54 Parliamentarians retain their seats

By Duncan Mlanjira  This year’s Parliamentary elections have been intriguing in that most of those who have fallen have been the ones who triumphed over the ones who have now been voted in 2014 elections. In Chitipa East, Chizamsoka Oliver Mulwafu of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) won the elections in 2014, beating Kezzie Kasambala Msukwa of the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and this time it is the reversal of roles. In Karonga Central, independent Frank Tumpale Mwenifumbo, who…

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Dynamic Leaders and Gatekeepers Forum set to enhance national leadership

By Duncan Mlanjira South Africa’s Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng will join two exceptional Malawians, Reverend Dr. Zacc Kawalala of Word Alive Ministries International and Justice Dr Chifundo Kachale, a Judge in the High Court of Malawi as motivational speakers during this year’s Dynamic Leaders and Gatekeepers Forum to be held at Bingu International Convention Centre (BICC) in Lilongwe on June 14-15. To be held under the theme ‘Leadership and Faith in Our World’, the conference bids to enhance wholesome…

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Malawi, Zambia to benefit from new HIV test kit by global healthcare company Abbott

By Maravi Express Reporter Malawi, Zambia  and other sub-Sahara African countries stand to benefit from the World Health Organization’s (WHO) decision to approve a mobile HIV viral load diagnostic test kit called m-PIMA™ HIV-1/2 V, which has been designed by global healthcare company, Abbot. The m-PIMA™ HIV-1/2 V is specifically designed for resource-limited settings such as in sub-Saharan Africa, and WHO has given Abbot prequalification approval (WHO PQ). “m-PIMA HIV-1/2 VL is the only truly portable molecular point-of-care test…

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50-50 campaign not achieved; just 44 women MPs voted in

By Duncan Mlanjira Out of the 192 Members of Parliament voted into the august House, only 44 are women, defeating the 50-50 campaign that was rigorous conducted across the country by various civil society organizations in conjunction with Ministry of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare. Of the 44 women MPs, DPP has 18 representatives, 14 are independents, MCP has 9, UDF has 2 while UTM has one. The women MPs for DPP are Martha Mzomera Chiuluntha-Ngwira (Mzimba Hora);…

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German firm to install floating solar panels on Lake Malawi for energy generation

By Duncan Mlanjira One of the independent power producers (IPPs) that have signed power purchase agreements with Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (ESCOM), German firm Droege Energy, intends to install floating solar power panels on the Lake Malawi at Monkey Bay in Mangochi to generate power to be linked onto the ESCOM grid. This was disclosed at the signing ceremony of 14 power purchase agreements (PPAs) involving ESCOM, Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (MERA) and three other IPPs held last…

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Mutharika Vows to Develop Malawi through Export

By Solister Mogha, MANA President Prof Peter Mutharika has once again promised to develop the country by improving the agricultural production and directly increase exports. Prof Mutharika made the proclamation at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre on Friday during his second inauguration as President of Malawi after winning the 2019 tripartite elections. The President said in the next five years, he would focus on empowering the Malawi agricultural and industrial cooperation to finance local industries and provide affordable loans to…

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Chilumba rural hospital dominates last public political debate in Karonga

By Jordan Simeon-Phiri, MEC Stringer The last public political debate held at Hangalawe Teachers’ Development Centre (TDC) on Wednesday in Karonga South constituency, only three out of the five Parliamentary candidates turned up for the show to market their manifestos ahead of the May 21 general elections with Chilumba rural hospital’s problems toping the agenda. Asked what they would do once elected to revamp the health system delivery at one of the oldest hospitals in Karonga, independent aspirant Member…

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Lost History Foundation organises public lecture to celebrate African Day

By Duncan Mlanjira The Lost History Foundation, the private organisation that chronicles Malawi’s history through film documentaries, have organized a lecture in collaboration with Saint Andrews International School to be held on Saturday, 25th May 2019 at the school in Blantyre to celebrate Africa Day. A statement from the organisation issued by its coordinator, Paliani Chinguwo says the lecture is part of Lost History Foundation’s efforts to raise awareness on the most accurate portrayal of Malawi’s cultural, socio-economic and…

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MEC invites bidders for hire of vehicles for May 21 election

By Duncan Mlanjira Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) is inviting the public to submit bids for for hire of vehicles to be used for distribution of election materials across the country. The vehicles needed are 3, 7, 10 and 15 tonner trucks and all open trucks must have Tarpaulins. The flat rates per day being proposed for bidding are K60,000 for 3 tonners, K75,000 for 7 tonners, K100,000 for 10 tonners and K125,000 for 15 tonners. “Interested eligible bidders must…

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MEC to conduct by-election for late Penemulungu’s Lilongwe Rural South Constituency

By Joshua Mphanda, MEC Stringer With just 13 days remaining for the country to vote, the Malawi Electoral  Commission (MEC) has announced it will not conduct parliamentary elections on 21 May in Lilongwe Rural South Constituency following the death of UTM aspirant candidate, Agnes Penemulungu on 29th April. The development means people in Lilongwe Rural South Constituency will only be able to vote for a councillor and president as they wait for the commission to announce a fresh date…

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