Govt allocates K1.6bn for BB, Nomads stadia

Government has allocated K1.6 billion in the 2019/20 National Budget for the construction of stadia for local football giants Nyasa Big Bullets and Be Forward Wanderers in Blantyre. Minister Finance, Economic Planning and Development Joseph Mwanamvekha said this when he presented his maiden fiscal plan in Parliament in Lilongwe. “There is an allocation for the…

Hosts Malawi in tough U-17 Cosafa group

Hosts Malawi have been drawn against regional heavyweights South Africa, Botswana and Zambia in Group A of 2019 Cosafa Under-17 Youth Championship set to take place in the commercial city Blantyre from October 11 to 20. The draw held on Wednesday at Council for Southern Region Football Associations (Cosafa) headquarters in Johannesburg, has pitted defending…

Minister cautions Escom

Minister of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining Bintony Kutsaira has urged Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) to ensure it meets the public demand for power supply. Speaking on Tuesday when he visited Escom head office and power house in Blantyre as part of his familiarisation tour, the minister said there are many complaints from…

CoM launches dental surgery degree programme

College of Medicine (CoM), a constituent college of the University of Malawi, has launched a five-year bachelor of dental surgery (BDS) degree programme to train dental surgeons in clinical services and oral health needs. CoM principal Mwapatsa Mipando said the course is in line with national strategic goals of increasing access to high education and boosting…

Oxfam touts its recovery programmes in Nsanje

Oxfam Malawi says it has implemented three recovery programmes targetting people who were hit by Cyclone Idai at Makhanga in Nsanje by supporting them with projects in agriculture, water, sanitation and hygiene. As part of the intervention, Oxfam  provided farm inputs to about 1 000 farmers, drilled three boreholes, rehabilitated 26 boreholes and distributed 900…

I want to delve into something which is gradually turning our country into a State of lawlessness—mob justice. I have watched and read how oftentimes suspected criminals are bruised and tortured to death by an irate mob that feels the suspect deserves the harshest punishment. The mobs take upon themselves, illegally, to dispense justice without…

Chief Ngolongoliwa burial tomorrow

Burial of the late Paramount Chief Ngolongoliwa is scheduled to take place tomorrow at Mtundawosema in Thyolo District. He died on Sunday evening at Mwaiwathu Private Hospital in Blantyre, Visibly heartbroken mourners were seen converging at College of Medicine (CoM) mortuary in Blantyre from as early as 1.29pm on Monday to see off the late…

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…

MCP appoints Lowe interim leader of opposition

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) has appointed Lilongwe Central legislator Lobin Lowe as interim leader of opposition in Parliament (LOP). Making the announcement before adjourning the House for the day, First Deputy Speaker Madalitso Kazombo said MCP had communicated to Parliament its leadership. He said: “I would like to announce that the leadership of MCP has…