Former Scottish First  Minister hails Chilima

  Former First Minister of Scotland Jack McConnell has hailed Vice-President Saulos Chilima for what he described as a “very strong analysis of development” in Malawi. McConnell, who is a life peer in Britain’s House of Lords, posted this on Twitter yesterday when the Vice-President met him and other leaders in London and discussed agriculture,…

Chilima to deliver keynote address in UK

Vice-President Saulos Chilima is in the United Kingdom (UK) where he is scheduled to deliver a keynote address at a London Political Summit and Awards ceremony, among other engagements. The Vice-President, who is also leading the newly formed United Transformation Movement (UTM) that is promoting his ticket in the presidential race in the May 21…

APM under fire on CSOs

President Peter Mutharika has come under fire from political commentators who have warned him to positively engage civil society organisations (CSOs) as they represent Malawians. The reactions come against a background of the President ignoring a seven-day ultimatum given by CSO leaders who presented a petition to his office on September 21 after anti-government prostest…

48 suppliers approved for 2018/19 Fisp

    The Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development says 48 companies have been approved to supply seeds and fertiliser in the 2018/19 Farm Input Subsidy Programme (Fisp). Principal Secretary in the ministry Grey Nyandule Phiri confirmed this in an interview yesterday, saying the ministry has finalised preparations for this year’s programme which will…

Disaster displaces 5 000 in Phalombe

  Heavy winds that destroyed 846 households, injuring six others in the process, have left about 5 000 displaced in Phalombe. The winds blew off rooftops of several houses and damaged other infrastructure. After the incident, an assessment team from the district commissioner’s (DC) office assessed the damage and needs of the affected families. According…

Mesn recruits 386 election monitors

The Malawi Electoral Support Network (Mesn) says it has recruited 386 monitors in preparation to the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections. Mesn national coordinator Andrew Kachaso said this in an interview on Tuesday at the start of a two-day training workshop for monitors on Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) and violence against women in elections. He…

SKC gets court relief on security detail

  The High Court of Malawi has granted Vice-President Saulos Chilima an order stopping the Malawi Police Service (MPS) from tampering with his security detail. The order, granted on Sunday afternoon, followed an application the Vice-President filed through the legal firm Ritz Attorneys, stopping the Inspector General (IG) of Police Rodney Jose from transferring 42…

Police moves 42 Chilima guards

Two months after withdrawing and later reinstating Vice-President (VP) Saulos Chilima’s security detail following a court order, authorities have moved 42 officers from the VP’s office and Mudi Residence in Blantyre. A list of the transferred officers we have seen shows that 15 have been transferred from the Office of the VP to Police Mobile…

Nankhumwa holds rally in Nsanje

The governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) vice-president for the South Kondwani Nankhumwa yesterday held a rally in Nsanje promising people that government would provide them with food. Since DPP lost to Malawi Congress Party (MCP) in the October 17 2017 by-elections, the party has tried hard to gain back popularity in the area.   He…

APM for women’s support

  President Peter Mutharika yesterday underscored the need for women to be empowered, saying it is a catalyst for any country’s development.   Said Mutharika: “I have decided to name this college Aida Chilembwe because it is important to honour great women in this country. Women must be empowered. No country can develop without empowering…

Aida Chilembwe Technical College excites minister

Minister of Labour, Youth, Sports and Manpower Development Francis Kasaila says he is impressed with the completion of Aida Chilembwe Community Technical College in Chiradzulu District which President Peter Mutharika is scheduled to officially open tomorrow. In an interview after inspecting the college on Monday, Kasaila, who was accompanied by officials from his ministry as…

Govt pledges more development projects

  Minister of Transport and Public Works Jappie Mhango says government is ready to implement more development projects nationwide. The minister made the remarks on Tuesday during the ground-breaking ceremony for Thomba Bridge in Mwanza. Speaking in an interview on the sidelines of the event, Mhango said it is important that while government is implementing…

PP retains JB

  Members of the former governing People’s Party (PP) yesterday re-elected immediate past president Joyce Banda as party president during their second national elective convention held at Robin’s Park hall in Blantyre. During the elections conducted by the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC), Banda amassed votes from 1101 delegates against a miserable 23 for her sole…

Phase four of registration ends

  The fourth phase of the voter registration exercise ended yesterday with a mixed turnout as some centres were registering a low turnout while others registered a high turnout. The phase covered Blantyre, Mwanza, Chikwawa and Ntcheu districts. A snap survey The Nation conducted yesterday in some centres within Blantyre found many people registering, most…

SKC benefits Case fizzles

  Parties in the Vice-President Saulos Chilima’s security detail case yesterday agreed to withdraw the matter, effectively cancelling out the decision by the Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC). Last month, Chief Secretary Lloyd Muhara issued a directive reducing the number of police officers guarding the Vice-President’s official residences in Lilongwe and Blantyre, transferring…

JB to be challenged at PP convention

  The People’s Party (PP) says its deputy regional secretary for the South, Leonard Mphiza, has shown interest to challenge party president Joyce Banda at their convention slated for August 30 and 31. This will be the party’s second convention since it was formed in 2011. In an interview yesterday, PP spokesperson Noah Chimpeni said…