Bodies to investigate nursing students abuse claims

Three organisations  have instituted investigations into sexual abuse claims made by students at Mulanje Mission College of Nursing. The investigation by Christian Health Association of Malawi (Cham), National Association of Nurses and Midwives of Malawi (Nonm) and Students National Organisation of Nurses and Midwives, a mother body representing all nursing students in the country, follow…

‘Bankgate’ case back in court

  Nine people alleged to have defrauded four commercial banks of at least K20 billion are expected to appear before the High Court in Blantyre next Thursday to take plea, the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs has said. In an interview on Wednesday, Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs spokesperson Pilirani Masanjala, while confirming…

Chanthunya bail hearing Thursday

  The High Court in Zomba will on Thursday hear a bail application by murder suspect Misozi Chanthunya who is being accused of murdering his Zimbabwean girlfriend Linda Gasa in 2010. Gasa’s body, a 25-year-old Malawi College of Accountancy (MCA) student, was found buried under a concrete floor in a bathroom at Mwala Cottage in…

Unima Council obtains injunction on support staff strike

University of Malawi (Unima) Council on Friday obtained an injunction, restraining Unima support staff from proceeding with a sit-in that has paralysed learning at Chancellor College (Chanco) and the Polytechnic. Students from the two Unima constituent colleges have been failing to access the library, laboratories and other key facilities operated by the clerical, technical and…

Strike paralyses Chanco, Poly

The sit-in by University of Malawi (Unima) support staff at Chancellor College (Chanco) and The Polytechnic has left students stranded as some of the key facilities have been sealed. Meanwhile, students at Chanco have resorted to using classes and the gym as libraries for studies at night. The bone of contention is a 12 percent…

MEC holds two  by-elections today

The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) is today conducting by-elections in Milonde Ward in Mulanje South East Constituency and Malindi Ward in Mangochi North East Constituency. The voting today follows a heated campaign trail in Milonde Ward where there were violent clashes by alleged Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and Malawi Congress Party (MCP) supporters, unlike in…

APM, Callista split on Bingu memorial

  In his eulogy during the funeral of his brother and then president Bingu wa Mutharika on April 23 2012, Peter Mutharika—then a Cabinet minister—assured his brother’s widow, Callista: “You will never walk alone”. Mutharika spoke amid a change in the political tide that had seen then sidelined vice-president Joyce Banda and her People’s Party…

Police record 21 accidents over Easter

  Police recorded 21 road accidents during the Easter holiday in which 10 people died, representing an increase from last year when 15 accidents were recorded with six deaths. Police said 11 of the 21 accidents were serious. Police have attributed the increase in road accidents to poor road usage, mostly by pedestrians. National Police…

Missing person with  albinism found murdered

  The body of a Machinga-based man with albinism, Macdonald Masambuka, 22, who went missing in February this year, was found yesterday murdered and buried within the district. Police traced the body of Masambuka following confessions from suspects who had been arrested in connection with the crime. In a telephone interview yesterday, National Police deputy…

Nche loses accreditation case

  The National Council for Higher Education (Nche) has lost a case where it denied accreditation to several private universities. The ruling by the High Court of Malawi, which was based on a technicality of the composition of the Nche Board, followed a court case pursued by Blantyre International University (BIU) students through their union…

DPP’s Makondi case shifted to April 4

The High Court in Blantyre on Tuesday failed to commence hearing a case in which businessman and Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) national organising secretary Richard Makondi applied for leave of judicial review of his corruption case. The case was set down for hearing before Judge Healy Potani but proceedings could not continue after Makondi’s lawyer Chancy Gondwe…