Activists demand probe on Escom

The public might have exerted pressure that led Escom to change tune on a contract to demolish its building, but Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) has said cancellation of the K675 million contract is not enough. The activists who, through their lawyers, wrote Escom to cancel the contract, yesterday demanded suspension of Escom chief executive…

MCP, UTM snub MBC

 Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and UTM have turned down a request by MBC to submit prerecorded campaign messages for airing on the station. The two opposition political parties have since declared loss of trust in the public broadcaster, which they say is highly compromised and biased towards the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP). By law…

Government spends more on locum

Government spends K2 billion annually in allowances for locum nurses and midwives and other medical officers, an amount enough to engage 1 000 full-time employees. While that figure may enable government engage 1 000 health workers that may include nurses and midwives, public and private nursing schools combined graduate only 250 nurses and midwives yearly,…

APM endorses Unima split

President Peter Mutharika yesterday assented into law the Bills to split the University of Malawi (Unima). This means from now, apart from sorting out other administrative issues such as appointment of registrars and other university positions and financing, the constituent colleges of Unima become standalone universities. State House director of communications Bright Molande confirmed the…

Bingu wealth info vanishes

ACB has lost some information that was part of the probe into the late president Bingu wa Mutharika’s controversial K61 billion wealth amassed during his eight years in office. Prior to becoming Head of State in 2004 his declared wealth was a mere K150 million. Roughly five years ago, the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) received the…

Police arrest 4 in Escom fuel theft

Police on Friday arrested four more people in connection with theft of 4.2 million litres of diesel meant for Aggreko Limited generators that the Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) hired. National Police spokesperson James Kadadzera confirmed, in an interview on Monday, that they arrested four suspects—two Rashy Transport tanker drivers and two Escom stores…

Board quizzes APM’s appointee

The board of Malawi Gaming and Lotteries Authority (Magla), in a rare stance, quizzed an appointee of the President to gauge his suitability for the job. President Peter Mutharika on February 13 2019 appointed Foster Mulumbe, former chief executive officer (CEO) at Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (Admarc), as CEO for Magla effective December 19…

Call for new era

The leadership of the Catholic church has described this year’s Season of Lent as an opportunity for all Malawians of good will to reflect on how the nation has been governed, 25 years after attaining democracy. In a Lenten Season pastoral message from the Episcopal Conference of Malawi (ECM), expected to be read out in…

More woes on K400bn project

Prospects of finding a solution to the anticipated water woes of Lilongwe City are looking dim after a contract government signed with a financier of the K400 billion Lilongwe-Salima Waterway Project fell off. Government, according to Finance and Economic Planning Minister Goodall Gondwe, did not agree with some terms in the signed contract and had…

Govt slow on water project

Will the project ever kick off? After years of court battles on how the K400 billion Lilongwe-Salima waterway contract was awarded to Khato Civils and when dust appeared to settle, financing of the project remains another hurdle. Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development Goodall Gondwe disclosed to Nation on Sunday early October, last year,…

MEC rules out rigging fears

Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has reassured the nation that there was nothing sinister in relation to reports of missing biometric voter registration (BVR) kits and duplicates of voter registration certificates. Addressing a National Elections Consultative Forum (Necof) in Lilongwe on Friday, MEC chairperson Jane Ansah said much as the reports had the potential of painting…

Mbewe leaves many  hearts broken

Prominent businessperson Patrick Mbewe, one of the founders of the United Democratic Front (UDF), died on Saturday in Blantyre. UDF secretary general Kandi Padambo, in a letter to the party’s national executive committee (NEC), said Mbewe died at Blantyre Adventist Hospital. Former president Bakili Muluzi, a personal friend to Mbewe and his trusted colleague in…

APM meets DPP candidates in camera

President Peter Mutharika, fresh from presenting his nomination papers to the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) on Friday in Blantyre, met his party’s parliamentary candidates at Sanjika Palace on Saturday. According to one candidate who attended the meeting, the President also issued them with governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) certificates ahead of the May 21 Tripartite…

Court wants MEC  in Chikomeni case

The High Court of Malawi wants the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) to be heard before an injunction is granted against it in a matter rejected presidential candidate Ras David Chikomeni Chirwa is pursuing. Chikomeni Chirwa accompanied by his mother and running mate, Nyness Catherine Kayange, 68, were at the High Court in Blantyre on Friday…

Parties dodgy on manifestos

As presidential candidates present their nomination papers this week, parties are not yet ready to release their manifestos despite being a document that could inform a party’s policies if voted into power. Political analysts and commentators have faulted the trend, arguing it denies voters time to scrutinise the documents and make informed decision on the…

Bushiri, wife remain in custody

South Africa-based leader of the Enlightened Christian Gathering Church (ECGC) Prophet Shepherd Bushiri and his wife remain in custody after the couple’s arrest on Friday. They were arrested for alleged fraud and laundering R15 million (about K825 million). ECGC communications director Ephraim Nyondo confirmed in an interview yesterday the duo was still in custody in…