March, 2014

£59 to use the UK Visa Application Centre in Lilongwe

Posted on 28 Mar 2014 at 10:55am

From 31 March our new commercial partner Teleperformance Ltd will take over the running of our Visa Application Centre (VAC) in Lilongwe. They have subcontracted to the current supplier – FedEx – so there will be no change in the day to day management of the VAC.

The Visa Application Centre will remain at its current location at Unit 2, Teveta House, City Centre, Lilongwe. We are making the following changes to the visa service that we offer:

User Pays charges. From 31 March, there will be a charge of £59 to use the Visa Application Centre in Lilongwe….

Boys being robbed of their private parts in Malawi

Posted on 19 Mar 2014 at 1:04pm

He was just an innocent boy who always dreamed to be a man someday in future. But when his private parts disappeared mysteriously over a year ago in an accident, he has had to contend with trauma, a situation which has worsened as justice, his only hope, gets murkier. CLIFTON KAWANGA tells this story of injustice.

Promise (real name withheld) is not the first one to have his private parts removed; he…

She had fallen in Love with Malawi, Ellen Doherty Video

Posted on 19 Mar 2014 at 10:35am

Inside Out is a people’s art project that won the TED Prize in 2011. In this talk, Ellen Doherty shares her experiences bringing the photography project to the shores of Lake Malawi. Tragically, Ellen passed away only weeks after giving this beautiful talk.

A Malawian Family missing in the UK

Posted on 14 Mar 2014 at 7:12pm

An urgent appeal has been launched after an entire family was reported missing from Nottinghamshire.

Stella Ngundende and Fred Pondelani, both aged 33, and their two children – Michaela Pondelani, three, and Tiffany Pondelani, two – have not been seen since they left their home in Commercial Road, Bulwell, on March 3.

The family are African and came to the UK from Malawi. Anyone who believes they may know where they…

Malawi to withdraw from 2015 Nations Cup for Lack of Funds

Posted on 12 Mar 2014 at 2:38pm

By Frank Kandu BBC Sport, Blantyre

Malawi have been forced to withdraw from qualifying for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations in Morocco because of a lack of funds.

The decision was taken after the government said there was enough money for the team to play in either the Nations Cup or the 2015 Africa Youth Championship.

“We have no choice but to forgo the Nations Cup because government advised us to prioritise,” said Malawi Football Association (FAM) President Walter Nyamilandu.

“We have therefore prioritised the Under-20 Championship for the sake of development – and also the consequences of pulling out of that…

K385 Million Maternity Facility Under Construction in Mangochi

Posted on 11 Mar 2014 at 12:28pm

A K385 million maternity wing is under construction in Mangochi thanks to the Icelandic International Development Agency (ICEIDA) which has provided financial resources for the state of the art facility, Malawi News Agency (Mana) has established.

The construction of the multi-million maternity clinic has been located at the district’s old hospital premises where dilapidated staff houses have since been demolished.

Speaking in an interview with the state news agency acting Director of Planning and Development for Mangochi District Council, Ernest Kadzokoya said the maternity wing would bring relief to the district hospital considering that the maternity ward was usually congested.

Kadzokoya said…

President Joyce Banda Talks Cashgate, Presidential Jet, Mortuary…

Posted on 06 Mar 2014 at 3:01am

Malawi President Joyce Banda Talks Cashgate, Presidential Jet Sale Funds, Mortuary Debacle, Lake Malawi and Others at a Press Conference

How Malawi got tricked on the Sale of the presidential Jet!

Posted on 06 Mar 2014 at 12:21am

Malawi government has finally confirmed Bhonnox Group of Companies (a subsidiary of paramount group of companies) tricked them on the sale of the presidential jet.

And it has also confirmed that money realized from the controversial presidential jet didn’t reach either Treasury or the Reserve Bank of Malawi (RBM).

But instead the Presidential Jet was sold in the old batter type of trade.

Speaking to journalists in Lilongwe, Finance Minister Maxwell Mkwezalamba said the presidential jet was sold to Bhonnox Limited at US$15 million.

Mkwezalamba said the money was not deposited into government’s consolidated account but highest bidder Bhonnox paid directly to…

Primary school pupils to learn exclusively in English from next academic year

Posted on 05 Mar 2014 at 2:43pm

The Ministry of Education has said come September next academic year pupils from Standard 1 will have to be taught all subjects in English except Chichewa.

Minister of Education Dr Lucious Kanyumba said this is in line with a new Education Act which will see pupils being taught in English right away from Standard 1, in an attempt to improve English speaking as well as grammar.

“The new Education Act mandates pupils to be taught in English right away from standard one. Therefore, come the…


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