Upcoming young artist Quest set to release debut album on his father’s birthday

By Duncan Mlanjira Twenty-year-old Penjani Malata, who trends by the music showbizz name of Quest, is set to release his debut 12-track album named New Age on his father Archangel Malata’s birthday on August 31. Quest, who started singing when he was in school way back in 2013, says this is a tribute to his father for his encouragement that saw him join the mainstream music industry through a hit single he released — Mzanga. “After my first single,…

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CSOs call on government to consult widely before extending MPs, Councillors tenure

By Elijah Phompho  Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) have asked Government to engage the citizenry and all key stakeholders before considering in shifting MPs and Councillors elections to be held in 2025 as the constitutional mandate of meeting the tripartite elections requirement. The development follows the Constitution Court’s ruling which nullified former President Peter Mutharika’s re-election in  the 2019 Presidential elections and was replaced by President Dr Lazarus Chakwera in a fresh presidential election on 3rd June this year and…

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MACRA, Department of Civil Aviation to facilitate safety and security of air flights

By Aisha Amidu, MANA Malawi Communication Regulatory Authority (MACRA) and Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to foster security and safety of air traffic. Speaking at the signing of the MoU at Sunbird Capital Hotel in Lilongwe, DCA Director James Chakwera — whose department offers aeronautical telecommunication services to air operators — said the MoU will help in transitory of information to air operators to and from their destination. “This will make the…

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Noncompliance to wearing of face masks in public places to attract K10,000 fine

By Duncan Mlanjira Wearing of face masks in public places has now been declared mandatory after the Public Health (Corona Virus and Covid-19 Prevention, Containment and Management Rules, 2020) has been gazetted in Parliament. And failure to wear a mask in a public area attracts a fine of K10,000. And this coincides with a declaration by World Health Organization (WHO), who has set aside 7th to 14th August as World Mask Week in an effort to raise awareness and…

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Ray of hope for Malawi’s tobacco industry

Maravi Express Expectations are high that the local tobacco industry will receive a boost from one of the biggest buyers of Malawi tobacco, Phillip Morris International (PMI), following revelations that one of its smokeless cigarette technologies has been authorised by the United States’ Food and Drug Administration (FDA).     The development brings a new ray of hope to Malawi, which has seen earnings from the green gold sharply declining in recent years due to the global anti-smoking campaign…

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COVID-19 seriously disrupts Malawi’s ICT industry

By Duncan Mlanjira Financial operations in most Malawian companies have been affected by COVID-19 and information and communications and technology (ICT) sector has not been spared from it because most of the ICT hardware equipments are designed from the West but manufactured in China. Following national lockdowns in China, USA and Europe since February this year, the ICT industry has had serious disruptions in the delivery timelines. This was said by Wisely Phiri, group managing director of one of…

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What is meant by independent institutions?

 Analysis by Mphatso Moses Kaufulu In the wake of public sector epidemic criminality with private sector accomplices, a mantra grows calling for the independence of the pillar institutions of governance in Malawi, such as the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB), Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA), Malawi Police Service and others. This independence is sought to free the said pillar institutions primarily from one other institution which, ironically, draws its legitimacy and emanates most directly from voters, namely the Presidency. However, there is…

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Wadi describes late Mtekama as one tough persevering intellectual in the Police Service

By Duncan Mlanjira Former Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) from 2004-2006, Ishmail Wadi has described head of Criminal Investigations Department (CID) late Bob Mtekama as one tough persevering intellectual in the Malawi Police Service. Mtekama, who was recently appointed as head of the CID by the new Tonse Alliand-led Government, died on Tuesday at the Seventh Day Adventist and his remains were taken to his home village in Nkhotakota for burial on Wednesday. His family members said Mtekama succumbing…

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ICAM CEO aggrieved by law Professor Chirwa’s assertion that his PhD is fake

By Duncan Mlanjira Institute of Chartered Accountants in Malawi (ICAM) chief executive officer (CEO), Dr Francis Chinjoka Gondwe says he is aggrieved by allegation made by Malawian law Professor Danwood Chirwa on social media that asserts that Gondwe’s doctoral degree in Business Administration obtained through Columbia Commonwealth University in 2011 is ‘fake’. Prof. Chirwa, who is Professor and Dean of Law at the University of Cape Town, posted on Facebook on Sunday alleging that Columbia Commonwealth University is a…

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FDH Bank Plc officially listed on Malawi Stock Exchange

By Mayamiko Phiri FDH Bank Plc has officially been listed on Malawi Stock Exchange at a colorful ceremony took place in Blantyre on Monday, 3rd August 2020. On the listing day about 900,000 shares were traded. The price went up to K15 from K10 per share allowing shareholders to register a capital gain of 50 percentage on the first day. FDH bank managing director, Ellias Ngalande said this is a good development for the bank as now they will…

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