‘Japan doesn’t  believe in grants’

Tokyo International Conference on African Development (Ticad 7) will be held in Yokohama, Japan under the theme “Africa and Yokohama, Sharing Passion for the Future.” As the City of Yokohama is finalising setting the stage for welcoming Ticad to its shores, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica) has invited 10 journalists from Africa to visit…

Independents eye Speaker’s role

Thirty independent members of Parliament (MPs) met in Lilongwe yesterday and strategised on having some from their fold vie for the positions of Speaker, First Deputy Speaker or Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament. Meeting on the sidelines of the five-day orientation of MPs elected in the May 21 Tripartite Elections, the independents brainstormed for over…

MPs asked to focus on nation-building

A British parliamentarian has asked newly-elected legislators to strive to serve all Malawians across the political divide by cooperating with fellow members of Parliament (MPs) towards achieving nation-building goals. Scottish Government member of Cabinet and parliamentarian Margaret Curran expressed the sentiments in Lilongwe yesterday in a keynote address to the new MPs and others who…

MP, 18 others arrested over ‘tear gas fracas’

Police in Lilongwe yesterday arrested newly-elected Lilongwe City Centre parliamentarian Alfred Jiya and 18 other people in connection with election-related violence. National Police spokesperson James Kadadzera said in an interview yesterday the 19 will be charged with inciting violence and are expected to appear in court “as soon as paper work is complete.” Police invaded…

MCP cadres go berserk

Terrorise Capital Hill in electoral results protest Malawi Congress Party (MCP) supporters protesting the May 21 Tripartite Elections results yesterday raided Capital Hill in Lilongwe where business ground to a halt as civil servants abandoned their offices. The protesters’ march from MCP headquarters at City Centre to government’s seat was themed Mutharika Must Fall and…

Celebrations end tragically in Thyolo

What started as celebrations following Malawi Electoral Commission’s declaration of President Peter Mutharika as winner of the presidential election turned into a nightmare for three families who lost their children in Thyolo District on Monday night. The children had joined Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) supporters who were marching from Thyolo Boma to the popular Number…

Bayer for integrated agri-services

  Bayer Malawi says it is focusing on the provision of full agriculture production service package to enable farmers to acquire not only high quality seed but also good agriculture chemicals. The firm has changed its approach from chemicals manufacturing after it acquired 100 percent shareholding of Monsanto Malawi Limited, a company which specialises in…

UTM makes fresh  Rigging claim

  UTM Party yesterday made fresh claims of attempted rigging of the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections, accusing governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) of training mercenary police officers to man polling centres and allegedly execute the purported plot. In an early morning briefing at 5.30am yesterday, the country’s Vice-President Saulos Chilima, who is also UTM…

Last ballot batch here

The second and final batch of parliamentary ballot papers for the May 21 Tripartite Elections arrived yesterday through Kamuzu International Airport (KIA) in Lilongwe. This follows the first batch which was flown in by Emirates Sky Cargo on Monday. Briefing the media at KIA, Malawi Elections Commission (MEC) chief elections officer Sam Alfandika said the…

UN, MCCCI frown  at tax holidays

United Nations Economic Commission of Africa (Uneca) Southern Africa Regional Office says African countries need to reconsider offering tax holidays as an incentive to lure foreign direct investment (FDI). The commission’s Southern Africa Region office director Said Adejumobi said in an intervew that instead of provision of tax holidays which deprive government of tax revenue…

Memons relieve KCH

Members of the Memon Society have donated medical equipment and food items to Kamuzu Central Hospital (KCH) in Lilongwe in commemoration of their grouping. Memons are one of three dominant tribes of India and have formed an association with local chapters across the world in places these people migrated to. The donation comprises 20 wheelchairs,…

Dausi takes SKC to court for MEC torching claims

Minister of Homeland Security Nicholas Dausi has filed for defamation against Vice-President Saulos Chilima for stating that the minister masterminded the torching of a Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) warehouse in Lilongwe in 2014. Documents filed in the High Court of Malawi Lilongwe District Registry by legal firm Mbeta & Company on May 8 2019 acting…

New KIA terminals to improve efficiency

The newly-constructed Kamuzu International Airport (KIA) terminals by the Japanese Government will improve efficiency at the airport, Airport Development Limited (ADL) chief executive officer Rhoda Gomani Misomali has said. Speaking in an interview yesterday, she said the airport, which currently processes up to 50 travellers per hour, will now serve 500 people per hour. Said…

Tick-borne disease centre in crisis, cattle at risk

The Centre for Ticks and Tick-Borne Diseases (CTTBD), which produced East Coast Fever (ECF) disease vaccine, is facing a financial crisis which may affect production of the cattle vaccine. The centre, which is in Lilongwe, produces and supplies ECF vaccine to various countries in the eastern, central and southern Africa regions. African Union (AU) commissioner…

‘Financing on the continent is huge challenge’

African Union’s commissioner for Agriculture, Water, Blue Economy, Rural Development and Lands, Josefa Leonel Correia Sacko, toured the country to appreciate the problems facing the AU’s Centre for Ticks and Tick Borne Diseases in Lilongwe which is in economic hardships following mainly poor cash flow from sales of its products mainly East Coast Fever vaccines…

Politicians participate in Way of the Cross

Easter Friday across the country just like in other countries was characterized by various activities including Way of the Cross processions depicting the sufferings and consequent crucifixion of Jesus. Politicians, just like many Christian believers put aside their busy schedules to participate in this activity.  Among other politicians UTM leader who is also the country’s…

AHCX geared for marketing season

AHL Commodities Exchange (AHCX) says farmers using its platform will be linked with buyers looking for agriculture commodities in the country. Speaking in an interview, the AHCX research and communications manager Mark Ndipita said the company, a subsidiary of AHL Group, formerly Auction Holdings Limited, has finalised some processes in preparation for the coming harvest…

Balaka farmers benefit from challenge fund

About 21 farmer groups engaged in small-scale agribusiness in Balaka, have received about K32 million in grants to boost their businesses. The grants have been disbursed under the Village Challenge Fund (VCF) which seeks to promote the uptake of modern agriculture technologies in the district. Speaking during a media tour on Tuesday, Balaka district agriculture…