‘NCIC was aware of contractors’ involvement in K2.4 bn Cashgate’

  The National Construction Industry Council (NCIC) has said it was aware that 27 of its registered contractors were involved in Cashgate; hence, suspending their licence awaiting the courts determination. The 13th State witness in the K2.4 billion Cashgate case, Gerald Khonje, a civil engineer and technical director at NCIC, said this yesterday afternoon at…

6 dead in Lilongwe floods

Six people have died after being washed away by flood waters along Mchesi Stream in Lilongwe following a heavy downpour that started on Saturday afternoon. The floods have displaced 202 households most of whom had their dwelling houses brought down and household property washed away, according to Lilongwe City Council (LCC). Ruth Jalasi of Area…

House approves K69.4bn  agriculture loan

Parliament yesterday allowed Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development Goodall Gondwe to borrow the equivalent of Special Drawing Rights (SDR) 70 100 000 (K69.4 billion) from the International Development Association (IDA) to increase agriculture commercialisation. The House has since told government to put the loan to good use, considering the country has over the…

MPs raise concern on phone signal

Members of Parliament (MPs), especially those from border districts, have raised concerns over how neighbouring countries’ mobile networks are interfering with local ones, causing communication challenges in the areas. The MPs have since asked government to do something about this problem and to consider telling the mobile network providers to upgrade their towers to 4G…

Rumphi East member of Parliament (MP) Kamlepo Kalua (People’s Party-PP) has decried the Electoral Reforms Bills circulated in Parliament by government on Monday, saying he feels betrayed as they are not what Malawi Law Commission proposed. The House has been waiting for the final three Bills of the electoral reforms which, among other things, calls…

MPs to discuss Electoral Reforms Bills Thursday

Parliament will this Thursday forego Private Members’ Business to discuss the contentious Electoral Reforms Bill, Speaker of the National Assembly Richard Msowoya has said. In his announcement before adjournment of the House for yesterday’s sitting of the first meeting of the 47th Session of Parliament, the Speaker said the whole of Thursday and Friday will…

50+1 Bill ready

Faced with mounting pressure to table all the Electoral Reforms Bills, government says it will today circulate among members of Parliament (MPs) the remaining two pieces of legislation, including the contentious 50-plus-one provision. In an interview with The Nation yesterday, Leader of the House Kondwani Nankhumwa said government has finalised the drafting and printing of…

Parliament dismisses Kasaila evidence

  Parliament yesterday dismissed the evidence that Minister of Labour, Youth, Sports and Manpower Development Francis Kasaila provided for allegations he made that some Malawians died at Nsanje Prison during Malawi Congress Party (MCP) regime. On Friday November 24, Second Deputy Speaker Clement Chiwaya ruled that Kasaila should bring evidence to the House on the…

Opposition wants Parliament extended

  Representatives of opposition parties in Parliament’s Business Committee have asked for an extension of the current meeting of the National Assembly to allow more time for debate and processing of the Electoral Reforms Bills. The opposition representatives made the request during a meeting of the Business Committee—comprising leadership of political parties represented in Parliament…

Govt set to expand telecommunications sector

  Minister of Information, Communications and Technology (ICT) Nicholas Dausi has said government is committed to developing the communications sector by attracting more players into it. Dausi made the remarks yesterday in response to concerns by various members of Parliament (MPs) in the House on the situation of power telecommunications services in the country, especially…

MCP boycotts Parliament

  Members of Parliament (MPs) from Malawi Congress Party (MCP) on Monday afternoon walked out of the House in protest against the missing of the Electoral Reforms Bill on the day’s Order Paper as promised by government. Standing on a point of order after Speaker of Parliament Richard Msowoya completed his communication for the day,…

Malawi borrowing too much—MCP MP

  Malawi Congress Party (MCP) member of Parliament (MP) for Lilongwe Mpenu Nkhoma Collins Kajawa has said the country’s borrowing has reached a critical  stage as the country’s debts have gone beyond the fiscal policy. Currently, the country is reported to have K2.4 trillion debts both locally and externally. Making his contribution to President Peter…

MPs seek update on Malunga’s case

  Members of Parliament (MPs) yesterday asked Speaker Richard Msowoya to explain if Parliament was right to allow a member to be taken to court while the meeting is underway. Standing on a point of order, Ntchisi North MP Boniface Kadzamira asked: “Is it in order for the secretariat to allow a case to be…

CMD upbeat on Parliament passing Political Parties Bill

  The Centre for Multiparty Democracy (CMD) says it is confident Parliament will pass the Political Parties Bill during its current meeting, a development that is set to transform the country’s political landscape. Briefing journalists in Lilongwe  on Monday, CMD executive director Kizito Tenthani said after a wide consultation process with government and the opposition…

‘Prioritise solar power  to contain blackouts’

  Balaka West member of Parliament (MP) (Independent) Patricia Shanil Dzimbiri has emphasised the need to invest in solar energy as one way of curbing the rising energy problem the country is facing. Making her contribution on President Peter Mutharika’s opening address to the 47th session of Parliament delivered last Friday, Dzimbiri said using solar…

Speaker crucifies MPs over CDF abuse

  Barely days after President Peter Mutharika demanded accountability from members of Parliament (MPs), Speaker Richard Msowoya has ordered Public Accounts Committee (PAC) to investigate legislators suspected of abusing the Constituency Development Fund (CDF). The Speaker ordered the House committee, which provides oversight functions to government ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs), to work with the…