Publisher holds  K1.2bn textbooks

A South African publisher contracted to supply textbooks for Malawi’s junior secondary schools is withholding its consignment because of a contentious bank guarantee letter. The publisher—Pearson Education Africa—is one of the publishers that have a contract with Malawian firm Inspired Computer Technologies Consultants (ICTC). ICTC won a $7 million (around K5 billion) Ministry of Education,…

Muluzi’s fate this month

It’s been 12 years and still counting. The prosecution of former president Bakili Muluzi this month enters a crucial phase with the Constitutional Court expected to deliver judgement amid frustration from various parties on cost implications of the delay of the case. Judiciary has told Nation on Sunday that the judgement is ready and will…

Govt departments, investor differ on compensation

There are conflicting reports over disputed compensation to communities around Malingunde, Lilongwe, where graphite is being explored. The Australian investor says relevant departments were involved in the process while the Ministry of Lands says it is yet to conduct an assessment. This follows a Nation on Sunday story a fortnight ago, which exposed frustration of…

IG rebuffs K500m claim

Treasury and the Malawi Police Service continue to differ over a K500 million interest claim as payment for goods supplied with the police putting its foot down that the interest was not part of its contract while Treasury insists it has to honour it. The differences came to the fore again yesterday in Lilongwe when…

AG attracts PAC’s wrath

The Auditor General (AG) on Saturday attracted the wrath of the Public Accounts Committee of Parliament when he failed to answer some questions on government dealings on a K500 million claim, which Pioneer Investment is demanding from the Malawi Police Service. AG Stephenson Kamphasa who, alongside his officials, appeared before the Public Accounts Committee (PAC)…

Malingunde villagers feel duped in minerals search

Complaints of unfair compensations refuse to die as communities whose land is being used in the exploration of graphite in Malingunde, Lilongwe, are bitter with government after some of them received as little as K700 as compensation. Experts have since faulted government for failing to sensitise communities and protecting people’s interests in areas where explorations…

Judiciary tells govt off on injunctions

The Judiciary has vowed to stick to principles of law in granting injunctions despite Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs expressing concern that free-for-all stop orders are blocking administration of justice and services. The remarks follow concerns from Samuel Tembenu at a public lecture the Malawi Law Society (MLS) organised in Lilongwe on Friday that…

Cracks widen in MCP

The centre can no longer hold. A month after main opposition MCP showed signs of unity, after party president Lazarus Chakwera declared a ceasefire, cracks in the party are widening with top gurus accusing Chakwera of flouting the party constitution. The party’s top brass was the one duly elected at the party convention in 2013,…

Questions over AG party role

Opposition political parties and legal experts have questioned the Attorney General (AG) Charles Mhango’s active involvement in mainstream politics, where he doubles as legal adviser for the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP). They say this compromises the office, which is constitutionally mandated to be the principal legal adviser to government. But the DPP has maintained…

Cholera reported in the capital

The Ministry of Health is on high alert in Lilongwe after the capital city registered two suspected cases of the deadly waterborne disease cholera in the highly populated township of Kauma. This brings the number of total cholera cases reported in the country’s hospitals to 129 as of Sunday. One of the cholera victims has…

Increase in defilement cases worries police

Inspector General (IG) of Police Lexten Kachama has described the just-ended year as a mixed bag where general crime rate has significantly reduced yet there is also a five percent increase in defilement cases. Speaking during end-of-year police celebrations at Area 30 Police Headquarters in Lilongwe on Sunday, Kachama said the development calls for more…

Govt powers 85 health facilities

As power outages continue to threaten the delivery of quality services, government has installed solar-powered electricity in 85 health facilities across the country to reduce the impact of persistent blackouts on health service and boost operations in facilities that never had power, the Ministry of Health has said. In the last meeting of Parliament, Minister…

Floods in cities: Case of negligence

Urban floods, which continue to cost lives and property, are a result of government’s failure to implement physical planning guidelines as cities face a high rate of illegal constructions in disaster-prone areas, Nation on Sunday has established. According to city councils, most people affected by floods in cities constructed their structures in risky areas such…

MCP infighting rages on

Barely four weeks after MCP president Lazarus Chakwera mended fences with his embattled secretary general Gustave Kaliwo, the infighting is back in the main opposition party over the legitimacy of Jessie Kabwila’s position. Kabwila, who is Salima South West legislator, held a press conference in Lilongwe on Friday, to respond to what she termed ‘some…

CSOs, MLS decry threats, condemn government infiltration

Civil society organisations (CSOs) have decried threats from the government machinery to stifle voices geared at holding authorities accountable. The CSOs argue that the situation puts under threat the future of democracy and good governance. Malawi attained multiparty democracy through a June 14 1993 National Referendum. In a presentation during the launch of Human Rights…

DPP swallowing PP—experts

The conduct of PP legislators during the vote on the Electoral Reforms Bills is a statement, analysts say, that DPP is swallowing the party to consolidate its power ahead of the 2019 polls. While there was public expectation that opposition political parties would gang up to support electoral reforms, People’s Party (PP) surprised many when…