Malawi President declares Parliament is not bigger than government on the occasion of opening the 47th session of the National Assembly President Peter Mutharika on Friday morning officially opened the 47th session of the National Assembly in the Capital City of Lilongwe where he told Member of Parliament (MPs) that the August House is not bigger than Government He also admitted that the country’s electricity crisis has affected the economy of Malawi as well as the living standards of the citizensRead More
BLANTYRE, Aug 26: Ordinary Malawians contacted by our reporters have reacted angry to a proposal that ministers to hike their salaries, describing it as “pure madness” by some and “daylight robbery” by others.
The ministers, through a memo written by acting chief secretary Willie Samute to President APM, sought to raise the salary of a minister from K600 to K3.5 million per month, while that of a deputy was to shoot from K428,000 to K3 million.Read More
LILONGWE (AGV) — Malawi vice president Saulos Chilima has been implicated in the cashgate scandal, Malawi’s historical fraud which saw over US$100 million of public money getting lost in inexplicable means between 2012 and 2013.
Chilima had tight business links with one Maxwell Namata, one of the big fishes considered to have played major roles in the scam when he was still at Airtel Malawi — working as Managing Director.Read More
Malawi as a nation is wallowing in economic dire-straits and is in a crisis situation that needs ingenious and judicious policy reform to avail itself.
The IMF and the international community of western donors have injected their infamous so called recovery ‘bitter pills’ but the million dollar question that crops to mind when we reflect upon our situation remains whether such structural adjustment proposal bring us any glimmer of hope to economic recovery not only in the short term but even in the medium and long run.
When we project into the future do we see our nation prospering once more in economic terms or are we forever trapped in a vicious cycle of causation and poverty. Developmentally are we really forging ahead or rather backtracking and retrogressing? Where actually do we forecast our economic growth within the next 10 or 20 years? What policy direction in developmental terms do we really need to realize our breakthrough to sustainable growth and economic self-reliance? When we sit back and reflect do we see the IMF structural programmes translating into sustainable economic development and tangible progress?Read More
BLANTYRE –More pressure is piling on President Joyce Banda and her People’s Party led government with human rights activists threatening to engage the Stolen Asset Recovery Unit of (StAR) of the United Nations if government fails to take back the Presidential Jet it traded off in two weeks.
This follows similar calls from the Consumers Association of Malawi (Cama) on the Malawi leader to take back the Jet following revelations that it was traded off to clear a $19.2 million debt government owed Paramount Group.Read More
BLANTYRE(MaraPost)—Malawians are yet to know the truth as to how the proceeds were used as government officials continues giving conflict information with latest being the minister of finance dismissing Joyce Banda’s information that some of the money realized from the Jet sale were used to fund Farm Input Loan Programme (FILP).
Speaking at a press briefing on Tuesday in the afternoon, President Banda told journalists that the proceeds which were realized from the Presidential Jet were used to buy military artillery, maize, medical drugs and fertilizer for the Farm Input Loan Programme.Read More
BLANTYRE (AGV)–Public Affairs Committee’s (PAC) all-inclusive stakeholders conference ended on Wednesday with delegates unanimously demanding for the convening Parliament by March 10 to discuss the forensic audit report, the sale and whereabouts of proceeds of both the Presidential jet and ‘rotten maize’.
Delegates were earlier told by Justice Minister Fahad Assani and Finance Minister Dr. Maxwell Mkwezelamba that Parliament would be convened in April, but delegates opposed that it would unconstitutional to convene it after its dissolution on March 20.Read More
BLANTYRE(MaraPost)—Malawi’s Minister of Finance Dr. Maxwell Nkwezalamba proved to the public that what he has been commenting on media about the presidential Jet is just an attempt to defend the People’s Party administration from facing embarrassment as he failed to give evidence to show that government received the money at Public Affairs Committee’s (PAC) all-inclusive conference held in Blantyre.Read More
BLANTYRE(MaraPost)—Malawi’s Minister of Information and Civic Education, Evangelist Brown Mpinganjira, has accused some foreign envoys in the country of being behind the planning of the anti Joyce Banda administration mass protests slated for Thursday 27 February 2014.
Minister Brown Mpinganjira told ZBS on Tuesday that s the reasons cited for the demonstrations scheduled for February 27 are not valid but are meant to achieve hidden motives by some western countries.Read More
BLANTYRE(AGV)—The Forensic audit report conducted by a British accounting firm, Baker Tilly Business Services Limited into the looting of public resources at Capital Hill continues to attract mixed reactions with economic expert Henry Kachaje saying it is not genuine.
“How come it doesn’t mention that the Budget Director (Paul Mphwiyo) was the one fighting corruption and looting? How come it doesn’t mention that in September the President called the Minister of Finance (then Ken Lipenga) to start investigations on suspicious transactions as we were meant to believe,” queried Kachaje, who is also Managing of Business Consult Africa.Read More