NGO Girls Not Brides calls for strict enforcement of laws in Malawi to end child marriages

By Muloyi Magenge Girls Not Brides Malawi, a national network comprising 71 Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in ending child marriages in the country, says enforcement of relevant laws and policies is important if such a task would bear expected results. Chairperson of the network, Moses Mkandawire was speaking Friday at the grouping’s Gender Policy Development Consultation Conference and annual general meeting at Mponela, saying Malawi has in place a Gender Policy and pieces of legislation such as the Gender…

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Controversial Interest Rate Capping Bill stirs hot mixed reactions on social media

By Duncan Mlanjira The controversial Interest Rate Capping Bill, which was shot down by the government side of Parliament and was referred back to Parliamentary committee for more scrutiny, has stirred hot mixed reactions on social media in its aftermath. The Bill was tabled by main opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) MP for Dowa West Alexander Kusamba Dzonzi on Thursday but prior to that it was riddled with controversy within the august House that eventually saw MCP and People’s Party…

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Lilongwe man wins K1m New Finance Bank Moto Buu grand prize

By John Saukira Lilongwe-based Clement Mwakenenge is expected to smile all the way to the bank after emerging winner of New Finance Bank’s Moto Buu promotion’s grand prize. The grand draw of the promotion, which was introduced in August this year, took place on Thursday at NFB head office in Lilongwe. The bank’s Chief Commercial Manager Benard Mkandawire said the promotion has helped to strengthen relationship between themselves and their customers in which they have now accumulated 55,000 customers…

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MCP’s Dzoole Mwale goes to court over primary elections he claims he is legitimate winner

By John Saukira Veteran Parliamentarian Vitus Gomamtunda Dzoole Mwale has decided to go to court and asked to be granted an interlocutory order restraining main opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) from declaring Liana Kakhobwe Chapota as legitimate winner of September 29 primary elections for Lilongwe Msozi South Constituency. The order was applied pursuant to order 10 rule 27 of 2017 courts procedures further play to Lilongwe High Court never to recognise Kakhobwe as a shadow MP to represent the…

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Opposition MPs walk out of Parliament in protest against stopping Interest Rate Capping Bill

By John Saukira & Duncan Mlanjira Members of the opposition from Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and People’s Party (PP) on Thursday walked out of the august House in protest over suspected tactics by the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) aimed at stopping MCP MP for Dowa West Alexander Kusamba Dzonzi from moving the Interest Rate Capping Bill. The Bill targets setting up a ceiling of interest rates charged by banks to a maximum of 5% above the Policy Rate set…

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President Mutharika launches Bwanje Dam; biggest dam in the SADC region

As one way of making Malawi a predominantly agricultural producing and exporting country, President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika launched the newly-constructed Bwanje Dam in Dedza District which is touted to be the biggest dam in the SADC region. The dam is expected to store sufficient water for irrigation purposes both during rainy and dry seasons for community farmers around it. During the launch President Mutharika said the construction of the dam is part of his great vision of making…

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Phase one of voters register verification ends Friday

By Duncan Mlanjira The first phase of voters register verification covering all centres in Kasungu, Nkhotakota, Ntchisi, Dowa, Salima, Mchinji and Dedza districts and Kasungu Municipality will close to the public on Friday December 14 at 4.00pm. A statement from Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) signed by Chief Elections Officer, Sam Alfandika says phase two will run from December 18 to 22 to will cover Lilongwe, Ntcheu, Blantyre, Mwanza, Neno, Nsanje and Chikwawa districts and also cities of Lilongwe and…

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MP Kusamba Dzonzi denies being paid to table controversial Interest Rate Capping Bill

By Duncan Mlanjira Member of Parliament for Dowa West Alexander Kusamba Dzonzi has denied reports that are awash on social media that he was paid handsomely to table the Interest Rate Capping Bill which will be discussed in the august House on Thursday, December 13. The Bill, that has stirred some controversy, targets setting up a ceiling of interest rates charged by banks to a maximum of 5% above the Policy Rate set by the Reserve Bank, and also…

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Nchesi-Kawale bridge impassable due to heavy rains 

By John Saukira The bridge which connects Nchesi, Biwi to Kawale and which still in its last phase of construction after replacing the old one, is impassable due to heavy rains that fell on Tuesday night. At the scene, unaware motorists were seen returning to join Chidzanja Road and connect to Biwi, Nchesi and even Kamuzu Central Hospital. Residents around the area blamed Lilongwe City Council engineers for poor designing of the bridge. Kawale-based Innocent Mkwanda said the newly-built…

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TCC celebrates passing of tobacco industry Bill; Awaits the President to ascent

By John Saukira Tobacco Control Commission (TCC) is pleased that Members of Parliament discussed and passed the Tobacco Industy Bill that will promote transparency and accountability. At a dinner which TCC hosted for the Joint Committee of parliamentary members at Bingu International Conference Centre (BICC) in Lilongwe, Chief Executive Officer Kayisi Sadala said the passing of the Bill marks the new beginning in the history of the tobacco industry. The Bill was to repeal the Tobacco Act and the…

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