Malawi lacks experts in NCDs

Despite a growing burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in the country, research indicates that Malawi has a shortage of scientists to implement effective health interventions. A review paper on building research capacity, implementation and translation expertise on NCDs by Non-Communicable Disease (NCD) Brite Consortium, shows that prevalence of various NCDs continues to rise in the…

MCP, UTM scoff at Nankhumwa offer

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and UTM Party say Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) vice-president (South) Kondwani Nankhumwa’s dialogue offer is ill-timed. But political analysts have given contrasting viewpoints on Nankhumwa’s call for dialogue, with some saying it was still relevant despite the elections petitions case in court. In an interview on Wednesday, MCP secretary general Eisenhower…

UK funds climate resilience

Malawi is among sub-Saharan African countries to benefit from a K250 billion (about 250 million pounds) funding from the United Kingdom (UK) to finance efforts to build resilience to climate change impact. In a statement made available to The Nation on Tuesday, the British High Commission in Lilongwe said UK’s International Development Secretary Rory Stewart…

Nankhumwa offers to initiate dialogue

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) vice-president (responsible for the South) Kondwani Nankhumwa yesterday offered to initiate dialogue to end the ongoing post-election protests organised by Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC). His appeal, made at Nyambadwe Primary School ground in Blantyre where the party held a rally, comes against a background of the decision by HRDC to…

Males role in antenatal  care positive—study

A study conducted by a PhD student at College of Medicine (CoM) Maria Chikalipo has underscored the need for male involvement in antenatal education. She said male involvement and participation in antenatal education has a positive impact on women as far as birth preparedness is concerned. However, Chikalipo’s study established that in Malawi, it is…

HRDC says won’t pay  for demos damage

Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC), organisers of nationwide peaceful protests that turned ugly last week, insist they will not pay for damage to any public or private property. In a written response yesterday, HRDC vice-chairperson Gift Trapence claimed that those who engaged in violent acts in the course of demonstrations were not part of the…

Survey shows 57% back elections

Malawi is among three African countries with the least support for elections at 57 out of every 100, a new Afrobarometer survey has shown. The survey, published on Thursday last week, was conducted from 2016 to 2018. Besides Malawi, which lies third from the bottom of the 34-country list, the other countries with the least…

Police arrest 16, assures residents of safety

In the wake of a spate of robberies and violence  targeting both residential and commercial properties in recent weeks, police have arrested 16 suspects and assured Blantyre residents of safety. Limbe Police Station spokesperson Patrick Mussa said in an interview on Wednesday that they have so far arrested 16 suspects in connection with the cases.…

MEC faulted on polls case appeal

Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has been faulted for appealing to the Malawi Supreme Court of Appeal a High Court ruling delivered last Friday dismissing an application to throw out, based on technicalities, a petition challenging presidential election results. In separate interviews yesterday, a law professor and governance commentator observed that the electoral body should not…

MSCE candidates down 54%

The Malawi National Examinations Board (Maneb) has registered a 54 percent decline in the number of candidates for the 2019 Malawi School Certificate of Education (MSCE) examinations that start today nationwide. Maneb spokesperson Mayamiko Chiwaya said in an interview yesterday about 96 000 candidates are expected to sit the examinations this year, a drop from…

Sunbird in K1.2bn room renovations at Nkopola

Sunbird Tourism plc, a Malawi Stock Exchange (MSE)-listed hotel chain, says it has invested about K1.2 billion in the renovation and refurbishment of 55 rooms at Sunbird Nkopola Lodge in Mangochi. In an interview during a familiarisation tour of bookers and tour operators on Saturday at Sunbird Nkopola Lodge, Sunbird group sales and marketing manager…

Mutharika blames Chakwera, MCP on misfortunes

President Peter Mutharika yesterday blamed Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and its president, Lazarus Chakwera for the political tension in the country and disrupting important national events. But MCP spokesperson Maurice Munthali has quashed Mutharika’s call, warning him to mind his words as the issue is in court. Speaking during his second post-election rally at St…

Mutharika wants polls case dismissed

President Peter Mutharika wants the Constitutional Court to dismiss petitions of UTM Party president Saulos Chilima and Lazarus Chakwera of Malawi Congress Party (MCP) challenging results of the presidential race in the May 21 Tripartite Elections. Through private legal firm Mbeta & Company, the President wants the court to throw out the applications for purportedly…

APM dragged into polls case

Made first respondent to Chilima, Chakwera petition President Peter Mutharika has become the first respondent in the case where presidential hopefuls Saulos Chilima and Lazarus Chakwera are challenging results of the presidential race in the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections. In a written response on Tuesday, registrar of the High Court of Malawi and Malawi…

APM hints at new cabinet

Says it will be in place by June 21 Extends olive branch, pokes fun at rivals President Peter Mutharika yesterday hinted at his new Cabinet, the first in his second five-year term of office, saying it will be lean and in place by June 21. In his speech during a Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) victory…

APM warns Chakwera

Condemns violence, urges coexistence Chakwera says APM should prove claims President Peter Mutharika last evening broke his post-inauguration silence and fired warning shots at Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president Lazarus Chakwera whom he accused of inciting violence using the party’s supporters. The President’s national address, monitored on taxpayer-funded Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) television and radio,…

Report faults MBC on bias

The Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR) has faulted taxpayer funded Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) for bias coverage of governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) during the elections campaign period. In its report from a media monitoring project conducted between March 22 and May 18, the IWPR indicates that the 2019 pattern of findings is…

Councillors meet end June

Newly elected councillors are expected to meet on June 25-–28 days after Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) announced the Local Government Election results—for their first council meetings where, among others, they will elect mayors. Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development spokesperson Muhlabase Mughogho said in an interview yesterday the first council meetings will be held…