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…

US hands over K1.3bn medical supplies, books

The United States of America has donated assorted medical equipment and supplies to Kamuzu Central Hospital (KCH) and books to Kamuzu College of Nursing (KCN), a constituent college of the University of Malawi. Yesterday’s gift package, made through US Agency for International Development (USaid), is valued at $1.8 million (K1.3 billion). The donation to KCH…

Chinese community donates  K38m for flood relief

The Chinese business community in Malawi, under the banner Chinese Chambers of Commerce in Malawi, have donated K38 million towards floods victims. The donation made at Ministry of Homeland Security on Friday, came barely a day after the Chinese Government donated K60 million and rice towards the same cause. Speaking on behalf of the Chinese…

CMST drug stocks hit record high 73%

Minister of Health Atupele Muluzi has described a medical drugs and supplies stock level of 73 percent at the Central Medical Stores Trust (CMST) as a record high in terms of drug availability in the country. The stock level has increased from 68 percent in December last year. Speaking after touring CMST drug storage warehouses…

Why they demonstrated

Persons with albinism (PWAs) alongside some leaders of civil society organisations yesterday braved a downpour in Lilongwe to march over 20 kilometres to petition President Peter Mutharika and demand guarantees for their security. Mary Samuel from Traditional Authority Chadza’s area in Lilongwe said that apart from herself being a PWA, so too her husband and…

Sunbird donates K4m to Ladies’ Golf Tourney

Sunbird Tourism plc on Tuesday donated K4 200 000 towards the upcoming Ladies Open Golf Tournament scheduled for April 11 to 14 in which 80 women golfers from across Africa are expected to participate. The hospitality chain’s  chief executive officer Yusuf Olela said the donation is part of the company’s obligation to promote sports in…

Fisd boosts school feeding programme in Lilongwe

Foundation for Irrigation and Sustainable Development (Fisd) Limited has signed a $40 971 (about K29 million) with the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (Jica) to boost the school feeding programme in Lilongwe. With the grant, Fisd plans to construct a solar irrigation system and a kitchen at Machentche Primary School in Lilongwe. Fisd board chairperson Kondwani…

UN for centralised Parliament support

The United Nations (UN) has centralised its support towards the National Assembly to promote a unified approach. After signing an agreement at Parliament Building in Lilongwe on Tuesday, UN resident coordinator Maria Jose Torres said in an interview the new approach will help the UN provide the best support towards Parliament as it will tap…

Presidential debate not for all—Task force

Not all the nine presidential hopefuls in the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections will take part in the upcoming March 29 and April 5 presidential debates, a task force organising the event has announced. Media Institute of Southern Africa (Misa) Malawi chairperson Teresa Ndanga told journalists in Lilongwe yesterday that there were eight requirements, seven…

Agenda 2063 of the African Union includes a “Call to Action” that urges Africans to support young people as drivers of Africa’s renaissance, through investment in their health, education and access to technology, opportunities and capital, and concerted strategies to combat youth unemployment and underemployment. To encourage exchange and pan-Africanism AU Clubs in all schools,…

Trump fires up Machinga woman

Ella Zande, a Malawian volunteer from Traditional Authority (T/A) Chamba in Machinga, found herself in the Oval Office with United States (US)President Donald Trump to witness the launch of a women’s development initiative. Zande said in an interview yesterday on arrival from the US that the encounter with Trump has energised to do more for…