Monday 21 August 2017

Malawi

(Reuters (Eng) 08/16/17)
Elias Kanyangale is ecstatic about his maize harvest. Balancing on a homemade ladder, the farmer retrieves cobs from a full granary, the bounty of this year's good rains, which broke three years of drought in Malawi. Kanyangale, 44, from Kalumbu village, part of the capital city Lilongwe, says his 5-ton harvest of maize is double the previous year's crop, and he has some soya beans too. But he is still worried about his income. “I am not sure I will get good prices for my crop. I planted more maize for home consumption and more soya beans for sale because the rains were good after the drought of last year, but if I do not...
(Xinhuanet 08/14/17)
A delegation from the Malawi education ministry is in Namibia to consult about best education practices. The objective of the visit is to learn best practices from Namibia that would be instrumental in the crafting of Malawi's harmonized teacher management strategy geared towards improved education provision and service delivery at schools, said Ellen Simango, head of delegation and Deputy Director of Basic Education at the Malawian Ministry of Education, Science and Technology. According to Simango, Malawi faces various challenges and is grappling with education provision, particularly teacher management and recruitment, given that Malawi has no coordinated and harmonized teacher management policies in place. Enrolment in primary phase in Malawi increased to 4.9 million and 3.8 million respectively after the implementation...
(Bloomberg 08/14/17)
The U.S. will probably maintain its current levels of aid to Africa despite President Donald Trump’s proposals to slash funding, according to Bill Gates, the world’s richest man. Trump said in May his government would no longer allocate funding for family planning, a move that has the potential to undermine aid programs in the poorest countries in the world. However, with Congress in control of the budget, it’s unlikely that all cuts proposed by the Trump administration will go ahead...
(AFP (eng) 08/10/17)
Malawi has fired 68 civil servants for embezzling $2 million (1.71 million euros) in public funds, an official said Thursday, as the country tries to crack down on corruption that has seen donors withdraw support. Employees at the agricultural ministry have been accused of running a scheme of inflated salaries or payments for non-existent workers between 2012 and 2014. "Sixty-eight officers have been dismissed and their cases referred to the attorney general for prosecution," Osborne Tsoka, the ministry's spokesman, said...
(AFP (eng) 08/10/17)
The skull of an infant ape buried by a volcano 13 million years ago has preserved intriguing clues about the ancestor humans shared with apes -- including a likely African origin, scientists said Wednesday. A previously-unknown creature that shared an extended family with the human forefather, had a flat face like that of our far-flung cousin the gibbon, but did not move like one, its discoverers wrote in the journal Nature. They named it Nyanzapithecus alesi after "ales" -- the...
(Xinhuanet 08/09/17)
The United States Trade Representative (USTR) on Wednesday affirmed the commitment of his country to Africa and saw "great potential to grow and deepen trade relationship." Robert E. Lighthizer expressed this in opening speech of the ministerial plenary as part of the 16th Forum of the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), on Wednesday here in Togolese capital Lome. "The United States is committed to Africa. We see great potential to grow and deepen our trade relationship, with the goal...
(Nyasa Times 08/08/17)
Malawi Parliament's committee on environment and natural resources say it has summoned Lilongwe Water Board and Lilongwe City Council over the horror which residents in the capital especially those in Area 18 faced by consuming water contaminated with sewage . Committee chair Welani Chilenga said all preparations for the meeting has now been completed. "We want to find out as to what happened that people should drink water that was contaminated with the human waste, that was disgusting," said Chilenga...
(Malawi News Agency 08/08/17)
Blantyre — The Blantyre District Health Office says the conduct of some pastors who proclaim to heal their followers from HIV/AIDS is increasing numbers of people defaulting from antiretroviral therapy (ART). District health officer (DHO) Dr. Medson Matchaya has described the conduct unfortunate. Matchaya said this in an interview with the Malawi News Agency (MANA) whenhe was commenting on some of the challenges the National HIV and AIDS Strategic Plan (NSP) is facing in realizing the ambitious 90-90-90 treatment target...
(Nyasa Times 08/08/17)
Leader of Opposition Lazarus Chakwera has thrown his full weight behind the controversial US$400 million Lake Malawi water project which government is initiating to end water woes in the Capital City. In a media interview, Chakwera said the water project is the only lasting solution to the persistent water problems in Lilongwe and surrounding areas. "We needed the project yesterday. The issues of Area 18 where water was contaminated with human waste is a clear indication that we need the...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/08/17)
Tuesday's action at the World Athletics Championships sees two of the most intriguing races of the program as South Africa's Wayde van Niekerk bids for the first half of his 400/200 meters double and Nigel Amos goes for gold in the men's 800m. World record holder and defending champion Van Niekerk should be unbeatable in the 400m but faces a stiff challenge, not least from Botswanan duo Isaac Makwala and Thebe Baboloki. Another Botswanan, Amos, will also have to be...
(Xinhuanet 08/03/17)
Trade between China and Africa reached 85.3 billion U.S. dollars in H1, surging 19 percent year on year as the two sides strengthened cooperation in a wide range of areas, official data showed Thursday. The data reversed the negative growth trend since 2015, according to Gao Feng, spokesperson with the Ministry of Commerce. During January-June, Chinese imports from Africa, including minerals, agricultural products and fruits, amounted to 38.4 billion U.S. dollars, jumping 46 percent from the same period last year,...
(AFP (eng) 08/02/17)
Malawi on Thursday celebrated the successful conclusion of a two-year project moving 520 sedated elephants by truck to a reserve where the animals had been nearly wiped out by poaching. Described as one of the biggest-ever wildlife translocations, the elephants were transported 350 kilometres (220 miles) from two southern parks to the Nkhotakota reserve in the centre of the country. "We have taken extraordinary measures to secure a future for Malawi's elephants, and at the same time are helping people...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/02/17)
Malawi's former president denied on Tuesday any wrongdoing in a corruption scandal that erupted when she was in office, saying she will be going back to the southern African nation to prove her innocence. Joyce Banda is wanted for arrest over alleged abuse of office and money-laundering offenses, police said on Monday. Government officials are accused of siphoning off millions of dollars from state funds in the scandal, which was revealed in 2013. Banda, who was Malawi's president for two...
(Nyasa Times 08/02/17)
Billionaire clergy Shepherd Bushiri has denied he intends to join a new political party, Democratic Progressive Congress (Depeco), saying he is not ready for frontline politics. The South African based leader of Enlighted Christian Gathering was mentioned by Depco president Chris Daza on Sunday as possible member and financier of the party. But spokesperson for Prophet Bushiri, Ephraim Nyondo laughed off the matter, saying the 'Major 1' is not yet ready for frontline politics. "He has not yet received the...
(Voice of America 08/02/17)
Malawi police have issued an arrest warrant for former president Joyce Banda, saying they wish to question her about her suspected involvement in the 2013 Cashgate corruption scandal. The arrest warrant for Malawi's former president comes nearly four years after the Cashgate scandal first broke. In 2013, a British auditing firm hired by the government discovered $32 million in government funds had been paid fraudulently to contractors, in particular private construction companies, for goods and services that were never delivered...
