Friday 15 December 2017
(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.
(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.
(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 million mobile-banking customers, giving them “a very sizeable platform on the continent,” he said. Vodacom’s purchase of the Safaricom stake from U.K. parent company Vodafone Group Plc gives the South African company access to the fast-growing M-Pesa platform, which processed...
(Malawi 24 07/18/17)
A political expert has said Monday’s cabinet reshuffle has left the country with a lot of ministers who are not technocrats in their respective portfolios. Mutharika announced changes to his cabinet on Monday that witnessed Peter Kumpalume being dropped as minister of health while Francis Kasaila who until yesterday was minister of foreign affairs and international cooperation now heads the ministry responsible for labour and youth in the country. Reacting on the reshuffle, political scientist Wonderful Mkhutche has faulted Mutharika for not attaching positions to individuals’ respective expertise. “Cabinet reshuffle is not a surprising thing in Malawi. President has the power to hire and fire Ministers.
(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 court, this is an infringement on the rights of suspects and convicts,” said Mhango. Mhango’s sentiments come at a time when there are reports that over 370 inmates pardoned by President Peter Mutharika last week have failed to gain their...
(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 the bill is enacted into law it will bring both positives and negatives to MANEB like opening the door to others to provide national examination services in the country. “For instance, the government may liberalize the provision of national examination...
(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 Reuters Foundation as he packed up leftovers at a training event for people who work with refugees, where he had served a menu which included traditional African dishes. "I talk to my family frequently, ask them their needs, and help...
(Xinhuanet 07/17/17)
Malawian President Peter Mutharika on Monday fired Health Minister, Dr. Peter Kumpalume, Deputy Defense Minister, Vincent Ghambi, and Attorney General, Kalekeni Kaphale, in a cabinet reshuffle where he has made several changes. According to the statement released by the office of the Secretary to the Government Monday afternoon, Mutharika has replaced Kumpalume with Atupele Muluzi who was formerly Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development. Anna Kachikho, long-time ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislator and a new face in Mutharika's new cabinet
(Malawi 24 07/17/17)
One of the country’s political commentators has hailed the resumption of mediation talks between Malawi and Tanzania over the longstanding Lake Malawi dispute saying it is a huge step towards resolving the dispute. Malawi government last week participated in the mediation talks on the Lake Malawi boundary dispute with Tanzania which took place in South Africa. In an interview with Malawi24, political commentator Wonderful Mkhutche said the talks are necessary and at this stage, Malawi has to take part. “This is an advanced and a diplomatic mutual talk. Delegates from the two countries will provide their case to the mediators. But at the centre of everything are two presidents from Malawi and Tanzania. “Malawi has maintained the stand that the...

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