Funding woes to paralyse Auditor General

  Funding woes threaten to paralyse National Audit Office (NAO) operations in the 2018/19 financial year following the withdrawal of 200 000 euros (about K1.5 billion) support by a German agency, a development that could see 15 councils going unaudited. In a brief to a parliamentary cluster committee meeting on Budget and Public Accounts in…

Funding woes to paralyse Auditor General

Funding woes threaten to paralyse National Audit Office (NAO) operations in the 2018/19 financial year following the withdrawal of 200 000 euro (about K1.5 billion) support by a German agency, a development that could see 15 councils going unaudited. In a brief to a parliamentary cluster committee meeting on Budget and Public Accounts in Lilongwe…

Witness names Cashgate beneficiaries

  The High Court in Lilongwe on Tuesday learnt that the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) and Accountant General’s office were given a share of Cashgate proceeds in 2013 allegedly to sweep the public funds abuse scandal under the carpet. Standing in the witness box in the K2.4 billion Cashgate case involving former Ministry of Finance…

Govt shuns Kamuzu Day

The family of founding president Hastings Kamuzu Banda yesterday expressed dismay at the lack of government representation at Kamuzu Day prayers in Kasungu despite extending an invitation. During memorial prayers held at Mtunthama CCAP in the district, the family said the conspicuous absence of government representatives was sending wrong signals as the same officials, including…

Tempers flare at  MCP convention

Tempers flared at the opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) convention yesterday as delegates differed on the party’s decision to share national executive committee (NEC) posts equally across districts, with some opting for the ballot instead of endorsements. It all started in the afternoon when MCP decided that some NEC positions should be equally shared in…

Court frees MCP to hold convention

  The Malawi Supreme Court of Appeal has put aside an injunction embattled Malawi Congress Party (MCP) secretary general Gustave Kaliwo and others obtained, effectively freeing the party to hold a convention to elect office-bearers. MCP president Lazarus Chakwera  and the party’s national executive committee (NEC) members obtained the order in Lilongwe yesterday. Reads the…

MCP storm not over

The storm in the opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) is far from over with embattled secretary general Gustave Kaliwo stressing that his team will not vacate an injunction stopping the party from holding a convention despite being reinstated. Kaliwo’s reaction in an interview on Wednesday followed an MCP emergency national executive committee (NEC) resolution to…

Kaliwo hits MCP again

  Embattled Malawi Congress Party (MCP) secretary general Gustave Kaliwo has obtained a court order stopping the opposition party from holding a convention reportedly scheduled for this Friday in Lilongwe. The order that Nation Online has seen is signed by High Court judge Michael Tembo and dated May 7 2018. In the order, the judge…

Govt has  Failed—MCP

  Predictably, leader of opposition in Parliament Lazarus Chakwera has said the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) administration has “miserably failed” to deliver on its socio-economic promises to Malawians contrary to President Peter Mutharika’s claims. In a hard-hitting speech in response to Mutharika’s State of the Nation Address (Sona) themed We Have Delivered presented in Parliament…

Parliament condemns Friday violence

  Speaker of the National Assembly Richard Msowoya and leaders of political parties in the House have condemned violent actions and a fracas on the sidelines of the opening of the Third Meeting of the 47th Session of Parliament. Msowoya yesterday expressed his concern that outsiders, most conspicuously Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) youth cadets, had…

Speaker warns visitors  against disturbing business

Speaker of the National Assembly Richard Msowoya has warned visitors against disrupting business in Parliament by silently following proceedings in the House. The Speaker issued the warning yesterday before granting leader of opposition in Parliament Lazarus Chakwera the floor to respond to the State of the Nation Address (Sona) President Peter Mutharika delivered in Parliament…

Power struggle sees  two Aford presidents

  A heated power struggle has seen members of Alliance for Democracy (Aford) electing two presidents—parliamentarians Frank Mwenifumbo (Karonga Central) and Enoch Chihana (Rumphi Central). So bad was the situation that Mwenifumbo’s camp on Tuesday night defied Chihana’s use of presidential powers to suspend the party convention in Lilongwe after squabbles prevented members from electing their…

Misunderstandings rock Aford convention

Misunderstandings and lack of tolerance rocked the Alliance for Democracy (Aford) national convention at Don Bosco Youth Centre in Lilongwe’s Area 23 yesterday where Karonga Central legislator Frank Mwenifumbo is challenging incumbent Enoch Chihana for the presidency. The convention was scheduled to start at 9am and end at 2pm, according to a programme the party…

Agency seizes K22m fraud funds

  The Financial Intelligence Authority (FIA) has confiscated about K22 million which was obtained fraudulently since the enactment of the law empowering it to seize proceeds of crime. FIA director general Atuweni Juwayeyi-Agbermodji revealed the development to the Legal Affairs Committee of Parliament on Wednesday. She said the funds are now in its newly created…