21 December 2014
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Tea Association of Malawi donates Laptop to Thyolo Police


Thyolo, December 21: Barely two days after Mchima Tea Estate donated various farm materials to Thyolo Prison, Tea Association of Malawi on Friday donated a Laptop worthy MK375,000  to Thyolo Police Station. The donation comes after Thyolo Police Officer in-Charge Josiah Kanthiti made a call during Security controllers meeting to various organizations to assist the police with computers. Speaking at the presentation ceremony of the laptop Kanthiti said the gadget will help the police station in data entry and will help to reduce work load. “Such kind of machine is very crucial in CID department so we are very grateful for the donation,” he said. He also asked other organization to emulate the good example tea association has shown and come in and support the institution with various items which can help in promoting security in the district. He said as police they lack some equipment which   can boost the security system in the district hence the need for the community and corporate world to join hands with the police to fight crime in the district.


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Nsanje men lag behind on adult literacy


An adult literacy class in session - File Photo Nsanje, December 21: Lack of interest among men to attend adult literacy remains a challenge in Nsanje as it has been revealed that out of the district’s enrollment of 300 learners only 37 are males. District Community Development officer Lucy Vumu confirmed the development in an interview Friday during the commemoration of Adult Literacy, however, was quick to say the number is an achievement for the district as compared to the two years ago. “It is true that out of every 300 participants of the adult literacy classes, 37 are men. To the district, it is a great achievement as compared to two years ago when we had only two males,” she said. Vumu said the situation of having few males has been attributed to shyness among the men. “In the past men felt shy do be taking classes with women. But we have motivated them this is the reason now men are taking up the challenge,” said the District Community Development Officer.


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K3.5 billion revenue collected by immigration department in 2014


A cross section of Immigration Officers during a meeting - File Photo Blantyre, December 21: Malawi Immigration Department says in the year 2014 the department has collected revenues of close to K3.5 billion, a figure it says it’s not far from the revenues the department collected in 2013. Chief Immigration Officer Dr. Hudson Mankhwala said this in Blantyre on Saturday night during the end of year party the department organized for its staff. Mankhwala said the year just ending was fruitful to the department thanks to the government’s support it has been rendering to the department. “I can happily say here that the year 2014 was very fruitful to immigration department since we have managed to achieve what we were expected to do. “The department collected K3.5 billion through its services it offers to the public. However we are discussing with government to give additional funding to our department as doing so could also raise the revenue in the coming year. “Immigration as a department receives K873 million per year but it seems the funding is not fully catering for our needs in a whole year. Approximately our department needs K1.3 billion to work well in a year,” said Mankhwala. Mankhwala added that while the department has registered some successes, there are also challenges the department faced in the just ending year. He said the challenges include continued manual operations in other immigration services like permits, visas and other services. He further cited lack of adequate funding, inadequate housing for officers and lack of adequate operational vehicles as other challenges. Dr. Mankhwala then said in the forthcoming year, the department is planning to recruit 500 additional officers and in the next three years to come the department is planning to recruit 1500 officers. On the reforms being taken by government, Mankhwala said it has helped the department a lot by among others opening passport processing in Lilongwe and next year the department is expected to open another passport printing office in Mzuzu. The Chief Immigration officer has since urged officers to continue working hard in order to achieve government goals. During the Christmas end of year party, the department honoured some of its 2014 retired officers.


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NATIONAL ADDRESS STATEMENT BY HIS EXCELLENCY PROF. ARTHUR PETER MUTHARIKA


