APM inaugurates Poppy Week

President Peter Mutharika yesterday inaugurated the Poppy Appeal Week in which well-wishers help the Malawi Defence Force (MDF) raise funds by buying the poppy flower. The funds go towards care of World War I and II veterans who are being kept in MDF memorial homes. To launch the week, Mutharika bought the first poppy flower…

Newly appointed Unicef representative, RUDOLF SCHWENK, will oversee the current five-year Unicef Programme of Cooperation with Malawi which runs from this year to 2023. He takes over from the previous representative, Johannes Wedenig. In this interview with our reporter JACOB NANKHONYA, he shares his thoughts about the new role. Excerpts: Welcome to Malawi. How do…

Malawi needs $3bn for power access for all

Despite only 11 percent of Malawi’s population being connected to the national grid, there is an opportunity for all Malawians to have access to electricity by 2030, a sustainable energy study has established. The study, launched on Wednesday in Lilongwe, indicates that full access to electricity in the country can be achieved with financial support…

In its efforts to help solve maternal health challenges in the country, Press Trust has donated K10 million towards Mother’s Fun Run (MFR). MFR is an initiative by Nation Publications Limited (NPL) where funds are raised towards addressing maternal challenges in a particular district each year. For the first time, this year, MFR is targeting…

Ulendo Airlink moves to boost local tourism

Ulendo Airlink, a low-cost airline, has introduced special flying rates for Malawians and people resident in the country to boost domestic tourism. The move, according to the airline, is expected to promote tourism and provide an opportunity for people to visit tourism attraction places. The company’s commercial service agent Azaria Manda said one has to…

Lilongwe drifts into gloomy outlook

Lilongwe City Council (LCC) has acknowledged that the city’s outlook is drifting into a gloomy ambience as shop owners are barricading their shops with metal sheets and burglar bars. The shop owners are doing this to protect their property from looting emanating from recent spate of post-elections demonstrations. LCC chief executive officer John Chome has…

Judiciary arms court marshals

The Judiciary has created a special security section in a move that will see court marshals receiving special training that will enable them possess and use firearms. This section will reduce the number of security officers that the Judiciary normally hires from the Malawi Police Service (MPS) during high security cases. Malawi Judiciary Security Committee…

Music, karate on Lulu’s album launch

Lulu’s launch of an album, Better In Your Arms, which took place on Saturday night at Bingu International Convention Centre (Bicc) in Lilongwe, brought to light the other side of the musician. As soon as he got on stage, Lulu said that apart from teaching music to the youth, he also teaches karate. He said…

State changes prosecutor,  date in Trapence case

The State has changed its prosecutor and adjourned to September 11 a case in which human rights activists Gift Trapence and McDonald Sembereka are answering five charges, including operating a non-registered non-governmental organisation (NGO) and fraud. The new prosecutor is Nepier Chafikana who is head of prosecutions in the Malawi Police Services (MPS) and is…

Unicef has new country rep

Unicef Malawi has a new country representative,  Rudolf Schwenk, who presented his credentials to Foreign Affairs Minister and International Cooperation, Francis Kasaila on Friday, August 2. Schwenk replaces Johannes Wedeneg, who left the country for other assignments within the Unicef establishment. After receiving  Schwenk’s letters of credence, Kasaila acknowledged Unicef’s work and impact in the country. “We…

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…

Governance expert cautions new MPs on handouts

A facilitator at the ongoing orientation of newly-elected members of Parliament (MPs) says the culture of political handouts will not end any time soon despite a legal provision banning them. The Political Parties Act bans the giving out of handouts except for campaign materials and transportation to rallies, among others. Henry Chingaipe was making a…

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…