Dilapidated slaughter houses worry authorities in Chitipa

By Asimenye Sibale, MANA Chitipa District Veterinary Officer, Steve Musopole has expressed deep concern over poor conditions of slaughter houses in the district, a situation he said is a serious threat to outbreaks of diseases both in animals and humans. After a recent district executive committee meeting on animal and public health, Musopole said all 20 slaughter houses in the district do not have water supply and neither are they fenced. “Dogs have easy access to the slaughter houses…

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Court case of Rolf Patel versus Press Corporation Ltd still awaiting conclusion 17 years later

By John Saukira  Malawi has the longest court case ever in its history — the Civil Appeal Case No. 42 of 2015 between Rolf Patel and others versus Press Corporation Limited (PCL).  The case went to court in 2004 for legal minds to interpret on who is the owner of the company after being affected with ownership wrangles since the parties involved had previously been in a joint venture.  According to submissions in court then, Rolf Patel and others…

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Government to reduce timber prices; to stop exportation

By Solister Mogha, MANA Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Mining, Welani Chilenga on Saturday said government is planning to reduce prices of timber and stop its exportation. Chilenga made the revelation in reaction to concerns from some Members of the Parliamentary Committee on Natural Resources and Mining during a meeting at Sunbird Ku Chawe Inn in Zomba. He said it was sad that the price of timber was three times higher than that of iron sheets; thereby, making…

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MEDF disburses K4.5 billion to over 17,000 groups

By Patrick Ndawala & Haneeph Maulana, MANA Since March this year, the Malawi Enterprise Development Fund (MEDF) has disbursed over K4 billion to 17, 831 groups spread across the country. MEDF Board member, Nicholas Namalija disclosed this on Saturday at Mbenjere Secondary School grounds in Machinga when Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Dr. Ben Phiri presided over the cheque presentation ceremony to Nayuchi and Ntanja women vendors.  “Our plan was to create 10,000 groups but within the…

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MISA Malawi applauds Govt for removing tax on radio and TV broadcasting equipment

By Duncan Mlanjira Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) Malawi Chapter has commended the government for removing tax on radio and television broadcasting equipment as was announced by Finance Minister, Joseph Mwanamveka in his presentation of the 2020/21 National Budget in Parliament on Friday, June 12. Mwanamveka said government had introduced a ‘Customs Procedure Code’ to allow duty free importation of television and radio eguipment in order to improve access to information and promote establishment of television and radio…

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Government still owes Water Boards on bills now at K30 billion

By Tione Andsen, MANA The country’s Water Boards are still owed K30 billion in water bills from government Ministries, Departments and Agencies, reveals Water Services Association of Malawi (WASAM). WASAM Executive Secretary, Dokani Ngwira revealed this to Malawi News Agency (MANA) on Friday in Lilongwe during a press briefing regarding the threat of COVID-19 in the country. He said the bill was reduced to K23 billion by the end of 2019 after some payments were made but the mount…

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Concerned Malawian advocates for Government to recognize Indians as Malawi’s 11th ethnic tribe

By Duncan Mlanjira After conducting an intensive research and investigation of Malawi’s historical records, concerned citizen, Yamikani Nicholas Kachingwe is advocating that the Government should initiate a Bill in Parliament to officially recognize and accept Indians as Malawi’s 11th ethnic tribe. The 35-year-old Kachingwe, who has great interest in current affairs, news and storytelling, is running the campaign through the website www.currentaffairsmalawi, appealing and suggesting to all relevant authorities in Malawi to seriously consider the request. He says according…

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COVID-19 fight and it’s economic effects on Malawi

Analysis by Wisdom Ngwira, MANA December 2019, will historically be remembered as the month and year when a new ‘monster’ was born in the World — the Coronavirus. It all started in the sub provincial city of Wuhan, the Capital of Hubei Province, China when the World Health Organisation (WHO) was alerted of several cases of pneumonia of unknown cause detected in the City. On January 9, 2020, the Centre for Disease Control China, reported that a novel Coronavirus…

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Gender Minister challenges youths to be self reliant

By Manasse Nyirenda, MANA Minister of Gender, Children and Community Development Mary Navicha has challenged youths in the country to be self reliant by creating their own wealth through entrepreneurship. She made the remarks Wednesday in Lilongwe when she presented symbolic cheques to beneficiaries in the Women and Youth Loans under the Malawi Enterprise Development Fund (MEDF), saying it was high time the youth found an alternative way of sustaining their lives instead of solely banking their hopes on…

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Housing Investment Cooperative declares 20% patronage refund

By Duncan Mlanjira In the one and half years since its its inception, Housing Investment and Development Cooperative (HIDCO) has made an accumulated net profit of K14.5 million, up by K1.5 million it made in 2019 of over K13 million.  During its first annual general meeting held on May 31, which is its registration anniversary, the members resolved to set aside 15% of its assets into Statutory Reserves and some funds went into education and marketing reserve and retained…

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