1. INTRODUCTION: Fellow Malawians, Ladies and Gentlemen,
Our country, Malawi, remains one of the world’s poorest, ranking 170th out of 187 countries on the Human Development Index (HDI 2013), a position it has been stuck on since 2010. As you all know, the HDI measures long-term progress in three basic dimensions of human development, namely: a long and healthy life, access to knowledge, and a decent standard of living. Between 1980 and 2013, Malawi’s annual HDI increase averaged about 1.4 percent, against an average annual population increase of 2.2%. This suggests that human development has been too slow. When my party, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), got into government in May this year, it inherited empty coffers, following the infamous „Cashgate‟ scandal that was perpetrated by the previous government. The scandal was characterized by a huge pilferage of public funds due to organized fraud and corruption, and led to a withdrawal of development assistance that is channelled through the National Budget. The economy was in shambles as a result, and the cost of living skyrocketed. The impact on the lives of Malawians was severe. Malawians will remember that the DPP government inherited huge domestic debt and enormous arrears owed to providers of goods and services to the government. High political aggrandizement, self-glorification, and massive corruption were characteristic of most of the period between mid-2012 and May 2014. Further, the pride and confidence of the Civil Service was fast waning off. 2. OUR PROMISE TO THE PEOPLE OF MALAWI Fellow Malawians, Ladies and Gentlemen,
During the campaign period leading to the May 2014 elections, the DPP was guided by its election manifesto, entitled “Towards a People-Centered Development.” Through this manifesto, we promised, among others things, to fight underdevelopment, economic and social injustice, inequality, corruption, and theft of public funds and abuse of power. We promised to keep Malawi on a sustained path to development, and not to stop, merely for political reasons, whatever constituted the good work of previous governments. We have since assessed the policies and practices of the previous
Governments, and resolved to retain the Automatic Fuel Pricing mechanism, the flexible exchange rate regime, the return of foreign exchange bureaus, and other monetary policy measures meant to entrench the role of markets in achieving sustainable economic growth. We went further, however, by adopting fiscal reforms that would support and deepen the previous reforms. We instituted reforms aimed at running the government most effectively and efficiently, as follows: • We appointed a cabinet of 20, including deputies, the Vice President and the President.
• We restructured the Office of the President and Cabinet, by moving the Department of HIV/AIDS and Nutrition and the Safe Motherhood Initiative to the Ministry of Health; The Presidential Initiative on Poverty and Hunger Reduction to the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development; The National Registration Bureau to the Ministry of Home Affairs, and The Government Contracting Unit to the Office of the Director of Public Procurement. We also combined the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Economic Planning and Development into one to facilitate coordination of the economic management function.
• Further I directed that chief executive officers of public institutions, principal secretaries and other senior public officers would not be attending public functions except where the functions or events pertain to their organizations. These reforms alone will save over K70 billion per annum. Further, my government established the Civil Service Reform Commission, under the leadership of the Vice President Right Honourable Saulos Chilima. The Commission aims to chart the national direction and establish national priorities in public service reforms. We want an efficient and effective public service. Once the reforms are completed, my government hopes to save an estimated 30% of government resources which are wasted year after year. 3. STATE OF THE ECONOMY My fellow Malawians, Ladies and Gentlemen,
It is common knowledge that Malawi is now operating without general budget support, meaning we have to rely more and more on ourselves to deliver the services that Malawians need. Moreover, in the spirit of good economic governance, we can only spend what we have. It is against this background that my government does not allow unplanned expenditures, and has stepped up efforts to deepen adherence to the existing economic governance laws. The past three months have seen our currency lose close to a quarter of its value in relation to the US dollar, and the impact shows strongly through inflation arising to the associated rising costs of our imports. This inflation has exerted pressure on interest rates, hence lowered private investment and employment. Much as seasonality explains part of the kwacha depreciation, a significant part of it is attributable to speculation. But I have better news: the Kwacha has since stabilized. I am hopeful that the domestic currency may even appreciate soon, because we are doing everything possible to get the economy on the right track. Government has put in place policies that will translate into increased exports in order to increase foreign exchange earnings which are needed to defend the domestic currency. My fellow Malawians, despite the aforesaid challenges facing our economy, the financial system has stabilized and developments are visible in the financial institutions and the capital markets. Let me cite a few, as follows: • The payments system remains stable, and no major system disruptions have been experienced during the past months. Payments, clearing and settlement of transaction, therefore, are proceeding smoothly.
• The banking sector remains sound on account of a favourable macroeconomic environment and improved banking practices. Despite the average Return on Equity (ROE) declining to 31% from 38.7%, the banking sector remains profitable.
• Other sectors that remain profitable are:
o the Insurance industry, although this sector has to watch against the risk associated with investments in money markets;
o the Pensions sector, despite its concentration risk coming from limited long term investment options;
o the Stock market, despite the fact that the market is shallow and not effective in providing the alternative source of raising capital as expected; and
o the micro-finance sector, despite a drop in the loan repayment rate due to the combined impact from a lean agriculture marketing season and persistent non-remittances of payroll deductions. Of course, risks to the economy continue, and the government is specifically working its way forward with the uncertainty regarding the resumption of budgetary support, delayed donor inflows, and low tobacco prices. Inflation remains a risk that has to be tamed, moving forward. Water Situation in Blantyre
My fellow Malawians, I am very aware of the water challenges in Blantyre, and I assure everyone that government is doing everything possible to not only solve the problem for now, but set the Blantyre Water Board to be able to supply sufficient water for the population of year 2040. The BWB‟s infrastructure is aged and has out-lived its design capacity which was meant for a population of 500,000 residents up to the year 1999. Today BWB has over 1 million customers. Further, due to inadequate rains in the year 2012/13, the Mudi Dam which produces about 10% of the Board’s water production dried up by October 2014. Thirdly electricity, which costs BWB about K270 million per month to pump water from Nkula, 40 kms away from the City has been another challenge. I would like to thank the residents of Blantyre for their understanding. We embarked on a total rehabilitation of the BWB production facilities and replacement of pumps at Walkers Ferry and Chileka Pumping Stations, and by March 2015, the BWB will be able to meet all the demand of 96, 000 cubic meters per day, up from the current 74,000 cubic meters production capacity. In addition, we will construct a water supply system from Mulanje Mountain at the cost of about US$ 15 million, to provide an extra 8,000 cubic meters of water per day to Blantyre and surrounding areas. 4. SECTOR SPECIFIC DELIVERABLES My fellow Malawians, in spite of what others may say, my government is very determined to turn this economy round. Today, I would like to account to Malawians what their government has managed to achieve in the first quarter through a sampling of the deliverables, as follows: 4.1 Office of the President and Cabinet
• Oriented all Cabinet ministers and principal secretaries on government policies.
• Updated the Administrative Common Service System, Cabinet Directives Monitoring System, Policy Monitoring System and Inventory System.
• Performed organizational performance assessment for third and fourth quarters of 2013/2014 financial year
• Through the Civil Service Commission, appointed 312 officers to various positions; promoted 427 officers; confirmed appointment of 35 officers and concluded 39 disciplinary cases.
• Through the Office of the Vice President, provided strategic leadership in the introduction and implementation of the Public Service Reforms. • Facilitated construction of a sugar processing plant at Chikwawa Site in Salima under the Green Belt Initiative. 4.2 Ministry of Finance, Economic Planning and Development Treasury
• Strengthened controls in IFMIS to avoid Cashgate.
• Introduced quarterly and monthly reporting of budget performance to ministries, departments and agencies.
• Strengthened the cash management function.
• Launched and operationalised the Development Cooperation Strategy.
• Introduced a zero coupon promissory note to clear outstanding arrears.
• Completed a Public Financial Management Reform study as a basis for implementing a PFM reform programme. Accountant General’s Department
• Decentralized Bank Accounts at the Reserve Bank of Malawi for all Ministries, Departments and Agencies.
• Successfully effected the interface between Epicor IFMIS and Local Councils‟ Serenic Navigator.
• Institutionalised pre-audit services at the Accountant General’s Department Central Payment Office. 4.3 Ministry of Labour and Manpower Development
• Conducted functional review for the establishment of community colleges.
• Finalized Career Guideline Book for technical colleges in Malawi
• Identified and withdrew 200 children in child labour and prevented a further 1,230 children from engaging in child labour.

