Saturday 16 December 2017
(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...
(Newstime Africa 05/23/13)
All the bank notes that were in circulation prior to the introduction of new Malawi Kwacha currency series May 23 last year have been officially ceased to be legal tender in Malawi, NewsTime Africa can report. Malawi’s Central Bank backed by Section 20 of the Reserve Bank of Malawi Act, has been flying press releases giving notice of declaration of the withdraw from circulation all banknotes that were in circulation preceding the introduction of the latest Malawi Kwacha currency series. On May 23 2012 in addition to the premiering new bank note of K 1000 that depict the country’s founding President, Dr. Hastings Kamuzu Banda, the Reserve Bank of Malawi (RBM) threw into circulation new look K 500, K200, K100,...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/22/13)
(Reuters) - Malawi's luxury presidential jet, bought by late leader Bingu wa Mutharika, has been sold for $15 million to raise cash for the impoverished African country, a government official said on Wednesday. Mutharika, who left the economy on the brink of collapse after he picked a fight with donors whose support accounted for almost 40 percent of the budget, bought the jet for $22 million in 2009. He said the plane matched his status and was cheaper than flying commercially. Britain, Malawi's main bilateral donor, criticised the purchase and reduced its aid budget to Mutharika's government by 3 million pounds ($4.5 million) because if it. President Joyce Banda, who took office in April last year after Mutharika died of...
(Newstime Africa 05/22/13)
elief has finally hovered in Malawi as the controversial presidential jet that President Joyce Banda abandoned and recommended that it be disposed of has finally landed an auctioneer’s hammer though US $ 5 million less than the market value. The winning bidder for the 14-passenger French-made Dassault Falcon 900-EX aircraft, described as being in perfect flying condition, is Bohnox Enterprise Limited of Virgin Islands. When the Professor Bingu wa Mutharika-led government bought the aircraft in 2009 at a whopping $22 million it attracted mixed reactions both locally and internationally, with Britain slashing its aid to the impoverished Southern Africa country, while local commentators have all along being calling for the sale of the aircraft which was also choking tax payers...
(Zambia Reports 05/22/13)
Second lady Charlotte Scott is in Malawi to join in celebrations of the life of fallen ruler Kamuzu Banda. Charlotte paid tribute to the late Kamuzu whose reign ended ignominiously after he was resoundingly rejected by the Malawian people after years of living under what many considered an autocratic state.Press attaché at the Zambian mission in Malawi Chansa Kabwela said Charlotte had visited Banda’s memorial site and laid wreaths in his honour. The Patriotic Front government has played a benefactor role to Malawi since taking over power and even gave a huge donation of fuel to the eastern neigbours despite the commodity being scarce in Zambia. President Michael Sata’s government also went shopping for a chairman of the tribunal in...
(Global post 05/21/13)
Malawi's presidential jet has been auctioned off to a Virgin Islands company for $15 million, after the cash-strapped government disposed of it to raise funds, an official said Tuesday. Bohnox Enterprise Ltd beat three other bidders for the 14-passenger aircraft used by president Bingu wa Mutharika, who died last year. "We have accepted their offer and we are waiting to hear from them," cabinet clerk Ernest Katchetche said in a statement. The 15-year-old Dassault Falcon 900-EX had been described as being in "perfect flying condition". Mutharika's successor, President Joyce Banda, decided to sell the aircraft and a fleet of luxury cars used by the big-spending leader. The government initially set the price at $20 million. Mutharika controversially acquired the jet...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/18/13)
Malawi President Joyce Banda, riding a wave of unpopularity for implementing painful reforms, said on Friday the southern African country's troubled economy was on the road to recovery. Banda, who came to office in April 2012 after her predecessor Bingu wa Mutharika died of a heart attack, was welcomed with a groundswell of domestic and international support but has seen her popularity erode due to rampant inflation stoked by an IMF-backed currency devaluation. "Prospects for 2014 indicate that the economy will grow at an accelerated pace of 6.1 percent as the policy measures we implemented in 2012 take full effect," Banda told lawmakers when she opened parliament's budget session in the capital Lilongwe. Banda, who faces elections in about a...
(The Malawi Democrat 05/17/13)
BLANTYRE (Anthony Kaunda, Nation)-Malawi Electoral Commission (EC) has delayed implementation of the electoral calendar because it has no money to start preparations for the 2014 tripartite elections as government did not consider a K1.8 billion (about $4.5m) advance allocation during the Mid-Term Budget Review, The Nation has learnt. The commission initially submitted a K12.4 billion (about $3.1m) election budget which has since been revised upwards to K18.4 billion (about $46m). The MEC, however, asked for the K1.8 billion advance for preparatory activities that could not wait for the 2013/14 National Budget that will only become effective on July 1 this year. Well-placed sources in the commission revealed that the calendar of events in preparation for the three polls—Presidential, Parliamentary and...
(The Malawi Democrat 05/17/13)
BLANTYRE (Yamikani Simutowe)- Opposition United Democratic Front (UDF) says the ‘Jubilee Movement’, which seeks to make people’s aspirations and dreams a reality, will help create wealth and empower women to fully participate in all political, social and economic spaces. Speaking at the launch Wednesday, UDF President Atupele Muluzi said the movement seeks to ensure that Malawians have the vision, purpose and clarity to ensure that there’s access to food, clean water, and quality education, affordable and quality health care, among others. Muluzi urged Malawians to proudly assume responsibility for articulating their vision and seek homegrown solutions while building smart partnerships. “Malawi needs to keep up in addressing its structural challenges so that it can also fly with fellow eagles. We...
