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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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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HRDC asks Ministry of Lands to provide updates on dubious acquisition of land by high profile officials

By Duncan Mlanjira Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) has written a petition to the Ministry of Lands to provide updates on dubious acquisition of land by high profile officials. The lands in question include Plots 1036 to 1040 in Limbe East (near Railways), which were alleged to have been corruptly awarded to an individual in Limbe and that Deed Plan No. 170/09 was allegedly forged. “We have also received allegations that a farm, located along the road after the bridge…

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MET department asks flood-prone communities to be on high alert as Malawi expects to receive good rainfall patterns

By Steven Mkweteza & Mayamiko Phiri The Department of Climate Change and Meteorological Services (DCCMS) says the country has a high chance of receiving good rainfall pattern in the 2020/2012 rainfall season. The MET Department thus warns people living in flood-prone communities to be on high alert as there might be threats in extreme weather events such as floods and also pockets of prolonged dry spells. MET Department Director, Jolam Nkhokwe said this at a press briefing in Blantyre…

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Youths urged to embrace innovative business ideas through COVID-19 pandemic and life thereafter

By Chipambano Mbewe Students For Liberty (SFL) Malawi chapter, a nongovernmental organization (NGO) that advocates liberty thinking amongst young entrepreneurs, is encouraging young minds in Malawi to start developing innovative business ideas to help them pass through COVID-19 pandemic and life thereafter. Students For Liberty is an international nonprofit organization with the mission to educate, develop and empower the next generation of leaders of liberty across the world. Just recently, the SFL Malawi chapter held an online conference to entice…

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Despite COVID-19 negative effects, Malawi recorded relatively low and stable inflation rate

By Duncan Mlanjira Despite the negative effects of the COVID-19, Malawi has recorded relatively low and stable inflation rate, Minister of Finance Felix Mlusu said when he presented the 2020/2021 budget in Parliament on Friday. He said headline inflation rate declined to 8.0 percent in July 2020, from a peak of 11.5 percent in December 2019 and going forward, the Government, through the Reserve Bank of Malawi, will pursue a low inflation agenda with a target rate of inflation…

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