The last time Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) wanted to fund its cadres, was through procurement of maize. What the DPP government did in 2017 was to finance National Food Reserve Agency (NFRA) to purchase maize. That year, the local farmer had overproduced maize. Instead of opening Admarc markets in good time, government delayed to ensure…

Walter Nyamilandu, on Tuesday said the obvious that he will contest the FAM presidency. He thinks that not being president, would water down the relevance of being a Fifa council member by virtue of not having a constituency to represent. The result, he argues, is that Malawi will lose the bargaining power that would have…

Major boost for mango growers

A new project that will upscale highly successful fruit fly management technologies developed by the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (Icipe), to Southern Africa, has been launched. Funded by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), and the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), through Cultivate Africa’s Future Fund (CultiAF), the project will…

As the country’s first multiparty president from 1994 to 2004, Bakili Muluzi is widely credited with consolidating Malawi’s democracy and the rule of law. During his tenure he tolerated dissenting views, while press and religious freedoms flourished unlike under Dr Hastings Kamuzu Banda. Muluzi will go down in history as the ‘people’s president’ or as…

The boil this country is nursing will pop open any time, unless our leaders behave like adults to brave the pain and embrace contact and dialogue to end the current impasse. Since Malawians went to the polls on May 21, the country has known no peace with opposition protesters taking to the streets every fortnight…

Africa doesn’t need strongmen; it needs strong institutions, former US president Barack Obama said during his visit to Ghana in July 2012. He further pointed out that development depends upon good governance. “That is the ingredient which has been missing in far too many places, for far too long,” he said. Ladies and gentlemen, this…

Justice Jane Ansah will not resign. At least that is what we on the streets got from her televised interview on Monday. Ansah has put her foot down that she won’t quit now when the Constitutional Court has not heard from her as a witness and made a ruling in the on-going consolidated election case.…

Historically, football has always been associated with aggression and violence. Since its emergence in the 14th century, the game “on the pitch” has been gentrified. The FIFA World Cup epitomises this evolution, bringing together some of the world’s best athletes who, representing their country of origin, are pitched together in intense competition. In many countries…

Researchers secure K5.8bn for agriculture transformation

Michigan State University researchers received a $7.8 million (about K5.8billion) grant from the Agricultural Transformation Initiative to build an independent policy research institute in Malawi dedicated to improving the livelihoods of smallholder farmers and transforming the country’s agricultural sector. According to a statement released by the Michigan State University (MSU), the policy research institute project…

Diaspora remittances up K3.7bn in 2018

Diaspora remittances in 2018 rose to the equivalent of over 0.6 percent of Malawi’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), according to a new report from the World Bank. The 2019 Migration and Development report says remittances have risen from $41 million (about K30 billion) in 2017 to $45 million (K33.7 billion) last year, an increase of…

Governments urged to embrace digital transformation

The 52nd session of the Economic Commission for Africa Conference of African Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development (COM2019) ended in Morocco on Tuesday with governments being urged to move with speed to embrace digital transformation to spur economic growth on the continent. The Ministers, including a delegation of economists from Malawi said if…

An approved list of Parliamentary candidates released by the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) shows that we will have 1 333 aspiring candidates in this year’s parliamentary polls. The campaign period will kick off in earnest this month. It is a period the whole country will be in over drive as these aspirants will go out…