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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...
THE GREAT DECEPTION: WHEN THE CHURCH LEADS A PEOPLE TO VIOLENCE

THE GREAT DECEPTION: WHEN THE CHURCH LEADS A PEOPLE TO VIOLENCE

Columns and Gossip
God has spoken. The Biblical writing is clear again on the wall, "MENE MENE TEKEL UPHARSIN" (Daniel 5:25). In translation, The Bible says, "You have been measured and found wanting." As a result, so the writing continues, "God has numbered the days of your kingdom and finished it." This is the Word of God. As we say in our Catholic liturgy, "Awa ndiwo mau a Ambuye". Ironically, these prophetic words speak of the Church more than Government in our situation here in Malawi. It is scaring to think that once the Church mobilises us to street demonstrations and violence erupts and people die, the Church is finished. That will be the end of the moral voice of the Church in Malawi. There is now every sign that the demonstrations will be violent. The Bishops and the Church are simply being used fo...
Funding Woes: Bingu National Stadium Owes Escom K22 Million

Funding Woes: Bingu National Stadium Owes Escom K22 Million

Sports
Bingu National Stadium (BNS) despite larking in millions from football matches is failing to pay for electricity, a situation which officials have attributed to poor funding. Escom has since disconnected power at the stadium as it is failing to settle a K22 million accumulated electricity bills. BNS spokesperson, Ireen Nkhokwe confirmed the power cut, saying they are now relying on a generator for their operations. Government allocates about K3 million to BNS each month for operation. “It is tough for us to operate because electricity bill each month is about K7 million and water it is around K1 million,” said one official. Civo Stadium is also struggling to operate due to inadequate funding from government. Water and electricity bills having been piling while maintenance projects hav
State Sticks To Wandale, Defies Court Order

State Sticks To Wandale, Defies Court Order

Politics
The High Court in Lilongwe has directed the State to uphold any action against Vincent Wandale, self-proclaimed leader of the United States of Thyolo and Mulanje (MUST) and Peoples Land Organisation (PLO), until an inter-parte hearing on the matter is heard. Wandale has spent a night at Zomba Mental Hospital after medical doctors reportedly certified that he is suffering from a mental disorder and recommended that he should undergo mental rehabilitation. The grounds, terms and conditions of seeking declaration orders and stay included that the decision of the learned magistrate was unlawful and ultra vires and is inconsistent with Section 133 of the criminal procedures and evidence code. It further indicated that the court fettered its discretion when it heavily relied on medical report...
Malaria Vaccine Trial Next Year

Malaria Vaccine Trial Next Year

National
Malaria vaccine trial is expected to be conducted in the country in July, 2018 in a pilot phase. National Malaria Control Programme Manager, Dr Michael Kayange disclosed this Friday in Lilongwe during a press briefing as part of the commemoration of Malaria SADC week and Malaria Day. He said preparations for the vaccine are trials are underway in the country and it is expected that by July first trials would be conducted. Kayange said the vaccine trial would be conducted trial basis in some of the hot spot and we would require cooperation of the public. “For the past 30 years, World Health Organization (WHO) has been working hard to come up with Malaria vaccine as one way of fighting the disease globally. Malaria is killing a lot of under-five-5 children and pregnancy mothers hence the
Zimbabwe’s Fugitive Veep Seeks Asylum In Malawi

Zimbabwe’s Fugitive Veep Seeks Asylum In Malawi

Politics
Fugitive former vice president of Zimbabwe Emerson Mnangagwa is reportedly seeking refuge in Malawi, but government has neither confirmed nor denied the claims. Mnangagwa was fired from his position last week by President Mugabe in what is being described as political power struggle within the ruling Zanu-PF. Mnangagwa, 75, was accused of being disloyal to Mugabe and his administration. Reports claimed that he has sought refuge in Malawi. But Foreign Affairs Minister Emmanuel Fabiano in an interview with Capital Radio demanded for more time before he could comment on the issue. Mnangagwa removal made it more likely that President Robert Mugabe's wife Grace will follow in her husband's footsteps as leader of Zimbabwe. She had earlier called on her husband to remove his vice-president
Opposition Gang Up Against Govt On Electoral Reforms Bill

Opposition Gang Up Against Govt On Electoral Reforms Bill

Politics
Opposition members of Parliament (MPs) yesterday took government to task for not including the Electoral Reforms Bill in the upcoming events on the Order Paper, saying government lied to the nation that it would tackle the Bill in the current sitting. Standing on a Point of Order, Malawi Congress Party (MCP) Chief Whip Lobin Lowe wondered why there was no mention of the Electoral Reforms Bill on the Order Paper even on the upcoming events despite government promising that the Bill would be tabled in the current sitting. “There is no Electoral Reforms Bill on the order paper or even in the upcoming events in the order papers. Why is this so?” he said. In response, Speaker of the National Assembly Richard Msowoya said from the communication he had from the Business Committee of Parliament
Child Labour On The Increase- Report Reveals

Child Labour On The Increase- Report Reveals

Business, National
New data reveal that worldwide, 152 million children between the ages of five and seventeen are victims of child labour, with almost half of them working in hazardous environments. The International Labour Organisation (ILO) estimates that almost half of the cases of child labour, about 72.1 million, are registered in Africa. Further, the 2016 estimates suggest that sub-Saharan Africa witnessed a rise in child labour during the 2012 to 2016 period, in contrast to other major regions where child labour continued to decline and despite the number of targeted policies implemented by African governments to combat child labour. In terms of prevalence, one in five children in Africa, representing 19.6 percent, are in child labour, whilst prevalence in other regions is between three and seven ...