APM hits back at  cabinet critics

In an apparent response to the exclusion of Vice-President Saulosi Chilima from the recent reshuffled Cabinet list, President Peter Mutharika on Friday hit back at his critics, saying appointment into Cabinet is not an honorary position. Speaking on Friday during swearing in of new Cabinet members that included one Minister and three deputy ministers at…

APM pays tribute to 22 soldiers

President Peter Mutharika has described as unforgettable the death of 22 Malawi Defence Force (MDF) new recruits who died in a car crash at Mapanjira in Mzimba on November 2 last year. Speaking at a memorial service of the departed soldiers which took place at Kamuzu Barracks in Lilongwe on Friday, Mutharika said the death…

Chiefs drag MP to court over CDF

Some 59 local leaders in Lilongwe, led by senior village head Kamphata, have filed summons at the High Court in Lilongwe demanding a refund of K108 million from Lilongwe South East parliamentarian Willard Gwengwe . The legislator is being accused of failing to account for the funds meant for Constituency Development Fund (CDF) between 2012…

Inmates involved in crime

People locked away in prison are not supposed to commit crimes but Weekend Nation investigations reveal that a recent wave of mobile money theft had mostly been perpetrated by men behind bars. Malawi Prison Service (MPS) officials confirmed in interviews this week that some prisoners are committing the crimes aided by corrupt prison warders. This…

Ntcheu faces water crisis

  Ntcheu Boma is dry. For the past five months, the supply of piped water has been erratic. The district hospital, secondary school, restaurants and district commissioner’s office are among places hardest hit. Following the loss of piped water, district health officer (DHO) Mike Chisema said in an interview on Thursday the 300-bed Ntcheu District…

Jumbe, Bwanali K11m  corruption case drags on

The First Grade Magistrate’s Court in Lilongwe has set September 19 2018 to continue hearing a case in which former ministers  Friday Jumbe and Phillip Bwanali were alleged to have abused K11 million from government in 2004. The funds allegedly disappeared from the Sports and Culture Trust Fund when Bwanali was minister of Sports while…

5 years to operationalise new land law—Govt

Government is working on a five-year plan to fully operationalise the new law on customary land, one of several that President Peter Mutharika assented to a year ago. The new customary land law, assented to on February 6 2017, makes it illegal for chiefs to distribute customary land and instead empowers district land registries and…

UTM convention Nov 9

  United Transformation Movement (UTM) has announced that it will hold its convention on November 9 at a venue to be communicated later. UTM secretary general Patricia Kaliati made the announcement yesterday when she briefed journalists in Lilongwe at the end of a caucus the movement organised to take stock of progress made since its…

LCC clarifies on sealed PAC offices

says a breakdown in communication with one of its debt collecting firms led to the Malawi Council of Churches (MCC) Building, which houses Public Affairs Committee (PAC) offices, being the only building sealed at the weekend. The council, through a legal firm Middleton Chambers, sealed the building on Saturday and a letter from the lawyers…

Community questions road  to First Lady’s house project

Communities around Six  Miles in Lilongwe are demanding answers from authorities for constructing a road that only passes and immediately ends at a construction site where First Lady Gertrude Mutharika is constructing a villa. Lilongwe City Council (LCC) spokesperson Tamara Chafunya confirmed the council is constructing the 1.3 kilometre road, which emerges from the Bunda…

Govt opens up to Ifmis scrutiny

The Accountant General (AG) has succumbed to pressure and will now engage Parliament and other stakeholders in negotiations with the winning bidder for the procurement of the new Information Financial Integrated Management Systems (Ifmis) software. According to AG Chrighton Chimombo, negotiations have now commenced with the winning bidder and it is expected that the process…

MCP youths in solidarity march

Scores of Malawi  Congress Party youths on Friday had a solidarity March in Lilongwe as part of a 2 day conference which started on Thursday at the party’s headquarters. The group dressed in party’s red t-shirts marched from Shearer in Area 15 using roundabout along Chilambula road before joining Kamuzu Central Hospital roundabout connecting to…

Disaster waiting to happen

An environmental disaster is unfolding at Central Poultry Limited (Dudu Farm) in Area 36, Lilongwe due to poor waste management practices, Weekend Nation can reveal. The discharge from at least 10 000 chickens that are slaughtered and processed everyday, ready for the market, ends up in three small shallow dams dug just behind the farm’s…

Backlash on benefits

Committees want President’s benefits reviewed Say unrestricted privileges are recipe for abuse The removal of some of Vice-President Saulos Chilima’s security detail last week has created a backlash with members of various parliamentary committees calling for a review of the President (Salaries and Benefits) Act. The Parliamentary Legal Affairs Committee wants a review of the…

Kids in sex for shelter

Over 30 street girls defiled in one month Imagine one full class at a girl’s primary school being defiled in one month. Shocking as it is, it’s a reality for street children begging in the cities of Blantyre and Lilongwe as statistics indicate that 32 young girls were defiled last month alone. In Lilongwe, 15…