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Women piloted plane lands at Kia

There was excitement at Kamuzu International Airport (Kia) Thursday when the all-women piloted Malawian Airline Bombardier Q-400 landed. The plane flew from Chileka International Airport to Tanzania’s capital Dar-es-Salaam with a stopover at Kia where there was a special reception marking Malawi’s first ever all-women piloted plane. Yolanda Kaunda Mdala was in charge of the plane co-piloted by Lusekelo Mwenifumbo and Saba Solomoni as the cabin engineer. First Lady Gertrude[…]

MPs demand report on Kamuzu International Airport bogus contractor

Members of Parliament (MPs) have demanded a report on the contract between government and a Kenyan company for the maintenance of a lift at Kamuzu International Airport (Kia). Member for Chitipa South, Werani Chilenga, told the lawmakers on Tuesday that government was duped $48,000 (K35.1 billion) by a Kenyan contractor who disappeared after receiving the last instalment but without replacing the dysfunctional control tower machine. Our sister paper, Malawi News,[…]

Kamuzu International Airport capacity to increase by 250,000

The construction of a new terminal building at Kamuzu International Airport (Kia) is expected to increase the capacity of the airport from the current 350,000 to 600, 000 passengers per annum. According to the project’s brief, the passport control counters, check-in counters, security screening area and departure lobby are congested, as they are too small to meet the current demand. “After rehabilitation of the existing passenger terminal, the newly constructed[…]

Government risks eviction from Mpico buildings over K6bn debt

Government ministries and departments risk eviction from Mpico buildings for failing to settle K6 billion accumulated through rentals. Some of the affected ministries and departments are the ministries of Gender and Trade in Gemini House; Ministry of Labour, Youth, Sports and Manpower Development; Aviation Department and the Directorate of Road Traffic and Safety Services in Capital House; Ministry of Lands in Zowe House and presidential advisers in Aquarius House in[…]

$33 million for Kamuzu International Airport upgrades

Kamuzu International Airport (KIA) is expected to wear a new face following a pledge by the Japanese government to renovate and expand the facility with funds amounting to $33 million. The expansion will reduce problems of congestion that are currently being faced at the airport. Some of the upgrades will include facilities to accommodate more planes to land at the same time. The Japanese Government is expected to fund the[…]

Government invites private sector to run airports

Government has drummed up support for the idea of partly privatising airport services as a means of improving efficiency in the aviation sector in the country. Currently, Malawi, According to government is remaining behind in terms of offering quality aviation services at the country’s airports as compared to other countries in African due to what authorities say lack of proper policy framework guiding the aviation sector. Going forward, the Department[…]

When kwacha flies away

The Malawi Government, in other words, the people of Malawi have a majority shareholding in the Malawian Airlines. When Air Malawi was liquidated in 2013, the Malawi Government using the taxpayers’ money through the Public Private Partnership Commission (PPPC) struck a deal with Ethiopian Airlines. In this deal, the Malawi Government has a 51 percent shareholding in Malawian Airlines while Ethiopian Airlines has 49 percent. This means that the people[…]

Government struggles to relocate disaster victims

As the country faces a potentially catastrophic 2016/2017 rainy season due to imminent La Nina phenomenon in southern Africa, the government is still struggling to relocate people who live in disaster-prone areas in Nsanje and Chikwawa. After the devastating floods of early 2015, which killed an estimated over 170 people and displacing over 230,000 people, there were calls for people to relocate to higher grounds but as time passed, the[…]

Open perspective: Kenya the land of growing superlatives

I have been around and about lately, exigencies of social development work, regional coordination and capacity building. From Nairobi the eternal home of the enigmatic Mzee Jomo Kenyatta founder and pacesetter of Kenya’s development, greetings to Malawi and to the most honourable sponsors of Open Perspective But hush, something terrible has happened here: The remains of former first lady Lucy Kibaki, who joined her ancestors on 26th April in London,[…]

Compensation stalls airports’ renovation

Government has not yet started accessing the $20 million (approximately K14 billion) from the European Investment Bank (EIB) for the upgrading of airports as compensation processes for encroachers have not yet been concluded. The loan—which was approved by the last sitting of Parliament after it had been initially shot down—is meant to finance the upgrading of essential aviation safety and security equipment at Kamuzu and Chileka international airports. When tabling[…]