Thursday 23 November 2017
(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 his beans from Monmouth Coffee Company in Borough Market. "I love it because of the relatively higher acidity level. It keeps me active in the afternoons." Customers willing to pay a premium for African brews, known for their floral, fruity...
(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 in 2015. The British broadcaster said the bribery was revealed by a former employee, Paul Hopkins. At the time, BAT said “we do not tolerate corruption in our business, no matter where it takes place.” The SFO investigation adds to...
(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 refusing her to return to Malawi. "When I was in Brussels a few weeks ago I was approached by world leaders who asked me why I was refusing Joyce Banda from returning to Malawi. I said this one is a...
(Nyasa Times 07/31/17)
United Democratic Front (UDF) District Governor for Mangochi Urban Abubakar Foster says that the current party leader, Atupele Muluzi will be voted again as leader of the party at a national convention to be held next year. Foster said UDF leaders in the district already made the resolution and that they are only waiting for a convention to make it official. The District Governor said this at public rally addressed by the UDF president himself at St. Augustine 3 primary School in Mangochi Central constituency . The Second Deputy Speaker Clement Chiwaya is the legislature for the area. Foster said party members and officials in Mangochi are impressed with Atupele Muluzi’s track record especially on how he has performed as...
(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 percent, ending more than 90 years as a major presence in the continent as it shifts its focus back to Britain and the United States. The losses from the sale of unwanted assets including the Africa business showed the costs...
(Malawi News Agency 07/27/17)
Lilongwe — Malawi Vice President Saulos Klaus Chilima has said Malawians need to start asking tough questions and get tough answers if the country has to change, saying change hurts but is the only way out to meaningful development. Chilima said this on Wednesday at Bingu International Convention Centre in Lilongwe. He was opening a two-day conference for civil society organizations (CSOs), and other stakeholders getting support from Tilitonse Fund, a three country donor financial assistant basket that help civil society in Malawi to engage government on governance issues. Chilima hailed the achievements of activities benefitting from the fund in empowering communities to question duty bearers on utilization of resources and demand transparency and accountability in the discharge of public...
(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 as outlined in the World Health Organization (WHO's) Global Hepatitis Report of 2017. Speaking in an interview with the Malawi News Agency (Mana), Principle Secretary in the Ministry of Health Dr. Dan Namarika said viral hepatitis is an international public...
(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 in their tributes towards the sudden demise of the veteran journalist Malawi Institute for Southern Africa (MISA) Malawi Chairperson Teresa Temweka Ndanga said the media fraternity is shocked and deeply saddened with the sudden death of Zawanda According to Ndanga,...
(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 Jean David Mihamle.
(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 the meetings were interior ministers from Algeria, Austria, Chad, Egypt, France, Germany, Italy, Libya, Mali, Malta, Niger, Slovenia, Switzerland, Tunisia and Estonia, which currently holds the EU Council presidency. Through the first half of 2017, nearly 84,000 migrants arrived in...
(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 Police Service, Mphwiyo is said to have named Mwanamvekha as the person who masterminded the looting of $30 million that the United Nations refunded to the Malawi government for money used to procure weapons for peacekeeping in the Democratic Republic...
(Nyasa Times 07/21/17)
A steering committee to ensure the effective implementation of the Access to Information Act (ATI) assented to by President Mutharika in February has been formed. The committee has 12 members selected from the Malawi Human Rights Commission (MHCCR), the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs (MoJCA) and the Ministry of Information and Information Technology (MoICT). This steering committee has been tasked to develop specific tools that will be needed to implement the Act. So far, the committee has already made progress in drafting terms of reference and a draft roadmap for the implementation of the ATI. Minister for ICT Nicholas Dausi on Friday told journalists in Lilongwe that there is however still a lot of administrative and procedural groundwork that...
(Nyasa Times 07/21/17)
The Republic of Turkey has announced its plans to deploy a resident ambassador to Malawi. This will become the first time in the history of the two countries for Turkey to have an ambassador’s office in the Malawi with a locally based ambassador. Currently, the Turkish embassy to Malawi operates from Zambia. This was disclosed by Turkey’s new ambassador to Malawi Sebnem Incesu, when she was speaking to journalists after presenting her letters of credence to President Peter Mutharika on Thursday in Lilongwe. “Malawi and Turkey have enjoyed a good bilateral relationship beginning in the 1970s and I am glad that year in year out; this relationship gets stronger and stronger. I am pleased to inform you that very soon,...
(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...
(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 and protracted period of policy easing. This will provide a boost to growth," said John Ashbourne, Africa analyst at Capital Economics. Ghana, which agreed a three-year fiscal discipline deal with the International Monetary Fund in exchange for aid in 2015,...
(AFP (eng) 07/19/17)
Malawi's former agriculture minister was Wednesday arrested and charged with graft for allegedly profiting in a $35-million maize import deal from neighbouring Zambia, officials said. George Chaponda has been battling against graft allegations following the controversial purchase of 100,000 tonnes of maize in July 2016. Malawi's Anti-Corruption Bureau spokeswoman Egrita Ndala said that Chaponda had been charged with "misuse of public office and possession of foreign currency". He was fired in February after police uncovered $223,000 (212,000 euros) in cash in his house during a raid. Chaponda was once seen as a close ally and potential successor of President Peter Mutharika. Malawi was last year forced to import food following a regional drought that hit southern Africa's agricultural production. The...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/19/17)
Malawi's former agriculture minister, George Chaponda, was arrested on Wednesday and faces graft charges over a procurement contract with neighboring Zambia, his lawyer and the country's Anti-Corruption Bureau said on Wednesday. It is the latest governance scandal to hit the impoverished southern African nation, which suffers periodic food shortages and relies heavily on donor aid. Malawi President Peter Mutharika in January ordered an investigation into a $34.5 million government maize order, after a Zambian opposition leader said he had seen documents showing Malawi had been charged $345 per ton for 100,000 tonnes of Zambian white maize worth $215 a ton.

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