NICO Group sponsors K5m for ESCOM to host Southern Africa Power Pool conference

By Duncan Mlanjira Leading financial services provider NICO Group has sponsored K5 million for Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (ESCOM) to successfully host the upcoming 54th Southern Africa Power Pool (SAPP) International Conference to be held at Bingu International Convention Centre (BICC) in Lilongwe. To be convened from March 2-5, the SAPP conference will, among other issues, discuss adequacy, reliability and trading of power in the Region in keeping pace with developments within the Africa Region and the world…

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Mzuzu curio vendors bemoan lack of sales due to filthy environment

By Cosmas Chimaliro Mzuzu curio vendors have bemoaned lack of business due to Mzuzu City Council’s delay in removing garbage at the market, a development they say has lowered sales of their products and compromised tourism market for the country. In an interview Wednesday, Mzuzu Curio Market chairperson, David Ngulube bemoaned continued accumulation of garbage at the site rendering the place filthy. “Mzuzu City Council has taken almost two weeks without collecting the garbage, all the garbage from the…

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Malawians should not panic about Coronavirus — Ministry of Health

By Loness Gwazanga, MANA Ministry of Health and Population says people should not panic on Coronavirus as government is doing everything to ensure the country is spared from the viral infection.  The Ministry’s spokesperson, Joshua Malango said recently during a media orientation in Blantyre that government was working with various stakeholders to make the country a safer place. “We are working with various stakeholders such as Centre for Disease Control and our sister ministries to make sure Corona Virus…

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Government abolishes quota system at tertiary education level; JCE reinstated

  By Duncan Mlanjira The quota that was introduced by Government in 1987 used to select successful students for tertiary education has been abolished and at the same time the Junior Certificate of Education (JCE), which was abolished has been reinstated. This was announced in Lilongwe on Thursday by Minister of Education, Science and Technology, William Susuwele Banda, saying based on numerous interventions government has put in place, coupled with numerous consultations with the society and academia, there is…

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Government reaffirms its commitment to construct 250 day secondary schools and 100 community ones

By Duncan Mlanjira Government has reaffirmed its commitment and has already commenced the process to construct 250 day secondary schools and 100 community day ones across the country. This was disclosed by Minister of Education, Science and Technology, William Susuwele Banda on Thursday in Lilongwe, saying this is being done under the Secondary Education Expansion Development (SEED) Project and the Equity with Quality and Learning at Secondary (EQUALS) projects.  “You would agree with me that this is a game…

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National Planning Commission to officially launch consultation processes for developing the successor to Vision 2020

By Duncan Mlanjira National Planning Commission has come up with a successor to Vision 2020, which will define the common aspirations of all Malawians moving forward and is expected to be officially launched by President Prof. Arthur Peter Mutharika on February 28 at the COMESA International Conference Centre in Blantyre. A statement from National Planning Commission, whose Director General is Dr. Thomas Chataghalala Munthali, says the Right Honourable Speaker of Parliament and His Honour the Chief Justice, representing the…

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MEC’s auditors fined K3.8m by Malawi Chartered Accountants Institute for serious misconduct in the May 21 elections

By Duncan Mlanjira Institute of Chartered Accountants (ICAM) has found BDO Chartered Accountants (Malawi) guilty of four counts of serious misconduct in its operations as the retained auditor in the Tripartite Elections held on 21 May, 2019 and has since been fined with K3.8 million. In the verdict released on February 17, ICAM had been investigating the conduct of BDO Chartered Accountants (Malawi) during the controversial elections following the allegations of professional misconduct that ICAM received from Malawi Congress Party and a Concerned Citizen. The charges…

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World Vision Malawi calls for organized partnership with private sector towards meaningful social responsibility projects

By Duncan Mlanjira In its aim at making a measurable contribution in improving the well-being of underprivileged children and communities, World Vision Malawi engaged with the private sector on Tuesday to impress on it on how the future of these children can be secured through strong collaborative effort. At the engagement dinner at Mount Soche Hotel in Blantyre that attracted top executives from the corporate world, World Vision’s National Director Hazel Nyathi said partnership is at the heart of…

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Kottana Chidyaonga’s murder suspects released on bail

By Duncan Mlanjira The four suspects in the mysterious and alleged murder of 23-year-old Kottana Chidyaonga, Timothy Mtilonsanje (28), Gilbert Kamaliza (29), Diana Baghwanji (23) and Ekari Chaweza, finally walked out of Maula Prison in Lilongwe on Tuesday after spending weeks in custody as they were being denied bail. This happened after a group of concerned friends for the four suspects, decided to file a petition on social media asking the public to support asking the legal authorities, Ministry…

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Over 360,000 people die of drowning each year worldwide

By Duncan Mlanjira South African lifesaving examiner, Deon Woodley, who is in Malawi to train youths in prevention and stopping of drowning at local level along the shores of Lake Malawi, disclosed an alarming rate of deaths by drowning that is at 360,000 annually worldwide. Woodley arrived in the country on Monday and proceeded to travel to Nkhata Bay on Tuesday with Lytton Mabeti, a qualified lifeguard by professional and swimming instructor at St. Andrews International High School. Woodley…

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