Mchinji Police promises maximum security

Police in Mchinji have assured the business community of their property’s safety, saying they are working round the clock to ensure maximum security. Mchinji Police Station officer-in-charge Owen Maganga made the assurance on Thursday during a parade to celebrate the Commissioner’s Trophy which they received last December after winning the Best Central Region Police Station…

Pregnancy saves Cashgate convict

High Court Judge Justice Charles Mkandawire has granted bail to one of the K201 million Cashgate convicts Tapiwa Ng’oma on the grounds that she is heavily pregnant and cannot stand prison life. The bail gives Ng’oma temporary relief as she will not be in prison while awaiting sentencing following her conviction last Thursday. For the…

JB, Chihana meet

People’s Party (PP) president Joyce Banda paid her Alliance for Democracy (Aford) counterpart Enoch Chihana a visit on Friday, a move some quarters have said was aimed at renewing an electoral alliance. PP and Aford had a working alliance prior to the 2014 Tripartite Elections. But reacting to the matter yesterday, Chihana, while confirming the…

‘Cash transfer beneficiaries undermining scheme

Communities in Chikwawa have condemned some beneficiaries of the social cash transfer programme for abusing the initiative. The concerns were raised on Thursday during a two-day training organised by Malawi Red Cross Society at Bodza Teachers Development Centre in the district for different community structures such as Community Based Disaster Response Team (CBDRT), Area Civil…

Audit vindicates MEC on voter equipment

A verification exercise political parties represented in Parliament conducted to ascertain whether voter registration equipment that Malawi Electoral Commission’s (MEC) lost was tampered with, has found no evidence of foul play. A statement issued yesterday by the parties, under the banner of the Centre for Multiparty Democracy (CMD) states that their assessment did not find…

RBM names pension defaulters

At least 18 statutory corporations and councils have not been remitting their employees’ pension contributions amounting to a cumulative K5.6 billion for close to six years now. Major culprits, according to a memo from the Reserve Bank of Malawi (RBM), are Agriculture Development and Marketing Corporation (Admarc) whose arrears are pegged at K1.3 billion, Lilongwe…

Kamwendo completes SA move

Decorated midfielder Joseph Kamwendo yesterday completed his move to South African National First Division (NFD) side Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila by signing a one-year deal. The former Caps United (Zimbabwe), FC Norrdsjaellend (Denmark), Orlando Pirates (South Africa), TP Mazembe (DR Congo) and Club Maculmana (Mozambique) player, has signed as a free agent following the expiry of…

Ecama tips Mitc on investment pledges

The Economics Association of Malawi (Ecama) has called on authorities to be vigilant when prioritising individual investments from pledges made last year. The call follows an announcement by the Malawi Investment and Trade Centre (Mitc) that it has $1.4 billion (about K1.1 trillion) investment pledges from 105 companies that have been issued with investment certificates…

Hippos continue to die in Liwonde

The number of hippopotamuses dying from Anthrax in Liwonde continues to rise with recent statistics showing that 48 hippos have died so far. Director of Parks and Wildlife Brighton Kumchedwa confirmed in an interview on Tuesday that by January 4, 2019, his office recorded 48 deaths. However, he was quick to point out that the numbers…

TUM demands arrears

Teachers Union of Malawi (TUM) has warned government that it will not sit down and watch if arrears that are owed to teachers nationwide are not paid in full by end of this month. Since last year, TUM has been contending with government on K1.7 billion arrears owed to teachers who were missed on payroll,…

Chilima aides ill, given bail

The Malawi Police Service (MPS) yesterday granted bail to Vice-President Saulos Chilima’s aides after spending a night in hospital under police guard, National Police spokesperson James Kadadzera says. Police arrested the two, Kushi Unyolo and Joshua Valera, on Sunday afternoon for “acting suspiciously” at the launch of Chiwanja Cha Yao in Balaka where President Peter…

Malawian wins silver at Africa Amateur Chess

Malawian chess player Fiskani Mwagomba on Sunday won a silver medal at the Africa Amateur Chess Championship in Namibia. He amassed 6.5 points in the nine-round contest, just a point behind eventual gold medallist Zambian Joster Kandangwe. The host nation’s Immanuel Garriseb settled for bronze. Chess Association of Malawi (Chessam) president Susan Namangale applauded Mwagomba…

Fredokiss grosses K80m

Hip-hop artist Fredokiss says he posted annual earnings of close to K80 million in 2018 through the gigs he was involved in and other marketing and corporate endorsements of his brand. Besides several gigs he signed up for in the past year, the artist’ brand had other links with corporate institutions and organisations such as…

Ngwira in perfect start at English side

Despite her local club Tigresses not being officially aware of her deal with English top-flight netball league side London Pulse, Malawi Queens’ lofty goalkeeper Laureen Ngwira had a perfect start with her new club on Saturday. She played a full game and was instrumental in assisting the newly-formed team beat experienced side Severn Stars 51-49…

‘We aren’t done yet’

Nyasa Big Bullets say they are not done yet on the local player transfer market, declaring that there are three more surprise signings coming up. The People’s Team chief executive officer (CEO) Fleetwood Haiya said this after pulling a fast one on their age-old rivals Be Forward Wanderers in the signing of blossoming left-back Precious…

Minister opens 4 bridges in Southern Region

Minister of Transport and Public Works Jappie Mhango at the weekend commissioned four bridges in Neno, Phalombe, Chikwawa and Thyolo under the Roads Authority Rural Bridges Programme bridge programme. Speaking when he commissioned Lisungwi Bailey Bridge in Neno, Mhango said over 70 of the 97 bridges in the programme have been completed. He added that…