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Illegal Trading: Chibuku Smuggled In

Illegal Trading: Chibuku Smuggled In

Business
Over 200 cases of Chibuku Super beer are suspected to have been smuggled into the country from Zambia. Meanwhile authorities have seized the smuggled items in Lilongwe. This happened after Chibuku Products Limited-CPL conducted a two-day search in Lilongwe and Mchinji districts last week. In Lilongwe, the illegally imported beer was seized from Chinsapo, Biwi and Area 24 among other places. According to CPL Business Development and Corporate Affairs Manager Gloria Zimba, the search was done after noticing a 50 percent drop in their sales. Zimba told the Malawi News Agency that it is frustrating as Zambian Chibuku Super beer is branded similarly with the Malawian brand. She said this makes it difficult for customers to differentiate the two.
BT Mayorship: Ndipo Re-Elected City Chief

BT Mayorship: Ndipo Re-Elected City Chief

National, Politics
Councilor Wild Ndipo of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has been re-elected as Mayor of Blantyre City. Ndipo amassed 20 of the 29 votes to secure the re-election in polls held on Friday at the Blantyre City Council offices.  Ndipo saw off Councilor Gertrude Chiwamba who got five votes and Councilor Eric Mofolo who scooped four votes. Another DPP councilor Joseph Makwinja was re-elected Deputy Mayor of the city. Makwinja got 12 votes to beat Jomo Osman who had 10 votes, Funny Kanojerera who got four votes and Thokozani Phekani who managed three votes. Six Members of Parliament and 23 Councilors voted during the polls. United Transformation Movement (UTM) councilor, Leonard Chimbanga pulled out of the race.
Netball World Cup: Malawi Queens Eye Position 5

Netball World Cup: Malawi Queens Eye Position 5

Sports
Malawi Queens have made it to the next level in the Vitality Netball World Cup after beating Uganda in a competitive match on Friday evening. Th queens will compete for a 5th position against Jamaica on Saturday. The Queens thrashed Uganda by 55-44 baskets making it a straight win as they also defeated Zimbabwe in Thursday's match. Malawi started in group B where they lost in an opening match to NewZealand, they however managed to beat Singapore and Barbados to qualify to the next round and they moved to group F. Next challenge: Jamaica However, the Queens failed to break into a 4th position after they terribly lost to Australia who are currently the world champions. Friday's game was a decider as Jamaica was waiting to take on the winning team between Malawi and Uganda to...
Army Jobs: Mutharika Appoints Army Chiefs

Army Jobs: Mutharika Appoints Army Chiefs

National
President Peter Mutharika has appointed Tri-Service Commanders and Deputy Commanders of the Malawi Defence Force. Mutharika made the appointments in his capacity as Commander in Chief of the Malawi Defence Force and in line with Section 4 of the Defence Force Act (2018). Mutharika has appointed Army Commander (Landed Forces) Major General Alick Bentry Mhone with his deputy Brigadier General Davis Sesatino Mtachi. Nundwe remains army commander Airforce Commander is Major General Andrew Lapken Namathanga while his deputy is Brigadier General Ian MacLeod Chirwa. Maritime Force Commander is Brigadier General Francis Blessings Kakhuta Banda and deputy is Colonel Richard Tobias Chagonapanja. According to the office of the President and Cabinet (OPC), the appointments are with i...
Bullets, Wanderers Stadia In 2019 Budget

Bullets, Wanderers Stadia In 2019 Budget

Sports
Minister of Sports, Francis Phiso has assured Be Forward Wanderers and Nyasa Big Bullets that government will fulfill its promise of constructing stadia for the two teams as it has allocated funds meant for the initiative in the 2019/2010 budget. President Peter Mutharika promised during campaign period that his government would construct training arenas for Malawi's two oldest teams. The former Minister of Youth, Labour, Sports and Manpower Development, Grace Chiumia already presented the land identified for the project to the teams. Mutharika with Bullets players Phiso made the assurance when he presented the K10 million to officials of the two teams at Chiwembe Technical Centre in Blantyre. Wanderers and Bullets were promised K5 million each during the 55th Independence...
Bogus: MDF Commander Dismisses Recruitment Letter

