20 January 2018
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MEC Kick starts electoral material development

Mulanje, January 17, 2018: As the 2019 tripartite elections draws closer, Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has started the process of developing Media and Information, Education and Communication (IEC) materials. MEC Commissioner, Moffat Banda disclosed this Wednesday at Mulanje Boma Wednesday during a four day electoral material development workshop organized by the institution. The process involves electoral stakeholders and the civil society who plays active roles in the electoral process. “Electoral material development is an important aspect in preparation for elections.  It ensures that quality messages disseminated to the masses to motivate them participate in elections,” he noted. Banda added that, “We would want to have messages that will appeal to different kinds of people in a quest to make sure that people are well informed about the whole electoral process.” The Commissioner pointed out that the activity would enable people to get electoral messages in good time for decision making. One of the participants, Benson Nkhoma Somba hailed MEC for considering developing messages that would appeal to various groups of people involved in the electoral process adding this would reduce cases of voter apathy.


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Airtel warns customers of fraudsters as Airtel Kuufila promotion progresses

Lilongwe, January 17, 2018: Airtel Malawi has warned its customers to be on the lookout for fraudsters who may wish to steal from them in the name of the ongoing Airtel Kuufila promotion. Airtel Product Governance Manager, Emily Manda made the remarks Tuesday after the sixth draw of the competition saying in any competitions, there are always fraudsters that take advantage of customers that have won in the competitions. She disclosed that Airtel has received complaints from its customers on similar issues saying despite that there are currently no victims to this effect, there is still need to highlight on the same. “I would like to advice our customers that Airtel will directly call any winner to inform them if they have won and that they would get the money via their Airtel money account. If they do not have an Airtel money account, they will only have to open that account. “And to mention to this effect that Airtel will not ask any winner to deposit any amount of money into any account before they get their prize money. As such, anyone calling any Airtel customer or winner in the competition requesting them to deposit money into an account is a fraudster,” she warned. According to her, If a customer has won K200 000, the company will deposit the exact amount into the customers Airtel money account. On the current progress of the competition, the Product Governance Manager said the company is excited adding that Airtel is determined to see through the promotion which ends on March 1, 2018. Five lucky customers went away with K200 000 each as weekday winners and one customer was picked as the winner for this weeks’ K1 million cash prize. However, as we went to press; the customer had not yet been identified as the lucky number was out of reach. “Airtel will try much as possible to get in touch with the customer that has won the K1 million today and we will inform the press of what will transpire after that. “If the customer is not available, (following regulations) we will make sure the money is given to the rightful person,” Manda hinted. A farmer from Pitala village in Ntcheu, Polinda Miston was one of the weekday winners. She said she was happy to have won the cash prize and advised fellow customers to continue recharging their Airtel numbers with airtime so that they may increase their chances of landing a cash prize in the competition.


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SME’s to benefit from MK1.3 billion Japanese’ grant

