Msonda cleared in gay case

The High Court sitting in Zomba has dismissed an application by civil society organisations (CSOs) to review a decision by Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to discontinue politician Ken Msonda’s anti-gay case. The case dates back to 2016 when the Blantyre Magistrate’s Court summoned Msonda, then publicity secretary of People’s Party (PP), over his Facebook…

NGO wants councils charged for neglect

  Eye of the Child, a child rights non-governmental organisation (NGO), has asked the office of the Ombudsman to charge Blantyre, Lilongwe and Mzuzu city councils for neglecting children who live and work in the cities’ streets. A letter dated July 10 2018 written by the organisation’s executive director Maxwell Matewere, accuses the councils of…

CCJP cautions on violence

The Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP) has condemned acts of violence among several political parties as the country approaches the 2019 Tripartite Elections. In a statement issued yesterday, CCJP observes that there is lack of intra-party democracy in some of the major political parties, which it stated is unhealthy for peaceful political co-existence…

Road traffic spot fines on way out

  The Directorate of Road Traffic and Safety Services (DRTSS) has started implementing an electronic ticketing system for motorists who commit road traffic offences, an arrangement that is set to replace spot fines. The directorate said road traffic rules and regulations offenders issued with the tickets will have 14 days to pay their fines at…

APM warns ‘traitors’ at DPP meet

  There was joyful noise during the official opening of the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) elective convention at Comesa Hall in Blantyre yesterday. An estimated 1 500 delegates started arriving at the venue as early as 6.30am. Final touches to the décor were still being made. There was heavy presence of police. About 100…

Mixed fortunes in K128m BWB fraud case

  There were mixed fortunes in the Blantyre Water Board (BWB) K128 million fraud case yesterday as the Blantyre Magistrate’s Court acquitted one suspect and found another guilty. The court acquitted former BWB corporate client officer Brian Makote who was suspected of defrauding the water utility of about K128 million through a parallel bank account.…

Teachers plan strike for July 9

  Teachers Union of Malawi (TUM) has set aside July 9 to start a nationwide strike in protest against government’s delays to pay teachers arrears estimated at K1.7 billion. The sit-in may affect administration of the Malawi School Certificate of Education (MSCE) examinations which will start tomorrow. TUM said the strike will involve primary school…

MHRC faults govt on Nantchengwa tragedy

  The Malawi Human Rights Commission (MHRC) has faulted government for subjecting pupils to hazardous learning environments which deprive them of their rights to education and life. The remarks follow the collapse of a classroom at Nantchengwa Primary School in Zomba two weeks ago that killed four Standard 3 pupils and injured 17 others.  …

Parliamentary committee summons MDAs

  The Parliamentary Committee on Legal Affairs has summoned controlling officers in government ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) to appear before it from July 2 to 4 for non-compliance with recent determinations by the Ombudsman. This follows a request made by the office of the Ombudsman to the committee. The Ombudsman has, since last October,…

PP yet to hold NEC meeting

  Three weeks after former president Joyce Banda said her People’s Party (PP) national executive committee (NEC) would meet to decide her possible candidature, the NEC is yet to meet. In an exclusive interview with The Nation last month, Banda said the PP NEC would meet the following week in Lilongwe to elect the party…

Why?

  Why did four little children fail to return home alive from school on Wednesday? Why did they have to learn in a substandard school block that collapsed from not-so-heavy winds and steal their little short and innocent lives? Just why? Why them? Why this school? Why this village? Why these families? There are so…

Court lifts Bisika injunction

  The High Court in Blantyre has lifted an injunction it earlier granted former Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra) deputy director general Francis Bisika pending determination for judicial review. But the court has directed that judicial review proceedings should still proceed the normal way. Bisika obtained the court order to restrain government from dictating Macra…

SIM registration deadline extended

  Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra) has set September 30 as the new deadline for existing phone users to register SIM cards. The deadline for the exercise was originally set for March 31, but Parliament later said Malawians were not fully conversant with the exercise. This led Minister of Information and Communication Technologies Nicholas Dausi…

MCTU wants 30% pay hike

  The Malawi Congress of Trade Unions (MCTU) has proposed a 30 percent salary increment for junior civil servants and a 20 percent increment for senior civil servants. This is against government’s proposed 20 percent salary increment for junior officers and 10 percent for senior officers in the proposed 2018/19 National Budget that Minister of…

PP yet to hold NEC meeting

Three weeks after former president Joyce Banda said her People’s Party (PP) national executive committee (NEC) would meet to decide her possible candidature, the NEC is yet to meet. In an exclusive interview with The Nation last month, Banda said the PP NEC would meet the following week in Lilongwe to elect the party leadership.…

Pro-Chilima team goes to Neno

  Some members of the governing Democratic Progressive Party’s (DPP) national governing council (NGC) on Thursday met Neno South Constituency committees to discuss Vice-President Saulos Chilima’s endorsement. During the meeting led by DPP organising secretary (South) Henry Matemba at Ligowe in the district, some members of the party’s district committees sought clarification on why the…