• Conducted 184 labour inspections; handled 5,798 labour complaints; and completed 50 occupational safety and health inspections meant to ensure safe work environment;
• Launched the TEVET Policy. 4.4 Ministry of Transport and Public Works
• Completed major works on the Blantyre-Zomba, Lilongwe Western By-pass and Ngabu-Bangula roads.
• Commenced feasibility and detailed engineering design study on the rehabilitation of the Sena Line, and completed the rehabilitation of the Nkaya-Nayuchi line.
• Procured Air Traffic Control Consoles and Very High Frequency (VHF) Communication equipment; and the Chileka Instrument Landing System.
• Completed and validated first interim report on the navigability of the Shire/Zambezi waterway, with the final report expected in early 2015. 4.5 National Audit Office
• Produced the final Cashgate forensic report from which 53 case files were made and submitted to law enforcement agencies;
• Produced final forensic audit report for the Malawi Police 2010 K400 million fraud with 7 case files submitted directly to Law Enforcement Agencies.
• Produced and submitted investigative audit reports on MRA and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation
• Verified 2,000 pension files and handed back to the Accountant General for payment
• Submitted reports to Parliament which the Public Accounts Committee discussed.
4.6 Ministry of Agriculture, Water Development and Irrigation
• Completed registration of beneficiaries and suppliers in the 2014/2015 Farm Input Subsidy Programme (FISP)
• Facilitated sale of 186 million kilogrammes of tobacco which earned the country US$352 million.
• Produced and distributed vaccines to over half a million livestock as one way of improving livestock production.
• Facilitated production of 28,850 tonnes of fish which fetched K16.7 billion for the fishers.
• Facilitated fish exports to the following countries: Germany, Hong-Kong, United Kingdom, China, Denmark, France, Sweden and the United States of America.
• Continued with design and construction of irrigation schemes in Neno, Chikwawa, Nsanje, Phalombe, Thyolo, Mulanje, Mchinji, Kasungu, Salima, Zomba and Chitipa.
• Continued with rehabilitation and constructions of the Songwe River Development Programme. 4.7 Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development
• Championed and commenced implementation of the Decent and Affordable (Cement and Malata) Housing Subsidy Programme
• Enforced standards at the following major construction projects: Construction of National Stadium in Lilongwe, Construction of Chapanga Rural Growth Centre in Nsanje, Construction of Commercial Court in Blantyre, Construction of Clinic and Food Court at Capital Hill, Construction of Nkhatabay District Hospital; and Construction of Health Centres in various districts across the country.
• Prepared layout plans for the following areas: Area 2 Extension, Dunduzu and Areas 5 and 6 in Mzuzu, Area 13 and Area 51 in Lilongwe; Mzimba and Chitipa.
• Initiated survey exercise to reaffirm boundary between Malawi and Mozambique along the boundary line where it is described as following the road in Dedza, Ntcheu and towards Mwanza. 4.8 Department of Disaster Management Affairs
• Coordinated development of 2014/2015 food insecurity response plan for the 640,000 food insecure people in 19 districts (December 2014-February 2015).
• Developed the 2014/2015 national contingency plan that focusing on flood, drought and Ebola virus outbreak.
• Conducted community search and rescue trainings for over 800 Civil Protection Committee members in Nsanje, Chikwawa, Salima and Karonga. 4.9 Ministry of Health
• Immunised over 91% of all children under the age of five to protect them from vaccine-preventable diseases.
• Reviewed the National HIV and AIDS and Strategic Plan 2015-25.
• Dispensed free ARVs to over 505,000 people and provided HIV/AIDS testing and prevention of Mother to Child Transmissions (PMTCT) for all mothers delivering at public health facilities across the country.
• Treated over 3.7 million Malawians at public health facilities across the country, of whom 780,000 were inpatients.
• Supported and maintained training of 2,500 medical and nursing students in various colleges and institutions across the country. 4.10 Ministry of Education, Science and Technology
• Successfully mapped all schools under the School Mapping Exercise and details of all education institutions in Malawi have been properly documented.
• Completed the construction of 1,100 classroom blocks and 8 urban schools under the LDF window; completed civil works for upgrading and expansion of Community Day Secondary Schools in Salima, Lilongwe, Nkhotakota, Nkhatabay , Mzuzu and Mzimba.
• Recruited 9,374 qualified teachers out of a total of 10,500 under ODL 3 and IPTE 7; started recruitment process of 10,000 primary school teachers; and deployed 1,118 newly graduated teachers for 2013.
• Achieved 65% completion rate in construction of 24 girls‟ hostels and identified additional 12 new sites for girls‟ hostels.
• Completed construction of 50 school feeding facilities to support 50,000 learners in Rumphi, Nkhatabay, Salima, Mangochi, Dowa and Dedza
• Decentralised payroll in all six Education Divisions. 4.11 Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development
• Developed Integrated Rural Development Strategy aimed at improving coordination and implementation of Rural Development Programmes in Councils.
• Oriented 426 Councilors on their roles and responsibilities in councils.
• Oriented 520 chiefs on their roles and responsibilities, as well as primary justice.
• Facilitated the backstopping and mainstreaming of Climate Change and Environment issues into Socio-Economic Profiles and District Development Plans for Blantyre, Balaka, Ntcheu, Nkhotakota and Thyolo districts. 4.12 Ministry of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare
