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Chilima Dates North on Council Reforms Progress

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Chilima: In previous Reforms engagements in Central Region

Vice President Salous Chilima – who also over sees public sector reforms – will next week be in the Northern region for a week to track progress of various reforms taking place in councils as well as visit various projects.

The firebrand and workaholic Chilima has an overstretched schedule from Monday to Friday as he embarks on inspecting some major projects and holding public reforms meetings in the Northern region.

The Veep held a similar reform progress tour in the North in April 2021 to track the government’s reforms agenda.

A packed programme for the Veep for the week that we have seen shows Chilima will kick start his week long tour in the Northern region on Monday in Chitipa .

According to the loaded programme, Chilima will start with Chitipa to inspect the Emergency Treatment Unit – Chitipa Isolation Centre, Rehabilitation of Chitipa Council Chamber & Office Premises and hold full council meetings at the boma

Later in the afternoon and on Tuesday morning the Veep will be in Karonga where, among other projects, he will tour Karonga North Rukuru Dyke and Hara Women Briquettes Production and thereafter hold council meetings.

On Tuesday Chilima will be in Rumphi where he will inspect the Community Based Floods Early Warning System and hold reform meetings at Rumphi boma.

On Thursday, the Veep is expected to engage Nkhatabay and Likoma councils where he is expected to visit NkhataBay District Hospital (Paying Ward, Restaurant, Printing Services) and Standardized Exams in Primary Schools at St Maria Goretti before holding council meetings at Chikale beach.

The same day in the afternoon he will tour Mzuzu Civic Centre Construction and hold a reform meeting with Mzuzu City Council officials.

Chilima is expected to wind up the week-long tour in the North with a visit to Mzimba on Friday where he will appreciate progress of the Kasangazi Irrigation Scheme and Innovation Project: Hydro Power Generation.

The public sector reforms are being implemented in various government departments and councils to modernise the country, moving the country to a middle income nation and anchoring the implementation framework of the key priority areas in the Malawi 2063 development agenda.

NIGERIAN IDOL 7 FINALE: Watch Who Walks Away with $240,000 Worth of Prizes This Sunday

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Show’s host IK Osakioduwa: Set to announce a winner who will walk away with $240,000 worth of prizes

The finale episode of Nigerian Idol Season 7 will air at 20:00 CAT on Sunday, 22 May 2022, live on DStv and GOtv. Show’s host, IK Osakioduwa, will announce a winner who will walk away with $240,000 worth of prizes.

Don’t miss a moment of the action, make sure you’re connected. Easily use the MyGOtv or MyDStv apps to manage your subscription and watch the finale on Africa Magic (DStv channel 151), Africa Magic Urban (DStv channel 153; GOtv Supa channel 6), and Africa Magic Family (DStv channel 154; GOtv channel 2).

After weeks of watching the top 12 contestants sing their hearts out on the live shows to earn fan votes, the competition is down to two finalists –Progress and Zadok – vying for the title of ‘Nigerian Idol’. Whoever wins will go home with a cash prize of $240,000, a brand new SUV, a Bigi branded refrigerator and a year’s supply of Bigi drinks. They will also get to record an EP and a music video, a weekend getaway from TravelBeta, and a DStv Explora fully installed with a 12 months premium subscription.

As a platform created to help exceptional musicians, the first runner-up will also walk away with an EP produced by a leading music producer in Nigeria and a top-notch music video shoot.

The fate of the finalists will depend on the results from the final voting round which ends on Friday, 20 May at 22:00 CAT. Voting on Nigerian Idol is via the website, mobile site, MyDStv, and MyGOtv apps.

Fans can vote via the Africa Magic website, www.africamagic.tv/nigerianidol, and the Africa Magic mobile site by selecting your winner, entering the number of votes and clicking VOTE. Voting via these platforms is limited to 100 votes per user. Voting is also free on the MyDStv and MyGOtv Apps. The number of votes each subscriber gets is allocated based on their subscription packages.

Follow Nigerian Idol across all social media platforms on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for the latest details. Visit www.dstv.com/africamagic/en-ng/show/nigerian-idol for more information.

Fish farmers hail Maldeco support

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BVC members harvesting fish from the cages on Lake Malawi

Some fish farmers in Mangochi and Zomba have hailed The Foods Company Limited (TFCL), a subsidiary of conglomerate Press Corporation plc (PCL) trading as Maldeco, for supporting them through their fish farming and providing them with a ready market for their fish.

Speaking to journalists in Mangochi and Zomba at the weekend, the farmers said Maldeco has been giving them assistance in terms of the technical know-how in aquaculture farming as well as assisting them to access the much needed fingerlings so that they are economically independent.

Maldeco is running a community transformation initiative dubbed ‘One Village, One Cage’ (OVOC) Initiative where in each of its surrounding five villages, Beach Village Committees (BVCs) have been allocated a cage on Lake Malawi where they grow the fish. The company is also supporting other farmers who practice fish farming in fishing ponds in Zomba.

Kanyerere Jnr.- We are grateful

Under the initiative, Maldeco, with the support from the Malawi Innovation Challenge Fund (MICF) matching grant facilitated by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) supplies the high quality scarce fingerlings and coordinates feed supplies to the BVCs and when the fish is harvested, Maldeco procures the fish and the cost of the inputs is deducted from the sale proceeds and the profit is what the BVCs take away as their income.

Michesi Beach Village Committee Chairperson Jordan Kanyerere Junior said they made a total of K1.7 million during their sales from the first phase of the project.

“This is a lot of money to us. Apart from sharing the money as committee members, we also managed to buy school uniforms for needy children from 23 families in our village so that they too should benefit from our relationship with Maldeco,” said Kanyerere.

Miteche-Beneficial relationship

Siwema Daniel from Makokola BVC also thanked Maldeco for the support that it is giving to the community saying her BVC has been economically empowered by the initiative.

“We are now thinking of increasing our fish stock so that we make more money during the second harvest,” she said.

A fish farmer who practices fish farming at her five fish ponds at Domasi in Zomba, Rennie Kawaga hailed Maldeco for supporting her with the aquaculture know-how and providing her with a ready market for her fish harvests.

Miteche-Beneficial relationship

“I am happy that Maldeco, apart from supplying us with the fingerlings and the fish feed, is also giving us a ready market for our fish,” said Kawaga.

Another fish farmer Norah Miteche from Songani in Zomba who also practices fish farming in her 6 fish ponds, also hailed Maldeco and Aquaculture Enterprise Malawi (AEM) for the support which includes fish growth monitoring (sampling), extension services, aquaculture technologies and business management courses.

“As a new fish farmer, I can say that this has been a beneficial relationship because apart from supplying us with fingerlings, feed and a ready market, Maldeco has also been conducting business management courses for us farmers which have been an eye opener and essential for enterprise sustainability,” said Miteche.

Kawaga- Ready market available

Maldeco General Manager Andrew Santhe said the initiative has helped to improve relationships with villagers especially in Mangochi where the company engages in cage fish farming on Lake Malawi.

“We have seen that issues of security of the cage fish have greatly improved because the communities around the company have their own cages on the lake and hence the company and the community are collaborating in securing the fish. We are also happy that we are contributing to the economic development and independence of these communities around Maldeco and elsewhere where we are supporting the fish farmers,” said Santhe.

The initiative is within a bigger project where Maldeco is constructing a modern fish processing facility with funding from PCL and additional funding from UNDP which Maldeco won as a matching grant.

CDEDI moves in to wake up Chakwera from his deep slumber

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By Iommie Chiwalo

Cdedi senior officials addressing the media

The Centre for Democracy and Economic Development Initiatives (CDEDI) has moved in to wake up President Lazarus Chakwera and his administration to from deep slumber by devising mechanisms that will resuscitate the country’s economy from its death bed.

The move by CDEDI follows country’s economic status which is heading south as
evidenced by the rationing of essential goods and services, scaling down of local
production due to scarcity of foreign currency, the ever-weakening Malawi
kwacha and increasing electricity load shading hours.

In a press statement signed by its Executive Director, Sylvester Namiwa and made available to this publication, CDEDI has challenged the President and his administration to ring-fence forex for essential services and products such as drugs and medicines, fuel, wheat and cooking oil, before the situation gets out of hand.

Namiwa observes that the dire economic outlook is dampening the spirits and aspirations of Malawians each and every passing day with headlines clearly pointing to a clueless and helpless leadership.

“Just to cite a few examples, CDEDI has learnt with shock revelations that this
month the country has only managed to secure forex just enough to procure essential drugs and medicines for 20 days, production in most of local industries is at zero, essential commodities such as cooking oil and sugar are being rationed in shops, reputable airlines have scaled down their services in the country due to unavailability of forex, businesses have grounded to a halt due to the unavailability of forex,” says Namiwa.

With the prevailing trends, Namiwa has on a sad note observed that Malawi will soon begin to needlessly lose productive lives to preventable diseases due to lack of drugs and medicines in both the public and private health facilities.

CDEDI is of the view that the current government erred big time by cancelling the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Extended Credit Facility (ECF).

“As they say bad politics makes bad economics, apparently, we have established that such a costly decision was made to accommodate their litany of campaign promises such as the Affordable Inputs Programme (AIP), the duty-free week, not forgetting the global trotting by President Chakwera and his Cabinet. Such extravagance would have certainly have put the IMF programme off track, hence the cancellation,” he narrates.

CDEDI has also been vindicated on indecisiveness of current government through its recent letter to Finance Minister Sosten Gwengwe who did not bother to either respond or only acknowledge receipt of the said letter.

In the letter, CDEDI was demanding an explanation on the status of forex in the country, and policies that have been put in place to reverse current trends.

“With inflation rate as high as 15.7 percent, Malawians have now lost the pride that goes with being a citizen of this great nation, as they are trying in vain day and night to save their families from starvation.

It is worth pointing out that for the past two years of current regime, the business community has survived on the parallel market to access forex to run economy. It is, therefore, a mockery for the Reserve Bank of Malawi (RBM), to peg the US dollar at MWK825 when, in fact, the authorities are aware that the green buck is not available in the first place and wherever it is found, the rate is pegged at more than MWK1,150. It is sad that government is exerting negative energy by blaming everyone and everything from the Covid-19 pandemic to the war in Ukraine and not its poor leadership for the skyrocketing cost of living, thereby conveniently forgetting that Malawi is a predominantly importing and consuming nation, hence any rate of fall of the kwacha means more misery for the people,” he observes.

And CDEDI is further demanding Chakwera to swallow his pride and accept that the involvement of his government’s high ranking officials in forex externalisation, non-trickling of proceeds from the sales of agricultural commodities on the international market such as South Sudan and India and his own cluelessness in running State affairs, saying are some of the reasons that have pushed the country’s economy into the ditch.

“With President Chakwera’s tendency of shielding corruption, it is not automatic that Malawi will get the IMF nod. He should not put all the eggs in one basket by banking all his hopes on the IMF, which by the way is not a charitable organisation. This therefore, calls for plan ‘B’,” says Namiwa.

He has further urged government to plan and act for a future that must be defined saying as it stands now, Malawi is on autopilot and, unfortunately, the captain is in deep slumber,”

Apart from CDEDI, more CSOs have expressed displeasure with Chakwera’s style of leadership which they say is benchmarking to dictatorship.

Companies are now scaling down as they cannot spend more on expenditures than the revenue.

Basic commodities are not only expensive but are also not available.

Malawi on right track to end child labour, says Vice President Chilima

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Chilima with Ramaphosa at the summit

Malawi’s Vice President Saulos Chilima has addressed the 5th Global Conference on the Elimination of Child Labour, stressing that Malawi has intensified her efforts to decisively end child labour.

Addressing the conference in Durban, South Africa on Sunday, Chilima said Malawi is implementing many interventions and has ratified several conventions to end child labour

He said the Malawi government is concerned that an estimated two million children – aged between 5 and 15 – are still involved in child labour in the country.

“We cannot, therefore, afford to watch and contemplate to postpone ending child labour to a later date. Immediate action is required to reverse these trends,” Chilima emphasized.

He said much focus should be interventions to the Agriculture sector which accounts for 70% of child labour, saying sector needs multi-faceted approaches that promote inclusive rural transformation and rural development.

The Malawi Veep informed the conference delegates Malawi has ratified the relevant ILO Conventions including, all fundamental conventions, such as, Conventions 138 on the Minimum Age of entry into employment, as part of efforts to elimate child labour.

“Corresponding legislation has been enacted in my country. We have the Employment Act aimed at regulating minimum standards of employment and prohibit child labour and forced labour. We also have the National Action Plan on Child Labour, the Malawi Decent Work Country Programme and the country’s current development blueprint, the Malawi 2063,” he told the delegates.

The Malawi VP also said Malawi has abolished the Tenancy Labour system due to its resemblance with forced labour or bonded labour, which is a crucial step towards the sustenance of the country’s efforts in the fight against child labour.

He called for quick interventions and policies to extend social protection coverage for children and their families; scale-up investment in free and good-quality education; promote rights of children from birth to adulthood; and promote decent work for young people.

Earlier, Chilima conveyed Malawi’s condolences to South Africa following the loss of over 400 people in Durban during the catastrophic floods last month.

The Durban conference is being attended by high profile delegates including Cyril Ramaphosa, President of the Republic of South Africa, and Guy Ryder who is ILO Director General.

It follows a similar conference on the Elimination of Child Labour that took place in Argentina five years ago where Buenos Aires Declaration, which outlines the principals and actions to be taken. was adopted.

The Buenos Aires Declaration called for action to accelerate efforts by the Sustainable Development Goals’ deadline of 2025 to end child labour and 2030, for forced labour and for the generation of more decent employment opportunities for young people around the world.

Chilima is expected to return home on Tuesday, May 17.

DPP SHOULD FORGET IT WITH POLITICAL SPENT FORCE APM ON BALLOT IN 2025

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By Rebecca Mtalimanja Mkandawire

MUTHARIKA: Peter Mutharika is considered arguably the worst President that Malawi ever had

Some officials are demanding that former President, Arthur Peter Mutharika or ‘APM’, be the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) presidential candidate in the 2025 presidential election. DPP Regional Governor for the South, Charles Mchacha is championing the campaign for APM’s candidature against intense calls from other sections of the party for APM to step aside and give the party some breath of fresh air after his defeat at the 23 June, 2020 fresh presidential election.

The fresh presidential election followed a Constitutional Court’s annulment of the May 2019 presidential election. Peter Mutharika was the first respondent in the election case at the Constitutional Court, which he lost together with co-respondent, Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC).

The five Constitutional Court judges had punched a stinging blow to Peter Mutharika’s political reputation and that of the DPP. No question, the DPP took a serious image beating from the court case ruling and the subsequent fresh presidential election in 2020, which Dr. Lazarus Chakwera of the Tonse Alliance comfortably won against Peter Mutharika.

According to various expert analyses, the former President was booted out of power because many Malawians were tired of DPP regime’s worsening governance record. Under his presidency and the DPP regime, corruption, theft, tax-evasion, money laundering and murders of perceived enemies of the regime were the order of the day.

Peter Mutharika is considered arguably the worst President that Malawi ever had. He is famous for being aloof and disconnected from the common Malawian. His oratory skills leave a lot to be desired, which many Malawians make fun of, particularly on social media platforms. With such negative attributes, it is surprising that Mchacha and a few youngsters masquerading as politicians on various social media platforms, are agitating for the return of the 83-year-old Peter Mutharika.

SERIOUS IMAGE FALLOUT

Peter Mutharika’s defeat in 2020 posed a serious image fallout to the DPP and the party required a serious image cleansing exercise to stand any chance of winning future elections. Most DPP members have been agitating for the retirement of Peter Mutharika to effectively deal with the image battering and rebrand the party in preparation for the next election in 2025.

But since he was shown the government exit door, Peter Mutharika himself has refused to step aside, claiming he never lost and that he was a victim of some “judicial coup” because the fresh election was sanctioned by the courts in connivance with now President of the Republic Chakwera and partners.

Whatever the precise intentions for clinging to the DPP leadership are, there is little doubt that Peter Mutharika is a spent political force. He is not only old but he is also too old to be the party’s presidential candidate in the next election. Now is the time that Peter Mutharika and his stooges acknowledged the reality that politics is now beyond him and that the more he clings on to the DPP leadership and fight against his perceived enemies within the party, the more he risks further reputational damage. With his evident governance failures when he was President of the country and at his old age, it would be very difficult if not impossible for Peter Mutharika to convince Malawians otherwise.

Politics may be addictive, so they say. But being an elderly and educated person, as well as being a United States of America (USA) Green Card holder, Peter Mutharika should have been the first person to realize that leaving the political stage early enough would save him the embarrassment of being ‘forced’ out of politics.

So far, the government of President Chakwera has been very lenient with the former President by not subjecting him to any serious criminal investigation despite many allegations of wrong-doing. It would, therefore, be good judgement on the part of Peter Mutharika to quietly go into retirement rather than clinging on to active politics.

Peter Mutharika should borrow a leaf from Bakili Muluzi who is happily enjoying life in retirement, without looking over his shoulders about politics. On 24 August, 2021, Hakainde Hichilema became the seventh President of the Republic of Zambia. There was a smooth handover of power in Zambia and the outgoing President Edgar Chagwa Lungu immediately announced his retirement from politics. What else is APM looking in active politics at such an advanced age?

Clinging to the party presidency and banging tables in anger against perceived enemies within the DPP is not the best choice for an aging law professor who should instead be spending quality time with his grandchildren.

Peter Mutharika has no place in the current political space. He lost an election because Malawians did not want him to continue as Head of State. Today, the DPP is heavily divided because of APM’s lack of leadership skills. Peter Mutharika is now a recluse, shackled in Mangochi, very far away from the party’s southern region stronghold.

It is a general consensus among political pundits and analysts that the DPP is suffering its lowest moment right now regarding its political image because of APM. When the DPP lost government power, it required some fresh mind to spearhead a robust marketing campaign and to re-energize its grassroots structures in readiness for future elections and not Peter Mutharika who wants to manage party affairs by remote control.

Peter Mutharika is a failed leader who has brought divisions in the DPP. The party needs someone who can purify its systems; a unifying figure who will embrace all leaders and members, not someone like Peter Mutharika who supports certain individuals aspiring for top leadership positions in the party against others.

Indeed, it is a general consensus that the DPP must put its act together now if it wants to stand any chance of reclaiming its lost political glory. However, that can only happen if and when Peter Mutharika steps aside. He is a bad apple and his presence does not help the DPP to salvage the little sympathy that was left after 23 June, 2020.

FLAWED DECISIONS

Decision making lies at the heart of every political leader’s personal and organization’s life. A decision that a leader makes has far-reaching consequences on the people they lead. The DPP finds itself in the opposition today because of some flawed decisions that Peter Mutharika made when he was in power. For example, his decision to send the Chief Justice Andrew Nyirenda into early retirement when the law was not in favour of such an action seriously haunted him. That decision cost him millions of Malawi Kwacha in both legal fees and costs.

Another flawed decision was his choice of the politically little known and inadequately educated Everton Chimulirenji as his presidential running-mate in 2019, snubbing all possible and qualified candidates in the DPP.

Following the backlash that accompanied Chimulirenji’s choice, APM dumped him and ran with Atupele Muluzi of the United Democratic Front (UDF) during the fresh presidential poll in 2020, a decision that also sparked controversy and divisions within the party ranks and outside.

BAD ADVISORS

Some quarters say the former President is ‘captured’ by his wife and the former First Lady Gertrude Mutharika, who allegedly makes crucial political and other decisions on his behalf. But others have suggested that Peter Mutharika also suffers from poor selection of close advisors who have led him into making some of his most unpopular decisions.

The party’s unpopular Administrative Secretary, Francis Mphepo, is one of such advisors. In 2018, a few months before the elections, the old and tired Francis Mphepo was recorded insulting people from the northern region of the country as ungrateful and not deserving any development, seriously affecting APM’s popularity in the north.

Indeed, Peter Mutharika is disconnected from local politics despite having returned home about over a decade ago from years in exile in the United States. If he was live to the realities of Malawian politics, APM could have known that people like Francis Mphepo cannot be trusted.

If Gertrude Mutharika and Mphepo were good advisors, they should have advised Peter Mutharika to retire from active politics because that is the wisest thing to now and not in 2023 or 2025.

Shalom!

STANDARD BANK INTRODUCES DIASPORA ACCOUNT: Account will allow remittances back home for investments and other social needs

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MUGHOGHO: The account comes with the option of either having a Malawi Kwacha account or keeping savings in a foreign currency denominated account

Lilongwe, May 13, 2022– Standard Bank Plc today proudly announces launch of the Diaspora Account to facilitate remittances for Malawians living abroad and wishing to invest back home.

Available in United States Dollar, Euro, South African Rand and British Pound sterling currencies, the Diaspora Account is supported with Malawian investment options, and carries no monthly fees.

Standard Bank’s Head of Consumer and High Net Worth (CHNW) Charity Mughogho said the account offers competitive exchange rates and can be opened with a passport by simply clicking here to download and complete the application documents.

“The account comes with the option of either having a Malawi Kwacha account or keeping savings in a foreign currency denominated account (with four currency options). The account carries no management fees with same day delivery of inward telegraphic transfers. It also allows customers to choose between a single or joint account that comes with a debit card which can be activated for use internationally,” she said.

Mughogho saiddiaspora account holders will be assigned to a dedicated account manager and would not be required to maintain a minimum book balance and will enjoy a number of bundled free services such as mobile and internet banking, e-mail alerts, same-day inward telegraphic transfer settlements and online purchases together with a streamlined account management service.

The CHNW Head said Standard Bank’s sister company, Standard Bank Bureau de Change will allow diaspora account holders to exchange their foreign currency into Malawi Kwacha at competitive rates. This option can be facilitated between the foreign currency account and Malawian Kwacha account upon instruction from the customer, she added. She said in coming up with the Diaspora Account, Standard Bank wanted to address challenges Malawians living abroad face when they want to invest back home or make important remittances to relations and causes.

She said the new account is line with Standard Bank’s purpose of offering innovative financial solutions designed to contribute to the country’s economic growth.

Mughogho said “The new diaspora account goes in line with our purpose which is that Malawi is our home and we driver her growth. As Standard Bank we are giving diaspora clients the option to build their dream house without the stress of monitoring the project, as the bank works with accredited property developers to manage the project for you. If you already own a home, you can opt to access equity release to free up capital tied in an existing house. Equity release financing goes up to 70% of the home value. The funds accessed through equity release are available for use at the discretion of the account holder and can go towards property development or a new business,” said.

She said other services available with the diaspora account include funeral cover, travel insurance, vehicle insurance, loan protection cover and home owners insurance which are under the Bancassurance portfolio.

In addition, diaspora account holders will have access to their cash from anywhere in the world using Standard Bank’s 247 digital application, which will also provide full account management at the touch of a button and with no additional cost.

“Standard Bank is well aware of the many frustrations and challenges that Malawians in the Diaspora face when they seek to open a Malawian bank account, get the best exchange rates, send money back home and manage their account for future needs. This new account and bundled offers go some way in creating sustainable solutions to the need of Malawians living and working throughout the world. As they look to contribute to the economic growth of the nation and also put in place assets for an eventual return back home. Standard Bank is available to support Malawians living in the diaspora through every step of the journey,” Mughogho said.

Completed account opening documentation needs to be supported with a certified copy of the applicant’s demographic page of their passport, scan of a passport sized photo or digital equivalent, certified copy of residential permit and certified proof of income. The full application can then be emailed to diasporasupportcentre@standardbank.co.mw

Malawi Court chides Govt on FISD contracts freeze

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FISD DIRECTORS: Have every reason to walk tall

The High Court in Zomba has quashed the government’s decision to deny Foundation for Irrigation and Development (FISD) an opportunity to participate in public tenders on account of criminal charges against four of its directors.

Four FISD directors are currently under trial allegedly for receiving double payment in  a Ministry of Agriculture project funded by the African Development Bank (ADB). 

Early last year FISD won a Southern Region Water Board (SRWB) tender to sink boreholes in Thyolo and Machinga.

The   board withheld awarding of the contract to the firm based on the legal opinion from the  former Attorney General who argued that FISD did not deserve public contracts because of criminal proceedings against some of its directors.  

FISD sought a judicial review against the decision. 

In his judgement, dated May 5, 2022 High Court Judge Justice Mzondi Mvula has quashed the SRWB decision describing it as unlawful and tantamount to passing a guilty verdict contrary to constitutional provisions under section 42 (2). The judge has also ordered the board to award the contract worth about K350 million.

JUSTICE MVULA: Delivered the judgement

Justice Mvula indicated that the presumption of innocence entitles an accused person to live a normal life and to carry out business, enter into contracts, until the fate is determined by the trial court.  

 “The withholding of the Contract by Government, in this contract and indeed all contracts pending against the Claimant has no backing of law. No legal provision under PPDA and indeed our laws sustain that act. The court in proper exercise of its discretion grants the application for declaratory orders sought.  The defendant is condemned in costs of these proceedings,” reads the judgement in part.

Justice Mvula also observed  that the law that governs public procurement does not provide for exclusion from contracts suspects of criminal proceedings.

“Criteria for award or denial to award a contract in our laws has been well laid down under Section 52 of the PPDPA. Denial, let alone withholding an award because of pending criminal proceedings, has not been listed as one of the criteria for eligibility to be awarded a procurement contract,” said Justice Mvula.

A lawyer in the government familiar with public contracts, who did not want to be named,  described the AG’s legal advice as ‘very strange’.

“It has nothing to do with the law but politics. Even if the four directors were guilty of an offence, you wouldn’t exclude the firm from participating in public contracts. And here they are just mere suspects and someone thinks they shouldn’t be given contracts. This is quite outrageous and costly. If acquitted, the directors may sue the government for this ill-treatment. I see the politics of victimization here,” argued the lawyer.

Martha Chizuma left in the cold as British NCA backtracks on illegal invasions in Malawi

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After using the embattled Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) Director General Martha Chizuma for illegal entry into Malawi, British National Crimes Agency (NCA) has now backtracked its actions on corruption probe.

The British NCA used Chizuma who is being now for by-passing other state agencies including Attorney General Office (AG), Director of Public Prosecution (DDP), National Intelligent Bureau (NIB), Immigration department on the alleged corruption investigations involving businessman Zuneth Sattar.

ACB boss Chizuma admitted that ignored and alienated the Attorney General (AG) in pursuit of the businessman after the NCA had tipped them on their two years’ investigation.

Sources within ACB told this publication on Wednesday, May 11, 2022 that British NCA is ashamed of its conduct on corruption probe.

The source said that with the leaked audio case in court has left NCA no option but to leave Chizuma alone as how will proceed with the case.

The source added that NCA failed to establish real public officers who were involved in the alleged corruption while targeting the suppliers only, who is Sattar.

“The British NCA are in a fix on how to proceed with their illegal investigation on alleged corruption probe; firstly, AG, DPP, NIB and Immigration were by-passed this means by law their (NCA) work is invalid. Secondly, there is only one side the British NCA and Chizuma are interested on supplier only not public officers who requested the services.

“If Sattar as supplier is being questioned for contract. Where is the buyer’s statements or explanation? Nothing is done or questioned. No witness statements either. Sattar is a target of Harassment. According to law. Supplier is the last to be asked. Buying entity is first to be questioned. But buying entity is free and only the supplier is harassed,” said the source.

The source added further that AG, DPP do not have enough grounds to prosecute someone which later will cost government heavily.

“With also the leaked audio case in court puts the British NCA on spotlight disarray which was also mentioned in the audio. The audio exposed all NCA and Chizuma (not ACB office) personal vendetta on businessman Sattar. Chizuma’s public trust is gone,” says the source.

However, there is a few names on social media circulating being tagged in the investigation including President Lazarus Chakwera, Veep Saulos Chilima, Prince Kampondamgaga (State House Chief of Staff), Chimwendo Banda (Sport Minister), Eisenhower Mkaka (Natural Resource Minister), George Kainja (Inspector General of Police), Vincent Nundwe (Army Commander), Suzi Banda, Atupele Muluzi (UDF leader), Dan Kuwali, Judge Chikopa and others.

