SA mourns Winnie Mandela

  South Africans continue mourning the death of anti-apartheid campaigner Winnie Madikizela-Mandela who died yesterday aged 81. The BBC reports that Madikizela-Mandela, a former wife to that country’s first black president Nelson Mandela, died yesterday after a long illness that had reportedly kept her in and out of hospital since January this year. South Africa’s…

Finca, KfW sign K2.5bn  loan facility to boost SMEs

  Foundation for International Community Assistance (Finca) Malawi and German State-owned Development Bank (KfW) have signed a $3.4 million (about K2.5 billion) deal to broaden the country’s financial services by boosting financing of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs). In a statement posted on the company’s website, Finca Malawi chief executive officer Christopher Kizza is…

Beer, soft drinks drive Castel growth

  Castel Group Malawi, an alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages manufacturer, says it anticipates a positive business outlook in 2018 amid intermittent power cuts that have affected the production industry. The firm’s communications manager Towela Munthali said this on Saturday when the company engaged the media to appreciate progress since rebranding from Carlsberg Malawi Limited in…

‘Let’s deal with moral decay’

The Philosophy Department at Chancellor College hosted a public lecture titled Moral Decadence: Towards an Effective Compliance and Ethics Programme delivered to master of arts (MA) in applied ethics students by Vice-President SaulosChilima last week. Our News Analyst CHRISTOPHER NHLANE engaged dean of humanities JAPHET BAKUWA on how the programme will improve Malawi’s resource management…

Chilima speaks on corruption

  Vice-President Saulos Klaus Chilima says Malawi will continue to pay huge economic costs of moral decadence unless citizens work together towards transformation. He said this on Tuesday when he gave a public lecture to students at Chancellor College’s Department of Philosophy titled ‘Addressing Moral Decadence: Towards an Effective Compliance and Ethic Programme’. Chilima observed…

Road to 2019: MEC dismisses voter apathy fears

  The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) says it has implemented several administrative reforms to address challenges that led to voter apathy during previous elections. MEC commissioner Moffat Banda disclosed this in an interview last evening following earlier sentiments by some experts that political and voter enthusiasm is almost nonexistent in the country, a development that…

Unicef urges Malawi to step up neonatal healthcare in 2018

The United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) has challenged the Malawi government to introduce safety measures to ensure newborns survive their first days of life. Unicef country representative Johannes Wedenig made the appeal in a press statement released on Sunday ahead of Monday’s celebrations marking the entry into 2018. “This New Year, [our] resolution is to…

Mnangagwa promises to rebuild Zimbabwe

Newly sworn-in Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa kick-started his term as the country’s interim leader on Friday with a vow to revive the country’s collapsed economy and democracy. He took his oath of office at a colourful ceremony in the capital, Harare, attended by thousands of cheering Zimbabweans. In his speech, monitored on South African Broadcasting…

Zanu-PF fires Mugabe, wife

  Embattled Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe has been fired from Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (Zanu-PF) and given until midday today to resign as that country’s president. A special Zanu–PF Central Committee meeting made the resolution yesterday, according to international media reports quoting Mugabe’s newly appointed Minister of Cyber Security Patrick Chinamasa as having said…

Crisis in Zimbabwe

  Malawi says it is monitoring the political situation in Zimbabwe—a fellow member of the Southern Africa Development Community (Sadc) and home to millions of Malawians—where the army has moved in to restore order amid a succession battle. Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Emmanuel Fabiano said in a brief interview yesterday that Lilongwe…

China reaffirms support to  Malawi’s endless energy woes

Chinese Ambassador Shi Ting Wang has reiterated that the Kammwamba Coal Fired Power Plant project remains Beijing’s top priority among China’s listed development projects in the country. Once completed, the proposed power plant is expected to generate about 300 megawatts (MW) on top of the existing power capacity which the Electricity Generation Company (Egenco) generates…

Violence against children worsens in Malawi

  Two out of three children in Malawi, some as young as one year old, are experiencing violence often by those entrusted to take care of them, a latest United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef)  report has established. According to the report released yesterday in Lilongwe titled ‘A Familiar Face: Violence in the lives of children…

Null and void votes raise concern

  National Initiative for Civic Education (Nice) Trust,  has asked Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) to ensure transparency in determining  null and void votes to avoid confusion. The development follows ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP)’s poor showing in the polls in which main opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) won five of the six hotly-contested constituencies and…

Poly students challenged on infrastructure development

Professional architects and skilled land surveyors can assist in curbing increased challenges of substandard infrastructural development in the country’s cities and towns. Malawi Housing Corporation (MHC) chief executive officer Eunice Napolo said this in Blantyre yesterday when she presided over the 2017 The Polytechnic Faculty of Built Environment (Fobe) final year students’ symposium under the…

Study rates Malawi poorly on ICT penetration

  A latest report by a regional information, communication and technology (ICT) policy watchdog has rated Malawi among 10 eastern and southern Africa (ESA) countries with the poorest ICT penetration. The countries were, among others, measured for competitiveness in ICT legal and practice framework and promotion of the right to freedom of expression, access to information…

MRA, clergy clash on impending tax

  Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) has intensified its drive to widen the tax base with the imposition of 30 percent tax on churches and faith-based organisations operating business ventures effective October. However, the development has opened a can of worms with some members of the clergy strongly questioning the motive behind the move, arguing that…

NRB registers 2.2 million in phase 3

  Ministry of Home Affairs and Internal Security has disclosed that 2.22 million Malawians have registered with the National Registration Bureau (NRB) in the third phase of the National Registration and Identification System (NRIS) exercise. This effectively means that about six million people have now registered in the first three phases of the registration exercise…

‘Go register to Vote’

The on-going second phase of the registration being executed by the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has drawn an increased youth participation. A snap survey conducted on Thursday in Blantyre Malabada and Blantyre City South constituencies established long queues of prospective registrants which were overshadowed by members of the younger generation. The survey further revealed that…