President Koroma to participate in Washington’s discussion on good governance

By Dennis Kabatto – Heads of states of four African countries including Cape Verde, Malawi, Senegal and Sierra Leone will hold an important conversation Friday at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) in Washington. Prime Minister Jose Pereira Neves of Cape Verde; President Dr. Joyce Banda of Malawi; President Macky Sall of Senegal and President Dr. Ernest B. Koroma of Sierra Leone were selected as Panelists for a discussion on Consolidating Democratic Gains, Promoting African Prosperity. “These four heads of state are in Washington, DC together at the invitation of President Obama” said USIP Spokesperson Steven Ruder in a... Continue Reading

Publish Date: Tuesday, March 26th 2013 | Read Comments

MALAWI: UK aid cuts already hitting health care

BLANTYRE, 2 June 2011 (IRIN) – After several years of fragile gains, Malawi’s healthcare sector is facing major setbacks following a decision by its largest international donor, the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), to freeze its aid to the impoverished nation.   The UK provided about US$122 million annually to Malawi, of which $49 million went to funding Malawi’s public health sector, but DFID made its final aid disbursement in March and has decided not to renew a six-year funding commitment which ends in June. “We have already started feeling the pinch,” said Martha Kwataine, a policy analyst with... Continue Reading

Publish Date: Sunday, June 5th 2011 | Read Comments

Africa demonstrates a strong commitment to ICT-supported education

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. African countries are increasingly engaging in the development of ICT-based solutions for education and training, according to Dr Mohammed Gharib Bilal, Vice President of the United Republic of Tanzania. Opening Africa’s leading conference on ICT-supported education, eLearning Africa, in Dar es Salaam on May 25, Dr Bilal said, “We are now witnessing increasing investments in ICT on our Continent, the enthusiasm of the youth in adapting new technologies and bridging the geographical barriers brought by fast changing converging technologies. These initiatives attest to the fact that Africa is now moving from being a spectator to a... Continue Reading

Publish Date: Friday, May 27th 2011 | Read Comments

Malawi’s former President Muluzi finally in South Africa for treatment

By Emmanuel Muwamba – Malawi’s former president Bakili Muluzi on Wednesday finally left Malawi for South Africa for medical treatment five months after his due date. The government had refused Muluzi permission to travel to South Africa for specialised treatment for his slipped discs problems arguing that the State specialists should first determine his condition. But the High Court has on several occasions ordered that the State should facilitate his medical review trip. On April 2 2011, President Bingu wa Mutharika directed that Muluzi should be allowed to travel to South Africa without strings attached and that government should provide... Continue Reading

Publish Date: Thursday, April 21st 2011 | Read Comments

Malawi religious leaders say government has lost direction

By Emmanuel Muwamba – The Public Affairs Committee (PAC), a grouping of religious leaders in Malawi, has criticised the administration of President Bingu wa Mutharika saying the government has lost direction for ordering to deport a British envoy. On Wednesday, PAC condemned the government intention to expel the British High Commissioner Fergus Cochrane-Dyet. Government has refused to comment on the issue. The Malawi Government on Monday gave the British High Commissioner 72 hours to leave Malawi after he called President Mutharika “autocratic, combative and intolerant of criticism”. Cochrane-Dyet was summoned to a meeting with the Foreign Minister Etta Banda on... Continue Reading

Publish Date: Thursday, April 21st 2011 | Read Comments