Lilongwe, January 18, 2018: Small and Medium enterprises (SMEs) which focus on increasing productivity stand to benefit from 200 million Japanese Yen (K1.3 billion) worth of grant that the Japanese government has given to Malawi. Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development Goodall Gondwe signed the grant on behalf of the Malawi Government on Wednesday at a ceremony held at Capital Hill in Lilongwe. The grant is aimed at promoting economic and social development of the people of Malawi, especially the SMEs. Speaking after the signing ceremony, Japanese Ambassador to Malawi Kae Yanagisawa said the grant is a compliment to Malawi Government’s efforts in eradicating poverty through promotion of social and economic development. “The grant will be used by the Government of Malawi to procure goods and equipment to support small and medium enterprises in enhancing their business operations,” Yanagisawa said. She said Japan keenly followed the development of the Malawi Growth and Development Strategy (MGDS) III and noted that one of the proposed themes which talks about “building a competitive, productive and resilient nation” is reflecting the exact needs of Malawi. The Japanese envoy, therefore, asked the Malawi Government to select beneficiaries in accordance with its priority areas as stipulated in the MGDS III for the grant to achieve meaningful impact. “Allow me to call upon the commitment of your ministry to adhere to the principles of good governance, fairness, transparency and accountability,” she said. Yanagisawa further called for vigilance in management of the loans to ensure that the money is repaid and placed into a revolving scheme called “Counterpart Funds” as agreed by the two countries. In his remarks, Gondwe pledged to manage the grant “very carefully”, saying a special entity had been created in his ministry for careful handling of the grant resources. He, however, observed that following the reduction in the amount of the new grant compared to the previous ones, some sectors that benefited in the past would miss out this time around. “The amount of resources we have signed today is just a quarter of what we have been receiving in the past grants. “As such, this huge reduction in the level of financing means that we will not extend the facility to all the sectors that have been benefitting in the past,” Gondwe said. The minister has since asked the Japanese Government to consider increasing the grant facility. Malawi has benefitted from Japanese Grants through the window of economic and social development programme since 1988 with the total reaching to about 5 billion Japanese Yen (MK31.82 billion).


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MRA registers 3,270 e-tax payment system users countrywide

Zomba, January 16, 2018:   Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) has registered 3,270 active users of newly introduced electronic tax payment system since its launch in June 2017, increasing compliance rate amongst tax payers, MRA Head of Corporate Affairs Steven Kapoloma has said. Kapoloma disclosed this to Malawi News Agency (MANA) during electronic tax payment awareness meeting during the weekend in Zomba where MRA officials interacted with over seventy tax payers. E-tax payment system is the process of paying taxes online with immediate update on one’s tax account through automated dealer bank. “MRA registered 500 electronic tax payers in October 2017; and now the figure has surged to 3,270 active e-tax payers country wide,” said Kapoloma, adding that the development was good for the economy of the country. He said as at now, 60 per cent of MRA’s tax collection is done through e-payments, saying they (MRA) would continue with the awareness meetings to reach out to those that have not yet registered for the new system. During the awareness meeting, MRA also demonstrated to tax payers how to register for the digital system and explained its benefits to the economy. On whether e-tax payment is mandatory considering that some business people have not yet acquired the electronic gadgets, Kapoloma said: “It is not a question of mandatory but convenient to both tax payers and MRA as the new system ensures real time settlement of tax liability. He assured the tax payers that the e-payment system is user-friendly and was introduced to make life easier. Zomba based business man, Raymond Kassam, concurred with Kapoloma that the system is easy to use and convenient. “I was compelled to register for the system after being satisfied by the benefits the system offers such as instant update of taxpayer’s account,” Kassam said.


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Men sentenced for possessing, making fake Malawi notes

Zomba, January 16, 2018: Zomba Senior Residence Magistrate’s Court Tuesday convicted and sentenced three men to imprisonment with Hard Labour (IHL) after being found guilty of forging and possessing fake Malawian currency.  The suspects are Amos Phiri, 18, and Benjamin Pofera, 27 who hail from Nsangwe Village in the area of Chief Ngabu in Chikwawa and Alex Nyirenda, 25, who comes from Mateyu Village Traditional Authority Jalavikuwa in Mzimba District. Eastern Region Police Prosecutor Superintendent Solomon Mchawi told the court the fake bank notes were discovered at Masaula Trading Centre in Zomba on July 18, 2017 where Pofela was using them for buying items and the community tipped off the police who arrested him on the same day. “Following interrogation, Pofera revealed that he got the money from Nyirenda who was later arrested at Chirimba Township in Blantyre. “Nyirenda was found with a computer, printer, suspected to be used for forging money and fake K1000 bank notes totaling K116, 000 together with K2000 fake bank notes totaling K80, 000,”said Mchawi. The suspects pleaded not guilty to the charges prompting police to parade witnesses who testified against the accused. But Mchawi said the police were convinced that fake currency was in circulation because Nyirenda was in 2016 sentenced to six months IHL by Blantyre Principal Resident Magistrate Innocent Nedi for committing a similar offence. Following the evidence tendered in court by the police, the court found the accused persons guilty and convicted them accordingly. In mitigation, the three asked for lenience, saying they are bread winners for their families. Passing the sentence, Senior Resident Magistrate Wyson Nkhata agreed with the state’s proposal of custodial sentence considering the gravity of the offence.           “This crime is a serious one which can help bring down the economy of the country if left unchecked,” said the Magistrate. He therefore sentenced Nyirenda to five years IHL for unlawful making or possessing papers and equipment to facilitate forgery contrary to Section 374 of the Penal Code. The court further sentenced Phiri and Pofera to four years IHL each for being found with forged bank notes. Pofela was also sentenced to another four years IHL for using the fake currency contrary to Section 23 of the Reserve Bank Act.  But Pofera’s sentences will run concurrently.


