34 law firms under inspection

Malawi Law Society (MLS) has warned that law firms that do not meet minimum standards in the on-going inspection, risk facing disciplinary procedures. The society has said it will inspect 34 law firms by the end of this year. According to MLS code of ethics, a law firm is required to meet minimum standards of…

St. Michaels school alumni motivating girls

For everyone, the phrase that defines success is that education is the key that opens doors of success in life. Repeatedly, we have heard of such a phrase since time immemorial. Somehow, there is one important aspect such a phrase omitted if thought of critically. For argument’s sake, it was supposed to incorporate the “inspiration”…

Demos against MEC June 29

Activists who are against the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) failure to conduct by-elections on June 6 in Lilongwe City South and Lilongwe Msozi constituencies, say they plan to hold demonstrations on June 29 in the affected areas. But MEC director of media and public relations Sangwani Mwafulirwa has said the activists are ignoring facts surrounding…

Egenco explains power outages

Electricity Generation Company (Egenco) has urged Malawians not to panic with the recent resurgence of power outages, saying it is generating enough electricity. The explanation has come against the background of a series of blackouts in some parts of the country and Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) announcing loadshedding programmes attributed to insufficient generation…

More pupils protest, TUM yet to verify leave grants

Primary school pupils in Lunzu, Blantyre, yesterday blocked the M1 Road in protest against the authorities’ continued non-payment of leave grants. The pupils’ action followed similar protests on Monday by their counterparts in Blantyre City, Balaka and Ntcheu. Teachers Union of Malawi (TUM), which called the nationwide strike for its 70 000-strong membership of public…

Hot business burning forests

They call it hot business, but illegal trade in charcoal is reducing forests in Malawi to ashes. The worst hit zones include Phalula Trading Centre, a sprawling valley area split by the Shire River—a source of almost 99 percent of the country’s hydro-electric power. Communities along the river’s catchment area are not only cashing in…

MHC tenants plan rental hike protest

Malawi Housing Corporation (MHC) tenants are set to obtain a court injunction against raising their house rentals by an average of 48 percent effective 1st July. The tenants made the decision yesterday during a meeting at Chitawira Primary School ground in Blantyre to strategise on the way forward. During the meeting, MHC tenants spokesperson Goodnews…

Britain optimistic on relations with Malawi

British High Commissioner Holly Tett, has said her country is committed to strengthening its relations with Malawi. She said this in Blantyre on Thursday at celebrations marking the 91st birthday of Queen Elizabeth II. Tett said the relations with Britain have been strengthening ever since, a development she described as benefitting both countries. “Our relationship…

Kaliwo faction adamant on MCP convention

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) secretary general Gustave Kaliwo and his faction maintain they will proceed with the party’s  convention slated for 7 to 9 July as no one has lodged a political or legal objection. But the party’s second deputy secretary general Eisenhower Mkaka, who is in the faction siding with president Lazarus Chakwera, yesterday…

‘Regime change proponents did not violate the law’

Chancellor College constitutional lawyer Edge Kanyongolo has said people who on Wednesday called for a regime change in the country merely exercised their freedom of expression and did not violate the law. The remarks follow a proposal some delegates to the just-ended two-day Public Affairs Committee (PAC) Sixth All-Inclusive Stakeholders Conference in Blantyre made to…

  The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved a $1 million (about K750 million) grant from the African Private Sector Assistance (Fapa) Fund to finance the Malawi-Nacala Value Addition Technical Assistance Project. A press statement the bank issued last week says the Value Addition Technical Assistance Project aims at improving the efficiency and competitiveness of…

Teachers plan  strike Monday

  Teachers in public primary and secondary schools, who constitute almost half of the 130 000 civil service workforce, have threatened to go on strike on Monday if government does not pay them their outstanding leave grants by then. Teachers Union of Malawi (TUM) secretary general Charles Kumchenga said in an interview yesterday the teachers…

Ministry intensifies fall army worm fight

  Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development has said it is striving to find permanent means to end the outbreak of the fall army worms that have destroyed an estimated 140 000 hectares of crops. The ministry, which is currently holding sensitisation meetings across the country, said in Blantyre yesterday it was optimistic that…

Education is the light—Father Tamani

  Vicar General of the Catholic Archdiocese of Blantyre Father Boniface Tamani has emphasised the need to invest in education, saying it is the key that opens doors to opportunities in life. He was speaking at a fundraising dinner and dance Our Lady of Wisdom Secondary School held on Friday at Victoria Gardens in Blantyre…

Corruption not political—APM

  President Peter Mutharika has said people should stop politicising corruption and work in solidarity towards curbing the vice for the betterment of the country. The President, speaking during the elevation of Senior Chief Ngolongoliwa to Lhomwe Paramount Chief at Chonde, in Mulanje yesterday, said he knows that corruption cuts across all sectors of the…

Commission can solve  Unima challenges—Chisi

President of the Umodzi Party (UP) John Chisi has said it is imperative for government to institute a commission of inquiry into numerous issues surrounding University of Malawi (Unima). Chisi was speaking in an exclusive interview on Wednesday pertaining to circumstances surrounding the current strike at Chancellor College (Chanco) that has seen the institution fail…

Youths celebrate Africa Day

Students from Skyway University in Blantyre, under the banner of Maestros Leadership Team, yesterday swept Salmin Amour Road at Ginnery Corner as part of celebrations to mark this year’s Africa Day which falls on May 25. Coordinator for the team, Twaina Sadiki, said they embarked on the initiative to act as an example among fellow…

President Peter Mutharika has warned ward councillors who corruptly award contracts to some local companies that come up with substandard output, especially in road construction projects. He said his administration will not tolerate the malpractice and vowed to investigate the contracts. The President, who spoke at the opening of the Malawi International Trade Fair in…

MCCCI ready for 29th International Trade Fair

  The Malawi Confederation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (MCCCI) has expressed optimism that this year’s 29th Malawi International Trade Fair (Mitf), which starts tomorrow at the Chichiri Trade Fair Grounds, will be a success. MCCCI chief operating officer Chimwemwe Luhanga yesterday said exhibitors are getting ready in line with the theme Productivity: A…