Can the MCP become a national party again?

By Cedrick Ngalande, PhD The scene is set on July 6, 1990. His Excellency the Life President Ngwazi Dr H Kamuzu Banda arrives at Kamuzu Stadium on top of an open Land Rover truck, his fly whisk in hand. Thousands of people fill the stadium. The overflow crowd goes as far Kamuzu Highway and up to the Malawi Polytechnic. As the Ngwazi enters the stadium to the song, “Uyo, uyo, uyo Ngwazi”, the crowd becomes frenzy. They are members…

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COVID-19 positivity rate, number of confirmed cases, related deaths and admissions declining

* Saturday’s positivity rate at 6.5%; Friday at 8.5%; Thursday at 7.4%; * Wednesday at 7.6%; Tuesday at 8.1%; Monday at 8.1% * In the past 24 hours, 13 cases were hospitalised; 14 were discharged * 91 active cases are hospitalised highest in Lilongwe and Blantyre at 20 each By Duncan Mlanjira President Lazarus Chakwera promised that the country’s COVID-19 partial lockdown could be lifted if the positivity declines to less that 5% and as of the past 24…

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OG Issah shifts from Chiradzulu Central Constituency to Zomba Changalume for the March 30 by-elections

Mahomed Hanif Osman — popularly known as ‘OG Issa’ By Duncan Mlanjira Having lost his seat as Member of Parliament for Chiradzulu Central Constituency in the 2019 tripartite elections, Mahomed Hanif Osman — popularly known as ‘OG Issa’ — has now shifted to contest for a seat in the august House to represent people of Zomba Changalume. The legislator from 2014-2019 is vying for the post again as an independent in the March 30 by-elections after the post fell…

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Call for help for baby Dylan Alipo to undergo liver transplant in India that will cost K24 million

Maravi Express Baby Dylan Alipo was born July 1, 2020 with a condition called Billiary Atresia which has kept him in hospital since birth and to save his life, he needs to have a liver transplant to be done in India that will cost US$30,000 (about K24 million). The baby’s parents, Victor and Hannah Chagona are thus appealing to well-wishers for support towards raising the funds for baby Dylan Alipo to access urgent medical attention at Aster Hospital in…

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Malawian pro golfer Kachepatsonga finishes 18th from field of 70 pros at Kenyan Safari Tour

Kachepatsonga in action at the Kenyan Safari Tour * His performance is proof that Malawi can also play good golf * The country was represented by Kachepatsonga, Paul Chidale and Simon Moses By Duncan Mlanjira Malawi’s golf pro Victor Kachepatsonga made it into the best top 20 cash prize-winning finish in the just ended Safari Tour played at Karen Golf Club in Kenya. He finished position 18 after amasing gross score of 297 after 4 days of the most…

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Police officer arrested for illegally releasing truck full of charcoal

* As Malawi Police Service stands to clean bad apples * Geared to crump out unprofessional conduct among its rank and file By Duncan Mlanjira Malawi Police Service (MPS) on Friday arrested one of their own based at Area 25 police unit in Lilongwe for illegally releasing a truck full of charcoal that was impounded by a night patrol team. A statement from MPS public relation officer, James Kadadzera said preliminary inquiries indicate that the an unnamed officer was…

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Court orders seizure of Chisale’s 78 cars, 21 real properties and freezing of over K117m

Norman Paulos Chisale By Duncan Mlanjira The High Court has ordered seizure of 78 cars, 21 real properties and freezing of bank accounts that have over K117,393,720.92 belonging to murder and corruption suspect Norman Paulos Chisale — former director of security services for former State President, Peter Mutharika. The order was made on Thursday in Blantyre by Hon. Justice M. Tembo in Civil Cause No. 75 of 2021 in the matter of Section 65 of the Financial Crimes Act….

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DoDMA orders all clusters and Councils to refund all remaining COVID-19 funds

* The Councils and clusters must urgently submit their proposed itemized activity plans on how they intend to spend their allocations * The Councils have also been ordered to submit monthly expenditure reports for for February 2021 by March 5 By Duncan Mlanjira Except for Ministries of Health and Education, all clusters and Councils have been ordered to stop spending the remaining K17.270 billion COVID-19 funds which government allocated to them to combat the second wave of the pandemic….

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FAM steps in to pay medical insurance premiums on behalf of clubs and players

 Chikoti and Nyamilandu (right) sealing the deal * Signs partnership with Medical Aid Society of Malawi * Tailor-made Econo-Sport scheme worth K18 million a year * To cover 800 players from nationals teams, Super League clubs, women’s regional leagues * Each player will be covered up to a maximum of K1.4 million a year Maravi Express Football Association of Malawi (FAM) has stepped in to pay medical insurance premiums on behalf of clubs and players. In conjunction with the…

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As at end December 2020, domestic revenues at K564.2bln fell short of target by K35.9bln—Finance Minister

Felix Mlusu * Mid-year Budget performance * Performance of taxes on goods and services fell short of target by 5.4% * This was on account of subdued effective demand and rampant non-compliance in domestic VAT By Duncan Mlanjira Parliament approved total expenditure and net lending of K2.190 trillion in the 2020/2021 financial year while inflows of revenues and grants were approved at K1.435 trillion, giving a total financing requirement of K755.1 billion. Of this financing, reports Finance Minister Felix…

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