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MEC Kick starts electoral material development

Airtel warns customers of fraudsters as Airtel Kuufila promotion progresses

SME’s to benefit from MK1.3 billion Japanese’ grant

MRA registers 3,270 e-tax payment system users countrywide

Men sentenced for possessing, making fake Malawi notes

National News

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Govt warns private employment agencies against disregarding LEG

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APM pledges to fulfill John Chilembwe’s dreams

APM pledges to fulfill John Chilembwe’s dreams

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Mutharika faults Malawians for politicizing corruption

Mutharika faults Malawians for politicizing corruption

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Political News

MEC Kick starts electoral material development

MEC Kick starts electoral material development

Mulanje, January 17, 2018: As the 2019 tripartite elections draws closer, Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has started the process of developing Medi...

MP Lucius Banda hails government for all weather road in Balaka

MP Lucius Banda hails government for all weather road in Balaka

BALAKA, January 13, 2018: Member of Parliament for Balaka North, Lucious Banda on Friday commended government for considering to build the Balaka – Kh...

Female aspiring councilors optimistic in 2019 elections

Female aspiring councilors optimistic in 2019 elections

Mzimba, January 16, 2017: There is light at the end of the tunnel for aspiring women councilors in Mzimba District following the introduction of Women...

Health News

Zomba DHO calls for support in cholera alertness

Zomba DHO calls for support in cholera alertness

ZOMBA, January 16, 2018: Zomba District Health Office (DHO) has put in place different measures to prevent the outbreak in the district as the disease has become a public health concern in some parts of the country and beyond.  The DHO has...

Mchinji district social welfare donates to mother of quadruplets

Mchinji district social welfare donates to mother of quadruplets

Mchinji, January 16, 2018: Mchinji District Social Welfare Office Monday donated assorted items to a mother who gave birth to quadruplets at Mchinji district hospital a week ago. The office among others donated 24 tins of milk, baby nappie...

Sports News

Super League rookies TN Stars to hunt for players

Super League rookies TN Stars to hunt for players

Blantyre, January 16, 2018: The ChipikuCentral Region Football Association League 2017 Champions, TN Stars will rope in experienced players into the squad as one way of preparing the team for the Super League. TN Stars Head Coach, Meke Mwa...

Silver strikers sign for Dwangwa’s Chiona

Silver strikers sign for Dwangwa’s Chiona

Nkhotakota, January 16, 2018: Silver Strikers Football Club (FC) and Dwangwa United FC (DUFC) on Sunday signed an agreement to permanently transfer DUFC player of the moment attacking midfielder Jack Chiona for three years at a fee of K 5 m...

Development News

ECAM launches Apprenticeship Network

     ECAM launches Apprenticeship Network

Blantyre, April 3, 2017: The Employers Consultative Association of Malawi (ECAM) has launched the Global Apprenticeship Network (GAN) whose aim is to promote apprenticeships with the ultimate goal of creating job opportunities for youth and ensuring skills for business. Apprenticeship is a kind of job training that involves following and studying a...

