US tobacco Ban jerks MW

A United States of America (USA) decision on Friday to ban Malawi’s export of all tobacco and tobacco products into that country has shocked authorities, with Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development calling for an emergency meeting tomorrow with Tobacco Control Commission (TCC). The decision, based on alleged forced labour practices, including child labour,…

Child murder causes mayhem in Chilobwe

A burglary and murder suspect, who allegedly committed heinous crimes on Thursday afternoon and got arrested in Chilobwe, Blantyre, had apparently little knowledge about what his actions would cause. Yesterday, angry community members descended on Chilobwe Police Unit—where the suspect was being kept—stoning it and wanting to set it ablaze, rendering Chilobwe into a ‘no-go-zone’…

Police blame perception on criminal elements

Despite a clear pattern that the relationship between some sections of the public and the Malawi Police Service (MPS) has reached an all-time low after the May 21 elections, especially in trouble spots, the police believe it is criminal elements that are responsible for the “wrong perception”, a view not shared by security experts. Security…

APM smiles, Chakwera  also gets some reliefs

The Constitutional Court in Lilongwe on Monday granted President Peter Mutharika his application to access the packing list from Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) in the historic elections case. The court further allowed Mutharika’s legal team to recall Richard Chapweteka, witness for the second petitioner Lazarus Chakwera, to come to court and face another cross-examination based…

AG weighs in on Khato deal

Government has put the fate of the Lilongwe-Salima Waterway in the hands of the Attorney General (AG) whose legal opinion will provide direction on whether to proceed with the K400 billion project. The project is currently shrouded in controversy, including demands by the contractor, Khato Civils, to be paid for preparatory works done. An impeccable…

Who shines Monday  in elections case?

The Constitutional Court sitting in Lilongwe will on Monday rule on two applications in the ongoing elections petition case. In his application, the second petitioner Lazarus Chakwera  is asking the court to allow two of his witnesses to insert documents reportedly omitted and make some alterations to their sworn statements. The other ruling of the…

‘Pro-poor financial  services crucial’

There has been so much talk recently about the importance of financial inclusion, including at the G8. The Institute of Bankers in Malawi for two successive years has held their annual conference under a theme around that. THOMSON MPINGANJIRA, the Group Chief Executive Officer for FDH Financial Holdings, recently made a presentation at the Institution’s…

Court snubs Mutharika lawyer, adjourns to Friday

The Constitutional Court on Wednesday rebuffed a notice by lawyer representing President Peter Mutharika to use a Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) checklist of electoral materials in cross-examination. The court, which is hearing a petition seeking nullification of presidential election results, has since adjourned proceedings to Friday this week. It advised Frank Mbeta, lawyer representing Mutharika…

MEC lawyers take on Chakwera witness

Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) on Tuesday asked Richard Chapweteka, a witness for the second petitioner Lazarus Chakwera in the historic elections petition case, why he did not bring to court an inventory of electoral records. The witness, a Malawi Congress Party (MCP) representative who monitored MEC’s printing of the ballot papers in Dubai in the…

Chakwera testifies on ‘Tippexed’ results

As the elections petition case resumed in the Constitutional Court in Lilongwe on Monday  after a one-week recess, Malawi Congress Party (MCP) presidential candidate Lazarus Chakwera admitted tally sheets Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) used to declare him winner as legislator in his constituency were altered using correction fluid, Tippex. Frank Mbeta, one of lawyers representing…

Govt throws LWB under bus

After saddling it with a $17 million (about K12.5 billion) loan for the Lilongwe-Salima Water Project, government has left Lilongwe Water Board (LWB) on its sickbed to die alone of huge debts it cannot pay. The development comes at a time government also owes the parastatal about K8 billion in unpaid water bills. Government directed…

‘Chakwera may face setback’

An analysis of the Constitutional Court’s preliminary ruling delivered in Lilongwe on Wednesday shows that Malawi Congress Party (MCP) presidential hopeful Lazarus Chakwera failed on eight out of 11 points under various applications made. Chakwera, the second petitioner in the historic elections case, is asking the court to nullify the May 21 2019 presidential election…

Attorney General asks court to stop demos

The Attorney General (AG) has once again asked the Malawi Supreme Court of Appeal in Blantyre to issue an order to stop anti-Jane Ansah demonstrations organised by Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC). The AG office, through lawyer Loness Michongwe, on Thursday filed an application before Supreme Court of Appeal judge Lovemore Chikopa, asking for the…

Chakwera drops APM as witness

Lawyers representing Malawi Congress Party (MCP) presidential hopeful Lazarus Chakwera have dropped President Peter Mutharika from the list of their witnesses in the ongoing historic elections petition case. Titus Mvalo, one of Chakwera’s lawyers, disclosed in an interview on Saturday that Mutharika is dropped from their final list of witnesses to appear before the High…

Chilima closes polls petition case

The historic elections petition case at the Constitutional Court in Lilongwe took a dramatic turn yesterday with the immediate past vice-president Saulos Chilima withdrawing all his 34 remaining witnesses. The decision, coming after only four out of 38 witnesses have been paraded for Chilima, who is the first petitioner in the case, has attracted different…

MEC, APM demand costs for research

The historic elections petition case at the Constitutional Court in Lilongwe took a dramatic turn on Thursday, which saw the immediate past vice-president Saulos Chilima withdrawing all his 34 remaining witnesses. The development, although done in the interest of an expedited trial according to Chikosa Silungwe, one of the lawyers representing Chilima, compelled lawyers representing…

Witness explains polls irregularities

Fourth witness for the immediate past vice-president Saulos Chilima in the elections petition case on Wednesday highlighted alleged electoral irregularities during re-examination. Bright Kawaka, UTM Party’s deputy director of elections, told the Constitutional Court in Lilongwe that they found a tally sheet from Mileme School, Phalombe North, which had a stream added manually. The witness,…

UTM Party parades fourth witness

As the historic elections petition case progressed yesterday, a fourth witness for immediate past vice-president Saulos Chilima took to the witness stand and faced Attorney General (AG) Kalekeni Kaphale for cross-examination. Bright Kawaka, UTM Party national deputy director of elections, is the highest ranking party official to appear in this case after Chilima. Kawaka was…

SKC witness re-examined

Darlington Ndasauka, a witness for the immediate-past vice-president SaulosChilima, takes to the witness stand this morning for re-examination after days of cross-examination in the historic elections case. Frank Mbeta, one of the lawyers representing first respondent President Peter Mutharika, took Ndasauka head-on as he wrapped up his cross-examination, making the witness admit more than once…