Botswana lifts ban on Bushiri

South Africa-based Malawian Prophet Shepherd Bushiri is now a free person to travel and conduct business in Botswana as his ban has been lifted, according to his spokesperson Ephraim Nyondo. In a statement signed by Nyondo, the leader of the Enlightened Christian Gathering (ECG) church thanks the new President for Botswana Mokgweetsi Masisi and his…

Kaphale assures witnesses security

Attorney General (AG) Kalekeni Kaphale has assured securiy to all witnesses in the presidential elections nullification petition case underway in the High Court of Malawi sitting as the Constitutional Court in Lilongwe. The assurance follows a security alarm Daud Suleman, the sixth and last witness for second petitioner and Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president Lazarus…

Flames reign in group B

Malawi’s Flames have topped Africa Cup of Nation (Afcon) Group B following their narrow victory over South Sudan at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre on Wednesday.  This follows a goalless draw between the other group members Uganda and Burkina Faso at Stade du 4 Août in Ouagadougou in a late kick-off on Wednesday evening. The Flames…

No nomination for 3 FAM aspirants

Three of the FAM presidential aspirants Alufeyo Chipanga, Moses Mkandawire and Balawala Vingula have missed the train after failing to get nominations for the December 14 elections. As we went to press hours before the close of the process, only the incumbent president Walter Nyamilandu and first vice-president James Mwenda, had been nominated. Nyamilandu dominated…

MAIIC working with  Firms on proposals

Malawi Agricultural and Industrial Investment Corporation (Maiic) says despite the development finance institution receiving about 200 investment proposals for funding, many of the businesses are yet to master writing convincing business proposals. Maiic chief executive officer Taziona Chaponda said in a written response on Wednesday that with such developments, it is difficult to fund a…

Public speaking as an art

A sight of dosing individuals in an audience during speeches is common. The number is even higher during evening functions. But for the audience that attended the 11th Kalibu Academy Speech Night in Blantyre, there was no moment to dose as captivating speeches kept the audience in anticipation of the next activity. Clearly it was…

MOC drills sports administrators

Malawi Olympic Committee (MOC) at the weekend drilled sports administrators during a two-day course held in Blantyre. Speaking during the closing ceremony on Sunday, MOC vice-president Flora Mwandira said they organised the course for associations’ presidents and general secretaries to sharpen their skills and knowledge about Olympic values. “We chose associations’ presidents and general secretaries…

Economists caution treasury on deficits

Economic commentators have cautioned Treasury on the continued fiscal deficits, which they say pose risks to economic gains the country has achieved in recent years. Macroeconomist Lucius Cassim, who is based at the University of Malawi’s Chancellor College, pointed out that a reduced deficit is positive, but noted that fiscal deficits may push government to…

Flames kick off Afcon campaign

Flames coach Meck Mwase says a positive result against South Sudan’s Bright Stars this afternoon at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre is a must as Malawi kick off their 2021 African Cup of Nations (Afcon) crusade. The match is a big test for Mwase who was given a target to qualify for the 2021 Afcon after…

Minister backs Cairo promise

Minister of Health Jappie Mhango has backed the global push to ensure that every girl learns until her dreams come true though nearly half of Malawian girls marry before their 18th birthday. The minister was speaking shortly after Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta opened the second International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in Nairobi. Mhango…

Leaders commit to end maternal deaths, violence

The International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD25) officially opened yesterday in Nairobi, Kenya with commitments to end preventable maternal deaths, meet all women’s demands for family planning and stop violence against women and girls by 2030. The three-day Nairobi Summit is taking place 25 years after the landmark ICPD in Cairo, Egypt. During the…

UK warns on elections case

Britain has warned that the Constitutional Court judgement on the presidential elections nullification petition could lead to more  violence in the country unless political parties enlighten their supporters on court processes and outcomes. Through the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and Department for International Development (DfID), the United Kingdom (UK), Malawi’s former colonial master, has…

Eagles complete Fisd Cup semis line-up

Blue Eagles yesterday beat Moyale Barracks 2-0 at Civo Stadium in Lilongwe to wing into the semi-finals of the Fisd Challenge Cup. Striker Schumacher Kuwali was the toast of the afternoon for the Malawi Police Service (MPS) side after claiming a brace, one in each half. Following the victory, the Area 30-based cops will face…

FAM, NAM get far less than their proposed budgets

Football Association of Malawi (FAM) and Netball Association of Malawi (NAM) have been allocated far less than their proposed budgets for the 2019/20 financial year by government through the Malawi National Council of Sports (MNCS). According to MNCS acting executive secretary Henry Mereka, Football Association of Malawi (FAM) and Netball Association of Malawi (NAM) have…

Mutharika, nation honour fallen heroes

President Peter Mutharika yesterday led Malawians in paying tribute to fallen heroes of the First and Second World wars during a Remembrance Sunday commemoration at the Zomba War Memorial Tower. The occasion was also to honour Malawi Defence Force (MDF) soldiers who died in the line of duty in Mozambique, Côte d’Ivoire and Democratic Republic…

RBM decries low per capita GDP

Reserve Bank of Malawi (RBM) Governor Dalitso Kabambe says Malawi’s per capita gross domestic product (GDP) remains ‘very low and flat’ compared to other countries in the world. The governor has blamed the situation on rapid annual population growth rate at 2.9 percent. He also said Malawi remains with a huge section of the population…

Rumphi HIV+ inmates want balanced diet

Rumphi prison inmates who are on antiretroviral therapy (ART) have asked authorities and well-wishers to improve their nutritional status for better adherence to the treatment. The call was made on  Wednesday when Hope for Relief Organisation conducted adherence assessment among inmates on ART. One inmate, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said they lack nutritious…