MoH under fire over vehicle sales

Youth and Society (YAS) has given Ministry of Health (MoH) Principal Secretary Dan Namarika seven days to explain why he and other officials disregarded the public procurement law and bought vehicles the ministry disposed of. YAS argues that Namarika and 11 other officials acted against the Public Procurement and Disposal of Assets (PPDA) Act of…

UN condemns albino killings

The United Nations (UN) has condemned the killing of Yasin Kwenda Phiri, a man with albinism at Kande in Nkhata Bay on New Year’s Eve, calling it savagery. In a statement released yesterday and signed by UN resident coordinator in Malawi Benoit Thiry, the body is further concerned that there has not been progress to…

Railply preaches forest protection at New Year party

Raiply Malawi Limited used New Year celebrations at Mtangatanga school ground in Mzuzu to sensitise communities around Viphya Plantation to the importance of protecting forests. On Tuesday, the company, which started operations in March 1999 following the purchase of Viply as part of government’s privatisation programme, invited surrounding communities to a New Year celebration. Speaking…

Boy, 9, witnesses father’s murder

As the world ushered in the New Year, Yasin Kwenda Phiri, a 60-year-old man with albinism, was mercilessly murdered in his house in Nkhata Bay under the watch of his nine-year-old son George. Armed with pangas, the assailants broke into Phiri’s bedroom through a window, stabbed him in the stomach and removed his intestines. The…

CSOs smile in NGO Bill case

The High Court in Lilongwe has sustained an order for Judicial Review in a case in which some civil society organiations (CSOs) sued Parliament and Leader of Government in the House over the Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO) Act (Amendment) Bill. Judge Charles Mkandawire granted the CSOs—Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR), Centre for the Development…

Court blocks NGO Bill tabling

  Dust is refusing to settle on the controversies surrounding the Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO) Amendment Bill with the High Court stopping Parliament from tabling or debating the proposed law pending a judicial review. The order follows an exparte application by some civil society organisations (CSOs) who feel the provision threatens to wipe out civic space.…

Govt plays hide and seek on K18bn

Who is fooling who? Three government agencies have given conflicting positions on a Water Employees Trade Union of Malawi (Wetum) ultimatum to disconnect ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) collectively owing water boards K18.8 billion in unpaid bills. While comptroller of Statutory Corporations Stuart Ligomeka said in an interview yesterday his office wrote the Office of…

UTM eliminates party VP post

In what seems a new phenomenon in Malawi politics, the newly-registered UTM party led by Vice-President Saulos Chilima has eliminated the position of vice-president(s) in its rank and file on the premise that the position only creates elements of regionalism. Political analysts have since cautioned UTM on the move, saying, while the decision is not…

CSOs petition parliament over NGO Act

Some civil society organisations (CSOs) have petitioned Parliament, asking that the Non-Governmental Organisations (Amendment) Act, 2018 should not be tabled because it is not a product of a thorough, inclusive and democratic process of consultation. Through the Council for Non-Governmental Orgnisations (Congoma) and Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC), the CSOs argue that the Amendment is…

Parties in race  Against time

  November is almost gone, passing on the political build-up and its burdens to December in the run-up to the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections. But as everyone warms up to the festive period, most political parties and their aspiring candidates for office are unlikely to have a restful and merry period. They have so…

Reduced violence enhances performance in Nkhata Bay

  Education stakeholders in Nkhata Bay have touted improved performance of learners, especially girls in national examinations, attributing the development to reduced cases of violence child marriages and corporal punishment. At Kavuzi Community Day Secondary School (CDSS), 11 out of 15 girls have passed the 2018 Malawi School Certificate of Education (MSCE) examinations, unlike in…

APM reported to UN on gender, defends Mchacha

  Infuriated by a reduction of women from four to three in a 20-member Cabinet, rights activists have reported President Peter Mutharika to the United Nations (UN), accusing him of lacking political will to enhance women representation. Reacting to the President’s new Cabinet hired on Wednesday night, some civil society organisations (CSOs) have also faulted…

VP exclusion stirs debate

  President Peter Mutharika’s exclusion of estranged Vice-President Saulos Chilima has stirred debate with legal scholars and Malawi Law Society (MLS) accusing the President of flouting the Constitution he swore to defend and protect. But Mutharika, speaking defiantly through presidential press secretary Mgeme Kalilani, has justified the action, saying the sidelining of Chilima—with whom he…

MEC, NRB officials nabbed for genset theft

Police in Mzimba have arrested three people, including Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) and National Registration Bureau (NRB) employees, for allegedly stealing and trying to sell a genset for the ongoing registration process. The genset was being used at Kazuni Registration Centre in Mzimba but was allegedly stolen to be sold at Mpherembe Trading Centre in…

Dry taps set to hit govt

  Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) face a mass water disconnection if Capital Hill does not settle a cumulative K18.8 billion in water bills arrears by November 20 2018. The Water Employees Trade Union of Malawi (Wetum)–which comprises employees of all five water boards in the country, namely Blantyre Water Board (BWB), Lilongwe Water…

Malawi scores low on governance

The 2018 Mo Ibrahim Index of African Governance (IIAG) has ranked Malawi 19th with an average score of 55.8 percent out of 54 countries, representing a deteriorating governance trend of -1.4 points between 2008 and 2017. The declining trend of negative 1.4 points explains how Malawi has moved from position 18 last year when it…

Twists, turns in MEC mess

  There is more mist to the biometric registration kit found in Mozambique with the National Registration Bureau (NRB) claiming ownership and that the gadget is for production of national identity (ID) cards. The NRB explanation contradicts an earlier position presented by Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) through commissioner Jean Mathanga at a news conference in…

CSOs report corruption to regional body

  Civil society organisations (CSOs) have reported Malawi’s corruption, including President Peter Mutharika’s alleged involvement in the vice, to the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights (ACHPR). The CSOs—Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR) and Centre for the Development of People (Cedep)—submitted their report to the 63rd Ordinary Session of ACHPR yesterday in…

AfDB approves K11bn for Nkhata Bay water project

  The African Development Bank (AfDB) Group has approved a $15 million grant (about K11 billion) from the African Development Fund (ADF) for Nkhata Bay Town Water Supply and Sanitation Project. While about half of the estimated project cost of $30.4 million (about K22 billion) will come from the ADF grant, a $12 million (about…