Human trafficking fight facing hitches

Judiciary authorities have said Malawi’s efforts in dealing with human trafficking cases are being hampered by lack of friendly courts and safe homes for survivors. Justice Rezine Mzikamanda SC of the Malawi Supreme Court of Appeal made the remarks at the weekend at Mzimba Boma where the Norwegian Church Aid (NCA) handed over a newly…

Minister says no to 50+1

Minister of Civic Education, Culture and Community Development Grace Chiumia says President Peter Mutharika’s administration is not in support of the proposed electoral reforms, especially the proposal to have 50 percent-plus-one majority in the presidential election. The minister has since described the decision by the Public Affairs Committee (PAC) to hold nationwide protests to push…

Debate exposes flaws on voting age

  Associate professor of law at the University of Malawi’s (Unima) Chancellor College, Mwiza Nkhata, has pointed out some conflicting legal provisions, especially on the age at which one is allowed to register for voting. Section 77 (2) of the Constitution states that a person shall qualify to be registered as a voter after attaining…

Minister warns clergy against politics

  Minister of Transport and Public Works Jappie Mhango has asked religious groups to stay away from politics. He said this on Sunday during a fundraising ceremony at Nkhamanga CCAP Church of the Synod of Livingstonia. The synod is mostly critical of government policies, especially the quota system of selecting students to public universities. Last…

Public finance management laws weak—lawyer

  Professor Dan Kuwali, an international law expert, says Malawi’s public finance management laws are impressive on paper but not formidable because of loopholes that promote abuse of public resources. Kuwali, a Brigadier General in the Malawi Defence Force, made the observation on Saturday night in Mzuzu when he delivered a public lecture on Public…

Khato case back in court

Mzuzu-based Youth and Society (YAS) has moved the Supreme Court of Appeal to join or substitute Malawi Law Society (MLS) in a matter in which the latter took Khato Holdings Limited to court over the Salima-Lilongwe Water project. MLS wanted the High Court to review a decision by Lilongwe Water Board (LWB) to award Khato…

Aford convention  shifted, party divided

Serious cracks have emerged in the Alliance for Democracy (Aford) between its leader Enoch Chihana and some members of the national governing council (NGC). The members have allegedly described Chihana as a dictator for suspending the December 16 convention and the Revamp Aford Movement (Ramo). But Chihana, in an interview on Wednesday, denied being a…

Speaker calls for  peace in ‘Benghazi

  Speaker of the National Assembly Richard Msowoya has rebuked politicians and the electorate who cause electoral violence in Karonga Central Constituency. Since 2009, the shoreline constituency has come to be likened to Libya’s war zone, Benghazi, due to violent clashes between supporters of sitting legislator Frank Mwenifumbo and his competitor Cornelius Mwalwanda Speaking during…

Army chief warns against destabilising peace

  Malawi Defence Force (MDF) Commander General Griffin Supuni-Phiri has warned individuals, groups or organisations from within and beyond that his charges will deal with them if they attempt to destabilise peace in the country. The MDF chief sounded the warning in Mzuzu yesterday afternoon when President Peter Mutharika visited Moyale Barracks to familiarise himself…

Speaker dares people to take leaders to task

Speaker of the National Assembly Richard Msowoya has questioned why Malawians continue clapping hands for politicians who steal public money instead of taking such leaders to task for abusing their offices. Speaking at Mlare in Karonga on Saturday where the National Initiative for Civic Education (Nice) Trust organised a democracy fair, Msowoya said the country…

Mzuzu gensets to cost k587m/month

  Diesel-powered generators the Electricity Generation Company (Egenco) plans to install at Luwinga in Mzuzu will consume fuel estimated at K587 million a month to produce six megawatts (MW) of power, calculations have shown. Egenco chief executive officer William Liabunya said last week three generators of two MW each will be planted in Mzuzu with…

Kamlepo, others   Face CDF queries

Constituency Development Fund (CDF) assessments in Rumphi have shown that millions of kwacha in the 2016/17 fiscal year were allegedly spent on unnamed projects or materials not budget for. According to the report, the queries account for 88 percent of K10 million meant for Rumphi West Constituency; 42 percent for K11.1 million in Rumphi Central…

CDF abuse angers EU envoy

The European Union (EU)Ambassador, Marchel Gerrmann has described as disheartening revelations of widespread abuse of public funds, especially Constituency Development Fund (CDF) in the country. He has since warned that with this lack of accountability, Malawi risks losing money which could have been used to increase the services in sectors such as health, education and…

I’m not a political prostitute—Ngwira

In July, Mzimba Hora legislator, the Reverend Christopher Mzomera Ngwira, returned to the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) after being banished from People’s Party. Our Mzuzu Bureau supervisor JOSEPH MWALE caught up with the legislator to explain his vacillations on political see-saw. You dumped DPP shortly after the death of Bingu Wa Mutharika in April…

Mzomera raps MCP

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) returnee Christopher Mzomera Ngwira has accused the opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) of sidelining and mistreating its legislators in the North. Mzomera, who rejoined the ruling party in July after five years, made the remarks during a rally at Tonthobere in Mzimba on Sunday. But Karonga Nyungwe and Mzimba Solola parliamentarians…

TfD boosting TB response—experts

  Health workers in Mzimba have hailed theatre for development (TfD) as an effective tool for rallying communities to go for screening. Story Workshop Education Trust (Swet) is using participatory theatre to increase awareness and stimulate those with signs and symptoms of the bacterial disease to utilise TB and HIV services in their communities. Mzimba…

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…