Government aiding private schools to break the law

Malawi Government has not issued certificates to private primary and secondary schools in the country since enactment of the Education Act (2013), which prohibits operation of a school without certification, it has been learnt. Capital Hill’s failure to issue the certificates means all private schools have, for almost four years, been operating illegally, and will…

Malawi to have hi-tech Standardisation laboratory

Malawi will in the next two years own a state-of-the-art Standards Laboratory Complex which will provide exporters with internationally accredited testing services, thereby reducing the need for re-testing, re-inspection and re-certification of their goods abroad. Addressing the media in Blantyre on Friday, Malawi Bureau of Standards (MBS) Director General Davlin Chokazinga said MBS has limited infrastructure…

Court dismisses case against MEC

  The High Court in Blantyre on Tuesday dismissed a case in which independent candidate for Limbuli Ward in Mulanje Limbuli Constituency, Derek Safari, wanted the court to reverse Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) determination on winner of the 2014 polls for the ward. The determination takes the number of electoral cases dismissed by the High…

Pay good prices, APM tells cotton buyers

President Peter Mutharika has said government is closely monitoring events in the cotton industry, expressing optimism that the Cotton Council of Malawi will have the powers to protect both growers and buyers in the industry. Speaking at the inauguration of a K5 billion (about $7.2million) cotton ginnery in Balaka on Monday, Mutharika said some ginners…

WFP concerned with worsening food situation

The World Food Programme (WFP) has expressed concern over reports suggesting a worsening food security situation in the country, which calls for more funding to adjust the hunger response. The Malawi Vulnerability Assessment Committee (MVAC) already instituted a food security monitoring exercise in December 2015 to understand if and how the food needs, based on its earlier…

Mutharika pleads for environment protection

President Peter Mutharika on Monday pleaded with Malawians to plant more trees and replenish forests, warning that continued neglect of the environment will only wipe people out of existence. He said this at the launch of the 2015/16 National Forestry Season at Masasa CCAP Primary School ground in Ntcheu. This year’s theme is Arrest Deforestation—Plant…

Maize prices double in one year—Report

The price of maize, the country’s staple grain, has more than doubled in one year (January 2015 and January 2016), putting pressure on household expenditure and inflation. In January 2015, according to various reports, a 50 kilogramme (kg) bag of maize was selling at an average of K4 300 and is currently selling at around…

‘Malawi engulfed in darkness, time to shine’

  As thousands of people gathered at Providence Industrial Mission (PIM) in Chiradzulu today to honour the late John Chilembwe, PIM president Reverend Patrick Makondetsa delivered a moving sermon, challenging Malawians to commit themselves to progress, thereby bringing the country to light. Finance Minister Goodall Gondwe, who represented President Peter Mutharika at the prayers admitted…

Kunkuyu quits PP, urges youths to rise

  Former Blantyre City South parliamentarian, Moses Kunkuyu, who also served as Minister of Information, Tourism and Civic Education under the Joyce Banda administration has today resigned from the erstwhile governing Peoples Party to concentrate on ‘something else ‘. The youthful politician was mum on his next move, but called on youths to rise and…

Tributes pour in for late Rose Chibambo

Government, opposition parties and retired politicians have expressed shock at the demise of martyr Rose Chibambo, Malawi’s first female cabinet minister, who died today morning at Mwaiwathu Private Hospital in Blantyre. In an interview today, a family member, Kamuzu Chibambo, said the martyr died of heart related problems. “We are yet to come up with…

Corruption killing cross border trade

  Malawi may not fully benefit from the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa) Simplified Trade Regime (STR) which has the potential to revolutionalise the economy. Under the STR, certain goods are exempted from duty as long as they are valued at under $1 000 (about K655 000). These goods include maize, beans,…

‘Budget director does not issue payments’

As hearing of the conspiracy to murder and attempted murder cases of former budget director in the Ministry of Finance Paul Mphwiyo resumed at the High Court in Lilongwe this morning, defense witness Friday Jumbe told the court that a budget director has no mandate to make payments. One of the accused in the conspiracy…

 A stroll into 2016

  From as early as 7pm on Thursday, most revellers drove into Blantyre Central Business District (CBD), some even walked to ring out 2015 and welcome 2016 in style. They carried with them firecrackers and fireworks. The destination, for most of them was Chez Ntemba International Club in Blantyre, where musicians Bucci, Diktator and Black…

Who bears the blame  when girls drop out?

For 18-year-old Eluby Mayelo of Mlonda Village, Traditional Authority (T/A) Nsabwe in Thyolo, being in school today is an achievement, as most of her age mates dropped out. She is in Form Four at Makapwa Community Day Secondary School (CDSS). “It is survival of the fittest,” she begins the story adding, “There is only one…

‘Malawi agro sector archaic, needs overhaul’

  Malawi’s agricultural sector has been branded inefficient, technologically backward and not in line with the country’s vision of becoming a predominantly exporting nation. Economics Association of Malawi (Ecama) and Civil Society Agriculture Network (CisaNet) point to lack of adequate extension and research services, failure by Lilongwe to strategically allocate resources in the sector and…

Youth group develops MSCE, IGSCE digital library

A group of ten youths with various expertise has developed an education software called Padziwe Digital Library (PDL) which con­tains com­pre­hen­sive and syllabus-​based learn­ing mate­ri­als for the Malawi School Certificate of Education (MSCE) and IGCSE. The content is presented through a variety of media types which allow students to interact with them or visualise certain…

Chisitu Maternity Wing nears completion

Communities around Chisitu in Mulanje can now afford a smile as construction of a K45 million Maternity Wing , courtesy of the Malawi Gaming Board (MGB) nears completion. The wing, being constructed at Chisitu  Health Centre, will assist about 2000 expectant mothers every year. They currently travel for as long as 10 kilometres to Mulanje…