District leaders  attack Malawi Congress Party MPs

  Some Malawi Congress Party (MCP) district chairpersons have demanded an apology from a section of the party’s legislators who they accuse of interfering in the management of the country’s oldest political party. Briefing journalists in Lilongwe on Saturday, the district chairpersons faulted the members of Parliament (MPs) for holding a meeting  last week where…

Up for sale: Govt scanner

Supplier wants to recover his dues Up for sale: a K620 million CT scanner that government bought in 2012 but has not collected it from the supplier. The supplier, Medical Consultants Africa Limited (MCA), decided to sell the machine to private health facilities to recover storage and service charges for another scanner installed at Kamuzu…

LCC fires two directors, demotes one

Lilongwe City Council (LCC) has fired two directors, reinstated one and demoted a fourth one, all of whom were suspended in 2016, authorities have confirmed. Those fired are director of finance Jeremiah Sibande and director of administration Dyton Milanzi while director of engineering Julius Tsogolani has been reinstated and director of planning and development Hillary…

K800m looters off the hook

Government is yet to prosecute 38 Ministry of Health staff implicated in the abuse of over K870 million donor funds for HIV and Aids fight in 2015, Weekend Nation has learnt. Sources at the ministry say government has merely interdicted, transferred or retired some staff, and deducted part of the money from their gratuity. A…

LL city boss cleared

The Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development has exonerated Lilongwe City Council (LCC) chief executive officer (CEO) Moza Zeleza from all charges of alleged gross underperformance of the council, Weekend Nation has learnt. In a telephone interview on Tuesday this week, Zeleza disclosed that he was officially communicated about the findings at a recent…

Controversy over milk factory

Capital Daily Industries Limited which is at the centre of a controversy over the milk factory built on an illegal land in Lilongwe is continuing to process milk and other products despite a stop order by authorities, Weekend Nation understands. Meanwhile the issue of how the commercial plot 2/653 was changed to a light industry…

PAC regrets, plans to reignite protests

The Public Affairs Committee (PAC) on Friday said it regrets what it described as government’s conspiracy to frustrate its own Bills on electoral reforms and hinted that it will reignite mass demonstrations that were earlier called off. PAC executive secretary Robert Phiri said in an interview on Friday that having seen the outcome of the…

No probe yet for 20 MPs

Malawians will have to wait a little longer for the identities of 20 MPs who abused Constituency Development Fund (CDF) because the Public Accounts Committee of Parliament (PAC) is yet to start the investigations. Speaker Richard Msowoya in November ordered PAC, which provides oversight functions to government ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs), to team up…

Govt stops K64m OPC contract

Despite government suspending indefinitely the refurbishment of the Office of President and Cabinet (OPC), civil rights activists have maintained their stand to have Chief Secretary to Government Lloyd Muhara dismissed subject to investigations. A statement issued on Wednesday and signed by government spokesperson Nicholas Dausi did not give reasons for the suspension but only said…

Assets probe raises red flags

Excessive loans, suspicious profits from sale of declared assets without supporting documents and verifiable track record, are among the red flags that the first phase of the verification exercise of assets has revealed. Director of Public Officers Declaration, Christopher Tukula, said in an interview on Thursday the sale of declared assets whose buyers or sellers…

Ministry transfers ‘peeping’ headteacher

Ntchisi Secondary School headteacher Garn Kaduka, who is accused of harassing girl students by entering their hostel unannounced, has been transferred by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology. Ironically, when the girls protested the headmaster’s unbecoming behaviour that recently sent some of them cowering in their hostel after being found naked or half-dressed, he…

Chakwera disrespected APM—Speaker

Speaker of National Assembly Richard Msowoya on Friday ruled that Leader of Opposition Lazarus Chakwera disrespected President Peter Mutharika with the use of words “incompetent President” and “thief” in his response to Mutharika’s address made at the opening of the 47th session of Parliament last week. Msowoya has since ordered the House to strike off…

Govt’s total negligence

One of the computer tomography (CT machines) that the Ministry of Health purchased in 2012 for Queen  Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH) in Blantyre lies in a supplier’s warehouse as the ministry is yet to prepare a room where the machine can be fitted, the ministry has confirmed. The supplier, Medical Consultants Africa Limited(MCA) has given…

APM warns Mps against plunder

President Peter Mutharika yesterday surprised his critics by setting an agenda for the country in a candid way by highlighting socio-economic challenges and proposed solutions as he took to task MPs caught in the web of abuse of CDF. However, the President avoided commenting on the proposed Electoral Reforms Bill which his administration committed to…

Mchinji council told to refund money

Taxpayers will bear the blunt of abuse of K68 million meant for Decent and Affordable Housing Subsidy Programme at Mchinji District Council as the funds will be reimbursed by sectors implicated in the audit report and not suspects, authorities have confirmed. The development means people should expect Mchinji District Council to scale down in the…

China pledges more support for Malawi

The Peoples Republic of China has pledged to increase aid to Malawi and other African countries in the next five years to help the continent shake off poverty and realise economic development and prosperity. Chinese Ambassador to Malawi Shi Ting Wang made the pledge in Lilongwe yesterday during a press briefing on the 19th National…

Malawi salutes SA’s OR Tambo

  Malawi says Africa needs a new spirited generation of Pan Africanists such as Oliver Reginald Tambo to champion the rise and growth of the continent’s economic development. Director of Museums and Monuments in the Ministry of Civic Education, Culture and Community Development, Elizabeth Gomani Chindebvu, made the remarks in Lilongwe on Thursday during centenary…