(Bloomberg 08/02/17)
Julien Ochala can’t live without his morning cup of Joe. But not just any coffee will do. For the past five years, the 37-year-old physiology lecturer at King’s College London has visited the same store every week to grab a pack of his beloved Kenyan brew. And he’s not put off by the cost: at 37 pounds a kilogram ($22 a pound), it’s more than double a similar supermarket product. "I take Kenyan coffee every morning," said Ochala, who buys...
(Bloomberg 08/01/17)
Malawian police issued an arrest warrant for former President Joyce Banda over her alleged involvement in a scheme in which companies and individuals were paid for services that weren’t provided. “The evidence gathered raises reasonable suspicion that the former president committed offenses relating to abuse of office and money laundering,” Malawi Police spokesman James Kadadzera said in an emailed statement. Banda wasn’t involved in the scheme and the arrest warrant is a political witch-hunt by the government, her spokesman Andekuche Chanthunya told closely held Zodiak Broadcasting
(APA 08/01/17)
The police in Malawi on Monday issued an arrest warrant for former President Joyce Banda over allegations she was involved in the theft of public resources estimated at $30 million. The case which began shortly after Banda left office is locally known as cashgate. According to a statement from the police, following thorough investigations by its Fiscal and Fraud Department, there appears to be credible evidence that Mrs. Banda was involved in the abuse of public office. “The evidence gathered raises reasonable suspicion that the former president had a hand and committed offences relating to the abuse of her office and money-laundering,” it said.
(Bloomberg 08/01/17)
British American Tobacco Plc faces a formal probe by the U.K.’s Serious Fraud Office following reports that the maker of Dunhill cigarettes bribed African government officials to influence tobacco legislation. BAT said Tuesday it is running its own investigations, via external legal advisers, into allegations of misconduct and is cooperating with the U.K. prosecutor. A BBC report two years ago said BAT had a lobbyist arrange bribes totaling $26,000 for three public officials in Rwanda, Burundi and the Comoros Islands...
(Nyasa Times 07/31/17)
President P" Peter Mutharika has said former President of Malawi Joyce Banda is free to come back to Malawi anytime to help the government in developing the country. Mutharika said this on Saturday at the Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe during a Blue Night Fundraising Dinner and Dance organized by the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP). He said he was sad that the former president who left the country for her reason is telling the world leaders that the current president is...

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(Xinhuanet 08/14/17)
A delegation from the Malawi education ministry is in Namibia to consult about best education practices. The objective of the visit is to learn best practices from Namibia that would be instrumental in the crafting of Malawi's harmonized teacher management strategy geared towards improved education provision and service delivery at schools, said Ellen Simango, head of delegation and Deputy Director of Basic Education at the Malawian Ministry of Education, Science and Technology. According to Simango, Malawi faces various challenges and is grappling with education provision, particularly teacher management and recruitment, given that Malawi has no coordinated and harmonized teacher management policies in place. Enrolment in primary phase in Malawi increased to 4.9 million and 3.8...
(Bloomberg 08/14/17)
The U.S. will probably maintain its current levels of aid to Africa despite President Donald Trump’s proposals to slash funding, according to Bill Gates, the world’s richest man. Trump said in May his government would no longer allocate funding for family planning, a move that has the potential to undermine aid programs in the poorest countries in the world. However, with Congress in control of the budget, it’s unlikely that all cuts proposed by the Trump administration will go ahead next year, Gates said in an interview in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s commercial capital. “It’s quite clear that they won’t make those drastic cuts,” Gates said. “I’m hopeful they won’t make any cuts at all, but that’s still subject to...
(AFP (eng) 08/10/17)
Malawi has fired 68 civil servants for embezzling $2 million (1.71 million euros) in public funds, an official said Thursday, as the country tries to crack down on corruption that has seen donors withdraw support. Employees at the agricultural ministry have been accused of running a scheme of inflated salaries or payments for non-existent workers between 2012 and 2014. "Sixty-eight officers have been dismissed and their cases referred to the attorney general for prosecution," Osborne Tsoka, the ministry's spokesman, said...
(Malawi News Agency 08/08/17)
Blantyre — The Blantyre District Health Office says the conduct of some pastors who proclaim to heal their followers from HIV/AIDS is increasing numbers of people defaulting from antiretroviral therapy (ART). District health officer (DHO) Dr. Medson Matchaya has described the conduct unfortunate. Matchaya said this in an interview with the Malawi News Agency (MANA) whenhe was commenting on some of the challenges the National HIV and AIDS Strategic Plan (NSP) is facing in realizing the ambitious 90-90-90 treatment target...
(Nyasa Times 08/08/17)
Leader of Opposition Lazarus Chakwera has thrown his full weight behind the controversial US$400 million Lake Malawi water project which government is initiating to end water woes in the Capital City. In a media interview, Chakwera said the water project is the only lasting solution to the persistent water problems in Lilongwe and surrounding areas. "We needed the project yesterday. The issues of Area 18 where water was contaminated with human waste is a clear indication that we need the...
(AFP (eng) 08/02/17)
Malawi on Thursday celebrated the successful conclusion of a two-year project moving 520 sedated elephants by truck to a reserve where the animals had been nearly wiped out by poaching. Described as one of the biggest-ever wildlife translocations, the elephants were transported 350 kilometres (220 miles) from two southern parks to the Nkhotakota reserve in the centre of the country. "We have taken extraordinary measures to secure a future for Malawi's elephants, and at the same time are helping people...
(Voice of America 08/02/17)
Malawi police have issued an arrest warrant for former president Joyce Banda, saying they wish to question her about her suspected involvement in the 2013 Cashgate corruption scandal. The arrest warrant for Malawi's former president comes nearly four years after the Cashgate scandal first broke. In 2013, a British auditing firm hired by the government discovered $32 million in government funds had been paid fraudulently to contractors, in particular private construction companies, for goods and services that were never delivered...
(Bloomberg 08/01/17)
Malawian police issued an arrest warrant for former President Joyce Banda over her alleged involvement in a scheme in which companies and individuals were paid for services that weren’t provided. “The evidence gathered raises reasonable suspicion that the former president committed offenses relating to abuse of office and money laundering,” Malawi Police spokesman James Kadadzera said in an emailed statement. Banda wasn’t involved in the scheme and the arrest warrant is a political witch-hunt by the government, her spokesman Andekuche Chanthunya told closely held Zodiak Broadcasting
(Malawi News Agency 07/27/17)
Lilongwe — Malawi government will on July 28, this year join the world in commemorating the World Hepatitis Day with an aim of raising awareness of the global burden of hepatitis and to influence action. The day is designed to build and leverage political engagement following official endorsement of the Global Health Sector on viral hepatitis at the world health assembly 2016, showcase emerging national response to hepatitis in heavy burden and highlight the need for a greater global response...
