Chikulamayembe  demands APM apology

Paramount Chief Chikulamayembe of Rumphi has demanded an apology from President Peter Mutharika following the fracas on September 30 when members of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) wreaked havoc at the Gonapamuhanya ceremony. However, presidential spokesperson Mgeme Kalilani has hit back, saying Mutharika has nothing to do with this and therefore, the call for…

NRWB seeks K36.5bn for Mzimba dam

Northern Region Water Board (NRWB) requires $50 million (about K36.5 billion) to construct a dam envisaged to improve water supply in Mzimba by 2023. Currently, NRWB taps water from Mzimba River, but the intake is considered too small to adequately supply the rapidly growing population beyond 2022 despite ongoing expansion works under the $22.85 million…

YAS launches K14m accountability initiative

  Youth and Society (YAS) has rolled out a K14 million project to amplify citizen voices for improved utilisation of public resources in Rumphi District. The non-governmental organisation envisages the transparency and accountability initiative strengthening the participation of tracking public expenditure and development results. According to YAS executive director Charles Kajoloweka, the project was conceived…

NRWB asks MPs to finalise Mzimba project probe

  Northern Region Water Board (NRWB) has asked parliament to swiftly conclude investigations into suspicious pricing of Mzimba water and sanitation project. On Monday, NRWB acting director of technical services Asumani Ungwe told members of the Parliamentary Committee on Agriculture and Irrigation during a site visit in Mzimba that financiers are following the case. The…

Human Rights Commission calls Mutharika to duty

  Taxpayer-funded Malawi Human Rights Commission (MHRC) has asked President Peter Mutharika to come out strongly and condemn incidents of politically-motivated violence and violence emanating from bloodsuckers’ myth. In a statement The Nation has seen on recent violent acts in the country, MHRC reminds the President that “leadership does not lie in one’s designated position,…

MHRC takes council to task over illegal vending

  Malawi Human Rights Commission (MHRC) has accused Mzuzu City Council (MCC) of endemic failure, laxity and wrongful decision-making in dealing with vendors who erect illegal structures in the city. The sentiments follow violent incidents on September 15 2017 when thugs, suspected to be illegal vendors, torched MCC’s department of planning and development and vandalised…

Oh my malawi!

On Saturday, the Tumbuka people from Rumphi gathered at Paramount Chief Chikulamayembe’s headquarters in Bolero for Gonapamuhanya Cultural Festival. However, the annual commemoration in honour of the first Chikulamayembe, Gonapamuhanya, was marred by political clashes. In this interview with our Mzuzu Bureau Supervisor JOSEPH MWALE, the reigning Chikulamayembe looks at how politics almost spoiled the…

Catholic bishops condemn political violence

The Episcopal Conference of Malawi (ECM), a grouping of Catholic bishops in the country, has condemned reported cases of politically-motivated violence in the country ahead of the October 17 by-elections in three wards and three constituencies. ECM chairperson Archbishop Thomas Luke Msusa said in a statement it was disheartening to note numerous cases of violence…

Zambian delegate dies amid Rumphi fracas

  The fracas that ensued on Saturday during the Gonapamuhanya Cultural Festival in Rumphi District caused the death of a woman chief only identified as Nyaunthali, a member of a delegation from Zambia. Both chairperson of the organising committee of the event, principal group village head Chikalamba Gondwe and Rumphi District Hospital spokesperson Bwanalori Mwamlima…

Running battles mar Gonapamuhanya ceremony

Clad in their party attire, ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) youth cadets yesterday pelted stones at leaders of opposition political parties that attended Gonapamuhanya, a Tumbuka ceremony at Bolero in Rumphi. The cadets first attacked Malawi Congress Party (MCP) leader Lazarus Chakwera and his security detail at around 10am, as he was getting to Bolero.…

Mzuzu City u-turns on K3.5m DPP pledge

  In a surprising turn of events, Mzuzu City Council (MCC) has signed a court order declaring that it will not honour its K3.5 million pledge towards activities of the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP). In the consent order dated September 26 2017 signed by lawyer Wesley Mwafulirwa, on behalf of five civil society organisations…

Govt researching on Likoma jetty

  Minister of Transport and Public Works Jappie Mhango says government has deployed marine experts to Likoma Island to assess a site for construction of a jetty. The team from the Department of Marine Services is expected to conclude their studies by October, he said. “It is not an easy task though because the lake…

Confusion over national registration in RU

People in Rumphi are said to be confusing the ongoing mass registration exercise with voter registration for 2019 Tripartite Elections. Speaking on the sidelines of an awareness rally in Bolero, National Initiative for Civic Education (Nice) district officer Mavuto Mkandawire quashed a deepening misconception that eligible Malawians will not vote if they fail to register…

Activists demand more on child rights

  Rights defenders have faulted government for not making the most of local and international treaties to protect and promote children’s rights. Seven years ago, Parliament enacted the Child Care, Protection and Justice Act (2010) which localises the global Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). Speaking in Mzuzu at a meeting to popularise…

‘Listen to all victims, not just ex-MYPs’

Of late, there has been a heated debate on whether government must compensate ex-Malawi Young Pioneers (MYPs) or not. While the ex-MYPs feel they helped developed the country, hence the need for compensation, other quarters feel these people tortured Malawians and do not deserve compensation. In this interview, our Mzuzu Bureau Supervisor Joseph Mwale engages…

CSOs sue DPP

Days after the collapse of planned dialogue with Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) to push for a refund of donations from State agencies, five civil society organisations (CSOs) have formally filed a lawsuit against the governing party. Through their lawyer Wesley Mwafulirwa, the CSOs want DPP to pay back all the money it received from public…

Politics beckons retired Maurice Munthali

For the past 12 years, he has never made it easy for government. This man of God has used every opportunity—be it through the Public Affairs Committee (PAC), the pulpit, or even through prayer—to critique government on various socioeconomic challenges affecting the country. Actually, during the July 6 2017 commemorations in Mzuzu, Minister of Home…