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Parties, CSOs say voter registration has improved

Representatives of some political parties and civil society organisations (CSOs) say they noted an improvement in voter registration phase three for the 2019 Tripartite Elections after a poor start in the first and second phases. In separate interviews yesterday, governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), main opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and CSOs urged the Malawi…

MCA partially hands over  Nkhoma Power Substation

  Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) says Malawians should expect an end to power problems following the partial handover of Millennium Challenge Account (MCA-Malawi) Nkhoma Power Substation. In September 2013, MCA embarked on a $350.7 million project to reduce the cost of doing business, expand access to electricity and increase value-added production in Malawi.…

JTI buys 49 000 kg of Contract tobacco

  Some tobacco growers say despite JTI Leaf Malawi buying 49 000 kilogrammes (kg) of contracted leaf, the move will have no impact as their tobacco has already lost value. Two weeks ago, JTI Malawi stopped buying tobacco—the country’s main cash crop which contributes 60 percent of foreign exchange earnings—from its contracted growers after reportedly…

Fire Accountant General—PAC

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Parliament has called for the firing of Accountant General (AG) Chrighton Chimombo for alleged unprofessional conduct over the procurement of the new Information Financial Integrated Management Systems (Ifmis) software. But the AG has refused to step down, saying the decision on procurement had the blessings of the Office of…

Audit queries MDF financial management

  Malawi Defence Force (MDF) has come under scrutiny over how the security agency manages procurement and financial transactions. Revelations of misprocurement and overexpenditure in the National Audit Office (NAO) Malawi Government Accounts Audit for the year-ended June 30 2017 come after MDF was also embroiled in Cashgate—the plunder of public resources at Capital Hill—exposed…

Escom, Admarc in K9.3bn mess

  Findings in the 2016/17 Auditor General’s report show that Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) and Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (Admarc) collectively abused K9.3 billion through procurement transactions they failed to account for. The report, titled An Audit Report on Malawi Government Accounts for the Fiscal Year 2016/17 which The Nation has seen…

Government reviews VP’s security

Barely days after Vice-President Saulos Chilima unpacked his political mission to challenge President Peter Mutharika and the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), government yesterday reviewed the Second Citizen’s security detail comprising Police Mobile Service (PMS) officers. The Vice-President has been left with seven security guards to man his two official residences at Area 12 in Lilongwe…

PAC for Police mess hearing

Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has written the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) for a meeting to map the way forward on the K2.7 billion Malawi Police Service (MPS) food rations scam. PAC’s communication to the graft-busting body follows a leaked ACB investigative report that showed abuse of public resources and implicated President Peter Mutharika in connection…

State House, others overspend by K23bn

State Residences and the Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC) have emerged among seven ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) that collectively overspent their allocations by K23.1 billion in the 2016/17 financial year. An Audit Report on Malawi Government Accounts for the fiscal year 2016/17 which The Nation has seen, prepared by the former Auditor…

Public sector reforms face challenges

  The Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC) says implementation and enforcement of the much touted Public Sector Reforms is facing challenges due to lack of an enabling law. Seodi White, chief director for Public Sector Reforms Unit in OPC, made the down-to-earth admission in an interview in Lilongwe on Monday on the sidelines…

Poverty gap narrows—report

  Malawi’s economy has become more equal with the gap between the rich and the poor slightly decreasing, a new National Statistical Office (NSO) Malawi Poverty Estimation Report has revealed. The report, which covers the period April 2016 to April 2017, states that moderate poverty levels in the country did not change, ultra-poverty has declined…

CSOs give APM 14 days to resign

  Civil society organisations (CSOs) under the banner of Human Rights Defenders (HRD) have called for President Peter Mutharika’s resignation within 14 days following his alleged involvement in the Malawi Police Service (MPS) fraud. Media reports and a leaked Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) document at the weekend indicated that Mutharika was involved in a K2.3 billion…

Govt audit exposes rot

Unsupported payments rise to K5 billion Missing payment vouchers and other important documents rose to K2 billion in 2017 from K158 million in 2016. Recommends recruitment of qualified accounting personnel. Auditor General recommends suspension of proforma invoices. The more things change, the more they remain the same. Prudent public finance management remains a pipedream as…

Govt defeats motion to give MBC K1

It was a game of numbers in Parliament yesterday as the government side defeated a motion to reduce to K1 the K1.8 billion allocation to taxpayer-funded Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) over concerns of biased coverage against opposition political parties. With 74 votes against the opposition’s 40, the government side defeated the motion. Dowa North East…

House in early adjournment

  Parliament yesterday adjourned early after failing to reach an agreement on how to proceed with business after Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development Goodall Gondwe refused to commit to realign some votes in the budget before getting legal advice. Members of Parliament (MPs) from both opposition and government side were, among other things,…