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 on track in youth investment—Fabiano

Malawi is on the right track in investing in the youths for sustainable development, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Emmanuel Fabiano has said. In an interview on the sidelines of the 5th African Union-European Union summit in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, Fabiano said Malawi is on the right track but more has to be…

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…

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…