Author: Maurice Nkawihe

Tea Production Increases

Tea Production Increases

Business
Malawi has finally managed to register an increase in terms of tea production, two years after the output was on a downward spiral. Tea is the country’s second foreign exchange earner after tobacco. According to Limbe Auction Floors information, tea production increased in 2017 from 43.12 million kilograms to 45.5 million kilograms (kg). In 2015 production was at 39.44 million kg. The tea sector witnessed production falling by about 22 percent in recent years due to effects of climate change. Tea production has been going down since 2009 when the country produced about 52 million kg and since then there has been a decline year-in-year-out until last year when it picked up largely due to the good rains. The local tea industry is faced with a number of challenges holding back the indust
Nyasa Big Bullets Sell Sulumba, Buy New Players

Nyasa Big Bullets Sell Sulumba, Buy New Players

Sports
Nyasa Big Bullets FC has confirmed selling striker Muhammad Sulumba to South Africa's Premier Soccer League side Polokwane City at R370,000 (K20 million). And the club is buying in new players as 2018 league season approaches.   Sulumba who has been training with Polokwane since December last year has signed a two-and-a-half-year contract. The 23-year-old joins the likes of Rodney Ramagalela and Rendani Ndou in the attack for Bernard Molekwa’s side. Sulumba joins the likes of Atusaye Nyondo, Gabadinho Mhango, Robert Ng’ambi, Limbikani Mzava and Robin Ngalande on the list of Malawian players plying their trade in the Absa Premiership. Meanwhile, the Nyasa Big Bullets have signed in new players in readiness of new season set to start in April. Bullets have since signed 22-year-old
Malawi Mangoes Eyes USA, Europe And India Market

Malawi Mangoes Eyes USA, Europe And India Market

Business
Malawi Mangoes is exploring new foreign markets as one way of growing its business. The company has its market base in Dubai and Kuwait, and currently is exploring USA, Europe and India. Malawi Mangoes General Manager, Charlie Leaper said his company is targeting to export over 80 metric tonnes of Malawi mangoes following huge demand for the products on the international market. “After successful fresh mangoes’ trials in 2016, 2017 was the first year of commercial fresh mango exports of eight metric tonnes in market development. We exported to India and Europe and now we are expanding to fresh and dried mango end products for export to regional and international markets,” Leaper told the local media. “Exports since Malawi Mangoes started commercial production in 2015 are 1,700 metric t
Mia Stirs Disturbance In MCP, Eyes Msowoya’s Post

Mia Stirs Disturbance In MCP, Eyes Msowoya’s Post

Politics
Business mogul and politician Mohammad Sidik Mia continues to cause divisions in the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) with the party's vice-president Richard Msowoya looking for an exit door. Mia on Tuesday made public his interest to contest as vice-president for the  at the party’s convention. Mia made his position known when he hosted about 50 MCP shadow members of Parliament (MPs) from the Southern and Eastern regions in Blantyre. He said: “I am vying for no other position, but the vice-presidency of the Malawi Congress Party come the convention anytime soon. That is it. I stand by it and I am very ready.” Mia said since joining MCP—a political party that ruled Malawi during the one-party State between 1964 and May 1994—he has worked hard to ensure that he gets the position of vice-pres
Rainbow Paints Netball League Hits Finale

Rainbow Paints Netball League Hits Finale

Sports
Kukoma Diamonds are this Saturday expected to be crowned champions of the Rainbow Paints Southern Region Netball League (SRNL) at Blantyre Youth Centre (BYC) where they will face their runners-up Thunder Queens in a conclusive match. It will be a battle for pride as the two sides have already sealed the two top positions in the 10-team league. Diamonds have 51 points from 17-straight wins while Thunder have 45 points from the same number of games. Tigresses completed their fixtures on 43 points and they will get third prize because they already have six points more than fourth-placed Prison Sisters, who will take on Serenity Stars in their last game. An encounter between Shizaella Queens and Chilomoni Sisters will precede the other conclusive matches. Diamonds coach Griffin ‘Zagallo’ Sa
MRA Records More Electronic Tax Payment Users

