanuel Fabiano on Tuesday provided scanty information about President Peter Mutharika’s trip to the 73rd United Nations General Assembly (Unga) in New York. During a news conference in Lilongwe, ostensibly meant to give details about the President’s trip set for Friday, the minister could not indicate how long…

Govt bodies ‘rotten’—ACB

Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) director general Reyneck Matemba has declared that all public institutions, especially those that provide services to the citizenry, are rotten to the core in corruption. The statement is also a slap in the face of President Peter Mutharika, who during the opening of the 2018/19 budget session in May, claimed that there…

Govt fails to act on DPP NEC member

Despite issuing a circular advising civil servants wishing to indulge in politics to first resign, Chief Secretary to Government has not cracked the whip on chief director responsible for safe motherhood and maternal health, Chimwemwe Chipungu, who doubles as DPP organising secretary. In June this year, the head of the civil service, Lloyd Muhara, issued…

Bingu’s statue in offing

  Taxpayers’ will have to fork millions of kwacha to finance the statue for the late president Bingu wa Mutharika, which government intends to erect at Parliament building in Lilongwe by December this year, Nation on Sunday has learnt. Opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) has since described the decision to erect the statue now, in…

In this interview, our reporter SUZGO CHITETE speaks to Brigadier General Marcel Chirwa (retired), a former diplomat and current director at the Centre for Peace and Security Management. He speaks on human security and the role of government in ensuring that the citizens are empowered with necessary information to promote peace and security. What does…