This publication managed to contact Kapondamgaga, Mkaka, Muluzi who they denied of being involved in the alleged corruption.

Sattar was contacted for an interview where he went no comment and said he was traveling and could not continue the call.

However, when contacted Sattar’s Press officer, Zoe Iktiactivit said the said names do not give contracts.

“We have all information and supporting documentation if needed. A government contract is not awarded by an individual. Neither the said names have powers to give contracts. It’s a shame people think this way.

“A contract is discussed at first amongst an IPC. Then goes to the director of the department who then recommends to the senior management. Then it’s sent to PPDA who amongst 10-15 officers decide to approve or recommend to their board. Then the board of 5-10 officers sits to discuss,” says iktiactivit.

She added, “Then the recommendation is sent to ACB for vetting to check if there is no criminal record with the requested company. Upon no objection from ACB, the decision is still pending seeking the Ministry of finance to approve the procurement confirming funding is or will be available

“Upon this confirmation the matter is then sent as a provisional approval to the requesting department. Who then inform the supplier of the award of contract preparing a draft contract to then send to the ministry of justice for confirmation. Then after it is sent to government contracting unit. Further after there, it is then sent to OPC where the SPC signs the final approval for the contract to be awarded”.

Zoe quarrels, “The contract is binded and signed amongst the two parties. The contract literally goes through 70-80 government personnel’s till approved. How would one bribe all these officers? Just doesn’t make sense. And should there have been anything suspicious, at least one officer would have raised a Suspicious Activity Report (SAR). Anyway let’s wait and see what the outcome comes out. We are all set with our calculations for our losses”.
“It is very unfair to suspect honest officers to be corrupt. It’s a shame. And again who is the complainant’? asked Zoe.
She added, “Government of Malawi is receiving the shipments as well and honouring their contracts and payments, so who is the actual complainant. If it’s the British government then who’s complained to them as in representative to GOM.
“Let’s not forget. Malawi is a sovereign nation and has its own decisions and cannot be ruled for others political interests”.

This publication understands that Sattar is waiting for the NCA to charge him and proceed to court.

That’s when the first argument Sattar’s Representatives from Raymond’s buildings called Simon Farell QC will ask for the legal mutual assistance in court as a start to the case argument.

Simon Farell QC is expected to cross examine the mentioned Malawi Government officials to confirm if there was any sort of corrupt practice amongst them as per the intelligence information the NCA have.

However, if no Legal Mutual Assistance was followed then all intelligence information cannot be used as evidence at all as per law it is unlawfully obtained and according to law it becomes irrelevant and inadmissible in a court of law.

“Knowing the British law and judges, they are no time wasters and very professional where they will trash such cases which don’t follow protocol.

“This case seems very difficult and one of the first of this type in the history of England where no witness statements or whatsoever from the buying entity of another country and a supplier who is based in UK to face charges on suspicion of corrupting and bribery,” admits British legal expert.

Sattar’s lawyer Simon Farell is a very senior QC who even at times is hired as a judge on some cases.

Simon Farell QC has dealt with cases for the Sultan of Brunei and we hear but have no confirmation that his charges are £1,500.00 an hour.

“If this case continues, it will cost Malawi government heavy legal billing that’s why both AG and DPP are studying the matter thoroughly without emotions the way Chizuma is currently doing.

“The current Tonse government is unable to conclude suspected corruption cases as arrests were done without enough evidence”, chipped in another legal expert.

Besides the disclosure about the ACB conduct in handling the matter, ACB did not collaborate well, thereby according to law putting the whole case in jeopardy in Malawi and United Kingdom.

“Why selling entity is being harassed and business accounts blocked. Anything that British NCA got is irrelevant and not submisible in court. This is illegal operation could cost the Malawi government billions of kwachas in losses to the supplier”, says senior legal advisor in the Ministry of Justice.

He added, “Chizuma’s trust among the public completely lost though some quarters of the society including CSOs do not want to come up against her for breaching ACB’s Office oath.

“Where on earth does someone continue to work when break Office oath? The pressure on Chizuma step down, is nothing to do with gender, being woman but respect of law in public office of ACB”.

Sources have confirmed Sattar to have signed a massive contract with the government of Ukraine of which deliveries have been shown but again Sattar when asked just laughed and said no comment again.

ACB acted illegally by communicating and accepting a team from NCA to operate and run affairs in Malawi without permission.

Both the AG and DPP argue that ACB contravened the Laws of Malawi: Chapter 8.04 and Chapter 16.01 which deals with mutual assistance in criminal matters and immunities and privileges respectively.

This means that any ACB involvement with British NCA without AG is invalid that the graft body needs to start all over again.

Mutharika’s Ex-Private Bodyguard Norman Chisale Ordered to Pay MK10 Million for Assault

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The High Court in Lilongwe has ordered former president Peter Mutharika’s personal bodyguard, Norman Chisale, to pay Dingani Soko K10 million for assaulting him on November 22, 2018.

An order on assessment of damages by Assistant Registrar Brian Sambo that Nation Online has seen shows that Chisale has been given 14 days to pay the amount from Tuesday, May 10, 2022 when the order was made.

Chisale was found guilty on February 24, 2022 by High Court Judge William Msiska for assaulting Soko in 2018 when they had a misunderstanding at the roundabout which connects Mzimba and Paul Kagame Highway in Lilongwe.

Meanwhile, Chisale’s lawyer Chancy Gondwe says he has received instructions from his client to appeal the matter.

Think you’re made for film and TV? Then apply to join the MultiChoice Talent Factory Academy Class of 2023!

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MultiChoice is once again searching for 60 aspiring film and TV content creators from Southern Africa, West Africa and East Africa to be part of the Class of 2023.

Now approaching its fifth year, the MultiChoice Talent Factory (MTF) Academy is excited to once again call for applications for its world-class film and TV training programme which kicks off in October this year!

The call is open to all emerging filmmakers with either some industry experience or a relevant post-school qualification, to apply for this exciting opportunity to hone their television and film production skills. Our curriculum combines film studies such as directing, sound design, the business of film, to name a few with workplace experience on M-Net’s top productions.

The 12-month fully-funded programme is open to candidates from Southern, Western and East African countries.

Under the leadership of three new academy directors, this will be a landmark year for the MTF Academy programme.

This year’s newly-appointed MTF academy directors are Atinuke Babatunde (West Africa hub), Victoria Goro (East Africa hub) and Christopher Puta (Southern Africa hub).

MultiChoice Africa is committed to building and sustaining the training-to-employment pipeline within Africa’s film and TV industry. The MTF initiative also aims for a 60/40 split in favour of women since its inception.

Coming in with 15 years of experience in audio and video production, Southern Africa Academy Director Christopher Puta believes that the growth of Africa’s film and TV industry starts with providing young people with the opportunity to produce quality content.

“By equipping students with what it takes to be world-class film and TV professionals, the MTF Academy programme is effectively raising the next generation of African storytellers and historians.” he says.

In addition to the hands-on training that all students will receive as part of the programme, they will also get enhanced training experience from the Academy partnerships, which include the New York Film Academy (NYFA), the Henley Business School, Dolby and Canon, among others.

Previous cohorts have also worked with the United Nations’ Verified campaign, and have pitched projects to Partners Against Piracy (PAP) and Creative Development on a climate change campaign.

“The continued support from stakeholders, partners and students has been overwhelming, and we couldn’t be more excited to have reached our fifth year as one of the MultiChoice Group’s leading initiatives directly investing in young African filmmakers,” says MTF Director Nwabisa Matyumza.

Think you’ve got what it takes? Then visit https://multichoicetalentfactory.com/ to find out more!

Applications will be open from Monday, 9th May and close on Friday, 3rd June 2022, and have to be completed on https://cte.multichoicetalentfactory.com/  Applications made outside of this website will not be considered.

Winiko Is My Ex-Husband- Whatsapp Admin Whom Winiko Sued For Defamation Speaks Out

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Dollah Samson, a human rights defender and concerned citizen, whom comedian-cum politician Winiko sued for defamation, has exclusively revealed that Winiko is her ex-hubby.

Samson disclosed in an interview with the publication a short while ago, saying the two have been cohabitating for a couple of years before they part ways over Winiko’s suspicious deeds.

According to Samson, her ex-husband Winiko could borrow money from her {Samson} without returning back, which she said forced the two to separate, saying he (Winiko) was a ‘gold digger’ in the family.

To support her claim, Samson produced a court document dated 9 September 2021, in which she through her lawyer of YD Attorneys demanded Winiko to pay back the sum of MK 2,230,000 which he obtained as a loan from her, but up to date the comedian has not yet paid.

Out of anger and frustration, Samson created a whatsapp group named ‘Winiko Mbava’, where she demanded Winiko to pay back the loan.

In reaction Winiko through his lawyers accused Samson of defamation and went on to demand MK50 Million in compensation to be paid in seven days from Wednesday, 4 May 2022.

Kalindo is also demanding an apology from the Samson on the WhatsApp group she created namely.

However, the iron lady Samson said she is not moved by the lawsuit insisting that ‘Winiko ndi Mbava, Zanga Abweza.’

Chakwera settles for Speaker Gotani as Runningmate

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As calls in MCP are getting louder to have President Lazarus Chakwera tear the agreement he has with his Vice President Saulos Chilima to rotate the presidency in 2025, it has now emerged that Chakwera will pair with Speaker of Parliament Catherine Gotani Hara.

MCP is adamant and confident it will win the elections by pairing with Aford and have female candidate from the north.

“If you notice, the Speaker now is becoming powerful because she has been told of this plan. It was not surprising that she endorsed Chakwera over the weekend,” said our source.

However, the plans threaten to divide MCP as several people  are also eyeing to pair with Chakwera – one of them being Information Minister Gospel Kazako who is degenerating into an MCP cadet.

Politically and geographically, the move could be an outright political suicide in the event that DPP and UDF decided to support the candidacy of Chilima.

To prevent this, said the source, MCP has gone flat out to discredit Chilima with fake stories including the one that he has bought 200 vehicles using K3 billion.

EXCLUSIVE: EXPOSING SCHEME OF MULTI BILLION THEFT AND CASHGATE ON KENYATTA ROAD PROJECT

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We have gone through the contract document which the government through the Roads Authority (RA) and China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation signed for the construction of the six lane Kenyatta Road project in Lilongwe. The revelations of plunder of public resources contained in the contract document are heartbreaking, Malawians will be ripped off their hard earned taxes!

1. The total project cost, on paper, is K19 billion. But there are projects within the project through which close to K10 billion will be stolen.

2. The Roads Authority valued the relocation of water pipes at K200 million. Government and Lilongwe Water Board are pricing the relocation of water pipes alone at K5.2 billion. That means K5 billion of public funds to be siphoned.

3. The Roads Authority valued the work of relocating electricity cables at K100 million. Government and Escom have now started claiming they need K2.5 billion. Another scheme to siphon K2.4 billion of public funds.

5. The works (moving the pipes and telecom and electricity wires was already a component within the project works totalled at K19 billion. These parallel schemes have created projects within a project through which officials will steal close to K10 billion.

6. To perfect the theft, the same company, China Civil Engineering,  that was awarded the work to construct the road (at a bid price of K19 billion) has been awarded the other alternative contracts.

GOSH! KABAMBE BOYS COORDINATING ANTI-CHIZUMA DEMONSTRATIONS IN LILONGWE

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In a desperate attempt to avert prosecution and possibly conviction for his various alleged crimes, the retired RBM governor-turned politician, Kabambe has finally resorted to physically fight the ACB chief, Martha Chizuma.

It is believed that the DPP aspiring presidential candidate has bankrolled some three Lilongwe based men to lead calls for the removal of Martha Chizuma.

With direction from Kabambe, the three men, Fredrick Malata, Agape Khombe and Redson Munlo are on record to have obtained permission to hold demonstrations, calling for Chizuma’s head.

The former Central Bank chief, is implicated in a number of crimes committed when he was the top boss at the bank.

It is feared that once prosecuted, the guy will end up serving a long jail sentence and all his political ambitions will be shattered at once.

As such, he is willing to go to every length inorder to avert his

It is sad that, at a time when the country is reeling from the ills of corruption, one aspiring presidential candidate is busy fighting those fighting corruption.

MultiChoice Introduces Direct Sales Force

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In an effort to increase accessibility to digital television and further provide customers with a world of choice, MultiChoice Malawi has introduced a Direct Sales Force (DSF) who will engage in door-to-door sales of GOtv and DStv decoders.

The service on offer from the DSF will include; assistance with subscription activations and customers education on the DStv and GOtv digital self-service options like, *470# USSD code, MyDStv app and the MyGOtv app, to effortlessly manage their subscriptions.

Customers can easily identify DSF’s through their distinct blue DStv and yellow GOtv reflective vests.

The MultiChoice DSF’s are dispersed through Malawi’s northern, central and southern region equipped with the knowledge and customer care for new and existing customers in the comfort of their own homes.

“Our ‘Sankha Wekha’ theme emphasizes our commitment to put our customers at the heart of everything we do, this initiative reiterates that commitment by bringing choice directly to our customers” said Zena Makunje, MultiChoice Malawi Corporate Affairs Manager.

“As a contributing business citizen MultiChoice remains dedicated to enriching lives and growing hand in hand with our communities by upskilling our agents through our Sankha Wekha kiosks and creating jobs through our DSF initiative for powerful social upliftment,” she added.

MultiChoice Malawi currently has over 152 agents and 58 accredited installers’ across the country with Sankha Wekha Kiosks located in Blantyre at Wenela bus depot, Ndirande by old Peoples shop, and Chemusa.

In Lilongwe in Area 25 Pamathanki, Area 25 Nsungwi and Area 36 Kaphiri and in Mzuzu along M1 road and Mzuzu market with 10 additional kiosks introduced in Blantyre at Blantyre Market, Area 1 Machinjiri, Area 1 Simama, Area 1 Kaviwale, Luwinga, Area 49, Area 29, Likuni and Kamba.

MALAWI’S HIDDEN TREASURE: Ntchisi Rain Forest

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By Chigomezgo C. Nyirenda- Contributor

Today we bring to you another hidden Malawi’s treasure, Ntchisi Rain Forest in central Malawi. Ntchisi Rain Forest Reserve is one of the last remaining indigenous rain forests in Africa. 

Before it became a protected area, the forest was used as a refuge by the local Chewa tribe against attacks by the warring Ngonis in the 19th Century.

Because it proved as vital as a shelter for people, it largely escaped the deforestation for firewood that has unfortunately decimated so much of Africa’s indigenous woodlands. 

It later became a designated Forest Reserve. It is small at 75 sq km and is characterized by rolling hills cultivated by subsistence farming and dotted with traditional villages and situated on the escarpment of the East African Rift Valley.

The rain forest is some luxuriant, dense forest rich in biodiversity, found typically in tropical areas with consistently heavy rainfall.

There is alot to do in this quaint little spot due to its location, in the Ntchisi Rain Forest Reserve. You can choose to head out on a lovely short stroll into the forest, or hike for a few hours and take a lovely picnic with you and sit near one of the rivers or waterfalls.

Look out for the incredible birdlife around or the gorgeous orchids that continue to pop up along the way. Hard to imagine this is just outside the busy capital city…it is heavenly.

Ntchisi Rain Forest is home to many animals. Especially birds love the variety of trees and the undisrupted ecosystem. They know their home very well and always have an eye on you when walking around in the forest.

If you want to spot them, we recommended taking a local expert with you to show you their homes and explain more to you about their habits.

Ntchisi Rain Forest is the unspoiled area that is yet to be discovered by many. Enjoy the sunny days at the brand new eco pool. Filled with spring water from the mountain, heated by the sun and filtered by Malawi’s first UV-Filtration System.

The rainforest is directly next to the lodge and offers you a wide variety of possibilities. One of the most recommendable activities is to go on walk with a local tour guide. They will take you through the marked and hidden paths of Ntchisi Rain Forest.

Learn about the history and importance of the forest for the surrounding communities, eat local fruits you have never about in your life and take a deep forest bath to recharge your batteries.

And my special request to the authorities is that they should put strict measures to protect it before it is damaged. 

You can enjoy the sunny days at lodge’s brand new eco pool. Filled with spring water from the mountain, heated by the sun and filtered by Malawi’s first UV-Filtration System.

How can we protect Ntchisi Rain Forest Reserve? 

To successfully protect the rainforest, one has to understand the deep-rooted threats of the rainforest. Poverty is the main driver of deforestation in the region of Ntchisi, Malawi. 

People lack other sources of income and go in to the forest to cut down trees to sell it on black markets to have at least some food for their families. Climate change is affecting the way of life of every farmer. Rainfalls do not come that regularly anymore and pests like the armyworm threatening up to 25% of the yearly harvest.

Combined with a big growth of population, the private fields are no longer big enough to feed everyone. So, to stop deforestation one has to create new sources of income.

You can manage a day drive from Lilongwe or at least spend a night at Ntchisi Forest Lodge and lodge offers food from local farmers to reduce CO2-Emissions, guarantee fresh food and create a vital marketplace.

Accommodation: www.thecommonage.mw

CHAKWERA’S SON CLEARS OUT ROAD S AUTHORITY BOARD

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NICK CHAKWERA:Nick Chakwera’s anointed man for the RA CEO job is his close ally and business partner Vitumbiko Mumba

President Lazarus Chakwera’s son Nick continues to pull the strings bulldozing government departments on who to award contracts to and who to hire and fire.

In the latest case, he has staged a cleansing at the Roads Authority (RA) by ‘ordering’ Minister of Transport Jacob Hara to hire lawyer Ralph Mhone to undertake a solitary probe allegedly into the competence of the Roads Authority Board.

Except that the real issue wasn’t really the competence of the members of the board but a scheme to clean up the way for the hiring of Nick’s anointed stoogies at the roads’ body, we can reveal. 

It was his machination that led to the firing of engineer Emmanuel Matapa as CEO, a move which some of the board members, including Professor Boniface Dulani, heavily protested its illegality and unprofessionalism.

Nick Chakwera’s anointed man for the RA CEO job is his close ally and business partner Vitumbiko Mumba who is an engineer at China Railway Corporation which is grabbing all construction projects in the country at the expense of local and equally capable firms.

Nick’s only stumbling block was the professional RA board which he has managed to clear out, thanks to ‘his church minister’ Hara.

Facing resistance from the board, Nick instructed Hara to institute the sham of an inquiry and Mhone’s findings are as tailored as expected. Mhone has found what his paymasters wanted him to find i.e., that the board was incompetent, leading to Hara firing them all. 

“The next board will comprise of people who will take instructions from Nick Chakwera through Minister Jacob Hara and it is a matter of time that Vitumbiko Mumba is appointed CEO of Roads Authority,” said a close source privy to the scheme.

In order to justify the K60 million pay for conducting the sham inquiry, Mhone, a lawyer by profession, went beyond his job description taking upon himself to comment on matters that were not part of his Terms of Reference (ToRs). 

“Now that Nick Chakwera has managed to clear the RA Board, all the powers are now in his hands to put ‘his’ people who will do as instructed by him and award construction contracts to his ‘companies’,” said an official from RA who did not want to be named.

Nankhumwa, CSOs tell President Chakwera to stop arresting, attacking Journalists

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Leader of Opposition in Parliament, Dr. Kondwani Nankhumwa, has asked President Lazarus Chakwera’s Tonse Alliance administration to stop arresting and torturing journalists in the country.

Nankhumwa, who is also Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Vice President for the South, made the call on Tuesday in a statement to mark this year’s World Press Freedom Day which is being celebrated under the theme “Journalism Under Digital Siege”.

According to Dr. Nankhumwa, President Chakwera’s Tonse Alliance administration has brazenly gone full throttle in muzzling press freedom, including harassing and arresting journalists for merely doing their job.

He cited the arrest of Investigative Journalist Gregory Gondwe, Social media influencer Joshua Chisa Mbele and a nurse from Ntcheu nurse Chidawawa Maine as serious infringement of media freedom in the country.

“As journalists commemorate this very important day, I would like to call upon President Chakwera and his government to resist the temptation of taking Malawi back to the one-party totalitarian practices where journalists were arbitrarily arrested and detained for many years for reporting the truth.

“Under that one-party oppressive regime of the late Ngwazi Dr. H. Kamuzu Banda, journalists were forced to toe the party line and to always glorify the ‘Ngwazi’ as a demi-god,” said Dr. Nankhumwa in a statement

He added that: “I will not fold my hands and watch the Tonse Alliance government snuff away various freedoms that Malawians gallantly fought for in 1993 and 1994, including the freedom of expression.”

In a related development, Civil Society Organizations in the country has ganged up urging President Chakwera and his Tonse led Alliance Administration to drop all criminal charges related to freedom of expression.

According to the 2022 Freedom of the Press Index published by Reporters Without Borders, Malawi slipped in ranking from 62 in 2021 to 80 in 2022 in terms of promoting freedom of the press and access to public information by journalists.

Chief Maloya’s body arrives at Mgona, Ready for Burial Tomorrow Saturday… DPP Madala Team Rally cancelled

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The body of Group Village Headman Maloya who died on Thursday evening has arrived at Mgona in Area 25 in Lilongwe from Kamuzu Central Hospital’s mortuary ready for burial tomorrow on Saturday, 30th of April.

Meanwhile, Chewa Chiefs from Lilongwe district have maintained their stand that Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) ‘Madala’ team should not precede with their rally slated for tomorrow Saturday at Mgona Ground.

According to death announcement made available to the publication on Friday morning, Chewa Chiefs from the area have since banned all public events such as political rallies that were slated to take place on Saturday as way of paying homage to the departed Group Village headman.

“Mwambo wa Maliro uchitikira pa bwalo la Mgona mawa Loweruka; chomcho mafumu onse kwa Mgona ati pasepezeke wina ochita zinthu zake bwaloli (Funeral ceremony will be held at Mgona Ground, therefore it is prohibited to conduct rally at the said venue on the on Saturday),” reads the announcement

Initially, the ‘misguided’ DPP members who are enjoying support from party leader Peter Mutharika, planned to hold the rally at Mgona Ground on Saturday, to counter attack Kondwani Nankhumwa rally slated for Sunday.

Meanwhile, DPP’s Vice President for the Central region, Zeria Chakale, who is also key organizer for the rally, is reported to be calling the chiefs pleading with them to bury the departed chief during the morning hours, in order to pave way for the political rally but the chiefs are refusing.

However, according to Chewa and African culture chiefs, it is a taboo and very disrespectful to bury a chief in the morning hours.

EXPOSED: DPP’s “Madala” Team Prints Fake T-Shirts to Decampaign Nankhumwa…Ignore Fake News KN Not Launching Any Party

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Some disgruntled Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) officials, who are enjoying support from party’s leader Peter Mutharika, have launched uncivilized attack on Dr. Kondwani Nankhumwa, who is party’s vice President for the South.

The publication has exclusively established that with full support from Page House the ‘DPP Madala’ team has printed fake T-shirts bearing Nankhumwa face and further spread fake news claiming that Nankhumwa is planning to launch his political party on Sunday, which is a total lie as Nankhumwa remains a dedicated DPP die hard.

The ‘misguided’ DPP gurus, who are being led by Party’s Vice President for the Central region, Zeria Chakale went a step further parading people on social media in the fake branded T-Shirts.

The attack on Malawi’s next president Nankhumwa, who is also leader of opposition in Parliament, aims at disturbing Nankhumwa’s Mother of all rallies slated for Sunday at Mgona Ground, area 25 in Lilongwe.

Meanwhile, Over 50 Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Members of Parliament (MPs) have thrown their support towards Nankhumwa rally where he (Nankhumwa) is accepted to address the people alongside Party’s Secretary General, Grezelder Geoffrey.

The rally will be graced with live music performances by Annie Matumbi, the chiphaso star Lawrence Mbenjere, Atoti Manje and traditional dances such as Gule Wa Mkulu which is common in Lilongwe.

YAKWIYA NDI MIZIMU: Chewa Chiefs block DPP’s Saturday Rally Over Chief’s demise

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Chewa Chiefs from Lilongwe district have asked the ‘Misguided’ Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) members to cancel their planned Saturday rally following the death of Village Headman Maloya from Mgona in the district.

According to death announcement made available to the publication on Friday morning, Group Village Headman Maloya died peacefully last evening after a short illness, at his loyal house in the area.

“Amfumu a Maloya ochokera kwa Mgona atisiya usiku wapitawu, Maliro ngoyika mawa Loweruka,” reads the announcement in vernacular

The announcement further said: “Mwambo wa Maliro uchitikira pa bwalo la Mgona chomcho mafumu onse kwa Mgona ati pasepezeke wina ochita zinthu zake bwaloli (Funeral ceremony will be held at Mgona Ground, therefore it is prohibited to conduct rally at the said venue on the on Saturday).

Initially, the ‘misguided’ DPP members who are enjoying support from party leader Peter Mutharika, planned to hold the rally at Mgona Ground on Saturday, to counter attack Kondwani Nankhumwa rally slated for Sunday.

Meanwhile, DPP’s Vice President for the Central region, Zeria Chakale, who is also key organizer for the rally, is reported to be calling the chiefs pleading with them to bury the departed chief during the morning hours, in order to pave way for the political rally but the chiefs are refusing.

However, according to Chewa and African culture chiefs, it is a taboo and very disrespectful to bury a chief in the morning hours.

BREAKING NEWS: Over 50 DPP MPs Endorse Nankhumwa’s Sunday Rally

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Over 50 Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Members of Parliament (MPs) have thrown their support towards Kondwani Nankhumwa’s rally slated for this Sunday at Mgona Ground in Area 25, Lilongwe.

Malawi’s Leader of opposition in Parliament, Dr. Nankhumwa, who is also DPP Vice President for the South, will address a rally alongside DPP’s Secretary General Gledezer Jeffrey and other senior party officials from the Central Region.

The patriotic DPP members of parliament have thrown their support towards the crown puller Nankhumwa after some ‘misguided’ members of the party organize a counter rally to be held on Saturday in the same district.

Some of the MPs are Nicholas Dausi, Sammy’s Suleman, Mark Botomani, Welani, Joy Chitsulo, Ralph Jooma and Yusuf Nthenda.

First to announce their rally, scheduled for Mgona School Ground in Lilongwe, was the Nankhumwa side which is enjoying the support of DPP Secretary General Grezeldar Jeffrey.

Few days later, a rival camp which apparently is enjoying the support of DPP leader Peter Mutharika, announced their own on Saturday to be addressed by the party’s vice president for the central region Zeria Chakale.

Meanwhile, DPP’s General Secretary Wa Jeffrey has described the counter rally being organized by misguided DPP leaders on Saturday as a curtain raiser to their Sunday rally.

“As CEO of the party, I have organized this rally and invited Nankhumwa in his capacity as leader of opposition to be the guest of honour.

“As leader of opposition, Nankhumwa has no boundaries. The rally being slated for Saturday is a curtain raiser to our Sunday rally,” said Jeffrey.

CDEDI Exposes Tonse Alliance On Forex Scarcity

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By Iommie Chiwalo


There are fears that Malawi is in deep crisis concerning foreign currency to the extent that the situation has forced authorities start rationing the much needed green bulk.


Sadly all borders on leadership whereby an independent research carried out by Centre for Democracy and Economic Development Initiatives (CDEDI) establishes that the Tonse Alliance high ranking officials are involved in the externalization of forex.


CDEDI also reveals that Forex scarcity has reached alarming levels due to the fact that proceeds from the recent sales of agricultural commodities to South Sudan and India by some high-ranking government officials were deposited into foreign bank accounts, and did not trickle back to Malawi.


CDEDI has also cited the cancellation of International Monetary Fund (IMF) extended credit facility by the Tonse Alliance Government as among reasons for ugly face on the country’s economy.

CDEDI Executive Director Sylvester Namiwa says although the money is small but it provides a signal and gives confidence to bilateral donors that someone is monitoring government’s economic programs.


Worsening it all, according to Namiwa, is President Chakwera’s tendency of shielding corruption, instead of fighting the same, saying the acts by the Malawi leader has scared away existing and potential donor partners.


