CSOs seek speedy trials in cashgate

Thirteen high-profile civil society organisations (CSOs) operating under the Grand Coalition have said they will seek a vote of no confidence in President Joyce Banda’s administration and push for an interim government if the State does not address their concerns over the way it is handling the massive looting of public resources. In a communiqué…

CSOs to push for new Government

. Concerned about govt’s handling of cashgate . To seek vote of no confidence in the President Thirteen high-profile civil society organisations (CSOs) operating under the Grand Coalition have said they will seek a vote of no confidence in President Joyce Banda’s administration and push for an interim government if the State does not address…

Lutepo, Manondo meet in prison

He is such a protected ‘species’ that only his wife, lawyer and another suspect have been granted the green light to visit him in prison on orders from ‘above,’ Nation on Sunday has established. The treatment afforded one of the suspected kingpins in the cash-gate scandal that has hit Capital Hill, Oswald Lutepo, at Zomba…

PP governor Mgwembe dies

People’s Party (PP) Central Province governor and former MP for Kasungu South East Kizito Mgwembe died yesterday morning in South Africa. Mgwembe’s death has forced President Joyce Banda to cancel all scheduled trips in the Central Region. PP publicity secretary Hophmally Makande confirmed the death but said he had no details on funeral arrangements. Ngwembe…

Mphwiyo to stay in SA for face reconstruction

Treasury budget director Paul Mphwiyo will remain in South Africa where he is waiting for facial reconstruction following gunshot wounds he suffered on September 13 2013. Spokesperson for the Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC) Arthur Chipenda Saturday said Mphwiyo is under review by doctors although he has been discharged from hospital. “After a…

Norway suspends budget aid to Malawi

Norway on Friday joined the European Union (EU) in suspending budgetary support to Malawi because of the plunder of government funds that has left the aid-dependent country reeling. Donors provide about 40 percent of the country’s overall budget and 80 percent of its development kitty. The aid suspension jeopardises about K6.5 billion in budget support the Nordic…

Peter, Atupele for vote on gays

Two presidential candidates in the 2014 Tripartite Elections say they will call for a referendum to put the issue of homosexuality to bed should they win the polls. Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) president Peter Mutharika and United Democratic Front (UDF) president Atupele Muluzi said in separate interviews last week that the issue is so divisive…

JB knew plunder 5 months ago

Malawi President Joyce Banda raised the alarm about the plundering of government resources five months ago and summoned Minister of Finance Ken Lipenga and other officials to a meeting to devise mechanisms to seal the loopholes, Nation on Sunday can reveal. We have also established that when Stephenson Kamphasa took over as Auditor General in July 2013 he…

Two villagers killed in prison shooting

Hell broke loose in Makhanga, Nsanje when a prison warder at Makhanga Prison allegedly shot dead two people and injured five others. The incident happened when warders were trying to disperse angry villagers who were demanding the head of a murder suspect, who they alleged was being hidden at the prison. Malawi Prison Service spokesperson…

Prison warder kills two villagers in Nsanje

Hell broke loose in Malawi’s southern trading town of Makhanga in Nsanje District when a prison warder at Makhanga Prison shot dead two people and injured five others. The fatal incident happened when the warders were trying to disperse hundreds of angry villagers who were demanding the head of a person they believe committed a…

Malawi Govt, MCTU fight over minimum wages

While the elephants try to outwit one another in this power play over raising the minimum wage, the proverbial grass in the shape of John Mwenye continues to wait and suffer. Government, the Malawi Congress of Trade Unions (MCTU) and Employers Consultative Association of Malawi (Ecam) have for months failed to agree on how much…

Electricity tariffs to rise by 40%

More suffering awaits Malawians as the country’s sole electricity provider, Escom, will soon increase power tariffs by 40 percent, the fourth time the State-owned utility company has adjusted the cost of electricity since May 2012. This means from May 2012, the cost of electricity will have gone up by 124 percent cumulatively, having risen by…

Kaliati to answer criminal charges

The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has charged former Malawi Cabinet minister Patricia Kaliati and two others in connection with the admission of 76 pupils into various government secondary schools in the Shire Highlands Education Division (Shed). Kaliati—whose last Cabinet post was Information and Civic Education in the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) administration—has, alongside her brother Clement…

Missing cop’s family wants answers

The family of a police officer, Constable Clement Sinoya, who went missing six months ago, has raised questions over why the Malawi Police Service (MPS) is failing to locate him. The family’s spokesperson Leonard Kadongola said efforts to trace their relative have proved futile. “The family is still at pains and does not understand why…

Tutu, others back Tengatenga

Retired Anglican bishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa has joined hands with 13 other eminent persons across the world to condemn Dartmouth College for rescinding the appointment of Bishop James Tengatenga over his anti-gay remarks. In July this year, Tengatenga was appointed dean of the William Jewett Tucker Foundation at the college and was expected…

Empower MEC on abuse of public resources—Expert

Empowering the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) to punish abuse of public resources during elections could help level the electoral playing field, a law expert has said. Associate professor of law at Chancellor College Edge Kanyongolo said since the general elections of 1994, there have been concerns over abuse of state resources by ruling parties during…