Ministry of Labour to effect revision of minimum wage from January 1

  By Duncan Mlanjira The Ministry of Labour has announced that the increase of the minimum wage from K962.00 per day to K1,346.16 per day shall be effected from January 1, 2020. A statement from the Ministry says the revision has been formalized through Government Gazette Notice No. 68 headed ‘Employment ACT (CAP. 55:01) (Amendment) Order 2019. The minimum wage increase was announced in July when Minister of Finance, Joseph Mwanamvekha presented the 2019/20 National Budget in Parliament. There…

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MEC’s ICT expert discredits MCP’s witness Suleman’s simulations

  By Maravi Express correspondent Malawi Electoral Commission’s director of information, communications and technology (ICT), Muhabi Chisi told the Constitution Court sitting in Lilongwe on Thursday that the results management system (RMS) is foolproof and could not be hacked as was presented by Malawi Congress Party (MCP) witness, Daudi Suleman in his simulation made in the same court last month. Chisi said the RMS was developed in-house in conjunction with all MEC stakeholders that included political party directors of…

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Govt to introduce local courts

Government plans to introduce local courts across the country to ensure that people in far flung areas have access to justice. The Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs Honourable Bright Msaka SC said the introduction of these courts is in line with His Excellency Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika’s determination to increase access to justice for all. The minister announced this in Mulanje on Wednesday at the handover ceremony of newly rehabilitated magistrate courts in the district. Apart from reducing…

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Mchinji District Council loses over K10 million due to vendors strike

  By Owen Zayambika, MANA Mchinji District Council says it lost about K10.5 million in revenue collection due to an industrial action staged by vendors plying their trade at Mchinji town market between the months of September and October, 2019. Mchinji District Commissioner, Bester Mandere told Malawi News Agency (MANA) this has made the council struggle to pay salaries for employees which are drawn directly from the  market levies.  Mandere further said the seven-week strike has paralyzed provision of…

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ACB arrests road traffic official for demanding bribes

  By Duncan Mlanjira The Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) arrested Dyson Mchenga, a road traffic assistant based in Mwanza for soliciting and receiving bribes in order for him to issue cross border permits for passenger bus operators traveling to South Africa. According to a statement, the ACB received a complaint from the public on July 29 alleging that Mchenga and his fellow officers are soliciting and receiving bribes from the bus operators and instituted a joint operation with the…

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William Kamkwamba makes key note address at Scotland Malawi Partnership’s renewable energy forum

  By Duncan Mlanjira Malawi’s inspirational young genius, William Kamkwamba, the hot subject of the award-winning book and global Netflix feature film, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, delivered a keynote address at the Scotland Malawi Partnership’s renewable energy forum on Tuesday at Edinburgh City Chambers in Scotland. The forum brought together industry leaders and practitioners from the renewable energy sector currently working between Scotland and Malawi. The Scotland Malawi Partnership (SMP) is a national civil society network coordinating,…

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ACB arrests former Lilongwe City mayor Bikoko over land issues

By Duncan Mlanjira The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) on Wednesday arrested former Lilongwe City mayor Desmond Bikoko over his alleged involvement in land issues.  Reports say Bikoko was summoned to ACB offices in Lilongwe and he obliged and whilst there the ACB, who had obtained an arrest warrant  from the courts on Tuesday, arrested him. The sources say some more officials from Lilongwe City Council are expected to be arrested by the ACB over the same land issues. Details of…

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Chazama replaces Chimango Chirwa as Ambassador to Ethiopia and AU

   By Duncan Mlanjira Former Minister of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare, Cecilia Chazama, has been appointed by President Arthur Peter Mutharika as the Malawi Ambassador to Ethiopia and the African Union (AU) to replace Chimango Chirwa, who has been recalled to take up a position in the public service. Meanwhile, Khwauli Msiska has been appointed as Malawi High Commissioner to South Africa, both diplomatic appointments subject to confirmation by the Public Appointments Committee of Parliament, as announced…

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Climate change has become most catastrophic tragedy of all time — Mutharika

By Duncan Mlanjira President Prof. Arthur Peter Mutharika says climate change has become the most catastrophic tragedy of our time in a scale that is more colossal than any war known to humankind. Mutharika said this when he addressed the Conference of Parties (COP 25) in Madrid, Spain where he went to attend the UN climate Change Summit organized by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). He was among the six African presidents from Morocco, Uganda,…

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Digital financial transactions service offering cheaper and more secure way of doing business

  By Duncan Mlanjira Digital financial transactions service is offering cheaper and more secure way to do financial and research has shown that this blockchain service can help financial institutions generate savings of up to $27 billion by year 2030. This was said by Wisely Phiri, group managing director and founder of Malawi’s information and communications and technology (ICT) company, SPARC Systems Limited, in his public lecture delivered at Carnegie Mellon University Africa (CMU-Africa) in Kigali, Rwanda on Thursday, October 28….

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