CDEDI’s findings have been validated looking at the fact that the three and half months import cover that was there prior to the ascension of the Tonse Alliance government to power in June 2020, under President Dr. Lazarus Chakwera, has totally been depleted hence business community has for the past two years struggled to get forex to meet their import demands.


“At some point they used to find solace in the Rand and the Euro, which can hardly be found in the commercial banks today. Even though the RBM pegged the US dollar at MK825, the figure is just on paper since on the market it is selling at over MK1,150,” Namiwa says.


As it stands, Namiwa says, there is lack of a clear policy to encourage inflows of forex through the Foreign Denominated Accounts (FDAs), as well as conflicting government policies.

“A classic example being the trade and industry minister’s decision to solve the current escalating cooking oil prices by ‘inviting’ new players instead of creating business sense that should attract more players to join the market.

It is an open secret that these new players will still need forex to operate and at the same time they will not help in the creation of the much-needed jobs by our unemployed youths,” he says.


He has since written Finance Minister Gwengwe to clarify on the matters that are pressing Malawians especially as a result of Forex scarcity.


“This far, we would like to demand nothing but an explanation as to what
policies your ministry is putting in place to resuscitate the economy from its death bed as clearly evidenced by the ever-weakening Malawi Kwacha,” reads the letter in part addressed to Minister Gwengwe.

 
Meanwhile, Gwengwe and his boss Saulos Chilima are in America lobbying developed countries to have debts for poor countries cancelled, a thing majority have said won’t be plausible looking at the levels of corruption as well as extravagance of the current regime.

Saturday’s Rally Is Curtain Raiser to Our Sunday Main Rally- Jefu Wa Jefu

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Side Organizers of a rally to be addressed by Leader of Opposition Kondwani Nankhumwa on Sunday, have described a counter rally being organized by some Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) leaders on Saturday as a curtain raiser to their rally.

Infighting in the DPP have reached stunning levels with two rival camps organizing separate rallies at the same venue with only 24 hours separating them.

First to announce their rally, scheduled for Mgona School Ground in Lilongwe, was the Nankhumwa side which is enjoying the support of DPP Secretary General Grezeldar Jeffrey and some senior DPP officials and members of Parliament.

Few days later, a rival camp which apparently is enjoying the support of DPP leader Peter Mutharika, announced their own on Saturday to be addressed by the party’s vice president for the central region Zeria Chakale.

The Chakale side, through organizing Secretary Chimwemwe Chipungu has since disowned the Nankhumwa rally. In reaction, Jeffrey said the Saturday rally is a curtain raiser to their Sunday rally.

“As CEO of the party, I have organized this rally and invited Nankhumwa in his capacity as leader of opposition to be the guest of honour.

“As leader of opposition, Nankhumwa has no boundaries. “The rally being slated for Saturday is a curtain raiser to our Sunday rally,” said Jeffrey.

Malawi Police Faces Public Lash For Threatening Media

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By Sekani Sekani

The Malawi Police Service (MPs) is under fire from members of the general public for threatening journalists and media houses which are deemed to be government critics.

This follows a statement issued by Deputy National Police Spokesperson, Harry Namwaza, on Tuesday evening, in which the police threatened to deal with Malawi Voice Publication and other media houses.

The Statement accused Malawi Voice of publishing a fake article that police had arrested two Indians for drug smuggling, a story which was not even published by the said publication.

According to Namwaza: “As people continue enjoying right to access to information, right to opinion, freedom of expression, among others, let them be reminded that enjoying one’s right should be accompanied with responsibility.”

Inside police sources told this publication that the law enforcers acted in this matter after being pressurized from the Indians businessman to clear image in their eyes.

Reacting to the development, a social media user Tina Nantawa said: “Mulibe zochita ndithu…M’malo mosova mavuto mudzikhala busy checking on who is saying or writing what kuti muwamange…you are a joke.”

Another user posted: “Kuli mbava zambiri ku capital hill ukoo nanu busy kunanga anthu pa social media aaah zachibwana! Kuti tifufuze muma file anu muli mlandu phwii yosamaliza koma busy kulanda makala mukapsa ma guy.”

James Affick said: “Police we love you only that Corruption is killing you professionalism….s­top bribing people so that we build the Trust we ought to have.

“Sometimes fake news comes when you cannot tell the nation what they want to hear from a particular matter hence, these speculations.”

Recently, the police also came under heavy fire after arresting Gregory Gondwe, a Malawian Investigative Journalist, who was accused of bringing to light corrupt deals within the Tonse alliance administration.

K5.2 BILLION BOUNTY FOR KENYATTA ROAD PROJECT:Nick Chakwera, Vitumbiko Mumba implicated in corruption scam shame

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NICK CHAKWERA:In another scam

A scam has been exposed where K5.2 billion was going to be syphoned out through Lilongwe Water Board and China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation which was going to be shared by ‘greedy’ public officials including the all now powerful President Lazarus Chakwera’s son Nicky and his close confidante Vitumbiko Mumba.

We can reveal that the much hyped Kenyatta Road rehabilitation project has become a highway for authorities to siphon money out of the public coffers.

The scam has been exposed after a local governance organization, Centre for Democracy and Economic Development Initiatives (CDEDI), obtained contract documents that are carrying sharply contradicting figures on the costing of works to relocate water pipes, telecommunication cables and electricity poles and wires to pave way for the six-lane project in Lilongwe.

The documents show that while the Roads Authority pegged the total cost of relocating the materials at a combined K507 million, affected government agencies are putting the cost at a combined cost of over K10 billion.

The schemers have since moved swiftly to award a separate contract for the removals when the same works were already catered for in the contract which the government awarded to China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation at a bid price of K19 billion.

Even more revealing is the fact that the contract to relocate water pipelines has been awarded to the same contractor who was given the overall contract of constructing the six-lane road at a cost of K19 billion, China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation.
This means that the Chinese company will be paid an extra K5.2 billion more on the K507 million which is contained in the main contract.

Lilongwe Water Board is seeking a No Objection from the Public Procurement and Disposal of Assets (PPDA) to award the contract to the Chinese contractor at a price of K5.2 billion, when the normal price in RA contract has with the firm was K507 million and was already factored in the construction project bid price of K19 billion.

But an engineer at the Ministry of Transport has spelled out what this is all about.
“It is a scam, if you want to know. The difference is going into the pockets of very close associates of the President and is being controlled by Nicky Chakwera and his close friend Vitumbiko Mumba, these are the two who decide who gets which construction contract. If you look at the bids from Lilongwe Water Board, this China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation was the fourth lowest bidder and yet Lilongwe Water Board ignored the lowest three and offered the contract to this Chinese firm, there is a lot of foul play here,” said the source.

Our scrutiny of the documents indeed revealed that the Chinese firm was the fourth lowest bidder after Victory Vision Construction which bid at K3,494,446.88, Projex Group which bid at K3,631,663, 726.70 and Malbro International Ltd which bid at K4, 862,395.23.

CDEDI has described this as a serious case of double dipping, where Malawians are being robbed of billions in broad-daylight.
We are in possession of the contract documents awarded to China Civil Engineering by the RA, where this evidence has been sourced from. This coincidence of giving another contract to the same contractor by the LWB, and seeking a “No Objection’ for the same, was so glaring; hence, the move by CDEDI to invoke the ATI law in order to expose the shameless attempt to plunder the public purse.

CDEDI has since written to the Minister of Transport and Public Works Jacob Hara to consider withdrawing the intention to award the contract and has also written to the Anti-Corruption Bureau to investigate the matter.

BLUE SEA: Nankhumwa Invades Mgona Ground in Lilongwe on Sunday

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Malawi’s Leader of Opposition in Parliament and main opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Vice President for South, Dr. Kondwani Nankhumwa, will on Sunday invade Mgoma Ground in Area 25 in Lilongwe.

Dr. Nankhumwa, a crowd puller, will address a rally alongside DPP’s Secretary General Gledezer Jeffrey and other senior party officials from the Central Region.

Dubbed Mother of all rallies, thousands upon thousands of DPP supporters from Lilongwe and surrounding areas have vowed to grace the blue jamboree.

The rally will be graced with live music performances by Annie Matumbi, Lawrence Mbenjere, Atoti Manje and traditional dances such as gule wa mkulu which is common in Lilongwe.

Chilima’s busy week in USA

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Malawi’s Vice President Salous Chilima has a packed schedule in the United States of America with several high level meetings lined up to attend the whole week.

The Malawi Veep started his work schedule by interacting with Malawians living in the USA on Sunday, immediately after his arrival in New York.

Chilima is in the USA to attend the 2022 United Nation (UN) Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Forum for Financing Development in New York, USA, where he is representing President Lazarous Chakwera.

According to a hectic programme,  Chilima is on Monday morning scheduled to attend a high level and important meeting for Financing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by increasing fiscal space for an inclusive and sustainable recovery.

He is also scheduled to attend a meeting aimed at aligning the global debt architecture with the SDGs later in the day and then participate in general debate on behalf of Least Developed Countries LDCs and Africa.

On Tuesday, the Veep is scheduled to attend a special high-level meeting with Bretton Woods Institutions such as the World Bank and IMF, WTO and UNCTAD aimed at securing an Inclusive and Sustainable Recovery.

On Wednesday, Chilima will attend a meeting on building a fair and effective tax system and combating illicit financial flows, meeting on Boosting private investment in  the SDGs and another meeting on expanding concessional finance aligned with national sustainable development strategies

The programme gets busier everyday and on Thursday, the Malawi Veep is scheduled to attend a high level meeting on Digital transition: Opportunities and risks and later be a Guest of Honour at the launch of International Labour Organiastion (ILO) Report on Future of Work.

Earlier on Sunday the Malawi Veep interacted with Malawians living in the USA where he thanked the USA Diaspora community for the invitation and the commitment that they have for their country.

“A number of issues and questions were raised during the meeting ranging from Passports renewal to national development issues,” he said about the meeting.

He assured the Diaspora community that initiatives like the Public Sector  Reforms are bearing fruit and that improved means of processing the Malawi passport are on course.

The ECOSOC Forum on Financing for Development that Chilima has been invited to is an  intergovernmental process with universal participation mandated to review the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (Addis Agenda) and other financing for development outcomes and the means of implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Speaking to the media before departure on Friday, Chilima said the trip is important for the country as delegates at the event will discuss ways of advancing development in least developed countries such as Malawi.

He is expected to return home on 30th April, 2022.

THINGS FALLING APART: PPDA Chair chides DG, staff

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SUZI BANDA: Has attacked his DG

Public Procurement and Disposal of Assets Authority (PPDA) Board Chairman has chided his secretariat staff including the Director General Edington Chilapondwa for ‘leaking’ information after the board declined to approve a ‘No objection’ application for a government department recently.

In an email to Chilapondwa and secretariat staff, PPDA Board Chairman John Suzi Banda, a lawyer by profession, said he was disappointed that members of the secretariat leaked the decision of the board which declined the ‘No objection’ application.

“Last night I received some information that seemed to suggest that some of the discussions which took place at our Tuesday’s meeting in Salima regarding our decision whether to approve a certain application or seek further clarification from the applying PDE were leaked. Now, there’s a difference between going back to the PDE and stating that the Board wants this or that clarified and saying ‘the Chairman was angry with your application!’ Surely! C’mon!”

“It is not my intention to pursue this matter further. I think that as an institution we’re already dealing with more important and critical issues requiring our urgent and total focus and concentration. We mustn’t allow ourselves to be derailed with this. For the record, the leakage came from the Secretariat. Let’s do better, folks,” reads the email in part.

Suzi Banda said as Chairman of the Board, he gets all sorts of enquiries, calls, demands, ill-conceived ‘instructions’, even threats regarding some of the issues being handled by the PPDA.

Chilapondwa: Accused of leaking information

“These come from all manner of people – interest groups, NGOs, senior politicians, senior government officers, suppliers and some ‘hired guns’. I have shared with some of you these challenges. It has always been my modus operandi to ensure total professional independence of everyone involved in the approval process (which seems to be the one area of most interest to many) – this is from the analyzing desk officers, their immediate supervisors, the DG and each and every member of the Board.”

Suzi Banda therefore motivates his charges that his board is out to work and send the right message by remaining professional and respecting the law.

“As I have said before, this professional independence and open and transparent debate deepens our engagement of issues before us and enriches the quality of our decisions,” said Suzi Banda.

“However, this is only possible if everyone engages on issues without fearing that their personal position on an issue shall leak out. It’s just not the right way to manage ourselves. Irrespective of the constant pressures from all manner of people, some of us have taken the default position that either ‘the Secretariat will analyze and give us their view’ or ‘that the Board shall discuss and revert with its position’ and, of course, ‘I stand by the analysis given’.”

“When such a decision is made, it is then up to me, as the leader, to explain to those that are entitled to any explanation. This is probably the worst and perhaps the most risky part of my ‘job description’. But I suppose it comes with the territory. There’s, therefore, no reason that any member of the Executive should feel pressured to explain anything to anyone,” advised Suzi Banda.

“In short, let’s de-risk the approval process from foreign contamination (either from political pressures, financial interests or whosoever) by refusing to draw a sharp focus on anyone by singling them out for their position on an issue. Don’t feel pressured to do this. I too deal with those pressures every day! It’s simply the nature of the beast! Let’s get back to work!” said Suzi Banda in the email.

Malawians in New York pledge support for Malawi

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By Sam Majamanda

New York, Mana: Malawians living in New York, USA have reaffirmed their continued support to the development of Malawi, because they feel they are indebted to their home land.

Representative for the Diaspora community in New York Cliffton Bobe made the assurance, Sunday when the Vice President of the Republic of Malawi Dr. Saulos Klaus Chilima hosted members of the community at the Lotte New York Palace where he is currently lodging.

The Vice President is in New York to attend the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Summit which will be held from April 25 to 28.

Speaking on behalf of the grouping, Bobe said the Diaspora community is very committed to contribute to national development through investment and creation of new jobs and asked the leadership to continue creating conducive environments for them to connecting more with Malawi and play their role in development.

 “We appreciate the manner in which government supports us and we would like to assure the leadership that we will always remember that we are Malawians and Malawi needs us in its development,” said Bobe

He added that through partnerships, members of the community are investing in businesses being held in Malawi with a core intention of ensuring that fellow Malawians benefit from the proceeds of the businesses.

Bobe However raised the concern on foreign currency shortages which he said heavily affects their businesses at the time they want to stock their outlets in Malawi, consequently causing lucrative business opportunities slip through their fingers.

Aside getting involved in businesses in Malawi, the grouping of Malawians in Diaspora is known to have taken part in raising funds to support Malawians back home during the calamities caused by the recent Tropical Storm Ana and Cyclone Gombe.

Taking his turn in the engagement, the Vice President commended the Diaspora Malawians for their continued interest in Malawi’s development, further inviting them to be part of a mindset change project that Malawi needs to undergo for sustainable development to blossom.

He said the obsession with negativity that is at reign in the country is not fueling development but rather killing the spirit of togetherness that is critical for national development.

“In order to deal with this we need everyone to take part because the government alone cannot manage. That is why every Malawian needs to take the role in their hands, and n this we would like to invite people like you who have been exposed to other cultures to be part of this expedition to redeem our country’s future,” the Vice President said.

On the Malawi government’s commitment to work with them in development, the Veep further added that there would be more engagements through the Mission in New York and all missions across Malawi’s diplomatic relations.

Apart from investment and mindset change the two sides discussed various issues of national interest in areas of education, health and national security in which the Diaspora Malawians raised questions on areas they needed clarification from the Malawi leadership.

NKHOMA SYNOD’S PASTORAL LETTER GETS BT SYNOD’S ENDORSEMENT

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The CCAP Blantyre Synod has agreed with the contents of Pastoral letter by its Sister Synod of Nkhoma who have punched holes into the Chakwera led adminstration calling it weak, corrupt and nepotistic.

Speaking at Mitawa CCAP in Mulanje Presbytery, General Secretary for BT Synod, Rev Dr Billy Gama said as a Synod, they agree with the contents of the Pastoral letter as they are a true representation of the country’s social, economic and political situation

Rev Gama who spoke amid a biggest applause and ululation from the congregants, said as Blantyre Synod they too will be sitting to reflect over the issues affecting Malawi and come up with their own Pastoral letter guided by their relevant church courts.

He said it is true that the current leadership has failed to bring the desired change following the highest cost of living, nepotism, corruption, security lapse, among other dents under the Tonse government as highlighted by the Nkhoma Synod.

The sermon was held to induct Rev Charles Ntonya as Moderator for Mitawa CCAP under Mulanje Presbytery of the Blantyre Synod.

Rev Ntonya has taken over from Rev Kondwani Cheuka who has been posted to Matope CCAP of Mangochi Presbytery.

How does the 2022 FIFA World Cup affect next season’s Premier League schedule?

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SuperSport viewers on DStv and GOtv will be counting down the days to the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, with the tournament set to run from 21 November to 18 December and provide the most thrilling distillation of ‘The Beautiful Game’.

Qatar 2022 will not only be the first-ever World Cup played in the Middle East, but also the first to be played in the Northern Hemisphere’s winter months of November and December (the tournament has always been held in the summer months of June and July in the past).

This means that major European leagues, such as the Premier League, La Liga and Serie A will have to be suspended while the 2022 FIFA World Cup is ongoing, bringing on major changes in their schedule for the 2022-23 season.

The 2022 World Cup begins on November 21st, with the Premier League set to be suspended roughly a week before. Matchday 16 will be the final round of fixtures before the break, with those games falling on the weekend of November 12th and 13th. Then, the call-up period will begin on Monday 14th November, where international managers select their squads.

The season will be adjusted slightly to accommodate the tournament, with the opening day now set to take place on the earlier date of August 6th.

The 2022 World Cup final will take place on Sunday 18th December 2022, and there won’t be much time for Premier League players to recover, as Boxing Day, December 26th, marks the resumption of the 2022-23 season.

Due to the aforementioned adjustment, the Premier League campaign will end later than usual on May 28th. Other leagues which run from August to May are expected to follow a similar schedule to the Premier League’s.

The UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League and UEFA Europa Conference League will also have adjusted schedules to accommodate the World Cup. The Champions League, for example, will  complete its qualifying rounds by the end of August, while the group stage will be crammed into the time from 6-7 September until 1-2 November.

The knockout phase of the competition will resume as usual in February 2023 after the World Cup has come and gone, but the final will only be held on 10 June 2023 (with the Conference League’s final on 7 June and the Europa League’s final on 31 May).

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Mtumbuka Senior Chiefs Urge President Chakwera to Cancel Installation of GVH Bongololo As Paramount Chief Chikulamayembe

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PRESS STATEMENT FROM TUMBUKA SENIOR CHIEFS AGAINST INSTALLATION OF GVH BONGOLOLO AS PARAMOUNT CHIEF CHIKULAMAYEMBE

22nd April, 2022

Told to cancel the installation ceremony

In utter-disbelief and state of shock to what has transpired in the Chikulamayembe succession wrangle, specifically government’s handling of the issue, we would like categorically communicate our strong stand and stance against government’s plan to proceed with the installation of GVH Bongololo as Paramount Chief Themba Lama Themba Chikulamayembe of the Tumbuka Tribe and Cultural.

We are greatly disturbed and disappointed that despite all the overwhelming evidence of tension, disunity and political interference surrounding the Chikulamayembe Chieftaincy succession wrangle, a government voted into power on a promise to uphold the rule of law, unity, fairness and justice would proceed to conduct an installation amidst out right political interference evidence, division, disunity, tension among the Tumbuka people. We find this absolutely unfortunate by the government particularly Head of State Dr. Lazarus Chakwera and Ministry of Local Government.

To our further disappointment, we have not received any feedback from our numerous letters to the Office of President and Ministry of Local Government regarding the grave and generational harm approval of GVH Bongololo.

A commission of inquiry was instituted to mediate/bring the two parties in the wrangle into peace and as of today no report has been issued by the commission of inquiry to the Head of State and Ministry of Local Government, yet the Head of State went ahead to approve GVH Bongololo as the rightful heir to the throne rendering a strong question in public domain on what basis was used in the approval. We find this utter unfortunate from the Head of State who is expected to handle and treat issues with sensitivity, thought leadership and scrutiny, especially cultural issues which a single mistake carries a lifetime effect on a tribe’s future generations, unity and culture.

We would like to make the public aware that on the 17th of April 2022 through the Rumphi District Commissioner Emmanuel Bulukutu, Deputy Minister of Local Government Hon. Halima Daud called for a meeting of Chikulamayembe Clan Heads with the meeting invitation letter dated 14th of April 2022 to a meeting on the 18th of April, which was a public holiday and without any agenda specified, where the Chairman of Clans Heads GVH Khalapamhanya responded in writing advising the Honourable Deputy Minister against the meeting as the clans heads included in the invitation were not the rightful ones of the Chikulamayembe royal families.

To our disappointment, the meeting still took place without the royal clans chairman GVH Khalapamhanya and with only GVH Bongololo side representatives where the deputy minister of local government Hon. Halima Daud was quoted to have been satisfied that there are no longer chieftainship wrangles which we find absolutely unfortunate, unprofessional, unfair and shameful of the Hon.

Deputy Minister of Local Government Halima Daud, especially that only one side was present in the meeting. To our further most shocker, we received another letter from the Rumphi District Commissioner on the same 17th April 2022 dated 14th April 2022 demanding the Royal Highness Acting Paramount Chief Themba Lama Themba Mtima Chikulamayembe Mtima Gondwe to surrender his chieftainship gown, office keys and stamp rendering a question to what exactly was the basis of the meeting by Honourable Deputy Minister of Local Government Halima Daud if a determination was made before the meeting, of which we refused to hand over any regalia or keys. We are aware of rumours that members of the instituted commission of inquiry in the Chikulamayembe chieftainship succession wrangle are being denied an audience with the Head of State to question the president’s basis of approving GVH Bongololo in absence of their report and against their recommendations, which we find very unfortunate from a leader who was voted into power on the promise of changing the status quo of how affairs are runed in the country, Malawi.

We further would like to bring the public to awareness that we filled for an injunction application with the Mzuzu High Court on the 12 of March 2022 and we are yet to have a ruling which is quite strange especially with the fact that our legal representation Kitta & Company and Kawelo & Company filled the application with certificate of urgency per required by law in matter that requires urgent determination.

The case was assigned to Justice Maureen Kondowe of Mzuzu High Court. We are fully aware the extent of political interference in the wrangle to the extent where T/A Mwankhunikira who is looked at as Acting Paramount Chief’s Mtima Gondwe sympathiser, was invited to Lilongwe by Malawi Congress Party (MCP) Spokesperson  Rev. Maurice Munthali on the 6th of April 2022. The Senior Chief met Rev. Maurice Munthali on the 7th of April 2022 at 4:30PM at the Ministry of Local Government offices in Lilongwe at Capital Hill where Rev. Maurice Munthali was accompanied by the Deputy Minister of Local Government Hon. Halima Daud and Aford Party President Enock Chihana.

The Malawi Congress Party (MCP) Spokesperson Rev. Maurice Munthali with the aid of Deputy Minister of Local Government Hon. Halima Daud and Aford Party President Enock Chihana coerced T/A Mwankhunikira to support the unlawful and unculturable ascension of GVH Bongololo to the Chikulamayembe Chieftaincy with a promise to purchase a vehicle and construct a house for the Traditional Authority, which we find very unfortunate and of great concern.

The Malawi Congress Party (MCP) Spokesperson Rev. Maurice Munthali, Aford President Enock Chihana and Deputy Minister of Local Government Hon. Halima Daud went further to persuade T/A Mwankhunikira to convince his Royal Highness Acting Paramount Chief Themba Lama Themba Mtima Walter Gondwe to take up a diplomatic/embassy post in exchange of GVH Bongololo’s ascension to the Paramount Chikulamayembe Chieftaincy, which we find laughable, immature, unacceptable and further render the deputy minister of local government Halima Daud way compromised to handle this issue.

We would like to once again communicate our strong stand against the approval and installation of GVH Bongololo as Paramount Chief Chikulamayembe as it is unculturable, illogical and of grave harm to the Tumbuka culture and tribe, and if the government decides to proceed with the installation, unspecified cultural actions will be deployed which will unlikely render the installation impossible.

In conclusion, we urge the government not to proceed with the installation until all matters are resolved in this issue and furthermore to save government and Head of State of an impeccable embarrassment and humiliation, and most importantly for the sake of peace in Nkhamanga Kingdom and among Tumbaka’s across the world.

T/A Mwankhunikira

T/A Mwahenga

T/A Mwalweni

GVH Hunga

(Chikulamayembe Royal Family Spokesperson)

TNM enables financial inclusion for rural masses…Launches Mpamba Village Bank at Chatoloma, Kasungu

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TNM Ngamise Gumbo (standing) engages one of village banks

TNM Mpamba Limited, wholly owned subsidiary of TNM plc, has launched Mudzi Wathu Village Bank at Chatoloma in Kasungu to promote a culture of saving by people in rural areas.

Speaking at the launch, CEO Arnold Mbwana said Mpamba Mudzi Wathu Village Bank is a mobile technology financial tool that will broaden inclusion and participation of rural people in the mainstream of financial services ecosystems.

“Mobile technology is the new bridge connecting community development to financial services to catalyze social-economic development of rural and remote areas. With Mpamba Mudzi Wathu Village Bank, TNM is introducing E-Commerce to the unbanked and under-banked, while offering both security and convenience to savings groups to meet their development needs,” said Mbwana.

He said the Mpamba-based group Village Bank service will migrate rudimental savings and lending from traditional to digitally-enabled platforms with enhanced safety and transactability for cash.

According to Chris Sukasuka, TNM Mpamba Limited General Manager the service will bring equity in financial inclusion.

“The service breaks geographic barriers ensuring that both urban and rural people get equal access to financial services and benefit equally from the diversity of new financial technologies,” he said.

Plan International Malawi Country Director Phoebe Kasoga said the innovation will take financial inclusion to great heights more especially among women.

“Elsewhere in Africa the model has proved to be an effective tool for driving financial inclusion and economic empowerment. We are therefore required to build trust so that women in Malawi can understand that the service by TNM can make their lives better,” said Kasoga.

Appreciating the impact of the product, Kasoga said called for intensive awareness of Mudzi Wathu Village Bank to enhance adoption.

“There is a need to generate enough resources to be able to train women for them to understand the meaning of digital capabilities and ensuring that the product delivers best value in their lives,” she said.

On her part, Chairpeson for Kawiya Village Bank, Loveness Nyirenda is optimistic that the service will secure their club’s money.
“Mudzi Wathu Village Bank has come at a right time when groups are searching for ways to improve safety of savings. The challenge we have been encountering in keeping cash has been sorted with the product,” said Nyirenda.

The community launch of Mpamba Mudzi Wathu Village Bank follows its unveiling during the 1st Generation Equality Conference in Lilongwe on April 16, 2022 hosted by former President and prominent Pan African women’s activist Dr Joyce Banda.

Chilima off to USA for high level UN meeting with a small delegation

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Chilima interacting with UTM women

Malawi’s Vice President Saulos Chilima on Friday left for the United States of America (USA) to attend the 2022 United Nation (UN) Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Forum for Financing Development in New York, USA.

Chilima has been delegated by President Lazarus Chakwera to represent him and lead a lean Malawi delegation of 15 people from the Ministry of Finance and other sectors to the four day forum scheduled for 25th to 28th April 2022.

The ECOSOC Forum on Financing for Development follow-up is an intergovernmental process with universal participation mandated to review the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (Addis Agenda) and other financing for development outcomes and the means of implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Speaking to the media before departure, Chilima said the trip is important for the country as delegates at the event will discuss ways of advancing development in least developed countries such as Malawi.

The Vice President said only 15 people are on the list of his delegation, stressing it was unfortunate that people bent on denting his image fabricated stories that he will be accompanied by a bloated delegation of 40 people.

According to the Vice President’s Press Office, some of the side engagements that the Vice President is expected to undertake while in New York include a meeting with the current Chair of ECOSOC Collen Vixen Kelapile.

