Author: malawinewsnow

Zuma is walking toward the door marked ‘dictatorship’ – plunges the knife ON South Africa’s democracy

CAPE TOWN (Richard Calland) South Africa has reached a crisis point in its political history that’s been looming on the horizon for more than a year. In the dark of night – literally – President Jacob Zuma demonstrated his ruthlessness by firing finance minister, Pravin Gordhan, amid a 20-person reshuffle of his government. The magnitude of what has happened shouldn’t be underestimated. The Save South Africa campaign, echoing the sentiments of the country’s progressive-minded constitutionalists, described Gordhan’s dismissal as “an outrage”. There are two major concerns. The first is the impact on the economy, the second is a political...

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Malawi urged to ban cheap potent alcohol destroying young lives

Four years ago, Malawian teenager Anthony had ambitions to become a doctor, but in his last year at school he was diagnosed with liver cirrhosis after becoming hooked on cheap, strong liquor. Campaigners in the southern African country say potent alcohol – ten times the strength of normal beer – is destroying young lives, potentially impacting the country’s development. They are calling for a complete ban on the liquor. “Back then I never thought of the consequences,” said Anthony who asked not to give his second name. “We used to sneak out with friends to go drinking since it...

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Malawi High Court dismisses ‘politically motivated’ WhatsApp treason case

BLANTYRE (Malawi NewsNow) – The High Court in Blantyre has dismissed a treason case against three senior opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) officials. MCP officials  Dr Jessie Kabwila,  Mr Peter Chakhwantha and Mr Ulemu Msungama were arrested on issues surrounding conversations on social networks which the State argued that bordered on sedition and treason. But Judge Healey Potani has dismissed the treason case. Potani also ordered the state to compensate the three. The arrest raised a lot of debate on the constitutionality of sedition and treason laws in a democracy. MCP president and leader of opposition Lazarus Chakwera alluded...

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Facts around $500m Lake Malawi water scheme don’t wash

LILONGWE ( Serah Makondetsa) – Malawian billionaire Simbi Phiri is at the centre of a new controversy after it emerged that he will be both referee and player in a giant $500-million Malawi government water scheme. It has emerged that Malawian billionaire Simbi Phiri’s company will assess the “feasibility” of a project from whose construction he stands to benefit – a move seen as a clear conflict of interest. Major questions have also been raised about whether the project – to pump water from Lake Malawi to the capital Lilongwe – makes financial and technical sense. The chief executive of...

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Concerns over financial component of Salima-Lilongwe water deal  – Malawi News under fire on Simbi PR story

LILONGWE (Malawi NewsNow)- Attorney-General  Kalekeni Kaphale  is querying thefinancial arrangement in the construction of water pipeline from Salima to Lilongwe  including payment modalities as wanys more financial safeguards for Malawi government in the high-profile $500 million (K400 billion) project. The contract belongs to Lilongwe Water Board (LWB), while the contractor Khato Holdings will identify funding, but Malawi government is a guarantor to the deal. LWB chief executive officer Alfonso Chikuni explains that the agreement stipulates that the contractor will source finances for the project and  Malawi Government is expected to be guarantor of the $500 million loan. The project is...

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