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…

Tembenu speaks on Electoral Reforms Bills

and Constitutional Affairs Samuel Tembenu has told members of Parliament (MPs) that government will inform the House when the Electoral Reforms Bills will be tabled. Tembenu was responding to questions from the opposition on the status of tabling of the Bills. He said: “I believe that today is a government business day. Let us discuss…

MPs support Malunga

Parliamentary proceedings were suspended for an hour yesterday morning following a request by members of Parliament (MPs) for the Business Committee to discuss a court order Transglobe Limited issued to Parliamentary Committee on Agriculture and Irrigation chairperson Joseph Chidanti Malunga. The MPs argued it was not proper for business of the day to proceed when…

Broken promises

  President Peter Mutharika’s opening address to the 47th Session of Parliament delivered on Friday came under scrutiny yesterday with main opposition parties describing it as mis-titled and full of broken promises. The President titled his address Rising Above Macroeconomic Stability and outlined a number of things he said his administration has achieved since assuming…

Concerned citizens petition Escom

Concerned citizens yesterday presented a five-point petition to the Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) demanding an explanation and an end to prevailing power outages that have stalled economic activity. Clad in black and hoisting placards with such inscriptions as Escom mwalephera [Escom, you have failed us], Escom: Merchants of darkness and A President tilankhuleni…

CSOs say blackouts sign of failed leadership

The Centre for the Development for People (Cedep) and Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHHRR) have said government’s failure to sort out blackouts issue in the country is a clear indication of a failed leadership. A press statement signed by Cedep and CHRR executive directors Gift Trapence and Timothy Mtambo, respectively, said the electricity…

Chaos in Ntcheu as illegal miners take over mine

Misunderstandings have erupted among community members surrounding Chimwadzulu Hill in Ntcheu following government’s revocation of Nyala Mines Limited’s licence. Nyala Mines Limited was granted a 10-year contract to mine rubies in the hill, and part of the agreement was for the company to fulfil its corporate social responsibility (CSR) which has been deemed as below…

Chakwera goes to town on blackouts

Dausi says MCP leader clueless Leader of opposition in Parliament Lazarus Chakwera has dared President Peter Mutharika to demonstrate seriousness to resolve the energy crisis facing the country by fast-tracking interim solutions to extended power outages. Chakwera, who is also opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president, also asked the President to punish officers involved in…

Health workers to discuss innovations

  frican Regional Intellectual Property Organisation (Aripo) director general Fernando Dos Santos has said the three-day health sector meeting Lilongwe will help African countries come up with medical intervention policies to be accepted in the world. He said this in an interview yesterday after the official opening of the high level decision and policy makers’…

Treasury outlines measures to address audit queries

  The Ministry of Finance, Economic Planning and Development has outlined 35 measures to address five key issues raised in the Auditor General’s report in various government ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) Over the past two-and-a-half months, Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has been discussing the Auditor General’s reports covering financial years 2012/13, 2013/14 and…

Delayed projects remain a drain

In project management, a project is deemed successful if it is started and completed within the scheduled timeframe, on budget and according to specifications. When this happens, costs are saved. However, in Malawi, such achievements remain a pipedream if findings of the Construction Sector Transparency Initiative (CoST) 2017 Assurance Report on Construction Projects launched in…

LCC taken to task over  dubious land allocation

Temperatures and emotions rose yesterday morning at Parliament Buildings in Lilongwe as chairperson for the Lilongwe City Council (LCC) Town and Country Planning Committee Kantondori Nyirenda failed to convince the Parliamentary Committee on Natural Resources and Climate Change members on a deal which the committee has since deemed dubious. The Natural Resources and Climate Change…

ATI implementation end this year—MHRC

Malawi Human Rights Commission (MHRC) says the Access to Information Bill will be implemented before the year ends as most preparatory work for the implementation has been finalised. MHRC director for civil and political rights Peter Chisi said this during a Strategy Conference on Access to Information in Malawi organised by Media Institute of Southern…

Outdated energy laws affecting Mera functions

  Gaps in current laws governing the energy sector are said to be restricting Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (Mera) in carrying out its functions well, which includes regulating the filling station business. Parliamentary Budget and Finance Committee members asked Mera when it appeared before the committee on Friday to discuss Mera’s 2016/17 performance report and…

Serious audit needed at Ministry of Health—PAC

Parliamentary Public Affairs Committee (PAC) chairperson Alekeni Menyani has said issues of maladministration at the Ministry of Health can only stop if a serious performance audit takes place there. Speaking after meeting officials from the ministry over the 2013/14 Auditor General’s report on Wednesday evening, Menyani noted that the ministry lacks professionals who can do…

Admarc a tool for money laundering—PAC

The Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has branded the Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (Admarc) as a cash cow for public officials, used to launder and siphon money with impunity. PAC chairperson Alekeni Menyani said in an interview that billions of money have been lost at the institution with nobody showing willingness to follow up…