Suzgo Chitete, Author at The Nation Online The Nation Online

Bingu’s statue in offing

  Taxpayers’ will have to fork millions of kwacha to finance the statue for the late president Bingu wa Mutharika, which government intends to erect at Parliament building in Lilongwe by December this year, Nation on Sunday has learnt. Opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) has since described the decision to erect the statue now, in…

In this interview, our reporter SUZGO CHITETE speaks to Brigadier General Marcel Chirwa (retired), a former diplomat and current director at the Centre for Peace and Security Management. He speaks on human security and the role of government in ensuring that the citizens are empowered with necessary information to promote peace and security. What does…

Ministry probes tobacco fraud claims

Government and one of the country’s major tobacco buyers, Alliance One, are investigating claims that scores of contracted farmers failed to sell their tobacco after non-contracted farmers fraudulently sold theirs to the company. In a telephone interview, both the Minister of Agriculture Joseph Mwanamvekha and Tobacco Control Commission (TCC) chief executive officer Kaisi Sadala confirmed…

Govt rents apartment at K10m

An elegant official residence lies neglected and unrepaired yet government is paying $13 000 (about K10 million) monthly to house its High Commissioner to Kenya, a development a parliamentary committee has queried. Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation confirmed to Nation on Sunday that Malawi High Commissioner to Kenya, Agrinna Mussa, vacated the official…

DPP plans to return K145m to Pioneer Investments

As pressure mounts, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has announced plans to return to Pioneer Investment the contentious K145 million donation suspected to have been proceeds of crime in much-publicised Malawi Police Service (MPS) food rations scam. Making the announcement at a press briefing in Lilongwe, DPP publicist, who is also government spokesperson, Nicholas Dausi,…

K51BN presidential jet on the cards

Government has resurrected the controversial presidential jet dream as it has transpired that it plans to buy another one, now pegged at K51 billion. The Parliamentary Committee on Defence and Security, which is backing the move, and Treasury have confirmed the plans coming before the dust on the  sale of the presidential jet in 2012…

Court rescues MCP on K109m bill

The High Court in Lilongwe has ordered Lilongwe Water Board (LWB) to reconnect water to MCP’s headquarters at City Centre, eight months after supply was disconnected on allegations of illegal connection. The mandatory injunction, which we have seen, has been issued by Judge Charles Mkandawire following an application by MCP’s secretary general Eisenhower Mkaka. The…

SKC vs APM: No love lost

  So it turns out Vice-President Saulos Klaus Chilima is not an undecided jim, an ambitious marketer who speaks in parables.  The 45-year-old, who appeared too slow to speak of his political future after dumping the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), was explosive on Saturday when he launched the United Transformation Movement (UTM) at Masintha…

Lowdown on UTM ride

  Since Saturday, tongues have been wagging about the crowd-pulling launch of the United Transformation Movement led by Vice-President Saulos Klaus Chilima, but does the new side offer anything to smile about? Our news Analyst SUZGO CHITETE took the burning issue to political commentator Makhumbo Munthali. Q : What do you make of Chilima’s rally?…

UTM yanyamuka

Chilima launches his movement Says will reveal more rot in DPP administration DPP claims 12-point plan belongs to them Vice-President Saulosi Chilima launched his United Transformation Movement at Masintha ground in Lilongwe yesterday with all guns blazing, accusing the DPP–led government of perpetuating corruption and nepotism, and saying his movement is ready to usher in…

MCP ‘rebels’ join ‘Chilima’ movement

  Some former members of opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) yesterday joined the newly established United Transformation Movement (UTM), a political grouping pushing for the presidential candidacy of Vice-President Saulos Chilima in the 2019 Tripartite Elections. But MCP publicity secretary the Reverend Maurice Munthali downplayed the impact of the move, describing the party’s former members…

Mutharika not yet suspect of fraud—ACB

The Anti-Corruption Bureau says President Peter Mutharika, though mentioned in the leaked dossier, is not yet a suspect of corruption, until investigations are concluded the bureau will know who should be prosecuted or not. Speaking at a press briefing in Lilongwe today, ACB Director Reyneck Matemba said so far there are no suspects of corruption…

Controversial K4bn disbursed

Nothing wrong in sharing—MCP CSOs see party in double standards The controversial K4 billion allocated to MPs to facilitate development has silently been disbursed to district councils without any single shot of protest from legislators who opposed it outside the House, exposing the hypocrisy with which politicians have treated the matter. Nation on Sunday has…

Govt to pay more on Embassy building

An assessment report from government’s Building Department has recommended demolition, construction of new structure or periodic maintenance of the K6 billion Malawi Embassy building in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, because the cracks that developed might re-appear after maintenance. In the current budget, Treasury allocated K180 million for repairing the cracks on the building that was opened…

CSOs push for sanctions against govt

  Civil society organisations (CSOs) under the banner of Human Rights Defenders (HRD) have asked the European Union Parliament and the United States of America (US) to impose sanctions on Malawi Government over “deteriorating levels of governance”. In a letter The Nation has seen and addressed to president of the European Parliament, the CSOs say…

One-party victims  turn to Parliament

Pressure continues to mount on government to compensate over 19 000 victims of the one-party State, with the main opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) calling on the leadership to honour the Ombudsman’s report on the matter. Last November, Ombudsman Martha Chizuma released a report entitled ‘Unhealed Wounds’, which directed the Attorney General (AG) to facilitate…

Ministry  ‘soils’ K400m

The  Parliamentary Committee on International Relations has taken to task the Ministry of Home Affairs and Internal Security for allegedly spending about K400 million on  soil testing before the start of construction works for a new Blantyre Police Station office complex. The committee has since called for an investigation into the matter that has surprised…