NPL bails out Mchinji District Hospital

Nation Publications Limited (NPL), through its Mother’s Day Fun Run project, has today donated medical equipment worth K30 million to Mchinji District Hospital. The equipment includes mattresses and oxygen concentrators, delivery sets, thermometers, and stethoscopes. It is envisaged that the equipment will help improve maternal health in the district whose maternal deaths are estimated at…

CSO’s dare APM

Some Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) have accused the Peter Mutharika administration of lacking vision and leadership in steering the nation from the brink of collapse. The CSOs’ argue in a statement issued today that the sad state of the country’s democratic and economic governance, water as well as electricity crisis, attest to that failure. The…

JB meets John Kerry, speaks to Harvard students on women leadership

Former president Joyce Banda (JB) on Tuesday met US Secretary of State John Kerry in Boston, USA and addressed students at Harvard University on threats to women’s leadership, democratisation and the rule of law in Africa. In a statement, JB’s media assistant Tusekele Mwanyongo said the former president was in Boston at the invitation of the…

MSCE registers 55% pass rate, Govt happy

  Government has expressed satisfaction with the 55.24 percent pass rate recorded during this year’s Malawi School Certificate of Education (MSCE) examinations. However, Lilongwe admits that a lot needs to be done to improve the pass rate. Out of 136 296 candidates who sat for the 2015 MSCE examinations in at least six subjects including…

Mutharika admits kwacha was over-priced

President Peter Mutharika has admitted that the local currency, the kwacha, was over-priced, observing that it is currently depreciating to its true value. Speaking to the Voice of America (VoA) recently, Mutharika said the kwacha is further weakened by a weak export base. The remarks come at a time when Malawi is experiencing a rough…

Hotelier Alissa Makawa dies, burial Wednesday

  The body of hotelier the late Alissa Makawa, who until her death was also board chairperson of Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra), will be laid to rest on Wednesday, at HHI Cemetery in Blantyre. A statement from Macra says Makawa, a hotelier and long time businessperson, died on Monday morning at Blantyre Adventist Hospital after a short…

Csec warns Govt on ‘bulldosed’ abolition of JCE exams

  While government insists on abolishing Junior Certificate of Education (JCE) examinations, the Civil Society Education Coalition (Csec) has warned that the “bulldosed abolition” will backfire and Capital Hill will be held accountable for ignoring dissenting views. President Peter Mutharika recently approved reforms in the education sector, including the abolition of JCE examinations, which will…

Musician Andrew Matrauza dies

Renowned musician Andrew Matrauza, popularly known for his hit Musadabwe, died Thursday morning at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH) in Blantyre. Joseph Tembo, who produced Matrauza’s Musadabwe album and who was also his closest friend, confirmed the development in an interview. Tembo said Matrauza, who has been in South Africa for some time and returned…

‘Sins’ of growing old

It is Friday morning, she wakes up and sits on the veranda. A tear rolls down her cheek and few seconds later, the visibly highly emotional face is covered with tears. Listening to her cry, 78 year old Theresa Chimimba from Ntantha village, Traditional Authority Kuntaja in Blantyre, grapples with how she will continue feeding…

NGOs want women to access climate finances

A taskforce on Food and Climate Justice (FCJ) campaign has planned activities during the World Food Day on October 16 to lobby government so that women food producers have access to climate finances in the country. The campaign aims at building the resilience of people whose right to food is threatened by climate change. It focuses on the responsibilities of governments…

50% discount for Blue Mingoli concert

As count-down to the inaugural Blue Mingoli music concert continues, Standard Bank has today announced a 50 percent ‘Early Bird’ discount on tickets to customers and music lovers who will buy the tickets between October 1 and October 14. The offer sees the Regular ticket reduced to K8 000 ($14) from K15 000 ($26), the VIP…

MSF optimistic on new HIV/AIDS strategy

International medical humanitarian organisation,Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), has expressed optimism that the new ‘Test and Treat’ strategy can help Malawi to significantly improve the health of people living with HIV, a virus that causes Aids. On Wednesday, the World Health Organization (WHO) launched new guidelines under the ‘Test and Treat’ strategy. The strategy dictates that…

Mutharika appoints CFTC commissioners

  President Peter Mutharika has appointed the fourth cohort of commissioners for the Competition and Fair Trading Commission (CFTC), almost three months after expiry of tenures for previous commissioners. In a statement released on Tuesday, Secretary for Industry and Trade Cliff Chiunda said Mutharika has appointed the commissioners in pursuant to Section 5 of the Competition and Fair…

Civil Servants’ headcount shifted

  The National Audit Office (NAO) has shifted dates for commencement of headcount for civil servants in district councils from September 28 to October 12 2015. Confirming the development, assistant Auditor General, Frank Chitanda, said the shifting was meant to give district councils ample time to prepare for the exercise.  “I can confirm that the dates…

New LWB treatment plant nears completion

Lilongwe Water Board (LWB) has said the new water treatment plant within its water works campus along Likuni Road will be commissioned on October 15 this year. However, before the commissioning, Lilongwe residents will have to brace for tough times as LWB will be shutting down one of its water treatment plants, treatment works (TW)…

Mutharika mourns Mbewe

President Peter Mutharika has expressed shock over the death of former governor of the Reserve Bank of Malawi (RBM), politician and entrepreneur, Victor Mbewe. Mbewe, who was until his death Director of Economic Affairs in the opposition United Democratic Front (UDF), died in the early hours of today at Blantyre Adventist Hospital. In a statement…