Bogus: MDF Commander Dismisses Recruitment Letter

National
Malawi Defense Force Commander, General Vincent Nundwe has despised a social media post calling for an internal recruitment of young men and women to join the service. The letter which has gone viral on different social media platforms signed by one Captain M.H. Amini, from the 2nd Malawi Riffles at Kamuzu Barracks, is internally calling on relatives and children of MDF soldiers to submit their applications before Monday 22 July, 2019. According to MDF commander Nundwe, said that, much as they are looking to recruit more soldiers into the service, they have no funding to support such a major exercise right now. General Nundwe, who termed the letter bogus, has called on Malawians to be vigilant against such postings to avoid being duped.
Post-Elections: MCP Ready To Face MEC In Court

Post-Elections: MCP Ready To Face MEC In Court

Politics
Malawi Congress Party (MCP) Spokesperson Reverend Maurice Munthali has disclosed that his party will not apologize to Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) over a statement it released last week claiming that the commission was going around to twist evidence in the on-going elections case. In the statement MCP called upon Malawians to apprehend MEC officials and surrender them to police. Currently MEC officials and lawyers are touring the country where they are conducting meetings with the May 21st Tripartite General Elections presiding officers. Alufandika: Mec will sue MCP It is alleged that the officers are being forced to sign election results forms. “There is no way they can ask MCP to withdraw that statement because we are talking on behalf of Malawians and we are represe
Postponed: No Demos Tomorrow

Postponed: No Demos Tomorrow

National
Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) has postponed the anti-jane Ansah demonstration slated for tomorrow Tuesday 16th July. According to the HRDC leadership, they failed to inform authorities in good time therefore the demonstrations will be held on Friday 19th July. Demonstrators on fire HRDC Chairperson Timothy Mtambo told the press briefing on Monday in Lilongwe that being an organization that works in accordance to the laws, they decided to shift the date from Tuesday to Friday since the city councils asked for 48 hours (two days) before holding demonstrations. "As we all know Malawians are understanding people, the issue of shifting days will not affect the demonstrations in any way. The issue of human rights is very important to everyone but, let us join hands and br...
FDH Withdraws Injunction Against Activists

FDH Withdraws Injunction Against Activists

National
FDH Bank has withdrawn an injunction it obtained against Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) from implicating the bank and its owner Dr. Thom Mpinganjira in the alleged May 21 elections rigging. Chief Executive Officer Dr. Thomson Mpinganjira obtained an injunction from the High Court in Blantyre restraining the Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) from releasing a report that among others implicates him and the bank in the alleged rigging of May 21 elections. Mtambo (left) and other demonstrations organizers The injunction stated particularly against HRDC chairperson Timothy Mtambo, his vice Gift Trapence and other HRDC members from issuing the report dated 5 June 2019 in which they allege that Dr. Mpinganjira financed the 21 May 2019 election rigging plot. In...
Post-Election: Nankhumwa Calls For Truce

Post-Election: Nankhumwa Calls For Truce

Politics
Vice president for the ruling Democratic progressive in the Southern Region Kondwani Nankhumwa has urged political leaders in the country to resolve their differences through mediation following the May 21 elections disputes. Nankhumwa has further urged former Presidents Bakili Muluzi and Joyce Banda as well as former vice president Justin Malewezi to rise up to the occasion and initiate dialogue to resolve the impasse which has resulted in citizens taking it to the streets to demonstrate and loot both government and private property. Chakwera and Chilima rebuffed the peaxce call “Former Presidents Bakili Muluzi and Joyce Banda have both received accolades on the international scene in as far as peace is concerned. They really have to come in,” said Nankhumwa during a political