(Nyasa Times 07/27/17)
Hundreds of people including members from the media fraternity on Wednesday gathered in Chitawira residential area to pay their last respect to Lloyd Zawanda, a veteran journalist who until his death was a group station manager for Joy Media Group. Zawanda collapsed at his house in Chitawira Tuesday morning and he was rushed to Gombwa Clinic in the area where he was referred to Blantyre Adventist Hospital. He was pronounced dead at around 9:30 pm. Different media groups have poured...
(Malawi 24 07/21/17)
Former Malawi Budget Director, Paul Mphwiyo, has implicated Minister of Agriculture, Joseph Mwanamvekha, in another cashgate scandal that saw $30 million (about MK22 Billion) meant for the procurement of weapons for peacekeeping missions vanish into thin air, an independent investigation has revealed. A report by Center for Investigative Journalism Malawi (CIJM) claims that Mphwiyo fingered out Mwanamvekha, whon has been moved from Trade to Agriculture ministry by President without a proper explanation. In warn and caution statements to the Malawi...
(Xinhuanet 07/19/17)
Malawi's graft busting body, the Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) Wednesday arrested former agriculture minister George Chaponda, who was under investigation for corruption. Chaponda was allegedly involved in dubious procurement of maize from the neighboring Zambia. He was recently fired as minister by President Peter Mutharika to pave way for investigations. Acording to the government's official Government social media page, 'Official Malawi Government Online', Chaponda will soon appear before court.
(Nyasa Times 07/18/17)
A civil rights body has warned government that it risks paying huge sums of money in compensation to prisoners whose rights have been infringed upon due to the ongoing strike by prison warders. Victor Mhango, executive director of Centre for Rehabilitation, Education and Advice (CHREA) said the Prison Department has failed to release some prisoners who whose term of jail ended. “The prison is also failing to bring to court those whose cases are supposed to be heard before the...
(Malawi 24 07/18/17)
Government has told Malawi National Examinations Board (MANEB) to be ready for competitors since provision of national examinations will be liberalised once the Malawi Qualifications Bill is enacted into law. Former Minister of Education, Science and Technology Emmanuel Fabiano said this during the official opening of 11th Southern Africa Association for Education Assessment (SAAEA) Conference which Malawi through MANEB is hosting together with Institute of Chartered Accounts in Malawi (ICAM) at Nkopola Lodge in Mangochi district. According to Fabiano, once...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/18/17)
Three years after he risked his life crossing the Mediterranean Sea from Libya to Italy on a small boat crammed with migrants, 22-year-old Sow Muhammed can hardly believe his luck. The former street hawker from Guinea now works as a caterer in Venice, rents his own apartment, and sends money back home regularly to his mother and siblings in the West African nation. "I am happy I came to Europe, and my family is also happy," he told the Thomson...
(Malawi 24 07/17/17)
In an effort to strengthen border relations between Malawi and Mozambique, officials from Zobue and Mwanza borders held an interface meeting at Mwanza District Commissioner’s office. Confirming the development was Mwanza border publicist Pasqually Zulu who said officials from the two sides met on Friday, July 14. Zulu said cross border crimes, general border relationships, ill treatment of the travelling communities by security agencies and lack of proper documentations were key issues that took centre stage during deliberations. In her...
(Malawi 24 07/13/17)
Though Wednesday was set to be the last day for the fourth witness to give evidence for the K2.4 billion cashgate case involving former budget director Paul Mphwiyo and eighteen others, the trial continues today as defence lawyer for the third accused Auscious Mwale objected that his client received reconciliatory documents from Reserve Bank of Malawi (RBM). During court proceedings on Wednesday, witness Francis Juwawo told the court that Mwale got an email from RBM for the documents that the...
(CNN 07/13/17)
It was a family affair on Tuesday when Madonna opened a children's hospital in Malawi. The superstar presided over the opening of the Mercy James Institute for Pediatric Surgery and Intensive Care at the Queen Central Hospital. Named for one of Madonna's adopted daughters, Mercy James, it's the first center of its kind in the African country and was funded by the singer's Raising Malawi charity, which she founded in 2006, the same year she adopted an infant son David...
(Usa Today 07/12/17)
 
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Madonna has just opened the Mercy James Institute for Pediatric Surgery and Intensive Care at the Queen Central Hospital. This is the first center of this kind in the African country of Malawi and it is being named after one of her adopted daughters
(The Maravi Post 07/12/17)
Malawi government has started registering mobile phone Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) cards compulsorily, Maravi Post can reveal. The development started on 1 June, 2017 without usual mass sensitization campaign. Confirming the development in an interview, Minister of Information, Communication and ICT Nicholas Dausi said this will help the service providers to know its customers than was in the past. “Service providers are mandated to know its customers apart from tracing their location. Therefore SIM cards will not be sold anyhow...

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(Reuters (Eng) 08/16/17)
Elias Kanyangale is ecstatic about his maize harvest. Balancing on a homemade ladder, the farmer retrieves cobs from a full granary, the bounty of this year's good rains, which broke three years of drought in Malawi. Kanyangale, 44, from Kalumbu village, part of the capital city Lilongwe, says his 5-ton harvest of maize is double the previous year's crop, and he has some soya beans too. But he is still worried about his income. “I am not sure I will get good prices for my crop. I planted more maize for home consumption and more soya beans for sale because the rains were good after the drought of last year, but if I do not...
(Xinhuanet 08/09/17)
The United States Trade Representative (USTR) on Wednesday affirmed the commitment of his country to Africa and saw "great potential to grow and deepen trade relationship." Robert E. Lighthizer expressed this in opening speech of the ministerial plenary as part of the 16th Forum of the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), on Wednesday here in Togolese capital Lome. "The United States is committed to Africa. We see great potential to grow and deepen our trade relationship, with the goal of establishing a true partnership for the future", Lighthizer said. "By lowering barriers and tackling other constraints that impede trade and investment, we are poised to see U.S.-Africa trade flourish", he said, underscoring that "much more work needs to be...
(Xinhuanet 08/03/17)
Trade between China and Africa reached 85.3 billion U.S. dollars in H1, surging 19 percent year on year as the two sides strengthened cooperation in a wide range of areas, official data showed Thursday. The data reversed the negative growth trend since 2015, according to Gao Feng, spokesperson with the Ministry of Commerce. During January-June, Chinese imports from Africa, including minerals, agricultural products and fruits, amounted to 38.4 billion U.S. dollars, jumping 46 percent from the same period last year,...
(Bloomberg 08/02/17)
Julien Ochala can’t live without his morning cup of Joe. But not just any coffee will do. For the past five years, the 37-year-old physiology lecturer at King’s College London has visited the same store every week to grab a pack of his beloved Kenyan brew. And he’s not put off by the cost: at 37 pounds a kilogram ($22 a pound), it’s more than double a similar supermarket product. "I take Kenyan coffee every morning," said Ochala, who buys...
