Thursday 17 August 2017
(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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