Malawi says Ebola scare false

Ministry of Health (MoH) says there is no Ebola case in the country and has described as false reports suggesting an outbreak in Malawi or any of its neighbours. MoH spokesperson Joshua Malango was responding to an inquiry following a notice making rounds on social media purportedly from the United Nations (UN) warning its staff…

Cancer centre set to be ready in 8 months

Malawians seeking radiotherapy treatment within the country have to wait for eight months despite the national cancer centre being built in Lilongwe being 90 percent complete. Ministry of Health (MoH) said construction of the bunker to install the radiotherapy and chemotherapy unit is yet to start, but will take six months to be completed. In…

Mutharika given 5 hours to fire Ansah

The Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) has given President Peter Mutharika five hours to fire Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson Jane Ansah. HRDC national chairperson Timothy Mtambo said if Ansah, who is accused of presiding over a flawed electoral process in the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections, did not resign by 7pm yesterday, they will…

Mayor Kaduya unveils plans for Lilongwe City

New Lilongwe City mayor Juliana Kaduya has unveiled plans for the city which she said has the potential to transform itself into a befitting Capital City using the revenue it generates. The mayor has since promised to introduce an automated revenue collection system to ensure transparency and accountability. Briefing journalists on her plans during her…

Lilongwe vendors protest demos

Lilongwe City markets  vendors yesterday petitioned Lilongwe City Council (LCC) against allowing Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) to continue holding protest marches to force Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson Jane Ansah to resign. The vendors said the demonstrations have negatively affected their businesses as customers are scared to make it to their trading places, thereby…

Follow elections case from offices—Chakwera

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president Lazarus Chakwera has urged the party’s supporters to refrain from going to court once the trial for the presidential election case starts. The MCP leader has since called on the supporters to follow the court proceedings from the party’s headquarters or regional offices. Speaking during a press conference in Lilongwe…

Youths registering more  new HIV infections

Malawi Network of People Living with HIV and Aids (Manet+) has expressed concern over the increasing number of youths getting infected with HIV, saying this is a warning that needs concerted efforts to eradicate. Manet+ executive director Lawrence Khonyongwa said this in Lilongwe yesterday when he addressed journalists  ahead of the International Aids Candlelight Memorial…

Mindset change needed in adopting new farming technologies-Story Workshop

Story Workshop, a social and behavior change communication Organization has said only if farmers adopt new farming practices will they embrace new technologies that have been set to improve soil degradation. According to Ministry of Agriculture Irrigation and Water Development, there is a general old blanket which wrongly assumes that all soils in the country…

Afreximbank dangles K1.1 trillion to Malawi

African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) president Benedict Oramah on Wednesday said his bank has earmarked $1.4 billion (K1.1 trillion) for investment in Malawi. Oramah is on a three-day visit to the country to meet businesspersons with bankable projects. He is also expected to sign finance agreements with President Peter Mutharika this afternoon. Speaking to journalists on…

Mulli payout haunts government

Two Cabinet ministers have stammered on why government is now enforcing liability for demonstration damages on organisers yet Capital Hill paid K3 billion to Leston Mulli-owned firms for destructions suffered during the 2011 protests using the same laws ignored in the politically-connected businessperson’s claim. In separate interviews on Monday, Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs…

Luanar students protest fees hike

A group of concerned Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (Luanar) Bunda Campus students on Monday took to the streets, demanding an explanation from the institution’s administration on a recent fees hike. Luanar, one of the country’s four functional public universities, has raised fees from K360 000 per year to K420 000 effective November…

Demos damage disrupts payments

The Accountant General says the burning down of the Treasury Cashier’s office in Mzuzu during the July 4 nationwide demonstrations has disrupted the processing of payments to government ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) in the Northern Region. In an interview yesterday, Accountant General Sungani Mandala said the damage, which affected the Integrated Financial Management and…

Kamlepo Kalua quits PP

Outspoken Rumphi East member of Parliament (MP) Kamlepo Kaluwa has quit People’s Party (PP) and has since asked Speaker of the National Assembly to allocate him a seat as an independent legislator. The MP, who rose to the position of vice-president responsible for the North in the previous PP national governing council, cited tribalism as…

Activists charged, bail verdict Friday

The State on Wednesday formally charged human rights activists Gift Trapence and McDonald Sembereka, but the duo will wait until Friday to know the verdict of their bail application. Chief resident magistrate Violet Palikena Chipawo has since remanded the two to Maula Prison in Lilongwe, but has pended her ruling on their bail application to…

Chakwera for calm, condemns violence

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president Lazarus Chakwera has condemned post-election violence, especially against motorists, in his Lilongwe North West Constituency. In his address to communities at Nyanda, Mang’a, Lisopa and Malembo on Sunday afternoon, whose audio was made available to The Nation by MCP interim chief whip in Parliament Sam Kawale, he said he was…

Geological Surveys  decries staff shortage

Minister of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining Bintony Kutsaira has told Parliament that shortage of staff is contributing to poor service delivery at the Geological Surveys Department. The minister said the department has had inadequate staff in various stations established in the 1980s such as in Dowa, Mwanza and Nsanje; hence, making decentralisation unattainable and…

Minister for harmonised agriculture sector financing

Malawi needs to strike a balance between expenditures across the National Agriculture Investment Plan (Naip) programmes and intervention areas to improve performance in the agriculture sector, a Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development report has recommended. The Agriculture Sector Performance Report covering July 2017 to June 2018 by the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and…

Dausi queried on police houses, promotions

Minister of Homeland Security Nicholas Dausi on Tuesday avoided answering questions on Malawi Police Service promotions and staff houses, suggesting that legislators should submit formal questions to the House. During question time to the minister, various members of Parliament (MPs) asked what the ministry was doing to improve the welfare of police officers, including the…

House allows minister to borrow K70.2bn

Parliament on Tuesday authorised Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development Joseph Mwanamvekha to borrow K70.2 billion from the International Development Association (IDA) to finance Equity with Quality and Learning at Secondary Project. According to the minister, the objective of the programme (Bill 14 of 2019) is to improve quality of science and mathematics instructions…