New IG under microscope

The appointment of Duncan Mwapasa as acting police chief has stirred confusion, with HRDC threatening to mobilise Malawians and Parliament to reject him. On Thursday, President Peter Mutharika named the interim Inspector General of Malawi Police Service to replace Rodney Jose, who has gone on holiday ahead of his retirement in October. However, HRDC deputy…

Stop demos, APM orders

President Peter Mutharika has ordered the Malawi Defence Force (MDF) and Malawi Police Service (MPS) to equip themselves to the teeth to help stop Human Rights Defenders Coalition’s (HRDC) five-day demonstrations targeting the country’s borders and airports. But HRDC and legal experts have cautioned Mutharika on the remarks, stating demonstrations are a constitutional right and…

PAC beckons Ansah

Public Affairs Committee (PAC) has invited beleaguered Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson Jane Ansah to a meeting this week as it continues its mediation talks to resolve post-election stalemate. PAC mediation team leader Archbishop Thomas Msusa of the Blantyre Archdiocese of the Catholic Church said in an interview the team also plans to meet Malawi…

Govt fails to cut out middlemen in MDAs

Despite public outcry that middlemen in government ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) push up prices of services, they continue to roam most government premises freely. Spot-checks in three main government service providers Department of Immigration and Citizenship Services (DICS), Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) and Department of Road Traffic and Safety Services (DRTSS) in Blantyre revealed…

State lawyers demand perks review

Lawyers working in the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs have threatened to go on strike if government fails to review some conditions of service. The demand comes at a time when Judicial support staff are on strike, pressing for their conditions of service to be approved by Parliament as is the case with judicial…

Admarc maize buying flops

Government minimum price for maize this year is discouraging farmers to sell maize to State grain trader Agriculture Development and Marketing Corporation (Admarc), a situation analysts said threatens food security in the country. Admarc has borrowed K2.5 billion from the local market for the purchase of maize. But a week after its markets opened, some…

Court dismisses MEC on extension

Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has suffered a fresh blow after the High Court sitting as a Constitutional Court dismissed its application to extend the inspection exercise of presidential ballots in the May 21 Tripartite Elections. Through an ex-parte application, MEC lawyers wanted the court to extend the inspection period, which ended on Sunday, saying it…

Resolve disputes before official results—MHRC

Malawi Human Rights Commission (MHRC) has asked Malawi Electoral Commission to resolve all electoral disputes in the May 21tripartite before releasing official election results. MHRC’s sentiments follows Mec’s failure on Friday to give update on the votes that respective presidential candidates amassed because the electoral body wants to investigate all the complaints that has been…

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.…

Longest serving prisoner out

Yale Maonga, 47, vividly remembers the events of one Monday morning in 1991. Like on any other day, he woke up early and dutifully reported for work at a butchery where he worked as a labourer. But he was being haunted by what had happened two days earlier. A man he thought he had reduced…

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…