Parliament demands answers on jet, arms deal

The Defence and Security Committee of Parliament has questioned the Malawi Defence Force (MDF) and the Ministry of Defence why the House body was not informed about the Paramount Group debts in various meetings the three stakeholders have held, including the crucial one of October 2013. Chairperson of the committee Steven Kamwendo told Nation on…

Police kill 1 robber, injure 2

Police in Limbe on Monday night shot one suspected robber dead and injured two of his accomplices after the police ambushed a gang of people that was attempting to break into a residential house at Chiswe area in Chigumula, Blantyre. Limbe Police spokesperson Chifundo Kansunje confirmed about the incident in an interview yesterday, but said…

Donors hang Malawi, Cabs to postpone key meeting

The door may have closed for Malawi to convince donors to release withheld budgetary support this financial year after government failed to meet agreed performance targets that were up for review at a meeting scheduled forTuesday in Lilongwe. Because of Malawi’s poor performance on the targets, donors under the Common Approach to Budget Support (Cabs) have…

Govt arrears suffocate Escom

Malawi government has ordered Escom to stop disconnecting power from public institutions over unpaid bills to avoid embarrassing ‘political powers’, Nation on Sunday has learnt. According to two well-placed Escom sources, the order was issued recently at a meeting government held with the parastatal in Lilongwe after the corporation disconnected power at some government offices. But Minister of…

Mozambican refugees flocking to Malawi

The spectre of civil war in Mozambique has forced thousands of Mozambicans to flee to Malawi, evoking bitter memories of the devastating 16-year conflict pitting Renamo and Frelimo that wrecked the neighbouring former Portuguese colony. Tensions between the opposition Renamo and the governing Frelimo have flared up in recent times after the former rebels threatened…

jet money vanishes

The $15 million (about K6.3 billion) proceeds from the sale of the presidential jet have vanished, with Nation on Sunday investigations revealing that both fiscal and monetary authorities never received it. Two highly placed sources from the Reserve Bank of Malawi (RBM) on Thursday separately confided that the central bank has no record of the…

JB sells dummy to landless villagers

The land under Nantipwiri Estate that President Joyce Banda ordered to be distributed to poor landless people of Thyolo district and Blantyre has mostly gone to a clique of well-to-do women, Nation on Sunday has established. Consequently, the villagers who were supposed to benefit from the presidential directive are now mere labourers (a ganyu) on…

cashgate trials hit wall

Despite promising to prosecute 14 cashgate related cases in the past two weeks, government says it has only managed to take two to court due to logistical problems. Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Bruno Kalemba admitted in an e-mail response on Wednesday that he has lost control of his plan to try seven cases a…

MEC reneges on candidate replacement

The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has reneged on an agreement to allow political parties to replace—after the end of nomination period—candidates that the poll body may reject. In a statement issued on Friday, the commission’s chairperson Maxon Mbendera said the concession to allow substitution was made to avoid wastage of time resulting from appeal processes…

MCP Chanco Wing calls for new leadership

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) political wing at Chancellor College has called on Malawians to consider voting into power people not interested to unleash vengeance and who have a clean corruption record. MCP Chanco Wing president Kambani Banda said, at this moment, Malawi needs leaders who would focus on building the country not fighting political battles.…

chaos awaits jb’s land deal

President Joyce Banda’s move to order distribution of Nantipwiri Estate—the subject of a court battle—could create chaos in Thyolo and Blantyre rural where beneficiaries sound reluctant to respect a ‘pass-on’ deal. Nation on Sunday has established that authorities have already allocated the land—which Press Agriculture and Deloitte & Touché (Malawi) on one hand and Ralph…

jb sinks into land dispute

President Joyce Banda is caught up in a legal land battle between Press Agriculture and Deloitte & Touché (Malawi) on one hand and Ralph Tseka on the other. According to court documents, Tseka accuses Press Agriculture and Deloitte & Touche (Malawi) of selling 260-hactare Anchor Farm—formerly Nantipwiri—in Thyolo that he says was already offered to…

Government dumps Bingu Hotel

Malawi Government has dodged bailing out debt-ridden Bingu hotel complex as National Bank of Malawi (NBM) zeroes in on the facility to get its overdue repayment, Nation on Sunday has learnt. Both the Ministry of Tourism and Treasury have said Umodzi Holdings Limited (UHL)—a vehicle that government formed to warehouse the Bingu wa Mutharika Conference…

Capital Hill hunts170m for cashgate trials

Malawi Government is looking for K170 million (US$406 698) to speed up cashgate trials set to start on January 29 2014, Minister of Information Brown Mpinganjira has confirmed. Authorities will initially start prosecuting cases handled by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) before taking to court from February 4 2014 those under the Anti-Corruption Bureau…

Chibambo chides donor dependence

that to stop President of the People’s Transformation Party (Petra), Kamuzu Chibambo, says Malawi suffers from a disease called ‘donor aid’ that has affected the development of the country. He was addressing a sizeable group that attended the party’s national conference at MPC Hall in Blantyre. Chibambo retained the presidency of the party after amassing…

Cloud over Atupele contract saga

Malawi Government agencies have contradicted one another on the supposed probe into allegations that former minister of Economic Planning and Development Atupele Muluzi illegally signed a K72 million (US$171 837) advertising deal with an Indian firm. While the Ministry of Economic Planning and Development (EP&D) says the matter is in the hands of law enforcers,…

JB hijacks prayers

President Joyce Banda yesterday hijacked the Nation Day of Prayers, turning the function into a mini-political rally where she drummed up support for her 2014 presidential ambitions. The prayers, which were organised by Malawi Council of Churches, Episcopal Conference of Malawi, Evangelical Association of Malawi and Muslim Association of Malawi, were held at Comesa Hall…

jb sucked into iron sheets scam

A South African company has sent a K214 million bill to President Joyce Banda for iron sheets the firm claims it supplied to Mudzi Transformation Trust, but which apparently never reached the Head of State’s pet organisation. Mudzi Transformation Trust has denied ever receiving the materials from either the said South African firm—Engineering&Elec Supplies of…

Court sets dates for cashgate cases

The Judiciary has set dates between January and April 2014 on which government should start prosecution of all cases related to cashgate, Nation on Sunday has learnt. High Court registrar Joseph Chigona confirmed in an interview on Friday that the court has drafted a tentative programme to facilitate speedy prosecution of cashgate cases. “As a…

Government rambles on presidential jet

Government has issued a statement to clarify President Joyce Banda’s usage of the presidential jet it insists is from “well-wishers” and is different from the one bought four years ago and sold this year. In the statement released yesterday, government explained that the presidential jet Falcon 900 EX, registration number ZS-FCI was sold to Bohnox…