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…

MRA recovers K775m from smuggled vehicles

  Public tax collector Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) says it has recovered duty amounting to K775.5 million from 252 vehicles seized by customs since July last year. MRA made the disclosure when it appeared before Parliament’s Committee on Tourism and Trade alongside officials from the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Tourism, Malawi Confederation of Chambers…

ACB probe identifies flaws in gensets deal

The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) says its preliminary findings have identied procurement flaws in the two-year $73.9 million generators leasing agreement between Aggreko Power Solutions and the Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom). In his brief to members of the Legal Affairs Committee of Parliament on Tuesday, ACB director of investigation Daniels Mponda did not disclose…

ACB vows to fight   K70bn DPP SG claim

Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB)director  Reyneck Matemba has said he is ready to fight in court against the K70 billion compensation claim that has seen some quarters raising eyebrows. He has also vowed to protect public funds by not tolerating political interference as the bureau investigates cases and prosecutes suspects. Matemba was speaking in Lilongwe yesterday when…

Committee seeks autonomy for parastatals

  The Budget and Finance Committee of Parliament has called for the independence of statutory corporations and recovery of arrears owed by the central government. During their appearance before the committee last week, Northern Region Water Board (NRWB) and Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (Admarc) admitted that the debt levels they have are crippling their…

LWB rescues Polytechnic needy students

  Lilongwe Water Board (LWB) has unveiled plans to introduce scholarships to help needy students especially those pursuing engineering studies at The Polytechnic, a constituent college of the University of Malawi (Unima). Speaking during presentation of a K1.5 million cheque to representatives of the Polytechnic Students Alumini in Lilongwe last week, LWB chief executive officer…

‘Corruption undermining  Malawi’s growth’

  When Cashgate was busted the future relationship between the country and key development partners changed forever. Some stopped supporting Malawi Government through official channels for fear of putting their taxpayers’ money in a ‘leaking bucket.’ One of such key bilateral partners is the UK, and the head of its development arm the Department for…

Borrowing worries Budget and Finance Committee

  Parliament’s Budget and Finance Committee has described as worrisome and alarming the level of government borrowing, claiming it is exceeding sustainable levels. Committee chairperson Rhino Chiphiko said his committee is under pressure to authorise some money bills to be tabled in Parliament in May. He expressed the sentiments at Parliament Building in Lilongwe on…