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Court adjourns Prophet Bushiri’s extradition case
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Court adjourns Prophet Bushiri’s extradition case

The Lilongwe Chief Resident Magistrate Madalitso Chimwaza has adjourned the Shepherd Bushiri and wife, Mary, extradition case to July 11. 2022 when the Court will make a ruling whether the State should use witness recordings. This comes after South African government, through the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), applied to have a review of the order for witnesses to testify while in their country of South Africa. On Friday, DPP Steven Kayuni argued that it will be expensive to bring in witnesses from South Africa to testify physically in Malawi. In February, High Court Judge Redson Kapindu gave several directives, including that South Africa-based witnesses be physically present. However, defence lawyer Wapona Kita said the issue at hand was already dealt wi...
Chakwera launches private sector labs, calls for greater collaboration
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Chakwera launches private sector labs, calls for greater collaboration

President Lazarus Chakwera has stressed the need for a vibrant private sector if the country is to achieve meaningful economic development. Chakwera was speaking when he officially launched the first ever Private Sector Labs under the Presidential Delivery Unit which the President is championing. He observed that no country’s economy can develop with over reliance on handouts. "Our economy has been sick in many was for a long time and we have failed to administer the right cure to our sickness. The sicknesses have remained among us despite administering several doses of painkillers. Time has now come to abandon those painkillers and embrace real cure to our sicknesses," said Chakwera The Malawi leader further said there is need to start finding solutions to high levels of unemp...
EcoBank Branch Manager Chizuza remanded, accused of stealing K129m client’s money
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EcoBank Branch Manager Chizuza remanded, accused of stealing K129m client’s money

Mzuzu Resident Magistrate Adul Issah Maulidi remanded Mzuzu EcoBank Branch Manager, John Chizuza who is answering charges of theft by servant and fraud other than false pretense. He was arrested on June 9, 2022 for failing to account for K129 million belonging to a client’s account. He pleaded not guilty to the charges. According to sources privy to the case, it is suspected that the K129 million that Chizuza mismanaged belongs to Sana Cash and Carry. Through his lawyer Wesley Mwafulirwa, he applied for bail which the State vehemently protested arguing that his release may jeopardize investigations. In his ruling, Maulidi agreed with the State and remanded him at Mzuzu prison. He is expected to appear in court on Monday next week. In the case the State is being represe...
Supreme Court rescues Mulli
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Supreme Court rescues Mulli

Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) has stayed a High Court Commercial Division ruling which dismissed applications by Mulli Brothers Limited (MBL) for stay of proceedings pending arbitration and a further order declining jurisdiction against Reserve Bank of Malawi’s (RBM) Court proceedings to claim a loan balance from the company. The application was dismissed with costs. This means that High Court Judge Jabbar Alide’s order for MBL to file defence within 7 days and subsequent mediation proceedings have been stayed. The SCA order, which was granted 24 hours after the lower Court’s ruling, reads: “It is hereby ordered and directed that the ruling dated June 15, 2022 and the proceedings herein be stayed pending hearing of the appeal.” RBM through their lawyer Thabo Chakaka Nyirenda dr...
Chakwera approves K3.5bn for National Youth Service
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Chakwera approves K3.5bn for National Youth Service

President Lazarus Chakwera has approved K3.5 billion for National Youth Service to be disbursed across all the 193 constituencies in the country. Minister of Youth Richard Chimwendo Banda has confirmed the development in an interview with Privately owned Zodiak Broadcasting Station. Chimwendo said that the K3.5 billion will be used to train youth in entrepreneurship and after successfully undergoing the training the youths will be presented with start up capital. "The focus is we want young people to venture into Agribusiness like poultry farming. So after training, these young people will be provided with start up capital and further to that they will be linked to Microfinance institutions like the National Economic Empowerment Fund (NEEF) as well as TEVETA for further skills tra...
Tanzanian High Commissioner present letters of credence to Malawi
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Tanzanian High Commissioner present letters of credence to Malawi