The Vice President is also expected to have meetings with the Acting Representative of the Office of Least Developed Countries and the UNDP Global Administrator.

Chilima has also been requested to make a Keynote Statement at a high level Leaders Dialogue on Green and Climate Resilience Bonds organised by United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF).

The Vice President left through Kamuzu International Airport where he was seen off by hundreds of UTM party officials, supporters and government officials.

He is expected to return home on 30th April, 2022.

MCP to launder money at fundraiser

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Grand scheme of things. Malawi Congress Party (MCP) has thought of a ‘clever way’ of money laundering by staging a fundraising event.

The party will hold a fundraising dinner on 6th May 2022 but little do Malawians know that it is a money laundering scheme.

Press adverts for the event have started fighting in the local newspapers indicating that those who will buy a platinum ticket will have to part with a whopping K10 million for a six hour event.

Gold tickets are going at K5 million while silver tickets are at K2.5 million while bronze and green tickets will be at K200,000 and K100,000 respectively.

To fool the intelligence of Malawians, the party has put a disclaimer that tickets will not be for sale to government agencies.

“This is a great grand scheme of things. This is money laundering at its best. What is happening is that the people buying the platinum tickets have been given government contracts and businesses and in return they will be giving back to the party through the fundraising dinner, this is so pathetic, ” said one of the officials behind the concept.

“This was carefully thought by our strategists when they looked at how the other former ruling parties conducted these similar events. At first I thought this was the way to go until when they released the prices for the tickets,” said the member.

“The way things are now, who can part with K10 million for a six hour event without expecting anything in return? Only a fool I guess!”

“All those who have got contracts and businesses from government will be paying back MCP ‘cut’. Instead of paying the famous 10% cut at source, these people will pay the MCP through these dinner and dances,” added the member.

The story was corroborated by another senior member of the party who disclosed that people buying the tickets have already been identified and have already benefited from the party.

“You will see the people who will go there, they have already gotten their payments and this is paying the MCP for the support. Tell me if this is not money laundering, then what is it?” We are doomed as a country.”

“We hope we will know those who bought the K10 million tickets for the sake of transparency,” said the source.

The former ruling DPP is in court over similar events where state bodies were forced to buy tables for fundraising events.

Martha Chizuma faces arrest over leaked audio upon arrival from abroad private trip

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High placed sources with law enforcing agency has confided in this publication that embattled Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) Director General Martha Chizuma is expected to be arrested on leaked audio saga.

Chizuma who is currently abroad on private trip will be arrested upon arrival in the capital Lilongwe.

She left Malawi on Sunday, April 10, 2022 to meet and convince “her financiers about her allegiance on corruption fight in the country’

This following Office of Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) indorsing Chizuma’s arrest after studying a court order to decide the possibility of commencing criminal charges on a leaked audio that contravenes ACB office’ oath.

“ACB boss Chizuma will be arrested upon arrival from a private trip over the leaked audio that injured many including contravening ACB office oath.

“As we speak, DPP just indorsed the arrest after examining court order on criminal charges on her,” says the source within Malawi Police Service.

Ministry of Justice spokesperson Pirirani Masanjala on Tuesday, April 19, 2022 confirmed the DPP was served with an order that Mzuzu senior resident magistrate Godfrey Nyirenda granted last month ordering the Malawi Police Service and the DPP to investigate the leaked audio.

“I can confirm that we have been served with the court order and we are evaluating it,” he said.

Ruling on an application by Mzuzu resident Frighton Phombo, Nyirenda further ordered Police and DPP to ascertain if criminal charges can be brought against Chizuma.

Sources privy to the matter said the DPP was expected to write the Office of the Attorney General to seek direction because the office of the DPP does not have investigative powers.

“It’s a legal process and what is happening is that the DPP does not have investigative powers, so they have to engage either the police to do that. But the DPP is writing the Attorney General seeking direction on the matter,” added the source.

Phombo moved the court to open a case against Chizuma on allegations that she violated the Corrupt Practices Act (CPA) by revealing to a third party information on investigation for corruption.

He contended that Chizuma committed an offence of directly revealing official information to un-authorised person, contrary to regulation 4(a) of the CPA, and that of making use of speech capable of prejudicing a person against a party to judicial proceedings, contrary to Section 113 (1) (d) of the Penal Code.

But Nyirenda said even though a leeway is given for private citizens to institute criminal proceedings, the overall and ultimate authority over such proceedings remains with the DPP.

On January 24, 2022 President Lazarus Chakwera reprimanded Chizuma for the leaked conversation, indicating that he had summoned her for a meeting where she confirmed speaking about ongoing investigation in the leaked audio that had gone viral.

He described her action as unfortunate but said he would not dismiss her. Instead, he issued a stern warning that he will keep an eye on her conduct.

Chizuma is also facing defamation charges lodged by Ashok Kumar Sreedharan, who sued her for alleging in the audio that money changed hands to have him released after an arrest.

In the audio, Chizuma put in the spotlight churches, judges, lawyers and the Presidency as not helping matters corruption fight.

This comes a few days after political-activist Bon Kalindo gave five-days President Lazarus Chakwera to fire Chizuma over the same leaked audio that breached ACB’s Office oath.

Another shameless plunder exposed, Chinese contractor charging ten times than initial bill of quantity…CDEDI pens ACB to investigate the matter

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By Iommie Chiwalo

The recent report by Afrobarometer concerning the worsening levels of corruption in Malawi can only be treated as a guess work at owners risk but exposé by Centre for Democracy and Economic Development Initiatives (CDEDI) has cemented it all – massive plunder of public resources is at play.

The foul play has been sniffed after Roads Authority (RA) is suspected to have conveniently paid a blind eye to the fact that the works that the Lilongwe Water Board (LWB) intends to award to China Civil Engineering form part of the six-lane expansion works, under Contract No. RA/DEV/2020-21, which was already signed, and works have commenced on the site, such as the relocation of water pipes, sewer, communication cables and electricity poles, whose Bill of Quantities was pegged at MWK507 million.

In a statement from CDEDI and signed by its Executive Director Sylvester Namiwa, the organisation is worried with continuous daylight plunder of public resources and has since reported the matter to graft bursting body – Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) for action.

“To begin with, the RA in July 2021 awarded a contract worth MWK19 billion for a six-lane Capacity Improvements of Kenyatta Road and Sharrar Street project to China Civil Engineering.

Just a few months later, the LWB obtained a ‘No Objection’ letter from the Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets Authority (PPDA) to award yet another contract, to the same company, to the tune of MWK5.2 billion, purportedly for the relocation of water pipes yet bid evaluation report shows that China Civil Engineering came fourth, with MK5.2 billion, and surprisingly, the company was picked by the LWB to do the job, without any justification for the choice of the company that came fourth among the bidders, or why they rejected the other three lower bidders,” says Namiwa.

The lower bidders were Victory Vision Construction with MWK3.4 billion; Projex Group Ltd with MWK3.6 billion and Malbro International Ltd with MWK4.8 billion.

“It has come to the attention of CDEDI that the LWB, the RA and China Civil Engineering are involved in what we strongly suspect is a plan to defraud unsuspecting taxpayers and voters public funds amounting to MWK5.2 billion,” Namiwa says in the statement.

Namiwa has since confirmed that in the interest of the country, his organisation has written the Minister of Transport and Public Works Jacob Hara to consider stopping the contract awarding process by the LWB, pending further scrutiny of this process.

CDEDI Chief who disclosed that his organisation is in possession of the contract documents awarded to China Civil Engineering by the RA, where the evidence of fraudulent transaction has been sourced from, believes that is a serious case of double dipping,
where Malawians are being robbed of billions in broad-day light.

“This coincidence of giving another contract to the same contractor by the LWB, and seeking a “No Objection’ for the same, was so glaring; hence, the move by CDEDI to invoke the ATI law in order to expose the shameless attempt to plunder the public purse,” says Namiwa.

He says at all cost there is no justification for LWB to seek the services of a sub contractor and paying MWK5, 242, 933, 311.64 which is over ten times the recommended rate, when the same contractor, in the main contract, pegged the same works at MWK507 million.

“With issues that have emerged, and require concerted efforts, there is need for Malawians to save the country from some selfish individuals who are bent on nothing but plundering at will the country’s already depleted resources,” he says.

CDEDI has also written the Minister of Transport and Public Works to consider withdrawing the intention to award contracts to China Geo Engineering, pending investigations and due diligence on how the company was awarded a MWK19 billion contract, when the same company was unable to raise MWK4 billion in less than six months ago, as initial capital, due to what the company described as “lack of capacity”.

For starters, what is very confusing is that RA recently published an intention to award China Geo Engineering, to upgrade the first 42-kilometre of the Thabwa-Chitseko-Seveni (S152 East Bank) Road in Chikwawa, to bitumen standard despite the fact that the very same company was awarded the Mwanza-Neno Road project, which has since stalled despite the contractor escalating prices for over four times.

It is after such serious considerations that CDEDI feels it is high time Malawians started demanding answers from the present government on issues to do with public funds, which are slowly being depleted willy-nilly.

The country’s procurement especially in public infrastructure development are mostly being flouted and is becoming sickening that Malawians are paying huge bills in servicing the projects who are mostly being damaged before launch due to poor quality.

Surprisingly authorities have been defensive when eventualities occur.

CHAKWERA’S SON CAUGHT UP AGAIN IN CHINA CIVIL ENGINEERING CONSTRUCTION CORPORATION CONTRACTS MONOPOLY​

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NICK CHAKWERA: In corrupt deals with the Chinese

The awarding of multiple multi-billion Kwacha contracts to a Chinese firm, China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation, under the Tonse Alliance administration did not just happen – it appears the highest office of the land is being linked to underhand operations and kickbacks with the company.​

Anonymous sources have confirmed that two weeks ago, the first-born son to Malawi’s Head of State, Reve​rend Nicky Chakwera was in Sandton in South Africa to collect a ‘consignment’ of what is believed to be a kickback from the Chinese contractor.

​CCECC’s Monopoly of Contracts

The awarding of a contract to CCECC to relocate water pipes off Lilongwe’s six-lane Kenyatta Road project, which it is also implementing, adds to several other projects awarded to the same company.​

On April 11, 2022, the government published a notice of intention to award consultancy services and works contracts to five companies, two of which were the same company: China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation.​

In the first case, under procurement number RA/ DEV/BT-MHG/2021-2022/02, the company has been awarded a contract to upgrade 20 kilometres of Lirangwe- Chingale-Machinga Road (S139/7401) to the tune of K7.2 Billion.​

The same company has also been awarded a contract for capacity improvement of Kaunda Road (Bingu National Stadium Roundabout- Chendawaka Junction) under procurement number RA/DEC/ LLC/2021-22/06 at the cost of K8.5 Billion.​

The government through Lilongwe Water Board has also awarded China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation of Post Office Box 30336, Lilongwe, Malawi, a contract to relocate water pipelines for capacity improvement of Kenyatta Road and Sharrar Street in Lilongwe.​

And on March 17, 2022, Lilongwe Water Board wrote the Public Procurement and Disposal of Assets Authority asking for a No Objection to grant the award to the company under contract number LWB/W/KSR/22/1.​

“I write to seek your approval for Lilongwe Water Board to proceed with the award of contract for procurement of works for relocation of water pipelines for capacity improvement of Kenyatta Road and Sharrar Street as follows: recommended bidder; China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation P.O. Box 30336, Lilongwe, Malawi; contract price MK5.2 Billion.

“We attach hereto minutes of Internal Procurement and Disposal Committee (IPDC) meeting in which this matter was discussed, the bidder document, bids and the bid evaluation for the above noted tender which was realized through Open Tender Procurement Method for your review and approval,” reads the letter from LWB.​

Bid opening minutes dated February 25, 2022 show China Civils was the fourth lowest bidder at K5.2 billion. The other three lowest bidders were Victory Vision Construction at K3.4 million, Malbro International Ltd at K4.8 billion and Project Group Ltd at K3.6 billion.​ This was made possible, it is believed, under instructions from the powers that be.

China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation, while it is awarded a contract to relocate pipelines on the Kenyatta Road and Sharrar Street, it is also awarded the contract to upgrade the same Kenyatta Road and Sharrar Street to a six-lane road with installation of street lights-all costing about K20 billion.​

President Lazarus Chakwera launched this project in August 2021. It was supposed to be completed in 18-months but almost 10 months later, there is no progress on the road.​

Centre for Social Accountability and Transparency (Csat) has since wondered if the China Civils would be able to implement all the projects to desired quality and in time.​

“Does this company have the capacity to handle all these projects simultaneously? I am afraid this might delay completion of the projects and it might even compromise the quality of work,” Csat Executive Director Willie Kambwandira said.​

And indeed, as stated above, there’s already poor management of contract time on the projects.

TNM appoints experienced telecoms executive Ted Sauti Phiri as Chairman

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SAUTI-PHIRI: At the helm of TNM

The board of Malawi Stock Exchange (MSE)-listed Telekom Networks Malawi (TNM) Plc has appointed experienced telecoms executive Ted Sauti Phiri as its new Chairman.

He takes over from George Partridge following his departure from the board of majority shareholder, Press Corporation Ltd (PCL) earlier this year.

Phiri boasts 20 years experience in telecoms and digital media having worked in senior positions in West and Southern Africa at Airtel (Celtel), Vodafone, Econet, Multichoice and Helios Towers.

“We are excited to have Mr Sauti-Phiri as Chairman of the Board and look forward to him bringing his diverse experience across many countries to foster world class standards of service that TNM is renowned for,” said TNM CEO Arnold Mbwana in a statement.

The statement says in addition to his vast experience in the telecoms arena, Phiri has sat on various corporate boards, notable ones being CDH Investment Bank, Marsh and Malawi Accountants Board in Malawi.

According to the statement, Sauti-Phiri holds an MBA from Liverpool University, a Bachelor of Science Honours Degree in Chemistry and Computer Science from University of Malawi and is a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants of the UK.

OOPS:  MCP 2025 Strategy Leaked

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The long road to 2025 Presidential elections, has taken very interesting angle following the leaked of Malawi Congress Party (MCP) strategy, which has described UTM party a threat to MCP’s dream of winning next polls.

The leaked document under the tittle ‘Roadmap to 2025 Consolidating and Strengthening the Party’ seeks to keep the MCP into power beyond 2025, by among others weakening UTM, which forms part of Tonse Alliance administration.

The Strategy noted that UTM, is key in changing the political Landscape and the mindset of the majority Malawians, hence the need to weaken it.

 

“Our existence in power is therefore threatened by our own presumed partners and the possibility of all of them trecking to the other side of the political stream to form another alliance with DPP and UTM at the helm of the structure,” reads the leaked strategy.

The strategy which has been developed by a Special Task Force within the party also aims at making MCP most popular party in the Central Region and among the Chewas, thereby making it a tribal and regional party in the process. For more, attached below is the entire strategy paper.

FOUNTAIN OF HOPE MINISTRIES EMBARKS ON MALAWI NATIONAL PROPHETIC TOUR: Storms Dzaleka, Lilongwe

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Fountain of Hope Ministries (FHM) International Church has lined up a number of activities for the Easter season under the banner Malawi National Prophetic Tour starting from Today, Friday the 15th of April.

FHM International Church which was founded by Prophet Vitu and Prophetess Dawa Kamanga announced the good tidings through a statement which was made available to the publication on Friday.

”At FHM International Church, we have planned month long Malawi National Prophetic Tour starting with a night of prayer on Friday, April 15th in Dzaleka Refugee Camp in Dowa from 9pm to 4am following an outdoor crusade at the Mbavi branch in Mchekeni village in Lilongwe near air wing on Saturday, April 16th from 1pm to 5pm,” reads the statement in part

According to FHM International Church, during this Easter weekend, the program ends on Sunday, April 17th at the Malawi church headquarters in Bwemba, area 46 in Lilongwe at the City of Hope and Refuge.

The programs will continue next weekend starting from Friday, April 22nd at Maghemo Secondary School Hall in Karonga, from 6pm to 10pm then in Mzuzu at Chibavi Secondary School Hall on Sunday April 24th from 1pm to 5pm.

In the South, the Malawi National Tour will be concluded on Friday, April 29th at Golden Peacock Hotel, Zomba room in Blantyre from 6pm to 10pm then in Balaka at Zembani Lodge on Saturday, April 30th from 1pm to 5pm.

The tour concludes on 1st May, in Lilongwe at the Fountain of Hope Ministries International Church in Bwemba, area 46, from 9am-2pm.

“The objective of this mission is to reach out to all fellow Malawians by joining together in prayer during these hard times.

“We pray that healing, deliverance, restoration, miracles, signs and wonders will locate all according to the Lord’s promise in Mark 16:15 – 18 because we are faith founded through the power of Jesus Christ of Nazareth and that is His promise to those who believe,” said the statement

FHM International Church was founded in 2014 and it was based in Lilongwe for 5 years until the Lord released a word to plant a branch in Seattle, Washington in U.S.A in 2019.

Since then, it has 14 branches in 6 countries. With 6 branches in Malawi, 3 branches in United States of America and others in Zambia, Kenya, Benin and Zimbabwe.

As a church, it is founded on the scripture in John 4:24 which says “But whoever takes a drink of the water that I will give him shall never, no never, be thirsty any more. But the water that I will give him shall become a spring of water welling up within him unto eternal life.”

All details for the Malawi National Prophetic Tour can be found on FHM International Church official Facebook page and website at www.fhminternationalchurch.org.

Nick Chakwera forces govt to award Nsanje rail project to Chinese firm

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CHAKWERA; Influencing the award of the contract to CR20

The all-powerful Nick Chakwera, son to President Lazarus Chakwera has forced the Ministry of Transport and Public Works to award the K68 billion contract to construct the Marka-Bangula railway project to a Chinese firm China Railway 20 Bureau Group Corporation (CR20) despite protests from communities where the project will be implemented.

We can reveal that Nsanje communities through their traditional leaders which included senior chiefs and Traditional Authorities (TAs) and Village Headmen and women wrote to Minister of Transport and Public Works Jacob Hara through the District Commissioner Dr. Medson Matchaya not to go ahead with the signing of the contract until their grievances were addressed.

They even challenged the minister to travel to Nsanje so that he should see the evidence of poor workmanship by the Chinese company did on the Nsanje-Marka road but the minister ignored them.

Insiders privy to the facts of the project revealed that it took one phone call from Nick Chakwera to minister Hara ‘to award the contract to CR20 with immediate effect’.

“That is why the minister hurriedly organized the signing ceremony despite that the chiefs and communities in Nsanje wrote directly to the minister protesting against the signing of the contract with CR20. The sad thing is that the minister even lied, despite being a Pastor, that he did not receive any letter from the chiefs in Nsanje yet he has the letter on his desk. I am saddened by this impunity,” said the source.

Interestingly, Hara told The Nation newspaper that he faulted the protesting communities in Nsanje for their failure to write the ministry on their concerns on the rail project.

He, however, admitted that CR 20 did a bad job on the Nsanje-Marka road project, the main cause for concern by the communities on CR20 workmanship saying ‘CR20 went ahead to do things because the consultants had said so even when they knew that it was a bad thing’.

Hara also insisted that government is giving CR20 the contract because their revised bid of K68.3 billion was the lowest out of all the revised bids.

But the revised bids for the project that we have seen indicate that Mota Engil which won the bid at first before it was re-advertised presented a revised bid of K82 billion, D&M quoted the deal at K70 billion, CR 20 at K68 billion while China Civils was the lowest at K63 billion. Hara still went ahead to award the contract to CR20 at K68 billion as the lowest bid.

“We can clearly see that CR20 was not the lowest bidder and what is surprising is that in this restricted tender, the lowest bidder did not get the contract, very strange how this has happened,” said our inside source.

On Nick Chakwera’s role in influencing the award of the contract to CR20, another source corroborated the story that Nick Chakwera has become so powerful that he is ordering some ministers around especially Minister Hara.

“It is well known by all people in government that Nick Chakwera is the one who ‘appointed’ Jacob Hara as Minister of Transport and Public Woks because he is a Pastor in his church and he now takes instructions from him. As we speak, Nick Chakwera is pushing hard to his dad that his ‘best friend’ Vitumbiko Mumba who works for CR20 should be appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Roads Authority (RA) and trust me this will happen,” challenged the source.

“You can check where Nick Chakwera was last week and what he was doing, you will be shocked,” added the source.

Our investigations have revealed that Nick Chakwera was in South Africa last week where he met various business people and promised them construction works contracts in the country.

One of the business people Nick Chakwera met confided in us on condition of anonymity that indeed Chakwera’s son offered him some business opportunities in the construction industry in Malawi.

“Yes, I can confirm that I met Nick Chakwera and we are still talking on the offers he made,” said the businessman.

Standard Bank Named Best Bank in Malawi

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The world’s most affluent financial publication, Global Finance, has named Standard Bank Plc as best bank in Malawi during the announcement of its 29th Annual Best Bank Awards for 2022.

Standard Bank Plc was recognized for responding to the needs of customers amidst the Covid-19 pandemic and accomplishing strong results while laying the foundations for future success.

The award reaffirms Standard Bank as the best financial partner to drive growth for clients and Malawi.

“Standard Bank is without a doubt the best in the country and this award just goes to show that we not only delivering solutions for our clients but that our clients trust us and believe that we work our level best to help them achieve their goals,” according to Phillip Madinga, Standard Bank Chief Executive.

The award comes at a time when the bank is driving possibilities through partnership and collaboration under the IT CAN BE tagline.

“Standard Bank has been leading the pack in offering solutions to clients that have enabled them achieve their dreams and drive growth our nation,” said Madinga.

According to Global Finance, the winning selections were made by the publication’s editors in consultation with corporate financial executives, bankers and banking consultants and analysts.

In selecting these top banks, Global Finance considered factors that ranged from the quantitative objective to the informed subjective.

“With the financial world in a state of turmoil from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, corporate leaders face a new set of challenges concerning the choice of their banking relationships.

Following on the enormous difficulties wrought by the Covid-19, these changes demand increased attention to global commercial relationships.

Our awards support decision-makers in selecting the best financial partners,” said Joseph D. Giarraputo, publisher and editorial director of Global Finance.

Overall, Standard Bank Group took home two awards this year from Global Finance Best Bank in Malawi and Best Bank in South Africa.

FDH enhances Chingale forest cover

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Harriet Kanyenda from FDH Bank washes her hands after planting a tree

FDH Bank plc has supplied 8,000 tree seedlings to enhance forest cover on the adopted Chingale Hills Forest in Zomba as part of its environmental sustainability programme.

Speaking during a tree planting event at Chingale Hills Forest, FDH Bank plc Head of Risk and Compliance Arthur Yapuwa said FDH respects the agreement that was made to adopt Chingale Hills Forest under its sustainability drive, FDH Cares, as one way of making a contribution towards afforestation to ensure that the forest is sustainably conserved.

FDH, through its staff members, partners, customers and various stakeholders, has devoted itself to plant 1 million trees by 2024. This initiative is being done in order to support the Malawi 2063 and UN Sustainable Development goals.

Yapuwa (right) plants a tree with a student from Chingale

“We have recently supplied a further 8000 seedlings through the community around Chingale forest to support tree planting as this is the season for tree planting. We will further support sustainability initiatives here through material resources and support of sustainable initiatives.”

“FDH Bank Plc recognizes the importance of a green environment and as a responsible corporate citizen it has reinforced its commitment to champion a sustainable and resilient green environment that will foster sustainable development of the country,” said Yapuwa.

He said the FDH Group is engaged in a number of initiatives under its Environment sustainability pillar in its strategic plan.

Chingale secondary school students planting trees

“In 2021, we launched the Be Green Smart campaign and have since facilitated planting of over 250, 000 trees. FDH Bank Plc applauds the effort and the role the Department of Forestry, the community of Chingale, the District Forestry Office and other key stakeholders are playing in conserving the environment in Malawi and supporting the global initiative which also includes Malawi,” said Yapuwa.

Senior Chief Mlumbe hailed FDH for its support towards the afforestation programme on Chingale Hill Forest announcing that he will soon introduce stiff by-laws aimed at protecting trees in the area from unscrupulous people who cut down trees wantonly.

“My punishment will include leaders who fail to protect trees in their areas from these unscrupulous people,” said the Chief.

MCP Media team engages extra gear on mudslinging SKC, UTM

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EXPOSED: Some members of MCP media team

After failing to drag in the mud Vice President Saulos Chilima in the USA trip entourage debacle, we can reveal that members of the MCP media team will launch an avalanche of attacks on the Vice President.

Despite President Lazarus Chakwera assuring the Roman Catholic Bishop at a recent meeting that his relationship with his Vice is ‘perfect’ members of the MCP media team being led by MCP stalwart and Director of Information Chikumbutso Mtumodzi are on an onslaught to damage the reputation of Chilima and his UTM party who are the main partners in the ruling Tonse Alliance with MCP.

Insiders said the list containing a bloated 41-member strong entourage which will be accompanying Chilima to the USA later this month where he has been delegated by Chakwera to represent him at an economic summit, was ‘leaked’ by State House communication team to a journalist working with The Nation newspaper.

Chilima through his spokesperson officially announced that he is taking a delegation of 15 people from his office to the trip.

Now members of the MCP social media team are preparing another onslaught on Chilima and his UTM party, we can reveal.

MTUMODZI: Leading the propaganda team

One of the members of the social media team revealed that they have lined up a number of stories with an aim of denting Chilima’s image.

The member who said ‘is tired with people who do not wish the country well’ said he has decided to reveal the plot ‘to clear my conscious’.

“What is happening is very sad. I do not know why we are doing all these things to our leaders. This week we are supposed to start writing stories and posts on social media attacking the personality of the Vice President and his UTM party,” said the member.

The discontent in the MCP camp is coming in because of an agreement made between President Chakwera that he will serve only one term and would pave way for Chilima to stand as a presidential candidate in 2025 elections.

Chilima cannot stand as a running mate having served as Vice President for two consecutive terms as mandated by the country’s constitution. He can, however, stand as a presidential candidate or member of parliament in the next elections scheduled for September 2025.

Strategists have also advised Chakwera to continue with his ‘crop inspection’ tours targeting areas where Chilima is popular. The President will inspect crops in Chilima’s home district of Ntcheu today.

Mpamba moves to secure savings groups…Introduces Mudzi wathu Village Bank

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Chris Sukasuka, General Manager for Mpamba Ltd, subsidiary of TNM Plc

TNM Mpamba Limited, wholly owned subsidiary by TNM Plc, has unveiled Mudzi Wathu Village Bank wallet to provide convenience and security to savings or lending groups in the country.

The group wallet will allow members of registered and formal savings/lending groups to migrate from the traditional way of processing their loan transactions digitally using Mpamba platform.

Announcing the group wallet in Lilongwe during the 1st Generation Equality Conference, Mpamba General Manager said the wallet has been designed to respond to the needs of savings groups such as village banks in the provision of safety for their money.

“Group savings is a novel but proven approach to uplifting millions of people out of poverty. The challenge is that cash is risky, and the group’s success can be tempting for thieves and individuals who can run away with their savings funds. We have established the wallet to enhance safety,” he said.

The innovation enables savings groups to create digital identity and enhance formal financial inclusion while improving transparency, he said.

“The digital savings wallet will help groups to provide statement of transactional activities thereby improving accuracy of records. Furthermore, it is more controlled as two individuals are required to initiate wallet transactions,” said Sukasuka.

TNM chief operating officer Phyllis Manguluti

Mudzi Wathu Village Bank is available to all Malawians who are in groups and have active TNM lines registered on Mpamba.

“Technology is challenging us to come up with effective features around the mobile money ecosystem. This wallet which is available to all Mpamba customers, reaffirms our commitment towards providing seamless services through the platform,” added Sukasuka.

The news savings wallet is available 24/7 and can be accessed on Mpamba USSD code *444#.

“Mpamba customers will use the service on either Mpamba USSD short codes or on organization web portal. The service can be accessed at any time of the day and from anywhere without having to visit any physical TNM branch shops,” he said.

Acknowledging the role of TNM in supporting government’s efforts in women empowerment, former president, Joyce Banda called for haste initiatives to redeem rural women from abject poverty.

