Mesn to have PVT data centre

The Malawi Electoral Support Network (Mesn) has said it has completed setting up its Parallel Vote Tabulation (PVT) data centre at Sunbird Mount Soche in Blantyre in readiness for the May 21 tripartite elections. Mesn chairperson Steve Duwa said this yesterday in Blantyre during a press briefing on the country’s state of preparedness for Tuesday’s…

Govt losing land to encroachers

Government is failing to rein in on its land encroachment, a development that is escalating across the country. Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Blantyre, Lilongwe and Mzuzu city councils have all admitted that land encroachment is escalating in their jurisdictions. Nation on Sunday has leant that MoLHUD is failing to stop over hundreds…

Police bully family over albino bones

Uncle claims they have been asked to lie The late MacDonald Masumbuka’s family in Machinga has accused police of intimidating and threatening them to give false information about their son with albinism’s remaining eight bones, which the family still awaits for burial. The family told Nation on Sunday last week that it has been looking…

Hundreds celebrate AKB’s life

Nine years after the death of politician and businessperson Aleke Kadonaphani Banda, family members, friends and colleagues on Saturday gathered at Chirimba in Blantyre to unveil his tombstone in a ceremony preceded by a prayer service. Aleke Banda, popularly known as AKB, died on April 9 in 2010. The prayer service was led by St.…

Treasury releases K4bn disaster response

Treasury has released K3 billion to the Department of Disaster Management Affairs (Dodma) and K1 billion to Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development as part of government response to floods that hit the country last month.  This funding comes barely a month after the Ministry of Finance, Economic Planning and Development released another K1.3…

Dodma  engages academia in disaster management

The Department of Disaster Management Affairs (Dodma) says the academia is key to disaster risk management in the country as they have capacity to conduct research. Principal Secretary and Commissioner for Disaster Management Affairs Wilson Moleni said this in Blantyre this week when he opened a five-day training with the academia on integrating disaster and…

DD Phiri walks his last mile

Death has robbed Malawi an icon, a library, encyclopaedia, a father, historian, an economist.This was how mourners eulogised the late Desmond Dudwa Phiri, popularly known as DD Phiri. There was a  sombre mood during the funeral ceremony at the residence of the fallen giant’s son, Kwame, in Blantyre where thousands of people from different walks…

DPP for peaceful campaign

Governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) running mate Everton Chimulirenji has urged Malawians to conduct a peaceful campaign during the official period which starts tomorrow to May 19. He was speaking yesterday at Zingwangwa Secondary School Ground in Blantyre where he addressed a rally. The rally, which was marred by rain showers, was Chimulirenji’s first in…

MEC to allow voters who lost voter IDs

Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has said people who registered to vote in the May 21 Tripartite Elections but lost their voter’s certificates will be allowed to vote. In a statement dated March 12 2019, signed by chief elections officer Sam Alfandika, MEC acknowledges that floods that hit some parts of the country may have led…

Govt relocates 43 albino students to boarding school

Ministry of Education Science and Technology (MoEST) has transferred 43 students with albinism from day to boarding secondary schools. The development comes barely 10 days after MoEST directed all education division managers (EDM) to ensure that all students with albinism in day secondary schools are moved to boarding secondary schools for improved security. Minister of…

Red Cross aids Nsanje wind storm victims

Malawi Red Cross Society (MRCS) has distributed cash to 171 families who were affected by strong winds in the area of Traditional Authority (T/A) Tengani in Nsanje District last month. The strong winds, which occurred on February 17, damaged properties and affected 546 families. Out of 546 families, 375, representing 68.7 percent restored their damaged…

50:50 to refund female candidates

The 50:50 Campaign Management Agency says it will soon start refunding  Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) nomination fees that female candidates paid to  be eligible for the May 21 Tripartite Elections. The candidates are those contesting the presidency, parliamentary and ward councillor seats. In a statement issued yesterday, the agency says it asked all female candidates…

Police arrest two over church robbery

Police in Blantyre have arrested two people in connection with the robbery that occurred at Chirimba Assemblies of God Church in Blantyre last week during overnight players. Police have also recovered some of the stolen items, including two mobile phones, a laptop bag with a built-in power bank for projector and seven pieces of wrappers…

JB avoids commenting on broken alliance

Former president and People’s Party (PP) leader Joyce Banda on Sunday avoided commenting on her party’s sudden pullout from an electoral alliance with UTM Party and other parties. In her first public rally since the alliance failed, held on Sunday at Mfumba Community Ground at Lunzu in Blantyre, Banda focused on what her government would…

Chreaa to sue MEC over Ras Chikomeni

Centre for Human Rights Education Advice and Assistance (Chreaa) is today expected to obtain an injunction compelling Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) to accept Ras Chikomeni Chirwa’s nomination papers which it declined on Wednesday. Chreaa deputy executive director Chikondi Chijozi confirmed in an interview yesterday her organisation’s plans to obtain an injunction against MEC, saying the…