(Bloomberg 08/01/17)
British American Tobacco Plc faces a formal probe by the U.K.’s Serious Fraud Office following reports that the maker of Dunhill cigarettes bribed African government officials to influence tobacco legislation. BAT said Tuesday it is running its own investigations, via external legal advisers, into allegations of misconduct and is cooperating with the U.K. prosecutor. A BBC report two years ago said BAT had a lobbyist arrange bribes totaling $26,000 for three public officials in Rwanda, Burundi and the Comoros Islands...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/28/17)
Barclays reported a 1.2 billion pound ($1.57 billion)attributable first half loss on Friday after taking a 2.5 billion pound hit from the sale of its Africa business and calling an end to its restructuring. The British bank said it had made a 1.4 billion pound loss on the sale of 33 percent of Barclays Africa Group, and took a further 1.1 billion pound impairment charge on the sale. Barclays in June cut its stake in Barclays Africa Group to 15...
(AfricaNews 07/27/17)
At a time when Africa is going through a difficult situation, the blue economy is emerging as a stepping stone to relaunch the continent in the right economic direction. But this type of economy is seriously threatened by “predators” who do not hesitate to plunder resources. The “cancer of illegal fishing” costs Africa about $ 1.6 million annually based on Economic Commission for Africa’s estimates. This and more on this week’s edition segment on Business on the Morning Call with...
(Nyasa Times 07/21/17)
Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) says during the fiscal year just ended, the tax collecting body has collected K767.61 billion against a projection of K725.06 billion, registering a surplus of K42.56 billion. MRA Commissioner General, Tom Malata said all tax lines namely Corporate Tax, Pay As You Earn, Withholding Tax, Provisional Tax, Value Added Tax, Import Duty and Excise Duty among others performed well above their projections. Malata said this in his appreciation report dubbed Voluntary Tax Compliance. “The exceptional performance...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/20/17)
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Africa's major central banks are entering an easing cycle as they try to stimulate growth after months of drought, austerity drives and confidence issues across the continent, a Reuters poll found on Thursday. Much of southern and eastern Africa is still recovering after an El Niño-related drought wilted crops last year. Poor business confidence in South Africa and foreign exchange restrictions in Nigeria have also hampered growth. "We expect that African monetary policy is entering a widespread...
(Bloomberg 07/19/17)
Vodacom Group Ltd. sees the expansion of mobile-banking services into new markets in sub-Saharan Africa as a top priority following a shareholder vote to rubber stamp its purchase of a 35 percent stake in Safaricom Ltd., Kenya’s biggest company. “We will use Safaricom to enter other markets where neither Vodacom nor Safaricom are,” Chief Executive Officer Shameel Joosub said in an interview at the wireless carrier’s annual general meeting in Johannesburg on Tuesday. The two businesses have a combined 30...
(Xinhuanet 07/17/17)
Africa is making progress towards the establishment of a trade zone by Oct. 30 that will cover approximately half of the continent's member states. The Common Market for the Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) Director of Trade and Customs, Francis Mangeni, said in a commentary published in the Star Newspaper on Monday that so far 19 of the 26 countries involved have signed the agreement. "Three outstanding annexes had meant the tripartite agreement was not complete and this was advanced...
(Malawi News Agency 07/14/17)
Rumphi — Senior Chief Mwankhunikira of Rumphi District has asked government to ban taking of beer and other alcoholic substances during morning hours saying the practice has negative impact on productivity. Mwankhunikira made the call Wednesday during a Rumphi Police Station Executive Committee (SEC) meeting. He said the country needs to learn from neighbouring Tanzania where drinking joints are not allowed to operate during morning hours. "As a nation, let's borrow a leaf from Tanzania where drinking during morning hours...
(Bloomberg 07/10/17)
Many cell phone companies are rethinking their headlong rush into the continent. Only Orange is staying the course. Back when African countries were auctioning off mobile licenses by the boatload to serve the region’s young, tech-savvy population, investing in the continent’s fast-growing economies seemed like a no-brainer. Some of the world’s biggest wireless carriers rushed in. Now they’re wondering if they made a mistake. Increasing government and regulatory scrutiny, as well as a lack of expansion opportunities in sub-Saharan Africa,...
(AFP (eng) 06/12/17)
German Chancellor Angela Merkel will on Monday meet African leaders in Berlin on initiatives aiming to reduce the poverty and conflict driving a mass migrant influx to Europe. The idea is to team up African nations willing to reform with private investors who would bring business and jobs to a continent where instability or graft often scare off foreign companies. Merkel is hosting the initiative as part of Germany's presidency of the Group of 20 powerful economies, whose leaders meet in the northern port of Hamburg a month later. Invited to Berlin are Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and the leaders of Ghana, Ivory Coast...
(Nyasa Times 06/02/17)
The World Bank has painted a gloomy economic outlook for Malawi by revising downwards the country's real gross domestic product (GDP) growth rate to 4.4 percent contrary to Reserve Bank of Malawi estimate of 5.6 percent made in January. World Bank s says t in its latest biannual publication Malawi Economic Monitor (MEC) that the GDP rate will driven by improved conditions in the agriculture sector. The agriculture sector's contribution to GDP--the monetary value of all finished goods and services...
(Zambia Daily mail 06/02/17)
Zambia and Malawi have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to promote bilateral co-operation in telecommunications and broadcast services on cross- border frequency co-ordination. Under the MoU, the Zambia Information and Communications Technology Authority (ZICTA) and Malawi Communications and Regulatory Authority (MACRA) will focus on key and diverse issues involving telecommunication and broadcasting such as promotion of expansion of roaming agreements to all operators in both countries. ZICTA acting director general Patrick Mutimushi and MACRA director general Godfrey Itaye signed...
(The East African 06/02/17)
A Malawian bank has bought a majority stake in Barclays Plc's Zimbabwean unit. The move by the First Merchant Bank (FMB) of Malawi ends months of speculation after the British financial institution announced it was disposing of its African assets. FMB Malawi's pursuit of the controlling stake had been facing resistance from the management of Barclays Zimbabwe, which had also tabled a bid to take over the iconic financial institution. However, the deal between FMB and Barclays Plc sailed through...
(Lusaka Times 05/29/17)
Malawi and Zambia has signed a bilateral agreement on One Stop Border Post (OSBP) at Mwami- Mchinji Border whose main objective is to enhance trade facilitation through efficient movement of goods and people within the COMESA and SADC regions. Malawi’s Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism, Joseph Mwanamveka speaking during the signing ceremony in Lilongwe, said the signing of the Bilateral Agreement will take the two nations a step forward in a bilateral economic relationship. “I am convinced that a...
(Voice of America 05/27/17)
Three years of El Nino-induced drought and flooding left half of Malawi's population dependent on food aid, but this year, the country is reporting a good maize harvest. Malawi’s government banned the export of maize and maize products in 2015 amid food shortages. But now things are changing. Latest crop production estimates by the Ministry of Agriculture show that maize production will rise to 3.2 million tons, up from last year’s 2.3 million tons. The surplus has already sent local...
(Xinhuanet 05/24/17)
Entrepreneurs from East Africa on Tuesday called for increased investments in the power generation so as to develop a strong value-added manufacturing base in the region. Delegates participating in the second high-level East African Manufacturing Business Summit and Exhibition (EAMBS) held in Rwanda's capital city Kigali, said that heavy investments by both private and the public in the energy sector will enhance the production capacity of manufacturing industries in the region. Rwanda hosts the forum from May 23 to 25...

