Muluzi back in court on March 24

The Malawi Supreme Court of Appeal will  on March 24 2020 resume hearing the case of former president Bakili Muluzi. Muluzi is accused of diverting K1.7 billion of public money to his personal account during his presidency. A court schedule at the Malawi Supreme Court of Appeal, dated December 16 2019, signed by High Court…

Treasury admits business slowdown

Treasury says slowdown in business has left the ficus with rising budget deficits as revenue collection falters. Ministry of Finance, Economic Planning and Development spokesperson Davis Sado on Wednesday explained that Treasury has been very cautious with expenditure. Said Sado: “The underlying factor to the deficit can be alluded to the slowdown in business performance…

Salima to plant 1.5 million trees

Salima district forestry officer Adam Jason says the district plans to plant over 1.5 million trees during the 2019-2020 tree planting season. He said this in an interview yesterday. Jason said the exercise will mitigate climate change effects such as floods that the district experiences. He said: “Careless cutting down of trees leads to many…

I n and around 1999, a gospel music revolution started at Ndirande Anglican Parish in Blantyre. This charge was the result of the emergence of the church choral group Ndirande Anglican Voices. By then, there were few if any such groups which used modern instruments in their singing. A majority were basically falling in the…

960-year wait for power

Frank Ligomeka sells drinks in his Nampula shop at Dzenje Trading Centre in Phalombe. However, the rural business hotspot dotted with electricity poles and wires has no electricity, slowing the 28-year-old’s race to beat the country’s massive youth unemployment. He states: “I opened the shop five years after completing secondary education. I had no skill…

Women’s World Cup qualifier free for all

The Malawi Under-20 women’s football national team World Cup preliminary round qualifier first-leg against Zimbabwe at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre this Saturday will be free of charge. Football Association of Malawi (FAM) commercial and marketing director Limbani Matola yesterday said the decision will encourage Malawians to turn up in large numbers to support the junior…

FAM to roll out  E-ticketing sale

FAM says it will roll out e-ticketing in the forthcoming season in a bid to curb gate revenue fraud at football matches. Football Association of Malawi (FAM) president Walter Nyamilandu said in an interview yesterday that they intend to seriously embark on the venture to improve gate collections after a successful pilot phase last year.…

When priorities  Are upside down

Figures compiled by the Ministry of Finance, Economic Planning and Development show that the Presidency has received up to 70 percent of its annual allocation in the 2019/20 National Budget five months into implementation of the fiscal plan. In contrast, some key ministries received as low as eight percent of their annual allocations during the…

Fire paralyses broadcasters, telecoms

Fire that gutted a Malawi Telecommunications Limited (MTL) microwave site in Area 3, Lilongwe on Tuesday evening has paralysed broadcasters, putting them off air on some platforms in some parts of the country. Mobile phone network operators have not been spared the impact either although by last evening they started recovering from the fire. Malawi…

Council workers want 150% salary increment

Some Blantyre City Council (BCC) junior staff members yesterday staged a sit-in to force management to give them a 150 percent salary increase and address some challenges they are facing. The workers, mostly at the council’s engineering department at Ginnery Corner, said they also want an increment following the council’s  proposal for a similar increment…

59 ICT diploma students demand certificates

Lilongwe Technical College has not yet issued advanced diploma certificates to 59 information communications and technology (ICT) students who sat for their examinations in 2017. One of the students, Moses Sephasie, said in an interview that they were supposed to receive the certificates by the fourth month after their examinations. He said: “We have been…

Ministers warn people against mob justice

Minister of Housing and Urban Development Symon Vuwa-Kaunda and Minister of Health and Population Jappie Mhango have warned people in Karonga against killing people suspected of practising witchcraft. The ministers issued the warning on Saturday in Karonga at a stakeholders meeting since the destruction of houses and the killing of eight people last December  in…

Armyworm threatens food security

Authorities in Malawi say an invasion by fall armyworms is threatening to create food shortages in the southern African country.  Since the start of the rainy season in November, the worms have destroyed crops for a quarter million farming families.  In Mulanje, Tereza Manuel, 26, is among the farmers most affected by the invasion. The…

Hunger hits Dedza

As far as the pain and suffering of hunger is concerned, push has come to a shove in Dedza where over 40 300 people have no maize and have resorted to eating porridge from banana suckers for survival. Dedza district commissioner Emmanuel Bulukutu confirmed the situation, saying this was caused by a low production of…

Locals seal Msiro waste facility

Irate residents in Mzuzu on Friday damaged and shut down Msiro Waste Management Facility in protest against the city authorities’ alleged failure to safely manage garbage. The burning and looting of the facility bankrolled by the European Union to the tune of K220 million has left Mzuzu City Council (MCC) with nowhere to dump waste.…