• Institutionalised Gender and Development Diploma, Degree and Masters programmes at the Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources.
• Developed Gender Responsive Budgeting Manual
• Provided cash transfers to 30,000 ultra-poor and labour constrained households in Balaka, Chitipa, Likoma, Mangochi, Machinga, Thyolo and Salima districts benefiting 150,000 individuals.
• Submitted State Part Reports on the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Violence Against Women (CEDAW); Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC); The African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of Children; Two optional Protocols on CRC.
• Rehabilitated 450 persons with disabilities at community level in Mzimba, Liwonde, Balaka and Blantyre Rural. 4.13 Ministry of Information, Tourism and Culture
• Finalised drafting of the National Cultural Policy
• Increased the number of local television channels from 5 to 10
• Classified 95 films and documentation of 12 National Monuments
• Developed tourism data bank, promoted 6 tourism events and updated Malawi’s Tourism Profile. • Conducted district law enforcement and protected areas patrols, anti-poaching patrols and sensitization exercises with 25 border posts officers aimed at combating illegal trade and exportation and importation of wildlife resources. 4.14 Ministry of Home Affairs and Internal Security
• Produced zero draft National Migration Policy
• Arrested 3,394 suspects in sweeping exercise; 171 illegal immigrants; and pursued 597 court cases to completion. 3,127 illegal firearms were destroyed.
• Processed and issued 38,194 passports and 1,112 temporary travel documents; 28 applications for citizenship; and 1651 various permits and visas. 4.15 Ministry of Youth and Sports
• Graduated 25 sports administrators on University of Pretoria Sports Business Management programme.
• Facilitated the participation of the Malawi National Netball Team in the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games where it maintained position 5 in the world; and also the Malawi National Football Team in the 2015 African Cup of Nations where it played in the group stages.
• Scaled up the CONDOMISE campaign, directly reaching over 5,000 youths and 54,000 condoms distributed. 4.16 Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs
• The Law Commission completed reforms in the Sheriffs Act and Chiefs Act; reviewed the Abortion Law; and undertook reforms in the Prisons Act and development of Legislation on Sentencing Guidelines.
• The Malawi Human Rights Commission conducted 39 investigations of complaints on reported violations of human rights; Monitored 168 child care institutions; trained head-teachers, Community-Based Organisations and Human Rights Clubs on human right-based approaches; and contributed to the Government State Party reports. • The Ombudsman resolved 76 cases; established performance management system and launched a Democracy Accountability-Social Waste Management in Local Councils pilot study.
• The Judiciary cleared a backlog of 12,714 cases (representing 21.5% achievement of the total planned cases of 58,910 cases in year 2014/2015; and conducted 56 camp courts across the country to ensure that vulnerable groups such as women and children access justice. 5. WHERE ARE WE HEADING TO? My fellow Malawians, Ladies and Gentlemen,
Based on the tangibles seen so far on the ground, we maintain the estimate that Malawi will grow by an average of 5.5% in 2014, from an estimated 5.0% in 2013. This rate is agreed by the International Monetary Fund (estimated 6.12% growth), the World Bank (4.4%), and the Reserve Bank of Malawi (6.3%). The bankable projects compendium that we launched early this month provides hope for Malawi’s future. I invite investors, both local and international, to take advantage of these business opportunities. On our part as government, we will provide the environment that will make businesses flourish, as this creates a win-win situation between private investor and the government. Donor disbursement of aid has an impact on Malawi’s growth since donors have traditionally funded over 70% of the development budget. But as everyone knows now, donors significantly reduced budgetary support to Malawi because of Cashgate. My government has strengthened the financial system to make sure that Cashgate never occurs again in Malawi; we have resourced fairly well the Law Enforcement Institutions, including the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB), so that they do a thorough independent job, prosecute all suspects, and recover the stolen resources where possible. We are exercising fiscal discipline and making sure that we do not disturb the macroeconomic fundamentals. We are doing everything possible to make sure that all Malawians and the international community have the confidence in their government. We have only one Malawi, and we must all work towards making our country the true Warm Heart of Africa. Salary Strikes
