CSOs date IG over Njauju, Chasowa deaths

Some civil society organisations (CSOs) have expressed dismay over delays by the Malawi Police Service (MPS) to conclude investigations into the deaths of Polytechnic student Robert Chasowa and Anti-Corruption Bureau deputy director Issa Njauju. According to a letter we have seen dated July 17 2018, the CSOs, under the banner of Human Rights Defenders Coalition…

Families of the July 20 2011 victims on Friday joined opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and Alliance for Democracy (Aford) in de-campaigning the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) ahead of the 2019 polls. Unlike in the previous memorial events, when members of the bereaved families carried placards questioning government’s action on a number of issues,…

Border re-demarcation stirs panic in Mzimba

  People living near the Malawi-Zambia Border in Traditional Authority (T/A) Chindi in Mzimba are said to be living in fear due to a wrangle with their Zambian counterparts over border re-demarcation exercise. The wrangle has also affected learning, as some chiefs allege that Zambians have destroyed Byembye Primary School which was initially in Malawi…

CSOs demand refund of police fraud money

  Civil society organisations (CSOs) have written President Peter Mutharika, his Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and Pioneer Investments (PI) Limited demanding a refund to government money they allegedly fraudulently acquired from the Malawi Police Service (MPS) food rations deal. The Human Rights Defenders (HRD), Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR) and Centre for the…

CSOs question ACB’s  priorities on police fraud

Civil society organisations (CSOs) have questioned ACB priorities on the alleged Malawi Police Service (MPS) food rations fraud, arguing, instead of expediting prosecution of those allegedly involved, ACB is busy trying to discover the whistleblower of the report. In a letter dated July 12 2018, and directed to Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) director Reyneck Matemba, the…

APM opens Mzuzu-Nkhata Bay Road

  President Peter Mutharika yesterday commissioned the 46-kilometre Nkhata Bay-Mzuzu Road constructed with a K16.7 billion loan from the African Development Bank (AfDB). It was constructed by Strabag International GmbH of Germany. Speaking during the commissioning of the road yesterday at Masamba Community Ground in Nkhata Bay, Mutharika said improving the transport system is key…

Government dismisses CSOs petition

Capital Hill has refused to give in to most of the demands contained in the 10-point petition some civil society organisations (CSOs) presented on April 27 this year after holding nationwide protests. Human Rights Defenders (HRD) chairperson Timothy Mtambo has since described the Executive’s reaction to the petition as an insult. In a written reaction…

APM attacks donors, CSOs

Says they are on a ‘mission to destabilise’ govt President is confused —Mtambo President Peter Mutharika has accused the international donor community of trying to recolonise Malawi by sponsoring some civil society organisatios (CSOs) to destabilise his government. The President said this at a mini-rally held at Mzuzu Shoprite Roundabout upon arrival in the city…

Chilima, JB, Chakwera shun independence celebrations

Vice-President Saulos Chilima, former President Joyce Banda, who is also leader of People’s Party (PP) and president of opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) Lazarus Chakwera, were on Friday among many politicians that shunned national prayers  and celebrations for the country’s 54th independence anniversary held in Mzuzu. While Chilima’s spokesperson Pilirani Phiri opted for silence on…

APM paralyses VP’s office further

In a seemingly sign of stamping authority over his ‘rebellious’ deputy, President Peter Mutharika on Friday directed that the Department of Disaster Management Affairs and National Public Events, previously under the office of Vice-President Saulos Chilima, to be under the Office of President and Cabinet. This is the second time Mutharika has stripped Chilima of…

DPP clique emerges ahead of convention

As the countdown to the July 1-3 2018 Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) elective convention continues, some senior party members have joined forces to campaign for each other. A member who spoke on condition of anonymity after the meeting said they had assembled a team, called Team A, that would help President Peter Mutharika run the…

APM ‘listens’ to CSOs

After claiming that the April 27 2018 demonstrations were aimed at making Malawi ungovernable, and condemning its organisers, President Peter Mutharika has appointed a committee to look into the grievances raised in the petition on the day. According to presidential press secretary Mgeme Kalilani, the special committee is being headed by Chief Secretary in the…

Fired deputy governor challenges DPP

Fired Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) deputy regional governor (North) Afiki Mbewe has challenged his dismissal and instructed his lawyer to take to court the party national executive committee (NEC) member Khwauli Msiska. Christon Ghambi, lawyer representing Mbewe, said in an interview his client is suing for defamation and seeking reinstatement in his position. Said the…

Bishop Mtumbuka pins govt on insecurity

Bishop Martin Mtumbuka of the Karonga Diocese of the Catholic Church has faulted government for failing to deal with lawlessness, especially where some continue to torture and kill the elderly on suspicion of witchcraft. Speaking during the launch of the Diocese’s Seminary Fund at Mubanga Outstation in Chitipa on Saturday where Vice-President Saulos Chilima was…

DPP officials shun Chilima again

Senior members of the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in the Northern Region on Saturday shunned the launch of the Karonga Diocese’s Seminary Fund at Mubanga in Chitipa where Vice-President Saulos Chilima was guest of honour. Three senior DPP members were supposed to attend the event according to the programme. They included Minister of Finance,…

Man nabbed for defiling, killing a 6-year-old

  Police in Likoma District on Wednesday arrested  Arthur Mtambo, 24, for allegedly defiling and strangling a girl to death in the district. Likoma Police Station spokesperson Mcliff Ngulube said the suspect will appear in court soon to answer murder and defilement charges. He said on May 1 2018, the girl was visiting her grandparents…