BCC winds up Shoesday Initiative

Blantyre City Mayor Councillor Noel Chalamanda on Friday morning received a donation of pairs of shoes from St Andrews International Primary School pupils marking the end of the Mayor’s Festive Shoesday Tuesday Initiative. The initiative, launched in November last year, was aimed at motivating privileged pupils from urban schools to share at least a pair…

BT, LL mayors at Accra Mayors’ Summit

Mayors from over 90 countries have gathered in Accra, Ghana to discuss, among other issues, how cities can adopt the Fast Track Approach in the fight against HIV and Aids. Blantyre City Mayor Noel Chalamanda and his Lilongwe City counterpart Willie Chapondera are attending the summit under the sponsorship of the UNAids and National Aids…

There are a lot of questions that have come to Blantyre City Council (BCC) from the media and members of the public, especially residents of Blantyre City. The questions are: Why is Blantyre City in total darkness at night? Where are the street lights? Why are the traffic lights always not functioning? Why is Blantyre…

Muluzi to represent Mutharika in Zambia

President Peter Mutharika has delegated former president Bakili Muluzi to represent him at Zambia’s 50th Independence Anniversary Celebrations in Lusaka next week. A letter from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Cooperation addressed to BCA Hill Residence chief of staff says it has pleased the President to delegate the ex-leader to the event to…

Muluzi visits Zambia’s KK

Former president Bakili Muluzi on Tuesday visited ageing founding president of Zambia Kenneth Kaunda, widely known by the initials KK, at his retirement home in Lusaka. On return, Muluzi said he paid a courtesy call on Kaunda to pay tribute to the statesman and cheer him up. Muluzi said Kaunda was a freedom fighter whose…

BWB staff to petition Parliament

Blantyre Water Board (BWB) employees plan to present a petition to the office of the Speaker of the National Assembly today to intervene in their wrangle with their embattled chief executive (CE) Andrew Thawe. Water Employees Trade Union of Malawi BWB branch general secretary Tonney Chiphwanya disclosed in an interview yesterday that the employees are…

Ebola scares MW from African Commission

In the wake of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, government has written the African Commission requesting for the postponement of the consideration of the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights and the Protocol on the Rights of Women report which was scheduled for October in Niger. A communication from the Ministry of Justice…

Macra’s K4bn ‘spy’ machine gathers dust

The court battles that have delayed the implementation of the Consolidated ICT Regulatory Management System (CIRMS) which Macra bought to monitor telecommunications service providers’ income has forced the institution to dig deeper into its pocket to service a bank loan it obtained to procure the machine. The Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra) procured CIRMS, dubbed…

Some MHRC commissioners getting two ‘salaries’

Government offices have failed to explain why holders of the offices of the Ombudsman and Law Commissioner receive monthly pay and other benefits from the Malawi Human Rights Commission where they serve as permanent commissioners. Being part time commissioners, the Ombudsman and the Law Commissioner, apart from receiving salaries and other benefits from these respective…

Judiciary apologises to court users

The Judiciary has apologised to users of Midima Magistrate’s Court in Blantyre after about six months of dry taps at the court after Blantyre Water Board (BWB) disconnected water supply because of a K93 140 bill. However, after The Nation inquiry last week following complaints from some members of staff and court users, the Judiciary management moved…

PAC follows up on DPP pledges

Malawi’s Public Affairs Committee (PAC) has organised a two-day conference to advocate amendment of Local Government Act which will promote transformational leadership at local level as the country continues with the decentralisation process. PAC executive director Robert Phiri said in an interview on Monday that the conference, funded by DanChurchAid and Tilitonse Fund, would be held in…

Malawi Law Society to sue government

The Malawi Law Society (MLS) has informed Solicitor General Janet Banda about its intention to take government to court over its participation in suspending the Southern Africa Development Community (Sadc) Tribunal without proper consultations. In a letter dated July 24 2014 addressed to Banda, who is also secretary for the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional…

Decriminalise same-sex, UN urges Malawi

The United Nations Human Rights Committee has once again urged Malawi to decriminalise consensual same-sex among consenting adults to remove stigma and discrimination such persons suffer. In the recommendations after Malawi appeared before the committee in Geneva, Switzerland, it says it is concerned that consensual same-sex sexual activity among consenting adults was still criminalised. It…

Chimunthu Banda hails recall provision

Former speaker of Parliament Henry Chimunthu Banda says the repealed Section 64 of the Constitution which empowered constituents to recall a member of Parliament (MP) is an important law, especially in countries that follow the first-past-the-post electoral system such as Malawi. Chimunthu Banda was speaking yesterday in Blantyre when he presented a paper during a…

Muluzi appointed Commonwealth envoy

President Peter Mutharika has endorsed and pledged support to the appointment of former president Bakili Muluzi as Special Commonwealth envoy to Swaziland. Muluzi confirmed his appointment in an interview yesterday, saying he received the letter from Commonwealth secretary general Kamalesh Sharma and that he has already received a pledge of support from Mutharika. Said Muluzi:…

Same sex law review stalls, govt tells UN

Government on Wednesday told the United Nations Human Rights Committee that the review of laws that criminalise consensual same sex was stalled due to lack of financial resources. Secretary for Justice and Solicitor General Janet Banda was formally responding to the committee’s inquiry in the findings of the Law Commission with regard to the review…

Malawi CSOs raise rights concerns at UN

Malawi Civil society organisations (CSOs) on Monday met the United Nations Human Rights Committee to provide an alternative position on the human rights situation in Malawi, mainly focusing on the discrimination of sexual minorities. During the meeting, Centre for the Development of People (Cedep) executive director Gift Trapence pleaded with the committee to impress on the Malawi Government to…