APM tells Judiciary to be accountable

President Peter Mutharika yesterday asked the Judiciary to be accountable to Malawians and live up to its responsibility of providing independent and efficient judicial services and an impartial justice system to earn the people’s respect, trust and confidence. The President said this at Sanjika Palace in Blantyre during the swearing-in ceremony of former Attorney General…

Parliament rejects UDF claim for state subsidy

Parliament has rebuffed  opposition United Democratic Front (UDF) claim for political party funding for parties represented in the National Assembly, saying the party did not amass the minimum 10 percent of the vote in the May 20 Tripartite Elections. Speaking in an interview yesterday, acting Clerk of Parliament (CoP) Roosevelt Gondwe confirmed receiving UDF’s communication,…

Misa Malawi faults MBC boss redeployment

The Media Institute of Southern Africa (Misa) Malawi Chapter has faulted the Executive’s decision to relocate Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) director general Benson Tembo to a subordinate position at Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra). Tembo has been transferred to Macra as technical adviser. In a statement signed by Misa Malawi chairperson Thom Khanje, the media…

Chanco, Poly to open Monday

University of Malawi (Unima) students from Chancellor College and The Polytechnic can now afford a smile after their lecturers and Unima Council on Wednesday reached a compromise to finally have classes for second semester open next Monday. Polytechnic Academic Staff Committee on Welfare (Pascaw) president Abel Mwanyungwe and Chancellor College Academic Staff Union (Ccasu) vice-president…

Fire scare at Chayamba Building

Panic engulfed the Blantyre central business district (CBD) yesterday morning when news broke, and spread like bushfire, that one of the city’s imposing structures, Chayamba Building, which houses comfy offices as well as shops on the ground floor had caught fire. Scores of workers from the building’s offices tussled to save their lives while hundreds…

Unima support staff get half salary in Dec

University of Malawi (Unima) striking members of the support staff from its constituent colleges have celebrated their festive season with near-empty pockets after their December salaries were deducted by almost half for reportedly staging an illegal strike. The employees have been on industrial action since early December aimed at forcing Unima management to raise their…

El Nino to influence rainfall pattern

While most parts of the country appear to have started receiving normal rains, the Department of Climate Change and Meteorological Services says dry spells in some areas cannot be ruled out this growing season. The department says this is a result of the current rainfall pattern being influenced by the weak El Nino whose impact…

Tukula slams assets declarations door

Public officers who failed to declare their assets by close of business yesterday must start mulling over their future after director of Public Officers’ Declarations, Chris Tukula, stressed there will be no grace period for the exercise. Tukula had earlier warned the listed officers required to declare their assets to adhere to the December 31…

Stalemate in lecturers’ salary increment talks

With few days to go, the University of Malawi (Unima) Council and management are yet to reach an agreement with the Chancellor College academic staff who are demanding a 40 percent salary increment. Since the Chancellor College Academic Staff Union (Ccasu) gave their employer, University Council, 21 days ultimatum to effect the increment or go…

QECH bosses arrested for bribery

Fiscal Police in Blantyre have arrested two finance managers at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH) in Blantyre for allegedly attempting to bribe a hired auditor. The two are hospital chief accountant Agness Chirwa and accountant Joice Zamalala. They were arrested on Sunday and are currently in custody at Blantyre Police Station. The suspects are alleged…

Police in Nkhotakota over the weekend arrested two Malawi Defence Force (MDF) private soldiers and three women for alleged possession of cannabis sativa locally know as chamba. The five were arrested at Kaombe Roadblock on different occasions on Saturday and Sunday, according to Nkhotakota Police spokesperson Williams Kaponda. In an interview yesterday, Kaponda said the…

Exclusive: RBM’s Mzuzu branch payment mess exposed

The Reserve Bank of Malawi (RBM)—supposedly the epitome of fiscal integrity—is at pains to justify more than K9 billion in extra spending in the construction of its Mzuzu Branch offices up North, especially after the main contractor has abandoned the project citing non-payment. This week, RBM could not explain the triple digit cost overruns, contentious…

Boards yet to get down to work

More than a month after President Peter Mutharika appointed people into various boards of parastatals, the bulk of the appointees is yet to get down to work due to lack of official communication from the appointing authority. The President appointed more than 200 people of diverse professions into 25 boards of statutory corporations on November…

Ninth vehicle stolen at gunpoint in Ntcheu

Carjackers seem to have chanced upon Ntcheu District as a productive territory for their wicked missions. In the past seven months, robbers have made away with nine vehicles, all of which have reportedly been taken to Mozambique. The latest incident happened on Tuesday night when three unknown assailants attacked an employee of the Electricity Supply Corporation of…

APM REJECTS K3.3M SPEAKER’S SALARY

Package included 2 500 litres fuel per month President Peter Mutharika has rejected a proposal by the Parliamentary Service Commission (PSC) to increase salaries of office bearers in the National Assembly and the parliamentary service. If approved, the proposal would have seen Speaker Richard Msowoya receiving K3.3 million gross monthly package, The Nation can reveal.…

President Peter Mutharika has recalled Malawi’s High Commissioner to Kenya Brigadier Marcel Chirwa (retired) in a move government has described as a “normal recall process”. Chirwa was appointed High Commissioner by former president Joyce Banda after reopening the embassy in Nairobi on March 1 2013. Malawi expressed her desire to reopen the mission, which was…

More trouble, ACB closed

Employees of the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) on Monday lived up to their threat and staged a nationwide sit-in after rejecting a 10 percent government offer for their salary increment. But, whereas the employees described the 10 percent increment as an insult, Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development Goodall Gondwe on Monday said in an interview the…