Monday 26 June 2017
(Malawi today 05/29/13)
Finance Minister Ken Lipenga, on Saturday, walked in Parliament in Lilongwe with a K638.2 billion budget for the fiscal year 2013/14 and assurances of government's continued tight fiscal discipline. Lipenga's fat purse is premised on projections for total revenues and grants pegged at K603.4 billion in the fiscal year ahead, split into 59 per cent from domestic resources and the remaining 41 per cent - about K240 billion – in donor grants. "We intend to continue with a tight fiscal and monetary policy stance to ensure that government operations do not contribute to inflation and crowding out of the private sector. In short, Mr. Speaker, Sir, we should continue to strive to live within our means," he said. Government expects...
(The Maravi Post 05/29/13)
BLANTYRE (MaraPost) -- Labour Minister Eunice Makangala came under pressure in Parliament Tuesday over the controversial deal Malawi has signed with South Korea to send at least 100, 000 Malawian young men and women to work in the Korean peninsula. Some opposition MPs dubbed the exercise "human trafficking" while others called it a "joke", arguing that the programme doesn’t make sense when Malawi is complaining about brain-drain. "Mr. Speaker, Sir, we always cry about brain-drain and encourage Malawians in the diaspora to come back home and yet here we are exporting the cream of our labour force abroad. It doesn't make sense at all," said opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislator Stevyn Kamwendo. Main opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) spokesman...
(The Maravi Post 05/29/13)
BLANTYRE(MaraPost)—The Malawi Electoral Commission (Mec) says strong cooperation and co-existence among electoral players mostly at the district level will ensure free, fair and credible elections. Speaking at the opening of a multiparty liaison committee (MPLC) training assessment report validation workshop in Blantyre on Tuesday, Mec commissioner responsible for electoral services, Emmanuel Chinkwita-Phiri pledged that the electoral body will do everything possible to ensure that MPLCs are functioning effectively at all times and that capacity gaps that affect their performance are addressed. “MPLCs are the unsung heroes all the time we have elections. The cooperation and co-existence among electoral players at the district level contributes to the health of our democracy in the country. You will agree with me that if...
(Huffingtonpost 05/29/13)
The river once teemed with fish and was lined by lush banana trees. Now it's a dry, scorched trail of barren sand. In Fombe village, Malawi, climate change is not a matter of political or scientific debate. It's a matter of survival. I recently visited Fombe and several other villages throughout Malawi with a group of American Christian leaders brought together by the Evangelical Environmental Network and Young Evangelicals for Climate Action. We wanted to see the impact of climate disruption firsthand. We came as representatives of America's most climate skeptic community. According to a 2011 poll, only a slim majority (57%) of white evangelicals believe the globe is warming, and just 31% believe the change is driven by human...
(The Maravi Post 05/28/13)
BLANTYRE (MaraPost) -- Malawi plans to export 100, 000 youths to work in South Korea as one of the Joyce Banda administration's moves to ease unemployment and reduce poverty in the southern African country, a senior minister has disclosed. "We will start with 360 young men and women who will be going to South Korea very soon but the whole programme targets up to 100, 000 people," said Labour Minister Eunice Makangala. Makangala said the programme targets youths between the ages of 18 and 25. The first batch includes 200 males and 160 females. She said most of them will work as unskilled labour in factories and farms. However, the scheme has been met with skepticism with some analysts calling...
(The Maravi Post 05/28/13)
BLANTYRE (MaraPost) -- Police in the northern Malawi border district of Karonga have arrested 35 Ethiopians who entered the country illegally. Police believe the Ethiopians were dumped outside a hospital by a courier who trafficked them across the border from Tanzania. “One of the illegal immigrants got sick and the driver decided to drop all of them outside St. Anne’s Hospital so that they seek medical care and the driver run away," said Northern Region Police spokesperson Norah Chimwala. Chimwala said the one who was sick later died and was abandoned outside the hospital. The rest of the Ethiopians started walking about aimlessly until their movements raised suspicion among locals at a place called Uliwa Trading Centre in the district...
(Malawi today 05/28/13)
President Joyce Banda failed to articulate the direction the country is taking in her State of the Nation Address when she opened the current sitting of Parliament two weeks ago. These were sentiments captured in a Nation on Sunday survey on the President’s speech. The survey asked people whether they thought the speech articulated a vision of where the country is going. Out of 1 233 people sampled from 13 districts who participated in the opinion poll, 706 said they did not see a lot of substance in the speech. This represents 57 percent of the sample. In the speech, the President warned Malawians to brace for more pain as the country continues on the recovery path. “Indeed, we must...
