ACB to jointly charge Chaponda, others

The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has disclosed plans to jointly charge the three suspects in the Zambia maize import scam, among them former minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development George Chaponda. ACB deputy director general Reyneck Matemba told the Lilongwe Magistrate’s Court yesterday that the prosecution intended to consolidate into one charge sheet as the…

Kamuzu Barrage completion date on track

Contractors of the Kamuzu Barrage in Liwonde have embarked on the second and final phase of the project which includes replacing the eight remaining gates and constructing a modern weed boom that would protect the ecosystem on the Shire River. The mechanical contractor has already produced precast beams for the bridge with the construction of…

APM hits at donors over LL water project

  President Peter Mutharika yesterday made his position known on the $453 million Salima-Lilongwe Water Supply Project when he hit at development partners for interfering in its implementation. But the President did not name the development partners allegedly pushing for the halting of the project whose setbacks have included lack of an environmental impact assessment…

The Vice-President is my son—APM

President Peter Mutharika yesterday made an uncharacteristic move by openly praising Vice-President Saulos Chilima as his son and proclaiming that the two have an excellent working relationship. Speculation has been rife that the State machinery and Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) were sidelining Chilima, who joined active politics in 2014 after being picked as Mutharika’s running…

Ex-MYP threaten State House invasion

About 177 former members of the Malawi Young Pioneer have threatened to invade State House in an effort to have their grievances heard over the terminal benefits which the government owes them. The ex-MYPs have camped overnight outside the gates of Capital Hill after officials from the Ministry of Finance failed to meet them on Monday.…

External debt under scrutiny

Half of the loans Malawi has borrowed externally in the past 10 years have been used for financing the agriculture sector which, nevertheless, has continued to perform poorly, an analysis has shown. The National Smallholder Farmers Association of Malawi (Nasfam), in its analysis of the country’s debt stock, has since called for a joint Parliament…

Lake border mediation  rests with Presidents

The mediation team leading the talks on the Lake Malawi boundary dispute has resolved to consult President Peter Mutharika and his Tanzania counterpart John Pombe Magufuli for guidance. Nevertheless, the Malawi Government has maintained its position on the Lake Malawi boundary between Tanzania and Malawi. In a statement issued last evening, Malawi restated and re-affirmed…

The theft of K80 million from the Constituency Development Fund (CDF), money belonging to the people of Malawi for their social and economic development, refuses to die. It is quite clear that the culprits are the members of Parliament who procedures tasked them with suggesting projects to the councils for implementation. But with their overblown…

House meet a mixed bag

Parliament adjourned sine die yesterday having developed a legacy of a hard working opposition side in the House but on the flipside invited criticism for its laissez-faire attitude to attendance and participation on legislative issues. The eight week meeting ended with Parliament having passed a K1.3 trillion budget, a few bills and debated on President…

In the week leading up to the celebrations marking 53 years since the start of self-rule, there is a lot that Malawians ought to be celebrating which does not include reminiscing about days gone by but the status of the country at this particular moment. There is a rude but very appropriate cartoon depiction of…

Court faults Ntaba over deceased estate

  The High Court in Lilongwe has faulted Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) vicepresident for the Central Region Hetherwick Ntaba for aladministration of a deceased estate belonging tohis relation in which he was one of the executors. Zione Ntaba, now a judge of the High Court based in Zomba, asked the court to revoke the granting…

Stakeholders welcome Bill to liberalise legal education

Stakeholders, including Malawi Law Society (MLS) and holders of law degrees from tertiary institutions other than Chancellor College of the University of Malawi (Unima), have welcomed the Bill seeking to liberalise legal education in the country. In reaction to the Legal Education and Legal Practitioners Bill which Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs Samuel Tembenu…

Chakwera refuses  To fire Kaliwo

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president Lazarus Chakwera has dismissed calls by the party’s members of Parliament (MP) to fire embattled secretary general Gustave Kaliwo for allegedly bringing confusion in the party. Chakwera, who is also leader of opposition in Parliament and has come under fire for tolerating anarchy in the party, told his party members…

MBC to pay Speaker K3.5m compensation

Taxpayer-funded Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) has agreed to pay Speaker of the National Assembly Richard Msowoya K3.5 million as compensation for linking him to a case of his personal assistant arrested on a theft charge. The story was aired on MBC radio and television and published on its website on April 15 2016, but Msowoya…

For the past financial years it has been Minister of Finance Goodall Gondwe’s plea that Malawians should not spend beyond their means. Once again, this year the minister pleaded with those sections who make demand on his budget and end up straining it not to spend lavishly or focus on gathering personal wealth at the…

House passes budget, CDF stirs tension

  Parliament yesterday passed the 2017/18 National Budget worth K1.3 trillion after legislators held to a ransom a K193.8 billion allocation to the National Local Government Finance Committee (NLGFC) as a bargaining chip. The House had to adjourn for at least one hour to allow Cabinet ministers and party leaders to meet over the impasse…

MPs named in abuse of council funds

  Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development Goodall Gondwe has told Parliament that about K80 million is missing from the K3 billion allocated to 16 districts under the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) and District Development Fund (DDF). The minister gave the gloomy picture yesterday in his winding up speech on the proposed 2017/18 National…