Mphwiyo-MRA battle on

On the day he was shot, then Ministry of Finance budget director Paul Mphwiyo wrote the Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) asking it to extend tax investigations to 15 more companies that were claiming payments from government, The Nation has established. Last week, some members of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Parliament—currently conducting hearings on…

Double standards in PP, fails to discipline some officials

The governing People’s Party (PP) was swift to suspend Ralph Kasambara and Oswald Lutepo from the party because of their court cases, but how about other suspects facing criminal charges such as Cassim Chilumpha, Yusuf Matumula and Paul Maulidi? Chilumpha, PP Central Province vice-president, and the party’s treasurer general Matumula are facing treason charges following…

ACB investigated Mphwiyo in 2008

The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) launched investigations in 2008 to ascertain how Treasury budget director Paul Mphwiyo acquired his wealth after receiving information that he had unexplained property. ACB spokesperson Egrita Ndala said on Friday Mphwiyo submitted information to the bureau to justify the property that had raised questions. Nation on Sunday sought information relating to…

MRA contradicts Mphwiyo’s testimony

Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) has contradicted some of the testimony budget director Paul Mphwiyo gave when he appeared before the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on Tuesday in the ongoing cashgate inquiry. Among other things, Mphwiyo, who was shot in September this year in Area 43 in connection with the scandal, told PAC that he initiated…

Bingu’s children, govt battle over K65m

Children of former president Bingu wa Mutharika are demanding back K65 million (US$162 500) the Registrar General authorised to be withdrawn from their father’s estate, arguing that the money was obtained illegally. The children, working under administrators of the estate, said alternatively the money should be converted as part payment of estate duties government is…

Ministers in Mozambique over lake dispute

Malawi has responded to the four questions mediators of the border dispute with Tanzania on Lake Malawi asked, among them on the legal implications of the acceptance by either party of the importance of the lake to the local populations. The mediators, led by former Mozambique president Joaquim Chissano, asked Malawi to answer the following…

Law enforcement agencies query CSOs

Agencies investigating and prosecuting suspects in the cashgate scandal have warned some civil society organisations (CSOs) against issuing deadlines on conclusion of cases. In separate interviews this week, Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) and the Malawi Police Service (MPS) said the CSOs’ demands are unrealistic and amount to interference in investigations…

Finance Bank returns, wears‘new’ face

Finance Bank (Malawi) Limited, which the Reserve Bank of Malawi (RBM) closed in 2005 amid accusations of wrong-doing, is back under the name New Finance Bank (Malawi) Limited. Despite the rebranding, the company has the same principal shareholder, a move that a banking expert has argued raises questions about the regulation of the banking sector…

MEC employees demand 45% pay increase

Employees of the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) have threatened to go on strike should government not implement a 45 percent salary adjustment they are demanding. The employees took the stand after rejecting a 10 percent rise government offered them. MEC spokesperson Sangwani Mwafulirwa said in 2012 the employees were promised a 30 percent increment, but…

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…