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(Reuters (Eng) 08/08/17)
Tuesday's action at the World Athletics Championships sees two of the most intriguing races of the program as South Africa's Wayde van Niekerk bids for the first half of his 400/200 meters double and Nigel Amos goes for gold in the men's 800m. World record holder and defending champion Van Niekerk should be unbeatable in the 400m but faces a stiff challenge, not least from Botswanan duo Isaac Makwala and Thebe Baboloki. Another Botswanan, Amos, will also have to be at his best in the 800m, where a clutch of athletes are suddenly dreaming of glory in the absence of Kenya's injured champion David Rudisha. Kenya is expected to continue its dominance of the men's...
(AFP (eng) 07/21/17)
The 2019 Africa Cup of Nations will expand from 16 to 24 teams and be staged in June and July, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) announced on Thursday. The tournament has traditionally been held in January and February, with the timing of the tournament a source of frustration to European clubs forced to release players in the middle of the season. The CAF executive committee confirmed the changes to the format following a two-day symposium in Rabat, although the tournament will continue to be held every two years and exclusively on African soil. The decision to increase the number of teams mirrors a similar one taken by UEFA to expand the European Championship, with 24 nations taking part at...
(Malawi 24 07/14/17)
Police have downplayed reports that they blamed stadium officials for the Independence Day stampede at Bingu National Stadium through their preliminary findings on the tragedy. The sentiments follow local media reports that disclosed that police put the blame on stadium officials over the tragedy that witnessed dozens of soccer lovers being injured and eight people being killed. Speaking in an interview with Malawi24, National Police spokesperson James Kadadzela said they are not blaming the officials at Bingu stadium over the...
(Malawi 24 07/13/17)
Thursday was a historic day for Dalitso Sailesi. The 21-year-old pacey winger has completed his move from Nyasa Big Bullets to Lusaka Dynamos of Zambia by signing a five year deal worth MK21 million ($30,000). He becomes the most expensive player to have been sold outside the country from a local club after penning a five year deal with the Zambian outfit on Thursday afternoon. The former Blantyre United winger left the country on Wednesday alongside his agent Chingeni Agumbala...
(Voice of America 03/16/17)
Malawi's football governing body, the Football Association of Malawi, or FAM, says it is pulling out of the 2018 African Nations Championship, as well as the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations because of lack of funds. The announcement this week came after the Malawi government turned down FAM's request to employ a foreign coach and provide funds for the national football team to prepare for the two international competitions. The Malawi government rejected the football governing body's proposals soon after parliament's midterm budget review cited a reduced allocation
(AFP (eng) 03/16/17)
Africa will host a Commonwealth Games one day despite the blow of Durban being stripped of hosting the 2022 edition, David Grevemberg, the chief executive of The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF), told AFP. Durban lost the right to host the Games on Monday -- just 18 months after being awarded them -- when it failed to meet criteria laid down by the CGF, primarily over costs. "I wouldn't want to make a judgement call," Grevemberg told AFP on the sidelines...
(AFP (eng) 03/13/17)
Malawi have pulled out of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) and the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) due to lack of money, in a move the government criticised as "hasty". The Football Association of Malawi (FAM) said in a statement on Sunday that "having considered all available options" it was withdrawing "due to lack of funding". The country, ranked 103rd in the world, also halted its search for a foreign coach. Alfred Gunda, the head of FAM, said...
(AFP (eng) 02/10/17)
Up to 18 players at the just-completed Africa Cup of Nations could be involved in the new-look CAF Champions League when it kicks off this weekend. Among them is Georges Bokwe, one of two unused goalkeepers in the Cameroon squad that defeated Egypt in the final last Sunday in Gabon. Bokwe was kept out of the starting line-up by the consistent brilliance of Spain-based Fabrice Ondoa, who was included in the team of the tournament. But Bokwe is the first...
(Nyasa Times 02/07/17)
On 88th minute, substitute Vincent Aboubakar chest-controlled the ball just outside the 18-yard area, chipped it over an Egyptian defender, and then beat veteran goalkeeper, Essam El Hadary with a low shot to send Cameroon back to the summit of African football on Sunday, February 5, 2017. Thus Cameroon, aptly named the ‘Indomitable Lions’, won a fifth CAF Africa Cup of Nations title in Libreville following their 2-1 come-from-behind win over Egypt in the Gabon 2017 AFCON final. Another substitute...
(AFP (eng) 01/09/17)
Gabon witnessed one of the most sensational finishes to an Africa Cup of Nations tournament when no-hopers Zambia stunned the Ivory Coast to win the 2012 final. Zambia failed to qualify this time, but the Ivorians will be among the favourites again when the competition returns to the central African state with the first fixtures scheduled for Saturday. AFP Sport rates the chances of the 16 challengers for the $4 million (3.8 million euros) first prize (last three competitive results...
(AfricaNews 12/05/16)
Cameroon’s Indomitable Lionesses failed to use home advantage and revenge in the final of the Women African Cup of Nations (AWCON 2016) losing by a goal to Nigeria’s Super Falcons. The Super Falcons thus successfully defended the title they won in 2014 by defeating Cameroon in Namibia. The hosts entered the final aiming to win their first title and avenge two previous defeats by Nigeria. But a late goal by Oparanozie Desire dashed hopes and sent disappointment through the teeming...
(AFP (eng) 11/10/16)
All CAF competitions will offer increased prize money from 2017, the Cairo-based African football body said Wednesday. The announcement came months after French oil-gas company Total signed an eight-year sponsorship deal with CAF reportedly worth more than one billion dollars (915 million euros). Winners of the biennial Africa Cup of Nations will receive $4 million, up from the $1.5 million pocketed by 2015 champions the Ivory Coast. CAF Champions League title-holders are going to collect $2.5 million -- $1 million...
(AFP (eng) 11/03/16)
African champions Mamelodi Sundowns won for the first time in the South African Premiership this season Wednesday and climbed off the bottom of the table. The Pretoria club triumphed 2-0 at Polokwane City thanks to goals from Percy Tau and Zimbabwean Khama Billiat, two stars of the 2016 CAF Champions League triumph. Sundowns became African champions for the first time 11 days ago by defeating Zamalek of Egypt 3-1 on aggregate in the final. But a domestic fixture backlog meant...
(AfricaNews 09/19/16)
The agreement on African games signed in Cairo over the weekend between the African Union and the Association of National Olympic committees of Africa will be implemented after validation by the Africa Union commission. The two parties are expected to mobilise renowned African athletes and the best teams to help raise their level of performance. Sources say the African Union will continue to manage the African games while the Union of African Sports Confederations will take care of its technical...
(AFP (eng) 07/22/16)
French petroleum giant Total signed an eight-year deal to become the new sponsor of African football and its showpiece event, the Africa Cup of Nations, on Thursday. The sponsorship of the tournament will start at its next edition in Gabon from Jan 14 to Feb 5, 2017. "This partnership is a major milestone in our ongoing search for additional resources to accelerate African football’s development, bring its governance up to date, upgrade its sports infrastructure and advance its performance globally,"...
