Presidential  hopefuls give up

As the 2019 Tripartite Elections draw nearer, five of the 12 presidential aspirants that contested in 2014 polls have pulled out of the race. While five other aspirants appear to be on course to take one more shot, the remaining two are non-committal on whether to have a go by themselves or join forces. Among…

Alumni hand over water pump, cash

  Joy was the prevalent mood at Luchenza Secondary School in Thyolo on Sunday when the school’s former students handed over a K1.8 million water project. The ex-students, under Luchenza Secondary School Alumni Association (Lussa), also presented a water pump, equipment for different sports disciplines and K660 000 to help needy students. Lussa president Victor…

Judiciary admits corruption

Chief Justice Andrew Nyirenda on Friday confessed that just as it is with every other sector, the Judiciary is not spared from corrupt elements. Speaking during Sherry party in Blantyre, Nyirenda said time for pretence was over, as such there is need to put in place measures to deal with the scourge. He said acknowledging…

Nankhumwa chastises corrupt chiefs

  Minister of Local Government and Rural Development Kondwani Nankhumwa on Saturday warned chiefs and agricultural extension workers against corruption in the distribution of free food to the vulnerable. The minister, who is also governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) vice-president for the South,  issued the warning during a whistle-stop tour dubbed the Blue Parade he…

Fire guts Nico

Inferno exposes fire-fighting equipment crisis One of the symbols of Malawi’s investment drive—Nico House in Blantyre—went up in flames on Friday, nearly bringing business in the commercial city’s central business district (CBD) to a halt. The blaze to the iconic headquarters of Malawi Stock Exchange-listed Nico Holdings Limited also exposed the mediocrity that is the…

Uncertainty over 20 MPs names

A year after Speaker of  the National Assembly  Richard Msowoya ordered the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) to investigate 20 legislators suspected to have abused an estimated K80 million of development funds, there is still uncertainty as to when the committee will table a report in Parliament. The Speaker directed PAC, which provides oversight functions to government…

UTM gets relief to proceed with BT rally

The United Transformation Movement (UTM) has fought its way to hold a political rally today at Nyambadwe Primary School ground in Blantyre after initially being blocked by Blantyre City Council (BCC). UTM spokesperson Chidanti Malunga confirmed last evening the political grouping will proceed with its rally after seeking a court relief at the High Court…

State House, OPC used to defraud K14.7m

A Tanzanian company has been swindled $20 000 (about K14.7million) after some unscrupulous people posing as State House and Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC) officials deceitfully awarded it a fuel importation contract. According to documents trending on social media which Weekend Nation has seen, the company was offered a one-year contract to supply…

‘Corruption does exist  in the Judiciary’

Two weeks ago, Commonwealth member States unanimously elected Lilongwe-based High Court Judge Charles Mkandawire as president of the Commonwealth Magistrates’ and Judges’ Association (CMJA) during its annual general assembly held in Australia. The Judge will lead a council of 30 members drawn from the association’s six regions for the next three years. In this interview,…

Icam explains KPMG clearance in MSB rot

  The Institute of Accountants in Malawi (Icam) says it has cleared KPMG Malawi in the defunct Malawi Savings Bank (MSB) K1.2 billion ‘fictitious assets’ rot because it displayed reasonable procedure as required by audit standards. Icam’s immediate past president Henry Chowawa said in an interview last week the accountants’ professional body came up with…

Malawian elected C’wealth judges’ president

Commonwealth member States have elected Justice Charles Mkandawire as president of Commonwealth Magistrates’ and Judges’ Association (CMJA) for the next three years. The Lilongwe-based judge was unanimously elected last week during the CMJA general assembly in Australia’s capital Brisbane. Mkandawire takes over from Australia’s Chief Judge John Lowndes. He is the second Malawian to be…

UTM files documents to register as a party

United Transformation Movement (UTM) has finally filed documents to register the grouping as a political party, reneging on its earlier arrangement with the United Transformation Party (UTP) to use the latter’s existing structures. While confirming the development to Weekend Nation in separate interviews this week, UTM interim secretary general Patricia Kaliati and spokesperson Joseph Chidanti-Malunga…

ACB busts visa scam

Zeroes in on commercial human trafficking syndicate The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has busted a syndicate that has been capitalising on loopholes in processing travel and citizenship documents at the Immigration and Citizenship Services Department to facilitate issuance of visas to illegal migrants. Working on a tip, ACB pursued the syndicate such that on August 15…

Malawi to get erratic rains in 2018/19

Most parts of southern Africa, including Malawi, are expected to receive erratic rainfall in the 2018/19 agricultural season, according to a latest outlook. The climate experts predict that seasonal rainfall for the period between October 2018 and March 2019 will be ‘normal to below-normal’ across most parts of the region, except Tanzania. The consensus forecast,…

Icam acts on K1.2bn MSB rot

  Institute of Chartered Accountants in Malawi (Icam) has acted on a case of about K1.2 billion ‘fictitious assets’ at the then wholly State-owned Malawi Savings Bank (MSB) and fined the bank’s former head of finance K800 000 for alleged negligence. In a statement exclusively issued to Icam members, the accountants body cleared rebranded audit…

Disputes in MCP primary polls

Disagreements have engulfed Malawi Congress Party (MCP) primary elections for Lilongwe Mapuyu South constituency with both the incumbent legislator Joseph Njobvuyalema and his main challenger Edward Chileka-Banda claiming triumph. Further, MCP officials are also providing conflicting information on who exactly won the race to represent the main opposition party in the May 21 2019 Tripartite…

SA responds to Bushiri harassment protests

The South African government has written some civil society organisations (CSOs), asking them to provide a detailed statement on their complaint against alleged harassment of Prophet Shepherd Bushiri by its State agents. Through its complaints unit of the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI), the South African government also wants the CSOs to provide details…

PP out of opposition bloc, UTM in

  Former governing People’s Party (PP) has opted out of an opposition coalition formed by political parties’ not represented in Parliament in the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections to field one candidate. But newly launched United Transformation Movement (UTM)of   Vice-President Saulos Chilima is discussing with the coalition’s membership for a possible companionship during the polls.…

‘Police complicit on violence’

Fails to act on over 90% of political violence MEC fears elections-related brutality may affect polls Police are giving a blind eye to the escalating political violence ahead of next year’s elections, with no action on at least 90 percent of brutal acts Nation Publications has covered since 2014. A research we have conducted based…

Attorney General, Pioneer sued over K1 billion

  Zameer Karim of Pioneer Investments Limited has once more been dragged to court for allegedly failing to settle a bank loan amounting to K850 million obtained from Ecobank (Malawi) Limited. The bank has also sued Karim’s firm, Oil and Protein Company Limited (loan beneficiary) and Attorney General (AG) on behalf of the Malawi Police…