(Malawi today 05/28/13)
Consumer rights activist, John Kapito, has described as "not helpful to the poor masses" government's proposed 2013/14 national budget which Finance Minister Ken Lipenga presented in Parliament on Friday. Speaking in an interview with The Sunday Times to present the consumer's reaction to the budget, Kapito said the budget does not offer much hope as it does not present anything that is helpful to the poor both in the short and long term. "There is a need to critically look into the current economic reforms government put in place and find out if they are really helpful to the economy of Malawi. Do they make sense to the economy of Malawi? No, they do not," said Kapito. The Consumers Association...
(The Malawi Democrat 05/27/13)
LILONGWE (Bright Sonani, Nation)-The United States of America (USA) has advised the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) to prepare adequately and get things right if the country is to have successful tripartite elections next year.It will be the first time Malawi will hold three elections at a single go, allowing voters to elect a President, members of Parliament (MPs) and ward councillors. Speaking in an exclusive interview on Thursday, US Ambassador Jeanine Jackson also said although the country’s developing partners will assist in the elections, successful tripartite elections will depend on how the Malawi Government commits its own resources to the exercise. She said: “It is very complicated than the previous ones and it is very important that MEC get this...
(The Malawi Democrat 05/27/13)
LILONGWE (Ephraim Munthali, Nation)-Fresh details of the K638.2 billion 2013/14 national budget Finance Minister Dr Ken Lipenga presented in Parliament on Friday show, among other things, that the internal travel budget has doubled to nearly K33 billion. The jump in the internal travel budget by around 108 percent on Saturday irked the Malawi Economic Justice Network (Mejn) given the prevailing austerity mood and surprised the Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP) who questioned the rationale for such a huge budget on local travel. According to a summary of recurrent and capital estimates at item level contained in the draft 2013/14 financial statement, the proposed budget for internal travel has jumped from the approved K15 795 billion in the 2012/13...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/27/13)
JOHANNESBURG/MOGADISHU (Reuters) - A website created for Africa's proposed continental defence force proclaims a lofty mission "to support and keep peace for Africa's prosperity and a better life for all in the world". But click on current operations on the African Standby Force site ( www.africa-union.org/root/au/auc/departments/psc/AMISCE/AMISCE . htm) and the response is a dispiriting "page cannot be found". The force dreamed of half a century ago by the founding fathers of independent Africa still exists only on paper, casting a shadow over the back-slapping at this weekend's African Union (AU) summit, which is marking 50 years since the foundation of its precursor, the Organisation of African Unity (OAU). Instead of a muscular rapid-response force to halt genocide, protect civilians in...
(The Associated Press 05/25/13)
Dozens of African leaders met in the Ethiopian capital Saturday to mark 50 years since the founding of the African Union, a continentwide organization that helped liberate Africa from colonial masters and which now is trying to stay relevant on a continent regularly troubled by conflict. Opening the summit that was attended by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and other foreign dignitaries, Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said the AU's original pan-Africanist aspirations remain relevant for a continent where many states are still struggling to overcome rampant poverty and violence. "This historic day marks not only a great leap forward in the Pan-Africanist quest for freedom, independence and unity but also the beginning of our collective endeavor for the...
(The Nation 05/24/13)
Malawi President Joyce Banda has been ranked the most powerful woman in Africa and 47th in the world , according to a Forbes list of 100 Most Powerful Women in the World. Banda, 63, became Malawi’s first female president on April 7 2012 after the death of Bingu wa Mutharika. She is the second on the African continent. Nigeria Minister of Finance Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, 58, is second whereas Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, 74, is third in Africa but the two lie on positions 83 and 87 in the world ranking respectively. Leading the global pack is German Chancellor Angela Merkel whereas Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom is on position 40. The latest Forbes annual snapshot of the 100...
