Conventions delay will hurt parties

Delays by the country’s major political parties to hold conventions ahead of the May 2019 Tripartite Elections will hurt them, political analysts have warned. The analysts expressed the sentiments in separate interviews with Weekend Nation in the wake of the delay by all major political parties—Malawi Congress Party, (MCP), Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), United Democratic…

Kaliwo disowns  MCP convention

Embattled Malawi Congress Party (MCP) secretary general Gustave Kaliwo yesterday described the party’s planned convention in Lilongwe as ‘illegal’. The party on Thursday resolved to hold an elective conference at the weekend after the courts vacated an injunction restraining it from doing so for several months. Kaliwo, who was reinstated into his position this week,…

CSOs give APM 15 days to fire Goodall

Against all odds, protesters in Blantyre presented their petition to the President, calling for the removal of two Cabinet ministers within 15 days. Leader of the protests in Blantyre Masauko Thawe speaking at Civic Centre after delivering the petition, said the civil society organisations (CSOs) would chart the way forward on the matter if the…

Health budget cut irks Mhen

    In a year Malawi has lost 30 lives to cholera and registered over 800 cases of the disease, government has reduced funding towards all district hospitals and the drilling of boreholes in rural areas. The development has irked the Malawi Health Equity Network (Mehn)—a network of non-governmental organisations working in the health sector—which…

‘Respect dpp  Constitution’

  Article 8 (C) of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) constitution says it is only the party’s National Political Conference or convention which has powers to elect office holders into various positions in the party and DPP should respect it. This is the position of the party’s group of officials who have vowed to go…

Funding suspense on APM road projects

Government has engaged contractors on four road projects and contractors are already on site on some of them, but Weekend Nation has discovered that it has not yet secured funding for the projects. The projects were also not provided for in the 2017/18 National Budget. The road projects in question are the K9.6 billion Ntcheu-Tsangano-Neno,…

Shambolic building in cities

Most buildings constructed in our cities central business districts (CBDs) in the past three years do not comply with the Town and Country Planning Act of 2015, Weekend Nation findings show. The Act specifically prescribes a minimum of six floors for all structures in CBDs and commercial areas of Blantyre, Zomba, Lilongwe and Mzuzu. The…

Is the red star  Campaign a flop?

  Has the decree that President Peter Mutharika issued in 2015, that city councils should demolish substandard structures flopped? Mutharika ordered the demolition in 2015, saying the structures were a threat to lives, and an eyesore. Presidential spokesperson Mgeme Kalilani said in an interview on Wednesday that it is necessary to take down the buildings,…

  Occupational health and safety (OHS) is a multidisciplinary field concerned with the safety, health  and rights of people at work. Every workplace has to institute measures to maintain a hazard-free environment by exercising strict safety and health practices at the workplace. While many view occupational health and safety as an extra burden or cost…

Court sentencing disparity rife

They say everyone is equal before the law and, indeed, those who commit crimes get arrested, and are formally charged and sentenced. But when lesser crimes are fetching stiffer sentences than serious ones, law experts say it is time the country’s Penal Code was reviewed. An example of the Penal Code irony is prescribing a…

Tussle over dual carriageway project

A war of words has ensued between Blantyre City Council (BCC) and Minister of Transport and Public Works Jappie Mhango over the former’s decision to allocate space for construction of three service stations along the Chileka Road where a dual carriageway project was supposed to start last month. President Peter Mutharika launched the K11 billion…

Parking hell in Malawi city streets

Motorists in the country’s main cities are becoming increasingly frustrated by lack of parking slots, with poor enforcement of regulations enabling corporate and parastatal firms to dominate the few that are available. A Weekend Nation excursion this week found that some motorists drive around for close to an half hour looking for parking space as…

Fears over US aid freeze

Malawi’s social sector could collapse under Trump’s foreign budget cut proposal United States (US) President Donald Trump’s proposal to cut global civilian spending by a third has alarmed some analysts who fear a resultant collapse of Malawi’s broader social sector. Among the fears—particularly from local health and education stakeholders—are that the proposal, if the US…

Staff petition Salima Sugar Company

Local staff at the government partly-owned Salima Sugar Company have petitioned management to address a number of concerns which include lack of formal contracts for staff, salary disparities. The petition we have seen lists a number of concerns ranging from failure by the company to provide safety equipment, compensation to five Malawian workers who had…

2017 lost opportunity–PAC

While commending government for a number of initiatives it took in 2017, the Public Affairs Committee (PAC) has described 2017 as a lost opportunity to deal with violence, fight corruption and turnround the fortunes of the country by withdrawing the Electoral Reforms Bills. PAC chairperson Reverend Felix Chingota in an e-mailed response on Thursday commended…

How APM lost mojo

The year 2017 should have built strong momentum for the Peter Mutharika administration as the economy began to stabilise, but missteps resulted in what some say is a disappointing end. Analysts Weekend Nation talked to this week say government’s struggles to deal with corruption, end power blackouts and how it handled the Electoral Reforms Bills…

4 nabbed in 250 passport scam

Ministry of Home Affairs has said police have arrested four foreign nationals in connection with the missing 250 passports at the Immigration Department last year. Minister of Home Affairs and Internal Security  Cecilia Chazama said in an interview yesterday that those arrested are Congolese, Rwandan, Burundian and Nigerian nationals. “The arrest of the four by…

K6bn MSB money still in limbo

There is still a cloud of uncertainty as to whether government will recover K6.1 billion which the State paid off on behalf of some companies and individuals who owed the now defunct Malawi Savings Bank (MSB). Ministry of Finance spokesperson Davis Sado on Wednesday in an e-mailed response confirmed that two years after the government…