Senior officers on duty as KIA staff strike

The Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) on Monday deployed a skeleton team of its senior officers and some Malawi Defence Force (MDF) officers to manage Kamuzu International Airport (KIA) after regular staff abandoned their posts. The aviation staff are demanding payment of allowances due to them for working during the duration of the Southern African…

Mphwiyo suspect on Interpol wanted list

Malawi Police have intensified the search for Pika Manondo, one of the suspects in the shooting of Treasury budget director Paul Mphwiyo, by involving the International Police (Interpol) which has put him on the list of wanted persons. Malawi Police has so far arrested three people connected to the shooting. The three are McDonald Kumwembe,…

ACB launches probe into Malawi civil service

The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) says it launched an investigation into the entire public service a long time ago in relation to cases of corruption. ACB spokesperson Egrita Ndala made the revelation following information that the bureau is investigating the offices of the Budget Director and the Accountant General under the Ministry of Finance following suspicions…

Malawi tightens payment system

Treasury has announced the tightening of controls in the government payment system commonly known as the Integrated Financial Management Information Systems (IFMIS). The development comes against the background of controversy surrounding the shooting of Ministry of Finance budget director Paul Mphwiyo on September 13 2013 with speculation high that the incident followed a monetary deal…

Malawi says 91 000 people are on new ARVs

Malawi Government says it has so far managed to put at least 91 000 people on new antiretroviral treatment (ART) out of the more than 400 000 people currently on the ART. However, Ministry of Health officials during a press conference yesterday said Malawi is set to finalise the process of rolling out the new…

Primaries will not spare anyone, says UDF

The United Democratic Front (UDF) says it will not spare any constituency and ward during its primary elections scheduled to start mid next month. The party announced on Monday that it is set to hold parliamentary and local government primary elections following Article 40 of its constitution and in accordance with a resolution of the…

Lilongwe DC stops DPP rally

The Lilongwe District Council on Saturday stopped Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) president Peter Mutharika from holding a rally at Masintha grounds in Kawale Township, despite an earlier permission to the party to go ahead with the rally and a whistle-stop tour in the capital city. In an interview on Monday, DPP spokesperson Nicholas Dausi confirmed…

K470m Fisp fertiliser fail to reach beneficiaries

The Malawi Police Service (MPS) has revealed that a total of 33 000 bags of fertiliser worth at least K470 million (about $1.1m) did not reach intended beneficiaries following the malpractices that rocked the 2012/2013 Farm Input Subsidy Programme (Fisp). This amount of fertiliser is enough to cater for 16 500 people as each beneficiary…

MEC calls for a free MBC

The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has said a free and open Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) is crucial in ensuring a level playing field as the country prepares for tripartite elections next year. MEC chairperson Maxon Mbendera, who is also a judge of the Malawi Supreme Court of Appeal, said this in an interview on Friday…

61 Fisp bidders face probe

The Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security has said it has asked the Malawi Police Service to investigate at least 61 companies which were said to have submitted forged and fake documents, including dubious bid bond securities from various banks to support their bids. Initially, the minutes of the internal procurement committee (IPC) meeting held…

PP supporters fightover JB’s money

There was commotion yesterday at Kaphatenga Police Roadblock in Salima following a fight among People’s Party (PP) supporters over  disagreements on how to share money dished out by President Joyce Banda. The President was on her way from Mzuzu to Zomba yesterday morning when she made a stopover near the roadblock and dished out the…

Govt for maize rationing

The Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security says it has ordered the Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (Admarc) to open some of its markets to deal with the current food shortage across the country. But minister James Munthali said the State-owned produce trader will be rationing the maize as a way of dealing with unscrupulous…

Ngoma defends white, Kabwila’s summoning

Presidential Safe Motherhood Programme executive director Dorothy Ngoma has defended the action taken by some of her colleagues from government and the People’s Party (PP) to summon two women’s rights activists over alleged remarks against Malawi President Joyce Banda. Two human rights defenders, Seodi White and Jessie Kabwila, are said to have been summoned to…

MHRC quizzes Speaker, AG on Section 65

The Malawi Human Rights Commission (MHRC) has expressed concerns over the continued holding of the implementation of Section 65 by the National Assembly due to court injunctions. The organisation has since urged the Speaker and other relevant authorities to enforce the section as a matter of respect to the country’s Constitution. However, in an interview…

ACB, Interpol team up on cross-border cases

In a drive to deal with bureaucratic bottlenecks in international investigations, the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has signed an agreement with the International Police (Interpol) to assist the bureau with cross-border cases. Briefing journalists in Lilongwe yesterday, ACB Director Rizine Mzikamanda said the bureau is working closely with the United Kingdom’s Scotland Yard for assistance in…

Escom staff threaten strike

Employees of the Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) have given their management a seven-day ultimatum to address their concerns over low salaries and poor conditions of work or face a nationwide strike. Escom staff threaten strike The employees initially planned a sit-in for last Friday, but management intervened and asked them to return to…

Israel hails Malawi’s 2012 UN vote

Israel says it is has embarked on a drive to reinforce and strengthen its relationship with Malawi following Lilongwe’s bold step to support it during a United Nations (UN) 2012 vote on the upgrading of Palestinian status. Malawi was among 41 countries that abstained from the vote. However, Malawi Minister of Foreign Affairs and International…

PP members fight, seven arrested

Seven members of the ruling People’s Party (PP) in Mzimba South Constituency are in police custody, following a fight that erupted between supporters of two camps. The arrests, which started on Sunday, follows another commotion early last month when another PP meeting in the same area ended abruptly after another fight by the two sides.…

Sadc, MEC choke government operations

Malawians are paying the price of hosting the Sadc Summit as the exercise’s unplanned expenses have created a gapping hole in the National Budget, forcing Treasury to cut public service funding. The Nation has established that the Ministry of Finance has already directed that monthly funding to all ministries, departments and agencies as approved by…

400 drivers demand Sadc allowances

Four hundred Malawi Government drivers have threatened to march to the Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC) to push for payment of their allowances after working during the Southern Africa Development Community (Sadc) Summit. Some of the drivers were involved in driving the visiting heads of State and government. The drivers have been assembling…