Human Rights Watch warns ahead of polls

  Human Rights Watch (HRW) has warned authorities in Malawi that failure to thoroughly investigate and punish perpetrators of violence against human rights defenders and the opposition will ruin the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections. In an interview yesterday, HRW Southern Africa director Dewa Mavhinga feared that the failure would also lead to more brazen…

CSOs give APM fresh deadline

  Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) has given President Peter Mutharika 20 days to respond to their petition delivered after the September 21 anti-government demonstrations across the country’s four cities. In a letter dated October 14 2018 signed by HRDC chairperson Timothy Mtambo and vice-chairperson Gift Trapence, the civil society organisations (CSOs) have expressed shock…

CSOS want AG, others fired

Gives public servants in politics 7days Let me consult—Dausi Civil society organisations (CSOs) have given government seven days to fire all public servants who are actively involved in partisan politics. Notable among those government is being called to act on are governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) members Attorney General Charles Mhango, Chimwemwe Chipungu, Clement Mwale…

Govt shields APM from CSOs

Despite criticism on its handling of civil society organisations (CSOs) demands, government has insisted that Capital Hill will only respond to current and future petitions through dialogue meetings, where President Peter Mutharika will not be available. The President returned home from the United States of America (USA) on Monday and scoffed at Human Rights Defenders…

‘Open ACB boss job to foreigners’

  Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president Lazarus Chakwera has suggested that the position of Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) director general should be open to foreign professionals as one way of fighting corruption in the country. Speaking during a whistle-stop tour in Mzimba North on Sunday, Chakwera said the country needs to widen its scope on expertise…

DPP primaries start today

  The governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) will from today start holding its parliamentary and local government primary elections in the Northern Region The DPP will become the second party to hold primaries after the main opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) which had some of its primaries marred by protests from losing aspirants. DPP regional…

DPP rolls out primaries Oct 8

  The governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has announced that it will hold its parliamentary and local government primary elections from October 8 2018. The DPP will become the second party to hold primaries after the main opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) which had some of its primaries  marred by protests from losing aspirants. In…

9 judges to hear CSOs

Nine Malawi Supreme Court of Appeal judges are set to hear a motion of appeal by two civil society organisations (CSOs) on October 25 2018 to replace the Malawi Law Society (MLS) in the Salima-Lilongwe Water Project case. If the two CSOs—Youth and Society (YAS) and Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR)—succeed in the…

Court orders APM  To receive petition

  The High Court of Malawi has ordered President Peter Mutharika to personally receive a petition on governance concerns from civil society organisations (CSOs) under the banner of Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) in Lilongwe this morning. The court order, which followed earlier communication from Lilongwe City Council (LCC) chief executive officer Moza Zeleza restricting…

APM, ministers won’t meet CSOs—Govt

President Peter Mutharika and some of his Cabinet ministers will not attend a dialogue meeting with leadership of Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) scheduled for today ahead of Friday demonstrations, a presidential aide has said. Presidential adviser on civil society organisations (CSOs) Mavuto Bamusi said that it is “expecting too much” to expect Mutharika and…

Government courts CSOs on demos

  With three days before civil society organisations (CSOs) hold their planned anti-government nationwide protests, the Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC) has courted organisers to a meeting to open dialogue on outstanding issues. But reacting to the OPC invitation for today’s meeting dated September 17 2018, Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) chairperson Timothy…

NRWB saves K2bn on project

  The Northern Region Water Board (NRWB) says it has saved $2.6 million (about K2 billion) from the Mzimba Integrated Urban Water and Sanitation project and $235 000 (about K173 million) from the Kalenge Water project in Chitipa after contractors charged less than the available funds. In an interview, NRWB chief executive officer Titus Mtegha…

Rumphi water project in race against time

    Contractor for the K3.2 billion Sustainable Rural Water and Sanitation Infrastructure for Improved Health and Livelihood (SRWIHL) project in Rumphi has completed 58 percent of the work, against 78 percent of time that has elapsed, engineers have said. Speaking when the Public Works Committee of Rumphi District Council toured the projects last Thursday,…

DPP, Karim appeal K145m case

The ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and Zameer Karim of Pioneer Investments (PI) have appealed to the full bench of the Supreme Court of Appeal, the ruling by Justice Rezine Mzikamanda, that the two institutions’ accounts should remain frozen. Unsatisfied with the ruling, lawyer for DPP, Chancy Gondwe, Friday afternoon filed a notice of motion…

Elections may derail FDIS—AfDB

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has warned that next year’s elections have potential to scare away foreign direct investment (FDI). The bank, in its 2018 African Development Bank African Economic Outlook-Malawi Country Note, said on Tuesday, while economic outlook in the medium term looks positive on assumption that the current macroeconomic stability can be maintained,…

CSO wants cops in food deal disciplined

  Mzuzu-based Youth and Society (YAS) has asked the Police Service Commission (PSC) to discipline senior police officers involved in the K2.7 billion Malawi Police Service (MPS) food rations scandal. In a demand letter to PSC chairperson, High Court judge Charles Ching’anya Mkandawire, dated September 7 2018, YAS argues that since the leakage of an…