(AFP (eng) 06/16/16)
Demarte Pena was too young to fight in Angola's civil war, where his family played a major role, but he has fought his way to a mixed martial arts championship. Instead of an AK47, "The Wolf" as he is known in the ring, uses fists, feet and pure muscle to subdue his opponents in what is seen as one of the fastest growing sports in Africa. Pena is bantamweight champion among the new crop of mixed martial arts fighters in...
(Nyasa Times 05/12/16)
Malawian President Peter Mutharika on Tuesday received an honorary boxing belt from World Boxing Council (WBC) in Lilongwe to become the second leader in Africa after Nelson Mandela to receive the belt. Mutharika welcoming at Kamuzu Palace, Houcine Houichi Vice President of World Boxing Council (WBC) and President of Africa Boxing Union (ABU). Speaking when he held an audience at Kamuzu Palace with Houcine Houichi who is Vice President of World Boxing Council (WBC) and President of Africa Boxing Union...
(Malawi News Agency 04/28/16)
Blantyre — Workhorse midfielder, Alfred Manyozo Jnr has rejoined his former club, Mighty Be Forward Wanderers from Botswana where he went to complete his contract with Santos FC. Manyozo said he was delighted to have renewed his marriage with the Nomads, emphasizing that he loves the team. "I am very happy to be back at home, more specifically at Wanderers where l enjoy my game. I love the team and I am ready to play with my whole heart," he...
(Voice of America 03/15/16)
George Wyndham of Sierra Leone is a force to be reckoned with. He’s been playing table tennis for 14 years, despite being paralyzed by polio as a child. Now, at age 26, he is among the best physically challenged players in Africa. "Whenever I play table tennis, it always makes me happy and forget about my disability," Wyndham said. Having polio has pushed him even harder to make something of his life, he says, especially in a country where there...
(Nyasa Times 02/25/16)
Hundreds of Mighty Be Forward Wanderers supporters converged at Kamuzu Stadium on Tuesday morning to welcome Japenese new catch Genki Nakamura, who trained with the rest of the squad for the first time since he jetted in the country last week. Wanderer players at work with Nakamura far right... Photo Jeromy Kadewere. Beaming with confidence, Nakamura told Nyasa Times before training that he was "very happy" with the warm welcome by the Nomads fans and promised for more good things...

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(AFP (eng) 08/10/17)
The skull of an infant ape buried by a volcano 13 million years ago has preserved intriguing clues about the ancestor humans shared with apes -- including a likely African origin, scientists said Wednesday. A previously-unknown creature that shared an extended family with the human forefather, had a flat face like that of our far-flung cousin the gibbon, but did not move like one, its discoverers wrote in the journal Nature. They named it Nyanzapithecus alesi after "ales" -- the word for "ancestor" in the Turkana language of Kenya, where the lemon-sized skull was unearthed. The sole specimen is that of an infant that would have grown to weigh about 11 kilogrammes (24 pounds) in...
(Nyasa Times 07/21/17)
In a quest to familiarize musicians with how works of their union, the Musicians union of Malawi (MUM) is holding a two-day conference for its central chapter in Lilongwe. The workshop, funded by the Swedish Musician Union (SMF) began July 19 at Simama hotel in Lilongwe. In attendance are both secular and gospel artists who are being given insight on important topics that were tackled at a training that took place on 12-16th June at Lingadzi where 20 participants attended. One of the presenters, Rudo Chakwera highlighted struggles of a union, importance of a unity and benefits of fostering a democratic union. Chakwera went on to give the participants a practical exercise to assess whether democracy is practiced in MUM;...
(AFP (eng) 05/26/17)
Entertainment | France | film | festival | Cannes | Zambia | witchcraft Cannes, France | AFP | Friday 5/26/2017 - 14:01 UTC+3 | 615 words by Katy Lee Being accused of witchcraft is no laughing matter in Africa -- but movie director Rungano Nyoni decided a dose of humour was just what was needed to tackle a problem rampant in parts of the continent. Set in Zambia, the sharp satire "I Am Not A Witch" has premiered to strong...
(Xinhuanet 04/18/17)
Africa's diaspora is playing a big role in the economic transformation of the continent, the UN said on Tuesday. UN Population Fund (UNFPA) Regional Director Dr Julitta Onabanjo told Xinhua in Nairobi that remittances are important source of income for many African families. "The diaspora therefore complements government efforts to lift many families out of poverty," Onabanjo said on the sidelines of the First Africa-China Conference on Population and Development. Onabanjo said that Africans in the diaspora also bring back...
(AFP (eng) 03/02/17)
A film raging against colonialism and the exploitation of Africa wowed viewers at the continent's top cinema festival Wednesday, winning shouts of approval at a screening packed to bursting point. "The African Storm" tells the story of an African president who nationalises businesses run by racist, cynical Western executives. Directed and produced by its Beninese star Sylvestre Amoussou, it tackles several hot-button issues including an exit from the CFA franc currency, closer ties with Russia and China as opposed to...
(AFP (eng) 02/27/17)
An African road movie about four women wowed its audience Sunday as it kicked off the Panafrican cinema and television festival (Fespaco), a showcase for the continent's burgeoning film industry. "Borders" ("Frontieres") directed by Apolline Traore, a Fespaco laureate in 2013, sweeps across Africa as its protagonists journey through Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso and Benin on their way to Nigeria. Along the way the women -- Ivorian, Senegalese, Burkinabe and Nigerian actresses -- are spared nothing as they are beset...
(Malawi News Agency 11/30/16)
Following the Atlanta premiere in August and its second screening in Indiana last month, Mphongo film productions finally brings 'Sponge' to Malawi. Written and directed by Chawezi "Chaz" Munthali, 'Sponge' film will premiere in December. According to a statement from the producers, the ones off film screening will be done in both Lilongwe's BICC and Blantyre's M Theatre on the 16th and 17th December 2016 respectively. The film which was shot in Atlanta, US and Blantyre Malawi magnifies the challenges...
(AFP (eng) 10/21/16)
Demand for homegrown contemporary music is sweeping Africa and driving a creative boom in an industry otherwise battered by falling CD sales and rampant piracy. A recent study of the entertainment sector by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) accountants showed rapid earnings growth in many African countries, fuelled largely by live performances by local artists. "Consumers are increasingly wanting local content," Vicki Myburgh, a PwC director who conducted the study released last month, told AFP. "The Nigerian music market... will (soon) grow at...
(AFP (eng) 10/11/16)
Raised on the backstabbing intrigue of 1980s American soaps "Dallas" and "Dynasty", and later, the heady drama of South American telenovelas, Africans are enjoying a surge in local TV content they can finally identify with. It took a while, but in the past decade local programming has soared in sub-Saharan Africa's key economies, a rise driven by both foreign satellite networks and television stations on the continent. This growth has delivered up local shows such as Kenya's comedic "Real Househelps...