I want to share with you the background to a number of developments in our country and to explain why they are occurring. I will also like to inform the public how the Government is dealing with these matters. We have, as a country, embarked on a number of initiatives that are intended to transform our country. These are aimed at improving its socio-economic status and principally to accelerate our fight against endemic poverty. As you are aware, there is a general disappointment around the country that our socio-economic performance during the first 50 years of our independence was unsatisfactory. In the event, the general consensus inter alia was to demand for a transformation of the public service which is the key instrument for economic development, and the rehabilitation of other institutions. Only then, it is being argued, do we stand a chance of creating conditions for achieving a better economic performance. This view was so prevalent that during political campaigns for elections, this subject dominated debates to demonstrate its importance. The Democratic Progressive Party, in its manifesto, adopted public service and public finance management reforms as priority programs of the needed transformation programme of action and wage harmonization in the public service is made the cornerstone of the public service reforms. Wage harmonization is not only necessary to revitalize the service but it is considered an important means of curbing the propensity for fraud in the Service. Equally important is the fact that it restores the principle of “equal pay for equal work” in the public service as was the case up to 1998 before a multiplicity of salary scales emerged. The wage harmonisation policy therefore is not only needed to ensure the needed enhancement of the effectiveness and efficient of the public service but it is also intended to curb the potential for financial frauds and eradicate laissez faire attitudes that have thrived in public service particularly during the past two decades. The principle of “equal pay for equal work” in the form harmonization must be a core element of the transformation process and must be implemented. For it simply does not make sense that a newly recruited doctor in the mainstream Civil Service should receive a starting salary that is equal to the salary of a driver in the Anti-Corruption Bureau or in Human Rights organisation. Nor does it make sense that a Budget Director or the Accountant General for example should receive just about half the salary of his counterparts in the Judiciary or in the National Assembly. We are unlikely to get the best from such people and we have created an environment that is conducive to fraud which progressively led to a disregard for public money as we saw during the cashgate days. It is in view of this that the Government has decided that as part of the needed transformation, salary scales in the public service be harmonized as they were between 1964-1998. Let me deviate and give you the background to the present controversies that have engulfed our country. In order to achieve harmonization, the government decided that, within the budgetary limit of an average wage bill increase of 24.4 percent, the mainstream Civil Service should have a higher increment that would permit their salary scale to be notionally higher than other salary scales in the public service except for the Anti-Corruption Bureau that remains the highest. We then allowed other scales to increase up to the new mainstream Civil Service salary scale. But because their scales were originally higher than that of the Civil Service, it followed that their increment were smaller. The gist of the strikes and other controversies is that those who had privileged salary scales want to continue to earn more than their mainstream Civil Service colleagues. In short they demand equal salary increments that would maintain their superiority over the mainstream Civil Service. To do this, of course means, that we would have to find extra money from somewhere. There is just no money for us to increase their salary scales. Recently the IMF programme that we have signed is premised on expenditure and therefore wage containment. If we break this agreement with the IMF, the chances of reducing inflation and interest rates and returning to normality will have vanished. Bwanas and Donnas you can see that between wage containment demanded by the IMF and finding means to perpetuate privileges for a few people, the country must choose wage containment. However, I am aware that there is need to resolve the controversies so that the country can resume normality. For this reason, I am prepared to continue to negotiate with those who feel aggrieved. But these negotiations must be within the legal framework. We are prepared to prevent the prevalence of anarchy that is being fueled by a few disgruntled power hungry politicians within and outside the country. We have the means, within the law, to deal with such elements of people. Lastly, I wish to appeal to you Bwanas and Donnas to be understanding as we pass through these turbulent times. When deciding to implement such a policy, we knew that groups within the public service that are privileged to enjoy higher salary scales would fight against this policy. I must confess that I equally expected that the sense of fairness and decency would prevail quickly. Unfortunately, unscrupulous politicians within and outside have taken advantage of the situation to perpetuate the controversy and extend it to other sectors inside and outside the public sector. I wish to appeal to the public to support the Government in this matter that is ultimately intended to enhance our economic performance and accelerate the eradication of poverty in our country as I have explained. Let me thank you for listening to me on this very important subject. 6. CONCLUSION In conclusion, I would like to thank all government ministries, departments and agencies that worked so hard in the past quarter. Together we have achieved a lot; and together we will transform this nation. In the coming few weeks, government will announce the specific targets that each ministry and department will be pursuing in 2015. The public is therefore encouraged to directly interact and/or question the relevant ministry and/or department in line with their mandates. Further, I have directed that every two weeks at least one ministry and/or department must face the public and account for their planned deliverables. Remember, this DPP-led government aims to double the economy by 2019. So, Action, and more action is all we need. Let me thank you for listening to me. May the Almighty God bless you all and bless Mother Malawi.


