K16.2bn bank sale  proceeds still idle

Three years after disposing two commercial banks—Malawi Savings Bank (MSB) and Indebank—government is yet to decide on how to use the proceeds which have accumulated to K16.2 billion. Proceeds from the sale of its wholly-owned bank MSB at K9.5 billion and Indebank at K6.7 billion in 2015 were initially deposited in interest-generating Public Private Partnership…

Callista’s comments split political minds

Former first lady Callitsa Mutharika’s open support for Vice-President Saulos Chilima to become DPP’s presidential candidate for the 2019 elections has split political minds, with some saying the comments signify deep intra-party problems in the DPP while others said what she said was nothing but a mere opinion. In a WhatsApp comment on former legislators’…

Callista supports Chilima for 2019

  Former first lady Callista Mutharika has thrown her weight behind Vice-President Saulos Chilima to lead the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) as presidential candidate in the 2019 Tripartite Elections “for a better Malawi”. Her sentiments raise questions about her relationship with her in-law and incumbent President Peter Mutharika who has declared that he will…

  President Peter Mutharika, perplexed by the continuing murder of people with albinism, has called for “honest” national dialogue on whether the country should implement the death penalty on individuals convicted of murder. The country has laws that empower presidents to sign for the death penalty in murder cases. However, since attaining democracy in 1994,…

Escom gensets deal attracts ACB probe

  The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has opened an investigation into the procurement of the multi-billion kwacha generators contract at the Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom). ACB senior public relations officer Egrita Ndala told Nation Online that the graft-busting body was conducting investigation at Escom relating to the procurement of the generators. However, she said…

Kamuzu Barrage reopened to boost power generation

  Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development has opened up Shire River at Kamuzu Barrage in Liwonde, Machinga to increase water flow for Electricity Generation Company (Egenco) to boost power generation. The ministry’s Principal Secretary Grey Nyandule Phiri said in an interview yesterday that on March 17 2018 a technical committee comprising government officials,…

Court claims Haunt govt

Suppliers demand up to 7 000% interest Charges are beyond the imaginable—AG What Government publicly declares is that it owes suppliers    K155 billion in arrears. What it doesn’t say is that the owed business persons are dragging it to court one by one, demanding payment that the Attorney General (AG) has described as “beyond the…

New ‘PPP’ projects raise eyebrows

The Chinese will run new Malawi Government entities they are financing until their money is repaid, a paradigm shift in Beijing’s development cooperation, Weekend Nation has learnt. While Treasury calls this approach a Public-Private Partnership (PPP), the Public-Private Partnership Commission (PPPC)—which has the mandate to facilitate such arrangements—said they are not involved in the deals…

Who watches the watcher?

  Judge Esmie Chombo’s lamentations of clandestine corrupt dealings between lawyers and court officials have brought into question the integrity of the country’s justice system which is supposed to serve court users with unquestionable honesty. Who will watch the watcher? Is there anywhere to run? What are regulators doing about the alleged rot in the…

DPP cautions lawyers

  Revelations of covet corrupt practices in the country’s courts have sent ripples, with the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Mary Kachale and Malawi Law Society warning that rogue lawyers will face the wrath of the law. According to her directorate’s spokesperson, Pirirani Masanjala, Kachale’s office was taking seriously complaints of endemic corruption and unprofessionalism…

Battle rages on in MCP

Malawi Congress Party’s hope to purge Richard Msowoya and Gustave Kaliwo for allegedly scheming against its leader, will not end this month. The party, which had summoned the two to a disciplinary hearing to resolve the wrangle in the boardroom, now has to wait a little longer as the court injunction Msowoya and Kaliwo obtained…

Suspects pounce on judges

A judge promised a verdict in 14 days. So, the murder suspect waited. Then the two weeks turned into months. Still, he waited, hoping against hope that the judge would remember that he had missed his deadline. The months, until on Friday, morphed into more than seven and a half years, before it pleased Judge Maclean…

Judge blows whistle on corrupt lawyers

Some lawyers pay court staff to misplace or destroy court files Bribed staff prioritise work for certain legal houses. They remove documents of counsel representing the other party so as to mislead the court that the party failed to file the necessary documents prior to the date of hearing. They insert documents in files when…

Mitati’s murder case

Harris Mitati was on Frirday found guilty of killing George Valani in the wee hours of August 30, in 2006. He will be sentenced within 21 days. In his judgment at the High Court sitting in Thyolo, Judge Maclean Kamwambe, said he did not try the matter as he handled the case after Justice Ken…

PPPC earmarks 7 projects for PPP

Public Private Partnership Commission (PPPC), the sole authority for the implementation of Public Private Partnerships (PPPs), says it has targeted seven new PPP projects after completing four. The almost ready projects under PPP are the public university accommodation project intended to add about 10 000 units in the country’s public universities. The initial phase of…

UDF quagmire over 2019 polls

United Democratic Front (UDF) regional governors have asked the party’s national executive committee (NEC) to start working on contesting the 2019 presidential elections. They have also asked Atupele Muluzi to come clear on the party’s relationship with DPP ahead of the elections, Weekend Nation has learnt. Since the 2014 elections, UDF has been in a…

Escom chucked off global financial ratings

Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) has been removed from credit rating list because it cannot continue paying after World Bank sponsorship expired, Global Credit Ratings show. World Bank took the initiative to bankroll Escom’s rating to enable the financial markets to gauge the power utility firm’s financial condition and make it easier to access…

ATI still not ready, awaits minister’s consent

Access to Information (ATI) Act is yet to be operationalised as the tripartite technical committee that was set up to fine-tune it is still working on the modalities almost a year after President Peter Mutharika assented to the law. Mutharika assented to the controversially-passed Act on February 16 2017. The Act would empower Malawians to…

Maneb suspends 2 directors over exam gaffe

The Malawi National Examinations Board (Maneb) has suspended two directors for reasons sources say are linked to the 2017 examinations results, Weekend Nation has learnt. Multiple sources from Maneb corroborated that last month the board suspended the director of examinations Gerson Mutala Phiri and director of computer services Strauss Sankhulani. Our sources include two senior…

Mera halts Escom hike

Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (Mera) has approved Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom)’s application to increase electricity tariffs on condition that the company effects it once it starts using generators. Mera chief executive officer (CEO) Collins Magalasi said in an interview on Wednesday that Mera approved a 24.67 percent increase of tariffs but said the…