Malawi police communicate via sports

In a bid to curb rising crime, Southern Region Police Headquarters, in conjunction with the National Police Headquarters, strategised to use their Super League team, Blue Eagles, as a crowd- puller to meetings, where, in the course of watching football games, the public are given tips on how to reduce crime. One such meeting took…

Flames midfield star Robert Ng’ambi struck twice to help his South African Platinum Stars bag maximum points against Ajax Cape Town at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium on Saturday night in a thrilling Absa Premiership encounter. In a match monitored on SuperSport 4 channel, Ng’ambi put the Urban Warriors in front in the 12th minute with…

Raise tax-free band CfSC tells govt

Lilongwe-based Centre for Social Concern (CfSC) has proposed an increase in the zero tax-band threshold from the current K20 000 to K35 000 in the forthcoming 2015/16 national budget. The faith-based institution said this as part of its pre-budget consultation input into 2015/16 budget which Finance Minister Goodall Gondwe says will be difficult to sell…

DPP, Kasambara trade barbs, witnesses scared

There was drama in the High Court in Lilongwe yesterday when a former student and her lecturer locked horns across the divide of the prosecution and defence in the ongoing Paul Mphwiyo shooting trial. Private practice lawyer and accused person Ralph Kasambara and Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Mary Kachale exchanged tough words, with the…

Sulom to take charge of gate collections

Football Association of Malawi (FAM) has said as part of the club licensing drive, with effect from next season, gate collections will no longer be shared after matches. FAM club licensing manager Casper Jangale said Super League of Malawi (Sulom) will not be entrusted with the proceeds, which will be deposited into stakeholders’ accounts, including…

Sam Mkandawire bags K14m

A dynamic range of vocal notes and stage presence, which begged the strongest crowd response, were some of the charms that Sam Mjura Mkandawire used to sweep the judges off their feet. If fashion statements were to matter in this competition, then Sam could have not been the star that he is. The judges said…

South Malawi still facing acute medical needs a month after the floods NATION ONLINE Doctors Without Borders today said an estimated 140 000 Malawians affected by the floods remain in very high need of medical services in the hard-to-reach Nsanje and East Bank areas, with cholera representing the most immediate threat. The medical humanitarian organization…

Mzuni through with assessment

Mzuzu University (Mzuni) has finalised an assessment exercise for 945 suspended government-sponsored students and is set to conduct disciplinary hearing for those implicated. The High Court in Mzuzu gave Mzuni four consecutive ultimatums to handle the students’ suspension case. The first task was to have disciplinary assessments for suspended students completed by February 6 2015.…

The flipside of Chitipa’s beer shrines

It is local, opaque and a culture. Some say it is a cult, but all of them call their favourite poison Katata—the beer of togetherness. Such is the potency of the traditional brew with thatched shrines that its ardent drinkers credit its popularity with making Chitipa a homely place to its sons and daughters. Made…

Lilongwe wanders at China magic

In his soft-spoken voice, in Mandarin-accented English, Chinese Ambassador Zhen Qingyang said: “I want you to come and witness the Chinese magic. Africa may be known for its magicians, but I bet our own can also live up to the task.” That was last week, at a press conference held at his residence ahead of…

Probing NCHE’s university selection system

Selection to public universities will now be done by the National Council for Higher Education (NCHE). I explore the merits and demerits of the system. Powered by an Act of Parliament, the National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) has taken over the responsibility of selecting students to public universities effective 2015. The NCHE is guided…

Human traders jailed for selling family at K150m

Two people who in 2013 attempted to sell a three-member family at K150 million (US$318 471) in Mzimba north of Malawi, have been sentenced to seven years imprisonment with hard labour (IHL). The two—Levison Manota, 23, of Suzumire Village, Traditional Authority (T/A) Kachere in Dedza and Pearson Dzimbiri, 42, of Namiwa Village, T/A Chimaliro in…

Opposition parties talk tough on budget review

As the Malawi National Assembly resumes sitting today to review the first six months of implementing the 2014/15 National Budget, some opposition political parties have warned of stiff resistance should government fail to produce a conclusive explanation on its expenditure. Malawi’s Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development Goodall Gondwe is expected to report to…

Presiding judge in the Paul Mphwiyo shooting trial, Michael Mtambo, says he would like to pass judgement by May this year and has warned prosecutors and defence lawyers against unnecessary delays. Former minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs Ralph Kasambara is charged with attempted murder and conspiracy to commit murder alongside Macdonald Kumwembe who Mphwiyo…

CSOs petition govt on poor execution of AU charters

Civil Society Organisations (CSO) under the State of the Union (Sotu) Malawi National Advocacy Platform (Nap) have petitioned government and African Union (AU) over poor implementation of AU charters and protocols. The petition, seen by Business Review, follows the launch of “My African Union” campaign last week by CSOs at Liwonde in Balaka. The continental campaign seeks…

Malawi Floods: Macra gives K31m relief items to Mulanje, Phalombe flood victims

Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra) on Friday gave various relief items to flood victims in Mulanje and Phalombe districts valued at K31 million. Speaking after presenting the items, Macra board chairperson Aisha Makawa said they donated the items as part of their corporate social responsibility. “We want to hold hands with our relatives who have been hit…

WFP relieves Chikwawa flood victims

World Food Programme (WFP) under the coordination of the Department of Disaster Management Affairs (Dodma) on Saturday distributed relief items to 207 flood victims at Mikolongwe evacuation centre in Chikwawa District. WFP’s assistance was in response to the flood situation and the organisation dispatched food stock to the victims. As of Saturday, 75 metric tonnes…

Zuza laid to rest

Thousands of people on Monday defied seemingly relentless rains in Mzuzu to witness the burial ceremony of Bishop Joseph Mukasa Zuza who died after a road accident at age 59 five days ago. The fallen bishop of Mzuzu Catholic Diocese was buried at St Peter’s Cathedral, where his body had been lying in state for…