Legal battle turns ugly

A legal battle between some lawyers in the elections case has turned ugly after those representing MEC threatened to report to Malawi Law Society (MLS) lawyers for immediate past vice-president Saulos Chilima for what they termed “unprofessional conduct”. Two documents in relation to the ongoing matter in the Constitutional Court in Lilongwe went viral on…

Electoral case Hangs in balance

The Malawi Supreme Court of Appeal now holds the key to the ongoing presidential election petition case. The court sits today to hear an appeal after an application by President Peter Mutharika and Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) to have the elections case thrown out was dismissed by the High Court sitting as the Constitutional Court…

Objections reign in elections case

As the historic elections case in Lilongwe entered the fourth day on Tuesday , lawyers for the first petitioner Saulos Chilima kept rising up, objecting to the line of questioning by Attorney General (AG) Kalekeni Kaphale. The objection raised by lawyer Bright Theu, which the five-judge panel of the High Court sitting as Constitutional Court…

AG suffers another blow

Attorney General (AG) Kalekeni Kaphale and his team on Monday suffered another setback after the High Court, sitting as the Constitutional Court in Lilongwe, ruled that opinion evidence is not admissible in court. As the case entered the third day on Monday , the AG asked first petitioner Saulos Chilima in cross-examination if a 0.22…

Demos to dent economy—ICAM

Institute of Chartered Accountants in Malawi (Icam) says it is yet to quantify the exact loss of business and damage to property as a result of post-elections demonstrations. In its letter dated August 1 2019 addressed to Malawi Law Society (MLS), the accountants’ body said demonstrations have resulted in destruction of property, loss of business,…

MCP wants APM in court

Opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) presidential hopeful Lazarus Chakwera has made a notification to the High Court, sitting as a Constitutional Court in Lilongwe, to have President Peter Mutharika appear and answer questions in the historic presidential election case. Titus Mvalo, one of the lawyers in Chakwera’s legal team, disclosed in an interview on Saturday…

Kaphale takes SKC head on

Hearing of the historic presidential elections nullification petition case started in earnest in Lilongwe yesterday with Attorney General (AG) Kalekeni Kaphale yesterday rounding up the country’s immediate past vice-president Saulos Chilima, the first petitioner, in cross-examination. Turning up for Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) in his capacity as government’s  chief  legal adviser, Kaphale and his team…

All set for  Polls case

Wheels of justice are set to start rolling today when a five-judge panel of the High Court sitting as the Constitutional Court starts hearing petitions to nullify presidential results in the May 21 Tripartite Elections. Hearing of the historic case, whose proceedings will be covered live on radio, is expected to run for the next…

MLS bashes IG, HRDC

Law Society (MLS) has once again berated Inspector General of Police (IG), reminding him that peaceful demonstrations are a constitutional right and cited a number of court decisions made before in favour of protests. MLS has also urged Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) to consider economic losses being incurred through the nationwide demonstrations it has…

MEC fails to submit audit report

Following failure by the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) to submit an electoral audit report, the legal team of opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) is considering filing an application in court to ensure compliance. The High Court sitting as a Constitutional Court, asked the electoral body to submit the audit report within July, in the ongoing…

Int’l trade fair in limbo

The prospects of holding the Malawi International Trade Fair (Mitf)—postponed from June 20 to August 6 to 15 2019 due to political uncertainty—are still misty, causing anxiety among businesspersons that rely on such fairs to strike local or international deals. Well-placed sources at Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism disclosed that it is unlikely that…

Zameer loses K4bn claim

Wanted NBS Bank to pay over breach of Fisp loan payment agreement Former NBS CEO cleared The High Court’s Commercial Division in Blantyre on Thursday dismissed a claim by businessperson Zameer Karim of Oil and Protein Company Limited, who wanted NBS Bank to pay his two companies about K4 billion for the bank’s purported negligence…

Muluzi, HRDC talks end in deadlock

Malawi’s former president, Bakili Muluzi, on Tuesday failed to convince Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) leaders to postpone nationwide demonstrations to force Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson Jane Ansah to resign. Following the ongoing post-election tension, Muluzi offered to meet the HRDC leaders and the two-hour meeting that ended in deadlock took place at his…

Lawyer warns HRDC of tough time in court

Blantyre-based private practice lawyer Chancy Gondwe, who is representing 25 people who had their property destroyed during the June 20 nationwide demonstrations, has warned Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) leaders of a tough day in court. The HRDC leaders Timothy Mtambo and Gift Trapence have vowed not to pay for any damage, arguing that they…

‘FDH does not  finance DPP’

Recent social media reports have portrayed FDH Financial Holdings Limited chief executive officer (CEO) THOM MPINGANJIRA and his business empire as financier of the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and anointed heir to President Peter Mutharika to be the party’s torch bearer in 2014. The accomplished mogul spoke to our News Analyst FRANK NAMANGALE in…

Demo victims claim K0.5bn from HRDC

Twenty-five people who had their property destroyed during the June 20 nationwide demonstrations have jointly claimed K545 802 450.00 million from Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC). The claimants, through their lawyer Chancy Gondwe, made the claim in a letter dated July 19 2019 addressed to the chairperson of HRDC. The demonstrations, like the ones conducted…

Law Society rebukes parties, CSOs

The Malawi Law Society (MLS) has warned political parties and leaders, including President Peter Mutharika, to prepare their followers for the outcome of the elections petition case which may go either way. In a letter dated July 12 2019 under the subject Management of Electoral Complaints and Determination of Electoral Complaints and Determination of Electoral…

FDH bank to list on MSE June 2020

FDH Financial Holdings Limited has unveiled plans to list its subsidiary, FDH Bank, on the 14-counter Malawi Stock Exchange (MSE) by June 30 2020. The listing could bring the number of commercial banks on the local bourse to five. The firm’s group chief executive officer Thom Mpinganjira, addressing a news conference in Blantyre on Tuesday,…

My life in danger, says FDH’s Mpinganjira

FDH Financial Holdings Limited chief executive officer (CEO) Thomson Mpinganjira on Tuesday expressed fear for his life following false allegations that he is poised to succeed President Peter Mutharika in 2024. Mpinganjira, addressing a news conference in Blantyre, feared that politicians in the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) that are genuinely eying to succeed Mutharika, may…

APM cautions contractors

President Peter Mutharika yesterday warned road construction companies that his government would not pay for substandard roads. The President said this at Chambe Primary School ground in Mulanje when he opened the K12 billion Zomba-Jali-Phalombe-Chitakale Road, which is 102 kilometres long. Earlier in the day, the President laid a foundation stone for the construction of…