Govt to promote 14 000 teachers

Critics say it is an elections ploy The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MoEST) says it is set to promote 14 000 teachers in primary, secondary and tertiary schools to motivate them and promote quality education. But critics have cautioned that this could be a ploy to woo voters as the May 21 Tripartite…

Court suspends Veep officers interdiction

As the cat and mouse chase between government and police officers stationed at Vice-President Saulos Chilima’s office continues, government seems hell bent on punishing the officers for alleged absenteeism. On Wednesday, Malawi Police Service (MPS), through Director of Human Resource Management Joseph Chambuluka, wrote the affected 40 officers informing them that they have been interdicted…

Chilima under siege again

Still smarting from the arrests of Vice-President Saulos Chilima’s two personal assistants on Monday, the Malawi Police Service (MPS) yesterday morning withdrew the Toyota Cruiser registration MP 2098 it provided to Chilima as part of his entitlement, The Nation has established. MPS has also called 41 officers who are working in the Office of the…

EU, PAC add voice to albino killings

The European Union Delegation has pledged support to Malawi government in bringing to book killers of people living with albinism, saying their murder is a breach of human rights. In a statement issued yesterday by EU heads of mission resident in Malawi, the killing of Yasin Phiri on December 31 2018 is a tragic reminder…

Disasters kill 15

The Department of Disaster Management Affairs (Dodma) has said 15 people have died in natural disasters since the onset of rains in November. In an update report on natural disasters since the onset of the rains, Dodma said 11 of the 15 were killed by lightning strikes. The report said 15 238 households have been…

Mwenifumbo shelves Aford presidency claim

Alliance for Democracy (Aford) legislator Frank Mwenifumbo, who has been battling with party leader Enoch Chihana for presidency, has shelved his claims to the grouping’s top position pending a fresh convention. Mwenifumbo, who is member of Parliament (MP) for Karonga Central, said this at a news conference yesterday at the party’s Area 49 office in…

Speaker moves to punish MPs

Speaker of Parliament Richard Msowoya has cracked the whip on truant legislators who absent themselves from National Assembly business, saying they risk having their K80 000 daily allowance deducted.In an interview yesterday, the Speaker said the move seeks to bring sanity and make members of Parliament (MPs) take parliamentary business seriously. He said the deductions…

Chilima upbeat

It is now official. Vice-President Saulos Chilima will be on the presidential ballot in the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections as torchbearer for the new kid on the political block, UTM, following his election as party president yesterday. The unopposed endorsement by the UTM national conference at Bingu International Convention Centre in Lilongwe was a…

Accountant General removed

Months after some civil society organisations (CSOs) and Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) called for the dismissal of Accountant General Chrighton Chimombo, government has moved the officer to the yet-to-be-rolled out National Planning Commission. The CSOs and PAC called for Chimombo’s dismissal for ignoring suggestions to restart the bidding process in the long-running procurement process…

Court defers ruling on NGO Bill injunction

The High Court in Lilongwe yesterday deferred a ruling on an order that would have lifted an injunction on government to table the controversial Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) Act (Amendment) Bill in Parliament. It is likely that thegovernment’s plan to table the Bill may only materialise next year, since thecurrent session of Parliament is expected to…

Ntchisi DHO speaks on patient’s generator

Ntchisi district health officer (DHO) Zondwayo Ngoma has denied media reports that the district hospital used a patient’s generator during a blackout because the hospital had no fuel. Instead, Ngoma said allhospital generators are operational, but ackowledged misunderstandings betweenhospital staff and a patient’s guardians who opted to bring their owngenerator. He said: “During a round-up…

Police interdicts 2 senior officers in K2.7bn deal

Malawi Police Service(MPS) has interdicted two of its senior officers, Innocent Bottoman and GrantKachingwe following their arrest by the Anti- Corruption Bureau (ACB) for theiralleged involvement in the K2.7 billion food rations deal. Bottoman, a commissioner,  and Kachingwe, a senior superintendent, were arrested on Tuesday and Wednesday alongside businessperson Zameer Karim for various offences in…

House allows industrial hemp bill drafting

    Parliament has given the nod to Ntchisi North member of Parliament (MP) Boniface Kadzamira (Independent) to draft a bill whose objective is to distinguish the criminalised Indian hemp from medicinal cannabis through cultivation, production and possession. Kadzamira moved a motion for the House to allow him to draft the bill following vigorous consultations…

ACB pounces on Karim, 2 others

  The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) yesterday pounced on businessperson Zameer Karim and two senior police officers about six months after revelations of suspected dubious transactions in the K2.7 billion Malawi Police Service (MPS) food rations deal. The ACB presented a charge sheet to the Chief Resident Magistrate’s Court in Lilongwe which indicated that the trio…

K2bn to fight gender violence in Lilongwe

  Global Fund has given K2 billion to Chinasi Foundation, a local non-governmental organisation, to fight adolescent gender-based violence (GBV) and reduce HIV-related infections resulting from GBV. Chinasi Foundation field officer responsible for adolescent girls and young women Daniel Jali said the project will run up to 2020. “The main aim is to reduce HIV…

Speaker stops sensitive security report

  Speaker of Parliament Richard Msowoya yesterday ordered suspension of presentation of a report by the Parliamentary Committee on Defence and Security due to the sensitivity of emerging details. In the report, committee chairperson Alex Chitete said field visits and consultations his committee undertook between September 2017 and April 2018 established that the Malawi Defence…

New AG Dec—Treasury

  Five months after the expiry of the tenure of the substantive office holder, government faces a race against time to recruit a new Auditor General (AG) to comply with the Constitution that the office should not be vacant for over six months. Following the expiry of AG Stephenson Kamphasa’s contract in June this year,…

JB will go it alone—PP

  Erstwhile governing People’s Party (PP) says its leader Joyce Banda will be on the presidential ballot in the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections and will not play s econd fiddle in any electoral coalition or alliance. PP spokesperson Ackson Kalaile-Banda said in an interview yesterday that JB, as the former head of State is…

Researcher calls for mindset  change on Teveta courses

  Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (Luanar) researcher and lecturer Loveness N’galamadzi has advised schools to conduct career talks that promote technical skills-based careers. She said a recent research done by Luanar established that most students and parents shun programmes offered by the Technical, Entrepreneurial and Vocational Education Training Authority (Teveta) because they…

PP for revival  Of 50+1 bill

  Former governing People’s Party (PP) says it expects Parliament, which meets from today, to revive the Electoral Reforms Bill, including the shot down proposal for a 50-plus-one voting system in the country. In an interview yesterday on expectations from the Parliament meeting starting today, Rumphi East legislator Kamlepo Kalua, who is PP vice-president for…