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Government kisses aid goodbye

They launched reforms; promised to do better, but as it turns out-at least in the eyes of donors and persistent fiscal fraud revelations as recent as last year-it may just have been cheap rhetoric. Nothing moved. Little changed in the way government handled public finance management (PFM) even after the colourful launch of reforms in…

Government’s silent fuel bullet

  There was no announcement. But up it went and they have been collecting the money. The effective date was July this year—making motorists as well as other petrol and diesel users to cough more for roads than at any other point in the country’s history. The Nation has learnt that the Roads Fund Administration…

EU urges media to advance accountability

  The European Union (EU) says the media has an important role in promoting government’s accountability to the citizenry of the country and not just development partners. Head of EU Delegation to Malawi Marchel Germann made the remarks yesterday when the delegation hosted to a luncheon members of Bwaila Media Club (BMC) at his official…

Eu sugar pricing  big blow—illovo

  Illovo Sugar (Malawi) Limited has said the European Union’s (EU) decision to reduce the price of buying their sugar will limit the quantity they export to the lucrative EU market. The Malawi Stock Exchange (MSE)-listed sugar manufacturer said sugar is now being sold at ex-mill price of below $300 (about K168 000) per tonne.…

Bicycles to reinforce justice in Zomba communities—Pasi

  Paralegal Advisory Services Institute (PASI) says overcrowding in prisons countrywide can be reduced if communities are empowered to settle and reconcile disputes at a village level before reporting the same cases to police or court. Pasi made the observation on Monday in Zomba when it distributed 82 bicycles to Village Mediation Programmes (VMP) mediators…

EU quota abolition to hurt Malawi

Government and the Sugarcane Growers Association of Malawi have separately expressed concern over uncertainty of Malawi’s sugar market in the European Union (EU), which plans to scrap off sugar quotas come 2017. The planned arrangement means that Malawi, alongside other sugar producing countries, will lose a significant portion of their export market in 2017 when…

Speed up Njauju’s investigations—Donors tell govt

Malawi’s major donors have called for speedy investigations into the gruesome murder of Anti- Corruption Bureau (ACB) director of administration and corporate affairs Issa Njauju. The donors have further warned against attempts to cripple the bureau through intimidation and bribery. The call was made on Thursday when British, Irish, German, United States (US), Norwegian and…

AfDB gives Malawi k13bn budget support

  The African Development Bank (AfDB) has given Malawi $29 million (about K13 billion) as sector budget support for the protection of basic social services in the country. Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development Goodall Gondwe said yesterday at the signing ceremony in Lilongwe that this is part of the pledge by the pan-African…

MHRC queries DPP’s victory

Taxpayer-funded Malawi Human Rights Commission (MHRC) has described the May 20 Tripartite Elections as lacking fairness, transparency and credibility and questioned the legitimacy of the eventual winner and incumbent President Peter Mutharika. But Mutharika’s governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has reacted angrily to the release of the report, saying the elections were “a closed chapter”. The party…

EU hints at resuming aid to Malawi

European Union (EU) commissioner for development Adris Piebalgs says the EU is keen to resume its budgetary support to Malawi as quickly as possible if critical issues of concern are resolved. Speaking after meeting President Peter Mutharika in New York on Tuesday on the sidelines of the Climate Summit in the UN General Assembly Hall,…

BWB water reservoir construction to extend to Nov

Blantyre Water Board (BWB) says the construction and upgrading of its major pumping stations in Walkers Ferry and Chileka and the rehabilitation of the pipes that connect the two stations which was expected to end by October will be finalised by November 15. The company’s public relations officer Priscilla Mateyu confirmed the development saying the…

MEC urged to improve elections results management

The European Union (EU) has asked the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) to improve its elections results management system to ensure timely dispensation of electoral justice. Speaking in Lilongwe recently during a two-day post-2014 Tripartite Elections Conference that was jointly organised by the National Initiative for Civic Education (Nice) Trust and the Institute for Policy Interaction…

Malawi on verge of K296bn EU deal

Malawi on verge of K296bn EU deal Malawi is in the final stages of securing a major aid infusion of over K296 billion (€560 million) from the European Development Fund (EDF), a senior official has said. Finance, Economic Planning and Development Minister Goodall Gondwe disclosed this on Friday at a farewell reception for the out-going…

No rigging took place–EU mission

The European Union 2014 Election Observation Mission (EU EOM) yesterday said it did not find any evidence of rigging in the May 20 Tripartite Elections, adding that the final outcome would not have changed even if a recount had taken place. Presenting its final report and recommendations for future electoral processes in Malawi, EU EOM…