Mota Engil’s project delays irk AfDB

  Multinational engineering firm Mota Engil is under fire from financiers of the Mangochi-Liwonde Road project—the African Development Bank (AfDB)—who wants the contractor reprimanded for delays in project execution. But Mota Engil has said it is equally concerned with the slow progress and that they are working to meet the financier’s demands. The concern follows…

Think of this real life chastening experience. A man falls sick in the wee hours and rushes to the country’s biggest health referral facility Kamuzu Central Hospital (KCH). Upon arrival, an on-duty doctor openly grumbles to the patient’s face: “Why did you come to the hospital at this time,” asks the unamused doctor. “Where were…

MCP warned against creating political gods

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) leaders in the North have warned party members against glorifying individuals in the run-up to 2019 elections. Kezzie Msukwa chairperson for the North-North region and North-South region deputy chairperson Gracious Soko issued the warning in separate interviews on Thursday. MCP has found itself in a fix following the joining of Lower…

Ex-MDF bosses case back in court

  The State has tendered 130 documents in court for its K2 billion Cashgate case involving former Malawi Defence Force (MDF) commander Henry Odillo and three other ex-senior military and civilian officials. Special Cashgate prosecutor Kamudoni Nyasulu, speaking in an interview after adjournment of yesterday’s proceedings at the High Court in Lilongwe, said the documents…

As Rome burnt, what do you think those in Caesar’s court were telling him? I suspect they were recalling, to Caesar’s delight, tales of past conquests; reminding him of how many had fallen at his feet. That’s how treacherous sycophants and soothsayers all over the world can be. History is littered with so many tales…

EIU report tips  APM to win

United Kingdom-based Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) has tipped President Peter Mutharika and his Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) to narrowly win the 2019 elections despite facing an uphill task to ease economic hardships causing dissatisfaction among citizens. The main opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) has since welcomed the EIU projections, saying they are an indication the…

India, Malawi discuss uranium deal

  Malawi and India are engaged in negotiations for a possible uranium deal which could see India importing the yellow cake from Kayelekera Uranium Mine in Karonga. Secretary to the Treasury Ben Botolo and Indian High Commissioner Suresh Kumar Menon said in separate interviews yesterday that the two countries were discussing the possible deal. A…

You wouldn’t want to be Lazarus Chakwera at the moment. There is no way this presidential wannabe must be enjoying some quality sleep at the moment. A whole year and some few-months before the 2019 presidential elections, his party is already facing some moment of truth. Word on the street is that since Chakwera lost…

Human traffickers on the loose

Despite a recent government ban on labour export to the Middle East, agents in the trade continue to operate with impunity across the country, sending unsuspecting women and youths into horrible conditions in countries as far as war-torn Iraq. Nation on Sunday investigations this week busted a human trafficking ring which is operating in Blantyre.…

Comesa Court gives Malawi Mobile another chance

  The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa) Court has given privately-owned Malawi Mobile Limited (MML) a second chance in its K98 billion claim against Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra). In a ruling following an MML appeal against the dismissal of its case over alleged unprocedural termination of its mobile phone operator’s licence,…

“Your worst enemy could be your best friend and your best friend your worst enemy,” Bob Marley, Who the Cap fit Most. Just on last week’s subject of potential alliances, just how seriously should we take the rumour mill on some speculated potential 2019 election alliances currently flying around? ‘There is no smoke without fire’,…

2018—the penultimate year of the electoral circle—is almost here. Politically, it promises to be a gruesome, but quite interesting year. Already, the real battle appears between the top two in the last presidential elections—the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) torchbearer President Peter Mutharika and Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president Lazarus Chakwera. If you believe pollster…

Pac to probe K500m claim

Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Parliament plans to investigate a K500 million interest claim at the centre of controversy between Malawi Police Service (MPS) and the National Audit Office (NAO). The probe follows revelations by our sister newspaper, the Weekend Nation that MPS and the Auditor General have been changing positions on the authenticity of…

AG, police battle over  K500m claim

The Malawi Police Service (MPS) is caught in a K567 million interest payout controversy involving food supplier Pioneer Investments, Weekend Nation has learnt. While Pioneer received K2.3 billion for 500 000 units of food rations it supplied to MPS, the company is now claiming K567 million in interest for what it says was late payment…

Malawi under fire over UN vote

Malawi has come under heavy criticism for abstaining from Thursday’s vote at the United Nations (UN) that condemned United States (US) plans to move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. The US move announced by President Donald Trump is contentious as Jerusalem remains divided and claimed by both Israelis and Palestinians in one of the…

LDF set for merger

Plans are at an advanced stage to disband the Local Development Fund (LDF) and National Local Government Finance Committee (NLGFC), two agencies used in financing development projects at local government level. The National Local Government Finance Commission (NLGFC) is set to be born from a merger of the two institutions and will be responsible for…

ACB welcomes 2010 Cashgate convictions

  The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has welcomed Tuesday’s conviction of three senior police officers in a corruption case commonly known as 2010 Cashgate, saying their conviction will send a strong signal to public officers to resist corruption. The graft-busting body was reacting to the Lilongwe Magistrate’s Court conviction of Deputy Commissioner of Police Elija Kachikuwo…

Time running out for electoral reforms—MEC

Time for the country to enact crucial electoral reforms which may be used in the 2019 Presidential, Parliamentary and Local Government elections is running out, the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has said. The MEC statement came as Parliament continued to deliberate on some of the Electoral Reforms Bills and on Thursday rejected two Bills, including…