JB snubs PAC on assets

Malawi President Joyce Banda has refused to direct Parliament to make her declared assets public as demanded by the Public Affairs Committee (PAC), saying the law does not oblige the Head of State to do so. PAC, an inter-faith grouping that also acts as a democracy and governance watchdog, met Banda at Kamuzu Palace in…

PAC wants JB to declare assets

Pressure continues to mount on Malawi President Joyce Banda to publicise her assets, which government officials claim were declared and deposited with Parliament early this year. Adding a strong voice to recent calls by civil society organisations on the President to make her assets public, Public Affairs Committee (PAC) on Thursday asked Banda to order Clerk of…

Presidential lodge abandoned

It once hosted world leaders and the British monarch. The current First Couple lived there when the First Gentleman, Richard Banda, was the sitting chief justice. Today, the presidential lodge at Nyambadwe in Blantyre looks like a broken shell, nay, a ghost mining town abandoned after all the precious stones have been extracted. The coat…

Chiefs need code of conduct—CCJP

The Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP) says there is need for a special code of conduct for chiefs because the behaviour of some of them puts into question their neutrality as the country prepares for the tripartite elections next year. CCJP national coordinator Chris Chisoni said this in an interview following the launch…

OPC squeezes Parliament

The Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC) has cornered Parliament to explain why it allowed National Assembly corporate services chief Renard Mapemba to use public money for his Scotland study trip. OPC’s move follows The Nation’s investigative story in April this year that exposed how the National Assembly let Mapemba—Deputy Clerk of Parliament (corporate…

Rbm, Malswitch in verbal war

The Reserve Bank of Malawi (RBM) and Malawi Switch Centre Limited (Malswitch) have clashed over the introduction of a new national switch that Malswitch says threatens its survival. At issue, according to written exchanges we have seen, is the RBM’s decision to facilitate the setting up of a World Bank-funded parallel switch to be run…

Zim polls peaceful-Sadc ESN

The Sadc Electoral Support Network (ESN) has described the Zimbabwe harmonised elections as relatively peaceful despite few shortfalls registered in some polling stations. However, as the counting progresses, the electoral authorities have been urged to exercise caution to ensure that the results reflect the will and desire of Zimbabweans according to Sadc-ESN interim statement issued…

Bingu’s wealth attracts more claims

It seems government is not the only claimant to the Bingu wa Mutharika wealth as his brother, Peter, who accuses Capital Hill of “property grabbing”, suggests. First, it was the Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) which last year started demanding that the former leader’s estate pay duty on 41 vehicles that the late Mutharika bought. Then…

ACB probes Mardef

The amount of money may look insignificant, but the trauma is visible on the faces of the would-be-beneficiaries of a loan facility introduced by former president the late Bingu wa Mutharika in 2011 to benefit market vendors. At a ceremony held at Sanjika Palace in 2011, Mutharika launched a loan facility to boost vendors’ small-scale…

Malawi Govt Boxed in Ndata land

President Joyce Banda’s administration is facing serious challenges to complete the transfer of the piece of land on which the State-owned Malawi University of Science and Technology (Must) was built because of existing ownership wrangle, sources have revealed. Must’s imposing infrastructure, constructed with a loan from the Chinese Government, sits on a piece of land…