NGOs fail to comply with law

Despite a legal requirement that NGOs should submit annual reports to government for purposes of accountability, the organisations continue to defy the law with only 19 percent so far complying, according to the NGO Board. But the NGOs cited lack of confidence in the NGO Board, which is seen to antagonise government critics, as the…

Parliament weighs in on gensets project

On Saturday a joint parliamentary committee summoned officials from Escom and Egenco to a day-long meeting at Mponela, Dowa, to appreciate government’s plans to procure diesel generators before submitting a report to the current sitting of Parliament. When Nation on Sunday arrived in the meeting room at Linde Motel, the mood appeared tense with some…

APM dodges electoral reforms

With about 18 months to go to the 2019 Tripartite Elections in Malawi, donors have stressed that they expect the newly-opened Parliament to deliberate on electoral reforms for the sake of the country’s democratic growth. The donors were reacting to President Peter Mutharika’s address yesterday during the opening of the 47th Session of Parliament in…

China trains Malawi in construction, planning

  China has expressed its wish to see construction projects in Malawi fully handled and managed by Malawians instead of depending on foreign expertise. Speaking in Lilongwe when he welcomed a delegation of Malawi Government officials who attended a three-week seminar on infrastructure planning and construction in China, Chinese Ambassador Shi-Ting Wang said the training…

Drug resistance: Malawi’s death trap

Malawi is in danger of losing more lives as cases of drug resistance due to abuse of antibiotics are increasing, Nation on Sunday has learnt. Experts say it is becoming increasingly difficult to treat some communicable diseases due to antibiotic resistance, a development experts say require urgent attention. According to the experts, antibiotic resistance in…

‘Uncle sold me for groceries’

  Malawi has the 11th highest rate of child marriage globally, with the recent Malawi Demographic and Health Survey showing that 47 in 100 women marry before their 18th birthday. These are alarming statistics, but not many people were startled until Tamanda Chimombo, 23, put an emotional human face to the figures in her talk…

Ministers cash in on NGOs, private sector events

Sheer case of abuse. Cabinet ministers demand allowances for presiding over NGOs and private sector functions despite getting the same from OPC or their ministries, Nation on Sunday can reveal. Interviews Nation on Sunday carried with ministers’ secretaries, their personal assistants, former ministers and non – governmental organisations (NGOs) confirm the ministers’ entrenched culture of…

Govt, NGOs panic over UN Habitat’s closure

The closure of the UNHabitat country office has sent government and some NGOs panicking over the future of urbanisation, human settlement projects as well as disaster risk management programmes in flood prone areas. The agency, which opened an office in Malawi in 2006, was supporting urbanisationrelated programmes such as slum upgrading across cities, policy formulation…

Malawi-China celebrate decade of relations

  Malawi and China on Saturday celebrated a decade of diplomatic relations with China pledging more support to Malawi. During the celebrations, China pledged to construct a dual-carriageway from Lilongwe City Centre to Kamuzu International Airport as an immediate project within the plan. According to Chinese Ambassador Shi Ting Wang, the construction of the road…

Funding woes hit KCH hard

The slimming disease of low funding that continues to hit the health sector has forced KCH to limit the number of ICU admissions due to shortage of staff while its psychiatric section has also been closed as it scales down on operations. Kamuzu Central Hospital (KCH) has since written the Ministry of Health to consider…

PP regional governor North resigns

Mzimba South legislator Makwenda Chunga has resigned as People’s Party (PP) provincial governor for the North, less than a year after being appointed into office. The legislator said in an interview yesterday he would like to concentrate on his constituents and not the party ahead of the 2019 elections. However, Chunga said he will remain…

Government worried with attacks on elderly people

  The Minister of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare Jean Kalirani, has expressed worry with continued cases of attacks against the elderly in communities on allegation of witchcraft. According to Kalirani, the elderly face social exclusion—discrimination and in extreme cases death for being suspected of practicing witchcraft. Kalirani was speaking in Lilongwe during a press…

Ministry, council spar over land

The Ministry of Lands and Lilongwe City Council are at loggerheads over land allocated to a private investor for an international bus terminal, which the council claims it had also earmarked for the same project. The ministry says a private investor, David Bonongwe, presented a convincing business concept, claiming the council never expressed interest in…

Government clueless on “blood suckers”

The Malawi government appears to be clueless about perpetrators of ‘blood suckers’ incidences in Mulanje and surrounding areas which so far have left five people dead. Addressing the press in Lilongwe both Minister of Information and Communications, Nicolas Dausi, and Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism, Henry Mussa, described the attacks as ‘mythical’ calling for…

Opposition bemoans unfinished projects

  Opposition parties have faulted government for delayed completion of some projects which they alleged continue to get funding for over a decade. The opposition leaders, who included Lazarus Chakwera (Malawi Congress Party-MCP), Sam Mpasu (New Labour Party), Mark Katsonga (Progressive People’s Movement-PPM) and George Nnensa (Malawi Forum for Unity and Development-Mafunde), told journalists in…

Malawi drying up

Water is life, but the country is sitting on time bomb as it has become water limited with a reported decline of ground water and declining trends of in-flows in the last 10 years. The decline, as confirmed by the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development, has resulted in drying up of major rivers…