Anglicans meet over Malasa

Archbishop and Primate of the Anglican Church in Central Africa Province Albert Chama has intervened in the disagreements involving the faithful in Anglican Diocese of Upper Shire and their Bishop Brighton Malasa. The Zambia-based Archbishop has delegated his envoy Bishop William Mchombo to meet Malasa and all parish representatives in Upper Shire Diocese in an…

HRDC wants K53bn claim probed

Alarmed by two companies claiming K53 billion from government, the Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) has demanded the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB), Fiscal Police and the Public Procurement and Disposal of Assets Authority (PPDA) to investigate the matter. The development follows revelation by our sister paper The Nation in yesterday’s edition that African Commercial Agency and…

MHRC probes on voter certificates

The Malawi Human Rights Commission (MHRC) has swiftly moved to probe the matter about the voter registration certificates that were dumped in Mangochi. It has dispatched a team to investigate the issue. MHRC executive secretary David Nungu confirmed yesterday, saying the commission wants to have an independent investigation to establish what exactly happened for the…

Did lake dispute talks collapse?

Eighteen months after the Sadc High-Level Mediation Team met on the Lake Malawi border issue, the team has not briefed President Peter Mutharika on the resolution of the meeting and there seems to be no progress on the matter. The question that comes to the mind is: Did the talks collapse? Meanwhile, the Malawi Government…

NGOs want albino inquiry

Disability organisations in the country have asked President Peter Mutharika to urgently institute a commission of inquiry to probe attacks and ruthless killings of people with albinism. The organisations, under the umbrella of Federation of Disability Organisations in Malawi (Fedoma) and the Disability Rights Clinic of Faculty of Law at the University of Malawi’s Chancellor…

Fury over albino murder

Malawians have come in unison to denounce the heinous murder of a man with albinism, Yasin Kwenda Phiri,  with the Malawi Police Service (MPS) vowing to hunt down and bring the perpetrators to book. Since the incident occurred on New Year’s eve, various sectors have condemned the vicious killing of 54-year-old Phiri in full view…

PP, UDF to capitalise on ‘giants’ mess

People’s Party (PP) and United Democratic Front (UDF) are anticipating ‘dirty-free’ primary elections after capitalising on mistakes created by Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and Malawi Congress Party (MCP). The two former ruling parties said they have been on a learning and review exercise of the two parties’ administration of their elections and hope to do…

Refugees, asylum seekers fleeing camp

They flee famine, insecurity, political conflicts and persecution in their countries for a comparably more peaceful life in Malawi. But instead of sticking to their designated Dzaleka Refugee Camp in Dowa, as required by law, the refugees especially from East African nations, are alarmingly infesting the country’s towns and cities so much so that government…

Kambala sticks to UTM after loss

Businessperson-cum-politician Newton Kambala says he remains a member of the country’s newest political party, UTM, despite his failed bid to become national treasurer general during an elective national conference on Monday. Kambala, whose United Transformation Party (UTP) is widely considered the foundation of UTM, emerged as the main casualty in the elections after he lost…

Pangs of ‘free’  primary education

When government adopted the Free Primary Education Policy in 1994, Paul Rashid was a 17-year-old student who assumed, in truth, the much-touted free primary school meant ‘free of any charge’. Yet, 24 years down the line, the 41-year-old widower andfather of two sons feels the system is meaningless and costly because—just like many other parent…

MBC awards on today

The annual Innovative Awards returns to Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe today with the familiar glitz and glamour of an international-calibre awards’ show. After three successive events, the taxpayer-funded Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) will host the awards’ fourth anniversary under the theme Celebrating Media Freedom in Malawi. MBC public relations manager Chembezi Mhone said they decided…

Escom under forensic audit

  The National Audit Office (NAO) is undertaking a forensic audit at Escom almost six months after the corporation’s board made damning revelations of misprocurement decisions that put the power utility in financial mess. Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) management announced yesterday that NAO was carrying out the forensic audit in connection with the…

MCP names Mia running mate

  Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president Lazarus Chakwera has let the cat out of the bag and declared his party’s first vice-president Mohammad Sidik Mia as his running mate in the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections presidential race. Chakwera’s declaration at a rally in Monkey Bay, Mangochi yesterday, an unprecedented development in a country where…

Zambia power deal dilemma

News that Escom had signed a deal with Zambia to supply power to Malawi came with relief, but Malawians will continue to bear the brunt of persistent power shortage after Escom missed deadline to start tapping power from its western neighbour for the second time due to ‘tests’. As it stands, the development pins the…

Chilima to speak at conference

  Estranged Vice-President Saulos Chilima leaves the country tomorrow for Kigali, Rwanda where he is expected to be one of the key speakers at the 2018 African Economic Conference. The conference has been organised by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (Uneca) and the African Development Bank (AfDB).…

K50bn trapped in court cases

Some cases over eight years old—Court registrar At a time government is struggling to finance the 2018/19 National Budget, over K50 billion is out of its reach in unresolved court cases involving business tycoons, some dating back to eight years ago. A sample of court documents we have seen show that about K30 billion in…

Shake up in Malawi  Police Service

  Inspector General of Malawi Police Service (MPS) Rodney Jose has transferred some top officers within the service, with former Commissioner of Police (CP) for Southern Region Demster Chigwenembe being moved to head Police College. Chigwenembe has been posted to Zomba to head Police College as a commandant while Sledge Yousuf, who was senior deputy…