RA to fine motorists for road damage

The Roads Authority (RA) says road users will now be fined for damaging road infrastructure to enable the authority maintain and replace such infrastructure. RA spokesperson Portia Kajanga made the announcement during an engagement the authority had with Lilongwe City Council officials, Gravam Construction Engineers, the Directorate of Road Traffic and Safety Services (DRTSS), Traffic…

Zambia camp in South Africa for Malawi game

Zambia Under-23 national football team has travelled to South Africa where they will fine-tune for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Malawi at Kamuzu Stadium this coming Wednesday. Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) said the team is scheduled to play a friendly match against little known South African side Dube International Football Club…

DPP won’t take part in election debates

Malawians should forget about having President Peter Mutharika and his running mate Everton Chimulirenji articulating their development agenda through political debates as the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) says the duo won’t participate. In a statement signed on behalf of party secretary general Grezeldar Jeffrey yesterday, DPP said the two would not take part in…

Stakeholders welcome MBC’s opening up

Electoral stakeholders, including opposition political parties, have welcomed a decision by taxpayer-funded Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) to open up to all contesting parties and candidates in the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections to level the playing field. MBC, which in previous elections has come under fire from stakeholders for its biased coverage towards the political…

Stable economy: Who is benefiting?

Forty-year-old Ellen Botha has done it all. In the past decade, the Rumphi-based citizen has acquired skills in carpentry, motor vehicle mechanics and now she is into painting. She hopes the skills will reap her benefits despite taking longer than she had envisaged. Botha recounts her experience: “There are limited opportunities here and I thought…

The police in Malawi are hunting street children like rats, sending them to jails meant for adult criminals. In confinement, they endure sexual abuse and are exposed to criminality by hardened criminals. There is also a gang of vendors who apprehend, injure and bring to police these children, accusing them of pick-pocketing, car-breaking and other…

MDF, Police lead K21bn defaulters

Malawi Defence Force (MDF) and Malawi Police Service (MPS) top the list of government ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) defaulting on bills owed to the country’s five water boards, thereby crippling the water utilities’ operations. Collectively, MDAs owe the five water boards—Blantyre Water Board (BWB), Lilongwe Water Board (LWB), Northern Region Water Board (NRWB), Central…

RBM seeks to set up community banks

Reserve Bank of Malawi (RBM) has started soliciting input from the business community on its plans to introduce community banks. Speaking at a consultation meeting on Thursday in Mzuzu with Malawi Confederation of the Chambers of Commerce and Industry (MCCCI) members, RBM chief examiner for policy integration sector Sopani Gondwe said the central bank is…

MCP promises to redesign the economy

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) on Saturday launched its 2019-2024 manifesto, highlighting five critical areas that will propel economic growth and development if it is ushered into power in the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections. In the manifesto launched in Lilongwe, MCP has singled out economic management and development, agriculture development and food security, energy access…

FAM to change Airtel Top 8 format

Football Association of Malawi (FAM) says it is considering changing Airtel Top 8 format to enable teams know their opponents at the end of the season. Currently, pairings are done through a draw, but once the new format is adopted, TNM Super League champions will play against the club finishing on position eight. Similarly, position…

Legislator alleges Mvac misleading

Mangochi South legislator Lilian Patel (United Democratic Front-UDF) has accused Malawi Vulnerability Assessment Committee (Mvac), a famine early warning system, of producing misleading results that do not reflect the situation on the ground. She expressed her sentiments in a supplementary question to the one posed by Ntchisi North member of Parliament (MP) Boniface Kadzamira (independent)…

Minister pledges swift  response to disasters

Minister of Transport and Public Works Jappie Mhango has pledged government’s commitment to swiftly respond to the damage incessant rains have caused to infrastructure such as the road network and bridges. Speaking after inspecting Makumba Bridge, one of the affected structures in Traditional Authority (T/A) Chowe in Mangochi District, the minister said it is sad…

‘It made me more excited’

Malawian-inspired Hollywood movie, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, was premiered in Lilongwe on Sunday by the United States (US) Embassy in partnership with Participant Media. The movie, directed by American Chiwetel Ejiofor, depicts the true-life story of US-trained Malawian engineer William Kamkwamba who, at the age of 13, invented a wind turbine which saved…

Board disconnects water supply to Neno hospital

Southern Region Water Board (SRWB) has disconnected water supply at Neno District Hospital due to an outstanding bill of K35 million. SRWB spokesperson Rita Makwangala confirmed the development, saying it is a routine exercise that the board undertakes to collect revenue for its daily operation. Neno District Hospital advisory committee  chairperson Leonard Mphiza said the…

Tension at demos

Tension ensued in Lilongwe yesterday as scores of armed police formed a human barrier to block a protest march by rain-drenched and shivering people with albinism (PWAs) against killings and abductions targeting them. Clad in raincoats, the police officers barred about 250 placard-hoisting protesters who included some leaders of civil society organisations (CSOs) near the…

Blantyre man wins K26m in soccer betting

Blantyre-based businessperson Kananji Madyeramphoto has won K26 million in premier sports betting with a stake of K30 000. He earned the prize at Premier Bet Baluti Shop in Blantyre on Tuesday following correct prediction of 20 matches to become the joint highest prize winner with Lilongwe-based Omar Osman who did it last year. Madyeramphoto, who…

Kick out corrupt leaders—CCJP

Malawi is still languishing in poverty 54 years after gaining independence from Britain because of “crooked and corrupt leaders”, a Catholic priest has said. Father Edmond Nyoka, the pastoral secretary of Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP) in Mzuzu Diocese, said this during a consultative meeting with chiefs, religious leaders and other stakeholders in…

Unima Council head tours Poly project

University of Malawi (Unima) Council chairperson the  Reverend Billy Gama yesterday toured projects at The Polytechnic, a Unima constituent college in Blantyre. During the tour, Gama said he was impressed with the progress at the site, saying upon completion, The Polytechnic will be one of the best public universities where research and development for higher…