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Mejn faults government on subsidy

Malawi Economic Justice Network (Mejn) has faulted government over continued implementation of Decent and Affordable Housing Subsidy Programme (Dahsp), popularly known as Malata and Cement Subsidy, saying its costs do not make economic sense. But Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development Atupele Muluzi on Wednesday expressed surprise at Mejn’s stance on the programme, questioning…

Economy robbed k442bn in 10 years

  Malawi has lost about $650 million (about K442.1 billion) in a decade to Illicit Financial Flow (IFF), according to a report by Global Financial Integrity (GFI)—a Washington DC-based research and advisory organisation. The report, released on December 8 last year, says Malawi is ranked among the world’s top 100 countries in IFF at position…

Corruption rise blamed on cultural groups

  Cultural groupings formed to preserve and promote traditional values of various ethnic groups have been blamed for fuelling corruption in the country. Speaking in Lilongwe on Wednesday when he opened an Anti-Corruption Symposium for Non-Governmental Organisations, Felix Lombe, chief executive officer of Africa Institute of Corporate Citizenship (Aicc), observed that such groupings exert undue…

CSOs want action, info on reforms

  Civil society organisations (CSOs) have demanded speed and effective action on public service reforms government is implementing in various sectors. Some CSOs have been in the forefront challenging the reforms process, arguing that it is illegal to implement them without Parliament involvement. In reaction to the criticism, Vice-President Saulos Chilima, who chairs the Public…

Malawi improves on budget transparency ranking—Mejn

  Malawi has improved public access to budget information significantly over the past three years, according to the International Budget Partnership’s (IBP) Open Survey of 2015. Malawi Economic Justice Network (Mejn) executive director Dalitso Kubalasa said this in Lilongwe on Wednesday during the national launch of the 2015 Open Budget Survey (OBS) Malawi results. He…

Government gets thumbs up on Fisp

Traditional leaders and civil society organisations (CSOs) working in the agriculture sector have welcomed proposed reforms to the contentious Farm Input Subsidy Programme (Fisp), which include increasing the contribution by beneficiaries.   Under the new reforms unveiled by Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development Goodall Gondwe in Parliament two weeks ago, Fisp beneficiaries will…

Sadc urges leaders to be responsive

Southern Africa People’s Solidarity Network (Sapsn) has said Southern Africa Development Community (Sadc) heads of State should start responding to people’s needs by translating previous commitments into tangible results to improve the socio-economic welfare of the region. Sapsn secretary general Dalitso Kubalasa, who is also executive director for Malawi Economic Justice Network (Mejn), said in…

Mejn warns on ‘barren’ 50 years

The Malawi Economics Justice Network (Mejn) has warned that the country risks another ‘barren’ next 50 years without any transformation in the people’s livelihood unless the subsequent national budgets desist from the past mediocre performances. The network has also said it is disappointed that after last ten years of diligently and constantly undertaking the monitoring…

The yellow cake that never cheered Malawi

Announced amid a huge political storm—a post election impasse refusing to abate—news that Australian energy giant, Paladin Energy Limited has halted production at the country’s sole uranium mine at Kayelekera in Karonga has been greeted with nervousness and regret by the country’s economic watchers. The development has, however, received a little lukewarm reaction than it…

Non-compliance on AU charters causing economic stagnation

Despite the country signing a number of international agreements, a just-released State of the Union report by Malawi Economic Justice Network (Mejn) and Eye for Development has revealed that poverty and under-development have remained due to failure to implement the various protocols. The report, released on Tuesday in Lilongwe by the civil society groups, further…

Donors defend Germany exit from Cabs

Malawi’s major donors under the Common Approach to Budget Support (Cabs) have defended the decision by the Federal Republic of Germany to change its membership status from Cabs to an observer. According to the Cabs Chairperson Alexander Baum, who is also European Union (EU) Head of Delegation, Germany’s decision reflects the country’s position not to…

Mejn advocates aid elimination

The Malawi EconomicJusticeNetwork (Mejn) has recommended that the incoming government in roughly 30 days from today should prioritizethe work of weaning the country from donor dependence and taking it towards economic independence. A broad civil society coalition that campaigns for just economic policies in Malawi, Mejn observed that all conditions on the display cabinet show…

MEJN rates 2013/14 budget poorly

The Malawi Economic Justice Network (Mejn) said the 2013/14 budget, whose implementation ends on June 30 2014, was characterised by one of Malawi’s worst financial mismanagement at Capital Hill dubbed Cashgate, negatively affecting smooth implementation of the financial plan. The budget tracking network has also singled out poor delivery of public goods and services such…