81% unhappy with democracy—poll

  As Malawians observe 25 years of democracy this week, a majority of them have expressed displeasure with the manner the country has fared since June 14 1993 when they voted in a referendum, a Nation Publications Limited (NPL) opinion poll has revealed. NPL carried out an opinion poll on its Twitter and Facebook pages…

Chilumpha attacks MCP, MEC

Former vice-president Cassim Chilumpha has taken a swipe at the main opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) for failure to help out cleansing the current socio-economic mess the country is experiencing. Chilumpha, who leads the newly-formed political party, Assembly for Development and Democracy (ADD), said while the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) is presiding over the current…

JB dates PAC, opposition parties

  Former governing People’s Party (PP) leader Joyce  Banda was yesterday among leaders of some 15 political parties that met the Public Affairs Committee (PAC) in Blantyre, raising speculation that the parties want to go into a coalition. The former president’s attendance at the meeting came days after a high-powered PP delegation reportedly met leaders…

Callista sues Jeffrey, MBC for defamation

  Former first lady Callista Mutharika has dragged to court governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) secretary general Greselder Jeffrey and MBC, demanding a K500 million compensation for defamation. Mutharika’s lawsuit comes days after the DPP secretary general alleged that the former first lady killed her husband, former president Bingu wa Mutharika in April 2012. Jeffrey…

Councils unaware of K4bn Treasury ‘released’

  The contentious K4 billion fund for members of Parliament (MPs) ostensibly to facilitate development projects, continues to be shrouded in controversy with Treasury stating that it disbursed the money while some beneficiaries expressed ignorance. The disbursement of the funds has come amid outstanding concerns for the scheme Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development…

Why Chilima, APM met

Details have emerged that President Peter Mutharika met Vice-President Saulos Chilima on Monday after Chilima rebuffed a presidential delegation assigned to coerce him to make a statement on the apparent divisions in the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP). Sources familiar with the developments confided in  Nation Online that the President last week sent three Cabinet…

Kamlepo appeals  MRA case

Rumphi East member of Parliament (MP) Kamlepo Kalua has filed an appeal notice against a High Court verdict on his tax evasion case after the court ruled in favour of Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) and Malawi Police Service (MPS). His appeal comes barely three days after High Court judge Roland Mbvundula discharged an order he…

Court blocks Chief Justice’s action

High Court judge Zione Ntaba has stopped her boss Chief Justice (CJ) Andrew Nyirenda and the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) from proceeding to recruit third grade magistrates until the decision is judiciary reviewed. This follows an application last month by some 16 court clerks working across the country who dragged the two to court for…

Chief Justice summons stirs debate

Plans by Parliament’s Legal Affairs Committee to summon Chief Justice Andrew Nyirenda to explain how the Judiciary is handling and determining corruption cases have sparked debate among legal minds who have faulted the committee and questioned its basis. In yesterday’s edition of The Nation, committee chairperson Maxwell Thyolera said the committee planned to call the…

Kamlepo loses MRA, police case

  Rumphi East legislator Kamlepo Kalua (People’s Party-PP) has lost his alleged tax evasion case after the High Court in Blantyre ruled in favour of Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) and Malawi Police Service (MPS). High Court Judge Roland Mbvundula has since discharged an order restraining MRA and the police from further investigating the three vehicles—a…

Chief justice faces summon

  Parliament’s Legal Affairs Committee says it plans to summon the head of the Judiciary, Chief Justice Andrew Nyirenda, to explain how the government branch processes corruption-related cases. Committee chairperson Maxwell Thyolera said in an interview on Thursday that his committee’s intention followsthe recent acquittal of former Cabinet minister George Chaponda and businessperson Rashid Tayub.…

Lawyer Kanyenda arrested, out on bail

  Private practice lawyer David Kanyenda was yesterday released on bail by the Blantyre Magistrate’s Court following his arrest on Wednesday afternoon for allegedly misappropriating a client’s funds. His fellow lawyer Chancy Gondwe, who represented him in the bail application, confirmed in an interview that Kanyenda was granted bail yesterday after spending a night in…

Govt settles Judiciary pay dispute

The Malawi Government has rectified Judiciary staff pay irregularities by offering them a 27 percent salary increment arrears as part of their conditions of service implementation. The decision follows a long-standing battle with the disgruntled employees who rendered the country’s courts inaccessible for almost a month after they went on strike. Ministry of Finance, Economic…

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…

Reinstate scrap metal  export ban—manufacturers

Government’s resolve to repeal scrap metal export ban is impinging on the country’s steel manufacturers as they are struggling to obtain the raw materials for their production. Until 2014, the country’s laws prohibited export of scrap metal, but government lifted the ban having reportedly observed unusual heaps of the scrap metals nationwide. In an interview…

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…