Controversial K4bn raised to K6bn

Amid outstanding concerns over the controversial K4 billion allocated to MPs to facilitate development, Minister of Finance Goodall Gondwe on Friday proposed an increase of the fund to K6 billion in the 2018/19 National Budget. In the new allocation, there is a shift in target as it is set to benefit 300 area development committees…

Chakwera gets second mandate

Mia, Mkandawire—deputies Party amends constitution to punish deviants After a protracted in-fighting and legal battles, MCP finally held its elective convention yesterday where, as expected, Lazarus Chakwera was maintained as president. New-catch Sidik Mia was named first vice-president while Harry Mkandawire assumed the second-vice presidency. The convention, held after the Supreme Court vacated an injunction…

Cashing in on the dead

  The mortuary is one scaring part of the hospital. It brings death closer to the living. It is usually somber and quiet on a good day, and on a bad one, there is an assembly of grief-stricken voices. But amidst sorrow and grief at Kamuzu Central Hospital in Lilongwe, one has to come out…

ATI law before year end—govt

The Malawi government says it will operationalise the long-awaited access to information (ATI) law before end of this year, a promise which comes over a year since the bill was assented to. The fresh commitment is part of the report on the human rights situation in Malawi presented to the 62nd session of the Commission…

‘Ghost’ project draining millions

K63M spent, but no progress Two groundbreaking ceremonies witnessed The much-hyped Mzuzu Youth Centre project continues to drain millions of taxpayers’ money with officials claiming as much as K30 million in allowances in a month, yet construction, expected to commence in 2008 and complete in 2016 is yet to begin. While records show that K63…

Hospital user fees back on table

Though it remains a politically emotive issue, the newly adopted Malawi Growth and Development Strategy (MGDS) III has brought to life the debate to introduce user fees in public hospitals. The user fees are looked at as solution to the struggling health system which runs on a shoe-string budget. The proposal has received an endorsement…

Dzombe takes over LL bus depot project

A local firm has taken over the multi-billion kwacha Lilongwe City Council’s modern international and intercity bus terminal project, which the council had previously earmarked to be implemented by Khato Civils, Nation on Sunday can reveal. With pomp and fanfare LCC signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Khato Civils owned by South African-based Malawian…

Loans board disowns needy students

Scores of needy students from public universities face uncertain future after the Higher Education Students Loans and Grants Board (HESLGB) dropped them from a list of beneficiaries, despite benefiting from the same previous years, Nation on Sunday has established. The Civil Society Education Coalition (Csec) has since faulted the selection criteria, describing it as discriminatory…

Experts tip govt on cholera

As cases of cholera continue to rise, commentators have urged government and its partners to develop multi-levelled behaviour change strategic plans comprising right approaches and frameworks necessary to motivate behaviour change at individual, interpersonal, community and society levels to win the fight against the deadly disease. The comments follow a Weekend Nation inquiry which exposed…

ACB stops textbooks probe

The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has stopped investigations into Inspired Computer Technology Consultants (ICTC) contract to supply over 800 000 textbooks for junior secondary schools. The development has also prompted Attorney General Charles Mhango to write Treasury, authorising payment to ICTC. This follows a directive, three weeks ago, from the African Development Bank (AfDB) to Secretary…

Govt moves to curb spending

The Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC) has moved to reduce unnecessary expenditures incurred through travel and use of government vehicles following the poor performance of the 2017/18 National Budget. In a circular dated March 23 2018 addressed to controlling officers and heads of departments, Chief Secretary to the Government Lloyd Muhara said the…

Report queries  Graft fight

  Oxfam and Integrity Platform have questioned the Malawi Government’s failure to act on reports of mismanagement of public resources despite the National Audit Office (NAO) reporting on the same. In their joint report under the title Analysis of Public Audit Reporting in Malawi, which assessed the Auditor General’s report for the year-ended June 30…

expired pesticides discovered during raids

Huge volumes of expired pesticides have been uncovered during an adhoc operation the Environmental Affairs Department and Pesticides Control Board conducted in Lilongwe and Blantyre. The pesticides, some with falsified expiry dates,  raise fears of possible environmental hazards and loss of ‘money’ for many customers. According to a report we have seen, an inspection team…

Catholic bishops bemoan state of governance

The Episcopal Conference of Malawi (ECM) has expressed concern about the socio-economic and political climate in the country, citing increasing levels of poverty due to corruption and theft of government resources, Nation on Sunday has learnt. The dwindling state of affairs was discussed during the plenary session attended by all bishops in Malawi and the…

Govt laxity fuelling cholera—Experts

  As cases of cholera continue to rise, commentators are heaping the blame on government for failing to empower communities with right information regarding the waterborne disease—a situation they fear may worsen. More than once, the Ministry of Health (MoH) has blamed poor hygiene practices and superstition for fuelling the spread of cholera, which has…

Ecama cautions on  MGDS implementation

  Economics Association of Malawi (Ecama) has cautioned government not to attempt to implement all priority areas of the Third Malawi Growth and Development Strategy (MGDS III) which is estimated to cost about K8.6 trillion over a five-year period. Contributing to the 2018/19 National Budget during the Lilongwe leg of the Pre-Budget Consultations Meetings yesterday,…

RBM hails diaspora engagement policy

  The Reserve Bank of Malawi (RBM) has hailed the diaspora engagement policy, saying it will woo more Malawians living abroad to regularly remit home significant amounts of foreign exchange towards personal and national development projects. RBM director of communication and protocol Mbane Ngwira said this in an interview yesterday when commenting on the government’s…