Public Works Programme enabling communities achieve food security - study

  Public Works Programme enabling communities achieve food security - study

Lilongwe, June 6, 2017: The Public Works Programme being implemented in all 28 districts of the country has resulted in a lot of people achieving food security at household level, a study conducted by the Centre for Agriculture Research and Development (CARD) of theLilongwe University for Agriculture and Natural Resources...

Business News

Airtel warns customers of fraudsters as Airtel Kuufila promotion progresses

Airtel warns customers of fraudsters as Airtel Kuufila promotion progresses

Lilongwe, January 17, 2018: Airtel Malawi has warned its customers to be on the lookout for fraudsters who may wish to steal from them in the name of the ongoing Airtel Kuufila promotion. Airtel Product Governance Manager, Emily Manda made...

SME’s to benefit from MK1.3 billion Japanese’ grant

SME’s to benefit from MK1.3 billion Japanese’ grant

Lilongwe, January 18, 2018: Small and Medium enterprises (SMEs) which focus on increasing productivity stand to benefit from 200 million Japanese Yen (K1.3 billion) worth of grant that the Japanese government has given to Malawi. Minister ...

Entertainment News

Roy View continues the gospel journey drops” Mndani” video

Roy View continues the gospel journey drops” Mndani” video

Lilongwe, January 16, 2018: Lilongwe based Reggae gospel artist, Roy View has released a new video from one of his singles which is titled “Mndani”. The music video was dropped on January 15, 2017, and in an interview with Malawi News Agen...

Skeffa & Faith Mussa: Musicians need to be properly Censored

Skeffa & Faith Mussa: Musicians need to be properly Censored

Lilongwe, January 13, 2017: In the ongoing outcry against Mwiza Chavura’s ‘rape’ song, renowned musician Skeffa Chimoto on Friday called for regulatory bodies to put in place proper structures that censor artists that release immoral songs....

Agriculture News

Nkhata Bay youths want community college to teach them boat and fish cage making

Written By Salome Gangire on Friday, 12 January 2018 15:34
Nkhata Bay youths want community college to teach them boat and fish cage making

Mzuzu, January 12, 2017: Youth in Nkhata Bay want boat and fish cage making to be included on the list of subjects to be taught at the districts community technical college to be opened soon. Nkhata Bay District Commissioner, Alex Mdooko s...

Nsanje agricultural officials using cash transfer gatherings to convey fall armyworms messages

Written By Martin Chiwanda on Thursday, 11 January 2018 15:54
Nsanje agricultural officials using cash transfer gatherings to convey fall armyworms messages

Nsanje, January 11, 2017: In a quest to control further Fall Armyworm attacks on crops, Nsanje Agriculture officials are taking response messages to communities through lean period food insecurity cash transfer gatherings. Malawi News Agen...

Features

Dausi calls for economic and financial literacy: Full Speech

Dausi calls for economic and financial literacy: Full Speech

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    Mchesi Primary School pupils exercise their right to education during solidarity march (C) Stanley Makuti

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    Human rights solidarity march starts from HRCC Offices (C) Stanley Makuti

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    President Mutharika and the First Lady present a gift to the newly wedded Couple (C) Stanley Makuti

Education News

Maranatha Academy to offer university scholarships to all six points students

Maranatha Academy to offer university scholarships to all six points students

Mzuzu, January 16, 2018: Maranatha Academy says it will offer scholarships to students who scored six points in last year’s Malawi School Certificate of Education (MSCE) from all schools to study at Malawi University of Science and Technolo...

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St. Pius Parish Priest cautions the faithful on cholera prevention

St. Pius Parish Priest cautions the faithful on cholera prevention

Blantyre, January 16, 2018: Parish Priest for St. Pius Parish of the Catholic Archdiocese of Blantyre, Fr. George Kaliati has advised parishioners to ...