MBC favouring PP—Macra

The ruling Peoples Party (PP) continues to enjoy massive coverage on the Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) amid calls from various stakeholders that the public broadcasters should open up and give equal coverage to opposition parties. According to a media monitoring report issued by the Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra), between April 27 and May 3,…

Ministry foresees increased crop production

The Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security has said production of all food crops is anticipated to increase the 2013/14 production season, a development which will make the country become food-sufficient. The ministry has attributed this to the increased uptake of fertiliser from the newly introduced Farm Input Loan Programme (Filp) which is complementing the…

B’ella heads to Czech festival

Malawi’s latest film, B’ella has been selected for screening at Karlov Vary International Film Festival in the Czech Republic. Taonga Tadja Nkhonjera, who co-directed the film alongside Czech national Thereza Mirovicova, expressed joy over the entry of the film in the festival saying it is not only a personal joy, but it shows that Malawian film…

Ministry of Education, Science and Technology says government will pay teachers’ remittances of about K289 million (US$699 758) to lending institutions by mid next week. The development follows threats from some teachers to stage mass demonstrations. In an interview on Wednesday, Minister of Education Lucious Kanyumba said although the Teachers Union of Malawi (TUM) petitioned…

Media applauded on Cashgate coverage

Malawi Government has commended the local media for its coverage of the looting of public funds at Capital Hill called Cashgate, saying they left no stone unturned in uncovering various issues surrounding the scandal. Speaking during a public funds accountability symposium for media managers held at Protea Ryalls Hotel in Blantyre yesterday, Minister of Information…

Police in Ntchisi are keeping in custody Joseph Tomasi, 21, for allegedly defiling his eight-year-old stepdaughter. Ntchisi police spokesperson Gladson M’bumpha said in a statement investigations have revealed that the suspect used to sleep in the main house while the victim and her younger sister slept in the kitchen. “It is alleged that on the…

MEC commended on improved voters roll

Electoral stakeholders have hailed the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) for registering improvement in the voters roll verification process, saying there are minimal problems noted during the just started exercise. National Initiative for Civic Education (Nice) Trust executive director Ollen Mwalubunju said in an interview that though the verification process was not without hitches, there was…

Centre for Human Rights Rehabilitation (CHRR), in partnership with other 27 international NGOs, has penned ministers of Justice and attorneys general in the African Union (AU) member States on immunising sitting heads of States from any charges. The letter, written ahead of the African Justice Ministers and Attorneys General’s meeting which starts today in Addis…

Candidates missed out on child protection—Cedep

Centre for the Development of People (Cedep) has said the second presidential debate failed to live to people’s expectations as some of responses coming from the presidential candidates raised more questions to the electorate whether they are indeed prepared for presidency. According to Cedep executive director Gift Trapence, most of the presidential candidates felt short…

Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) says phase three of voters’ roll inspection, which is the final phase, will start tomorrow and end on Monday next week. In a statement, MEC chief elections officer Willie Kalonga has said the final phase will cover the remaining councils in the Central Region such as Ntcheu, Dedza, Lilongwe City, Lilongwe…

The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has shifted its planned national interdenominational prayers from Wednesday to Thursday at Robins Park this week. MEC chief elections officer Willie Kalonga said in a statement the change seeks to offer presidential candidates and other stakeholders, who would be attending presidential debates in Lilongwe this evening, an opportunity to attend…

Malawians should enjoy their political right—EU

The European Union (EU) Election Observation Mission to the country’s May 20 Tripartite Elections have called on Malawians to enjoy their political right by attending rallies and civic education meetings and voting. Speaking in Blantyre yesterday when a team of 28 long-term observers (LTOs) left the city to their respective deployment stations across the country,…

Malawi urged to reform health financing model

As the country is commemorating Africa Vaccination Week, Health and Rights Education Programme-Malawi (Hrep-Malawi) has called on government to consider reforming the health financing model in use. The organisation says the reformation will enable the country to continue sustaining the excellent immunisation coverage gains and the overall healthcare delivery service in meeting the universal coverage…

New debate format sidelines other parties

Some political parties have cried foul over the new format for presidential debates which says only parties fielding parliamentary candidates in not less than 10 percent of the 193 constituencies will take part in the remaining two sessions. Presidential candidate for New Labour Party (NLP), Friday Jumbe has described the organisers of the debates as…