Court stops Fisp operations

Barely days after government launched the 2017/18 Farm Input Subsidy Programme (Fisp), the High Court in Blantyre has halted any operations relating to the programme pending a judicial review. The court’s decision follows an interim order for stay that Transglobe Produce Exports Limited obtained after it was dropped from participating in the programme. Effectively, this…

Chakwera, EAM demand inquiry on bloodsuckers

Leader of opposition and Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president Lazarus Chakwera and the Evangelical Association of Malawi (EAM) have separately asked President Peter Mutharika to commission a public inquiry into the bloodsucking phenomenon. Chakwera said in a statement yesterday, being a recurring problem, it was also high time President Peter Mutharika instituted an inquiry and…

Govt, committee clash on water contamination

Misunderstanding has surfaced between the Parliamentary Committee on Natural Resources and Climate Change and the Department of Environment and Climate Change Management over alleged contamination of water in Shire River. This follows the department’s declaration that following water quality tests there is no deposition of raw waste water into Shire River by Hippo View and…

Faith bodies speak on bloodsuckers

  Some major religious umbrella bodies have attributed the escalating blood sucking accounts to high illiteracy levels and minimal faith in God that are compelling Malawians to believe in superstition and mere suspicions. While the faith groups have applauded government for efforts to control the situation, they feel not much is being done to save…

Parliament’s 47th session starts Nov 10

Speaker of the National Assembly Richard Msowoya says members of Parliament (MPs) will convene from November 10 to December 15 2017 for the 47th session of Parliament. Msowoya said in a statement issued yesterday President Peter Mutharika would perform the State opening that will also mark the commencement of the session’s first meeting. “All Cabinet…

Lawyers dare APM  On bloodsuckers

Two of the country’s prominent legal scholars have urged government to invoke relevant criminal laws or, where they are not available, call for an emergency meeting of Parliament to pass them to deal with the bloodsucking rumours. Since the blood sucking rumours started in Mulanje a few weeks ago, Mutharika expressed sadness over the saga…

DPP, MCP for peace

  With hours before voting, representatives of contestants in tomorrow’s Nsanje Lalanje Constituency by-elections have settled for an untainted poll after their campaign was fairly spoiled by violent acts. The pledge came to light at Bangula Primary School yesterday when the delegates witnessed the dispatch of voting materials to various polling centres ahead of Tuesday’s…

City councils owed K13 billion

  Property owners owe the country’s four city councils K13 billion in ground rates dating back to 16 years, negatively affecting the councils’ service delivery. The councils—Lilongwe City Council (LCC), Blantyre City Council (BCC), Mzuzu City Council (MCC) and Zomba City Council (ZCC)—say they have, over the years, employed various techniques to recover the money.…

APM, Mia wrap up  by-election campaign

President Peter Mutharika has expressed optimism that the Mozambican Government will soften its stance on the ‘botched’ Nsanje Inland Port and let Malawi proceed with the ambitious project. Mutharika made the sentiments yesterday at Bangula, Nsanje, at the end of campaign period ahead of next Tuesday’s by-elections for Nsanje-Lalanje Constituency. Campaign period has officially closed…

PP fires acting president Uladi

People’s Party (PP) has fired its acting president Uladi Mussa from his position as vice-president responsible for the Central Region, exactly a month after suspending him for proclaiming that party president Joyce Banda’s term had expired. Mussa’s sacking follows an endorsement by the party’s national executive committee (NEC) last week of the recommendations made by…

APM assents to procurement law

President Peter Mutharika has assented to the Public Procurement and Disposal of Assets Bill giving hope to Malawians of economic independence as they now have an assured market for their goods and services. The enactment of the law means government ministries, departments and agencies are now compelled to award 60 percent of all their contracts…

MEC says ballot papers ready

  The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) says it has finished printing of ballot papers for the October 17 by-elections to be conducted in Lilongwe, Blantyre, Dedza and Nsanje. MEC director of media and public relations Sangwani Mwafulirwa said the ballot papers are currently being kept at their head office in Blantyre awaiting dispatch to the…

Chiefs under threat in Nsanje-Lalanje?

As campaign gathers momentum ahead of the October 17 by elections, accusations and counter-accusations have surfaced with some chiefs in NsanjeLalanje claiming they are being intimidated by government and ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) senior officials. Some electorates are also alleging that certain traditional leaders are instructing their subjects to vote for a ‘government candidate’.…

DPP candidate dodges debate in Nsanje

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) parliamentary candidate for Nsanje-Lalanje, Gladys Ganda, on Thursday avoided a political debate where she was scheduled to face her two rivals. However, at some point Ganda was seen passing by the venue of the debate with a group of her supporters while the event was in progress. The debate, organised by…

APM returns Monday from New York—OPC

  The Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC) has announced that President Peter Mutharika will return home on Monday from New York, United States of America (USA), where he attended the 72nd United Nations General Assembly (Unga). The announcement breaks the silence and comes barely a day after several media houses, including The Nation…