BB in tricky away fixtures

Nyasa Big Bullets invade the Capital City Lilongwe where they have tricky fixtures against Kamuzu Barracks this afternoon at Civo Stadium and Masters Security tomorrow at Dedza Stadium. The two away fixtures will define the defending champions’ destiny after a shaky start to their title defence which has seen them toppled from the top three…

Protecting children from violence

I started working as a child protection officer at Unicef Malawi in February 2019. A massive flood that displaced 87 000 people occurred just after three weeks of my arrival. I was deployed to the affected areas in the southern part of Malawi twice after the floods. The first time was immediately after the flood for…

Sona tackles pressure points, but Al-Shabaab bit misplaced

In his State of the Nation Address (Sona) yesterday President Peter Mutharika touched on most pressure points the country needs to urgently address if it is to move forward. Mutharika talked about how government intends to tackle corruption, grow the economy, improve health delivery service, education, put food on people’s tables, improve transport infrastructure, energy…

Malawian DJ makes US dance

He has done what many before him have attempted, but failed. Through strong will, zeal and tenacity, he has made it big and is rubbing shoulders with the rich and famous in the US music industry as an internationally acclaimed DJ. Malawian Edmund Chiphwanya, known in the showbiz circles as E-Dub, has taken the art…

UN humanitarian official completes Malawi visit

As flood-affected communities rebuild, Mueller urges for sustained action to address underlying causes of vulnerability The United Nations (UN) Assistant Secretary-General for humanitarian affairs and deputy emergency relief coordinator Ursula Mueller yesterday completed her three-day visit to Malawi, during which she met senior government officials, humanitarian and development partners and visited some Cyclone Idai survivors.…

The Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) Executive Secretary, Vera Songwe, says African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) is an exciting and promising stimulant for economic growth in Africa. She says the trade bloc will boost infrastructure investments as well as help address the economic causes for African migration to Europe, among others. Songwe said this…

AfDB hosts pan-African dialogue on achieving adaptation, mitigation

The African Development Bank last week hosted the first-ever pan-African dialogue on achieving climate change goals for adaptation and mitigation The banks said while Africa enjoys unprecedented economic development and strong demographic and urban growth, large parts of the continent are also highly vulnerable and already face the dramatic consequences of climate change. “Local governments,…

Hiccups, mix-ups slow polling

  Voting started and progressed well in Malawi’s second tripartite elections yesterday, surviving sporadic incidents that threatened to mar polling in some centres. The glitches included the disappearance of names on voters’ roll that left Vice-President Saulos Chilima stranded in Lilongwe as well as misunderstandings over eligible monitors and missing voters’ registers. However, the Malawi…

Police detain Bon Kalindo

Police at Machinga Roadblock yesterday detained UTM Party director of youth Bon Kalindo for undisclosed reasons. UTM spokesperson Chidanti Malunga confirmed in an interview last evening about Kalindo’s  detention saying the party was still waiting to be briefed on the reasons for his arrest. As we went to press, national police spokesperson James Kadadzera and…

Fire partially guts Sunbird Ku Chawe kitchen

R Fire yesterday gutted part of the kitchen at Sunbird Ku Chawe Inn in Zomba, damaging unspecified items, according to a statement from Sunbird Tourism plc. The statement said the hotel management were yet to establish the cause of the fire, but assured the public that all operations at the hotel, which is part of…

Who is Everton Chimulirenji?

Everton Chimulirenji, a member of Parliament for Ntcheu North East Constituency, has emerged as a surprise pick for President Peter Mutharika as his running mate for the May 21 Tripartite Elections. The legislator, 56, is also part of Mutharika’s Cabinet, serving as Minister of Civic Education, Culture and Community Development. He served as deputy minister…

PAC summons govt

Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Parliament has summoned some top government officials to appear before it to explain the legitimacy of a K53.9 billion claim that two firms want the Immigration Department to pay. Two companies—Africa Commercial Agency and Reliance Trading Company—are demanding  K53.9 billion for a K9 billion contract signed in 2012 to supply…

S The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) says the number of presidential aspirants that have collected nomination forms has risen to 18, as the body refuted aspiring presidential candidate Ras Chikomeni Chirwa’s claimes that it had tipped him to win the polls. MEC spokesperson Sangwani Mwafulirwa said in an interview yesterday that Chikomeni’s  allegations were outrageous…

Chisankho chopanda mudyo?

Kodi azitaya? Chisankho cha 2019 ena sakuchionetsa dovu pamene zipani 12 zimene zidatulutsa atsogoleri mu 2014, zinayi zokha pakadalipano ndi zimene zaonetsa chidwi chotulutsa atsogoleri. Izi zikuchitika pamene kwangotsala miyezi 7 yokha kuti dziko lino lichititse chisankho chapatatu chomwe chichitike mu May chaka chikudzachi. Zipani zinayizo ndi Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), Peoples’ Party (PP), Malawi…

Law Commissioner position still vacant

The position of Law Commissioner remains vacant months after Gertrude Hiwa left following the expiry of her term of office, raising fears that reviewing of the country’s laws may suffer. The absence of the office holder has also affected the appointment of new commissioners for the Malawi Human Rights Commission (MHRC) as the Law Commissioner,…

Malawi student directs Africa body

International Federation of Medical Students Association (Ifmsa), a medical students’ global forum for discussing and initiating medical projects, has elected College of Medicine (CoM) final year student Parth Patel as its regional director for Africa. According to Ifmsa’s letter of appointment, he assumes the office immediately and will maintain the position up to September next…

Unima supporting staff down tools

The University of Malawi’s support staff have today downed tools to push for their 10 percent salary increment and arrears. The University Workers Trade Union (UWTU) president Mike Namandwa said that the support staff are no longer falling for the University Council’s trap because they council has lied to them before. Namandwa said that government…