SA hospitals claim  K592m from Malawians

South African hospitals are pushing the Malawi Government to pay 11.6 million rand (about K592 million) in unpaid medical services bills accumulated over the years by Malawian nationals resident in South Africa. The Sowetan newspaper reported on Wednesday that Gauteng Health department is on a mission to recoup 160 million rand from foreign nationals, including…

Doctors say Wandale has mental disorder

Medical doctors have said the self-proclaimed ‘supreme leader’ of the so-called independent country, United States of Mulanje and Thyolo (Must), Vincent Wandale, is suffering from a mental disorder. Proceedings relating to the medical doctors’ examination of Wandale were held in camera at the Lilongwe Magistrate’s Court, but National Police Headquarters prosecutor Happy Mkandawire said in…

This country is not short of comedians or even soothsayers. And in this hour, when a myriad national challenges make citizenship of this country a painful reality, theirs is a welcome relief. Otherwise, we all risk of dying of broken hearts and helplessness. Vincent Wandale jokes about establishing a new State within our boundaries but…

If you missed Atupele Muluzi’s Twitter debut, there are mitigation factors. Either thanks to the endless power outages, your phone or computer was down or you are among millions of Malawians who, in this day and age, have no access to internet let alone are on Twitter. Witnessing the young Muluzi’s debut on US President…

Miner protests licence deletion

A mining firm claiming a stake in a small granite mine in Chitipa is protesting government’s decision to cancel its licence, exposing how government is struggling to control the trade in minerals. Illomba Granite owner has since accused government of forcing him out to allow another operator to take over. The firm, which has been using…

If you missed Atupele Muluzi’s Twitter debut, there are mitigation factors. Either thanks to the endless power outages, your phone or computer was down or you are among millions of Malawians who, in this day and age, have no access to internet let alone are on Twitter. Witnessing the young Muluzi’s debut on US President…

LWB in dubious project deal

Lilongwe Water Board (LWB) has paid a contractor K239 million for pavement construction works mired in controversy. Records Weekend Nation has seen indicate that LWB has honoured three invoices from the contractor, Sawa Group, totalling K239 million based on a variation order—an instruction stating that the scope of work in a construction contract has changed…

Probe shows politicians abused Compensation Tribunal

The Ombudsman’s investigations have shown that politicians abused the National Compensation Tribunal (NCT) by influencing prioritisation and payments to politically-connected individuals at the expense of thousands of victims who remained unattended. Ombudsman Martha Chizuma-Mwangonde has since ordered government to settle about 15 000 of claims unsettled by the NCT which was shut down in 2006…

You must feel for compatriots in the diaspora at the moment. The world is increasingly hearing about us and it’s not just bad news we are endlessly churning out these days, but sickening ones. For a nation that prides itself as God-fearing and warm-hearted, our recent actions betray some savagery and hot-headedness that represent neither…

UK to hunt for Njauju killers

British forensic investigators are due to launch a hunt for killers of Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) corporate affairs director Issa Njauju, Capital Hill and the British High Commission in Lilongwe have confirmed. The deal is the latest attempt to bring closure to a two-year mystery that has eluded Malawian law enforcement agencies. The development follows an…

We might as well start with a disclaimer. This article contains optimism for an impoverished nation under siege from a myriad of challenges: poverty, economic stagnation, trade imbalances, inequality, corruption, high infancy mortality, crumbling social and physical infrastructure etcetera. That done, this article, offers no apology for offering hope when clearly, again, there are reasons…

FIA freezes accounts for suspected launderers

The Financial Intelligence Authority (FIA) has frozen bank accounts of some companies and individuals on suspicion that they were laundering and externalising millions in foreign currency. It is estimated that about K1.6 billion ($2.2 million) was allegedly discovered in one company bank account whose owners were being monitored by the FIA for potential illegal activity.…

It must be tough being Grace Chiumia these past few days. Our good Home Affairs and Internal Security Minister is landing into calamity after calamity. Somehow, if she is not starting some fire somewhere, someone is igniting fire for her. Just as dust was settling down on Chiumia’s controversial—read illegal— order to police to arrest…

A certain publication that does little to mask its political leanings, namely favouritism for the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and, as a consequence, disdain for the opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP)—recently made a playful, if not unethical play, on Leader of Opposition and MCP president, Lazarus Chakwera. The publication had a front-page story which was…

Councils rocked with accounting indiscipline

Various district councils are embroiled in cases of non-compliance of basic accounting systems and failure to follow orders from the National Local Government Finance Committee (NLGFC), Weekend Nation can reveal. This is outlined in reports from governance institutions highlighting how councils are abusing resources by flouting set procedures and guidelines for administration of funds under…

Govt cracks whip on mining firms

Government has given nine mining firms 30-day notices expressing its intention to terminate their licences for non-payment of fees, ground rates and royalties amounting to K900 million and for general non-performance as stipulated in licences. The strong stance follows a discovery made after installation of a new mining revenue management system, which showed that government…

Uladi suspended from PP NEC

An extraordinary national executive committee (NEC) meeting of former ruling People’s Party (PP) has suspended the party’s acting president Uladi Mussa. The suspension effectively relieves the firebrand politician off his duties as acting PP leader. The decision comes barely 24 hours after Mussa declared that he was taking over the presidency of the party from…

Committee backs NGO  financial disclosure law

  The Parliamentary Committee on Social and Community Affairs has backed government’s move to make it mandatory for non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to make full disclosures of their financial sources and use. Members of the committee made the remarks yesterday when NGO Board officials appeared before Parliament to explain delays in enacting the new NGO Act.…

Uladi revolts against JB, claims PP leadership

Out of the blues, People’s Party Acting president Uladi Mussa has launched an unexpected leadership challenge on the party’s leader Joyce Banda, declaring presidential aspirations in 2019 arguing Banda’s tenure has expired. The move comes just 24 hours before People’s Party is due to hold an emergency National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting But, PP’s NEC has laughed…