Tags: Atupele Muluzi

Analysts weigh in on Cabinet reshuffle

Political commentators have said survivors in President Peter Mutharika’s Monday evening Cabinet reshuffle are merely serving government politically while those left out must have committed a political blunder. Reacting to the Cabinet reshuffle that saw Trasizio Gowelo (Local Government and Rural Development) and Paul Chibingu (Lands, Housing and Urban Development) dropped, political analyst Blessings Chinsinga…

UDF takes on PAC

–Accuses body of taking sides on Section 65 debate –PAC says it was seeking clarification Erstwhile opposition United Democratic Front (UDF) has accused the Public Affairs Committee (PAC) of agitating for the removal of its members of Parliament (MPs) through Section 65 of the Constitution which forbids crossing the floor. UDF secretary general Kandi Padambo,…

Malawi private contractors benefit from K6.8 billion Marep 7

Malawi private contractors have, for the first time, been involved in the implementation of K6.8 billion Malawi Rural Electrification Programme (Marep) phase 7, targeting 81 trading centres, a government official has said. The money to implement Marep, which aims is to increase access to electricity to rural and peri-urban communities to transform rural economies and…

If I were: Atupele Muluzi

If I were Atupele Muluzi, the President of the United Democratic Front (UDF), I would appreciate that it is about time I acknowledged that my involvement with government is further weakening the party as not all members are happy with the alliance. If I were ‘Ung’onoung’ono’, I would appreciate that it is clear that my…

Parliament cracks whip on ministers, MPs in illegal timber trade

Some of the latest and most robust cutters and saws are frantically found in forest reserves across the country as hundreds—if not thousands—of the tallest and most prized trees in Malawi disappear virtually every day. Only environmental experts and some patriotic Malawians flinch at the thud produced by every tree as it tumbles to the…

UDF vice-president Omar quits

United Democratic Front (UDF) first vice-president Iqbar Omar has quit the party on personal grounds, according to spokesperson Ken Ndanga. Confirming the development, Ndanga said: “We had an executive meeting yesterday [Saturday] in Lilongwe where he [Omar] made the announcement. “He [Omar] told the meeting that he had resigned due to personal reasons and the…

Malawi makes case for PPP in energy sector

Malawi has said energy, being a critical sector in economic development, requires Public Private Partnership (PPP) model to ensure its sustainability. All over the world, experts say the PPP model of economic development has helped in areas of infrastructure development, among others, and that the energy sector could also take that route to develop. Minister of…

Local firm to partner with $1bn private equity fund

A local firm is engaged in negotiations to partner with a $1 billion (K515 billion) multinational private equity fund to provide technical and financial support to increase the reforestation programme of Viphya Plantations in Mzimba, Business News has learnt. This group invests around the world in businesses that provide cost effective solutions to pressing energy,…

Malawi appeals for help to save Dzalanyama Forest

Malawi Government has made an emergency appeal to all stakeholders and interested organisations to help it stop the alarming deforestation and degradation taking place in Dzalanyama Forest in Lilongwe. Making the appeal to delegates who attended a Dzalanyama Stakeholders workshop in Lilongwe on Friday, Malawi Minister of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining Atupele Muluzi said the…

Harnessing resource wealth to reduce poverty

It is not always good news for natural resource-rich countries. Apart from environment degradation—dust and oil spills—the money from the lucrative extractive industry may all disappear to the foreign companies leaving locals even poorer. However, analysts argue that citizens stand to benefit from wealth in natural resources, including oil, gas and minerals if countries ensure…

No political interference in energy sector—Govt

Minster of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining Atupele Muluzi has assured the country that his ministry will endeavour to promote professionalism by giving room to Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) to deliver quality services to the nation. He said Escom being the sole generator, transmitter and distributor of electricity, his ministry will strive to…