Chitipa-Ilomba Road earmarked for upgrading

Government says it plans to upgrade the 45-kilometre Chitipa-Ilomba Border Post Road following massive international trade taking place between Malawi and Tanzania. The road, which passes through Chitipa North and is almost impassable during the rainy season, takes cross-border traders to Tunduma, a town in Tanzania. In an interview on Saturday after commissioning a K39…

Local businesses trading more in regional markets

Local businesses are focusing more on their trade in the regional markets, the 2018 Malawi Business Climate Survey (MBCS) Report has shown. According to this year’s Malawi Confederation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (MCCCI) MBCS report, the Southern African Development Community (Sadc) and Common Market of Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa) remain great opportunities…

Malawi to benefit  from Comesa project

Malawi is one of the countries that is expected to benefit from Common Market for eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa)’s programme aimed at strengthening the management of standards and phytosanitary (SPS) measures in the region. The programme, called Prioritisation of SPS Investments for Market Access (P-IMA) was launched last week in Uganda and will also…

Govt scales down coal power project

Malawi has scaled down the 300 megawatts (MW) Kam’mwamba Coal-Fired electricity generation project in Neno following the financiers’ decision to reduce the loan amount. Beijing, the financier of the project, has asked Lilongwe to reduce the loan amount for the implementation of the coal fired plant project from about $700 million (about K513 100) to…

Consumers in shopping spree

With just hours left to Christmas, shoppers were left scrambling for last-minute dAY shopping in the country’s major cities of Blantyre, Lilongwe and Mzuzu. Business News observed hundreds of shoppers in and out of supermarkets and produce markets in last-minute Christmas shopping, making sure they got everything for everyone on their list. From live chickens,…

Debate exposes gaps in graft fight laws

Panellists to a debate on fighting corruption in the country on Saturday proposed harmonising the Corrupt Practices Act (CPA) and Financial Crimes Act to enhance efforts to bust corruption. During the debate under the theme Winning the Fight Against Corruption in Malawi Has to Start With Me in Mzuzu, the panellists exposed gaps in the…

Govt spends K4bn on bridge projects

Staff Reporter Ministry of Transport and Public Works says government has invested K4 billion in the construction of reinforced concrete bridges in rural areas across the country to ease mobility. The bridges under the scheme are replacing timber decked ones which were susceptible to weather-related shocks, including flooding. Currently, about 97 bridges have been upgraded…

Anthu ambiri sakupita kukatsimikiza maina

Ntchito yotsimikiza maina m’kaundula wa zisankho za chaka cha m’mawa ili pendapenda kaamba koti anthu ambiri saonetsa chidwi chopita kukaona maina awo. Bungwe la zisankho la Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) latsimikiza kuti m’maboma momwe ntchitoyi yayamba monga Ntchisi ndi Dedza ndi anthu ochepa omwe apita kukatsimikiza maina awo m’kaundulamo. Anthu ena akuti sadalandire uthenga uliwonse…

Mines and minerals Bill under scrutiny

The Mines and Minerals Bill, which is yet to be tabled in Parliament, has come under scrutiny from civil society organisations (CSOs) who claim it has failed to incorporate some key recommendations. Although government completed consultations and developed adraft Bill in 2015, which was submitted to the Ministry of Justice andConstitutional Affairs in August the…

‘Ife toto takana!’

Mkozemkoze adanyula maliro aeni. Sinodi ya Livingstonia yatemetsa nkhwangwa pamwala kuti sipepesa monga momwe mafumu ena m’boma la Rumphi alamulira. Pempho la mafumuwo likudza potsatira chipwirikiti chomwe chidachitika Lachiwiri m’sabatayi poyika m’manda thupi la malemu Chikulamayembe m’bomalo. Sinodiyo idakolana ndi mafumu pa maliro a Chikulamayembe pamene idalamula kuti atsogoleri ena monga wachiwiri kwa mtsogoleri wa…

Shame on you!

  Bitter political rivalry yesterday marred the funeral service of Paramount Chief Chikulamayembe at Bolero in Rumphi District as it resulted in a clash between the clergy and traditional leaders, threatening to disrupt the service. Tension started building after director of ceremonies Chimbizga Msimuko of taxpayer-funded Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) clarified on an intervention by…

Mzimba chiefs boycott meet, donor suspends project

  Traditional leaders in Mzimba on Monday shunned a meeting that sought to disseminate results of a Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices (KAP) survey on the new Customary Land Law in Mzuzu. Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS), a Germany-based development partner, organised the meeting. Speaking during the meeting, KAS programme coordinator for Zimbabwe and Malawi, Samson Lembani,…