Manondo’s case fails again

Pika Manondo, a suspect in the $184 500 (about K75 million) money laundering case, will be examined by a doctor next Monday to ascertain if he is not fit to stand trial. The Lilongwe Magistrate’s Court on Thursday adjourned the case against Manondo for the third time after his lawyer, Wapona Kita, reported that his…

Former Accountant General  (AG) David Kandoje yesterday told the High Court in Lilongwe that he signed two cheques amounting to K15 million (US$35 885) and K9 million (US$21 531) which were payable to former accounts assistant Maxwell Namata and businessperson Luke Kasamba who are answering charges of theft and money laundering. The court summoned Kandoje,…

Government and lawyers have agreed to start implementing new court fees which were earlier deemed prohibitive and could affect access to justice for ordinary Malawians. Malawi Law Society (MLS) and the Judiciary confirmed in interviews yesterday that the new fees came into effect on April 7 2014 following a consent judgement agreed between the office…

Cashgate buses disposal ruling today

The High Court in Lilongwe is this afternoon expected to deliver a ruling on the matter in which government would like to dispose of the six Marcopolo buses at the heart of the theft and money laundering case against a former chief tourism officer in the Ministry of Tourism, Leonard Karonga. The matter was brought…

Lawyer accuses State of ill-treating Manondo

Hearing of the $184 500 (about K75 million) money laundering case against businessperson Pika Manondo failed to start at the Lilongwe Magistrate’s Court yesterday due to his illness and absence of his lawyer Ralph Kasambara. Senior resident magistrate Patrick Chirwa adjourned the case to April 16 to allow the State seek medical treatment for Manondo…

CSTU, government open discussions

The Civil Service Trade Union (CSTU) and government have opened discussions on the CSTU petition whose ultimatum elapsed at the weekend to reach a consensus on the workers’ demands for salary increments and review of allowances. CSTU issued a petition to the Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC) on March 27, 2014, a development…

JB makes pledges to youth, children

People’s Party (PP) presidential candidate in the May 20 Tripartite Elections Joyce Banda has committed to putting children and the youth at the centre of her administration once elected by involving them in the design and implementation of programmes that specially respond to their needs. Banda made the remarks in Lilongwe yesterday when she became…

DPP seeks third coming in manifesto launch

The former governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) launched its manifesto yesterday seeking to go back into government with promises of reviving the economy using a people-centred system and to institute a universal farm input subsidy programme. The launch, held at the conference centre named after the party’s fallen leader BinguwaMutharika, had the theme ‘Towards a…

MCP promises better life

Opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) yesterday painted Lilongwe in its party colours of red and green as it officially began the journey to woo voters in the run-up to the May 20 Tripartite Elections with the launch of its manifesto promising a better life for all. MCP had a media launch of the manifesto at…

JB too busy for EU-Africa Summit

President Joyce Banda has joined three other African leaders who are not attending the two-day European Union (EU)-Africa Summit taking place in Brussels, Belgium because she is too busy with the political campaign for the May 20 Tripartite Elections race, according to a senior government official. Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation principal secretary…

ACB, police get five more case files

The National Audit Office (NAO) has handed over five more case files, making it 10  the number  of files which the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) and the police have  to act on people and companies that took part in illegal activities which led to theft of billions of kwacha from government coffers. However, there have been…

Civil servants petition govt on salary review

The Civil Service Trade Union (CSTU) has given government a seven-day ultimatum to implement promised mid-term salary review and immediately stop arbitrarily reduction of funding to ministries and departments. The petition, dated March 27 2014, jointly signed by CSTU president Servace Sakala, secretary general Madalitso Njolomole and treasurer Josephy Mdambo,  has been addressed to the…

Parties outline voters roll mess

Major political parties contesting in the May 20 Tripartite Elections have described the suspended voters’ roll inspection exercise as a mess which would have created suspicion and chaos on the road to the polls. The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) last week announced that the voters’ roll was ready for verification with phase one from March…

Audit Office attacked, 3 computers stolen

The National Audit Office (NAO) has come under attack from unknown people who broke into three offices on Wednesday night and went away with three computers. However, NAO officials yesterday said all important information pertaining to ongoing audits has been backed up on external servers. NAO’s mandate is to audit public institutions, district councils and…