LILONGWE Malawi (Xinhua) --
Hundreds of primary school pupils took to
the streets of the Malawi capital Lilongwe Wednesday
following the on-going teachers’ nationwide industrial
action over salary arrears and allowances.
teachers’ nationwide sit-in commenced on Monday after
the Teachers’ Union of Malawi (TUM) and Malawi
government failed to touch base on the teachers’
Monday, the teachers are reporting for duties in their
respective schools but they are just sitting, playing
various games among themselves until knocking-off time.
are demanding salary arrears for over 6 months,
allowances for invigilating the 2016 Malawi School
Certificate of Education Exams, and promotion.
Wednesday, pupils mostly from primary schools in
Lilongwe took to the streets in hundreds, marching and
singing against the delay in addressing their teachers’
concerns which they said was affecting the pupils’
“We are very
disappointed with the strike because we are the direct
losers in all this,” one pupil told journalists in
“We are not
learning and we do not know how long this is going to
take. We are appealing to government to sort our
teachers’ concerns immediately so that we continue
was generally peaceful except for a few incidents where
the children blocked the traffic in some roads in the
city and threw debris to passing cars, forcing the
Malawi Police Service to intervene to disperse the
protesters with teargas.
marched to the Lilongwe District Education Manager’s
Office, where they presented a petition urging the
office to address their concerns.
been blame game lately, with the Finance Ministry saying
Treasury dispersed the teachers’ invigilation allowances
and salary arrears long before to the country’s
examining body, Malawi National Examination Board (MANEB)
and Ministry of Education, respectively.
Education Ministry said they had diverted the funds to
other “equally pertinent activities” and that they would
sort the teachers out at the soonest possible time.
Secretary General Denis Kalekeni over the weekend said
the national sit-in the teachers had embarked on would
not stop until government sorted out all the teachers’
grievances “in full and not in part”.
secondary schools in Malawi officially opened on Sept. 5
for the 2016/2017 academic year running up to July 2017.
sees falling tobacco sales, revenue
LILONGWE Malawi (Xinhua) --
Tobacco sales for 2016 in Malawi
have dropped by 31 percent in revenue realized and 22
percent in volumes sold so far, an Auction Holdings
Limited (AHL) Group official said on Tuesday.
Corporate Affairs Manager for AHL Goup, said as of
August 19, the country had sold close to 130 million
kilograms of tobacco of all types at an average price of
1.52 U.S. dollars per kilogram.
same period in 2015, the country had sold 165.7 million
kilograms of tobacco at an average price of 1.79 U.S.
dollars per kilogram, raking in 296.1 million dollars.
“In terms of
revenue realized compared to last year after 19 weeks of
sale, there is a decrease of about 31 percent, and in
terms of volumes in kilograms there is a decrease of 22
percent of tobacco sold,” explained Ndipita.
decrease in revenue realized and volumes sold when
compared to last year can be attributed to low prices,
high no-sale rejection rates and reduced competition on
the auction system,” he added.
Malawi’s chief foreign exchange earner followed by
sugar, and tea. As of 2010, the southern African country
was the world’s largest producer of burley tobacco.
15 dead, 40 others
injured in road accident in Malawi
MALAWI Malawi (Xinhua) --
Fifteen people, including children, were
killed and 40 others injured in a vehicle pile-up in the
northern city of Mzuzu in Malawi Friday evening,
hospital authorities confirmed.
involved a lorry carrying passengers, two commuter
minibuses and a tipper belonging to a construction
police in Mzuzu, the construction vehicle hit the two
minibus commuters, one of which was carrying Christian
Sunday School children who were heading to the border
district of Karonga for a choir festival.
say the tailgate of the speeding lorry opened as the
vehicle swerved to avoid the pile up, throwing out its
passengers onto the tarmac in the process.
Central Hospital Administrator, Timothy Soko, told local
media Friday evening that 6 people died at the hospital
while 9 others were killed on the spot.
who have sustained serious injuries are being treated at
the northern region’s referral hospital.