Parliament approves  1.454 trillion budget

Members of Parliament (MPs) yesterday passed a K1.454 trillion National Budget for the 2018/19 fiscal year—after dramatically forcing the government to increase their salaries and allowances and increase development funding. With the parliamentary Order Paper showing there were only 15 votes to screen before the passing of the budget in the Chamber in Lilongwe yesterday,…

Pastoral letter splits CCAP

A storm is brewing among some top leaders in the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP) who have given conflicting reactions to a pastoral letter issued by the para-church Evangelical Association of Malawi (EAM) recently. Last weekend’s letter gave a stinging attack on the government, saying, among other issues, that Malawi is sliding back to bad…

EAM issues stinging pastoral letter

Malawi is sliding back to bad governance, where ills such as corruption, political violence and tribalism are thriving because of lack of decisive, ethical and transformative leadership. This is the verdict by Evangelical Association of Malawi (EAM) in a stinging pastoral letter to be read out, today, in its 68 church denominations and 58 Christian…

Parastatals  To parasites

  Barely days after Treasury rejected an Escom bail-out request, an economics professor has tipped off government to nip corruption in the bud and set performance targets for executives to save State enterprises from collapse. Ben Kaluwa, who teaches economics at Chancellor College, a constituent college of the University of Malawi, expressed the sentiments in…

MPs query ATI law’s delay

  Minister of Information and Communications Technology Nicholas Dausi says people anxious to see the Access to Information (ATI) law rolled out will not have to wait much longer, as most preparatory work is complete. But his statement in the National Assembly on Friday became a hot discussion point as several members of Parliament (MPs)…

MP withdraws anti-govt remarks

  Lilongwe Msozi South member of Parliament (MP) Vitus Dzoole Mwale (Malawi Congress Party-MCP) on Friday withdrew his earlier accusations that Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) involved in theft of public funds and killed an opposition legislator last year. Speaker of the National Assembly Richard Msowoya ordered Dzoole Mwale to withdraw accusations he had made on…

PAC warns MEC On elections

  Public Affairs Committee (PAC) has warned the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) and other stakeholders to clear some cobwebs that have the potential to spark violence and mar the 2019 Tripartite Elections. PAC chairperson the Reverend Felix Chingota said the factors threatening MEC’s desire to deliver free, fair, transparent and credible elections include in-fighting in…

Young Malawian dies in Brazil in ‘drug-dealing’

A sprightly Lilongwe-based young man, Riad Randera, is reported to have died in Brazil apparently after some of the drugs-filled condoms he had swallowed, to evade detection by international law-enforcers, burst. This is the shocking news the 26-year-old young man’s father, renowned engineer Hannif Randera, his wife and close family members and sympathisers are coming…

Misa Malawi dares media on investigative journalism

  Media Institute of Southern Africa (Misa) Malawi Chapter has challenged journalists in the country to deepen their skills in investigative reporting to effectively hold public officers accountable over resources and conduct. Misa Malawi chairperson Teresa Ndanga said this yesterday when the local media fraternity joined the international community in commemorating World Press Freedom Day…

The ‘break-dancer’ traffic police officer

  Is there any connection between one’s name and character? Surely there must be some collation, especially in the hectic and yawn-inspiring routines of directing traffic on the busy roads of Lilongwe City. This feeling best describes what many motorists and passengers make of sub-inspector Kondwani Katunga, who dances his mornings and evenings away in…

‘Fisp should be replaced’

  Malawi needs to set up a Young Graduates’ Fund from where innovative entrepreneurs could get guidance and funding for dynamic projects which can bring household and national food security. Chairperson of the Parliamentary Committee on Agriculture, Joseph Chidanti Malunga, gave the suggestion in Lilongwe on Thursday, as one innovative way of replacing the national…

DPP appoints Kutsaira Central Region governor

The governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has appointed former National Intelligence Bureau chief Bintony Kutsaira as the party’s new Central Region governor. DPP spokesperson Francis Kasaila, who is also Minister of Labour, Youth, Sports and Manpower Development, said Kutsaira replaces Dean Josiah Banda, who has been appointed as a special adviser to President Peter Mutharika.…

Four Nigerians arrested over car park thefts

Four suspected thieves who seemed to master the art of springing open peoples’s locked car doors and apparently stealing valuables from the vehicles, have been arrested by police in Lilongwe. All the four, who were arrested at City Centre on Friday, are Nigerians. They are Joseph Okoye, aged 28, Erick Ochuku, 35, Daniel Edeiguru, 37,…

Fire destroys Area 13 Market

Property worth over K36 million is feared to have gone up in smoke on Thursday night when a raging fire swept the Area 13 Market in Lilongwe. The unofficial estimation was given by distraught market chairperson Chikumbutso Ngwira on Friday as market officials assessed the damage caused by the fire. The fire is said to…

Blantyre children to lead typhoid vaccine trial

  Up to 24 000 children aged between nine months and 12 years in Blantyre City’s populous Ndirande and Zingwangwa townships are set to kick-start Africa’s first typhoid conjugate vaccine trial, authorities have confirmed. Ministry of Health officials and researchers at the Malawi-Liverpool Wellcome Trust (MLWT) said yesterday the trial will be a culmination of…