APM warns against politicising albino kilings

President Peter Mutharika on Friday warned politicians against using the killing of people with albinism to score political points. In a statement signed by presidential spokesperson Mgeme Kalirani, Mutharika said instead of joining forces with government, traditional leaders, the clergy and communities to stop the crimes being perpetrated against people with albinism, some political leaders…

LCC admits lapses in utilising LL by-pass

Three years after commissioning the 13.4 kilometres Lilongwe by-pass road, traffic in the capital city remains chaotic because authorities are yet to implement by-laws adopted to reduce traffic. Lilongwe City Council (LCC) spokesperson Tamara Chafunya admitted in an interview yesterday the council has taken long to come up with the by-laws.  According to Chafunya, this…

IG accept criticism on political violence

Police Inspector General (IG) Rodney Jose on Friday swallowed his pride and confessed they should have done better on political violence that happened in full view of officers. He made the admission when he held an interface meeting with members of different political parties under the banner of Centre for Multiparty Democracy (CMD) in Lilongwe.…

PP, others endorse SKC

Barely two days before presentation of nomination papers gets underway in Blantyre, some parties including former ruling People’s Party (PP) have agreed to endorse UTM Party presidential candidate Saulos Chilima in the May 21 Tripartite Elections. But a statement signed by Chilima, former president and PP leader Joyce Banda, Tikonze Peoples Movement interim vice-president Mark…

Ban on handouts yet to be tested

The Political Parties Act which outlaws handouts and compels political parties to disclose sources of their funding is yet to be put to the test two months after the law was put into force, according to Centre for Multiparty Democracy (CMD). CMD executive director Kizito Tenthani, whose organisation championed the enactment of the Act, pointed…

House nods to Mines Amendment Bill

Parliament yesterday passed the long-awaited Mines and Minerals Amendment Bill with some members still expressing reservations about some of its contents. The legislation seeks to regulate the development of mineral resources in the country through adherence to sustainable development principles and replaces the 1981 Mines and Minerals Act, which some experts say has failed to…

Who owns Maltis system?

As local players are crying foul over charges from a consultant manning an upgraded Malawi Traffic Information System (Maltis) from South Africa, government has written the consultant expressing dissatisfaction with the performance of the system, according to documents we have seen. The consultant—Fischer and Movesa Consulting—is charging local players which DTRSS licenced to operate vehicle…

APM presses panic button

President Peter Mutharika promised to help the poor to build 66 000 houses within five years, from 2014. But with six months to the target date—and the next election—the administration has only erected 26 000 houses, according to information from the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development. In fact, as of end September 2018,…

House changes ACB boss appointment procedures

The position of Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) director general will from now onwards be subjected to advertisement and interviews before a President finally appoints. This follows Parliament’s passing of the Corrupt Practices Act Amendment yesterday. Most opposition members of Parliament (MPs) who contributed to the debate on the amendment to the Act were against a provision…

Child poverty still high—Report

  A recent Child Poverty Report in Malawi has shown that 60.5 percent of the country’s children are still deprived of basic needs such as quality education, sanitation facilities, health and safe drinking water. This is down from 63 percent of children below 17 years who were also found to be multi- dimensionally poor in…

4 MDF soldiers missing in DRC

As the nation continues to mourn the death of six Malawi Defence Force (MDF) soldiers, there is still more stress, pain and panic following an announcement that four are missing in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Making a ministerial statement in Parliament on Friday, deputy minister of Defence Amos Mailosi also disclosed that eight…

Red flag on fuel crisis

An impasse between Nocma and PIL has the potential to plunge the country in a fuel crisis similar to the one experienced in 2011 and 2012, Mera has confirmed. Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (Mera) chief executive officer Collins Magalasi said in an interview on Monday: “If this impasse continued, Nocma could be chocked as it…

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…