8 unscrupulous pharmacies fined for unconscionable conduct in relation to COVID-19

By Duncan Mlanjira At its extra-ordinary board meeting in Lilongwe on April 24, the Competition and Fair Trading Commission (CFTC) imposed fines to eight pharmacy shops for unconscionable conduct, specifically excessive pricing, in relation to the supply of essential protective and preventive equipment used in the management of the global COVID-19 pandemic. The meeting by the Board of Commissioners was convened specifically to consider and adjudicate over 16 cases of alleged unfair trading practices and found guilty eight pharmacy…

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COVID-19 exposes that Malawians can work in solidarity to help each other in times of crises

By Duncan Mlanjira Since Malawi was affected by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in April, the public has commendably joined hands in solidarity to assist the government fight the global pandemic. This was said by director of social services at Blantyre District Health Office (DHO), Dr. Gift Kawalazira when he received the donation of personal protective equipment (PPEs) worth MK3.3 million (£3,700) which were procured by UK-based Malawian Bruno Kantiki. Kantiki, who is with the British Army, raised the funds to…

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Financial abuse of public expenditure tracking affects maternity services in Chitipa

Maravi Express The upgrading process of Thelele Health Post in the area of Traditional Authority (TA) Wavikaza in Chitipa District facility to a full health centre to cater for expectant mothers has delayed due to financial mess of the K19 million community managed socio-economic project (COMSEP) funded project. Investigations carried out by Public Expenditure Tracking (PET) focal team has revealed that mismanagement of public funds and failure by District Council officials to monitor and supervise construction works of the…

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DPP haunted by unfinished projects in Mzimba

By Belton Mhango, MEC Stringer The ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) senior officials had a tough time selling President Peter Mutharika’s candidacy in Mzimba on Tuesday following the party’s unfinished projects in the district. The DPP, led by its vice-president for the North Goodall Gondwe, regional governor for the North Mzomera Ngwira and party guru Leston Mulli, embarked on a series of whistle stop tours in Mzimba on Tuesday; the rallies that were at some point marred by boos…

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MACRA deems Mibawa, Times, Zodiak as breaching political broadcasts

By Duncan Mlanjira Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA) is taking to task Mibawa Television, Times Television (TTV), Times Radio Zodiak Broadcasting Station (TV and Radio) on suspicion that they are broadcasting indecent, insulting and offensive material during the current political campaign meetings. MACRA says following a preliminary assessment of some political broadcasts, it indicate these broadcasters are breaching section 22 of the Second Schedule to the Communications Act, 2016. MARCA further says it will submit a report to the…

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Asamoah Gyan wants befitting send-off from Ghana to make his soul happy

kickgh.com & newsghana.com.gh Ghana’s legendary striker, Asamoah Gyan has said that his soul will be happy if he can be accorded a befitting farewell for his services to the national team. The 34-year-old Gyan, says he deserves the befittng farewell from the West African country considering his achievements for the national team since 2003. At age 34, Gyan looks forward to his official retirement from the national team and he recounts how some national team heroes never received their…

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COVID-19 cases across Africa exceed 107,000

allAfrica.com As of Sunday, May 24 confirmed the COVID-19 total cases from 55 African countries has reached 107,747 with reported deaths reaching 3,257 and recoveries 42,924. The numbers are compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University using statistics from the World Health Organization and other international institutions as well national and regional public health departments. South Africa has the most reported cases — 21,342, with deaths numbering 407.  Other most-affected countries include Egypt…

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DPP pledges to construct terraces inside Karonga Stadium as it touts more development in the district

By Jordan Simeon-Phiri, MEC Stringer Secretary general for the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), Grezelder Jeffrey — who is also deputy Minister of Local Government and Rural Development — has pledged football lovers in Karonga to construct terraces inside Karonga Stadium for spectators to comfortably watch matches. Jeffrey said this at a campaign rally at Karonga Freedom Park on Saturday after whistle stop tours done at Chiweta, Uliwa, Nyungwe and Lupembe, led by DPP) led by the party’s vice-president (North),…

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DPP accused of frustrating opposition rallies by arranging parallel meetings

By Elijah Phompho, MEC Stringer  Former president Joyce Banda has blamed the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) for frustrating opposition political campaign rallies by arranging parallel meetings, which has the potential to fuel political violence among supporters that can destabilize the upcoming  elections. President Joyce Banda, who is also the leader for People’s Party (PP) that is in Tonse Alliance alongside other nine opposition parties, said DPP is not ready for the fresh presidential elections as it is aware it is heading towards defeat…

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Malawi at crossroads to either choose to save or destroy it — Catholic Bishops’ Pastoral Letter

By Duncan Mlanjira In their Pastoral Letter released on Sunday, Catholic Bishops say Malawi is at crossroads to either choose to save or destroy it but the most urgent task before the people is to choose a leader who can rescue it from further deterioration.  The Letter says the forthcoming fresh presidential election provides people with an opportunity to choose a leader who can save the country from collapsing and who can turn it into a unified, orderly and…

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