Maneb to have digital registration system

The Malawi National Examination Board on Wednesday received over 20 computers worth over K17 million from Malawi Communication Regulatory Authority (Macra) for its Information Communication Technology (ICT) project aimed at promoting efficiency and reducing irregularities in the administration of examinations. Speaking after receiving the computers, Maneb executive director Gerald Chiunda hinted that the board plans…

New Auditor General hired

  President Peter Mutharika has appointed Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (Admarc) director of finance Harold Mwala as the new Auditor General. Mwala, whose confirmation awaits Parliament’s confirmation, replaces Stephenson Kamphasa who joined the National Audit Office (NAO) on June 12 2013 until his contract expired last week. In a letter The Nation has seen,…

Unima delinking process taking shape

The taskforce overseeing the delinking of colleges under the University of Malawi (Unima) has expressed optimism that the process will be finalised in four months time. Chairperson of the taskforce McPhail Magwira said in an interview on Tuesday, they have made tremendous progress including finishing the drafting of a bill on the delinking and will soon be…

TUM rebuffs invigilators on exams boycott

  Teachers Union of Malawi (TUM) has dismissed threats by some teachers that they will boycott invigilation of this year’s Malawi School Certificate of Education (MSCE) examinations which start this Thursday. In an interview yesterday, TUM president Willie Malimba said the teachers have no basis for the boycott. He was responding to issues raised in…

Cham touts SLA

  Service Level Agreement (SLA) is said to have increased timely access to maternal and newborn health services particularly in rural areas, Christian Health Association has said. Cham head of Health Programmes Dr Titha Dzowela said this is evidenced by reduced maternal deaths, reduced neonatal deaths, reduced still births and reduced home deliveries in catchment…

Fire guts part of Zomba flea market

Fire has gutted part of Zomba Flea Market razing down four shops in the market and destroying properties worth millions of Kwacha. Confirming the development in an interview on Wednesday, Zomba City Council public relations officer Mercy Chaluma said the fire which started at around 4 am on Wednesday emanated from one of the cellphone repair shops in the…

Escom cautions encroachers

The Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) has expressed concern over increasing cases of encroachment into its electricity transmission and distribution corridors known as wayleaves. Escom says organisations and individuals are encroaching into wayleaves by putting up structures or planting trees, contrary to provisions of section 41 of the Electricity Act (Cap 73:01) of the…

Nankhumwa admits   plunder in councils

  Minister of Local Government and Rural Development Kondwani Nankhumwa has admitted high levels of corruption and abuse of funds in local councils, attributing the challenge to lack of capacity. The minister’s remarks come a week after government started disbursing the controversial K4 billion community development allocation to all 35 councils in the country. Speaking…

Nice tips electorates on accountability tracking

The National Initiative for Civic Education (Nice)-Trust has challenged electorates to be vigilant in holding elected leaders accountable and ensure that they live up to their promises.   During the 2014 election period, various political leaders signed social contracts with their prospective voters promising to carry out a number of initiatives and development projects when…

MRA seals Times Media Group

Public tax collector Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) on Friday sealed Times Media Group headquarters at Ginnery Corner in Blantyre over alleged failure by the company to remit taxes. During the raid, MRA officials accompanied by heavily armed police officers asked all employees to vacate the premises. But Times Media Group editor-in-chief George Kasakula, while confirming…

Mob kills suspected thief in Chikwawa

  An angry mob in Chikwawa on Wednesday beat to death a suspected criminal who impersonated a police officer. The slain suspect, a Blantyre resident whose particulars are not yet known, met his fate on Wednesday at Ziwadzina Village in Traditional Authority (T/A) Maseya’s area in the district. Chikwawa Police Station spokesperson Foster Benjamin said…

Chilima faction, APM trade barbs

  Divisions in the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) reached a new high yesterday when President Peter Mutharika and DPP members sympathetic to Vice-President Saulos Chilima engaged in a verbal tirade 300 kilometres away from each other. Mutharika used the official government podium in Blantyre Rural at the second ground-breaking ceremony for a 19-kilometre (km)…

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has urged political parties to ensure an environment that accommodates women in higher positions. UNDP chief technical adviser at the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) Richard Cox made the remarks in Blantyre yesterday during a two-day Institutional Capacity Building in Gender Mainstreaming Workshop for MEC commissioners and senior staff. Cox…

Police officer dies in road accident

A police officer based at Mtakataka police Training School in Dedza died in a road accident after being hit by a vehicle at Liwimbe village near Mtakataka trading centre.   Dedza police station spokesperson Edward Kabango said the deceased, Inspector Henry Chazemba was cycling towards the Salima direction when he was hit by a motor…

DPP convention June

  The much awaited Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) convention has been set for June this year and all positions including that of the presidency are up for grabs. In a press statement dated May 30, 2018 and made available to The Nation, DPP secretary general Grezeldar Jeffrey said the exact date for the convention will…

Red Cross in blanket distribution exercise

  Malawi Red Cross Society (MRCS) yesterday launched the 2018 National Blanket Distribution Exercise with a pledge to continue supporting the less privileged in the country. Speaking during the exercise which took place in the area of Traditional Authority (T/A) Nchilamwera in Thyolo, the society’s president Levison Changole said the donation was in line with…

MBS, police burn liquor in Chikwawa

  The Malawi Bureau of Standards (MBS) in collaboration with police in Chikwawa on Tuesday burned liquor worth about K6 million. The exercise, aimed at cracking down on liquor, took place between the district council and police premises. A total of 300 cartons containing 1 200 bottles of the banned alcoholic drink were set alight…

CSOs lament health funding cut

  Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in the country have spelt doom for the health sector following the lowering of its budget from about K190 billion in the 2017/2018 National Budget to K86.7 billion in the proposed 2018/2019 National Budget. In the proposed budget, which Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development Goodall Gondwe presented in…