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KK MPs query over mining survey prior to release of Kauniuni results


Mining exploratory activities in Mzimba - File Photo Nkhotakota, December 20: Members of Parliament (MPs) in Nkhotakota have queried over commencement of full tensor gravity gradiometry survey by RAK Gas MB45 Ltd to trace potential areas for oil and gas exploration when Department of Mining has not yet come up with results of Kauniuni Survey. The MPs raised the concern during extraordinary Nkhotakota district full council meeting organized by Department of Mining and RAK Gas MB45 Ltd to brief council members of its first activities in oil and gas exploration in blocks 4 and 5. Briefing members, Southern Region Mining Engineer Eliya Saiti said the Department of Mining is still analyzing Kauniuni survey data and the results will be ready next year but RAK Gas MB45 would like to conduct its survey to establish potential areas of oil and gas exploration in the two blocks. “Block 4 includes the southern part of Nkhotakota, Salima, Mangochi and small portions of Dedza and Ntcheu while block 5 covers districts like Phalombe, Zomba, Blantyre, Mulanje, Thyolo, Machinga and Chiradzulu,” said Saiti. Nkhotakota North legislator Frank Mphande queried the reason behind rushing in allowing RAK Gas MB45 to conduct the survey when the general public does not know the results of Kauniuni. Mphande said: “Will this not be similar to what happened at Kayerekera whereby many samples are just being taken thereby draining large part of mineral deposits before commencement of the actual drilling?” Saiti clarified that during Kauniuni survey, exploration of oil and gas did not cover the whole country as oil and gas exploration took place only in Vwaza and Lower Shire not in the two blocks that have been given to the RAK Gas MB45. RAK Gas MB45 Ltd Country Manager Chimwemwe Chikusa added that the plane that is used for full tensor gravity gradiometry survey is tuned to trace specific minerals in specific areas. He highlighted that the plane will be set to trace oil and gas potential sites in blocks 4 and 5 which were not targeted during Kauniuni survey regarding oil and gas prospects. Nkhotakota South legislator Grelzedar Jeffrey however, said she was in agreement with her fellow legislator because the development means that funds are lost only in surveys without tangible results and this, in one way or another, could affect the economy. Saiti said the situation will not have adverse effect on the economy because RAK Gas MB45 are using their own funds not from Mining Governance and Growth Support Project which they used for Kauniuni and the project is funded by World Bank and European Union.    “Since Kauniuni did not cover oil and gas exploration for the whole country, we are happy that we have investors like RAK Gas MB45 who have the financial muscle to assist government in oil and gas exploration. This is why government granted license to RAK Gas MB45 last year,” said Saiti. RAK Gas MB45 Ltd is from United Arab Emirates. The full tensor gravity gradiometry survey which is expected to take place in two months involves a small plane flying at an average height of 100 metres to trace if an area has sedimentary basins which are potential areas for further oil and gas exploration.


