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Mwami Boarder To Improve Crossboarder Trade

Mwami Boarder To Improve Crossboarder Trade

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The ministry of Trade and Industry has expressed optimism that the Mchinji - Mwami One Stop Boarder Post would significantly change the way of doing business at the border by improving cross-border trade. Charity Musonzo, Director of Trade at the Ministry of Trade and Industry, said this during a sensitization workshop aimed at creating awareness about the new One Stop Border Post (OSBP) to the community and economic operators in Mchinji district and beyond. Speaking at the Workshop, Musonzo said: "The One Stop Boarder Post will help in terms of free movement of people and enhancing trade facilitation in general, thereby further accelerating Malawi’s trade integration of the region and world markets. Under the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), we are exposed to a market ...
Deputy Minister Ask Embassy Of Iceland To Extend Development Projects

Deputy Minister Ask Embassy Of Iceland To Extend Development Projects

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Pictures: Courtesy of Ministry of Local Government Deputy Minister of Local Government Halima Daudi has asked the Embassy of Iceland to extend their development projects, currently being implemented in Mangochi and Nkhotakota, to Likoma District. According to official sources, Daudi, who was in the district, said the people of Likoma need the Icelandic International Development Agency (Iceida) projects support to improve their livelihoods. She mentioned poor transport and communication infrastructure, limited access to health care services, poor education services, poor governance, narrow revenue base for the local council and inadequate human resources as some of the challenges the district is currently facing. Head of the Iceland Mission to Malawi Inga Dora Petursdottir said...
20 Prisoners Officers Houses Ready Month End

20 Prisoners Officers Houses Ready Month End

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Some 20 prison officers in Mzuzu will this month-end say good bye to their old or small houses to occupy newly built and spacious houses upon completion of all construction final touches. Failure to meet the 13th July 2022 deadline is said to be due to change of paint and wardrobe designs by prison authorities. Hualong Construction Company Site Foreman Gasper Tcherani told Rainbow Online on Tuesday that works will be complete by the 25th August since they are currently at 95 percent completion rate. "We missed the July deadline because the owners of the houses did not want the designs of the wardrobes and the paint we wanted to use. Now as you can see everything is in order and we should be finishing by the 25th of this month,” explained Tcherani. Water and electricity have al...
93 Percent Malawians Use Contaminated Water

93 Percent Malawians Use Contaminated Water

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Up to 93 percent of Malawians use contaminated water for their daily activities. According to the National Statistical Office - NSO Statistician Atusaye Mwambyale, this is a 2019 - 2020 Malawi Multiple Indicator Survey- MICS study finding. He is currently presenting the findings to some stakeholders in Mzuzu. Mwambyale explains that about 60 percent of water is contaminated from the source while the figure rises to 93 percent at household level. Stakeholders and responsible government agencies are yet to make their comments.
ESCOM Loadshedding Irks Parliament

ESCOM Loadshedding Irks Parliament

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Parliament has adopted a report of the Parliamentary Committee on Public Accounts which has exposed the Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi's unsatisfactory performance in executing its mandate to the public. PAC's Chairperson, Mark Botomani, disclosed this in the August House, during the presentation of 'A Performance Audit Report on The Distribution Of Electricity In Malawi By Electricity Supply Corporation Of Malawi (ESCOM) Limited' The report uncovers gross disregard of expected operating standards by the corporation in the period under review (2011 -2016). "The Customer Services Charter of ESCOM provides that ESCOM should provide new service connection within 30 days from the date of payment for service cable connection and a meter. Similarly, the Charter provides that ...
Hilal Afrika Embarked On A Borehole Drilling Project

Hilal Afrika Embarked On A Borehole Drilling Project

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In a bid to alleviate challenges that communities in hard-to-reach areas encounter to access clean, portable water; charitable organisation Hilal Afrika has embarked on a borehole drilling project across the country. Already, several water points have been drilled and handed over to grateful villagers in Salima, Nsanje, Zomba, Chikwawa and Balaka districts. Until this week, people of Uli village, TA Sawali in Balaka had nowhere to draw hygienically clean, safe and portable water as they had to rely on appalling sources including shallow wells and swamps. Speaking at a handover event, Hilal Afrika chairman Umut Turan urged the villagers take good care of their borehole so it can serve them for a long time. Apart from water challenges, the organisation is also considering to add...
25% Devaluation Necessarily Evil- Gwengwe

25% Devaluation Necessarily Evil- Gwengwe

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Minister of Finance , Sosten Gwengwe has today told Parliament that the 25 percent devaluation effected two months ago was a necessary evil which has saved the country's economy from collapsing. Gwengwe argued that without devaluing the kwacha, the country could have plunged into a fuel crisis similar to the one experienced in 2012. Said Gwengwe: "We had to make a decision. We were between a rock and a hard place. Otherwise, the Reserve Bank of Malawi wouldn't have been able to buy forex from the local market to support Nocma [National Oil Company of Malawi] to purchase fuel. Devaluation was better than plunging the country into a fuel crisis." Gwengwe`s remarks came during a debate on a bill concerning additional financing for Malawi Social Support for Resilient Livelihoods whic...
Malawi Have Enough Maize- Lowe

Malawi Have Enough Maize- Lowe

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The country has adequate stocks of maize and therefore people should not panic. Minister Of Agriculture Lobin Lowe has given the assurance when he spoke in Parliament in response to legislators' questions to the government. One of the legislators sought to find out when Government intends to construct and renovate ADMARC Markets at Lungwena in Mangochi and Ntonda In Ntcheu. Later the Minister told MBC that currently, the country’s maize stocks are at over 200 thousand metric tonnes which is enough to last till the next harvesting season. The Minister said currently the National Food Reserve Agency has started buying maize from farmers who are grouped in cooperatives. “Our strategy is that we are selling maize where the situation is desperate like in the lower shire. But whi...
Chakwera Launch National Youth Service

Chakwera Launch National Youth Service

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President Dr Lazarus Chakwera says the National Youth Service (NYS) will make a difference to the nation when the youths acquire specialised training in various fields. Dr Chakwera was speaking at Chikonde Primary School Ground, in Neno during the launch of the NYS. The Malawi leader said the launch of the NYS is a fulfilment of one of the key promises he made during the campaign trail in 2019. Dr Chakwera noted that the country has more youths who are not employed despite having some formal training. He then clarified that the NYS comes into effect to empower the youths so that when their mindset is changed and skills are imparted they become a national treasure ready to serve the nation and create employment for others. The President reiterated that his government wants t...
Chakwera Commissions Mangochi Police Staff Houses

Chakwera Commissions Mangochi Police Staff Houses

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President Dr Lazarus Chakwera says his administration is putting more effort into rebuilding the broken foundation it inherited from the previous administration. The President was speaking at Malamia Police Mobile Service Camp in Mangochi during the official handover ceremony of new houses for police staff at the camp. Speaking after officially handing over the new houses, Dr Chakwera said for the past two years his focus has been on laying a strong foundation for a prosperous future for all Malawians. The Malawi leader said the economic foundation the father and founder of the nation, late Ngwazi Dr Hastings Kamuzu Banda, laid for Malawi's development had been systematically destroyed for decades and that construction of the police houses is one way of rebuilding a strong founda...