What’s in Goodall’s budget?

  Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development Goodall Gondwe is the centre of focus today as he is set to present the 2017/18 National Budget amid varied expectations from various sectors of the economy. Gondwe will be presenting the 2017/18 National Budget, officially set to roll out on July 1, at a time the…

Standard Eight exams start today

  About 270 000 candidates are today expected to start sitting this year’s Primary School Leaving Certificate of Education examinations (PSLCE). In an interview last week, Malawi National Examinations Board (Maneb) spokesperson Simeon Maganga expressed optimism that this year’s PSLCE will be a success following thorough preparations. “Mainly, we fear leakages which we did not…

Tanzania fails to honour mediation talks

  The High Level Mediation Team (HLMT) on the Lake Malawi border row between Malawi and Tanzania last week cancelled its scheduled meeting after Tanzania said it will not attend the meeting. Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Francis Kasaila confirmed in an interview yesterday that the meeting was scheduled to be held in…

Uladi Mussa, others to appear in court May 30

  The Lilongwe Magistrate’s Court is on May 30 expected to continue hearing a case in which People’s Party (PP) interim leader Uladi Mussa and former senior assistant chief immigration officer David Kwanjama, among others, are being accused of dubiously issuing passports to undeserving people. Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) senior public relations officer Egrita Ndala confirmed…

Chanco lecturers obtain injunction against Unima

  Dust is refusing to settle in the standoff between Chancellor College (Chanco) academic staff and University of Malawi (Unima) Council following an injunction the lecturers obtained yesterday, restraining management from acting on a conciliatory report until all parties discuss. The lecturers are currently on a strike that forced the college to fail to open…

Sugar scarcity hits the market

Consumers in the country have expressed worry over the scarcity of sugar, which some traders are taking advantage of and selling at K1 200 for a one-kilogramme packet. However, major retailers such as Game stores, Shoprite and Chipiku are maintaining the price—ranging from K700 to K800. An employee of Game Stores in Blantyre, who opted…

RA says Thyolo-Makhanga Road taking shape

  The Roads Authority (RA) has said upgrading works of the 82-kilometre (km) Thyolo-Thekerani-Muona-Makhanga Road to bitumen class is showing positive progress with 12.2 percent of the works undertaken so far. The project, which includes widening the existing pavement from Thyolo to Makwasa and upgrading of the existing gravel road from Makwasa in Thyolo to…

CSOs plan demos against MEC

  Civil society organisations (CSOs) say they are planning to hold demonstrations in the two constituencies in Lilongwe where Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) postponed by-election due to lack of funds. The CSOs have also made a fresh call for MEC chairperson Jane Ansah to resign from her position, saying they have lost confidence in her…

Kamlepo decries political witch-hunting

  Outspoken Rumphi East member of Parliament (MP) Kamlepo Kalua has described a Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) raid at his house in Nkolokosa and his son’s place in Namiwawa, Blantyre on Wednesday as political persecution. Kalua, one of the fierce critics of government, especially in Parliament, had his house and that of his son, Penjani,…

Sex workers decry challenges

  Sex workers from Chirimba, Ndirande and Lunzu townships in Blantyre have called on government and other stakeholders to rescue them from challenges that are threatening their livelihood. This was said in Lunzu on Friday at the end of a three-day HIV peer educators training workshop facilitated by People’s Federation for National Peace and Development…

Japan donates K2.7bn for food and nutrition security

  Japan has contributed U$3.7 million (about K2.7 billion) to food and nutrition security activities World Food Programme (WFP) and United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) are conducting in the country. The contribution, which is part of a larger Japanese regional assistance package, follows President Peter Muntharika’s appeal to donors to complement government’s efforts against last…

Zathu Pa Wailesi airs today

  Zathu Pa Wailesi, a youth radio show that aims at encouraging platonic friendships among the youth, is set to hit the airwaves for the first time today on Zodiak Broadcasting Station (ZBS), Yoneco FM, Voice of Livingstonia Radio and Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) Radio 2. The show revolves around a group of six young…

Treasury to scale down funding

  Treasury has said it will scale down funding for government operations in some of the ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) amid the economic challenges the country is going through. In this regard, Treasury has asked the MDAs to prioritise expenditure. In a statement issued at the weekend, Secretary to the Treasury (ST) Ben Botolo…

MEC faulted on   Polls call off

  Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) decision to indefinitely postpone by-elections initially set for June 6 due to lack of funds has come under fire from analysts who argue that the move disenfranchises people in the affected areas. MEC told stakeholders in Lilongwe yesterday that Secretary to the Treasury Ben Botolo had communicated to them that…

MEC postpones by-elections

The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has postponed by-elections that were slated for June 6 following communication from Treasury department that government does not have money.  MEC chairperson Jane Ansah disclosed this during a launch ceremony for the by-elections today in Lilongwe where she said MEC will however continue conducting other activities prior to the election date to…

Men suffering in silence—T/A Bvumbwe

  Traditional Authority (T/A) Bvumbwe in Thyolo has asked Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP) to act on cases of abuse men are facing in homes, but are deciding to remain silent. He was speaking yesterday when CCJP opened Nyambalo Paralegal Clinic at Bvumbwe as part of the organisation’s paralegal projects currently being implemented…

Police record 15 accidents over Easter

Police have reported 15 road accidents during the Easter holiday where seven people died, a two percent increase compared to the 13 accidents recorded during the same period last year with six deaths. National Police spokesperson James Kadadzera said in an interview seven people sustained serious injuries during this year’s Easter season accidents. On the…

Kachindamoto scoops another award

Senior Chief Theresa Kachindamoto of Dedza has won the New African Woman in Civil Society award during a ceremony held at a gala dinner in Dakar, Senegal on Wednesday. The awards, which are in their second year, recognise, celebrate and honour African women who have made exceptional impact and change their countries or communities in…

Chaponda under forensic probe

The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) says it is conducting a forensic analysis of the property seized from former minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development George Chaponda in February this year. In a written response to a questionnaire, ACB senior public relations officer Egrita Ndala said the property and cash were seized for investigation purposes. She…

Fraudster gets 28-month jail sentence

  The Midima Magistrate’s Court in Limbe, Blantyre, has sentenced 28-year-old Emmanuel Zefa to two years and four months imprisonment for obtaining money by false pretence contrary to Section 319 of the Penal Code. Limbe Police Station spokesperson Pedzisai Zembeneko said the convict booked 10 rooms at Kumadzi Rest house at Kachere Township in the…