Oxfam urges cooperation in maizegate probe

  Oxfam, a United Kingdom charity, has called on stakeholders who have information on the alleged corrupt practices in the purchase of maize by Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (Admarc) from Zambia to desist from hiding it. In a statement made available to The Nation, Oxfam says the country is currently responding to the worst…

Admarc justified maize buying price

  A report released early last year by Famine Early Warning Systems Network (Fewsnet) projected that maize prices were likely to rise as a result of no carryover stocks occasioned by the effects of El Nino weather phenomenon. But the recent increase in maize prices was received with mixed feelings with most civil society organisations…

Network glitches irk  Escom customers

Consumers have taken the Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) to task over persistent network failures they are experiencing whenever they want to buy electricity prepaid units. The customers, some of whom have been queuing for hours at different designated selling points, have since expressed dissatisfaction with the way the network failures have been negatively…

‘Crop diversification programme a success’

  Farmers Union of Malawi (FUM) has expressed satisfaction with the outcome of a crop diversification programme the union implemented to help farmers plant different crops yearly. The programme, which was launched three years ago, has benefitted farmers across the country as they are now able to harvest different crops in large quantities. In an…

Father Clement Chimwala dies

  Death has been announced of Reverend Father Clement Chimwala, who was the parish priest for St. James Catholic in Chilomoni in the Archdiocese of Blantyre. According to a statement signed by Reverend Father Henry Saindi, general secretary for the Episcopal Conference of Malawi (ECM), the late Chimwala collapsed on the night of Sunday, January…

2 arrested for impersonating police officers

  Two suspected criminals in Lirangwe, Blantyre, have been arrested for impersonating police officers, police have confirmed. According to Southern Region Police spokesperson Ramsey Mushani, the two allegedly went to one of the business tycoons in the area in the early hours of yesterday, demanding money. However, the businessperson got suspicious and alerted the people…

Fisp beneficiaries  share fertiliser bag

  Some beneficiaries of the 2016/17 Farm Input Subsidy Programme (Fisp) have expressed dissatisfaction with the way coupons for redeeming inputs have been managed. They claim that in some cases they have had to share one 50 kilogramme (kg) bag of fertiliser. In random interviews, some of the beneficiaries The Nation interviewed claimed sharing one…