Unfounded myth leads to Machinga villagers to vandalise K55m-worth solar powered irrigation scheme

  By Chimwemwe Mphande, MANA Police in Machinga have arrested 19 people for allegedly vandalising and stealing property worth K55 million at Ulongwe Solar Powered Irrigation Scheme last month in believing the system was causing children to unexpectedly faint. Angered with this misguided myth, the villagers from the Traditional Authority Nyambi in the district stormed the facility where they destroyed it and stole property from the K55 million-worth newly-constructed irrigation scheme. In an interview with MANA, Machinga Police deputy…

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COVID-19 Lockdown: MCTU asks Government to increase PAYE free threshold from MK40,000 to MK100,000

By Duncan Mlanjira Malawi Congress of Trade Unions (MCTU) has asked President Peter Mutharika that for the Lockdown to be effective, amongst other measures, to seriously consider cushioning workers’ disposable income by increasing Pay As You Earn (PAYE) free threshold from MK40,000 to MK100,000. This should be done until such a time that the carrying out of economic activities return to normal after the pandemic is over. Through a public statement, MCTU is also asking the Government to reduce…

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COVID-19: Key economic shutdown household preparations

  By Duncan Mlanjira Following the decree made by President Peter Mutharika on Tuesday, April 14, through Minister of Health & Population, Jappie Mhango that the country will go on a 21-day nationwide lockdown — effective Saturday April 18 as new and stricter measures to contain the further spread of the deadly Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, some social commentators have outlined some key economic shutdown household preparations. They include stocking up household essentials in bulk to avoid being forced to…

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Malawians in total shock over the 21-day Lockdown

  By Duncan Mlanjira Malawians feel for the worst following the announcement that from Saturday, April 18, the Government is set to execute a Lockdown of services and movements as new and stricter measures to contain the further spread of the deadly Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. People took to social media immediately after the announcement of the intended Lockdown announced by Minister of Health & Population, Jappie Mhango, who is chairperson of the Special Cabinet Committee on COVID-19. The decision…

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Malawi on 21-day national lockdown from Saturday, April 18

  By Duncan Mlanjira President Peter Mutharika on Tuesday, April 14, through Minister of Health & Population, Jappie Mhango announced that the country will go on a 21-day nationwide lockdown — effective Saturday April 18 as new and stricter measures to contain the further spread of the deadly Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Mhango, who is chairperson of the Special Cabinet Committee on COVID-19, says this is in pursuant to Disaster Preparedness and Relief Act (Cap 33:05 of the Laws of…

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Owner of Nu-Tread threatens legal action for alleged defamation by one of key MCP witnesses in Constitutional Court case

  Maravi Express Owner and managing director of Nu-Tread Limited, Michael Antoine has threatened to seek legal redress unless Anthony Bendulo, one of key Malawi Congress Party (MCP) witnesses in Constitutional Court case retracts and unconditionally apologize to the allegation he made against the complainant and his company, which are deemed as defamatory. And if the demands stated by the complainant are not addressed, Antoine’s lawyers, Naphambo & Company, have been instructed to go ahead and institute civil proceedings…

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Malawi amongst 25 countries set for immediate IMF debt relief

  Maravi Express Malawi is amongst 25 countries that have been earmarked by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for immediate debt relief. A statement from the IMF posted on www.imf.org on Monday, April 13 from Washington, DC quotes IMF Managing Director, Kristalina Georgieva as saying the Executive Board approved the immediate debt service relief to the 25 of the its member countries under the IMF’s revamped Catastrophe Containment and Relief Trust (CCRT) as part of the Fund’s response to…

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Asian Business Community to provide fully functioning isolation and quarantine solutions in Blantyre and Zomba

By Duncan Mlanjira  In response to pressing and urgent need to assist the Government in the Coronavirus (COVID-19) response, the Asian Business Community (ABC) COVID-19 Task Force is set to provide fully functioning isolation and quarantine solutions in Blantyre and Zomba.  A statement from ABC COVID-19 Task Force chairperson Faizal Aboo and his deputy, Dr. Parth Patel said the isolation and quarantine facilities will be fully equipped by ABC and will be handed over to the Ministry of Health to operate….

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COVID-19 response: What can developing countries do differently?

  By Farai Chigaru The prevalent responses to the COVID-19 pandemic across different countries seem to be similar. A lot of countries, both developed and developing, are copying from the developed countries’ reaction towards the pandemic. As second movers, this is commendable. It is, however, not sufficient.  It is commendable in a sense that developing countries do not need to ‘re-invent the wheel’ in trying to identify what works against the fight against COVID-19. It is not sufficient because…

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COVID-19: Malawian Asian Business Community rolls out partial lockdown; violators warned of K500,000 fine

By Duncan Mlanjira In response to the pressing and urgent need to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Asian Business Community (ABC) of Blantyre, Limbe and Zomba has rolled out a partial lockdown of 14 days that was effected from midnight of Thursday April 9 for a period of 14 days ending April 23. A statement from ABC COVID-19 Taskforce chairperson Faizal Aboo said the decision came about after extensive discussions and deliberations with business captains, saying…

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