Rumphi chief campaigns for DPP

Barely two weeks after Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) asked traditional leaders to be non-partisan during the official campaign period, Senior Chief Mwalweni of Rumphi on Sunday openly campaigned for governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) at a rally in the district. The conduct is a violation of the Chiefs Code of Conduct during elections and also…

Ministry asks councils to pay for health workers’ recruitment

In a desperate attempt to avert the growing discontent and human resource deficit in public hospitals, government has asked each district council to provide K100 000 towards the recruitment of health personnel. A memo from Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development  Principal Secretary (PS) Charles Kalemba to all district commissioners (DCs), titled ‘Request for…

Joyce Banda endorses Chakwera

In a dramatic turn of events, former president Joyce Banda yesterday withdrew from the presidential race in the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections and instead endorsed Lazarus Chakwera of Malawi Congress Party (MCP). Her decision means the number of presidential hopefuls confirmed by Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has gone down to eight. From the gender…

Part-time nurses down tools

Lives of patients nationwide are at risk as most district hospitals have scaled down operations following a decision by about 2 035 Concerned Unemployed Nurses and Midwives (Cunm) to go on strike. In a letter dated February 28 2019 addressed to district nursing officers, which we have seen, the group’s chairperson Donald Zgambo urges the…

Poverty, inequality worsens—report

The 2019 African Economic Outlook Report has painted a gloomy picture of Malawi’s poverty levels, showing that poverty remains widespread at 51.5 percent nationwide as at 2017, up from 50.4 percent in 2010. Particularly, in rural areas, the report commissioned by the African Development Bank (AfDB) states that poverty stands at 56.6 percent and this…

Survey issues bilharzia scare

Two recent surveys on infectious diseases in the country’s lakeshore areas conducted in 2017 and 2018 have demonstrated the presence of Biomphalaria pfeifferi snails, hosts of some parasites which cause bilharzia (intestinal schistosomiasis). Schistosomiasis is an acute and chronic disease caused by parasitic worms. People are infected during routine agricultural, domestic, occupational, and recreational activities,…

AfDB urges care of Mzimba water project

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has urged government to ensure sustainability of the $22.85 million (about K16.7 billion) Mzimba Integrated Urban Water and Sanitation project launched yesterday. The project, which will serve about 70 000 people, was jointly financed by Opec Fund for International Development ($14.85 million), AfDB ($5 million) and Northern Region Water Board…

No State House vigils, Apam told

Plans by Association of People with Albinism in Malawi (Apam) to hold vigils at Kamuzu Palace have collapsed after Lilongwe City Council (LCC) yesterday denied the grouping permission to march and stage vigils at State House. The city council has instead asked Apam to present their petition to President Peter Mutharika through LCC at the…

Govt claims K15m from CSO leader

Government has demanded K15 million from Youth and Society (YAS) executive director Charles Kajoloweka as costs for a case in which the latter sued President Peter Mutharika to fire his then Cabinet minister George Chaponda in connection with a controversial maize import deal in 2017.  The demand follows the Malawi Supreme Court of Appeal’s determination…

Govt taken to task over martyrs

Various speakers during Martyrs’ Day commemorations in Nkhata Bay yesterday took turns, demanding to know why President Peter Mutharika does not want to meet members of the bereaved families and why Capital Hill does not fund the annual event. Representative of the bereaved families James Thawe, chairperson of the organising team of the event Graham…

Police defy court order

The Malawi Police Service (MPS) has given 40 officers serving Vice-President Saulosi Chilima half salaries for February as part of disciplinary measures which are against a court order issued some weeks ago, Nation on Sunday has learnt. Nation on Sunday has spoken to both affected officers and the Office of the Vice-President and have confirmed…

Mutharika shuns Apam on march

President Peter Mutharika will not be in Lilongwe when the Association of Persons with Albinism in Malawi (Apam) will be marching to Kamuzu Palace and holding vigils from March 6 to 8 2019. Mutharika, will instead be in the Northern Region, where he is expected to carry out a number of tasks, starting on Tuesday,…

Eiti demands mining accountability

The Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (Eiti) Board has urged Malawi to ensure that published extractives information is complete and reliable to further build trust and accountability. Specifically, the Eiti Board wants Malawi to ensure that transparency in revenue flows in its developing petroleum sector as well as companies’ social expenditures is commensurate with the clarity…

Persons with albinism split

Persons with albinism (PWAs) are split with a splinter group calling itself Poor and Concerned People with Albinism emerging on Wednesday and set to meet President Peter Mutharika in Lilongwe today. The new group said on Wednesday it was against Association of Persons Living with Albinism in Malawi (Apam) position not to meet the President…

Police irk communities on albinos

Police on Monday irked people of Kande, Nkhata Bay when they said they have failed to get answers from suspects in the murder of Yasin Kwenda Phiri, a person with albinism, who was brutally murdered in his home on New Year’s Eve. Meanwhile, police have intensified investigations at Chitimba in Rumphi, where some people attempted…

Apam says no again

The Association of Persons with Albinism in Malawi (Apam) has again rejected calls for dialogue from President Peter Mutharika, urging the President to address the concerns they have been raising with him instead. Apam’s reaction yesterday followed communication from Chief Secretary in the Office of the President and Cabinet Lloyd Muhara yesterday inviting the grouping…

Apam turns down invitations to meet APM

The Association of People with Albinism in Malawi (Apam) has turned down two invitations to meet President Peter Mutharika at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe before their protest vigils slated for March 6 to 8 at State House. Instead, Apam insists that its entire membership will only meet the President during the planned vigils to demand…

Mystery over killings

3 suspects die since 2015 HRDC wants special probe As the country continues being bruised by the atrocities against persons with albinism (PWA), Nation on Sunday can reveal that three key suspects have died mysteriously since 2015, leaving investigations hanging. Meanwhile, the Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) has said trails surrounding these deaths point to…

Independents surge

501 this year, from 417 in 2014 Female candidates’ numbers up 12% Out of 1 333 candidates 501 will compete on an independent ticket in the forthcoming elections, an approved list of parliamentary candidates released by the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) shows. The figure represents a 17 percent increase, from 417 that competed in 2014.…