UK government warns its citizens on Malawi political situation

  By Duncan Mlanjira United Kingdom ((UK) government has issued an alert on its nationals in Malawi or traveling there on the political situation as the country awaits the Constitutional Court ruling on the disputed May 21, 2019 tripartite elections. The alert issued on www.gov.uk says the Constitutional Court ruling on the electoral challenge that is expected to be announced in late January or early February 2020 could provoke further violent protests. “Protests have taken place in central Lilongwe…

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Roads Authority temporarily closes Salima-Nkhotakota road to rehabilitate washed away bridge banks

  By Maravi Express The Roads Authority (RA) has temporarily closed the M5 Road at Lingadzi Bridge near Chikwawa Trading Centre, which is about 29km from Kaphatenga in Salima and 73km from Nkhotakota. A statement from RA’s Chief Executive Officer, Engineer Emmanuel Matapa, said the closure is due to the heavy rains the area has been experiencing, which have scoured the bridge banks and that the northern approach of Lingadzi Bridge has been completely washed away. “Currently, the Roads…

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MRA urges employers to register domestic workers by Feb. 17

By Duncan Mlanjira Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) is urging employers who are paying domestic workers in excess of K45,000 register them at MRA as required by the Taxation Act by February 17, 2020.  According to reports, once they register their employees, all employers whether corporates and entrepreneurs will be given a Taxpayer Identification Number (TPIN). This is the number that creates an account with MRA into which all remittances are reflected and that all correspondents with MRA is done…

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Chitipa residents cause havoc over Mbilima Border Post

  By Duncan Mlanjira Chitipa residents stormed Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) offices to present a petition asking the government tax collecting body to remove officers at Mbilima Border Post whom they had earlier asked to be withdrawn. The residents are using MRA to force the government to upgrade the 35km stretch of the road that connects Chitipa Boma, the border post and Tanzania. Last week, the concerned citizens issued a 7-day ultimatum (from January 2) that MRA should favourably…

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People question why the solar power plant donated by Japan not functioning

  By Duncan Mlanjira  Malawi Airline’s flight to Johannesburg via Blantyre on Friday was delayed due to ESCOM power challenges at Kamuzu International Airport (KIA) in Lilongwe, prompting the public to ask why the solar energy plant that the Japanese government donated is not functioning. Commenting on social media, Solomon Gundadzuwa posed a thought that the country’s Immigration Department is in the process of implementing the e-passport, which in essence needs electricity to be available at the facility all…

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One injured as 4th floor of Delamare House catches fire

  By Duncan Mlanjira The 4th floor of Delamare House in Blantyre that houses Pakachere Institute of Health and Development Communication, caught fire on Friday morning and it is reported that one staff member was rushed to Adventist Hospital for treatment after he got injured. Blantyre Police spokesman told Zodiak Television, which also operates from the same building that the cause of the fire is unknown and that the victim got injured from flying broken glasses that shattered from…

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Top Nigerian journalist believes Tabitha deserves the CAF Player of the Year award

  By Duncan Mlanjira Top Nigerian journalist, Osasu Obayiuwana believes that Malawian Tabitha Chawinga deserved to claim the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Player of the Year award than his compatriot Asisat Oshoala, who plays for Barcelona women’s side. In a Tweeter message, Obayiuwana said: “I understand that some members of the Nigerian media are unhappy that I didn’t vote for Asisat. That’s a shame. But I am NOT obliged to vote for her. “Congratulations to her on yet…

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Honouring Kennedy Malunga: Was once FIFA’s top 10 in 1987’s African Player of the Year

  By Duncan Mlanjira Not many people know or remember it, but former Malawi international midfielder, Kennedy ‘Senator’ Malunga was among top 10 African great players, who were nominated for the prestigious African Player of the Year award. What’s very interesting is that Kennedy, then playing for Club Brugge in Belgium, was ranked 6th with 24 points, beating Ghana’s great player Abedi Ayew Pele, then playing for Olympique Marseille in France who got 17 points and was placed number…

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Ascent Soccer targets 50/50 gender representation in the academy within 5 years

  By Duncan Mlanjira Lilongwe-based Ascent Soccer’s robust scouting efforts in 2019 saw it able to field a full girls’ squad, which it describes as an important milestone towards achieving its focus on 50/50 gender representation in the football academy’s age groups within five years.  To achieve this, Ascent Soccer recruited Malawian college social science graduate, Chisomo Chikuni in October 2019 to provide full time capacity for driving the girls program forward. The academy intends to continue liaising with…

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FDH Money Bureau splashes out K3m to 30 customers in ‘Kupakula Makwacha’ promotion

    By Duncan Mlanjira FDH Money Bureau has described as a success the ‘Kupakula Makwacha’ promotion in which it has spent K3m to 30 customers since the promotion was launched on November 25 last year. The final draw was held at FDH Money Bureau Head Office in Blantyre and in a statement Marketing Manager Ronald Chimchere is quoted as saying they received an overwhelming positive response from their customers. The promotion targeted FDH Money Bureau customers, who send…

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