Tanzanian High Commissioner Designate to Malawi has expressed his commitment to uplift the bilateral relationship between Malawi and Tanzania and ensure the betterment of the welfare of the citizens of the two countries. The Tanzanian Envoy, Humphrey Hesron Polepole, made the statement after presenting letters of credence to President Lazarus Chakwera at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe on Thursday. The high commissioner designate, Polepole, takes over from Benedict Martin Mashiba who has been recalled to his home country. Speaking to Media after presenting his letters, he pledged to strengthen the relationship between the two countries. He further stated he had enriching discussion with Chakwera, saying Malawi and Tanzania are like brother and sister. “I have a specific instructio...
Community implicates Vuwa Kaunda in LL Area 43 land dispute
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Community implicates Vuwa Kaunda in LL Area 43 land dispute

Former Minister of Lands Symon Vuwa Kaunda appeared before Chief Resident Magistrate’s Court in Lilongwe on Wednesday as a witness in a case related to a land dispute in Area 43, Lilongwe. One of the community members, Marriam Dayilesi, who is answering charges of encroachment on land belonging to Ufulu John Loga, told the court that Kaunda distributed the land to them on December 19, 2019. “In 2019, we were told by Honourable Kaunda to create a committee and share the land among ourselves for settlement, which Mr. Loga is today claiming to be his,” Dayilesi told the court. However, Kaunda denied the allegations, observing that the Ministry of Lands does not give out land to people for free and that the law requires landowners to have documents that prove ownership. “My presenc...
Person with albinism gets 20 years for defilement
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Person with albinism gets 20 years for defilement

Mkukula Senior Resident Magistrate's Court has sentenced a 38-year old man with albinism to 20 years in prison for repeatedly defiling a 13-year old girl. According to Kanengo Police Station Inspector Public Relations Officer, Esther Mkwanda, the convict, Allan Banda, was found guilty of defilement on June 15, 2022. “The court, through State Prosecutor Sub Inspector Esnart Phiri, learnt that Banda committed the crime during the months of August and October 2020 in Area 49, Lilongwe and escaped after realizing that Police wanted him. “At the time, Banda was a tenant to the victim's mother, residing in one compound where he used to defile her in her mother's bedroom without being noticed,” he said On October 16, 2020 around 0700 hours as the girl prepared to go to school, Banda d...
Ripple Africa hailed for promoting afforestation in Mzimba
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Ripple Africa hailed for promoting afforestation in Mzimba

M’mbelwa District Council has hailed Ripple Africa, for promoting environmental conservation through afforestation initiatives in Mzimba District. District Commissioner (DC) for Mzimba, Rodney Simwaka was speaking Tuesday after touring some forests which are owned by individual farmers with facilitation from Ripple Africa in the areas of Traditional Authorities (TAs) Mtwalo and Jaravikuwa. He said the Council’s reports on afforestation are sometimes not taken seriously by some stakeholders who think that the council just cook our success stories and that his visit to the forest sites has proved wrong such stakeholders. “Our reports are a true reflection of our afforestation initiatives. Stakeholders can now have firsthand information on what is taking place on the ground. We need ...
NGO’s calls for an action in ending harmful cultural practices
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NGO’s calls for an action in ending harmful cultural practices

Non-Government Organization NGO's have called for concerted efforts from various stakeholders to ensure that children are receiving all the fundamental human rights The sentiments comes as the country has joined the rest of the world in commemoration of African child which falls on 16 June every year. Speaking in an interview, Executive Director for Girls Activists Youth Organization (GAYO) said the day is of significance as it helps in raising awareness about the hurdles that children experiences when accessing their fundamental rights. “Government needs to play a crucial role by implementing various interventions that will ensure that children are protected from all forms of gender base violence, human trafficking and child labor by providing them with adequate support for their...