(The Independent 05/17/13)
Maize is a political crop that has essentially enslaved Malawi as a nation. Despite being the staple diet of millions of ordinary Malawians, maize is not only one of the least nutritious foodstuffs in Malawi, but our blinkered monoculture production of it is both outdated and increasingly expensive. Since it requires enormous amounts of water in order to mature properly, erratic weather systems and frequently failing rains over the past few decades have made it progressively difficult to cultivate without using harmful fertilisers, which only serve to further degrade the already-exhausted soil. Recklessly placing the nation’s food security in the careworn hands of donor goodwill to prop up the farm input subsidy program (FISP), Malawi is trapped in a downward...
(Zodiak Online 05/16/13)
A local political analyst has described as extravagance and insensitive the purchase of more than 50 vehicles valued in excess of K750 million by Malawi's ruling People’s Party at a time when the southern African country is going through tough economic times. Independent political analyst at the Institute for Policy Research and Social Empowerment Dr. Henry Chingaipe has faulted the secret sourcing of funds from the so-called well-wishers, saying this creates room for corruption and favoritism in awarding state contracts. “The most worrying thing is that this happened in the past two regimes. The secrecy surrounding party funding is a source of worry,” Dr. Chingaipe noted. While confirming the purchase of the vehicles, deputy publicity secretary of PP Ken Msonda...
(Zodiak Online 05/16/13)
The Lilongwe Magistrates Court on Wednesday referred to the High Court the perjury case in which Professor Peter Mutharika and three others are answering besides the main treason charge. Chief Resident Magistrate Ruth Chinangwa said her court has no jurisdiction to rule on whether the perjury case should be tried in the Magistrates and High courts simultaneously, throwing out the matter to the High Court to rule whether the state complied with the constitution in taking the case back to the magistrate’s court. Chief Resident Magistrate Chinangwa then gave the state 30 days to appeal on the matter. “The proceedings in this court regarding criminal cases number 383 to 386 of 2013 are stayed pending the decision and guidance from...
(Voice of America 05/14/13)
UNITED NATIONS — The United Nations Security Council pointed Monday to the connection between terrorism in Africa and organized crime, and called for a strengthened global response. The 15-member Security Council unanimously adopted a statement declaring its deep concern for what it calls the increasing violence perpetrated by armed groups, the number of which, it said, are growing in several regions and sub-regions of Africa. The council approved the statement during a discussion of the fight against terrorism in Africa. In expressing its concern about the connection between terrorism and transnational organized crime, and with illicit activities such as drugs, arms and human trafficking, the Security Council urged enhanced coordination to strengthen a global response. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told...
(Nyasa Times 05/13/13)
The mining sector is expected to increase by 20 percent the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) by the year 2016 when Malawi adopts mining as a complementary forex earner. This was revealed during the inauguration of a K3 million ZS-RZM helicopter, Airborne Geophysical Survey to be undertaken by an Australian company called NU Energy. The helicopter is meant to identify viable mineral beams in the country starting with chapananga in Chikhwawa and Nsanje. Speaking at the inaugural ceremony at Chileka International Airport in Blantyre on Monday Vice President Khumbo Kachali said government is committed to ensuring that the mining sector contributes significantly to GDP and foreign reserves. He said due to various mining policies which were being put in place...
(Nyasa Times 05/13/13)
The new UNDP Resident Representative to Malawi Ms Mia Seppo has assured President Dr Joyce Banda that her organisation will support the country’s Tripartite Elections in 2014. Seppo said she was aware of the pressure that the tripartite elections will present to the national budget. “There will be a UN managed trust which will house all the funds donors will pledge for the elections,” Seppo informed. She disclosed that the Department for International Development (DFID), Norway and Ireland were among those that had already pledged to support the Tripartite Elections. Seppo was speaking when she paid a courtesy call on President Banda at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe on Monday In her statement, the Malawi leader asked for support for the...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/10/13)
Africa's economic development is being held back by a "hemorrhage" of illicit financial flows, which may be getting worse, the African Development Bank said on Friday, calling for reforms to stem the losses. A draft report to be presented at the AfDB's annual meeting in Morocco later this month shows net resource outflows from Africa totaling up to $1.4 trillion over the 30-year period to 2009, far exceeding inflows to the continent. Illicit financial flows were "the main driving force" behind $1.2-1.3 trillion of the three-decade net drain, it said. This is about four times Africa's current external debt and almost equivalent to its current GDP. "The trend is continuing, it could even be increasing," AfDB Chief Economist Mthuli Ncube...
(News24 05/07/13)
Blantyre - Malawi President Joyce Banda is hailed by the international community as a courageous reformer, but those same economic reforms are making her increasingly unpopular at home. Thirty-year-old Wizi Lemani, who makes sandals on the side of the street from worn-out tyres, blames slow business on Banda's austerity drive and an IMF-inspired decision to devalue Malawi's currency. "Sales have been slow over the past year. Everybody says the president is to blame, she devalued the kwacha which has brought misery to poor people" he told AFP. Lemani said his income has plummeted to the equivalent of $100 a month, barely enough to pay for food, rent and transport for his wife and two children. Across the country it is...
(The Maravi Post 05/07/13)
BLANTYRE (MaraPost) -- Malawi President Joyce Banda has said she will not be bulldozed into signing the 'Table Mountain Declaration' that urges governments in Africa to abolish “insult laws” and set free press high on the agenda. "Being a woman does not mean that I'm daft," she told a political rally in the southern district of Balaka Monday. Relations between the media and Banda, who was described by the media as a breath of fresh air when she ascended to power in April last year following the death of her unpopular predecessor Bingu wa Mutharika, is worsening by the day. She recently said she stopped reading newspapers and watching television because the media was on the campaign to destroy her...

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