MRA Records More Electronic Tax Payment Users

Business
Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) has registered 3,270 active users of newly introduced electronic tax payment system since its launch in June 2017, increasing compliance rate amongst tax payers, MRA Head of Corporate Affairs Steven Kapoloma has said. Kapoloma disclosed this to Malawi News Agency (MANA) during electronic tax payment awareness meeting during the weekend in Zomba where MRA officials interacted with over seventy tax payers. E-tax payment system is the process of paying taxes online with immediate update on one’s tax account through automated dealer bank. “MRA registered 500 electronic tax payers in October 2017; and now the figure has surged to 3,270 active e-tax payers country wide,” said Kapoloma, adding that the development was good for the economy of the country. He said
Malawi Govt Revokes Sugar Import Licence

Malawi Govt Revokes Sugar Import Licence

Business
Malawi government has revoked import licence that was awarded to an investor who had expressed interest to invest in the sugar industry, the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism has confirmed. Meanwhile, the ministry has been elusive as to what happened for the licence to be revoked as Principal Secretary in the Ministry, Ken Ndala told the media they will issue out a press statement on the same. The Sugarcane Growers Association of Malawi (Sugam) has since hailed the decision to revoke the licence, saying the latest development will ensure the sustainability of the sugar industry and that rural sugarcane farmers will continue to benefit from the industry. Sugam Board Chairperson, Frighton Njolomole, said a secure domestic market would ensure consistent supply of the product. At lea...
Chitipa United Pockets K2.9 Million In Mwakilima’s Deal

Chitipa United Pockets K2.9 Million In Mwakilima’s Deal

Sports
Relegated Chitipa United have received K2.9 million as transfer fee for striker Abel Mwakilama’s move to Portuguese Second Division side Sporting Clube de Esmoriz. Mwakilama is on the verge of signing a three-year deal with the Portuguese club. Meanwhile, the player is finalising his travel arrangements in Lilongwe before departing for Portugal. The former Under-20 national team player is expected to be part of Esmoriz Academy where he will be promoted to the senior team if he impresses. Chitipa United general secretary Marshal Mwenechanya confirmed receiving the transfer fee. “The Portuguese club offered us $ 4000 [about K2.9 million]. Actually we used part of the money to meet our costs towards the end of the just-ended season,” he said. Mwenechanya said they accepted the transfer
Castel Recalls ‘Unsafe’ Sobo Orange Squash From Market

Castel Recalls ‘Unsafe’ Sobo Orange Squash From Market

Business
Castel Malawi Limited is recalling from the market Sobo Orange Squash drink after it was reported to be ‘unsafe’ as it has defects in its composition. Meanwhile, Malawi Bureau of Standards (MBS) has taken up the matter is testing the product to find out the cause of the problem. MBS Managing Director, Davlin Chokazinga confirmed about the complaints and said they running tests “to find out what went wrong.” According to consumers who happened to have consumed the drink, it is producing awful smell and is causing stomach upsets. In some cases the batch had started to show signs of fermentation – a process that converts sugar to acids, gases, or alcohol. A privately-owned French beverage company, Castel Group, confirmed it has recalled two batches of the product for precautionary measur
Family Club: Uladi Accuses JB Of Grooming Son For PP Presidency

Family Club: Uladi Accuses JB Of Grooming Son For PP Presidency

Politics
People’s Party (PP) former acting president Uladi Mussa has accused the party’s self-exiled president Joyce Banda of grooming her son, Roy Kachale for the leadership of the party. Mussa has since the party as a family club. Mussa further accused Banda that it is her family that controls the affairs in the party and resources’, saying the National Executive Committee (NEC) is there just to rubber stamp family decisions. According to Mussa, apart from Banda who leads from aboard where she has been since she lost the Tripartite Election in 2014, her sister Cecilia Kumpukwe runs the show in the party. Mussa also said Banda’s nephew Andekuche Chanthunya is the former president’s spokesperson. “It is the Joyce Banda family party, run by family members and the rest just rubber stamp,” he sai