Muluzi calls for peace in South Sudan

Former president Bakili Muluzi has joined other former African presidents in calling for an end to fighting in South Sudan. The war in the country erupted in December last year and has displaced over one million people. In a letter dated June 9 2014, Muluzi has asked South Sudan President Salva Kiir and former vice-president…

Cashgate report to be submitted to UN

Civil society organisations (CSOs) have compiled a list of human rights abuses for the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Committee to mount pressure on the Malawi government to act on theft of billions of public funds, dubbed Cashgate. Malawi’s report will be reviewed at UN from July 9 to 10 2014 and CSOs are expected…

Activists outline Peter’s obstacles

Commentators have advised newly elected President Peter Mutharika to immediately guide the country on how he will deal with obstacles such as plunder of public resources and atrocities committed during the previous reign of his Democratic Progressive Party (DPP). In his inaugural speech at the Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre on Monday, Mutharika spoke strongly against…

PAC reminds Peter on pledges

Public Affairs Committee (PAC) has reminded newly elected President Peter Mutharika on the pledges he made before the May 20 Tripartite Elections to declare his assets within three months after election and ensure implementation of Section 65 of the Constitution which deals with crossing the floor. PAC held presidential interface meetings with all candidates in…

Peter Mutharika’s treason charges to be dropped

The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has dismissed treason charges against newly elected President Peter Mutharika and is consulting the Attorney General (AG) on the possibility of dropping similar charges which former Democratic Progressive Party members are facing. The development comes following Mutharika’s lament at his inauguration on Monday that he faced persecution under the…

Opposition warned against abusing numbers

Opposition political parties are set to control Parliament after official results indicated that they have the numerical strength to frustrate government business, but commentators have warned against the possibility. Official results for the parliamentary election indicate that Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has won 50 seats against Malawi Congress Party’s (MCP) 48 while People’s Party (PP)…

Malawi on dengue fever alert

Ministry of Health has warned Malawians travelling to Tanzania to take precautionary measures against mosquito bites through which the viral infection dengue fever is transmitted. Although fatality rate is low, the infection causes flu-like illness, which occasionally develops into a potentially lethal complication called severe dengue. Ministry of Health spokesperson Henry Chimbali said the global…

13 arrested in post-election fracas

Police in Lilongwe have in their custody 13 people who were arrested on Saturday after they burnt tyres and blocked a road as newly elected President Peter Mutharika was being sworn in about 310 kilometres away in Blantyre. The incident occurred close to Malawi Congress Party (MCP) offices in Area 3, prompting police to conclude that the…

Lawyers, judges flout election procedures

Lawyers and judges have been flouting a 2009 practice direction issued by the Judiciary to regulate court procedures during elections. Practice direction No 2 of 2009 issued under former Chief Justice Lovemore Munlo—which remains in effect for the 2014 tripartite elections—allowed for extended periods between affidavits in response to an application, affidavit in reply and…

Elections impasse affects Cashgate cases

The effects of the ongoing stand-off in last week’s tripartite elections have not spared the country’s judicial system, making the courts fail to hear cases involving theft of government funds. The directive by Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) to extend the voting exercise beyond May 20 has contributed to the slow-down in operations at the magistrate’s…

AG on watch in election impasse

Attorney General (AF) Anthony Kamanga has played down effects of the May 20 Tripartite Elections impasse on government operations, but has admitted that his office is on alert looking into the legal implications of having no Cabinet for a long period of time. Currently, Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) is pondering to seek a waiver from…

The Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC) has said many civil servants have not been turning up for work since the May 20 Tripartite Elections and has since appealed to them to resume reporting for duty. In the press release issued on Tuesday, OPC says it has not declared a public holiday in the…

UN Chief calls for calm

The United Nations (UN) Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has urged political parties to advise their supporters to refrain from violence or disruption of the electoral process. In a press statement issued yesterday, Ban says the preliminary findings indicate that the polling process was consistent with regional and international standards. His remarks, however, come following attempts…

JB nullifies elections

Malawi President Joyce Banda Saturday morning sent Malawi into a legal maze when she nullified the May 20-22 2014 Tripartite Elections, citing electoral fraud and irregularities as reasons for her decision. But legal and constitutional experts immediately said the President has no mandate under the Constitution and electoral laws to invalidate the polls. Banda made…

Kamanya found dead

Deputy Minister of local government and Peoples Party (PP) MP Godfrey Kamanya has allegedly shot himself dead at his home in Area 10 at around 3am over claims that he was trailing in his constituency. Kamanya had been MP for Lilongwe Msozi North constituency since he joined PP and unofficial results indicated that he was…

Commotion in LL ahead of polls

There was commotion and tension at the Lilongwe District Council offices yesterday as voting materials were being dispatched to various centres after members of some political parties blocked vehicles from leaving the premises. The commotion began on Sunday night when four vehicles without the tripartite elections (TPE) registration plates were deployed to the district commissioner…