“Here in Malawi 85 percent of women are living in abject poverty, while government is doing its part, some of us must go around and make sure that we empower rural communities. The good news is that we have organizations like TNM who are partnering with us to uplift women,” said Banda.

Banda hailed TNM for coming up with products and services that aim at enhancing financial inclusion among women.

“TNM is doing a recommendable job in coming up with services on the grassroots that are assisting women to access services like e-banking and credit,” she said.  

Embattled ACB Director Martha Chizuma leaves Malawi to meet financiers on her allegiance

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The embattled Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) Martha Chizuma is expected to leave Malawi on Sunday, April 10, 2022 to meet and convince her financiers about her allegiance.

We can reveal that Chizuma want to prove to her financier that the job she has been doing is on track while the case is different.

The embattled ACB boss trip is mainly aimed at resetting her system and gadgets as well to try to convince her financiers that she is indeed the person they can trust if they are to deal with their targets in Malawi.

While there she is also going to meet with her media people including Onjezani Kenani whom together will further meet with their financiers of her mission.

Inside sources within ACB say, Chizuma is expected to meet British officials who have been funding her work against the office’s mandate.

Britain and USA governments have also been bankrolling Platform for Investigative Journalism (PIJ), the grouping which has been also getting classified government legal documents for its publication.

The trip comes after Chizuma has been exposed for her incompetency on her work following leaked audios.

Following leaked audios that compromised ACB’s oath of secrecy, Chizuma has lost Malawians trust including President Lazarus Chakwera in corruption fight.

More to come….

OOPS!ACTING PARAMOUNT CHIEF CHIKULAMAYEMBE REBUFFS ENOCK CHIHANA

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Chihana and Chikumayembe pose for a photo after the meeting

A day after publicly lying to the Tumbuka people and indeed to the whole nation that President Dr. Lazarus Chakwera sent him to affirm the approval of Bongololo as Paramount Chief Chikulamayembe, it has been established that Enock Chihana forced himself to meet acting Paramount Chief Chikulamayembe Mtima Gondwe in order to persuade him to accept a diplomatic/embassy position and put to an end to the chieftainship wrangle of which the acting Chief Mtima Gondwe openly mentioned that it was laughable and uncalled for.

This confirms the rumors that politics has taken centre stage on the chieftainship wrangles with the Bongololo camp buying and using politicians to help them illegitimately get the chieftainship which they do not belong or deserve.

FDH boss mentors Monkey Bay students

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Chiwalo (left) poses with students and teachers in Monkey Bay

First Discount House (FDH) Managing Director Mike Chiwalo Thursday took time off his busy schedule to mentor students at Monkey Bay Community Day Secondary school in Mangochi.

Chiwalo took time to encourage the students on the fruits of working hard and excelling in their studies saying the world now is looking for people with good qualifications.

“There are good things that are attached to your achievements especially when you have the required qualifications, companies will remunerate you properly, so do not lose focus in your studies so that you achieve your goals,” said Chiwalo.

He said the FDH Group started the mentorship programme with an aim of mentoring secondary students for them to become productive citizens.

“FDH, being a Malawian owned company, wants to help secondary school learners in the country to grow with entrepreneurship skills which can help them become huge players in the national economy. FDH Financial Holdings has put in place about K150 million to support the education sector in the country.”

“Apart from our general mentorship program, FDH also encourages its employees to adopt a secondary school learner and mentor him or her through career guidance and other aspects so that the learners might have a role model when pursuing education,” said Chiwalo.

During the mentorship event, First Discount House also donated K2 million to the school to be used for purchasing classroom desks.

Chiwalo mentoring the students

“We discussed with the Monkey Bay CDSS officials to get their views on how we can assist them under our mentorship program and they asked for classroom desks. As a company we have a program called FDH Cares which is one of the key projects which we are implementing to help the government achieve sustainable development goals hence our donation today,” said Chiwalo.

He said through the FDH Cares program, FDH is sponsoring needy university students in the country as well as supporting some graduate youths with start-up capital for those with brilliant business ideas.

In his remarks, Head Teacher for Monkey Bay CDSS Mike Malasa described the donation as timely because it has managed to fill the gap which existed at the school.

Malasa said about 50 percent of the learners had no desks which was demotivating to them, hence the coming in of the desk will greatly improve performance for the learners.

“We are very grateful for this donation by FDH Financial Holdings. At the moment we are facing another shortage of classroom blocks such that we can appreciate if other partners come in to assist,” said Malasa.

Apart from Monkey Bay CDSS, FDH Holdings conducted similar mentorship sessions at Lunzu, St. Patrick’s and Ntcheu Secondary Schools.

FDH Bank partners journalists, schools in tree planting

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Nyirongo (right) receives a tree from Kumpumula as some pupils look on

FDH Bank plc on Thursday partnered with the Association of Environmental Journalists (AEJ) and three schools in Blantyre in tree planting activities to promote a green environment.

Speaking in Blantyre, FDH Bank plc Senior Manager for Internal audit Potamira Kumpumula said under the Bank’s sustainability program FDH Cares, FDH Group committed to plant 1 million trees by 2024 and since 2021 they have championed the planting of 250 000 trees so far through their staff members, partners, customers and various stakeholders and initiatives in alignment with the Malawi 2063 and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.  

“FDH Group recognizes the importance of a green environment and as a responsible corporate citizen it has reinforced its commitment to champion a sustainable green environment that will foster the development of the country and nurture a resilient country against various environmental and economic forces.”

“FDH Bank Plc would like to commend the Association of Environmental Journalists, Wildlife Association of Malawi, students of Chitawira and Mlambala Primary Schools and Manja Secondary School for being champions and advancing a truly sustainable community and environment that will benefit Malawi and beyond,” said Kumpumula.

In her remarks, AEJ vice president Wezi Nyirongo said as journalists, they want to show the world that they are passionate about environmental conservation through various activities such as tree planting exercises.

“So, we will ensure total survival of the 20, 000 trees provided by our partner FDH here in the southern region by empowering the learners in schools to water them as the rainy season comes to an end. We value the green partnership we have with FDH and the survival of these trees will be another big milestone in sustaining this relationship,” said Nyirongo.

Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi (Wesm) Environmental Education Manager Ausward Bonongwe commended FDH Bank plc for its commitment to protecting and sustaining the environment despite operating in a difficult economic environment as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Human rights activists warn Chakwera against shielding corruption suspect, fighting ACB Director

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….Capital Hill to brace for endless vigils if no action taken within 14 days against the perceived corrupt AG

By Iommie Chiwalo

Namiwa addressing the media

The consortium of Human Rights Activists and Concerned Citizens, have warned against persistent futile attempts by President Dr. Lazarus Chakwera’s administration through State agencies and some citizens to literally hunt down the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) Director General Martha Chizuma.

In a joint statement signed by Activists Sylvester Namiwa of Centre for Democracy and Development Initiatives (CDEDI), Phunziro Mvula of Social Revolution Movement (SRM), Gomezgyani Nkhoma representing Mzuzu Youth Caucus- (MYC) and concerned citizens in the name of
Mundango Nyirenda and Zainab Hassan, says the conduct demonstrated by Tonse Alliance administration is a bid to frustrate and eventually abandon investigations involving business person Zuneth Sattar’s suspected corruption scandals.

The activists have cited the recent detention and harassment of Platform for Investigative Journalism (PIJ) Gregory Gondwe as a classic example of such desperate and shameful attempts.

“While we condemn in strongest terms Gondwe’s detention and harassment, we would like to remind President Chakwera that Malawi is not a police State and that freedom of the press and freedom of expression is non-negotiable,” reads the statement.

Adding that since a lot has been said and done by other concerned parties within and beyond our borders about the arrest and seizure of Gondwe’s electronic gadgets by the State agencies, we would like to draw the public’s attention to a recent published story under the headline ‘The Attorney General Publicly terminated all Zuneth Sattar contracts’ and the fact that ACB also publicly restricted any government payments to some Sattar-connected contracts pending investigations,”

Under fire Chakaka

The activists expressed worry about revelations that despite the restrictions, government with the approval of the Attorney General funded the police and MDF to pay Sattar behind the scenes.

The article published by Gondwe’s PIJ quoted a letter purported to be a legal opinion from the Attorney General (AG) Thabo Chakaka-Nyirenda to ACB Director Martha Chizuma, regarding payments that are to be made to Sattar’s company, whose contract with government was publicly terminated pending investigations.

Just a few days after the publication of the PIJ article, Weekend Nation dated Saturday, 2 April 2022 carried a story under the banner ‘AG warns of legal action against leaked legal opinion’. In the article, the AG Nyirenda openly said he believes his opinion was leaked by ACB and he went on to threaten legal action against those behind the leakage.

“This, in our view, as expected, was a direct attack on Martha Chizuma whose office the AG accused of leaking his confidential documents. We, the civil rights activists and concerned citizens group, have critically analysed the events surrounding the arrest of journalist Gondwe and the publication of the PIJ article on the AG Nyirenda’s purported legal opinion, and have concluded among others that Tonse Alliance administration is spending sleepless nights scheming to get rid of Martha Chizuma,” reads the joint statement.

It further hints that state agencies and some public officers are combing through Chizuma’s operational space to build a case against her and eventually have her arrested thereby clearing the way for government to do as it pleases with corruption cases that are tarnishing its image.

The activists seriously oobserves that the cash-strapped government has made available taxpayers’ money that was purportedly paid to Sattar through the Malawi Police Service (MPS) at a time the entities are under a restriction order from both the AG and the ACB.

“The rights activists have, therefore, resolved to remain standing up in defence of Martha Chizuma, and that it will be an on-going battle until they see victory.

The briefing in progress

According to the Activists, the resolution has been reached after observing that the AG is playing double standards by making public declarations indicating that government has terminated its contractual obligations with Sattar pending investigations, while he is activating the same contracts from behind the scenes.

“The AG, therefore, has lost moral ground to continue serving in such a high office,” reads the strong joint statement.

It has since asked President Chakwera to explain to Malawians how easy it is to find money to pay Sattar but seemingly very difficult for his government to find money to buy essential drugs and medicines for public hospitals where people are dying needlessly,” queries the Activists in a statement.

The have also revealed that the initial plan by the State agencies was to use journalist Gondwe as a witness against ACB director Chizuma but the attempt was miscalculated.

They have since promised that will see to it that Gondwe is not victimised in any way, and that his right to protect sources of information is respected.

Following the recent unfolding trends, the activists have concluded that the AG, the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), and the MPS are bent on doing nothing but to punish anyone who may dare touch ‘the anointed’ Sattar.

“That said, the public may wish to recall that we recently demanded President Chakwera to fire the Director of Public Prosecutions Dr. Steven Kayuni on grounds that he is putting spanners into ACB’s works. Today, we add on President Chakwera’s chopping list AG Nyirenda and MPS Inspector General Dr George Kainja,” reads the statement.

Concluding that “if these public officers do not resign, or are not fired in the next fourteen days (14), we will be forced to launch never ending vigils at the Capital Hill and other designated places to be announced in due course,”.

Following the general outcry against the arrest of Journalist Gondwe, AG Nyirenda apologised for the action taken by the police. He made the apology in the face of Media Institute of Southern Africa gurus who stormed his office a day after the incident…

DStv introduces a new pop-up channel: Kwibuka 28 available for 7 days on DStv channel 197

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DStv Premium, Compact Plus, DStv Compact, DStv Family and DStv Access customers are in for a treat this April, as DStv Launches a brand-new pop-up channel Kwibuka 28. This inspirational and informative channel is set to launch on Thursday, 7 April to Wednesday, 13 April 2022.

KWIBUKA 28 is a special commemoration Pop-Up Channel that highlights the impact of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda, and the subsequent process of reconciliation and healing. During this 28th Commemoration, the channel will broadcast a series of exclusive LIVE events and talks-shows, with a daily Kids block, inspiring testimonials, as well as curated youth programming and special reports.

The channel will spotlight Rwanda’s resolute spirit to Remember-Unite-Renew.

With programming running for 24 hours a day, the channel will be available on DStv and customers can look forward to programming such as:

  • Kids: Junior React – a show where the younger generation share their perspective of the impact of the Genocide and give a view of their aspirations for a united, renewed Rwanda
  • The Then and Now (LIVE) Talkshow – hosted by Eric Utuje, this is a platform for guests to discuss a variety of informative social, economic and political topics related to the Genocide
  • Features: Testimonies – a show where survivors share their inspirational stories of healing, reconciliation, courage and hope
  • The LinkUp 28: Blend of talk, music, and interactive segments with Rwanda superstars as special guestswho will share their views and perspectives on Genocide curated daily topics

DStv is always looking for ways to better customer viewing experience, giving them great value, choice and some of the best local and international shows. It is with this in mind that the platform offers great new channels, Pop-Ups and Studio stunts sure to keep viewers glued to their TV screen.

For seven days only DStv Premium, Compact Plus, Compact, Family and Access customers can tune in to KWIBUKA 28 on DStv channel 197to learn, engage and stay informed.

Unayo partners Football Association of Malawi in Regional League Football sponsorship

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PRESS STATEMENT

FAM President Walter Nyamilandu and Std Bank’s Head of High Networth and Consumer Segment Charity Mughogho after the signing ceremony

Lilongwe, 7 April, 2022: Standard Bank Plc through the Unayo Platform has announced a K46,125,000 sponsorship for the Division 1 regional football leagues.

This was announced by the Bank’s Head of Consumer and High Net Worth Clients, Charity Mughogho and the President of the Football Association of Malawi (FAM), Walter Nyamilandu during a signing ceremony held at the bank’s headquarters in Lilongwe on Thursday.

The deal comes as the Unayo platform is set to surpass the 100,000 wallets mark in its journey of financial inclusion. The sponsorship gives the Unayo platform a unique channel to engage with its clients spanning across the country.

The Unayo National Regional League is an ideal touch point for the bank and its customers in all the 29 districts of Malawi. The League will be participated by 64 Division 1 Football teams in all the districts of Malawi. With a league played in each of the three regions of the country, namely Southern, Central and Northern regions.

“As you can witness from the rapid growth in users and merchants, the bank has been supporting financial inclusion and provision of financial services in the last mile through Unayo and this league will create an additional touchpoint with all Malawians,” said Mughogho.

Unayo National Regional League will be played by 64 division one teams across the three regions of Malawi with over 700 matches being played in a period of 8 months. Matches will take place within a set-up of peri – urban and rural areas, bringing entertainment and excitement for local football fans in their communities. The league ties in well with what Unayo was set up to achieve, in creating sustainable partnerships that bring solutions to underdeveloped communities. Most financiers of grassroots football are also local business people and Unayo will partner with them to grow its merchant network and further their business growth as small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs).

The forty-six million Unayo sponsorship will cater to winners prizes for the top 4 teams in each of the 3 regional leagues. With support towards trophies, medals and match balls. Unayo has also pledged support for the administration of the league and match officials. This has all been done to raise the profile of the league. Unayo has also funded a media awards component which will be run at the end of the football season.

Nyamilandu and Mughogho signing the sponsorship deal

Mughogho acknowledged the work that is being done by FAM in bringing structure and professionalism in Malawian football at all levels.

In his remarks the president of FAM, Walter Nyamilandu touted the Unayo sponsorship as an admirable investment.

“Standard Bank is known throughout the region as a major sponsor of football and this partnership will have a major impact on local football, in identifying talent and making the Division more competitive,” he said. The future is about partnerships and Unayo has today shown a commitment to invest in the grassroots to ensure that a brighter future is created for football players and local communities who are passionate about the beautiful game.

“There is vast talent and potential for growth in Division 1, with many of the players who now thrive in the National team having grown through grassroots football. With this in mind, this partnership will support the identification and grooming of the next generation of talent.” said Nyamilandu.

The Unayo Regional League is set to kick off in the next fortnight, with a launch of the new sponsorship.

Unayo is a financial services platform that allows ordinary Malawians to open a personal or business wallet, access their finances anywhere, runs various transactions and be a part of the digital economy. To open a wallet on any phone regardless of mobile network a customer just dials *247# and selects option 2 (Unayo) to register.

For more information please contact:

Nyambura Chege,

Head, Brand and Marketing      

E-mail: Nyambura.Chege@standardbank.co.mw

For further information go to https://unayo.standardbank.com/

Issued by FD Communications Ltd | On behalf of: Standard Bank Plc

Govt Hailed for Appointing Women Into Higher Position

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By Phyllis Chingana

Blantyre, April 7, Mana: One of the country’s Gender Activists, Barbra Banda has hailed government departments and non-governmental organizations for appointing women into higher positions.

Recently, Malawi has witnessed appointments of women in different departments such as Lucy Mtilatila appointed as Director of Department of Climate Change and Meteorological Services (Met), Pamela Kuwali as Executive Director for Action Aid Malawi, Madalo Samati as Executive Director for Creative Centre for Community Mobilization (CRECOM) and Madalitso Magagula as the Deputy Director of Inclusive Education in the Ministry of Education.

In an interview with Malawi News Agency on Wednesday, Banda described the development as a milestone in the attainment of 50: 50 women and men representation in higher positions.

“This clearly shows that women are capable of holding positions that were previously considered for men,” she said.

In an interview with The Nation, the newly appointed Director of the Department of Climate Change and Meteorological Services, Mtilatila said she was grateful to the authorities for entrusting her with such a responsibility.

She pledged to do her best in enhancing the department’s agendas such as early warning systems and engaging more with the public.

Meanwhile, Malawi is to host the first-ever high-level intergenerational dialogue on generation equality and women’s leadership in Africa, themed, “Growing and Glowing Against All Odds”, from April  7to 9 2022, which shows that indeed as a country we are making progress.

Last year, President Dr Lazarus Chakwera appointed 12 High Court judges of which six of them were females in the Judicial Service Commission.

Exposed!USA, UK bankrolling Gregory Gondwe’s PIJ operations

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It has been established that the United Kingdom (UK) and US governments are sponsoring the operation of Platform for Investigative Journalism (PIJ) with the aim to deal with successful business individuals particularly of Malawians of Asian origin.

We have details information on how the two nations facilitate the establishment of PIJ with enough funding for office space and equipment.

PIJ staffs including Gregory Gondwe, Golden Matonga are on British pay role.

With the support from British aid, PIJ has been working closely with the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) while accessing secretive government legal documents in the name of Investigative Journalism.

This is the reason the two governments; USA and UK, were very furious on Gondwe’s police probe while politicising the whole process.

Consequently, forcing
Malawi strongly to repudiate USA and UK and other stakeholders for politicising the arrest of Gondwe and casting aspersions of the president chakwera’s character for his quest to promote freedom of the press in the country.

In a Press Statement released on Tuesday, April 5, 2022 and signed by Minister of Information and Digitization says that president Chakwera is committed to promotion of freedom of press in the country.

“Government repudiates all attempts and efforts by some quarters to politicize the incident by casting aspersions on the unimpeachable character of the State President, whose promotion on a free press is as unshakable as his promotion of independent police,” reads in the statement in apparent response to UK and USA which were among the first to strongly condemn the arrest.

The statement further says president Chakwera’ s and his government has a duty to respect the independence of police in carrying its duties therefore it has no mandate to interfere in its operations.

Adds the statement; “Government maintains the policy its policy and practice of non- interference in the operations of the MPs. This is because Government interference in police matters is prohibited by law”.

Thabo Chakaka Nyirenda has declared war on journalists

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THABO CHAKAKA; Has declared war with the media

Government’s Chief Legal adviser, the Attorney General Thabo Chakaka Nyirenda has declared ‘war’ on journalists. He started his ‘war’ on Monday by arresting scribe Gregory Gondwe after he refused to disclose his source on a story that Gondwe published on his Platform for Investigative Journalism (PIJ) website on March 30, 2022.

The story was about Chakaka’s legal opinion which allowed the government to pay billions of kwachas to Zuneth ‘Satan’ Sattar who is under probe for corruption in both Malawi and the United Kingdom. Currently Sattar is on bail after being arrested by the National Crime Agency (NCA) in the UK.

Gondwe was picked up by Police in Blantyre on Monday and had his electronic gadgets confiscated by Police in order to force him to reveal his sources.

World over and in the journalism profession, journalists protect their sources and they cannot reveal them even with a bullet in their head!

It is shameful that the very man who is supposed to protect and follow the law, is the same man who is abusing his authority and starts ‘killing’ journalism by intimidating journalists. This man is Thabo Chakaka Nyirenda, the sitting Attorney General.

Writing on his Facebook page after being released without charge, Gondwe said his arrest comes after a futile attempt by Nyirenda to force him to reveal his source on the story.

“I was introduced to the applicant of the search warrant S/Superintendent Henry Willy Kalungu (who at the regional police offices in Chichiri where I was taken, everyone was calling him [Crime Suputu] Crime Supt). The other person in the vehicle was Superintendent Kamisa, apparently the Regional Head of Criminal Investigations. They told me they had come for two things; to confiscate my electronic gadgets (laptops, phones and computers) as well as to ask me, to tell them, who my source was, that facilitated the publication of a story we published on March 30.”

“I told them I could not speak without my lawyer, while fully aware that this was a futile attempt that started with Attorney General Thabo Chakaka Nyirenda who had threatened to take this course of action when I could not tell him who my source was, prior to publishing the story,” writes Gondwe.

The revelation has not gone down well with journalists in the country who have likened the situation to a ‘war waged on us all by Thabo Chakaka Nyirenda’.

The path that Nyirenda has taken will not end well with him, if any comments on a professional journalists group are anything to go by.

We cannot reveal the names of the journalists involved in the discussion on the professional group as it is a ‘closed’ group for professional journalists only.

“If the Honourable Attorney General wants to be clever and start hounding us to disclose sources of where we get our information, then he should be prepared to surrender his resignation letter to the President the time we start revealing sources because he will be on top of that list,” writes one journalist.

“There is a reason why we protect our sources, Thabo Chakaka Nyirenda and his friend Steven Kayuni, Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) inclusive. If he is really sure this is the route he wants to take, then he will be very sorry because he will top the list of our sources together with Kayuni, these boys are very childish. We all know who leaks these documents, Thabo knows, Kayuni knows,” wrote another journalist.

Lawyer Ayuba James, representing Gondwe in the matter described Gondwe’s arrest as ‘part of the government’s current biggest project: to find a reason, at all cost, for firing Martha Chizuma (ACB Director General).

“The scheme is very big. Very wide. And traps are all over the place for Martha to step in. It is their hope that the document about payment to Sattar will be discovered to have been released by Martha or someone close to her so they can immediately open up a case against her for breach of Oath of Secrecy. No government has ever been agitated by anything as our government is today with anything that is against the interests of Sattar. It is, essentially, a government in a single man’s pocket,” wrote James on his Facebook page.

Thabo Chakaka Nyirenda has started a ‘war’ with journalists, will he finish it? Let us all wait and see.

ILLOVO HONOURS ALL PRIZES ITS PLEDGED FOR ‘IPONYERENINSO KWAKUYA NDI ILLOVO’ PROMOTION

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Following the official handover of the three Nissan NP200 Pick Up vehicle — one each from the three regions of the country that were identified at the final draw of the Iponyereninso Kwakuya Ndi Illovo promotion — Illovo Sugar Malawi Plc, is proud to announce that it has successfully honoured all the prizes it pledged for the competition, whose total cost in prizes was at K178 million. 

The three Nissan NP200 Pick Up are; Lazalo Manuel from the Central Region (presented in Dedza on 30th March 2022); Cuthbert Mwamlima from the Northern Region (presented in Karonga 1st April, 2022; and  Dorica Ngamwani from the Southern Region (presented in Nsanje winner 4th April, 2022)

There were six winners of the Nissan NP200 Pick Up and the others were officially handed their prizes soon after the penultimate draw, and they are: Gilbert Mbwagha — a businessperson from the Northern Region who was presented at Mzuzu sugar depot;  Emmanuel Nkurunziza from the Central Region, presented in Lilongwe

All the prizes have been honoured since the promotion was launched on 26th November 2021 and in total there were:  The six Nissan NP200 Pick Up for Stockists who were required to purchase a minimum of 2 tons or more of sugar; 3 Big Boy motorbikes in each of the three regions, as well as 36 bicycles and 36 50kg bags of fertilizer for the grocers and table tops 

For our shoppers/consumers, we giving away 3 cookers, 3 fridges and 3 shopping vouchers 

We also gave away numerous instant prizes in the form of buckets, zitenje, T-shirts and Illovo sugar packets to shoppers through our instore promotions at various participating supermarkets

From the outset, the ‘IPONYERENINSO KWAKUYA NDI ILLOVO’ promotion received overwhelming support and when he presented the Nissan NP200 Pick Up to Southern  Region winner Dorica Ngamwani on 4th of April 2022 sincerely thanked her for being one of our valued customers.   

He said “I am happy to see that we have built some very strong relationships with many of our customers. It is my promise that we shall continue to work on ways to continue to improve those relationships through provision of exceptional service and best quality product. Be assured we will continue to innovate in order to meet the different customer and consumer needs.

During the presentation for the Northern Region winner Cuthbert Mwamlima on 1st April, 2022, he said: “I and the rest of Illovo Sugar Malawi team are honoured to serve you and all our other customers as you all form one of the pillars that make our business a success. I would also like to add that Karonga is one of our key markets and is of significant value to our business. 

“Not only that but it is also the highway for our regional exports to Tanzania and Rwanda. Its strategic purpose for the country is indeed unquestionable. As much as it is a gateway for the importation and exportation of goods, not all these goods are imported or exported legally. 

“As some of you may be aware Illovo Sugar Malawi and indeed various other Malawian manufacturers have been victims to the effects of illegal products that find their way into our markets resulting in grave consequences for the country.”

The MD further said “impacts of illegal imports is often understated by those who do not fully understand how gravely they affect our economy. Illegal imports not only mean that local industries are affected which can lead to loss of market and thus threatening jobs and livelihood of fellow Malawians; they also have great impact on the provision of public services such as health, education, infrastructure development amongst others from the taxes lost as these goods do not pass appropriate processes for customs. This is before you bring in the adverse effects of depleting our foreign currency reserves, a key concern on its own.

“It is however good to see that the practice currently has subsided as far as sugar is concerned. Long may this last. It is traders such as Mr Curthbert Mwamlima who play a key role in ensuring that Karonga is well stocked of Illovo sugar at affordable prices to make illegal sugar imports unnecessary. 

“And this is why we are dedicated to understanding our customers’ needs and ensuring we continuously look for ways to make their business more successful. This is the reason we have a dedicated sales representative who services Karonga and nearby districts here in the North.”

He also took the opportunity to express his delight that Mr. Mwamlima afforded him the chance to visit and appreciate even more how beautiful Karonga District is, saying he does not get to visit as many parts of the country as often as he would like to so and thus it was a pleasure that he did. 

“Not only because I get to appreciate this beautiful place, its amazing people and culture, but I also get to help create a lasting memory for one Mr Cuthbert Mwamlima.

“Mwamlima is the 5th to receive a vehicle of the 6 winners of the Nissan NP 200 vehicles this year. I am honoured to be here to present this car to you sir and I really do hope that it adds value to you and your business.

“I have never won a vehicle myself so I wouldn’t know how exactly you feel but I can only imagine that it must be absolutely phenomenon. Which is why I would like to end here to give you a chance to tell us what this moment means to you.”

In his remarks, Mr. Mwamlima hailed the company for the promotion, describing it as a big motivation to him.

The winner in Dedza — 56-year-old Lazaro Emmanuel a businessman who plies his trade at Dedza’s Msikawanjala and the name of his shop is Taope Amene Alibe Traders said: “I am very happy and thankful to God for winning this car which is a very big prize.

“I know there were a lot of entries in the competition but luckily I am one of the winners. On the same note, I would also like to thank Illovo Sugar Company for organising this competition which has changed my life and others who have also been winning several prizes.

“As a businessman, this vehicle will help improve my business to ferry other products which I buy from other traders and not only that I am also a farmer and I will be using the same vehicle to transport farm inputs like manure, fertilizers and seeds for my field,” he added.

