MCP MPs endorse Mia

  Malawi Congress Party (MCP) legislators have endorsed the candidature of politician Sidik Mia for the position of the party’s vice-president at the next convention. The MPs held a meeting yesterday in which they discussed the ongoing sour relationship between MCP president Lazarus Chakwera and another camp where the party vice-president and Speaker Richard Msowoya…

UN queries inaction on complaints commission

  The United Nations Human Rights Commission has faulted Malawi’s failure to establish an Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) to receive and investigate complaints of police brutality or injury to citizens. The commission is provided for in the Police Act of 2010, but seven years down the line government has not yet constituted it. In…

Wandale treatment must continue—report

  A doctor treating Vincent Wandale has recommended that he remains at Zomba Mental Hospital for an indefinite period because he would likely not comply with treatment if discharged. The self-proclaimed leader of the so-called Peoples Land Organisation is undergoing treatment at the hospital following a court order that he be treated for mental illness before…

MCP MP’s to meet over wrangles

Members of Parliament of Malawi Congress Party (MCP) have been called to a meeting tomorrow (Tuesday) where they will air their views on the ongoing leadership wrangles in the opposition party. This follows a letter which the top executive of the party elected at the 2013 convention, among them vice-president Richard Msowoya and secretary general…

30 NGOs want new fees reversed

About 30 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) including civil society networks have asked government to reverse the decision to increase fees payable to the NGO Board of Malawi. Until January 1 2018, the annual fees payable by NGOs was K50 000 and the registration fees was also K50 000. But effective January 1 2018, fees have been…

At the height of its popularity, People’s Party (PP) was the political grouping that most politicians strove to belong to, save for those Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) members who owed their loyalty to the spirit of their fallen leader Bingu wa Mutharika. By its nature, PP was in its infancy and very slow to adapt…

Malawi misses out on new MCC compact

Poor governance and failure to tame corruption have cost Malawi eligibility for the second compact of the United States of America (USA) government’s Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC). During its December 19 2017 meeting, the MCC board of directors reselected Burkina Faso, Mongolia, Senegal, Sri Lanka and Tunisia to continue their compacts and Timor Leste for…

Court denies Chanthunya bail, discharge

The High Court in Lilongwe on Wednesday dismissed an application for bail or discharge by fugitive murder suspect Misozi Chanthunya who also faces extradition to Malawi from South Africa. In dismissing the application, High Court judge Chifundo Kachale described the application as misguided and rejected his arguments that the State was taking too long to…

MoH seeks 480 000 cholera vaccine doses

The Ministry of Health (MoH) says it has requested over 400 000 doses of the cholera vaccines from the World Health Organisation (WHO) to be administered in hotspots in the Southern Region. Speaking when he appeared before the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Parliament in Lilongwe to respond to audit queries yesterday, MoH Principal Secretary…

Embassy probe moves to Kenya

Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) is scheduled to investigate circumstances surrounding the loss of public funds at Malawi’s foreign mission in Nairobi, Kenya where an audit established that a firm was paid for work not done. Committee chairperson Alekeni Menyani said in an interview yesterday that a team comprising five committee members, two officials from…

Rainstorms leave  learners destitute

    Rainstorms that hit Nkhotakota South East Constituency on Monday night have left four people critically injured and blown off roofs of classroom blocks at seven schools leaving learners without shelter. About 250 households have been rendered homeless following rainstorms, according to the area’s member of Parliament Everson Makowa Mwale. Mwansambo Secondary School, Nambale…

People’s Party NEC on fire

      People’s Party (PP) national executive committee (NEC) went on the offensive yesterday, declaring the party is not in any working relationship or coalition with governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) or any other political party in opposition ranks. During a  NEC meeting in Lilongwe yesterday, PP, ousted from government through the May 20…

NGO fees hike stirs panic

Some non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have accused government of stifling their operations by raising their annual fees by almost 1 900 percent to about K1 million. They argue the decision is not sustainable. The decision comes at a time when the government has argued that a lot of money is being channelled through NGOs following Cashgate—the…

At the height of the fuel and forex shortages which literally paralysed all corners of the country, Malawians were sleeping on the queue at fuel service stations; companies scaled down production and many people lost their jobs. Commuters felt the pinch when bus fares skyrocketed. But then President Bingu wa Mutharika was completely unaware of…

PP to meet on DPP coalition

People’s Party (PP) national executive committee (NEC) is set to meet in Lilongwe on Monday to clarify on the future of its coalition with the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) which has divided the party. A political commentator has since commended the agenda item, saying it would free PP supporters to decide on whether to…

Hospital ejects Wandale guardian

  Management of Zomba Mental Hospital has removed a guardian of leader of Peoples Land Organisation Vincent Wandale contrary to a court order that assured him of humane treatment and access to relatives while he was undergoing treatment. However, Ministry of Health have justified contravening the court order following an incident last week in which…

APM outlines 2018 plans, CHRR demands more

President Peter Mutharika yesterday outlined a number of developmental programmes his government intends to embark on in 2018, including the nearly-forgotten Green Belt Initiative (GBI) and a new K176 billion irrigation project. But human rights organisation Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR) has described the Mutharika administration as having failed to live up to…

In 2017, the nation has learnt that opposition political parties such as Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and People’s Party (PP) are not infallible. The year is coming to an end leaving a battered MCP picking itself off the ground and dusting itself up as it consolidates the factions which nearly brought it to ruin. The…

Payroll devolution to reduce fraud—DHRMD

The Department of Human Resource Management and Development (DHRMD) says it believes the recent devolution of the public service payroll administration will reduce incidences of theft and fraud through ghost workers and double salary payments. The 2015/16 audit of government accounts up to June 30 2016 revealed that ghost workers and manipulation of the wage…

Aford NEC agrees  on April convention

The Alliance for Democracy (Aford) national executive committee (NEC) has resolved to hold its convention in April next year following protracted wrangles between two factions. A faction to which the secretary general (SG) Christopher Ritchie and co-opted member Frank Mwenifumbo belong, have been agitating for a December convention but the High Court in Lilongwe ruled…