(AFP (eng) 09/23/16)
A century after the project was conceived in the throes of racial segregation, and a few months before the first black US president leaves office, the African American Museum in Washington opens Saturday. Here are key facts about the first national museum devoted entirely to showcasing African Americans' life, history and culture. - 1915: A project 101 years old The effort to open, in the US capital, a museum dedicated to the history of the black community "began more than...
(The East African 09/10/16)
The Pan African Federation of Filmmakers (FEPACI) is seeking to raise $200 million from partners over the next two years to fund the continent's audiovisual and cinema sector. The funds will be used to establish centres of excellence in the five regions - East Africa, North Africa, Central Africa, Southern Africa, and West Africa -- and the locations will be decided by the African Council of Ministers of Culture. The money will be used to improve the quality and quantity...
(Voice of America 07/04/16)
To the beat of African drums, a few dozen people gathered at Dallas City Hall Friday to officially kick off the three-day African Film Festival. The event showcases films made by Africans, as well as a few made by non-Africans about issues important to different regions of the continent. City officials hailed the new festival as an expression of the increasing ethnic and cultural diversity in Texas’ second-largest city. Regina Hill Onyeibe, the Africa Liaison for the City of Dallas...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/28/16)
Africa's largest provider of pay-television services Naspers (NPNJn.J) has kept prices on the continent unchanged to halt a decline in subscriber numbers, its chief executive said on Monday. Naspers, the biggest listed firm on the continent, which sells access to popular American series and blockbuster movies in 50 countries in Africa and the Indian Ocean via its Multichoice unit, reported an 18 percent rise in full-year profit on Friday, but flagged pay-TV as a drag on its performance. Weaker currencies...
(AFP (eng) 05/14/16)
On a choice spot overlooking Washington's most stately monuments, a new museum swathed in bronze will showcase the tragedy and triumph of black America. The National Museum of African American History and Culture, 100 years in the making and now almost ready, will fill a gaping void: until now the city had no grand-scale museum dedicated solely to this chapter of US history. Slave cabins, a blacks-only train car from the segregation era and exhibits on the Reverend Martin Luther...
(BBC News Africa 04/24/16)
The influential Congolese music star Papa Wemba has died after collapsing on stage in Abidjan in Ivory Coast, media reports say. Video from the concert shows the artist, who was 66, slumped on the floor as dancers continue to perform, unaware of what is happening. French broadcaster France 24 confirmed the death, quoting his manager. On the African music scene since 1969, Papa Wemba won a world following with his soukous rock music. The Congolese band leader, whose real name was Jules Shungu Webadio, also inspired a cult movement known as the Sapeurs whose members, young men, spend huge amounts of money on designer clothes.
(Malawi News Now 03/23/16)
Beleaguered Malawi President Peter Mutharika is forcing his ministers, including vice president Saulos Chilima and party functionaries to kneel before him as part of observing three pillars of patriotism, integrity and hard work. There has been a social media buzz over the kneeling of ministers including vice president before President Mutharika. “How can Mutharika reduce our generation to this? How can we allow to be reduced to this by a power hungry creature? We have brought ourselves to this!” commented...
(AFP (eng) 01/12/16)
On vocals: convicted murderer Elias Chimenya, on bass guitar: burglar Stefano Nyerenda, and prison guard Thomas Binamo is one of the band's songwriters. Malawi's Zomba Prison Project band has a unique line-up that could grab global success at the recording industry's prestigious Grammy Awards next month. Their 20-track record "I Have No Everything Here" has been nominated in the Best World Music Album category, with the winner to be announced at a gala ceremony in Los Angeles. Musical talent at...
(The Associated Press 01/08/16)
The gentle chorus of maximum security prisoners sung over simple guitar chords has earned Malawians their first Grammy nomination, but it took nearly 10 days for them to find out. "I Have No Everything Here" is a 20-track collection of sometimes melancholic songs performed by the inmates of Malawi's overcrowded Zomba prison, documenting life on both sides of the crumbling red brick walls. The track "Listen to Me" is a warning to young women to stay out of trouble. Other...
(The Guardian 11/18/15)
Tumaini festival, which is held at the Dzaleka camp, aims to change perceptions about refugees by showcasing their many talents Malawi’s Dzaleka refugee camp, a sprawling former political prison housing 20,000 internally displaced people, is an unlikely home for a vibrant arts festival. The Tumaini arts festival’s Congolese founder, Menes La Plume, is clear in his ambitions: he wants to change the way refugees are perceived across the world, and he’s doing so by showcasing their creative talent. For the...
(Malawi 24 10/06/15)
Malawi President Peter Mutharika’ arrival from his trip to the United States of America has brought in a lot of controversy as government now seems to dodge the media. Upon arrival from the United Nations General Assembly, President Mutharika promised to hold a press conference after a day or two but it has been several days and nothing seems to be happening. Some quarters faulted government for taking a bloated delegation to the US, saying government is taking Malawians for granted as the country is facing a lot of problems such as hunger which is expected to affect over 2.8 million people.

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(Bloomberg 08/14/17)
The U.S. will probably maintain its current levels of aid to Africa despite President Donald Trump’s proposals to slash funding, according to Bill Gates, the world’s richest man. Trump said in May his government would no longer allocate funding for family planning, a move that has the potential to undermine aid programs in the poorest countries in the world. However, with Congress in control of the budget, it’s unlikely that all cuts proposed by the Trump administration will go ahead next year, Gates said in an interview in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s commercial capital. “It’s quite clear that they won’t make those drastic cuts,” Gates said. “I’m hopeful they won’t make any cuts at all,...
(Voice of America 08/02/17)
Malawi police have issued an arrest warrant for former president Joyce Banda, saying they wish to question her about her suspected involvement in the 2013 Cashgate corruption scandal. The arrest warrant for Malawi's former president comes nearly four years after the Cashgate scandal first broke. In 2013, a British auditing firm hired by the government discovered $32 million in government funds had been paid fraudulently to contractors, in particular private construction companies, for goods and services that were never delivered. Ten people have been convicted of theft and money laundering, including the supposed ringleader, former ruling party official Oswald Lutepo. In all, about 70 people have been arrested. Police say investigations have continued and they have “unearthed credible evidence” of...
(Bloomberg 08/02/17)
Julien Ochala can’t live without his morning cup of Joe. But not just any coffee will do. For the past five years, the 37-year-old physiology lecturer at King’s College London has visited the same store every week to grab a pack of his beloved Kenyan brew. And he’s not put off by the cost: at 37 pounds a kilogram ($22 a pound), it’s more than double a similar supermarket product. "I take Kenyan coffee every morning," said Ochala, who buys...
(Bloomberg 08/01/17)
Malawian police issued an arrest warrant for former President Joyce Banda over her alleged involvement in a scheme in which companies and individuals were paid for services that weren’t provided. “The evidence gathered raises reasonable suspicion that the former president committed offenses relating to abuse of office and money laundering,” Malawi Police spokesman James Kadadzera said in an emailed statement. Banda wasn’t involved in the scheme and the arrest warrant is a political witch-hunt by the government, her spokesman Andekuche Chanthunya told closely held Zodiak Broadcasting
(Bloomberg 08/01/17)
British American Tobacco Plc faces a formal probe by the U.K.’s Serious Fraud Office following reports that the maker of Dunhill cigarettes bribed African government officials to influence tobacco legislation. BAT said Tuesday it is running its own investigations, via external legal advisers, into allegations of misconduct and is cooperating with the U.K. prosecutor. A BBC report two years ago said BAT had a lobbyist arrange bribes totaling $26,000 for three public officials in Rwanda, Burundi and the Comoros Islands...