(The Nation 05/24/13)
Private practice lawyer Gaston Mwenelupembe, the former Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) prosecutor, has been allowed to join the legal team defending former president Bakili Muluzi in the K1.7 billion (about $4.2m) graft trial. On Wednesday, ACB lead prosecutor David Nyamirandu opposed Mwenelupembe’s presentation to join Kalekeni Kaphale, Jai Banda and Trouble Kalua, saying the former ACB prosecutor had conflict of interest in the matter. Nyamirandu alleged Mwenelupembe was chief prosecutor during the time when the case started in 2006 as such he had conflict of interest and that ethically, he was not allowed. But on Thursday, Nyamirandu told High Court Judge Mclean Kamwambe that the ACB was served with a sworn affidavit by Mwenelupembe in which he dismissed allegations that he...
(The Nation 05/24/13)
Malawi government has offered Legacy Holdings the contract to manage the Bingu International Conference Centre, The President Hotel and Presidential Villas in the capital, Lilongwe, scorning Peermont Global Proprietary Limited which won in the first tender processed in 2012. Legacy has clinched the deal despite failing to impress in a special tender that Malawi President Joyce Banda ordered to accommodate it after she cancelled negotiations with Peermont. Both firms are based in South Africa. By insisting on the President’s choice of firm to manage the facility, Malawi government has ignored advice from the Attorney General (AG) against cancelling the Peermont deal. The AG argued that the move would be costly to the taxpayer should the dumped company sue for breach...
(Africa Review 05/24/13)
Malawi has said the presidential jet was yet to be sold to the British Virgin Islands-based Bohnox Enterprise Ltd . The British firm, said Blantyre, was yet to respond to the $15 million offer that Malawi had made. "The Presidential jet has not been sold yet. We are still waiting for the Bohnox Enterprise Ltd to respond to our offer," said the Clerk to the Cabinet, Mr Ernest Kantchentche. "We cannot say the jet has been sold officially. The offer of $15 million has been made to the Bohnox Enterprise Ltd of British Virgin Islands and we are still waiting for them respond to the offer," he said. Upon taking over government in April 2012, Malawi President Joyce Banda declared...
(The Guardian 05/23/13)
1.5m people depend on lake for food – including popular Chambo fish – and Malawians are alarmed at decline in stocks. Lloyd Phiri, a fisherman from Senga Bay on Lake Malawi's shores in Malawi's central region, knows that the lake's water levels are dropping. He can see it in his catch, which has shrunk by more than 80%. Years ago, it was the norm to catch about 5,000 fish a day, Phiri says. But now, if he is lucky, he brings in one-fifth of that. And if he is not, he catches a mere 300 fish a day. "My fish catch has gone down in recent years and this has affected my earnings. I now have problems paying school fees...
(The Associated Press 05/23/13)
BLANTYRE, Malawi – Malawi's cost-cutting president is selling her predecessor's jet. Cabinet clerk Ernest Katchetche said Wednesday that the government has identified a buyer for the 14-passenger presidential jet, which was put up for sale. The presidential office says the buyer is a Virgin Islands company. Malawi President Joyce Banda came to power last year after the death of President Bingu wa Mutharika, who had angered the political opposition as well as Western donors to his impoverished country when he purchased the plane for an estimated $22 million several years previously. Banda had said the jet was a wasteful expense and that she would never fly in it. She is instituting austerity measures to try to revive the economy of...
(The Malawi Democrat 05/23/13)
BLANTYRE (Emmanuel Muwamba, Nation)-The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) on Tuesday started giving testimony against former president Bakili Muluzi in the corruption case where he is accused of diverting K1.7 billion (about $4.2m) in public funds to his personal bank accounts. The trial resumed in earnest before High Court Judge Maclean Kamwambe on Tuesday when the State detailed expenditure towards purchase of vehicles and the building of Keza Office Park in Blantyre which Muluzi previously owned. ACB dragged Muluzi to court in 2009 on charges of possession of unexplained property, diverting K1.7 billion funds into his personal account and the purchasing of vehicles worth K200 million (about $500 000) while he was president between 1994 and 2004. Muluzi pleaded not guilty to...
(The Nation 05/23/13)
Malawi President Joyce Banda has rebuked principal secretaries over incidences of indiscipline that occur in the public service, including theft of public money, corruption, coming to work late and knocking off early. The President, according to her Facebook page posting, chided the principal secretaries at Kamuzu Palace in the capital, Lilongwe on Monday following general degeneration of discipline and poor commitment to work productivity, among some public servants. "These problems arise, in some instances, because of lack of supervision and enforcement of the laid-down Public Service Regulations. Some principal secretaries do not make an effort to address such malpractices," said the President, adding: "I would like to point out that the rules and regulations that govern the Malawi Public Service...

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