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Parties delay primary polls

  Major political parties in the country are not forthcoming on precise dates of conducting their respective primary elections to identify candidates for parliamentary and Local Government elections, having initially announced they would start this month. The governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and the opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) announced they would start holding their…

APM faulted on threats

President Peter Mutharika has come under fire for threatening to invoke Section 4 of the Protected Flag, Emblems and Names Act against his critics, including Vice-President Saulos Chilima, with lawyers and a political commentator describing the law as archaic. But the Attorney General and State House have defended the President, saying the said law was…

CSOs advised to shift advocacy

rights activist Undule Mwakasungula has urged the country’s civil society organisations (CSOs) to shift their advocacy from confrontation to engagement if they are to influence change on national issues. In an interview yesterday, he observed that the country’s problems in their every aspect will never be resolved by reporting them to the international community or…

Muslim body attacks Callista, Kaliati

  The Muslim Supreme Council of Malawi has condemned former first lady Callista Mutharika and United Transformation Movement (UTM) secretary general Patricia Kaliati for allegedly dragging First Lady Gertrude Mutharika into “cheap politics”. The council’s leadership told the media in Blantyre on Saturday that what Callista and Kaliati purportedly said during a UTM rally at…

IG rebuffs CSOs on Njauju, Chasowa deaths

  Malawi Police Service (MPS) Inspector General Rodney Jose has rebuffed civil society organisations’ (CSOs) request to discuss with him the status of investigations into the deaths of Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) employee Issa Njauju and Polytechnic student Robert Chasowa. Besides discussing the deaths, whose investigations have remained inconclusive, the CSOs—under the banner of Human Rights…

Opposition demand removal of AG, top cops

  Some opposition political parties have demanded the removal or resignation of Attorney General (AG) Charles Mhango for his role in the alleged fraudulent contract worth K2.3 billion offered to Pioneer Investments by the Malawi Police Service (MPS). The parties have further faulted the AG for entering into and signing a consent judgement that would…

APM speaks on resource abuse

  President Peter Mutharika has warned newly-elected Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) national governing council (NGC) members against taking advantage of their positions to demand contracts in public institutions. The President was speaking at Comesa Hall in Blantyre yesterday at the close of DPP’s three-day elective national convention where he was also endorsed as the party’s…

DPP casualties react to loss

  The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) third elective national convention ended at Comesa Hall in Blantyre yesterday with disbelief being the catchword for some senior party members who crashed during the elections. There were stunning defeats for some prominent and veteran DPP politicians, especially those that were vying for the party’s second topmost position of…

Nankhumwa, Uladi win

  Minister of Local Government and Rural Development Kondwani Nankhumwa and ‘prodigal son’ Salima South legislator Uladi Mussa last night floored their challengers to become Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) vice-presidents for the South and Centre, respectively. Delegates to the DPP elective convention in Blantyre earlier elected President Peter Mutharika unopposed as national party president and…

89 fight for DPP positions, APM unopposed

  The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) elective national convention gets underway at Comesa Hall in Blantyre this morning with 89 contenders fighting for various national governing council (NGC) positions. At least 1 500 delegates are expected to endorse President Peter Mutharika as the party’s torch-bearer for the 2019 Tripartite Elections as no one has challenged…

Parliament subpoenas Treasury boss

Secretary to Treasury Ben Botolo was on Wednesday subpoenaed by the Parliamentary Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources after he earlier failed to appear before it. The committee had written Botolo to appear before it to, among others, discuss proposals submitted by the country’s water boards to the Ministry of Finance, Economic Planning and Development,…

Opposition ‘minnows’ form electoral bloc

Former governing People’s Party (PP) and Alliance for Democracy (Aford) have joined opposition political parties not represented in Parliament in a coalition to field one candidate in the 2019 Tripartite Elections. While some of the involved parties were elusive when contacted yesterday, chairperson of the opposition grouping, Langton Chasowa—who is interim president of Republican Party…

Govt defeats motion to give MBC K1

It was a game of numbers in Parliament yesterday as the government side defeated a motion to reduce to K1 the K1.8 billion allocation to taxpayer-funded Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) over concerns of biased coverage against opposition political parties. With 74 votes against the opposition’s 40, the government side defeated the motion. Dowa North East…

Opposition warns APM

  Thirteen opposition political parties, including People’s Party (PP) and Alliance for Democracy (Aford), have warned President Peter Mutharika’s administration against repressive actions and persecutions reminiscent of the one-party State. In a statement issued yesterday in the wake of what they described as “entrenched and overreaching tendency” by the regime to harass critics using State…

No challenger yet for APM

  Weeks after Vice-President Saulos Chilima said he will not vie for any position at the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), no one has come forward to challenge Peter Mutharika for the top post. DPP convention chairperson Nicholas Dausi said in an interview on Monday the incumbent Head of State remains the sole candidate for the…

Kamuzu assets case starts today

  Hearing of former president Hastings Kamuzu Banda’s property dispute case between his family and current administrators, National Bank of Malawi (NBM), is expected to start today at the High Court in Blantyre with around 10 lawyers ready to outwit each other. The court assigned Justice Dingiswayo Madise to preside over the case in which…

Joyce Banda to contests in 2019 elections

  Nearly two months after her return from self-imposed exile, former president Joyce Banda on Sunday declared her interest to contest in next year’s tripartite elections. But despite making her ambitions known, Banda stressed that her People’s Party (PP) members would have to decide during their national convention on whether she should be the party’s…

Muslims preach peaceful  2019 elections

As the country gears up for next year’s Tripartite Elections, Muslims in the country have called on political party leaders and the electorate to ensure peaceful campaign and voting process. In various messages to celebrate the end of Ramadan with the Eid-ul-Fitr festival on Friday, Muslims also prayed for the country’s harmony and evolution. During…