President Banda pardons 281 prisoners

As part of Easter celebrations, Malawi President Joyce Banda has pardoned 281 prisoners from the country’s 23 crowded prisons. A statement issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs and Internal Security says the liberated prisoners are those who have served at least half of their sentences, demonstrated good behaviour and were not convicted of serious…

Mutharika causes commotion as he joins Way of Cross

Malawi’s opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) president Arthur Peter Mutharika on Friday joined thousands of Roman Catholic faithful in the annual walking pilgrimage of the Way of the Cross. The day is part of Easter celebrations when Christians worldwide celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Mutharika took part in the joint procession conducted by St…

Press Corporation Limited (PCL) has bid farewell to its longest serving manager and executive member Charles Jimmy Evans who has served the dual-listed conglomerate for 39 years. Evans joined PCL on November 1 1975 as a management trainee and retired at the end of last month as group administration manager. PCL group chief executive officer…

Lilongwe house scam

The Lilongwe City Council (LCC) has for a year ignored directives from government and the National Audit Office (NAO) to withdraw the sale of its nine houses meant for senior managers which were sold in questionable circumstances in 2006, Nation on Sunday has established. The council’s intransigence has forced the Ministry of Local Government and…

MEC resumes voters’ roll verification

The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) says it has worked on the inconsistencies that resulted in the suspension of the voters’ roll inspection exercise. Chief elections officer Willie Kalonga said in a statement on Friday that the first phase of the exercise would resume next Wednesday and end on Sunday, April 13 2014. Dates for the…

MEC has no powers to reject candidates—Court

The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) cannot reject the nomination of candidates in elections because the institution does not have the powers to do so, the High Court ruled on Friday. Justice Dustain Mwaungulu was delivering his substantive judgement on the disqualification of Umodzi Party president John Chisi and Malawi Congress Party (MCP) spokesperson Jessie Kabwila…

JB threatens to shun presidential debates

President Joyce Banda has threatened to boycott debates for presidential candidates scheduled for next month, after she and her People’s Party (PP) accused Zodiak Broadcasting Station (ZBS) of favouring MCP in the running mates’ debates, sources in the organising committee have confided in Nation on Sunday. Following the accusations the party made against ZBS, PP…

District commissioner (DC) for Machinga Stuart Ngoka has refused to be transferred to the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development headquarters in Lilongwe, arguing that the posting is a demotion. Ngoka and the ministry are locked in the transfer battle after the DC obtained a court injunction stopping the ministry from shifting him to…

Former mayor of the city of Blantyre Luke Jumbe died Friday morning at Chitawira Private Hospital in Blantyre aged 68, his brother Friday has confirmed. Friday said his late brother succumbed to cancer. The late Jumbe served as mayor of Blantyre City for four years in the early 1990s after working as deputy mayor for…

Some major political parties have conceded that the large number of aspiring MPs standing as independent candidates is threatening their chances of winning in the May 20 Tripartite Elections. Out of 1 290 parliamentary candidates approved by the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC), 426 are independent aspirants, representing 33 percent of the candidates. People’s Party (PP)…