Grace Chiumia entered politics on the expectation and belief that she was Malawi’s Barack Obama, the 44th president of the United States (US) and first black president of the land of the free. To her credit, when Chiumia announced her political ambitions ahead of the 2009 elections, at the time when the original Obama was…

Ousted MP Namasasu appointed deputy envoy to Japan

President Peter Mutharika has appointed ousted Lilongwe City South East member of Parliament (MP) Bentley Namasasu as Deputy Ambassador to Japan in a move that might be viewed as appeasement. However, Namasasu will escape the scrutiny of former fellow legislators in the Public Appointments Committee because Parliament has no mandate to approve appointments of deputy…

APM leaves for UNGA, govt mum on budget

President Peter Mutharika and First Lady Gertrude Mutharika Friday left for New York, United States, where they are expected to attend the 72nd United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) from Tuesday next week. Mutharika left Kamuzu International Airport (KIA) on a chartered plane to South Africa from where he is expected to use a commercial flight,…

Parliament ready—Speaker

Speaker of the National Assembly Richard Msowoya has emphasised the readiness of Parliament to table Electoral Reforms Bills which Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs has pledged to table in Parliament in November. Speaking after meeting the delegation of European Union Election Observers who were in the country to follow up on the May 20…

Audit queries KCH housing schemes

  Confusion between the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development as new managers of housing for medical doctors and Kamuzu Central Hospital (KCH) resulted in irregular and excess payment for rentals in the 2012/13 financial year, an audit has revealed. The anomaly was disclosed yesterday when Ministry of Health (MoH) officials appeared before Parliament’s…

Women lawyers frown at gender violence

  The Women Lawyers Association of Malawi (WLA) has condemned recent acts of violence against women and children and asked for their protection using the strong existing laws. The women lawyers have wondered that despite the existence of laws such as the Constitution, the Gender Equality Act that criminalises sexual harassment as well as harmful…

Malawi Red Cross intensifies advocacy

Malawi Red Cross Society (MRCS) has developed an advocacy paper which aims to seek recognition as an auxiliary body to the government and review of the outdated legislation establishing the organisation. The mandate of MRCS has been to provide relief and aid to people affected by disasters and conflict and recently played a big role…

A few days after a court ruling in the east African country of Kenya overturned an election result already in the back, the rest of Africa is mulling over a similar event happening in their countries to rescue them from the bondage that is election rigging that goes unchallenged. Malawi, just three years from a contested…

On July 20 2011, ordinary Malawians buoyed by the poor governance of the administration of president Bingu wa Mutharika gathered in several areas of this country to express their dissatisfaction. What resulted was 20 bullet ridden bodies of citizens, shot dead by incompetent and overzealous police officers whose training manuals clearly teach them how to…

Mhen wants action on Thyolo medic

Malawi Health Equity Network (Mhen), a health promotion and rights organisation, has asked the Medical Council of Malawi to act on the Thyolo District Hospital medic at the centre of a probe over his discharge of duties. Thyolo District Hospital is investigating the circumstances under which an 18-year-old pregnant woman, Mphatso Phiri and her unborn…

Damaged Agriculture building to cost K280m

  Taxpayers could foot an estimated K280 million bill for renovations to the wing of the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development headquarters damaged by a suspicious fire. The ministry’s chief director, Bright Kumwembe, gave the picture of the estimated cost in an interview on the sidelines of a meeting between the Budget and…

Judiciary fails to explain K124m fuel

  The Public Accounts Committee of Parliament yesterday turned back Judiciary officials after they failed to explain whether fuel allowances for judicial officers were used for their intended purpose. Judiciary was called to respond to audit queries for the period 2012/13, but the committee found their responses unsatisfactory. Committee chairperson Alekeni Menyani said there were…

Planning commissioners yet to be confirmed

  Members of the National Planning Commission (NPC) are yet to be confirmed over three months after their appointment, a development that has left the country to operate without a development strategy. Three months after commissioners for the NPC were appointed, Parliament is yet to scrutinise and confirm the appointments, The Nation has learnt. Chairperson…