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Airtel Malawi dismisses CFTC’s MK2.1bn fine on “Khethekhethe” bonus; Dates court – The Maravi Post

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LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-The country’s smartphone network provider Airtel Malawi has dismisses charges Competition and Fair Trade Commission (CFTC) leveled against that it duped customers on “Khethekhethe” bonus.

Airtel observes that MK2.1 billion fine is non-starter arguing that charges leveled against it before the CFTC does not agree with the consequential decision.

In a press statement made available to The Maravi Post, Airtel Malawi’s Managing Director Charles Kamoto says the company will pursue the matter further in the court for intervention.

“Airtel Malawi Plc notes the decision by the Competition and Fair Trading Commission (CFTC) relating to its KhetheKhethe customer loyalty bonus programme.

“The Company denied the charges leveled against it before the CFTC and does not agree with the consequential decision,” says Kamoto.

He added, “The Company is pursuing the matter further in court.Airtel complies and continues to fully comply with the relevant and applicable laws and has not committed any unfair trading practice or provided any misleading, false or deceptive information or made false representation to the public.

“We wish to reiterate our commitment to conducting business within the applicable legal and regulatory framework and continue to deliver reliable and value-adding services”.

The country’s Competition and Fair Trade Commission (CFTC) on Wednesday fined mobile phone operator, Airtel Malawi with a sum of K2.1 billion for being found guilty of engaging in “unconscionable conduct” with respect to the rewarding of its “Khethekhethe” bonus.

CFTC acting executive director Apoche Itimu told the new conference in the capital Lilongwe on Wednesday, September 29, 2021 that the Commission launched an investigation on September 16, 2021 against the Malawi Stock Exchange (MSE) listed Airtel Malawi following several complaints from consumers.

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Asian businessman Abdul Lido Karim Batatawala left in the cold over botched MK378.4m cargo deal – The Maravi Post

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BLANTYRE-(MaraviPost)-Blantyre based businessman Abdul Lido Karim Batatawala of African Agency and Reliance Trading has been left in the cold after failing to claim MK378,400,000 which he rendered to Adamson Joseph Mkandawire Chief Advisor on Road Development for President Lazarus Chakwera.

Karim Batatawala who is fighting with Malawi government for MK52 billion after bogus claims at Immigration Department sued Mkandawire and other two; Maxwell Kalamula Deputy Chief of Staff at State House and Mr. Shyley Kondowe another Presidential Aide to pay back the money.

According to the court documents in our possession the Batatawala is said to have given the trio the money in March 2021 that would be paid back after the deal was done.

The Asian businessman is also claiming 4 percent contractual interest above the bank lending rate in addition to legal collection cost on indemnity based on the sums and general damages for breach of contract.

This was filed on July 22, 2021 by Karim’s lawyers Kuleza Phokoso of Phokoso and Company.

But Mkandawire has vehemently denied of receiving the money through Batatawala’s agent Fulwala
Muhammad Kasam Abdul Majid to ferry cargo on chartered flight from Kenya to Lilongwe, Malawi.

The presidential aid claims that Batawalala is flaming him on the matter.

However, the case No 292 of 2021 under Justice Dr. Mtambo in The High Court of Malawi Commercial Division between Batatawala (defendant) and Mkandawire (claimant) has been set for mediation hearing on October 26, 2021 at 10:00am via zoom.

In June this year, former Malawi President Arthur Peter Mutharika (APM) tdistanced his government from words going around that his government had cleared one Abdul Karim Batatawala from matters related to corruption and money laundering.

Former attorney general (AG) Kalekeni Kaphale also distanced himself from Batatawala’s assertion that his MK53 billion claim in the Department of Immigration and Citizenship Services uniforms’ supplies case was ever considered for an out-of-court settlement during his tenure of office.

Two companies owned by Batatawala, namely Africa Commercial Agency and Reliance Trading Company, are claiming K53 billion payment for an initial MK9 billion contract to supply uniforms to the department.

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So close, so near! Malawi’s Scorchers lose one nil to Tanzania in COSAFA Tourney finals – The Maravi Post

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LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-Malawi Senior Women’s football team the Scorchers narrowly defeated by one goal to nil by Tanzania scored by Ezekenia Lizinyamila in the 64′ to lose the finals of 2021 COSAFA Women’s Championship in Port Elizabeth, at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium – South Africa.

It was the first ever COSAFA finals for the Scorchers since they started participating in the regional tournament.

Malawi’ Scorchers beat South Africa by three goals to two to reach the historical finals.Malawi started so aggressive attacking the Tanzania’s in the first half but lacked marksmanship as their efforts ended by going off targets and in the hands of the goalkeeper.

First forty five minutes ended with Malawi having lions share in terms of play to Tanzania. Asimenye Simwaka, Zainab Kapanda and of course their skipper Ngulube kept on pushing but to no avail.In around 60th minute fatigue started clipping on Malawians no wonder they started losing possession of the play unnecessarily, disjointed as they could not complete passes.

At full time the score sheet was Tanzania one while Malawi nil,and yes it was So Close So near for the Scorchers but lucky was not to their side as they regretted the chances they missed in the first half.

Amina Bilali, Tanzania captain, was voted player of the match. Despite the loss MacNelbert Kazuwa’s girls deserves respect and a heroes welcome for the grant fight they have showcased this year; reaching the finals for the first time and breaking jinx by defeating Banyana Banyana.

MacNelbert Kazuwa hailed his girls for the fighting spirit saying reaching the finals it is a milestone to them as they have been knocked out in the group stages of the tournament in previous years.

Bakari Shime, Tanzania Coach, acknowledged it was tough game against Malawi but what was important was to win the game and be crowned the championship for the first time.

In the Bronze medal fight, Zambia beat South Africa four to three in post match penalties after regulation time ended in two all stalemate.

Zambia Goalkeeper Petronela Musole was a hero saving two penalties no wonder she came out as the best goalkeeper of the tournament.

In other awards; Zambia was voted a fair play team, Amina Bilali, Tanzania Captain, was player of the tournament while Sibulele Holweni of South Africa has won the top goal scorer award.

Meanwhile dreams of Malawi Women’s football team under 20 to play at 2022 Costa Rica FIFA World Cup were shattered down on Saturday as they failed to turn the table, as they again suffered another two to one defeat in the hands of Zambia at the Bingu National Stadium.

On aggregate Zambia has qualified to the next stage by eight goals to one after Maggie Chombo’s daughters were demolished six nil at Nkoloma Stadium,Lusaka Zambia.

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Chakwera’s doomed Canaan! Fuel prices up by 22.8% – The Maravi Post

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LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-President Lazarus Chakwera’s Tonse government is failing apart daily with skyrocketing of basic communities with Saturday’s Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (Mera) increasing fuel prices by 22.8 percent on average effective Sunday, October 10, 2021.

Mera chief executive officer Henry Kachaje told the news conference in the capital Lilongwe that petrol will now be sold at MK1,150 from MK899.20, representing a 27.89 percent increase.

Kachaje-Mera CEO

Diesel pump price has been increased by 24.72 percent, to be selling at MK1 220 from MK898 while paraffin price has been increased by 15.79 percent to be selling at MK833.20 from MK719.60.

Kachaje attributed the development to international fuel price increase and recent depreciation of the Kwacha by 4.5 percent.

The pump price rising will likely to push other essential commodities that are already up amid high inflation.

President Chakwera is unable to contain economic ills since assumed power a year ago.

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