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About 9.5 million Malawians at risk; contracting blinding Trachoma

About 9.5 million Malawians at risk; contracting blinding Trachoma

Lilongwe, October 13, 2014, Mana: Sight Savers International says over nine million Malawians, especially women are at high risk of contracting blinding Trachoma out of 229 million people globally. According to a research, the disease slow...

Sports News

Kamwendo optimistic of Flames' victory in Algeria

Kamwendo optimistic of Flames' victory in Algeria

Blantyre, October 14, 2014: The team lost to Algeria 2-0 at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre last Saturday, and many soccer lovers may already have ruled out any victory in Algeria, but Captain Joseph Kamwendo is optimistic the Flames will upset ...

Algeria clips dis-jointed Flames in Afcon Qualifiers

Algeria clips dis-jointed Flames in Afcon Qualifiers

Blantyre, October 11:  A dis-jointed Malawi National Football Team, the Flames were clipped 2-0 by visiting Algeria in the Africa Cup of Nations Qualifier encounter on Saturday at the country's Soccer Mecca, Kamuzu Stadium in front of thous...

Development News

Government calls for equality in development

Every Malawian irrespective of differences in political party allegiance is entitled to equal share of government-initiated development projects, Local Government and Rural Development Deputy Minister Augustine Mtendere made the observation Friday. Mtendere made the remarks at Zyalambe Teacher Development Centre in the area of T/A Kapelula in Kasungu on the sidelines...

Business News

Tea Association of Malawi donates Laptop to Thyolo Police

Tea Association of Malawi donates Laptop to Thyolo Police

Thyolo, December 21: Barely two days after Mchima Tea Estate donated various farm materials to Thyolo Prison, Tea Association of Malawi on Friday donated a Laptop worthy MK375,000  to Thyolo Police Station. The donation comes after Thyol...

K3.5 billion revenue collected by immigration department in 2014

K3.5 billion revenue collected by immigration department in 2014

A cross section of Immigration Officers during a meeting - File Photo Blantyre, December 21: Malawi Immigration Department says in the year 2014 the department has collected revenues of close to K3.5 billion, a figure it says it’s not fa...

Entertainment News

Lomwe speaks on Malawi’s chances of winning BBA

Lilongwe, December 5: As Africa’s biggest reality Television Show Big Brother 9 dubbed Hotshots comes to an end this Sunday, one of Malawi’s former representatives, Lomwe has spoken on Malawi’s chances of winning the competition.   In a r...

Malawi’s MonaSinging nominated for Canadian Awards, Releases Video

Malawi’s MonaSinging nominated for Canadian Awards, Releases Video

Lilongwe, October 9: Malawian born Monalisa Ndovie popularly known as MonaSinging, has been nominated for a Canadian Award in the Best Female Artist Category slated for 12 October, 2014.   The artist confirmed the news through an e-mail w...

Agriculture News

'Eliminate farmers illiteracy to improve farming business'

Written By Sam Majamanda on Saturday, 20 December 2014 09:44
'Eliminate farmers illiteracy to improve farming business'

An adult education class in progress - File Photo Mulanje, December 19: The National Smallholder Farmers’ Association of Malawi (NASFAM) says farmers’ literacy is a catalyst for agricultural development. Operations Manager for NASFAM, S...

