CSOs threaten vigils at Capital Hill after demos

Civil society organisations (CSOs) planning the April 27 2018 demonstrations have threatened to hold vigils at Capital Hill until either President Peter Mutharika or Vice-President Saulos Chilima receives their petition. They have since written Chief Secretary to Government Llyod Muhara, notifying Capital Hill of their intentions to hold demonstrations and the resultant vigil if their…

‘This is a development issue’

  Last week, some traditional leaders aligned with the Chiefs Forum held three press briefings in Blantyre, Lilongwe and Mzuzu where they asked people not to patronise the April 27 demonstrations. Some civil society organisations (CSOs) are organising the protests over government’s handling of the K4 billion payout to legislators. In Mzuzu, Our Bureau Supervisor…

Chilima snubs CSOs on demos

Vice-President Saulos Chilima yesterday followed the footsteps of President Peter Mutharika in rebuffing a request from civil society organisations (CSOs) during the planned April 27 demonstrations to personally receive a petition. The CSOs have called for protests against the K4 billion budget allocation to legislators and other social issues such as state of governance and…

Macra under fire for bias

  Civil society organisations (CSOs) planning the April 27 demonstrations have accused the Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra) of being unprofessional, biased and insensitive to the suffering of Malawians. The CSOs’ position followed Macra’s summoning on Friday of privately-owned multi-award-winning Zodiak Broadcasting Station (ZBS) for airing a promotional advert from the CSOs inviting people to…

Chiefs clueless on K4 billion

In three successive days, there have been chiefs’ press conferences in Blantyre, Lilongwe and Mzuzu, condemning civil society organisations (CSOs) for questioning government’s handling of the K4 billion payout to members of Parliament (MPs). In fact, the chiefs have gone further to throw stones at the CSOs for organising nationwide protests over the money, and…

Demos stir government panic

  Panic was the prevalent mood yesterday ahead of the April 27 2018 demonstrations civil society organisations (CSOs) are planning with some government agencies visibly working to frustrate the nationwide protests. It all started with Malawi Police Service (MPS) Deputy Inspector General (operations) Duncan Mwapasa who led a team of senior police officers to a…

VP chides chaotic DPP supporters

  Vice-President Saulos Chilima yesterday expressed dismay at the conduct of some Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) youth cadets in Karonga who disrupted his relief items distribution exercise to people affected by floods. The Vice-President, who is also Minister responsible for Disaster Management Affairs, was in Karonga North where he met people affected by floods. But…

KA floods kill three, Chilima cheers victims

  Floods that have hit Karonga District since Thursday last week have killed three people, injuring three children and displaced at least 818 households, authorities have said. Vice-President Saulos Chilima, who is also Minister responsible for Disaster Management Affairs, visited some of the affected places yesterday, where he assured of continued government support. He said…

K750 000 for causing death in Mzimba

  Mzuzu Senior Resident Magistrate’s  Court  has slapped a 33-year- old driver, Christopher Kambaula, with a K750 000 fine or in default serve three years imprisonment  for causing an accident which claimed six lives during Easter holidays in Mzimba. He was charged with causing death by reckless driving contrary to Section 126 of the Road…

DPP North warns anti-APM officials

Debate on whether President Peter Mutharika should leave the leadership in the 2019 Tripartite Elections to Vice-President Saulos Chilima took an ugly twist yesterday with Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) leaders in the North threatening to bar anti-Mutharika delegates to the convention. DPP regional governor (North) Kenneth Sanga said in an interview yesterday and at a…

No room for Chilima, says DPP

  Some senior members of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) have declared that President Peter Mutharika will represent the party during the 2019 Tripartite Elections and those harbouring any presidential ambitions must wait for 2024. Actually, secretary general Greselder Jeffrey said on Saturday during a rally at Livingstonia in Rumphi that “whether Satan wants…

Guard, businessperson in over hospital drugs

Police in Mzuzu have arrested a guard at Mapale Health Centre, Boss Bongololo and businessperson Chuska Mzumala for being found with assorted medical drugs believed to have been stolen from a government hospital. Mzumala has since been granted police bail while the guard was, as of yesterday, still in custody. Northen Region police spokesperson Peter…

‘Presidency  Not for babies’

Finance, Economic Planning and Development Minister Goodall Gondwe yesterday said running the President’s office and government affairs is serious business that requires old people who have experience and not ‘babies’ who are novices in State matters. Gondwe, who will clock 82 this year, has since laughed off suggestions that the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) should…

No sacred cows in DPP primaries

The ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has said no one, even the most loyal members, will represent it in the 2019 Tripartite Elections without going through primary elections. DPP secretary general (SG) Greselder Jeffrey has since warned party gurus that will lose during the primaries against forming parallel structures such as standing as independent candidates.…

Mutharika rebuffs CSOs on demos

  President Peter Mutharika says it is “wishful thinking” for civil society organisations (CSOs) planning the April 27 demonstrations over the K4 billion allocation to legislators and other issues to expect him to personally receive their petition. Through presidential press secretary Mgeme Kalilani, Mutharika yesterday said he was not party to the demonstrations and will,…

CSOs fault APM for sidelining women

  Some civil society organisations (CSOs) have accused President Peter Mutharika of lacking moral, professional integrity and commitment to empower women in the country. But government has dismissed the CSOs, saying they should stop “poking their nose into every issue” in the country. The CSOs accusation follows recent promotions in the Malawi Police Service (MPS)…

Exim Bank support to Malawi hits K132bn

India’s Export and Import (Exim) Bank has disbursed $180 million (about K132 billion) to Malawi since 2008, with the bank committing to provide more credit facilities to the country on bankable projects. The disbursements over a 10-year period, according to Vice- President Saulos Chilima, have helped Malawi acquire agricultural equipment and machinery critical for the…