Minister launches breastfeeding week

Malawi has joined the rest of the world in commemorating the World Breastfeeding Week with a call to mothers to exclusively breastfeed their babies in the first six months to ensure proper growth. The World Health Organisation (WHO) set aside the breastfeeding week to encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of babies around the world.…

Malawi falters in  corruption fight

The latest Global Corruption Barometer for Africa 2019 conducted by the Transparency International (TI) has showed that more than half of Malawians think corruption is getting worse in their country. A report entitled Citizens’ Views and Experiences of Corruption released in July 2019 shows that 72 percent of Malawians think corruption has increased in the…

MLS paints gloomy  picture of economy

The Malawi Law Society (MLS) has painted a gloomy picture of the country’s economy due to the political impasse following the announcement of the May 21 Tripartite Election results. In a letter dated July 30 2019 titled Management of Electoral Complaints and Determination of Electoral Results Concerning Presidential Elections of 21 May 2019 addressed to…

Thin plastic ban stands

The Malawi Supreme Court of Appeal yesterday upheld government’s ban on thin plastics, earning praise from environmental conservation activists. The judgement by a seven-judge panel led by Chief Justice Andrew Nyirenda followed an appeal on a High Court ruling that put aside a June 2015 Malawi Government ban on production, distribution and importation of thin…

Judiciary staff strike paralyses courts

Judiciary support staff have defied their management’s declaration that their sit-in is illegal and continued to down their tools yesterday, vowing to resume work after their grievances are addressed. The sit-in, mostly at Judiciary headquarters in Blantyre, has spilled over to the police who have found themselves on the receiving end unable to take suspects…

Minister hails prison reforms

Minister of Homeland Security Nicholas Dausi has commended Malawi Prison Service for embracing reforms that are expected to change the institution’s focus from punishment to reformation and correction. Among the reforms, the service is working on introducing a parole system that will see prisoners being released before the expiry of their sentence on promise of…

SKC, APM lawyers tussle on technicalities

With the High Court sitting as a Constitutional Court set to start hearing a petition seeking to nullify presidential election results on July 29, lawyers for petitioners and respondents continue to tussle on technicalities. This time around, lawyers representing the first respondent, President Peter Mutharika of Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), have complained to the court…

Red Cross promotes menstrual hygiene

The Malawi Red Cross Society (MRCS) has said promotion of menstrual hygiene is an important step in enhancing girls’ commitment to education. Speaking in Traditional Authority (T/A) Chapananga in Chikwawa on Saturday, MRCS head of health Dan Kapombosola said it is worrisome to note that menstruation continues to be an obstacle in girls’ education. He…

APM, others to declare assets by July 30

President Peter Mutharika, Vice-President Everton Chimulirenji, Cabinet ministers, members of Parliament (MPs) and other eligible public officers have until July 30 this year to declare their assets in line with the law. Besides the President and other mentioned public officers, others expected to declare their assets and liabilities include principal secretaries (PSs), district commissioners (DCs),…

Presidential ballots under inspection

Presidential ballot papers in the May 21 Tripartite Elections are currently under inspection following a June 27 Constitutional Court ruling that Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) should give petitioners access. In an interview yesterday, private practice lawyer Chikosa Silungwe, who is lead counsel for Saulos Chilima of UTM Party, the first petitioner in the case seeking…

USA bans APM aide

In what an analyst has described as a statement to authorities on fighting corruption, the United States of America (USA) has banned President Peter Mutharika’s aide, Uladi Mussa, and his spouse for his alleged “involvement in significant corruption”.  In a statement dated July 3 2019, the US Embassy in Lilongwe said Mussa’s designation was made…

Us bars Uladi Mussa for corruption

The United States Government has banned former minister of Home Affairs Uladi Mussa, and his spouse Cecilia from entering the US for his alleged involvement in “significant corruption”.  Mussa allegedly engaged in and benefited from public corruption in relation to his official duties while minister of Home Affairs and Internal Security.  In a press statement…

12 local filmmakers in FOA Awards finals

Twelve films from Malawi have reached the finals of the Nova Employment 2019 Focus On Ability (FOA) Short Film Awards. FOA Short Film Awards are designed to encourage filmmakers to focus on the ability of people with disabilities. Speaking in an interview, FOA Malawi executive director MacDonald Nyirenda encouraged Malawians to take part by voting…

Misa, Macra meet on phone-in ban

The Media Institute for Southern Africa (Misa) Malawi Chapter yesterday held a round-table discussion with Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra) about its suspension of live phone-in programmes on radio stations last week. Following the meeting, Macra has promised to lift the suspension by the end of next week. Misa-Malawi argues that the suspension is an…

ACB makes fresh Cashgate arrest

The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) on Tuesday arrested former procurement officer for the Ministry of Tourism, Oddoi Kamange—six years after he allegedly run away from facing the law. Kamange is suspected to be involved the plunder of public resources widely known as Cashgate. He is alleged to have K6 million from Esnart Ndovi fully knowing that…