Elections budget k7.5bn short

The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) says it has a deficit of about K7.5 billion after government committed to provide about 85 percent of the budget for the 2019 Tripartite Elections. MEC chairperson Jane Ansah said yesterday the commission budgeted for K55 billion for the exercise but to date, government has only released K16 billion. In…

ADMARC faces  K370m claim

  Financially-crippled State produce trader Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (Admarc) is facing a fresh K371 million (about $500 000) claim from a Zambian agency in penalty and interest charges as well as collection costs. The claim from Zambia Cooperative Federation (ZCF) Limited, which had entered into a maize supply contract with Admarc in 2016,…

AG declines to represent ministry, DC

The Attorney General (AG) chambers last week declined to represent the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development and Nsanje district commissioner (DC) in a case they were sued for meddling in the succession of Traditional Authority (T/A) Ngabu of Nsanje. Three royal families of T/A Ngabu dragged the two government agencies to court to…

Malawi’s Former Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development George Chaponda on Friday walked to freedom after the Zomba Magistrate Court found he had no case to answer in corruption-related charges regarding the 2017 maize procurement deal from Zambia. Chief resident magistrate (CRM) Paul Chiotcha also acquitted Rashid Tayub, one of the directors of Transglobe…

CSOs meet over APM petition

Leaders of the April 27 civil society organisations (CSOs) nationwide protests are set to meet this week to map the way forward following failure by President Peter Mutharika to start addressing issues raised in their petition. In particular, the CSOs want to discuss the 10-day ultimatum to reverse his decision on the appointment of acting…

DPP followers march against Kalindo

  Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) followers marched to the district commissioner’s (DC) offices yesterday and presented a petition to President Peter Mutharika for the removal of Mulanje South legislator Bon Kalindo (DPP). The estimated 300 people peacefully marched, under close watch of the police, for about two kilometres from Chitakale Trading Centre to the DC’s…

Chilima ‘snub’ sparks murmurs

    There were murmurs of disapproval during the funeral service of football legend Jack Chamangwana on Tuesday after President Peter Mutharika delegated a Cabinet minister to speak on his behalf despite the presence of Vice-President Saulos Chilima. The murmurs were heard at Kamuzu Stadium upper ground in Blantyre, venue of the service, when director…

Botswana tips Malawi on mining

  Botswana says Malawi stands to benefit from Botswana’s expertise in the mining sector but needs to put in place proper legislation and build befitting technical capacities and strategies. Botswana President Mokgweetsi Masisi said yesterday at Sanjika Palace in Blantyre that his government was ready to support Malawi to develop its mining sector with various…

Bushiri explains police encounter

  South Africa-based Malawian prophet Shepherd Bushiri says he handed himself to Pretoria West Police on Saturday evening following a hunt by the rainbow nation’s law enforcers in connection with an alleged criminal complaint. In an interview on Sunday, Prophet Shepherd Bushiri Ministries director of communications Ephraim Nyondo said that Bushiri went to the police…

MBC flies three innovators  to China

The Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) in partnership with the Chinese Embassy in Malawi on Thursday flew three innovators for a month-long training in China. The three, Paul Mahata, Kanduwa Sande and Mayamiko Nkoloma, who will undergo a technology innovation for developing countries training, were identified through MBC’s annual Innovations Awards in 2016 and last year.…

APM under fire  Over lavish hotel

  A Scottish newspaper has faulted President Peter Mutharika for allegedly residing in one of that country’s most luxurious hotels alongside five other members of his entourage. Media reports in Scotland have questioned the cost and nature of his luxurious trip, considering that about half Malawi’s population live below the poverty line. However, attempts to…

Court clerks sue Chief Justice

Some disgruntled employees of the Judiciary have taken to court the Chief Justice and the Judicial Service Commission, challenging their decisions to recruit new third grade magistrates from outside the civil service. The 16 employees, who work as court clerks of different grades in the Judiciary nationwide, argue that what the head of the country’s…

Chaponda, Tayub fate May 18

Former minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development George Chaponda and businessperson Rashid Tayub will know whether they have a case to answer on May 18 in the Zambian maize procurement case. Zomba chief resident magistrate Paul Chiotcha set the date after the State completed its submissions in the case. However, prior to the magistrate’s…

DPP MP takes on Chaponda, others

    Former Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Southern Region governor Noel Masangwi has faulted the party’s vice-president (South) George Chaponda for allegedly failing to interpret the constitution regarding holding of convention and choosing presidential candidates. In a leaked communication posted on DPP National Governing Council (NGC) WhatsApp group The Nation has seen, the Blantyre City…

Police create additional regions

  Malawi Police Service (MPS) is considering increasing its regional headquarters from the current four to six as part of its functional review process. When finalised, the process will see the splitting of Central and Southern regional police headquarters into Central West and Central East and South West and South East police headquarters, respectively, according…

Chiefs threaten MPS over K4bn

  Traditional leaders from Southern and Eastern regions have threatened to mobilise their subjects to vote out any legislator who will challenge disbursement of the controversial K4 billion fund. The chiefs, under the banner of Chiefs Council of Malawi, declared that every incumbent member of Parliament (MP) who will obstruct the pay-out is not development…