He also expressed his gratitude to Simama Traders for opening a branch in Dedza where traders like himself are buying sugar easily and when the promotion was announced he continued placing receipts in Simama’s promotion box until the day he received a call from Illovo officials telling him that he had won the car.

According to Lazaro at first he thought it was conmen who were trying to steal from him but when he realised it was real, he and his family were overwhelmed with joy and they had been waiting eagerly for the official handover of the car which has finally happened. 

 The promotion was first launched in 2020 under the name ‘Iponyereni Kwakuya ndi Illovo’ and away then renamed in 2021 we as ‘Iponyereninso Kwakuya ndi Illovo’, which prompted Katandula to describing it as befitting the name. 

At the grand draw, MD Katandula said looking back over the last two years, he realises that this could also apply to our customers. It is you our customers, consumers and various others stakeholders amene mukuiponyera kwakuya ndi Illovo.

“Without your support we wouldn’t have made it this far and achieved the significant milestones we have achieved such as stirring the company back into stable waters from previously challenging years to where we are now able to give our shareholders a dividend. 

In her remarks the Southern Region winner Dorica Ngamwani said” I Thank Illovo for giving for this wonderful gift I would encourage other people to join these types of competitions”

“We posted healthy profits in the financial year ended 31st August 2021 and have also published a good trading statement for the half year ended 28 February 2022. 

The terms of the promotion were that to qualify for a monthly draw, Table tops were required to purchase a minimum of 2 bales or more of sugar to qualify for the monthly as well as the bi-monthly draws while shoppers stood a chance to win monthly prizes by purchasing 3 or more kilograms of sugar from participating supermarkets. 

Once the stockist, grocer, table top or shopper/consumer make the purchase, they are simply required to write their name and contact number at the back of the MRA receipt and deposit it in one of the specially designated boxes. 

Retail customers also had something sweet for them as all they needed was to buy 3 kgs or more of any Illovo sugar to stand a chance of winning cookers, fridges and K250,000 worth of shopping vouchers.

The interesting part of the shopping voucher at Shoprite was that the winning had to pick up whatever they wanted up to K250,000 in a 60 seconds trolley blitz — but won’t receive any change if they fail to reach the target.

MRA flouts its own procurement guidelines to accommodate corruption-tainted SICPA in Fiscal Marks contract

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By Watipaso Mzungu

FISHY POSE: Chakwera with SICPA Chief

Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) has drawn the attention of the public, importers, traders, manufacturers, and citizens following its decision to flout its own laid down procurement guidelines in order to accommodate a corruption-tainted Swiss company – SICPA in a fiscal marks International Compettive Bidding process.

The tender sought the services of the supply of monitoring, printing, and retailing of fiscal tax stamps.

The original tender was opened in April 2021 having been advertised under the procurement reference number, MRA/TAX STAMPS AND M[1]SOLUTION/01/03/2022.

Among others, the Authority stated that it would reject a recommendation for award if it determines that the bidder recommended for award has, directly or through an agent, engaged in corrupt, fraudulent, collusive or coercive practices in competing for the contract in question.

MRA further said it would debar a bidder from participation in public procurement for a specified period of time if it at any time determines that the firm has engaged in corrupt, fraudulent, collusive or coercive practices in competing for, or in executing, a contract.

Inside sources at MRA have confided in Nyasa Times that the initial tender drew seven bidders, including SICPA.

But in the desperate attempt to accommodate SICPA, the Authority re-tendered the contract in March 2022 without explaining tangible reasons for the action.

Our sources said they expected the management to block SICPA since the procurement rules of course did not appear to apply to SICPA, which are, under bidding conditions, expressly forbidden to have any contact or influence with government officials during such periods.

A quick search online revealed that SICPA, a Swiss company operating in the authentication of banknotes and traceability markets, was the target of an anticorruption probe in Brazil. As on April 2018, in addition to the administrative investigation, a former executive vice president was being tried on criminal charges in the country.

Both cases involved the alleged payment of millions of dollars in bribes to secure a contract with the Brazilian Mint. SICPA was also under investigation by Brazil’s Ministry of Transparency and Comptroller-General of the Union, and former company executive Charles Nelson Finkel was being tried in a federal court in Rio de Janeiro.

Federal prosecutors alleged Finkel, who has American and Brazilian citizenship, paid $14.5 million in bribes to a fiscal auditor in order to secure Sicpa a contract worth more than $1 billion with the Brazilian Mint.

According to prosecutors, because of bribes SICPA’s Brazilian unit was deemed the only company able to implement a tracking system in the cold drinks industry.

From January 2010 until June 2015, prosecutors said, CFC Consulting Group, a consulting company held by Finkel, paid $14.5 million to MDI Consultoria, a firm owned by fiscal auditor Marcelo Fisch de Berredo Menezes and his wife Mariangela Defeo de Menezes.

CFC Consulting, headquartered in the US, sent the money to MDI Consultoria in a fictitious services agreement during the time that SICPA was working for the Brazilian Mint, federal prosecutors told the courts.

In May 2019, Charles Nelson Finkel was found guilty and sentenced to prison for 11 years and 6 months for corruption and bribery linked to obtaining and executing SICPA’s contract with the Brazil Federal Revenue. In June 2021, SICPA agreed to pay 135 million francs in a ‘settlement agreement’ with local authorities.

According to an article published on May 27, 2019 in the O Estado de Sao Paulo newspaper:

“The investigations are part of Operation Vices, launched in 2015 by the Federal Police and the Federal Public Ministry. Since 2008, after CMB (Brazilian Mint) Process No. 1890/2008, which concluded that the bidding was unenforceable, SICPA signed a billionaire five-year contract with the Brazilian Mint in the amount of BRL $ 3.3 billion to execute the services related to the System of Beverage Production Control (Sicobe).

On that occasion, the tax auditor of Revenue Services Marcelo Fisch, who was the general coordinator of Inspection, would have ‘directed the bidding process, smearing it from the origin, in order to lead it to a result that would meet the interests of SICPA. From 2009 to 2015, Fisch would have received unduly US$ 15 million, deposited, over that period, in monthly installments, on the account of MDI Consultoria, owned by his wife Mariangela, also convicted of passive corruption.”

Despite this tainted track record, MRA has reportedly settled for this company in a contract that will see Malawians paying K2.2 billion more because SICPA’s bidding price in the first tender was 40 percent higher than the other compliant tenderer.

“Our management has since removed from the bidding documents a clause that requires that the bidders should not have a record of corrupt practices in order to accommodate SICPA,” said our source on a strict condition of anonymity.

“It was clear that this would make an outright award to SICPA difficult and raise questions. It seems clear that the re-issue of a new tender is clearly aimed at compromising all the other participants, considering that their pricing is public knowledge,” he added.

His account has been corroborated by an announcement MRA made recently that it would issue a new bid for the same services.

The announcement came barely days after President Dr. Lazarus Chakwera met with SICPA Chief ExecutiveOfficer, Phillip Amon, on 22 February 2022 in Lausanne Switzerland, where SICPA is headquartered.

It is reported that government officials were treated to SICPA’s capability to support Malawi’s digitization agenda and platform that was required in the MRA bid.

These moves are classically in line with SICPA’s behavior to nullify public procurement tenders and influence local officials to eliminate competitors when the company is unable to win on a competitive basis.

MRA Head of Corporate Affairs Steven Kapoloma refused to comment on the matter, preferring that a questionnaire be sent to Wilma Chalulu for response.

On Chakwera meeting SICPA CEO, Kapoloma said the Authority would not be in the best place to explain what transpired during the meeting.

Nsanje chiefs ready to cooperate with ACB over China Railway bribery

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...China Railway bribes Chiefs with K100,000 for support on railway project

Phillip Kamangila-distributed the bribes to Nsanje chiefs

Traditional leaders in Nsanje say they are ready to cooperate with the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) over its investigation into bribes offered to them by China Railway 20 Corporation with the intention to shut them up from protesting against the firm’s selection on the K68 billion Bangula-Marka Railway project.


The chiefs and their subjects are against the Chinese contractor who has been awarded the deal to construct the 72-km Bangula-Marka Railway because of the poor quality work the firm has done on the Nsanje-Marka Road whose substandard workmanship was exposed by floods recently.


Adding salt to the wound is the fact that during the construction of the road, China Railways bypassed construction good environmental practices by not filling up places it was excavating soil for the project. This has resulted in yawning dams, one in which three children drowned.


To shut the chiefs up, China Railways officials and one NGO person said to be Phillip Kamangirah travelled to Nsanje recently and shelled out bribes ranging between MK100,000 and MK1,000,000 where they pleaded with the chiefs to stop their protest against the company.

But the chiefs, including those who received the bribes have put their feet down and vowed to assist the ACB investigate the matter and vowed that they will not allow China Railway 20 anywhere near the project unless their concerns are addressed. 


One of the chiefs, Senior Chief Malemia, said last week that they are not against the project.

“What we have issues with is this contractor because he has given us a very poor road and we do not want poor work on the rail line,” he said at a full council meeting at the boma which was attended by China Railway 20 officials

Chakwera delegates Chilima to USA with 41 strong entourage

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President Lazarus Chakwera has delegated Vice President Saulos Chilima to represent him at the 2022 United Nations Economic and Social Council Forum later this month.

President Chakwera directed the Office of the President and cabinet (OPC) that Chilima should be accompanied by 41 people including the Minister of Finance Sosten Gwengwe and other technocrats from the civil service.

Insiders said Chakwera gave ‘strict’ instructions that the Vice president entourage should not be more than 45 people and should not include hand clappers or political party activists.

“We followed strict instructions from the President himself and he made it clear that he will need to scrutinize the list of those traveling because he did not want any political party hand clappers and loyalists because this was a high level event requiring seriousness and technical expert of those going to attend this event,” said a source at OPC.

The source further said President Chakwera has since approved the list of those traveling with Chilima for further traveling processes to start.

“In fact we are wondering why people are making an issue out of this trip because if the president traveled, the delegation could have been more than this and that is why he delegated his Vice because he knows the entourage will not be as huge as if he were to travel,” said the source.

Insiders at Capital Hill gave an example of President Chakwera’s foreign trip to Scotland in October last year when the President took with him a whopping 145 delegates to the CoP 26 conference including his security detail and that of the First Lady Monica Chakwera..

Our source shared with us the list of those who escorted President Chakwera to Scotland last year,

Below is list that accompanied Chakwera during the Scotland trip

Malawi
1. H.E. Mr. Lazarus McCarthy Dr Chakwera Head of State Government

2.H.E. Ms. Nancy Gladys Tembo Cabinet Minister Government Ministry of Forestry and Natural Resources

3. Ms. Yanira Mseka Ntupanyama Principal Secretary for Forestry and Natural Resources
Ministry of Forestry and Natural Resources Government of Malawi

4. H.E. Ms. Monica Chakwera First Lady Government

5. Ms. Tawonga Grace Mbale Director Environmental Affairs Department, Ministry of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining Government of Malawi

6. Mr. Evans Davie Njewa Chief Environmental Officer and UNFCCC Focal Point Government of Malawi

7. Mr. Wilson Toninga Banda Government

8. Mr. Sipho Billiat Development Planning Manager Government National Planning Commission

9. H.E. Mr. Thomas John Bisika High Commissioner Designate Malawi High Commission in London

10. Mr. Bernard Patrick Bwanaope Defence Attache Malawi High Commission in London

11.Ms. Chikondi Precious Chabvuta Regional Advocacy Manager Government Government of Malawi

12. Ms. Violet Rebecca Chakwera Government
13. Ms. Lindiwe Christina Chide Government

14. Ms. Correta Catherine Chidzero Government

15.Mr. Harvey Maneno Chigumula Chief of Protocol Ministry of Foreign Affairs Government

16. Mr. Zangazanga Deverias Chikhosi Secretary to the President and Cabinet Government

17. Mr. Rex Richard Chikoko Government

18. Ms. Mervis Jaqualine Chilakata OPC Government

19. Mr. Werani Mannasseh Chilenga Member of Parliament National Assembly Government of Malawi

20.Mr. Clement Zephnat Chilima Director of Forestry Government Department of Forestry, Ministry of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining

21. Ms. Rebecca Chinjeka Journalist Times Group Government of Malawi

22. Mr. Vitumbiko Chinoko Regional Advocacy Advisor

23. Mr. Sosten Staphiel Chiotha Regional Director Academia Government

24. Mr. Gladson Chipumphula Government

25. Ms. Renata Chivundu First Secretary

26. Mr. Peter Chulu Government

28. Ms. Linda Dembo Programmes Coordinator MaSP Government

29. Mr. Jekapu Dishani Programmes Manager Youth for Environment and Sustainable Development Government

30. Mr. Conor Fox

31. Mr. Chad Jonathon Frischmann Senior Director, Research and Technology

32. Ms. Stella Funsani Gama Forestry Advisor Department of Forestry, Ministry of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining

33. Mr. Billy Lickson Gama General Secretary Blantyre CCAP Government

34. Mr. Willard Mswati Gomani Government

35. Mr. Golivati Maloni Gomani Environmental Inspector Ministry of Forestry and Natural Resources Government

36. Mr. Dennis Gondwe Parliament

37. Ms. Alice Janet Gwedeza Deputy Surveyor General Government Department of Surveys

38. Ms. Grace Hiwa Government

39. Mr. Yamikani Idrissah Environmental Officer Government of Malawi

40. Mr. Godfrey Arthur Jalale Government

41. Ms. Miriam Dalitso Joshua Senior Lecturer and Researcher University of Malawi

42. Mr. Francis Gavin Kachule Assistant Director Ministry of Finance

43. Ms. Mtisunge Lisa Kadango Government

44.H.E. Ms. Quent Madalo Kalichero Deputy High Commissioner, London Malawi High Commission in London

45. Mr. Joseph Osber Kalowekamo Deputy Director Government Department of Energy

46. Ms. Rabecca Kamwendo Kalyolyo Ministry of Foreign Affairs Government

47. Ms. Gertrude Kambauwa Director Department of Land Resources and Conservation

48. Mr. Teddie Hafiz Abudullar Kamoto Deputy Director Ministry oof Forestry and Natural Resources Government

49.Ms. Judith Francesca Kamoto Senior Lecturer Academia Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources

50. Mr. Kefasi Jermiah Kamoyo Land Resources Conservation Officer Department of Land Resources Conservation Ministry of Agriculture, Water Development and Irrigation

51. Mr. Sean Tsanzo Kampondeni Government

52. Mr. Hamilton Kamwana Deputy Director Ministry of Economic Planning, Development and Public Sector Reforms Government

53. Ms. Conslater Kantunda Government

54. Mr. Prince Harvey Kapondamgaga Chief of State Residences Government

55. Mr. Bickiel Jnr Kapuchi Government

56. Mr. Anthony Rodgers Kasunda Government

57. Ms. Dorothy Paliani Kazombo Mwale Youth Network Leader NYNCC Government

58. Ms. Chinsinsi Kazuwa Project Officer MaSP

59. Mr. Franklyn Titani Khoza Fijian Government

60. Mr. Chikumbutso Kilembe Vulnerability Adviser Government

61. Ms. Siphiwe Salaama Komwa Parliamentary Committee Clerk National Assembly Government

62. Ms. Margaret Brenda Kunje

63. Mr. Madalitso Kwaderanji Kazombo First Deputy Speaker Malawi Parliament Government

64. Ms. Martha Taziona Kwataine Government

65. Ms. Maggie Kwatiwani Government

66. H.E. Mr. Perks Master Clemency Ligoya Ambassador Government

67. Ms. Tapiwa Machinjiri CADECOM Mangochi Diocese

68.Ms. Nyovani Janet Madise Director of Development Policy African Institute for Development Policy Government

69. Ms. Ruth Maganga CISONECC

70. Mr. Sam Samuel Majamanda Government

71. H.E. Ms. Agnes Ridley Makonda Minister Government

72. Mr. Potiphar Malapa Government

73. Mr. Mathews Malata President Editorial Government of Malawi

74. Mr. Andrew Jacob Mazulu Principal Information Officer Ministry of Information Government

75. Mr. Masauko Lyson Mbolembole Synod Moderator Blantyre CCAP Government

76. Mr. Hendricks Shyalulole Mgodie Human Health and Climate Change Focal Point Ministry of Health & Population Government of Malawi

77. Mr. Victor Mhango Protocol Officer Malawi Parliament Government

78. Mr. Chomora Mikeka Government

79. Mr. Eisenhower Nduwa Mkaka Cabinet Minister Ministry of Foreign Affairs Government

80. Ms. Ethel Leticia Mkandawire Climate Change Advocate for Women & Youths Government

81. Mr. Abels Wannie Mkandawire Acting Director for Europe Directorate Ministry of Foreign Affairs Fijian Government

82. Mr. Charles Mkoka Secretary General Association of Environmental Journalists Government

83. Mr. Abel Kenneth Mkulama Youth delegate Government of Malawi

84. Mr. Mayamiko Wezzulo Mlenga Government

85. Mr. Amon Kesten Mluwira Acting Chief Executive Officer Greenbelt Authority Government

86. Mr. Barrow Hadson Mnyantha Government

87. Ms. Linda Lonjezo Moyo Government

88. Ms. Paida Diana Mpaso Government

89.Mr. Hamid Mponda Malawi WHO Office Government

90. Mr. Aaron Kandiwo Mtaya CADECOM National Officer

91. Mr. Chikumbutso Batison Mtumodzi Director of Information Ministry of Information and Technology Government

92. Mr. Chipiliro Mtumodzi Government

93. Mr. Ephraim Kasambo Munthali Government

94. Ms. Joy Hayley Munthali Gender Officer Government of Malawi

95. Ms. Brenda Mwale Climate Leader MaSP Government

96. Mr. John Chilekwa Mwase Government

97. Ms. Shamiso Nandi Najira Deputy Director Environmental Affairs Department

98. Mr. Bernard Daniel Ndege Reporter Government Malawi Broadcasting Corporation

99. Ms. Chimwemwe Nyambose Ndhlovu Government

100. Mr. Maxwell Mulotwa Ng’ambi Government

101. Mr. Julius Ng’oma National Coordinator Government

102. Mr. Lee Aristotle Ngirazie Christian Aid Government

103. Ms. Maness Nkhata Ngoma Board Member National Youth Council Government

104. Mr. Dokani Mkwinda Ngwira Government

105. Mr. Malawi Makaranga Ngwira Government

106. Ms. Chimwemwe Nyondo Njoloma Reporter Ministry of Information (Malawi News Agency) Government

107. Ms. Angela Sizakele Nkata Protocol Officer Ministry of Foreign Affairs Government

108. Mr. Hendricks Fiskani Nkhata Programme Officer MaSP

109. Mr. Jolamu Lebiamu Nkhokwe Director Department of Climate Change and Meteorological Services Government of Malawi

110. Mr. Dyce Kapumula Nkhoma Director of Risk Reduction Department of Disaster Management Affairs Government

111. Mr. Denis Nliwasa Ministry of Foreign Affairs Government

112. Mr. James Kennedy Ntupanyama Independent Consultant/ Advocate for Environment Government

113. Mr. Amon Dominic Nyasulu Programme Manager National Youth Network on Climate Change

114. Mr. Govati Benard Nyirenda Government

115. Mr. Velli Vellapie Nyirongo Climate Change Scholar Government

116. Mr. Macduff Bottie Phiri Government

117. Mr. Raphael Mb’obo Phiri Government

118. Mr. Gideon Kalumbu Phiri Government

119. Ms. Annie Phiri Government

120. Mr. Joseph Kenson Sakala Executive DIRECTOR Youth for Environment and Sustainable Development Government

121. Mr. David Samikwa Climate Leader MaSP Government

122. Ms. Rejoice Shumba Government
123. Mr. Luckie Kanyamula Sikwese Principal Secretary Ministry of Foreign Affairs Government

124. Ms. Monica Effie Silika Government

125. Mr. Fred Ica Simwaka Chief Gender & Development Officer Ministry of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare Government

126. Ms. Jane Nina Swira Program Manager, National Climate Resilience Programme Environmental Affairs Department Government

127. Mr. Morgan Zachariah Tembo Government

128. Mr. Elias Ellias Tsokalida Counsellor Malawi High Commission in London Government of Malawi

129. Mr. Joshua Shongah Valeta LUANAR Government

130. Mr. Max John Wengawenga Deputy Director of Planning Ministry of Forestry and Natural Resources Government

131. Mr. Peter William Alan West Malawi Honorary Consul in Scotland

132. Mr. Chimwemwe Yonasi Environmental Inspector Environmental Affairs Department

133. Ms. Catherine Kettie Zamaere Deputy Director Ministry of Foreign Affairs Government

134. Ms. Colleen Pempho Zamba Government

135. Mr. Frank McDonald Zingani Protocol Officer Ministry of Foreign Affairs Government

136. Mr. Titus Sanza Zulu Assistant Director Government Department of Forestry

137. Mr. Eliya Msiyaphazi Zulu Executive Director of Development Policy African Institute for Development Policy Government

138. Mr. Moses Aaron Zuze Principal Economist Ministry of Local Government Government

UNFPA supporting mobile health services to the cyclone survivors’ camps

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By Iommie Chiwalo

UNFPA Deputy Representative Masaki Watabe donating to some of the female pupils

While the needs for flood survivors are too numerous, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has intensified collective efforts in expanding mobile clinics.

The exercise is happening in different camps stationed in Nsanje and Chikwawa district where the exercise is just part of fulfilment of a joint programs between UNFPA, Malawi government and other development partners in the areas of HIV prevention, response to gender based violence and data management and utilisation and the implementation of the roadmap on maternal and neonatal mortality reduction.

During the recent visit in Chikwawa at Fombe ADMARC camp which is also known as Mthumba camp, the UNFPA Deputy Representative, Masaki Watabe where he went to appreciate the impact of the agency’s work in the ongoing humanitarian response, he said UNFPA is supporting Chikwawa district to expand mobile health services to the camps, ensuring women and girls have access to sexual reproductive health services, and improving protection to safeguard women and girls from gender based violence in the camps.

He said the facilitation of mobile health services where people are able to get HIV testing, aquire family planning methods is part of UNFPA’s mandate of ensuring integration of evidence-based analysis on population dynamics and their links to sustainable development, sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights, HIV and gender equality.

Chikwawa is one of the districts, which was hit by tropical storm #Ana, and recently by tropical cyclone #Gombe.

Under the UNFPA Safeguard Young People Programme project, the agency also thought it wise to donate solar lamps to the adolescent girls and pregnant mothers in addition to dignity kits.

Watabe said that UNFPA is very committed to address health and protection related concerns with the available resources, and with support from other development partners.

“So far, we have supported a number of camps with relief items such as dignity kits, and solar lamps to ensure a safer environment for the survivors,” he said.

Chairperson person for the camp Rodrick Malenga speaking on behalf of the survivors was all grateful for the assistance from UNFPA saying it was timely.

Malenga said apart from the lamps, the mobile health services are enabling the displaced people to access timely medical assistance.

At Fombe ADMARC camp/ Mthumba camp there are 250 households in which translates to 1630 people. There are 1010 females of whom 110 are lactating women, 43 pregnant women and 138 under five children, 146 below 18 years old and 83 people between the ages of 18 and 35.

UNFPA delivers a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every birth is safe and every young person’s potential is fulfilled. It also participates in Sector Wide Approaches (SWAps) on health, gender and youth.

When a son is President on the carrier

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There is nothing wrong with Presidents having children whether before becoming President, during presidency or after presidency; but it becomes not only wrong but also very dangerous to the President and to the country if children of the President think they are President and they become a proxy president.

President Lazarus Chakwera has fallen into this trap of having his children overshadow him and controlling some matters of government instead of leaving them to run through normal processes.

That he hired his daughter for a diplomatic job would not have happened anywhere where leaders respect the difference between family matters and official capacity. But here, Chakwera has defended this with clear eyes to the extent of even claiming that he was not part of the government process for the selection of his daughter for the job.  Laughably even after realising that his daughter has been appointed for the embassy job, Chakwera has not moved to have the decision reversed so that he can keep the integrity of his presidency intact.

Then there is the son but we can come to this later.

Malawi has enough lessons to offer and one would have thought that Lazarus Chakwera who has been watching the presidency from afar for many years and who was once close to President Bingu wa Mutharika learnt anything. It is doubtful because his children are controlling him and to some extent the country on his behalf.

A bit of history. As far as Malawians are told, the Life President of the Republic of Malawi Hastings Kamuzu Banda did not have children and there is nothing to accuse him of about his children being meddlesome. We know some have come out to claim they are children of the President but whether they are does not really matter in respect of the subject here.

Bakili Muluzi took over the mantle and it was common knowledge that at the time he took power in 1994, he had children. However, many children Muluzi may have, the only one that is known to have followed his father’s political career is Atupele Muluzi but yet, in all fairness, Atupele was not known to be meddling in his father’s presidency.

When Muluzi left State House, Bingu came in, a father of three children two of which were girls. Well, there will be accounts of how these two girls rode on the back of their father’s presidency to be some nuisance in town. Nevertheless, the extent to which they were troublemakers may be limited, let alone if at all they acted in a way which could be interpreted as an equivalent of calling the presidential shots instead of their President father doing it.

In April 2012, Bingu died from cardiac arrest and Joyce Banda became president. One major feature of Joyce Banda’s presidency was her characteristic rudderlessness. Joyce Banda was all over the place in her decision. It is rumoured that his sons plugged the vacuum she left in office by making decisions for her. Whether that is true is neither there nor here.

Then came Peter Mutharika in 2014. Peter Mutharika did not run the presidency with his children occupying rooms next door. A father of three, all his children are grown-ups, based in the US, earning their living as lawyers. They are US citizens and most probably, they did not need their father’s privileges to survive or exercise power.

Now Malawians have Chakwera at State House and in under two years, stories of children riding on the back of their president father to not show off but rule the country from behind are being told and manifesting themselves.

The embassy scuffle is overshadowed by stories of how his son has become more powerful than the father. The son, they say, is the de facto President who is overshadowing cabinet ministers and threatening technocrats and government ministers with whom to award what contract instead of allowing departments to follow procedures and award contracts on merit.

And as to who is benefiting from his shortcuts: Chinese firms. The son has chosen to say ‘Look East’ literally, jumping the queue, carrying Chinese firms on his head, walking on the heads of technocrats who know best what to do and putting those firms in front of contracts while warning the bwanas not to interfere.

One day the price of having a president from the carrier as Muluzi once said will come and hurt the nation very badly!

Nsanje chiefs, people reject China Railway 20 over railway project

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People in Nsanje, led by their traditional leaders, are up in arms against the China Railway company which the government has awarded a contract to construct the Marka-Bangula Nsanje Railway.

They say they do no not believe that the company is the right one to undertake such a mammoth project considering the shoddy and substandard work it has carried out on the Marka-Nsanje road which suffered serious damaged recently during the Cyclone Ana flooding which was largely due to poor works on the road.

The chiefs and the people made their reservations knowns at an interface with China Railway 20 officials in Nsanje District on 30 March 2022 where chiefs such as Senior Chief Malemia, Chimombo, Ndamera, Ngabu and Nyachikadza were in attendance alongside councillors and Nsanje Police Station Officer in Charge.

In their remarks, the chiefs and their subject vehemently rejected China Railway 20 as the company that will undertake the project.

Speaking on behalf of fellow chiefs, the subjects and district authorities, Senior Chief Malemia said they are not against the project but they do not believe that China Railways 20 is the kind of firm that will give them the quality of the railway they desire.

“What we are saying…we’ve been crying for decades to say we need a rail line that used to be here in the days of our forefathers. Now we want to thank the present government, the Tonse Alliance under the leadership of His Excellency the President Dr Lazarus MacCarthy Chakwera. They have come up with a plan to say we want to rebuild this railway line. We are all happy”.

“None of us is here to say we don’t want this project to start. It would be madness on our part. We want the project. But we have an issue with the contractor that has been selected to do the construction of the rail. This is where all the people are saying now when we look at the construction of the road that is substandard as it were, will they do a better job when it comes to do the rail line. So, this is where we have a problem,” explained the Senior Chief.