MP Kandodo says not afraid of Section 65

Kasungu, July 11, 2012, Mana: Kasungu Central Member of Parliament Ken Kandodo said recently he is not afraid of Section 65 challenging that he will maintain his seat should Speaker of

Parliament Henry Chimunthu Banda invoke the anti-defection law.

 

Kandodo who is also Malawi’s Defence Minister is among former ruling Democratic Progressive

Party (DPP) MPs who ditched their party following death of President Bingu wa Mutharika and

announced their allegiance to President Joyce Banda and her now ruling People’s Party (PP).

 

Speaker Chimunthu Banda is yet to act on a petition by DPP to have seats of all its former MPs

who are now on government side declared vacant for allegedly crossing the floor.

 

However, Kandodo told a development rally at Lisasadzi in the district that he is confident of retaining his Kasungu Central seat in a by-election in the event that it is declared vacant.

 

“Even if elections are held today or next week, I’ll still go back to parliament. As an MP I’m still

enjoying support from the constituency and the general public,” he declared.

 

Quizzed if by declaring allegiance to PP-led government means he has effectively joined

the party Kandodo insisted that he is an independent member of parliament but supporting government.

 

 

 

He was on the other hand non-committal on possibilities of joining the party in future or running on its ticket in 2014 general elections only saying “politics is dynamic, you never know what will

 

happen tomorrow.” He said the nation will be advised when time comes.

 

 

 

“I am an independent MP but supporting government, that is my official status in parliament

 

now,” he clarified.

 

Features

NATIONAL ADDRESS STATEMENT BY HIS EXCELLENCY PROF. ARTHUR PETER MUTHARIKA

NATIONAL ADDRESS STATEMENT BY HIS EXCELLENCY PROF. ARTHUR PETER MUTHARIKA

1. INTRODUCTION: Fellow Malawians, Ladies and Gentlemen, Our country, Malawi, remains one of the world’s poorest, ranking 170th out of 187 countries on the Human Development Index (HDI 2013), a position it has been stuck on since 2010. As you all know, the HDI measures long-term progress in thr...

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  • Mutharika derivers a speech during SADC
    Prof.Mutharika delivers a speech during the handing over ceremony of SADC Chairpersonship in Zimbabwe.
  • First Lady's visit to an orphanage

    First Lady Madame Gertrude Mutharika with her fellow First Ladies of Namibia & Zimbabwe during their visit to an Orphanage.

  • Handing over the SADC Badge

    Prof.Mutharika hands over the SADC Chairpersonship barge to President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe.

  • Prize presentation
    Prof. mutharika gives a prize to  a winner of SADC Secondary School Essay competition.
  • Part of the high Table

    Delegates during the Sadc Summit listening to the National Anthem

  • First Ladys present

    Her Excellency Madame Gertrude Mutharika and other First ladies Present at the SADC Summit.

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    Outgoing SADC Chair pose in a group photo with award winners.

  • Mutharika Group photo Protect the Ball

    President Mutharika in a group photograph after signing the Protect The Ball signing ceremony at Sanjika palace in Blantyre.

Education News

Nsanje men lag behind on adult literacy

Nsanje men lag behind on adult literacy

An adult literacy class in session - File Photo Nsanje, December 21: Lack of interest among men to attend adult literacy remains a challenge in Nsanje as it has been revealed that out of the district’s enrollment of 300 learners only 37 ...

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Readers are leaders. US Ex President Bill Clinton read more than 300 books during his short time at Oxford University. Some top performers read a book a day. The more you know, the less you fear.

General News

Irish Rule of Law International partners with Malawi NGOs

Irish Rule of Law International partners with Malawi NGOs

Kasungu, December 19: Two Non-Governmental Organizations in Malawi-Child Rights Advocacy and Paralegal Aid Centre (CRAPAC) and Paralegal Advisory Se...

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Environment News

Lightening kills a man in Machinga

Lightening kills a man in Machinga

Machinga, December 20: Lightening has killed a man at Chibwana village, Senior Traditional Authority Kawinga in Machinga Friday afternoon. Accordin...

Religion News

First Lady bemoans environmental degradation of Malosa Mountain

First Lady bemoans environmental degradation of Malosa Mountain

Bishop Malasa: Commited to work with BEAM - File Photo Zomba, December 20: First Lady Madame Gertrude Mutharika has bemoaned at how Malosa Mountain...