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…

Kasambwe’s unsung heroes

“ Malawi’s music greats such as the late reggae icon Evison Matafale, Lucius Banda, Wambali Mkandawire and Billy Kaunda shot to stardom, some little kids in Ndirande Township in Blantyre were there. And their music, as far back as 1987, dominated the airwaves of the only radio station then, the Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC). It…

Jumani’s wife fears foul play

Family wants post-mortem to determine cause of death Jumani Johansson, a man who claimed to be the son to Malawi’s founding President Hastings Kamuzu Banda, died on Saturday at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (Qech) in Blantyre, leaving unanswered questions regarding his paternity. The wife has since suspected foul play. Confirming the development, the deceased’s close…

Health policy taking too long—activists

News Analyst Rampant corruption in public health facilities can be dealt with if the National Policy launched last year is fully implemented, rights and health activists have said. For many years, the health sector in the country has been guided by multiple, isolated sub-sectoral policy frameworks and strategic plans. The Ministry of Health and Population…

Parties running out of time

As the February 8 deadline for submission of nomination forms draws closer, major political parties are racing against time to resolve outstanding disputes that emerged during primary elections. For the main opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP), their destiny in two constituencies lie in the hands of courts after some contestants in the parliamentary primaries took…

SAA shuts down BT operations

South African Airways (SAA) has shut down its Blantyre operations following findings by South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) that Chileka International Airport has serious safety risks. But director of Civil Aviation in the Ministry of Transport and Public Works Alfred Mtilatila faulted SACAA findings, arguing when they made inspections at Chileka on Monday and…

Back- to-back fuel decreases

People woke up with smiles yesterday after Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (Mera) once again announced the drop of fuel prices in response to the trend on the international market that FOB (Free On Board) prices have taken. This drop comes less than a month after Mera also reduced fuel prices on December 15. In a…

JB snubs Yao group launch, APM attends

Former president Joyce Banda, who during his reign between 2012 and 2014 championed the formation of Yao cultural heritage group, has turned down an invitation to attend its launch today. The Yaos, finally, are launching Chiwanja cha Yao at Mangochi Turn-Off in Balaka and the function is expected to start at 8:30 this morning, according…

More chaos in Anglican Shire

The house of God, in Anglican Diocese of Upper Shire (Adus), remains troubled after Bishop Brighton Malasa, under a 30-day ultimatum to step down, announced transfers and appointments of priests in his New Year message. But the under-pressure bishop was forced to rescind the January 1 decision which he posted on social media platform, Facebook,…

Bushiri under siege in South Africa

Some South Africans in Pretoria on Friday protested against Prophet Shepherd Bushiri of Enlightened Christian Gathering Church following deaths of three women on December 28 in a stampede at the church. The protesters were demanding to speak to Bushiri and declared they were not going to let anyone enter the church before this happened. Bushiri…

High fertility rate threatens growth

While the 2018 United Nations Populations Fund (UNFPA) State of the World Population has rated Malawi’s fertility rate at 4.4, a drop from 2017’s 4.51, meaning four children per woman, commentators have warned the rate still threatens economic growth. A health rights activist has said the rate is not good for a country with a…

DPP’s chaotic primary polls

Under-fire governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) secretary general (SG) Greselder Jeffrey insists President Peter Mutharika will have the final say on the disputed primary elections in the party’s Southern Region stronghold. Jeffrey’s claims run counter to views from presidential spokesperson Mgeme Kalilani who said Mutharika entrusted a committee with responsibility to run primaries and make…