Tag: Govt

Chilima Snub: Veep Opts For Church Instead of Attending Burial Of Four Learners

Chilima Snub: Veep Opts For Church Instead of Attending Burial Of Four Learners

National, Politics
Vice-president Saulos Chilima over the weekend opted to attend a church service after he snubbed the funeral of four learners who died after a school block wall fell on them in Zomba district. Chilima as Minister responsible for Disaster Management on Sunday opted to attend a Golden Jubilee of St Charles Luwanga Parish in same Zomba district, just two days after he delegated his junior officers to attend the funeral services of the deceased. Four learners of Natchengwa Primary School Sub-Traditional Authority (Sub-T/A) Ngwelero in Mayaka, Zomba died on June 6th, 2018 after a wall of a substandard school block fell on them due to heavy winds. Some learners who sustained injuries are currently in hospitals and at home. According to head teacher, Blazio Liviere, the incident has c...
Confused? Pac In Dark Of Its Demo

Confused? Pac In Dark Of Its Demo

Politics
Public Affairs Committee (PAC) remains clueless on its much anticipated meeting to discuss the way forward for the nationwide demonstrations which were postponed last year. PAC spokesperson Fr. Peter Mulomole says at the moment they are yet to receive communication from Secretariat on when the meeting will be held after being put on hold last week. “The date and feasibility of holding demonstrations will be determined when the board meets,” he said. However several commentators have questioned the relevance of the demonstrations which were initially aimed at pushing government to take Electoral Reform bills to parliament. Political Analyst George Phiri says continued postponement the crucial meeting is a sign poor governance within PAC. Last week, PAC failed to meet for a planned
Govt Bans Maize Export, Vendors Hike Prices

Govt Bans Maize Export, Vendors Hike Prices

National
Malawi government has again banned the exportation of maize amid fears of looming hunger due to the dry spell and fall armyworms attack. About 1.9 million Malawians are estimated to be needing food support due to the dry spell which has reduced maize production for 2017/2018 growing season by over 283,941 metric tonnes. Fall armyworms have attacked 18 districts. Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development Joseph Mwanamvekha told Parliament on Monday that government has banned maize export. He said his ministry, in conjunction with the Food and Agriculture Organization carried a rapid assessment to quantify the effects of both the dry spells and the fall armyworms. According to him, about 40 percent of the maize produced in the districts affected by dry spells will be lost...
Malawi signs Financial Agreements with Word Bank

Malawi signs Financial Agreements with Word Bank

National
The government of Malawi has signed financing agreements aimed to enhance the Shire Valley Transformation Programme and Agriculture Commercialization Project in the country. Speaking during the signing ceremony on Friday at the Ministry of Finance offices, Capital Hill in Lilongwe, World Bank country director for Tanzania, Malawi, Burundi and Somalia, Miss Bella Bird said their organization is committed to help boost various sectors of agriculture in African countries. “Word Bank is passionate about increasing the diversity of products and financing in agricultural sectors in Africa including Malawi,” said Bird. She added that, World Bank is focused to extend irrigation farming in order to raise productivity among small scale famers in Shire Valley. According to Bird, the World Bank ha
Food Crisis Hits Zomba, People Fainting

Food Crisis Hits Zomba, People Fainting

National
Reports have started emerging of food crisis along Lake Chilwa in Zomba district with the authorities confirming some people are fainting due to starvation and have called for urgent support for those affected. According to councilor for Chilwa ward, Cedrick Kokani, four members of the same family on Chisi Island passed out as a result of not taking food for some days. "There are also reports that some people in areas such as Ngotangota, Msombi and Chisoni have also been hit by food crisis," he said. Kokani told Zodiak Online communities at Lake Chilwa depend on fishing to get money to buy food but water levels in the lake have drastically reduced to a point that people are no longer able to fish. Head teacher for Chisi primary school, Crazer Namaona, also says the number of children a...
Pac Faults Govt On K524.8 million Transaction

Pac Faults Govt On K524.8 million Transaction

Politics
Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has faulted government for failing to demonstrate seriousness in managing public funds. PAC deputy chairperson Kamlepo Kalua said this in an interview at Parliament Building in Lilongwe on Monday in the wake of revelations that the Accountant General could not explain transactions amounting to K524.8 million for the 2015/16 financial year. Efforts by Secretary to the Treasury (ST) Ben Botolo to explain that government will soon start penalising public officers involved in the malpractice did not convince the committee either. Kalua argued that failure by the Accountant General to explain the transactions pointed to continued plunder of public resources at Capital Hill widely known as Cashgate exposed through the September 13 2013 near-fatal s
Malawi And India In Uranium Deal

Malawi And India In Uranium Deal

Politics
Malawi and India are currently negotiating a deal on Kayelekera Uranium Mine in Karonga. India is interested to import uranium from Malawi, and Secretary to the Treasury Ben Botolo and Indian High Commissioner Suresh Kumar Menon confirmed in separate interviews with the media. The deal is expected to give hope of the reopening of the mine which was closed down in 2015 due to a slump in global prices for uranium. Botolo said he was aware of the negotiations, and Menon added that while there was no investment proposal or mine development plan from the Indian Government, New Delhi has requested Lilongwe to provide a technical report on the matter. “Uranium is one of the mineral resources among the various other mineral resources Malawi has and from media reports, the High Commission is aw
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