APM facing war on two fronts

PAC, Parliament want him to reduce presidential powers President Peter Mutharika is facing war on two fronts—PAC and Parliament—which have said they will put pressure on him to reduce some of his powers in line with promises he made before the 2014 Presidential elections. Public Affairs Committee publicity secretary Father Peter Mulomole  said in a…

ACB probing maize theft at prison

The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) is investigating the disappearance of 150 bags of maize for inmates at Mikuyu Prison in Zomba this year. ACB spokesperson Egrita Ndala confirmed in an e-mail response on Monday  that investigations are underway on the matter. But she refused to shed more light on who exactly the graft-busting body is investigating.…

FUM lodges complaints against NFRA

Farmers Union of Malawi (FUM) has accused NFRA of allowing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) members to jump the queue and sell their maize to the agency at the expense of other people. FUM president Alfred Kapichira Banda told Weekend Nation in a telephone interview on Tuesday that the organisation has received complaints from farmers who…

Rail network in state capture

Local and international commentators have blamed politicians for failing to take a decisive action to maintain the country’s railway system and connect to the regional network to facilitate trade and reduce landing costs to and from the ports. As a result, Malawi’s transport costs are the highest in the region at 56 percent of the…

MJ bars BWB from accessing intake

Communities around Mulanje Mountain are taking turns to guard a point at the foot of Mulanje Mountain to stop Blantyre Water Board from launching the $22 million water project aimed at supplying water to the commercial city Blantyre. The communities started guarding the river course a day after Blantyre Water Board (BWB) unveiled India-based SMC…

Africa Court sets for more engagement

President of the African Court for Human and Peoples Rights (AfCHPR) Justice Slyvain Ore has said, the court should strive at getting closer to the people through a more effective tool for managing its communication and media relations. Ore said this during an inauguration of a consultative meeting to review the court’s media and communication…

House rules hook dodgy presidents

Revised Standing Orders sealing the loophole that Presidents have been using to dodge appearing in Parliament to answer questions from backbenchers will be tabled in November, Speaker Richard Msowoya said on Tuesday. “The matter was on the order paper in the last session but members were not able to deliberate upon it due to time…

DPP SG defiant

A defiant Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) secretary general Greiselder Jeffrey yesterday challenged her detractors that she was not going to resign as the party’s boss amid reports that she resigned last week. The outspoken Jeffrey, who has lately been in the news for her outbursts on the Malawi Law Society (MLS) and other accountability advocates…

Road reserves under siege, over K4 billion spent on compensation in 5 years

The government of Malawi has since 2013 spent over K4 billion from the public purse to compensate property owners affected by road construction and rehabilitation, even though encroachment of road reserves is a crime in Malawi. Road Fund Administration (RFA) spokesperson Masauko Ngwaluko in an emailed response last week disclosed that in the past five…

CZ DC suspended in K170m misallocation

Chiradzulu district commissioner (DC) Memory Kaleso and her chief accountant have faced the wrath of the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, which has sent them on a three-month paid leave on allegations of spending K170 million from the Other Recurrent Transaction(ORT) without authorisation. Kaleso, whose suspension was communicated through a memo dated August…

Motorists groan under heavy taxes

Government is bent on squeezing the last drop of milk from the ever thinning cow—motorists—it keeps pinching money from to maintain and construct new roads. The first pinch was stealth. Capital Hill moved the road tax—which used to be a one-off annual payment at the Directorate of Road Traffic and Safety Services (DRTSS)—to the fuel…

HTC male participation worries BT Synod

  The Blantyre Synod Health and Development Commission (BSHDC) has engaged an extra gear to influence men to take part in voluntary HIV testing and counselling (HTC) in four traditional authorities (T/As) in Blantyre. Records at Mdeka Health Centre show that by June 30 this year, 2 150 people were on antiretroviral therapy (ART). Less…

BT minibus shutdown affects 2017 MSCE

Female students sitting for the 2017 Malawi School Certificate of Education (MSCE) examinations were among those who were greatly affected by the minibus strike in Blantyre yesterday. Candidates sitting for Physical Science Paper 2 [practicals] were seen across town scampering for transport to their respective examination centres. But girls were the most affected as they…

7 new stadia on the cards

Fans are set to enjoy watching football in improved stadia by the end of 2017 as seven sports facilities are under construction in some districts courtesy of Malawi Government through the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development. Construction is at an advanced stage in Zomba, Ntcheu, Mangochi, Monkey Bay, Nkhotakota, Rumphi and Karonga where…

Clergy speak against some aid conditions

The clergy from the Southern Region has asked donors to spare the country from tough conditions attached to budgetary support. The sentiments were made at Sanjika Palace on Friday when President Peter Mutharika hosted 202 religious leaders, to brief them on projects his administration was undertaking. Vicar – general of the Archdiocese of Blantyre Monsignor…

Maize farmers in a fix over prices

Maize growers are in a fix over the rock-bottom prices the crop is fetching on the market following delay by Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (Admarc) to open its markets. It is expected that Admarc will be buying maize at the government recommended price of K170 per kilogramme (kg). Spot checks conducted this week in…

Community colleges in funding woes

Community colleges one of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP)’s flagship development projects are facing financial hurdles with staff threatening a sit-in demanding salary arrears and their unpaid dues for April 2017, among others. Some staff from a number of the colleges in the Southern Region, who spoke to Weekend Nation, said the colleges have also…