On Cabinet, Speaker

On Wednesday, parliamentarians elected Malawi’s first female speaker of the national assembly, MCP’s Mzimba North East parliamentarian Catherine Gotani Hara. That very night, President Peter Mutharika announced a 24-member Cabinet. Our reporters FATSANI GUNYA and AYAMI MKWANDA engaged governance expert Makhumbo Munthali on this and other matters. Excerpts: On Wednesday Parliament chose Hara as speaker.…

Put God first, FDH boss tells SDA women

Christian-owned business enterprises have been tipped to play a greater role in evangelising the world than any other sermon given out off a pulpit if owners prioritise God in their daily endeavours. FDH Financial Holdings Limited group chief executive officer Thom Mpinganjira made the remarks on Wednesday in Blantyre during a motivation talk he gave,…

Police praises officer for vigilance

Police Commissioner for Southern Region Sledge Yoosuf has praised a Chikwawa Police Station officer for his vigilance in enhancing free and fair elections. The officer, Assistant Superintendent Kalemba Gondwe, who is  operations officer at the station, intercepted a truck suspected to have been carrying pre-marked ballot papers that have caused a stir in Chikwawa and…

Skyband celebrates Africa Day

 Skyband, one of the country’s Internet service providers, has said it will continue to promote culture in its quest to advance inclusiveness in its business endeavours. The firm has also urged the country to consider prioritising Africa Day celebrations, arguing “Africa is a blessed continent, so it is always good to show us in a…

We may call for a recount—UTM

UTM secretary general Patricia Kaliati has hinted that the party may call on the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) for a full recount of the votes albeit increasing election anomalies. In an interview on the sidelines of pandemonium on Friday at MEC head office over a truck suspected to have been carrying pre-marked votes from Chikwawa,…

Presidential ballots wrongly nullified—Mesn

  Malawi Electoral Support Network (Mesn) says it has established that some ballot papers in the presidential race in the May 21 Tripartite Elections were wrongly declared ‘null and void’. Through its Parallel Vote Tabulation (PVT) initiative, Mesn yesterday highlighted various anomalies it insists need “renewed vigilance in rectifying to ensure credible election results”. In…

Agriculture Ministry gets excellence award

  Two of the stakeholders in the country’s agricultural industry, Seed Trade Association of Malawi (Stam) and the Fertiliser Association of Malawi, have recognised the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development for excellence. The recognition also extended to former line minister Joseph Mwanamvekha for his contributions towards the sector during his tenure. Among other…

Chiradzulu hosts 20 foreign doctors

A group of about 20 foreign specialist doctors are camping at Chiradzulu District Hospital where they are treating patients, including performing surgeries, for free. The Singaporean specialists under Global Clinic, a non-governmental organisation comprising medical and non-medical volunteers based in Singapore, will wind up their mission tomorrow. The medical team is in the country courtesy…

Pay up or forget about exams –Luanar

Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (Luanar) has reiterated its stance to bar students who are yet to pay their tuition fees from sitting for their end of semester examinations. Over three hundred students are expected to miss the exams scheduled to start today for nonpayment of tuition fees amounting to about K1 billion,…

Malawi flood disaster: Where is the love?

Now we who are strong ought to bear the weaknesses of those without strength and not just please ourselves. Each of us is to please his neighbor for his good, to build them up.” (Romans 15:1-2) Giving an update on the January 2015 Malawi floods that affected 15 of the country’s 28 districts back then,…

‘Councils lack patriotism’

As local councils were dissolved on Wednesday in accordance to law, doubts still lingered in many a citizen whether this batch of councilors have performed to public expectations, especially on public service delivery and public engagements. FATSANI GUNYA engaged Consumer Association of Malawi (Cama) executive director JOHN KAPITO who shared his insights to the debate.…

Blantyre youths demand community centres

Youths in Blantyre have petitioned the city’s mayor Wild Ndipo to intervene in their quest to push the council to construct community centres. The youths expressed the sentiments during a meeting the mayor held with their representatives at the Blantyre Civic Centre on Wednesday. The youth said they felt they can be learning various skills…

Malawi bans SA meat, products

Government has banned, with immediate effect, the importation of meat products from South Africa. This follows confirmed reports of foot and mouth disease (FMD) that has hit the rainbow nation and other neighbouring countries. In a press release dated January 25 2019, Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development Principal Secretary Grey Nyandule Phiri says…

Muungu tour gets Castel boost

Beverage giants Castel Malawi has pumped K1 million towards the Muungu Wa Afrika ‘Be Careful’ Malawi tour slated for the Christmas festive period. The group, which is behind the popular song Be Careful, is scheduled to perform in the country`s major cities of Blantyre and Lilongwe next month. According to organisers of the shows, Myuziki…

Are cultural fests unifying?

Normally, cultural festivals are supposed to foster unity. Renowned writer and spoken word artist Q Malawezi could not have said it any better in his piece Wikipedia. Unity is what we need to strive for despite our differences/ Differences are where our strengths lie in but if not embraced, divide/ Perhaps this is not the…

ZBS journalist scoops global award

Zodiak Broadcasting Station (ZBS) journalist Mallick Mnela has been named as this year’s joint silver winner in the United Nations Correspondents Association (UNCA) Awards. Mnela has been awarded for a TV documentary he did earlier this year on the partnership among Malawi, the United States of America and Britain governments in preparing Malawi Defense Force…

We have to tread carefully on primaries –MCP

Main opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) has admitted it has to tread careful in handling contentious results as it continues to conduct primary elections across the country. The party is caught in between quickly fixing the challenges or going for thorough analysis before coming with a verdict as either of the two may end up…