Another year of judicial recusal requests, rebuffs

The year 2017 was fascinating in the country’s courts. Not because of the maizegate case that involved a senior and authoritative Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) member George Chaponda. Not even because thousands of people failed to access justice due to judicial industrial actions. But the frequent applications for presiding judges and magistrates to recuse themselves…

Matemba gets ACB job, Rev. Maulana confirmed as new Macra board chair

Parliament’s Public Appointments Committee (PAC) has confirmed Reyneck Matemba as the new director general of the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) following his appointment in October this year, Nation Online has learnt. The committee has also confirmed the Reverend Alex Maulana, general secretary of the CCAP Blantyre Synod, as new board chairperson of Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority…

Mawu seeks K320m over banned book

Malawi’s squeezed taxpayer risk footing a K320 million compensation claim to the Malawi Writers Union (Mawu) following a Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MoEST) decision to withdraw a Chichewa Literature textbook from the secondary school curriculum. Through lawyer Kuleza Phokoso, Mawu last week obtained an injunction stopping MoEST and Malawi Institute of Education (MIE)…

State consults DPP  on Chaponda case

State lawyers in the Zambia maize purchase corruption trial are consulting Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Mary Kachale for direction after the defence obtained a notice of hearing of the case at Blantyre Magistrate’s Court. Lead State counsel MacMillan Chakhala said yesterday they were surprised with the defence’s action to obtain the notice for the…

Parliament’s PAC takes on treasury

  Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) says it feels betrayed by Treasury’s apparent lack of enthusiasm to act on officers accused of misappropriating public resources in the financial years 2008/09 and 2009/10. PAC’s frustration comes against a background of Treasury’s failure to discipline some public officers as per the committee’s recommendation for failing to account…

BWB starts K18bn MJ project

After weeks of disagreements, Blantyre Water Board (BWB) has finally rolled out the much-awaited K18 billion Likhubula Water Supply System project to tap water from Mulanje Mountain to Blantyre city and surrounding districts. The project has failed twice to take off due to alleged sabotage by some community members operating under Citizens for the Protection…

MBC Innovations Awards back

It is December again. That time of the year when some of the country’s creative minds get recognised and awarded by Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) for their innovative acts. The third edition of the annual MBC Innovations Awards is this Friday, December 15, at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe where and for the third year running,…

High Court dismisses Macra’s request

The High Court in Blantyre has rejected a request by Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra) to vacate the permission for judicial review and an injunction its deputy director general Francis Bisika obtained to preserve his employment contract. Bisika obtained the court order to restrain government from dictating Macra on his contract. High Court judge Mike…

PAC says protests will go ahead

Public Affairs Committee (PAC), a multi-faith human rights, democracy and accountability watchdog, says planned nationwide demonstrations will proceed tomorrow despite government circulating all pieces of legislation among members of Parliament (MPs). In an interview on Monday, PAC executive director Robert Phiri said the demonstrations are beyond the tabling of the six Electoral Reforms Bills. But…

PAC board says demo D-Day today

Public Affairs Committee (PAC) says it will announce its position on the planned December 13 nationwide demonstrations in view of government’s decision to table the Electoral Reforms Bills. After a three-hour long meeting from around 6pm to 9.20pm in Lilongwe, PAC executive board members last night were non-committal on the way forward on the demonstrations.…

Mist over Parliament extension

  There is uncertainty on the request for an extension of the first meeting of the 47th Session of Parliament that the opposition made. Yesterday, Treasury was elusive on the matter when contacted, but sources said since the request was made on Tuesday nothing has come out. Representatives of opposition political parties in Parliament’s Business…

Mutharika’s aide meets PAC

  With the December 13 planned nationwide protests fast approaching, presidential aide Mavuto Bamusi on Sunday met the Public Affairs Committee (PAC) in a bid to give hope that the Electoral Reforms Bills could be tabled before the protests. Bamusi, who is President Peter Mutharika’s adviser on civil society (CSOs) and non-government organisations (NGOs), called…

High court throws out State request

The Zambia maize purchase trial involving former minister of Agriculture, Water Development and Irrigation George Chaponda has been referred back to the Blantyre Magistrate’s Court, barely a week after it was committed to the High Court. This comes after High Court Judge Dingiswayo Madise nullified a certificate for summary procedure trial the State, through the…

CSOs fault opposition  on Electoral Reforms Bills

Some civil society organisations (CSOs) have faulted opposition political parties for taking a lukewarm approach in pushing for the Electoral Reforms Bills to be presented in Parliament during the current sitting. The CSOs have also expressed concern with other stakeholders for employing “covert and overt attempts” to frustrate reforms. The organisations noted in a statement…

PAC sets Dec 13 for nationwide protests

Public Affairs Committee (PAC) has set December 13 for nationwide peaceful protests in the country’s four cities to push authorities to table and debate the Electoral Reforms Bills in Parliament. PAC executive director Robert Phiri said in an interview last evening that the marches will be held in Blantyre, Lilongwe, Mzuzu and Zomba cities. He…