Promotion of dead teachers, error—PS

E Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MoEST) Principal Secretary Justin Saidi has said the inclusion of names of deceased teachers on the list of 20 210 teachers promoted last week is an error currently being rectified. He attributed the said error to use of an electronic system which automatically generated the names of the…

‘Malawi needs K225bn to normalise disaster’

Minister of Homeland Security Nicholas Dausi says Malawi needs $300 million (K225 billion) to normalise the floods damage after cyclone Idai. Dausi made the remarks at Kamuzu International Airport (KIA) yesterday when his ministry received relief items from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). He said government underestimated its earlier disaster estimates. “We…

Maula frees drug resistant TB inmates

Six prisoners have been released at Maula Prison following a court order to set them free because of being diagnosed with multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB). Malawi Prison Services national spokesperson Chimwemwe Shaba has since confirmed the development, saying they are abiding by a court order given on February 25 this year. He said: “We released them…

More rot as K3.2bn vanishes

Best practices in public finance management continue to elude Capital Hill as a 2017/18 Malawi Government Accounts Audit has revealed that ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) failed to account for a whopping K3.2 billion. From the audit report, one sees the same old trends of weaknesses in accounting for public funds among MDAs as well…

Foreign affairs in K444m fraud

A National Audit Office (NAO) audit has revealed that about K444 million at embassies and Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation was paid into personal accounts purportedly with intent to defraud the Malawi Government. While government continues to proclaim that it has put in place measures to check against abuse of public funds in government…

Opposition accuses govt of lying in mid-year budget

Opposition legislators on Monday accused government of not giving the correct picture of economic performance in the country through the Mid-Year Budget Review Statement tabled in Parliament on Friday. Responding to 2018/19 Mid-Year Budget Review Statement Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development Goodall Gondwe delivered in Parliament, opposition legislators noted that government was painting…

Parliament in bad start

Adjourns prematurely due to lack of business It was a low key start for the Mid-Year Budget Review Meeting of Parliament on Tuesday as Leader of the House Kondwani Nankhumwa sought an early adjournment. Nankhumwa, who is also Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, asked First Deputy Speaker Esther Mcheka Chilenje for an adjournment…

Deal with food insecurity—UN

United Nations (UN) humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock has urged government to deal with the root causes of food insecurity in the country if food scarcity is to be avoided. He made the remarks in Salima where he interacted with people affected by food shortages in the 2017/18 lean season. Lowcock noted that the country’s growing…

Director of Public Officers Declarations Christopher Tukula says his office will work diligently to ensure compliance with the Public Officers Act. He was speaking during the launch of the Office of the Director of Public Officer’s Declarations (Odpod) Strategic Plan, covering 2018 to 2023, which will guide the implementation of the directorate’s activities in promoting…

More Malawians hit by hunger

Department of Disaster Management Affairs (Dodma) says about 3.6 million people may be food insecure in the country, a rise from earlier projections which put the figure at 3.3 million. Malawi Vulnerability Assessment Committee (Mvac) had earlier projected that about 3.3 million of the country’s 17 million population will be food insecure following a 28.4…

Dzaleka refugees may miss  govt maize ration—minister

Minister of Homeland Security Nicholas Dausi has said government may not provide relief maize to refugees at Dzaleka Refugee Camp as it needs to prioritise Malawians first. In an interview after he opened the 2018/19 Lean Season Food Insecurity Response Programme (2018/19 LS-Firp) coordinating meeting at Mponela in Dowa, Dausi said there are many Malawians…

Youth Council seeks K1bn

National Youth Council of Malawi has set an ambitious target to raise K1 billion within six months to coordinate and promote youth economic empowerment to complement government’s efforts in dealing with high unemployment rate. The council’s chief executive officer Dingiswayo Jere said unemployment is on the rise because of the low rate of job creators.…

Dausi apologises to people with albinism

Minister of Homeland Security Nicholas Dausi has bowed down to pressure and apologised to people with albinism (PWA) for his public utterance that atrocities facing them were yet to reach levels warranting State House vigils or seeking asylum abroad. The minister’s apology made at an impromptu media briefing at his office in Lilongwe yesterday came…

Albino kidnap suspect dies

Buleya Lule, a suspect who allegedly offered to ‘buy’ a 14-year-old Dedza boy with albinism for K800 000 last week, has died in police custody a day after appearing in court. His death has stirred tension and mixed reactions between his family and the police, especially regarding where he died. Police said Lule, and not…

‘I abducted my albino stepson’

A stepfather to Goodson Makanjira, a boy with albinism who was abducted last week in Dedza, has pleaded guilty to the boy’s abduction. He said he was duped by a man who offered him K800 000 for the 14-year-old boy. The man, Kumbilani Patson of Chiwala Village, Traditional Authority (T/A) Chiseka in Lilongwe, was a…

Dual Citizenship Bill to  benefit Malawi—Minister

Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Emmanuel Fabiano says Malawi stands to benefit from Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) once the Dual Citizenship legislation is finalised. In December, Parliament approved the Bill but it is yet to be assented to by the President. Speaking during the launch of the Malawi Foreign Policy and the Diaspora…

Audit exposes K118m CDF rot

E Nearly two years after revelations concerning some legislators abusing Constituency Development Fund (CDF), a recent National Audit Office (NAO) audit has established that the members of Parliament (MPs) abused K118 million. Titled Report on Accounts of Local Councils for the year ended June 30 2017, the audit shows that the funds were largely abused…