Malemia said as a council, they have come up with a resolution where they have tasked the District Commissioner to write a petition which the chiefs and their subjects will take to the Minister (of Transport) and other relevant authorities to ask for the removal of the China Railway 20 from the project.

Standard Bank’s Be More Race returns

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Joggers on the move: Individuals representing entities Standard Bank is working with. From Left to Right – Tamara Chafunya; Miriam Matola – Owner Sweat Factory Gym Lilongwe; Jayne Nyirenda, Leader

Standard Bank’s annual signature wellness marathon, the Be More Race, has returned after a two-year break due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Billed as the biggest race sponsorship in Malawi by the Athletic Association of Malawi (AAM), the 2022 race promises to create a platform for recovery on the socio-economic and wellness front.

Chief Executive Phillip Madinga relaunched the race with pomp and colour in Lilongwe yesterday under the theme; “Road 2 Recovery”.

Madinga said this year’s race aims to highlight Standard Bank’s leading role in facilitating the country’s recovery efforts, while raising funds to support girls’ secondary school education in Lilongwe.

MADINGA;The 2022 Be More Race provides a platform to celebrate the resilience of a nation in withstanding socio-economic effects of Covid-19 pandemic, while offering hope for a better tomorrow

“In relaunching the race, Standard Bank invites back all key partners to join us in efforts aiming to facilitate the country’s recovery process in both respects of the economy and people’s wellness. The 2022 Be More Race provides a platform to celebrate the resilience of a nation in withstanding socio-economic effects of Covid-19 pandemic, while offering hope for a better tomorrow,” he said.

Madinga announced that this year’s main race will run on June 4, 2022 in Lilongwe. Ahead of the main race Blantyre will host the city race on May 7th, 2022. The city races traditionally act as a warm-up of the main races.

He said the race will attract people and organisations from different sectors in addition to professional athletes locally and internationally.

“Since 2017 Be More Race has become a multi-disciplinary event deploying a Marathon to create lasting relationships with different stakeholders locally and internationally. This underscores that Standard Bank is more than just a bank, but an integral part of the community fabric. The 2022 Be More Race will serve to underscore that we are stronger when we work together, and that through our partnerships, our dreams and aspirations are possible and Can Be,” said Madinga.

The race comes in three categories of 5km, 10km and the 21 km half marathon which attracts professional runners and the extreme outdoor fitness enthusiasts. Registration fees range from K5,000 to K15,000 with the winner of the 21 km race expected to bank a cool K1.5 million. Second and third placed runners up will receive K900,000 and K500,000, respectively.

Madinga said proceeds from the race will go towards supporting girls’ education at Lilongwe Girls Secondary School where Standard Bank is constructing girls’ hostels. The last race in 2019 attracted over 1,500 participants. Registration for the race starts on April 4, 2022.

AAM President Godfrey Phiri thanked Standard Bank for maintaining the sponsorship despite the impact of Covid on business and the economy.

“Thanks for fulfilling your promise to make the race stay. During the Covid-19 break, you may have been discouraged but the return shows that you put athletics at the heart.”

“AAM will not disappoint you. We will make sure that this race is well publicized and becomes crowd puller. Athletes will run their lungs out, ” he said.

Standard Bank launched the Be More Race in 2017 as its flagship athletics and wellness event to engage existing and potential customers, key stakeholders, and communities through a key uniting passion point – sport.

Suspected hard core drug dealer’s son Daud Sajid Sultan caught buying illicit drugs in Lilongwe

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Reports reaching this publication revealed that Daud Sajid Sultan was on Wednesday, night, March 30, 2022 caught drank while buying illicit drugs at Sana compound, Area 9 in the capital Lilongwe.

According to sources at the facility, police caught Daud Sajid Sultan buying drugs from dealer Rayan Ridwan Nathanie.

Upon caught, both Sajid and Nathanie were locked up by the police who were letter released after negotiation to avoid public shame. Daud Sajid Sultan is a son to a big drug dealer in town.

Sajid father owns Crown hotel at Area 3, near Maula filling station in the capital Lilongwe
Daudi was not available for comment on the matter on several attempt.

Chakwera’s spending spree angers CDEDI…Calls it a shameless public plunder

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By Iommie Chiwalo

The Centre for Democracy and Economic Development Initiatives (CDEDI), has expressed disappointment over Tonse Alliance administration’s ongoing careless plunder of public resources sugar-coated in ‘crop inspection and review of implementation of Public Sector Reforms’.

President  Lazarus Chakwera and the Vice-President Saulos Chilima are hardly seen in office instead are always on the road inspecting various projects which CDEDI alleges that each day blows about MK300 million, a situation which has been described as pathetic considering the current situation affecting the poor masses.

In a press release made available to this publication and signed by CDEDI Executive Director Sylvester Namiwa, says it is disheartening to note that the President alone is spending over MWK300 million visiting people that can hardly afford a meal a day due to rising of cost of living.

“It beats human imagination, therefore, to note that the President, fresh from attending a conference for poor countries, went straight into a spending spree of the very scarce resources. This is a total mockery of the glaring poverty that is dehumanising Malawians,” says Namiwa in a statement.

On Chakwera’s arguement that the crop inspection is a learning process for future Affordable Inputs Programme (AIP) programme, Namiwa feels that is an open secret that the 2021/2022 AIP is a total mess.

“What is it then that the President would like to see or hear from the people which he doesnt know already? Where is the morality of assembling a whole Executive motorcade to visit people whose suffering is already known, and are helplessly waiting for solutions and not lectures that leave them hopeless,” he queries.

CDEDI has since challenged President Chakwera and his Vice-President to stop the so called needless local travels, and stay in the office to devise  mechanisms to cushion the masses from the imminent fuel increase that will worsen the suffering of the people due to the global economic turmoil.

Namiwa says is sad that while leaders elsewhere that care about their people are busy formulating packages to protect their economies and cushion the masses from the effects of the Russia-Ukraine war, in Malawi is different scenario whereby leaders are busy competing on plundering the public purse through allowances for themselves and teams of public officers accompanying them.

“Closer home, President Paul Kagame of Rwanda has announced a package to protect his people from the external shocks as a result of the war in Ukraine, but here in Malawi the Tonse Alliance government is shamelessly making attempts to use the same war to cover up its cluelessness,” he narrates.

Namiwa has therefore reminded President Chakwera and his government that the Russia-Ukraine war is a month old, while the increase in the cost of living is as old as the Tonse Alliance government itself.

The CSO leader has recommended Presidency to immediately come up with a clear policy to cushion the masses from the imminent fuel increase that will unfortunately trigger yet another increase in the cost of living.

Namiwa has also seen it timely to ask President and his Cabinet to consider cut their tax-free salaries by half as a sign of sharing the pain with the masses that can no longer afford a decent meal a day.

Above all, he has demanded Presidency to immediately stop the global trotting and local travels.

“Malawi envoys should represent the country during all the international events while the rest should be attended virtually, until the country’s economy is fixed to the satisfaction of the majority of Malawians and that the President should trim his Cabinet from 32 to 20; and also chop his crowd of advisers from 22 to 5,” he suggests.

As a sign that Malawians have not forgotten campaign promises made prior to the court-sanctioned fresh presidential elections on June 23, 2020, President Chakwera was recently bood in Blantyre as a sign of dissatisfaction with his style of leadership.

Malawi and African Trade Insurance Agency sign addendum to existing MoU

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Malawi Govt and ATI MoU in 2018

The Government of Malawi and the African Trade Insurance Agency (ATI) on Tuesday signed an addendum to the existing Regional Liquidity Support Facility (RLSF) Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

The Government of Malawi was represented by the Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs, the Ministry of Energy, Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (ESCOM) and PML.

Minister of Finance & Economic Affairs Sosten Gwengwe said the government was pleased to extend the successful partnership with ATI to include PML.

“The support received from ATI via the RLSF has been helpful in supporting the government’s objectives of attracting additional investments in the energy sector with the view of ensuring that Malawi has sufficient electricity to meet growing domestic and commercial demand,” he said.

ATI’s Senior Underwriter Pizzaro Lukhanda said Malawihas been the greatest beneficiary of our RLSF initiative.

“Thanks to Malawi’s investor friendly policies, improved regulations and frameworks that have allowed increased private sector investments and growth in its power sector. Having already supported three solar projects within the country, we look forward to building on this early success and exploring additional areas of cooperation between ATI and the Government of Malawi,” he said.

The addendum will allow Independent Power Producers (IPPs) that enter into Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) with PML to benefit from RLSF cover. Since signing the original RLSF MoU with the Government of Malawi on 30 November 2018, ATI has provided instrumental guarantees in support of three projects in Malawi: the Nkhotakota, Salima and Golomoti solar power plants, enabling these projects, with a combined installed capacity of 101 MW, to achieve financial close.

The signing of the addendum comes on the heels of improvements to the RLSF structure, which will take effect under Phase 2 of RLSF, recently announced by ATI and its partners. Under Phase 1, ATI and KfW provided collateral to Absa South Africa which in turn issued Standby Letters of Credit (SBLCs) for the benefit of IPPs – the SBLCs can be drawn by the IPPs following any delayed payments by the state-owned offtakers, serving as a key form of payment security. The new product structure, which will no longer involve an LC issuing bank, will allow IPPs to benefit from ATI’s positive credit rating of A/ A3 (S&P & Moody’s, respectively). In addition, the new RLSF contracts to be signed between ATI and the IPPs will be simpler – cutting the existing turnaround times, and in turn reducing the cost of RLSF cover as any fees currently charged by the LC issuing bank will no longer be applied.

RLSF, a joint initiative of the ATI, KfW Development Bank and the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD), is a guarantee instrument designed to address the short-term liquidity risks faced by renewable energy IPPs that sell electricity to state owned power utilities across Sub-Saharan Africa.

Furthermore, the RLSF MoU allows ATI to collect information on the payment behavior of power utilities. The information collected is then recorded and can be accessed via the Transparency Tool, a digital platform launched by ATI in 2019, by participating IPPs. The first external report from the Transparency Tool was published in 2021, showing that ESCOM was meeting its payment obligations to the country’s sole IPP on time.

Currently, seven of ATI’s member countries have signed the MoU and can benefit from RLSF: Benin, Burundi, Côte d’Ivoire, Madagascar, Malawi, Uganda and Zambia, with the expectation that more of ATI’s twenty member countries will sign up.

ATI was founded in 2001 by African States to cover trade and investment risks of companies doing business in Africa. ATI predominantly provides Political Risk, Credit Insurance and, Surety Insurance. In 2020, ATI closed the year with a gross exposure of US$6.3 billion and a net profit of US$39.4 million, owing to a strong demand for ATI’s insurance solutions from the international financial sector and from African governments. Since inception, ATI has supported US$70 billion worth of investments and trade into Africa. For over a decade, ATI has maintained an ‘A/Stable’ rating for Financial Strength and Counterparty Credit by Standard & Poor’s, and in 2019, ATI obtained an A3/Stable rating from Moody’s.

ATI and the German Development Bank, KfW, with financing from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), launched the RLSF in 2017. The Facility was created to help tackle climate change and attract investments by supporting renewable energy projects in ATI’s member countries. RLSF has an initial capacity of EUR 63.2 million and it supports small and mid-scale renewable energy projects with an installed capacity of up to 50 MW (and in exceptional cases up to 100 MW) by protecting the developers against the risk of delayed payments by public off-takers; in turn improving project bankability and ensuring that more projects reach financial close.

ShareWORLD Open University calls for collaboration between varsities and communities in climate change fight

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Nkhunga–Collaboration is key in fighting the adverse effects of climate change–Photo by Watipaso Mzungu

ShareWORLD Open University of Malawi (SOUM) says collaboration between institutions of higher learning and communities in tree-planting initiatives is crucial in Malawi’s aspiration to reverse deforestation and adverse effects of climate change.

SOUM Head of the Department of Conservation and Rural Development, William Nkhunga, emphasized that a partnership between universities and communities would enable the two parties to leverage their expertise and make significant advancements in the fight against the climate crisis.

Nkhunga made the remarks in Chakwawa Village in Traditional Authority (T/A) Kalumbu in Lilongwe when the university led community members in planting 1, 000 trees.

Studies have shown that forested land in Malawi continues to face undue pressure due to high population growth, rising consumption rates for firewood, timber and non-timber products, unsustainable harvesting and economic development policies that promote expansion agriculture into marginal lands.

Nyasulu planting a tree

As a consequence, deforestation has increased at an alarming rate while the continued loss of forests continues to not only threaten livelihoods, but also the environment.

Nkhunga therefore said collaborative forest rehabilitation efforts are the right way to address the problem.

“But that cannot be done by governments and the private sector alone. School-based reforestation initiatives are an important way for students, teachers, and communities to make tangible contributions to climate change mitigation efforts,” he said.

Nkhunga announced that SOUM has since adopted Chakwawa Village as a ground for learning practical skills for students in Conservation and Rural Development. He said this entails that students will be regularly planting trees and monitoring their growth.

Mwatibu leading by example by planting a tree

“We believe this will significantly contribute towards reforestation initiative in this area,” he narrated.

The National Coordinator of the National Youth Network on Climate Change (NYNCC), Dominic Nyasulu, said institutions of higher learning have a critical role in mobilizing students and communities in addressing impacts of climate change in the country.

Nyasulu, who was the Guest of Honour at the event, therefore commended SOUM for partnering with the people of Chakwawa Village in the tree-planting exercise.

Senior Group Village Head (SGVH) Mwatibu thanked the university for choosing his area.

“This partnership will benefit us more than they will benefit from it. So, we are very happy and we pledge our commitment to working with them,” said Mwatibu.

CDEDI courts RA on contract awarding documentation

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By Iommie Chiwalo

CDEDI officials inspecting contracts at RA

The Centre for Democracy and Economic Development Initiatives (CDEDI), has today commenced work on inspection of contracts awarded to contractors for various projects at the Roads Authority (RA).

CDEDI was given a positive nod by RA acting Chief Executive Officer, Engineer Francis Dimu.

Initially, in its letter to RA dated February 28, 2022, for interest of transparency and accountability sake, CDEDI demanded the disclosure of contractual agreements for Jenda-Edingeni, Karonga -Songwe, Mzimba-Mzarangwe, Kapiri-Mkanda, Ntchisi -Malomo,
Kenyatta Drive & Sharrar Street not to mention of Ntcheu-Tsangano, Nsanje -Marka and Nsanama -Nayuchi roads.

The human rights organisation came flat on its watchdog role as a call for the country to raise the standards of public infrastructure, and fight the nauseating deep-rooted corruption entrenched in the construction industry.

Meanwhile CDEDI Executive Director, Sylvester Namiwa has promised that his organisation will in due course update the members of the public on the outcome of the documentation exercise currently underway at RA offices in Lilongwe.

SuperSport is your home for the 2022 FIFA World Cup

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SuperSport viewers on DStv and GOtv will be counting down the days to the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, with the tournament set to run from 21 November to 18 December and provide the most thrilling distillation of ‘The Beautiful Game’.

DStv and GOtv are the true home of football in Africa, offering a range and depth of action that no other rival can match – it’s literally ‘Unbeatable Football’! If you’re going to spend your money on something, it may as well be on the best football in the world.

SuperSport will be your home for all the action from Qatar 2022, with 32 of the planet’s top national teams battling it out over four weeks to write their names into football legend.

DStv and GOtv have exclusive Pay TV rights to the 2022 FIFA World Cup on the African continent and will be providing coverage of unrivalled depth, quality and quantity. SuperSport will give its viewers an unbeatable experience, with crystal clear High Definition visuals, top analysts and commentators, a range of language options, and the ability to watch games on the go via the DStv App.

DStv is here for every fan, whether you will be waving the flag of one of the five African nations representing us all at the 2022 FIFA World Cup, cheering on the French as they look to defend their title won in 2018, enjoying the samba rhythm of perennial World Cup regulars Brazil, or just hoping for the biggest upsets at every turn.

“We are proud to be the continent’s Pay TV destination for the greatest football event in on the globe. This is just another step in our mission to deliver value to our customers through providing incomparable entertainment and making it accessible to more viewers” says Zena Makunje, Corporate Affairs Manager for MultiChoice Malawi.

And our dedication to bringing you the best football content will not only manifest during the tournament in November and December, but in the months leading into all the action at Qatar 2022.

If you are a nerd for the history of the game, a statistics boffin or are just hunting for all the best behind-the-scenes news of the teams, players and coaches which will feature at the tournament, we have you covered!

Fascinating content detailing all you need to know about the world’s biggest and best sporting event will be coming your way, building your knowledge and feeding the anticipation for the big kick-off on November 21 when hosts Qatar get the 2022 FIFA World Cup underway with the opening match at the Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor.

No rival can compete with SuperSport’s coverage. Our viewers on DStv and GOtv enjoy an unrivalled selection of football from around the world!

Don’t miss the New Football Season on SuperSport on DStv and GOtv. Visit www.dstv.com and www.gotvafrica.com to subscribe or upgrade, and join in on the excitement. And while you’re on the move, you can stream matches on the DStv App.

DoDMA’S IPDC MUST BE INVESTIGATED OVER THE UNPROCEDURAL AND BIASED AWARDMENT OF CONTRACT

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Story by a concerned bidder Yamikani Nicholas Kachingwe

KACHINGWE: Concerned bidder

The Department of Disaster Management(DoDMA) an institution under the office of the President(OPC) advertised several tenders/bids on 3rd August 2021,closing date was 1st September,2021.

●They clearly indicated their targeting recognised MSME’S who are registered at ministry of trade,they further clarified that preference will be given to Indigenous Malawians.

● The bid validity was 120 days( 4 Months).

● Samples were requested as a mandatory requirement for specific items upon submission of bid document.

● They further assured us that evaluated results shall be announced publicly through ‘notification of intention to award contract’ published in leading newspapers and individual email addresses.

Our company participated in two tenders,namely;

(1) Various Relief Items: 090/IPDC/DoDMA/2021-22/07
(2) Working Materials: 090/IPDC/DoDMA/2021-22/07.

My grievances against the Internal Procurement and Disposal Committee (IPDC) of DoDMA among many are that i feel they ignored to abide by their own requirements and mandate and as well overlooking the rule of law by obstructing fair and just procurement practices to propel the MSME Order gazzeted a year ago.

After the elapse of bid validity,the IPDC didn’t communicate to any participating bidder(maybe they did) but for a fact i know they didn’t communicate to us on why the results were delayed or the reasons thereof or to seek extension of bid validity.

I took it upon myself to investigate this matter thoroughly and i was shocked to learn that The IPDC has now started issuing contracts to their “assumed” evaluated suppliers behind doors.

On 28th March,2022. I booked an appointment with the Procurement officer Madam Kezzia Mkandi,she agreed to meet me with her colleagues at 15H30(3:30pm) in their procurement department office, Capital Hill.

I enquired about the results for both tenders. She responded that the Working Materials tender results are currently on hold until further notice but the relief item tender results were out and they have identified their successful bidders and my bid was not successful. Due to my failure to comply to Technical Specifications. Names of successful companies were not revealed.

In which i appealed to her to reveal the said failure. She replied i only indicated my compliance with a picture/image of the item without any description.

I was shocked to learn about this as according to their bid document it was indicated that we may put a drawing or an image or literature to indicate our compliance. Besides that we were requested to attach samples for the specific items we were bidding for,which i did. Am flabbergasted to learn that i did not complied yet physical samples were submitted for their reference.

Madam Kezzia in front of her colleagues(Madam Jackie and Mr Ngayiye) who formed a forum,said that PPDA told them during their evaluation process to ignore and to not use the samples as reference. In short the samples were disregarded and remained unused in their warehouse behind Admarc Depot along Chilambula road. A fact which she failed to substantiate that truly PPDA advised so.

On the issue of not publishing the evaluated bid results,her response was that they got a waiver from PPDA due to Cyclone Anna,as it was a matter of urgency,strangely during the momentum of the natural disaster,contracts were not awarded. They have started awarding the contracts on this very same day we held the meeting.

Observations

• DoDMA’s IPDC wasted all bidder’s time and resources used in purchasing samples while they knew for gospel truth they won’t be used in their evaluation process,which is not only misleading but a cause of concern. As all samples in hundreds are just gathering dust at their warehouse. I parted ways with not less than K300,000. And yet it was put to waste. Am yet to collect my samples and see their state of condition. Every tambala i spen on them shall be refunded in full. If any are in bad shape.

• DoDMA’s IPDC failed to finalize within their bid validity and failed to inform bidders,they went further to seek a waiver from PPDA not to publish results and award contracts during Cyclone Anna but that too was not fulfiled. They failed to communicate to unsuccessful bidders as well. This just shows either it was deliberate for the sole purpose of corrupt activities or just pure incompetence.

• Findings from my investigation are alleging that 35 companies were found successful among the 100 plus something companies that participated in the tender.

Among these 35 companies,7 companies have been awarded more than 1 lot,due to sensitivity of this matter,i shall not disclose their trading names;
○ First company has three lots: Plastic pails with,with taps and black plastic sheet

○ Second Company has 3 lots: Bales of Sugar, Ropes and Tarpulins.

○ Third Company has 2 lots: Kitchen Salt & Likuni Phala

○ Fourth Company has 2 lots: Plastic pails with lids and taps

○ Fifth company has 2 lots: Blanket and Printed 50kg empty bags

○ Sixth Company has 2 lots: Large Family and small family tents.

○ Seventh Company has 2 lots: Blankets & Printed 50kg empty bags.

28 companies have been awarded one lot each. Totalling 35 contracts under Various Relief Item framework agreement for the period of 2022 to 2023.

Am not sure if they’re well deserving or not,as am yet to go through the evaluation report.

One thing is certain the whole evaluation process is a mess,unprocedural,biased and deliberately done in a way to sidelined other bidders for reasons behest to the IPDC.

Dodma is always in the paper for wrong reasons. I remember Hon Ganda once lamented on their unprocedural Awardment of Goat contract to an individual based in the lower shire regardless he/she was the most expensive bidder.

DoDMA was in the paper lamenting that people are no longer donating to them. How can they? When Dodma was implicated in the abuse of Covid-19 funds.

Therefore! Am appealing to bidders who participated in this tender to take DoDMA to task to publish the results publicly and as well to give back all samples.

To say the truth DoDMA is a sham,an embarrassment to the office of the President.

ACB pins down on Abdul Karim Batatawala, Restricted accessing corrupt properties

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EthCo K5.2 billion project to produce fertilizer, electricity…Zero liquid discharge plant ready December

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Chakaniza in front of the plant under construction

Ethanol distiller, Ethanol Company Limited (EthCo) has embarked on a K5.2 billion project to manage liquid waste from its manufacturing process which will see the company producing fertilizer and electricity from the process.

EthCo Chief Executive Officer Lusubilo Chakaniza said in an interview yesterday that the ethanol manufacturing process produces a liquid waste (effluent) called vinasse at a rate of 12 litres for every litre of ethanol produced meaning at full capacity, 218 million litres of effluent would be produced in a year.

“If not properly managed, this effluent can be detrimental to both vegetation and aquatic life. Currently, the vinasse is stored in evaporation ponds for drying and the dried sludge is used by farmers around Dwangwa for crop nutrition and soil conditioning because it consists of organic material rich in Potassium and also contains Nitrogen, Phosphorous, zinc and Sulphur. However, the drying process is long and takes close to a year.”

“To mitigate against the risk of environmental degradation, EthCo is implementing an innovative effluent treatment solution that will result in Zero Liquid Discharge from the plant at a cost of MK5.2 billion. The process will involve bio-digestion, evaporation, condensate treatment and drying and the process would take less than a week,” explained Chakaniza.

She said from this process, there will be biogas produced which will be used to generate steam to drive a turbine and produce about 2 Megawatts of electricity thereby making the factory self-sufficient on electricity.

The EthCo plant under construction

“The dried material will be processed in a granulation plant to produce granulated potassium rich organic fertilizer that will be bagged in 50 Kg bags for selling at an affordable cost. The water recovered from the treatment system will be treated and recycled back to the factory thereby reducing the water footprint,” said Chakaniza.

She said the project is more than a year late due to Covid-19 pandemic related delays but is expected to be commissioned by December 2022.

Environmental activist and president of Association of Environmental Journalists in Malawi Matthews Malata hailed EthCo for embarking on the project.

“Anything that is introduced to save our environment or indeed promote sustainable utilization of our natural resources is welcome. Malawi should have advanced with such an innovation many years ago but it’s never too late. Greening the economy means bringing such kinds of innovations to life,” said Malata.

EthCo, a subsidiary of conglomerate Press Corporation plc, is Malawi’s sole producer of potable (extra-neutral spirit) alcohol that is used by the beverage and pharmaceutical industries and also produces anhydrous alcohol (fuel ethanol), and rectified alcohol for industrial applications.

Chakaniza-Effluent can be detrimental

RA ready for disclosure of contractual agreements as demanded by CDEDI

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By Iommie Chiwalo

The country’s Roads Authority (RA) has responded in favour of Centre for Democracy and Economic Development Initiatives (CDEDI) which is demanding disclosure of road construction agreements signed during service procurement process.

In a letter dated March 15, 2022 signed by RA’s Acting Chief Executive Officer, Engineer Francis Dimu and made available to this publication, says the documents are ready and shall be provided to CDEDI as stipulated in access to information laws.

Dimu said should there be need for photocopies, CDEDI might duplicate the documents at its own costs.

Initially, in its letter to RA dated February 28, 2022, for interest of transparency and accountability sake, CDEDI demanded the disclosure of contractual agreements for Jenda-Edingeni, Karonga -Songwe, Mzimba-Mzarangwe, Kapiri-Mkanda, Ntchisi -Malomo,
Kenyatta Drive & Sharrar Street not to mention of Ntcheu-Tsangano, Nsanje -Marka and Nsanama -Nayuchi roads.

The human rights organisation came flat on its watchdog role as a call for the country to raise the standards of public infrastructure, and fight the nauseating deep-rooted corruption entrenched in the construction industry.

Within the letter, CDEDI Executive Director Sylvester Namiwa went further challenging Malawians to be keeping a keen eye on public infrastructure projects being implemented in their areas as one way of guaranteeing value for the money spent on the projects, such as roads, railways and bridges.

The heavy rains that have been experienced in the country have exposed poor workmanship, negligence and outright disregard of contractual details in the implementation of some projects.

However, despite disclosure of contractual agreements, Namiwa is still asking RA to audit projects under its jurisdiction against details of signed contracts for the same, and give feedback on the same.

Court Orders Arrest of Vuwa Kaunda’s Son Davie For Fraud

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The Mkukula Chief Magistrate Court in Lilongwe has ordered the arrest of Davie Kaunda, son to former flamboyant cabinet minister Vuwa Kaunda, for allegedly obtaining money by trick amounting to MK 40,200,000 (Forty Million and Two Hundred Thousand Kwacha) from a businessperson Mustafa Amidu.

A Warrant of arrest addressed to the law enforcers in our custody dated 17th March said between the year 2020 and 2021, Kaunda in the city of Lilongwe by deceit or other fraudulent means obtained the money from Mustafa Amidu.

“You are hereby directed to arrest Davie Kaunda to produce him before this court in execution of this arrest and HEREIN FAIL NOT,” reads the warrant which is marked Criminal case number 136 of 2022.

The suspect Davie Kaunda hails from Chidagha Village in the area of Traditional Authority Timbiri in Nkhata-Bay district.

MultiChoice Expands Footprint with 10 additional Sankha Wekha kiosks

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One of the kiosks

MultiChoice Malawi has added 10 more Sankha Wekha Kiosks as a way of increasing customer convenience by creating key service touch points in inaccessible areas across the country, whilst upskilling agents with the business acumen to run and own a business through the kiosks.

MultiChoice Malawi currently has over 152 agents and 58 accredited installers’ across the country with Sankha Wekha Kiosks located in Blantyre at Wenera bus depot, Ndirande by old Peoples shop, and Chemusa.

In Lilongwe in Area 25 Pamathanki, Area 25 Nsungwi and Area 36 Kaphiri and in Mzuzu along M1 road and Mzuzu market.

