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…

Planning Commission hints at Vision 2020 successor

The National Planning Commission (NPC) says it is developing a new long-term national development plan and successor blue-print to the Vision 2020. NPC director general Thomas Munthali, whose institution is mandated to formulate the medium and long-term development plans for the country and oversee their implementation, confirmed the development in an interview. He said 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…

Uncertified seed affecting cotton yield—farmers

Some cotton farmers in the country have complained that uncertified seed is affecting the crop’s yield. One of the farmers, Alice Wailesi from Chikwawa, said in an interview that this year, she harvested 100 kilogrammes (kg) of cotton from two hectares, attributing this to uncertified seed. She said with certified seed, she harvests 900kg on…

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…

18 more arrested for political violence

Malawi Police Service (MPS) has arrested 18 more people in connection with post-election violence, bringing the total number of suspects to 52. National Police spokesperson James Kadadzera said in an interview last evening that the suspects have been rounded up in Mulanje, Thyolo, Lilongwe, Dowa, Kasungu, Salima and Mzuzu. He said they will answer various…

Low representation of women in politics contravenes the country’s Gender Equality Act which prescribes that one gender should take no more than 60 percent of public leadership positions. However, this law has been scorned by parties and voters alike. Malawi, since 1994, has seen poor representation of women in the national assembly and last week’s…

APM faces legitimacy trial

President Peter Mutharika faces a legitimacy challenge after being rejected by a majority of voters from the Centre and North, according to political analysts. If not well managed, the analysts warn, these 62 percent of voters could be a recipe for political tumults. Only 38 percent of voters, mostly from the Southern Region, gave Mutharika…

Voyage to ancestors

Tamukwera Ilala! Ilala! Ilala! Iseee! Tamukwera Ilala eeeh! Ilala! Amama! IIala! Amama! Ilala ise, tamukwera IIala eee! Such is the fast-paced song in rural areas, especially in the North, when the MV Ilala, a 620-tonne ferry, is about to depart a port—a sign of just how much the ship, which has chugged up and down…

Nico Group posts 14.8 percent profit in 2018

Financial services group Nico Holdings Limited has reported a 14.8 percent increase in profit after tax at  K12.7 billion against K11.1 billion recorded in the previous year. The Malawi Stock Exchange (MSE)-listed group said gross revenue went up to K134.12 billion from K134.19 billion with low operating and management expenses to compare with 2017. Nico…

UTM’s Chilima deplores politics of intimidation

UTM president Saulos Chilima has said politics of intimidation to coerce people has no place in a multiparty dispensation. Speaking on Friday in Balaka when he addressed a political rally at Balaka Primary School, Chilima said politics of intimidation in Malawi ended after the 1993 referendum. “The ruling party leadership should stop intimidating people. The…

Ecobank 2018 profit after tax up 30 percent

Ecobank Malawi Limited has in the year ending December 31 2018 posted a 30 percent profit after tax of K5 billion compared to the previous year. In 2017, the company posted a profit after tax of K3.9 billion. Speaking during the press briefing on the company’s financial results in Blantyre on Friday, the bank’s managing…

Timotheos Foundation donates to CK flood victims

J Timotheos Foundationon last week distributed various relief items to floods victims in Chikwawa district valued at K54 million. The items include bucket containing packets of Soya pieces, salt, unit of candles, cooking oil, Matches, cups, plates, cooking pots, a blanket, bathing towel,  pieces of soap, 10kg of Maize flour and plastic paper. Speaking during…

Islamic charity assists Mangochi flood victims

The Asian Muslims Relief Aid (AMRA) charity organization on Sunday distributed relief items worth K72 million to families affected by the heavy rains in Malindi and Chowe areas in Mangochi District.. The victims received various items including relief items distributed were 25kg flour, Soya pieces, plastic sheeting roll, water guard, and plastic bucket, blanket and…