MERA warns filling stations from hoarding fuel; assures public of sufficient fuel stocks

* Retail stations are suspected to be hoarding fuel in anticipation of price increase * MERA reiterates that such malpractice is prohibited and punishable by law * Report any suspected fuel hoarding by calling 0992558564/0999896310 or email mera@mera.mw By Duncan Mlanjira Following the strike by truck drivers that include those that ferry fuel, Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (MERA) has assured the public not to panic as there are sufficient stocks of fuel in the country in a total of…

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Airtel to further pursue in court CFTC’s order to pay K2.1bn fine over Khethekhethe bonus scheme

Airtel Malawi Plc Managing Director Charles Kamoto  *The company denied the charges levelled against it when it appeared before the CFTC * Airtel does not agree with the consequential decision as it fully complies with the relevant and applicable laws * The company has not committed any unfair trading practice or provided any misleading, false or deceptive information * Or made false representation to the public—Airtel Managing Director Charles Kamoto By Duncan Mlanjira Airtel Malawi Plc has responded to…

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ACB negotiating with judiciary to establish special financial courts to handle corruption and fraud issues

A special financial court in Dubai By Steven Godfrey Mkweteza The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) is negotiating with judiciary to establish special financial courts to be handling corruption and fraud issues to help speed up a backlog of cases. This was revealed by the ACB’s deputy director general, Elias Bodole in Blantyre during a dissemination meeting aimed at popularising the new National Anti-Corruption Strategy (NACS), which was launched in December 2019. Once such special financial courts are established, it will…

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CAMA accuses edible cooking oil manufacturers of blackmailing consumers and Government

* ”Manufacturers have for a long time preferred to import crude oil materials from the Eastern countries” * “And always at high prices than using local raw materials grown by our farmers” * “Throughout the past years, Malawi was producing its own cooking oils using its own local raw materials” * “We all recall Unilever or Lever Brothers used to produce COVO and Kazinga with linkages to our local farmers” * “The full name of the acronym for COVO…

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President Chakwera acknowledges that Govt projects keep delaying due to poor funding

Progress of the construction works * As he pledges for speedy completion of Nsanje-Marka by December 2021 * Construction was rolled out way in 2018 but at least completion progress is now at 85% * With a rehabilitated and functioning transport system, Nsanje will be transformed to a city By Duncan Mlanjira, Maravi Express & Steve Chirombo, MANA On his tour of construction works of Nsanje-Marka M1 road last Friday, President Lazarus Chakwera bemoaned the delays that affect development…

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ACB asked to probe granting of MalTIS to SA firm in partnership with Movesa

* The suppliers of the MalTIS involve South African firm Fischer Consultants and Movesa as a Malawian partner * The contract was granted over six years ago but failed to meet three deadlines since 2018 to hand over to government * Failure to hand over the system “seems to be a way of siphoning money by some corrupt individuals * In collaboration with the foreign Consultants South African firm Fischer Consultants and Movesa By Duncan Mlanjira The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB)…

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Concerned citizen asks ACB to investigate suspected corruption practice over Movesa’s sole blank number plate importation

Number plates imported by Movesa are showing signs of substandard work * Sole importation was to block all players from entering the market yet Movesa’s number plates keep failing to meet standards * Movesa was also tasked as a regulator to prevent importation of substandard blank plates by unscrupulous importers * DRTSS, MBS kept changing blank number plate importation test specifications to block other business entities * Former MBS official now working as a consultant for Movesa in the…

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Nsanje Lalanje MP Gladys Ganda whistle blows on inflated prices of goats to be supplied to DoDMA

Goats that are for breeding are within prices of K15,000 to a maximum of K20,000 * Contracts have been awarded to highest bidders leaving out those who pegged lower prices * The best was to use the Councils to buy direct from the farmers in the designated areas of delivery * The project is under post-Cyclone Idai and Kenneth Emergency Recovery and Resilience project By Duncan Mlanjira Member of Parliament for Nsanje Lalanje, who is shadow Minister of Trade…

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Sparc Systems sponsors K3m towards Malawi Procurement Institute’s annual conference to be graced by renowned Pan-Africanist Prof. Lumumba

Sparc Systems Isnor Ward (left) presenting the sponsorship to Mbejere * He joins Vice-President Saulos Chilima to deliver key note addresses at the conference * To be held under the theme ‘Strategic Procurement and Supply Chain; a Tool for the Country’s Economic Management’ * 75% of the National Budget goes towards procurement and supply of goods By Duncan Mlanjira Renowned Pan-Africanist orator from Kenya, Prof. Patrick Loch Otieno (PLO) Lumumba, together with the country’s Vice-President Saulos Chilima, are expected…

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Nacala Logistics brings in high-capacity locomotives set to haul 120-loaded wagons at a go

* Previous locomotives were smaller and slower transporting a maximum capacity of only 53 wagons of cargo * We will be able to export and import a lot of goods at once — resulting in reduced costs and more revenue * Transit times will be greatly reduced from 5 to 2 days between Nacala Port in Mozambique and Limbe By Duncan Mlanjira Nacala Logistics, managers of the rail transport system in the country, announces that it has brought in…

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