(Voice of America 07/25/17)
European and African ministers are meeting in Tunisia about efforts to regulate the flow of refugees from Africa to Europe, primarily along the deadly central Mediterranean route originating in Libya. In a declaration Monday in Tunis, the capital, the ministers said they agreed on a multi-pronged approach to the crisis, including informing people about the risks of illegal migration and the possibility of voluntarily returning home, addressing why migrants leave home and beefing up actions against human traffickers. Participating in...
(Bloomberg 07/19/17)
Vodacom Group Ltd. sees the expansion of mobile-banking services into new markets in sub-Saharan Africa as a top priority following a shareholder vote to rubber stamp its purchase of a 35 percent stake in Safaricom Ltd., Kenya’s biggest company. “We will use Safaricom to enter other markets where neither Vodacom nor Safaricom are,” Chief Executive Officer Shameel Joosub said in an interview at the wireless carrier’s annual general meeting in Johannesburg on Tuesday. The two businesses have a combined 30...
(CNN 07/13/17)
It was a family affair on Tuesday when Madonna opened a children's hospital in Malawi. The superstar presided over the opening of the Mercy James Institute for Pediatric Surgery and Intensive Care at the Queen Central Hospital. Named for one of Madonna's adopted daughters, Mercy James, it's the first center of its kind in the African country and was funded by the singer's Raising Malawi charity, which she founded in 2006, the same year she adopted an infant son David...
(Voice of America 07/11/17)
In the past five years, terrorist attacks have killed nearly 20,000 people across Africa. Two groups, Boko Haram and al-Shabab, accounted for 71 percent of reported incidents and 91 percent of fatalities. But, while these and other militant groups remain active, fatal terrorist attacks across the continent are on pace to fall for a second straight year, and the total number of attacks is running far below 2012 highs. These findings are part of VOA’s original analysis of data from...
(Bloomberg 07/10/17)
Many cell phone companies are rethinking their headlong rush into the continent. Only Orange is staying the course. Back when African countries were auctioning off mobile licenses by the boatload to serve the region’s young, tech-savvy population, investing in the continent’s fast-growing economies seemed like a no-brainer. Some of the world’s biggest wireless carriers rushed in. Now they’re wondering if they made a mistake. Increasing government and regulatory scrutiny, as well as a lack of expansion opportunities in sub-Saharan Africa,...
(Voice of America 07/04/17)
GENEVA — The U.N. children’s fund warns tens of thousands of malnourished children are at great risk in Yemen, Somalia and South Sudan, which are on the brink of famine. UNICEF reports an estimated 4.7 million children in the cholera-stricken countries are malnourished. Of these, UNICEF spokesman Christofe Boulierac tells VOA, more than one million are suffering from severe acute malnutrition. “Let me remind you that a child who is suffering from severe acute malnutrition are nine times more likely...
(RFI(EN) 07/04/17)
New tax rules in Israel could leave hundreds of African migrants worse off than they are. In May, the government introduced a new deposit law, enabling the governemnt to take 20 percent of migrants' salaries each month and place it out of reach. The money can only be accessed once they leave the country. Rights groups say the policy is designed to force them out of the country. "We're not pressuring you to leave but will make your life miserable...
(Voice of America 06/21/17)
WASHINGTON DC — On June 5, Saudi Arabia and its allies, including Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, cut diplomatic ties with Qatar, accusing it of funding extremist groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood and Islamic State. In response, Qatar said it was the victim of a policy of “domination and control” by its larger neighbor and that Saudi Arabia was, in fact, the one responsible for backing extremism. So what is the truth? Fundamentalist strains of Islam, including...
(Voice of America 06/06/17)
A renowned gospel singer in Malawi has raised more than $20,000 in donations for the country’s only pediatric cancer ward. Patience Namadingo donated the money to Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital during the event Saturday at the hospital in Blantyre. Music by a Malawi police brass band graced the street march that gospel singer Patience Namadingo and his fans organized before the check presentation ceremony with hospital officials. The event marked the end of Namadingo’s 40-day campaign known as “Song for...
(Washington Post 05/31/17)
The old man’s house had become a camp for the displaced. In the back yard, groups of women boiled water for rice. Small children skittered across the dirt, running into the bedroom, where they careened around the long, skinny legs of Elijah Karama. “Because of the conditions, they are mine to take care of,” said Karama, 57, more tired than proud. By conditions, he meant Boko Haram’s destruction of vast areas of northeastern Nigeria, and the hunger crisis that has...
(Bloomberg 05/30/17)
Africa’s corn harvest this year is a tale of two extremes as worries about overflowing silos and rotting crops in the south contrast with the east where supermarkets are running short of the staple food. Zambia and South Africa are both predicting record output of the grain, while Zimbabwe may meet its domestic needs for the first time since it began seizing land from white farmers in 2000. Yet in East Africa, 17 million people may be facing hunger, and...
(Malawi 24 05/29/17)
Over 10,000 teachers who are yet to be recruited will have to continue waiting for posting as the 2017/18 financial year seems not favourable to them. Though the ministry of education received a lion’s share of over K230 billion from the budget, the report does not show whether teachers are to be employed as disclosed by Civil Society Education Coalition (CSEC) executive director Benedicto Kondowe. Kondowe faulted the delay to employ the teachers as the student-teacher ratio is still high...
(Voice of America 05/27/17)
Three years of El Nino-induced drought and flooding left half of Malawi's population dependent on food aid, but this year, the country is reporting a good maize harvest. Malawi’s government banned the export of maize and maize products in 2015 amid food shortages. But now things are changing. Latest crop production estimates by the Ministry of Agriculture show that maize production will rise to 3.2 million tons, up from last year’s 2.3 million tons. The surplus has already sent local...
(Bloomberg 05/18/17)
Steinhoff International Holdings NV plans to list its African assets separately as the acquisitive retailer seeks a new prize for shareholders following this year’s failed merger talks with Shoprite Holdings Ltd. The company said Wednesday it will seek to list businesses including clothing retailer Pepkor and furniture chain JD Group Ltd. on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, about 18 months after moving its primary listing to Frankfurt from the South African commercial hub. The new business could be worth as much...
(Fox News 05/10/17)
After five years of no major attacks on merchant vessels, piracy around the Horn of Africa seemed to be on hiatus. Acts of piracy in those treacherous waters have fallen sharply since 2012, according to statistics released by the United States Navy. The Navy credits aggressive patrolling by international forces and increased vigilance by the commercial shipping industry for the decrease. However, in the past month, Somali pirates have intercepted five ships, raising concerns that piracy has returned to the...

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