Treasury has halted preparations for budget formulation as they await for the new political administration to provide policy direction. Speaking in an interview, Ministry of Finance Spokesperson Nations Msowoya could not also say whether what indication the donor community was giving on whether it will return with budgetary support or not. Donors have withheld budgetary…

‘Make health issues a priority’

The newly formed Media Network for Health Journalists (MNHJ) has said media practitioners should help the country place health issues on top of the national agenda. MNHJ has been formed following the establishment of regional platforms with support from Ministry of Health’s Support for Service Delivery Integration (SSDI) and Galaxy Media. Speaking at a meeting…

HRCC backs vote recount

The Human Rights Consultative Committee (HRCC) has rallied behind calls for a vote recount for the May 20 Tripartite Elections, describing the polls as a failed election whose credibility is at serious risk. The grouping, a network of 97 local civil society organisations, said it is concerned about the ongoing political impasse, but applauded Malawi…

Germany releases K2.7bn for health

Germany has released K2.7 billion which was part of the budgetary support funds it had frozen, however, Germany will not immediately return to budgetary support. The funds, amounting to five million euros will go directly into supporting health programmes as part of a grant agreement to support procurement of anti-polio vaccines and tuberculosis drugs and…

Non-compliance on AU charters causing economic stagnation

Despite the country signing a number of international agreements, a just-released State of the Union report by Malawi Economic Justice Network (Mejn) and Eye for Development has revealed that poverty and under-development have remained due to failure to implement the various protocols. The report, released on Tuesday in Lilongwe by the civil society groups, further…

Drama, hope as parties sign PAC peace accord

Amid ululation and interruptions from unruly supporters, the 12-person strong cast of presidential candidates yesterday signed the Lilongwe Peace Declaration to ensure the elections due in just under a fortnight are peaceful, free and fair. And there was a call from the clergy; if the elections are to be successful, the candidates must prepare for…

There was confusion on Wednesday involving two appeals by Cashgate suspects, Mike Msungama and Victor Sithole, at the High Court in Lilongwe with court documents angering a judge due to a catalogue of errors. The State has since indicated it will request the court to throw out the appeals for a case in which Msungama…

Economist warns of post-election hard times

An economist has cautioned of hard economic times after the elections, predicting that the new government would struggle in resource mobilisation for the budget. The expert, a professor of economics at Chancellor College, has also predicted that the local currency may depreciate massively after the general elections assuming budget support would still be withheld. The…