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Namibia has always been a favourite with Travel Africa readers. It is unlike any other destination on the continent, offering first-time and experienced safari-goers alike something new and interesting. We can’t get enough of it either, which is why we’ve run an article on Namibia in nearly every one of our 75 issues. Because it is so vast, it is a country that demands some research and planning. Which places to include in an itinerary; how to get between them; how long to spend in each place; what time of year is best to visit…? So where do you begin? To set you on your way we have compiled a list of Namibia’s key attractions and offered some advice on the practicalities, and who you could travel with. We hope it will all help get you started on your way to this extraordinary country. • North Northern Namibia is as much a land of contrasts as the south, with arid mountain deserts and lily-coated waterways. The Waterberg National Park soars above the acacia savannah with sheer orang..
Mulumbe: suspended BLANTYRE-(MaraviPost)–The Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (Admarc) board has suspended chief executive officer Foster Mulumbe following recommendations to the board made by the two commissions—one instituted by President Peter Mutharika and the other by Parliament—to begin disciplinary proceedings against Admarc’s senior management over the rotten Zambia maize deal. Mulumbe was implicated in the maizegate scandal that he may have indulged in corruption together with fired Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development Minister George Chaponda. Earlier this year, Admarc board said Mulumbe will not be suspended from his duties as government claimed to have information and weight of evidence that he followed procedures with Government of Zambia and its agencies in the controversial K26 billion procurement deal of maize now christened as ‘Maizegate’. Confirming the suspension, Admarc board chairperson James Masumbu said on Monday the board resolved Mulumbe should be suspended pending an internal disciplinary hearing instituted by board directors after an extraordinary meeting which took place on Sunday in Blantyre. According to Masumbu, Deputy Chief Executive of Admarc, Mrs Magret Mauwa has been appointed by the board to be the acting CEO for the State-trader. The Admarc board has also suspended Director of Operations (DO) Feckson Kantonga. The report, issued by the commission of inquiry set up by Mutharika and headed by retired Chief Justice Anastasia Msosa, faulted Admarc management for not following government procurement procedures and fraudulently entering into contracts. Admarc reportedly bought maize at K26 billion from the Zambian company and it is believed that Malawi could have saved about K9.5 billion if it had bought the grain directly from the Zambian government. On the other hand, the joint parliamentary committee discovered that Admarc’s contract with Zambia Cooperative Federation (ZCF) was fraudulent as it was..
Hon Folks, last year the original budget was K1.2 trillion but had to be reduced later when it became apparent that government’s narrow revenue base could not yield that amount of money. This year the outlook is promising: good maize harvest and other crops, thanks to the good rains and minimised crop damage by locusts and army worms. Government’s thrift spending measures, despite the controversy on prioritisation of allocations is, like a mango tree, in a season for flowering. But flowers are flowers, not the anticipated fruit. You still have to wait for a while longer before you can savour the succulent fruit. This is probably the reason why, despite that the population has grown by nearly 3 percent and that inflation has somewhat eroded the purchasing power of the kwacha, the budget isn’t much different from last year’s. When government takes away from the budget the growing chunk required for paying and appeasing its ever disgruntled workers, set aside another huge chunk for financing the Hollywood lifestyle of the President and his cronies and allow for 30 percent of the revenue to be lost to corruption, much less than last year will be left for the provision of public goods and services to the growing population. Folks, I submit that a single parent of many children who’s entangled in the cobweb of abject poverty will most likely attract a hopeless suitor with nothing better to offer than aggravating the miserable life of deprivation. Likewise, corrupt governments with poor infrastructure and broken education and health sectors will most likely be seen as a safe haven for drug barons and money launderers. Serious investors—and donors for that matter—tend to prefer investing where they can get value for money. If it’s true that donor fatigue is a reality, it’s also equally true to say donors are more attracted to countries such as Rwanda with potential to use aid and own resources effectively than countries with as weak internal systems as Malawi. Simply ..