The 10 additional kiosk will be in Blantyre at Blantyre Market, Area 1 Machinjiri, Area 1 Simama, Area 1 Kaviwale, Luwinga, Area 49, Area 29, Likuni and Kamba.

“We believe that there is no true success without social upliftment. Over the last 25 years, we have chosen to grow hand in hand with local communities and when we launched the first 8 kiosks we ensured agents came from the locations they are stationed, in order to best attend to our customer’s needs” said Yuk-yen Ayeung, Head of Commercials MultiChoice Malawi.

“Through the introduction of 10 additional Sankha Wekha Kiosks across Malawi, we are able to provide our customers with even more convenience. The distinct yellow, blue and red colours of the kiosks ensure our customers can easily identify their nearest service agent” she added.

The Sankha Wekha Kiosks offer numerous services, namely; repairing and swapping of faulty decoders that are within warranty, payment of subscriptions, upgrade of bouquets, selling of boxes, as well as trouble shooting.

“I am very happy to be one of the Sankha Wekha Kiosk agents, I believe the visibility I will receive through the kiosks will help me drive sales” said Vutimbo Mgode, Sankha Wekha Kiosk agent.

“It brings me joy to know the people in my community will no longer travel long distances if they are in need of MultiChoice services” he added.

COSOMA and MultiChoice sign Partners Against Piracy agreement

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The agreement signing ceremony

18 March 2022, Lilongwe – MultiChoice Malawi and the Copyright Society of Malawi have joined forces in the fight to protect Creative Copyright and associated Intellectual Property rights through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding, ahead of the launch of the Partners Against Piracy (PAP) initiative. The MOU will ensure that the two partners collaborate in the fight especially against content piracy and awareness raising in line with the Partners Against Piracy (PAP) campaign.

The campaign will consist of activities that will raise awareness by educating the public on the unintended consequences of piracy and the threat it poses to lives, livelihoods, society and personal cyber security.  PAP looks to ensure Malawi’s content creators earn a living from their talent and increase the demand for locally produced content through the consumption of their authorized works.

“We are excited and happy to be partnering you [MultiChoice] on this initiative. The signing of this partnership marks the beginning, now we continue into the next phase, which is implementation of strategies to combat piracy” said Dora Makwinja, Executive Director of Copyright Society of Malawi (COSOMA).

Piracy involves the unauthorized reproduction, distribution, use including sharing or selling of copyrighted content. Piracy is stealing as it robs content creators, artists and entire creative communities of their royalties. It also robs the government of taxes.

The campaign will focus on two main categories of piracy:

The agreement signing ceremony
  • Broadcast piracy which involves the use of video and audio content without the consent of rights-holders.
  • Cyber piracy, or internet piracy which is currently the biggest threat to content owners, broadcasters and operators. The content most often pirated via the internet is software, music, literature, and video content, including live sports and the latest movies.

Content piracy globally is at an all-time high.  High-quality content and advanced streaming technology has become more easily available and easier for pirates to illegally acquire and redistribute content for illicit profits, documented to fund social ills including identity theft and trafficking.

“In partnership with COSOMA we aim to bring increased awareness to the effects of piracy on the Malawian creative industry and reiterate the Partners Against Piracy ethos, that African Creativity Matters” said Zena Makunje, Corporate Affairs Manager at MultiChoice Malawi.

In Africa where people are struggling with depressed socio-economic circumstances and our attention is on serious issues like lack of income, poor education and  health access, the problem of piracy is sometimes simply not considered a priority, and is often considered a victimless crime by the ‘pirates’ as well as the participant.  This cannot be further from the truth.  Online piracy results in billions of dollars in lost revenue to the media, creative and related service industries and further impacts local economic development by depriving government of much needed tax revenue to invest in social infrastructure and therefore negatively impacts society at large.

Poor workmanship by foreign contractors not only draining Forex but killing local construction industry – CDEDI

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By Iommie Chiwalo

NAMIWA: This tendency poses a serious threat to the survival of the local construction industry

The Centre for Democracy and Economic Development Initiatives (CDEDI) has expressed concern over growing tendency by some public institutions which prefer foreign contractors at the expense of local ones saying the trend is not only draining Forex but also killing local construction industry.

In its observatory statement signed by CDEDI Executive Director Sylvester Namiwa, says the trend is putting unnecessary pressure on the country’s much-needed foreign exchange (forex), yet the quality of workmanship of some of these foreign contractors leaves a lot to be desired.

CDEDI has since challenged those entrusted with procurement and awarding of contracts on behalf of Malawians, to exercise a high level of patriotism, due diligence and soul-searching by putting aside personal and selfish interests and put Malawi first before awarding any contract.

“This tendency, to say the least, poses a serious threat to the survival of the local construction industry,” says Namiwa.

The concerns come fast on the heels of CDEDI’s preliminary findings, after invoking the Access to Information Act (ATI) to scrutinise the implementation of projects such as the US$26.7 million Karonga Town Water Supply and the US$30.55 million Nkhata Bay Town Water Project, by the Northern Region Water Board (NRWB), and the subsequent meeting with NRWB management.

According to Namiwa, at the meeting, NRWB claims that at the time of awarding the contracts, it was not mandated to sub-contract 30 percent of the works to a local company as stipulated by construction regulations and laws in Malawi.

The said 30 percentage sub-contracting rule is a deliberate policy to build the capacity of the local contractors in order to attain a cut-off on the reliance on foreign companies, and at the same time in the spirit of sharing the national
cake.

“It is, therefore, shocking to note that the two Chinese companies that were awarded the said contracts and were given blank cheques by the NRWB when signing the contracts. CDEDI has also established that construction works for the two projects could
have been ably handled by local firms, but they ended in the hands of foreign firms on the pretext that they were the cheapest bidders,” Namiwa worries.

On the action taken to ensure transparency and accountability, the CDEDI Chief says his organisation has since written NRWB to specifically furnish it with contracts they signed for the two projects for further scrutiny on behalf the country’s citizens.

The coming in of CDEDI on its watchdog role is due to the fact that the projects are financed by loans that will be repaid by Malawians, although taking from previous experience, it is evident that the combined US$57.2 million will not trickle down into the economy the way it would have been had the contracts been awarded to local companies.

Currently, the local construction industry contributes 60 percent to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), while at the same time providing 30 percent of employment.

The Karonga Town water project, for example, is being financed by two loans: US$15 million from the OPEC Fund and US$10 million from the BADEA while the
Malawi Government committed US$1.7 million from the taxpayers’ money.

“But under the disguise of choosing the lowest bidder, these millions of US dollars have been moved to China at a time Malawi’s import cover is at a record zero. It is worth pointing out that the US$26.7 million for the Karonga Town Project alone is enough to pay for Malawi’s car imports for a whole year. It is also an open secret that in the current set-up, very little trickles down to Malawi since the foreign-based companies import from their own countries both labour and materials,” says Namiwa.

He has since expressed worry that if the current trend is not put to check, then all the blossoming local contractors will be wiped out of the market, thereby leaving the responsibility of building our nation in the hands of foreigners who do not share our aspirations and goals.

“The above set-up is also a breeding ground for deep-rooted corruption in the construction industry on one hand, and the advent of new form of neo-colonisation,”

The recent anti corruption report has indicated that Malawi’s status in the fight against corruption is not making headway.

Meanwhile NRWB despite coming foth to the calls by CDEDI, it has been observed that there were loopholes in the contract awarding processes.

GOSH!BOSSES AT NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE SERVICE INTERDICT TWO OFFICERS TO COVER UP THEIR SEXUAL LIBIDO

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PASTOR NGWIRA: In sexual web

Management at the National intelligence Service has interdicted two officers Ackim Sanuka and Kamzyange Munthali on grounds of sexual harassments. This is to cover up their own sins to show Office of the president that situation is under control when the actual facts are as follows.

The National Intelligence Service headquarters is like a brothel management has chosen all beautiful girls and posted them to headquarters to be used as sex objects even the ladies that are married.

The facts are that Head of administration and finance is in sexual relationship with Sally Masoakhumbila to the extent that Sally is divorcing his husband yet Charles Banda is married.

Director of Internal security Mr Kambale is in love with several women at the organization the most known lady being Stella Mdula. However, Mr Kambale sleeps with ladies at NIS so that they can be considered for travel during presidential operations.

Mr Kambale is also in love with Tapiwa Deputy head of HR.Director of foreign Service Grant Kankhulungo is in a love triangle with female officers from his foreign service department one of which is Ivy Tsilizani and Emily Mphepo.

He was recently caught in area 49 at one of his officers place by the hubby of the woman.Head of operations Samson Nkhoswe has a long time girlfriend Mrs Felistas Tsinambuto.

The Director General of the NIS Dokani Ngwira is in sexual relationship with Stella Mdula who is also in a relationship with Mr Kambale to an extent that Julia found messages between Mr Kambale and Stella and the two ladies fought each other when Stella threatened to report Stella to the DG that he is double crossing him.

The crime that Ackim Sanuka and Kamzyange have committed is to propose girl that are already committed and are in sexual relationship with the directors and the Director General.

Currently the director General has appointment a committee to investigate sexual harassments headed by Tapiwa deputy HR who is also involved is the sexual relationship web.

Court slaps Times Group for defaming articles on Dr George Chaponda

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By James Phiri

CHAPONDA:My international image was badly tarnished through their writings in the Newspapers

The High Court in Blantyre slapped Blantyre Newspapers Limited (Times group) to pay compensation to Dr George Chaponda for defamatory articles its newspapers wrote against the former Agriculture minister during the Kaloswe maize scandal inquiry.

In his ruling, Judge Dingiswayo Madise also ordered the papers to apologise to Dr Chaponda and withdraw the articles and this should be published on the front pages of Times Newspapers within the next 10 days.

“No one should not injure the reputation of other people under the guise of fair comment and media freedom. I therefore, order the defendants who authored those articles if still in employment to withdraw the articles so cited and apologise sincerely to the claimant on the front pages of all the papers involved in this case within 10 days, “reads part of the judgement.

The judgment even stresses that the front page must not carry any other article apart from the apology ordered.

” The claimant is entitled to monetary damages and l order the registrar to access damages taking into account the apology that the defendant will make. It is not in the interest of this court to order huge damages which will end up bankrupting the defendants, “reads the judgement.

The judgement also reminded the media that responsible media freedom was necessary in a democracy as it calls on public servants to account and that must be protected by the law and the courts.

However, it states that the defendants must pay the cost of their action.

In his remarks, Chaponda was pleased with the rulling and hailed Judiciary for being independence.

“I am pleased that rule of law and justice has prevailed. The Court has shown independence of the Judiciary. While admitting that Journalists and Newspapers have the right to write on issues of interest to the public but have to respect the rights of others and not be used to tarnish the image of people, “said Chaponda.

The member of Parliament from Mulanje South West was also pleased that this case has cleared his image locally and internationally taking into account that he once worked for the UNHCR for twenty years.

” My international image was badly tarnished through their writings in the Newspapers,” he said

NBM plc concludes ‘Kwathu Pa Mo’ promotion

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NBM employee Winnie Mngoli draws the winner

National Bank of Malawi (NBM) plc in partnership with Malawi Housing Corporation (MHC) have concluded a three-month ‘Kwathu Pa Mo’ promotion with a lucky winner getting the grand prize of six months’ rent paid by the bank.

MHC tenant Blessings Mbamba will not pay rent for the next six months for winning the grand prize while another lucky winner Tamara Msiska won a K500,00 cash prize for paying ground rentals using NBM plc’s mobile banking platform Mo626ice.

The promotion which started on 1 December 2021 and run through to 28 February 2022 was aimed at encouraging tenants and other people to pay their rentals and other fees through the mobile banking platform.

NBM Business Process Analyst Yusuf Mdala draws the winner during the draw

Speaking during the final draw in Blantyre, NBM plc e-Banking services Manager Enala Chirwa hailed the promotion saying it was a success as there has been an upsurge of customers using the mobile platform to pay their rentals and other services in general.

“There has been significant growth overall on the use of Mo626 for all services and we are expecting that this usage will further increase even after the end of this promotion because as the Bank of the Nation, we provide exciting financial solutions to our customers and we will continue to do so,” said Chirwa.

“I would like to thank MHC for partnering with us in this promotion. As a Bank, we are here to strengthen partnerships that we have with various stakeholders while having the best interests of our customers in mind,” added Chirwa.

NBM plc e-Banking Services Manager Enala Chirwa speaks during the final draw

MHC Business Research Development Manager Chancy Chaguluka also thanked NBM plc for the partnership saying the promotion has improved their revenue collection.

“Not only has this promotion improved our revenue collection, but it has made life easier for our tenants who did not have to go all the way to the bank to pay their rentals and fees as they did this in the comfort of their homes and offices in this Covid-19 pandemic era,” said Chaguluka.

During the three-month period, lucky customers won one month rent and shopping vouchers worth K50,000 and other consolation prizes which included branded golf shirts and drinking bottles.

Tafika Holdings acquires PTC stakes

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Arson Malola- Tafika Holdings Limited executive Chairman and CEO

Tafika Holdings Limited has acquired a 100% stake in retail giant Peoples Trading Centre (PTC) which was held by conglomerate Press Corporation plc.

In a joint statement announcing the sale dated 16th March 2022, the transaction is subject to all regulatory approvals in line with Malawi laws.

Peoples Trading Limited (PTC) is one of the largest retail stores of consumer goods in Malawi and is the leading retailer of groceries. The company operates 20 stores in Lilongwe, Blantyre and Zomba, with most of its stores in Blantyre. It operates the stores under Peoples, SPAR and Food Lover’s Market brands.  

The Executive Chairman of Tafika Holdings Limited, Arson Malola, said of the acquisition; “Tafika Holdings Limited corporate mission is to become the leading player in the local economy through investments in strategic and high growth sectors. Our acquisition of PTC Limited brings us one step closer to accomplishing this goal”.

On PTC’s future, Malola said with Tafika, PTC has an opportunity to grow saying that Tafika Holdings Limited has, over the last decade, been involved in commodity trading within and outside the region, accumulating the much-needed experience and market intelligence to add the requisite value to PTC Limited as it repositions its customer value proposition for future growth.

Dr Lyton Chithambo-Acting CEO for PCL

Press Corporation plc Acting Chief Executive Officer Dr Lyton Chithambo said it is the conglomerate’s strategic move to get out of the retail business and concentrate on capital intensive business ventures to increase shareholder value and grow the Malawi economy.

“It is a strategic move for Press Corporation plc to get out of the retail business to give chance to upcoming entrepreneurs to grow their portfolio while we concentrate on capital intensive investments to increase our shareholder value and grow the economy of our country just like we did some years back when we got out of the Bakery and Furniture business, we saw a lot Malawians investing and improving in these sectors,” said Dr Chithambo.

Malola further said Tafika Holdings Limited intends to modernise its stores to radically improve customer experience and to offer a full range of products at all times at competitive prices.

“In pursuance to this objective, Tafika Holdings Limited will invest and install state of the art equipment in all its stores to not only improve the ambience but to also ensure that the stores provide fresh products at all times in a healthy and safe environment,” said Malola.

Malola also said Tafika Holdings Limited intends to expand the PTC footprint with Peoples, SPAR and Food Lover’s Market branded stores across the country, by building on the current strong brick and mortar foundation whilst exploring several sales channels including but not limited to e-Commerce.

“The new PTC’s mission is to save money for people so that they can live better lives. We believe this proposed acquisition is a great opportunity to deliver on that mission for all the people in Malawi. We can leverage our experience from South Africa and the region to more effectively serve customers, create opportunities for our stakeholders and add shareholder value. We will deploy our turnaround strategy to accelerate growth and improve returns in the areas we will operate in,” said Malola. 

BLANTYRE MOTOR SHOW TO DEBUT ON APRIL 30TH: Company to dedicate all gate proceeds to cyclone Ana victims

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The Commercial city of Blantyre will host its inaugural Car Exhibition On 30th April 2022, to be held at Limbe Country Club with gate Fees going towards Charity, to help Cyclone Victims in the Southern region districts of Chikwawa and Nsanje.

The event is a Spectacle especially created for Motor Vehicle dealers, insurance companies, banks, Spare part shops and garages.

According to the Managing Director, Alinane Njolomole, the show will also feature demonstrations from Banks, Insurance Companies, Car and Motor cycle clubs.

He also said the Bike stunts and test drives will also feature.

” It is a corporate family event that is attracting attention in corporate automotive sector.The Blantyre Motor Show promises to be a spectacular display. Blantyre boosts of Malawi’s High end corporate world, as such expectations are high from participating companies, “he said.
The show is organized by Lilongwe Motor Show Limited Company, in Partnership with international Dealerships.

The Company has held automotive exhibitions since 2016. This will be the first time hosting the event in Blantyre as previous shows have been hosted in the Capital, Lilongwe City.
The event has excited the directors who are leaving no stone unturned to make the inaugural experience something to remember for consumers and participating brands alike.

“It’s about experiential marketing, Brands can conduct raffles, Promotions and product displays right in front of consumers, TV audience and increasing potential clientele,”said Njolomole.

The target clientele include procurement managers, senior executives, entrepreneurs, and Government officials.

” As part of our corporate social responsibility, the Public will walk in with a minimal fee of 2,000 MWk to enter the event, to boost walk-ins, which are a priority to exhibitors.All gate Fees will go towards Charity, to help Cyclone Victims in the Southern region districts of Chikwawa and Nsanje, “he said.

SEALAND INVESTMENT’S DIPAK JEVANT RISKS ARREST…Paid billions for none supplied fertiliser, ACB searches his office

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Sealand Investments Limited in Lilongwe owned and run by Mr. Dipak Jevant is being investigated for fraud and corruption by Fiscal Police and the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) after records have shown that his three companies got paid for none supplied goods and services.

The two state institutions yesterday confiscated a number of documents from the office of Dipak, after it was discovered that he got paid for fertiliser which he did not supply. 

His other companies Greenfield and Agriafrica were also used in this game of notes and crosses. In short Dipak Jevant was stealing from the public through false claims in the form of interests and invoices.  All this is documented and some documents have already gone viral.

The tax collectors MRA are tomorrow going to inspect his books as he has not paid tax for his two other companies listed above.

Dipak Jevant got used to these deals in the DPP days after he was kicked out from Farmers World limited upon falling out with Pramod Kalalira. Dipak Jevant was very close to the former regime.

Even at Farmers World Limited he did the same as he was trying to replace Admarc with private traders. Every farming season he used to fight for three companies to Sealand investments limited, Greenfields Agro limited and Africa Agriafrica limited. All these would be under paid and then push for interest.

Jevant also used Pawooh Logistics and Midima Produce limited belonging to late Limumba Karia. Please refer to the attachment and see the figures involved.

Ministry of Agriculture raised alarm last week after auditors singled out Sealand Investments Limited as the company that was paid billions of kwachas due to serious political connections.

Dipak Jevant has serious fraud case now. All farmers should demonstrate at his office in Lilongwe.

ACB COMING UP WITH A LIST OF BLACK-LISTED PERSONS: Wahid Kassam, Farook Gani, Dipak top list

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FAROOK GANI: Crooked fella

The Anti-Corruption Bureau will next week come up with a list of black listed Malawians of Asian origin and there after all their property shall be seized for good.

Topping the list is Wahid Kassam of Manobec who has issues with the tax collectors MRA for his companies and Sun Seed being the main source of tax scam. Wahid is pushing the blame to his cousin Nazim Kassman and partner Ataf of transNabila and AS Investment.


As of now Wahid is at the ACB headquarters together with his managers answering a number of questions.  Already, Sun Seed Oil limited is being advertised amongst the Asians in their community and his son Wasim is now operating at Cross Road where manobec is housed.

Another culprit who has milked the national treasury is Farook Gani of Victoria hotels who has used the Malawi Defence Force as a cash cow. He also milked the Central Medical Store Trust with used and recycled synergies and allied materials. This time there is a case of Fraud and Fiscal Police just completed its investigations and has  since forwarded the file to ACB.  

Gani had been under supplying of goods which was food stuff and meals. He used to give tiny portions and poorly cooked to the Malawi Defence Force units and Barracks while the training college was the main victim of his evil deeds. All that has been documented through pictures taken by soldiers who were unhappy and forwarded the same to ACB for action.

Last week Farook Gani was interviewed by both the fiscal Police and ACB. Some of the issues were hinging on tax of goods bought into the country without paying the determined value.

In this case Farook Gani has mentioned Ms Roza Mbilizi as a silent business partner.  He was quick to bring in the name of Norman Chisale and the former first lady Gertrude Mutharika.

ACB has also been investigating Dipak Jevant of Sealand Investment Limited for getting paid for services and goods not rendered at ministry of Agriculture and Health. 

Dipak used to front three companies and all get the contracts to supply fertiliser for the subsidy project and documented delivery notes and other papers which made it real.

At the end Norman Chisale would come to get millions for the president then.  Fiscal Police have found all this and more than seven people are ready to testify against him in a court of law.

ACB has also zeroed in on Rafik Gaffer for his issue of getting contracts at the Ministry of lands under his company Solid Construction Limited by passing the tendering process as stipulated under the PPDA act.

Once these merchants are under the spotlight the fight against corruption will be a great success. Wahid is planning to bribe the Investigating officer has since pleaded to have their numbers.

TOBACCO MARKETING SEASON TO OPEN MARCH END: To open earlier for the economic benefit of the growers

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The Tobacco Commission (TC) says this year’s Tobacco Marketing Season will open on Thursday, the 31st of March, which is earlier than previous years.

The Commission made the announcement through a media statement issued on Wednesday saying the marketing season will open earlier this year for the ‘economic benefit of the growers’.

“The 2022 Tobacco Marketing season will open on 31 March, starting with Lilongwe Floors followed by the opening of Limbe floors on 5th April,” reads the statement issued by the commission’s public relations officer Telephorus Chigwenembe.

According to the statement, dates for opening of Chinkhoma and Mzuzu will be announced in the second week of April.

Tobacco deliveries at Lilongwe and Limbe will start on 21st of March, the statement has stated.

Tobacco also known as the ‘green gold’ has for years been a mainstay of the rural economy and the country’s biggest foreign exchange earner in the country.

The Tobacco Commission is a statutory corporation mandated to regulate the production and marketing of tobacco in Malawi. The corporation’s mission is to provide regulatory services inorder to promote compliant tobacco production and marketing systems in a transparent and environmentally friendly manner using modern technologies.

NBM plc supports MLS indaba with K2 million

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Mitole (right) presents a dummy cheque to Mbeko

National Bank of Malawi (NBM) plc has supported the Malawi Law Society (MLS) Annual general Meeting (AGM) and conference with K2 million.

MLS is scheduled to hold their AGM and conference in Mangochi from Thursday 17 to Sunday 20 March 2022 whose theme is ‘Law, Sustainable Development and the African Single Market: Towards the African Agenda 2063 and Malawi Vision 2063’.

Speaking in Blantyre during the cheque presentation, NBM plc Legal Counsel and Company Secretary Zunzo Mitole said being a law-abiding bank, NBM plc decided to support the lawyers conference and AGM.

“When we looked at this theme, as the ‘Bank of the Nation’, we thought we should come in and support this AGM and conference because we believe that for all the plans that the African continent and indeed our own country has made, the law should take its course. We are now talking of the Malawi 2063 goals; we cannot achieve these if there are no laws or if the law is not respected hence our support to this conference.”

NBM Plc Zunzo Mitole (right) presents the cheque to Mbeko

“NBM plc, as the Bank of the Nation, prides itself in being the bank that respects the rule of law and champions a better life for Malawians through various products and services that we offer and also the numerous corporate social events that we give out to the community. As a Bank we do all this so that come 2063, we should achieve our goals and aspirations of making Africa and Malawi a better place for everyone,” said Mitole.

MLS Chief Executive Officer Mzati Mbeko thanked NBM plc for the support saying it will go a long way in making the AGM and conference a success.

“We are delighted to receive this cheque from NBM plc and we are thankful for this gesture from The Bank of the Nation. We all appreciate that the economy is bad in all sectors and to get financial support of K2 million is a wonderful gesture. We do not take this for granted. NBM is a trusted partner and we cherish this partnership that we have,” said Mbeko.

CDEDI protests govt intention to award Bangula-Marka Railway Rehab Project to China Railway 20 Bureau Limited

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The letter has been received at ACB as per stamp

Centre for Democracy and Economic Development Initiatives (CDEDI) has protested the intention by the Government of Malawi to award China Railway 20 Bureau Limited (CR20) a contract to rehabilitate Bangula-Marka Railway line.

CDEDI has since written the Minister of Transport and Public Works, Jacob Hara, to consider withdrawing the authorization letter to the Public Procurement and Disposal of Assets (PPDA) in order to allow for adequate soul-searching before settling for a company to do the rehabilitation of the much-awaited railway line rehabilitation project.

CDEDI Executive Director Sylvester Namiwa draws Hara’s attention to Section 53 subsection 2 (f) of the Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets Act of 2017, which, among others, cites past performance as one of the criteria in deciding to award a contract to a contractor. It is an open secret that Malawians are dissatisfied with the quality of works CR20 is implementing on the Nsanje-Marka road project.

The letter has been received at the Ministry of Transport and Public Works

Namiwa emphasizes that while CDEDI is delighted that government is keen at ensuring that it revives the Sena corridor that will connect Malawi to Mozambique through the 44 Kilometre Bangula-Nsanje railway line, there is a need for due diligence to ensure that Malawians get the quality service possible.

“It does not need emphasis that good road network, the railway line inclusive, is a catalyst of socio-economic development for any nation. In fact, the road sector has a myriad of multiplier effects that trickle down to all and sundry. It is also worth pointing out right here that we, at CDEDI, do not have any problem with any contractor as long as they deliver to the expectation of the citizens and in line with what is contained in their contractual agreements with the Government of Malawi, on one hand, and that due diligence was done, on the other hand, to ensure that the nation realises a high standard project that guarantees value for the hard-earned taxpayers’ money before awarding the contract,” reads part of the letter.

This letter has been received at PPDA

The letter also calls upon the Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs, Sosten Alfred Gwengwe, and the Director General of the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) Martha Chizuma to equally take action on the matter.

Namiwa adds that the appointment of Hara to the Ministry of Transport and Public Works raised people’s hopes that soon or later sanity will prevail in this critical sector, and that millions envisioned the raising of the bar in as far as the standards of our public infrastructure is concerned.

He therefore challenged Hara to personally take interest in inspecting the Nsanje-Marka Road, which is being washed away even before CR20 completed the construction work.

“Apart from the grass root voices in Nsanje district, professional bodies such as those for engineers have raised a red flag on the quality of the said project. In a normal situation, therefore, none expected such a contractor to be rewarded, but rather be reprimanded, and if it were in other countries that are serious with issues of standards and professionalism, this company would have been sent packing! Hence this letter is copied to the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB), the Ministry of Finance, and the PPDA, for their information, deep reflection, and action. Refer to the newspaper articles marked Appendix 1, 2 and online links marked Appendix 3,4,5,6 and 7, to appreciate the basis of our action to write you Hon. Minister,” he wrote.

“CDEDI is meanwhile, challenging you Hon. Minister to travel to Nsanje to appreciate the kind of works done by this company before making any decision. If indeed your interest Hon. Minister is to serve Malawians without impunity and arrogance, and if indeed there are no personal and selfish interests attached to this decision, then you should consider cancelling this process immediately, for the good of your own legacy,” thus Namiwa concluded his epistle to Hara.

The Ministry of Finance has also received the letter

Mlaka Speaks Out On ECG Exit

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By Andrew Magombo

Lilongwe, March 14, Mana: Veteran music artist-cum-preacher, Mlaka Maliro has broken silence over his resignation as a Pastor of Enlighten Christian Gathering (ECG) which was founded by embattled Prophet, Shepherd Bushiri.

In an interview with a local radio station on Monday, he cited family reasons as the motive behind his unprecedented return from Eswatini where was deployed for the last five years.

Maliro said: “I have been on the move on gospel missions in different countries hence affecting academic studies of my children as they have to transfer schools, adapt to syllabus and learn different foreign languages regularly.”

“We have secured them boardin