End demos, say Cama, others

The Consumers Association of Malawi (Cama) and representatives of small-scale businesses have appealed to President Peter Mutharika to take a conciliatory tone to help end post-election protests and tension. Briefing journalists in Blantyre yesterday, Cama executive director John Kapito, flanked by Lewis Chiwalo representing small-scale businesspersons, observed that the recent demonstrations have had far-reaching consequences…

Hon Folks, I don’t remember if, in the past 25 years of multiparty government, there was ever an occasion when leaders from both sides of the political divide ever sat at the podium, celebrating our Independence anniversary together. From back in the days of Bakili Muluzi—touted by some as the most tolerant of the four…

Ministry launches demos damage claim

Ministry of Homeland Security has asked government ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) to claim for damages to property from organisers of nationwide protests to force Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson Jane Ansah to resign. Through a statement issued yesterday, Minister of Homeland Security Nicholas Dausi has directed the MDAs to obtain expert reports on the…

CSOs outline vigils plan

The Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) says the planned protests to force Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson Jane Ansah to resign will take two forms across 18 districts. A statement issued on Monday, signed by HRDC chairperson Timothy Mtambo, states that the protesters will hold vigils in Blantyre and Lilongwe cities while in Mzuzu and …

Firm courts female workers to embrace horticulture

Agricos, an agro-dealer, on Friday trained female workers and subsistence farmers at Naming’omba Tea Estate to embrace production of high value addition crops and offering market linkages.   Speaking during the training, Agricos operations and project director Justin Kaliwo said their vision is to eradicate food insecurity by supporting farmers through trainings sessions. “This platform…

MCP to bear looting costs—Dausi

Minister of Homeland Security Nicholas Dausi says costs of property damaged during the June 20 demonstrations and other costs of post-elections demonstrations will be borne by opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and the Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC). Speaking on Monday in Parliament while delivering a ministerial statement on political violence and its effects on…

Call for vernacular in Parliament

It is a requirement for members of Parliament (MPs) to speak and read English for them to follow and participate in parliamentary proceedings. In fact, parliamentary candidates are supposed to undergo English proficiency test if they don’t have the Malawi School Certificate of Education (MSCE). As a matter of fact, Section 51 (1) (b) of…

CSOs finally get nod to march in Blantyre

In a swift turn of events, Blantyre City Council (BCC) yesterday rescinded its decision to stop Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) from holding demonstrations on June 20 to force the resignation of Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson Jane Ansah. The U-turn came hours after civil society organisations (CSOs) under the banner of HRDC moved to…

Treasury seeks to reduce disaster risks to economy

Treasury says it wants to reduce fiscal pressure and macro-economic instability caused by natural disasters by ensuring that resources are channeled efficiently to beneficiaries and continued disaster risk reduction efforts. In its Disaster Risk Financing and Implementation Plan (2019-2024), Treasury expects disasters to increase due to rapid population growth, urbanisation and environmental degradation; hence, the…

Deficits choke 2018/19 budget

Treasury has continued to spend more than the revenue generated in the 2018/19 fiscal year amid declining revenues, figures from the Reserve Bank of Malawi (RBM) show. The figures show that in the third quarter (January to March 2019) of the fisal year ending June 30, budget deficit widened to K120 billlion or two percent…

Govt needs K270bn for disaster recovery

The Department of Disaster Management Affairs (Dodma) says government needs about $350 million (K270 billion) for recovery from effects of the March floods that killed 60 people, displaced 87 000 others and damaged infrastructure. Speaking in Blantyre on Friday during a consultative meeting with district commissioners (DCs), Principal Secretary and Commissioner of Disasters Wilson Mollen…

FAM promises special bonus to Flames

Football Association of Malawi (FAM) has promised to pay the Malawi national football team players  and technical panel special bonuses for reaching the Cosafa Plate finals after beating Comoros on Tuesday night. Having missed out on a chance to win the ultimate prize after losing to Zambia, the Flames have a chance to reclaim the…

Social cash transfer: A case for Malawi

Despite economic growth and improvements in many dimensions of welfare, the World Bank reports that poverty remains a pervasive and complex phenomenon in sub-Saharan Africa, including Malawi. According to the Bretton Woods institution, approximately two people in five live in poverty, and, because of shocks, many others are likely to fall into the poverty trap.…

Gaba in Cosafa golden boot chase

Flames forward Frank ‘Gabadinho’ Mhango is a favourite to win the ongoing Cosafa Cup Golden Boot Award as he is the joint leading scorer with three goals Prior to last night’s plate phase semi-final against Comoros, the Bidvest Wits striker was tied with Mauritius’ Ashley Naziri whose side has since been booted out of the…

Flames rekindled

Storm into Plate final after seeing off Comoros Malawi national football team, the Flames are in Cosafa Cup Plate final after seeing off Comoros 2-1 yesterday at Princess Magogo Stadium. The result has lifted the spirits of the team after a disappointing loss to Zambia in the quarter-finals in which Malawi conceded an equaliser in…