Government sets up centres to obtain COVID-19 test certificates for those planning on foreign travel

By Duncan Mlanjira Following the re-opening of Kamuzu International Airport on 1st September and the commencement of commercial flights, government has set up designated test centres for those planning to travel outside the country to get tested and obtain a test certificate. As preventive measures are still in force even though the numbers of new cases and their related deaths are positively declining, Malawi has adopted what other countries are doing, that returning residents and foreigners flying into the…

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Mixed reactions on notice for vendors to vacate from Blantyre City street pavements

By Duncan Mlanjira The public notice from Blantyre City Council to forcibly stop vendors from plying their trade along the streets pavements and in other undesignated places, has been met mixed reactions from the general public, arguing that with the high rate of unemployment, the authorities should have first invested in better infrastructure. City Council advised that by midnight of Friday, September 18, 2020, all vendors should immediately stop trading and move into nearby designated markets and that “failure…

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Lawyer for MEC’s Constitutional Court case accuses Chilenga of trying to make him abuse his duties

By Duncan Mlanjira Tamando Chokotho, lawyer who represented Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) in the Constitutional Court Case of 2019 during the disputed election case, has reported to Malawi Law Society (MLS) that he is receiving intimidation threats and attempts to wrongfully influence him to abuse his duties as regards to subsequent developments in the case. Written on September 17, Chokotho said after receiving orders on August 10 and 12 from the High Court Registrar’s office on assessment of costs…

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World Customs Organisation pledges to support MRA in collective action against corruption

Maravi Express World Customs Organisation (WCO) has commended the Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) for promoting integrity as a corporate priority following Commissioner General, John Biziwick’s drive to re-energize and embed integrity within the tax collecting body. A statement from MRA says this follows a virtual meeting that WCO representatives had with Biziwick on September 7, 2020 to discuss the organization’s Anti-Corruption and Integrity Promotion (A-CIP) programme for customs. The WCO then published an article on its website, saying MRA’s A-CIP…

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People flying into Malawi required to produce COVID-19 negative certificates

By Duncan Mlanjira Returning residents and foreigners flying into Malawi will be required to produce a COVID-19 PCR negative certificate of not more than 10 days old from a designated testing laboratory of the country they are coming from and should be fully signed by approved signatories. A statement from Secretary of Health in the Ministry of Health (MoH), Dr. Charles Mwansambo, said if a traveller arrives at the point of entry in Malawi without a valid certificate, they…

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Open Connect geared to eradicate connectivity cuts by building stronger investment partnership with neighbouring countries

By Duncan Mlanjira Open Connect Limited (OCL), the country’s biggest supplier of fiber infrastructure, plans to build stronger investment partnership with neighbouring countries in order to eradicate connectivity cuts in the country. Connectivity cuts in the country are rampant because of vandalism and other mishaps that take place through interconnectivity routes with neighbouring countries such as Mozambique and Zambia. Briefing the media on Thursday, OCL’s Chief Executive Officer, Sandile Dhlomo said there is need to have a proper web…

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COVID-19 teaches the citizenry how technology can be next step forward in accessing essential services

By Duncan Mlanjira COVID-19 pandemic pandemic has taught the citizenry at how technology can be the next step forward in accessing essential services such as education, health, money transfers, online shopping and others in the comfort of the homes. And as one way to enhance this, Open Connect Limited (OCL) — the country’s biggest supplier of fiber infrastructure — plans to bring door to door fiber internet connectivity as one way of assisting and inspiring young minds and their…

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Pathologist Tamiwe Tomoka adds credence to Termination of Pregnancy Bill

By Duncan Mlanjira Having read the Termination of Pregnancy (TOP) Bill and having listened to arguments and comments from the general public with various and different backgrounds, pathologist and senior lecturer at College of Medicine, Dr. Tamiwe Tomoka has come up with an analysis of this Bill. She feels that arguments and comments, many people seem not to have read the bill as most people are worried that if the Bill passes, it’s like publicizing abortion and that some…

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Tributes pour in for two media gurus; Akwete Sande and Vynn Phiri

By Duncan Mlanjira Tributes keep pouring in for two of Malawi’s media gurus, Akwete Ligongo Sande and Vynn Matembo Chimika Phiri, who passed on Thursday and Friday respectively. Akwete died at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital after succumbing to cancer while Vynn died at St. Gabriel Hospital in Lilongwe where he had been admitted for a week. In his eulogy on Facebook, Chauncy Mopho Jere said of Vynn: “A life so beautifully lived deserves to be beautifully remembered.” Booker Matemvu…

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DPP claims Nankhumwa is not Leader of Opposition but Chaponda

By Duncan Mlanjira The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) is claiming that its vice-president for the South, Kondwani Nankhumwa is not the legitimate Leader of Opposition in the National Assembly but rather George Chaponda. The party’s disciplinary committee has since summoned Nankhumwa to a disciplinary hearing, and the first charge is undermining the authority of the DPP president Peter Mutharika by informing the Speaker of Parliament Catherine Gotani Hara that he had been appointed Leader of the Opposition. The summons…

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