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Malawi’s president sacks Covid taskforce boss amid graft claims

Malawi’s President Lazarus Chakwera has sacked the co-chair of the government’s taskforce overseeing the fight against Covid-19 pandemic. The co-chair of the taskforce, John Phuka is accused of misusing $7.7m (6 billion Malawi Kwacha). A report by the country’s ombudsman in November last year said there was lack of transparency and accountability in the implementation of the country’s Covid-19 preparedness and response plan. The head of disaster management, James Chiusiwa was also sacked by the president “for showing a lack of toughness in demanding accountability”. According to the government President…

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Malawi declares state of disaster after two ministers died of Covid-19

– Advertisement – Malawian President Lazarus Chakwera has declared a state of disaster in the country following the death of two cabinet ministers from Covid-19. Malawi’s transport minister Sidik Mia is the second cabinet minister to have died from Covid-19 following the death of Local Government Minister Lingson Berekanyama also from a Covid-19 infection. The two government appointees succumbed to the disease in the early hours of Tuesday. #Malawi President @LAZARUSCHAKWERA today addressed the nation following the death of cabinet Ministers Hon. Lingson Belekanyama and Hon. Sidik Mia and the…

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Malawi’s local government minister dies after Covid-19 infection

– Advertisement – Malawi’s Local Government Minister Lingson Belekanyama has died after getting Covid-19, according to government officials. Government officials have confirmed the death of Belekanyama who was diagnosed with Covid-19 two weeks ago. Local news outlet Nation Online reported that “Min. of Information Gospel Kazako has confirmed the death of Belekanyama saying the country has lost a true patriot, hardworker, unifying factor & someone very focused.” The minister was quoted as saying that “government will follow Covid-19 procedures in the burial of Belekanyama.” BREAKING: Minister Local Government, Lingson Belekanyama,…

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Malawi Opinions 

Talking Blues: Isn’t Malawi President Lazarus Chakwera proving to be all talk and no trouser?

Written by Mapwiya Muulupale Facts being to the mind what food is to the body (Edmund Burke), I will start with facts. Justice Dr Chifundo Kachale’s extraordinary leadership in managing the 23 June 2020 Fresh Presidential Election raised our flag high. To evidence this, the Stockholm-based International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA) and the Electoral Commission Forum of SADC Countries (ECF-SADC) invited Malawi in August 2020 to school others. “Be extraordinary in your excellence if you like but be ordinary in your display of it”. Justice Dr…

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Malawi’s President backtracks on creating one million jobs

– Advertisement – Malawi’s President Lazarus Chakwera has just spent 100 days in power but appears unwilling to fulfill one of his key promises he made to citizens. While campaigning for the presidency he promised to create one million jobs and put the youth to work. But President Chakwera is now backtracking on that promise saying the government can only employ 200,000 people. He said the government could not create jobs on its own and now needs the private sector to help. Critics of the government now say Chakwera’s ruling…

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Angry Malawian lawmakers reject condom donation

– Advertisement – Lawmakers in Malawi have rejected more than 200,000 condoms donated to them by the Aids Health Foundation. The Members of Parliament are angry about a media publication that said that parliament dispenses about 10,000 condoms every month. The media report further noted that the Malawian legislature sometimes “runs out of stock” of condoms placed in toilets within the parliament building. The Deputy Speaker of parliament, Madaliotso Kazombo, has refuted the report and demanded an apology. The donation was given to the chairperson of the wellness committee, Maggie…

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Malawi OP-ED 

Malawi from May 2019 to June 2020: Profiling a Troubled Nation Desperate for True Freedom

By Precious Nihorowa The American political scientist and political economist, Francis Fukuyama, in his famous book, The End of History and the Last Man, explores the historical evolution of political systems through different epochs and generations which culminates in the current Western Liberal democracy. According to him, in as far as political systems are concerned, humanity has reached an end of exploration as there will never be another human system of government that will replace liberal democracy. As part of his exploration, Fukuyama presents the motivations for the successful propelling…

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Malawi 

Malawi mangoes in demand in Singapore and Hong Kong

Malawi mangoes are on high demand in Singapore and Hong Kong, heightening Malawi’s prospects for increased foreign exchange generation. The development has come to light following Minister of Irrigation and Water Development Charles Mchacha’ s twin visit to Malawi Mangoes and Salima Sugar companies in Salima. Under government’s Greenbelt Authority, the two companies have put over 2200 hectares under active irrigation, with Salima Sugar company irritating it’s approximated 2000 hectare sugarcane field with water tapped over a 15 kilometre distance from Lake Malawi. “This is a flagship programme. A concept…

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Malawi OP-ED 

Z Allan Ntata’s Uncommon Sense: Who Will Really Benefit from a Lockdown

By Z Allan Ntata There is no doubt that the Covid-19 pandemic caused by the Coronavirus is a serious health threat that requires serious and sometimes unprecedented responses from those governing us as well as from the citizenry.  If you follow the thoughts and comments of many commentators, you would quickly see that people value their life so much that they are readily prepared to do anything – and take anything from their government – as long as it is deemed necessary for the preservation of their life.  It is…

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Malawi 

TNM supports online Health through Virtual doctors

TNM Plc and the Virtual Doctors have formed a telemedicine partnership, with support from the Ministry of Health, in order to deliver a simple but powerful online healthcare platform that has the potential to benefit all Malawians. Malawi needs more doctors to cater to its 18 million population. Nearly two-thirds of all doctors in Malawi are working in towns and cities, while most of the country’s population is in the countryside. For many communities, it is not practical to expect sick and frail people to walk or cycle for hours…

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