15 arrested in HRDC demos

At least 15 people were arrested yesterday in Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC)-organised demonstrations, following the injury of five police officers and damage of property along the route protesters used in Lilongwe. National Police spokesperson James Kadadzera confirmed in an interview that police arrested a number of demonstrators for suspected  offences during demonstrations which HRDC…

Govt moves to roll out new Ifmis

The Accountant General (AG) has started training about 300 civil servants ahead of the roll-out of the new Integrated Financial Management and Information System (Ifmis) in the 2020/21 financial year. The trained personnel comprise accountants, procurement officers, human resources officers and heads of departments drawn from government ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) across the country.…

The High Court of Malawi sitting as the Constitutional Court in Lilongwe yesterday stopped Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) lawyers from using the original result sheets to re-examine its key witness in the presidential elections nullification petition hearing. Despite MEC, which is the second respondent in the case, failing to comply with an earlier court order…

Judges warn on stumbling blocks

The five-member panel of High Court judges sitting as the Constitutional Court has warned stakeholders in the elections case against bringing issues that would impede them from concluding the case by next Friday. Justice Healey Potani sounded the warning when the court was hearing evidence from Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chief elections officer Sam Alfandika…

Police probe pace worries activists

Non-Governmental Organisation Gender Coordinating Network (NGO-GCN) says it is concerned with the slow pace at which a commission of inquiry instituted by Malawi Police Service (MPS) is taking to investigate police officers alleged to have raped women in Msundwe, Lilongwe. NGO-GCN chairperson Barbara Banda said in an interview yesterday that MPS has not yet appraised…

Mutharika unveils 2 witnesses in elections case

President Peter Mutharika, the first respondent in the presidential election results nullification petition, is this week set to parade two witnesses to be cross-examined by petitioners’ lawyers. Frank Mbeta, one of the lawyers representing Mutharika who was added to the case by virtue of being the declared winner, told the court that the President’s first…

Kaphale, Suleman tussle in court

Proceedings in the presidential elections nullification petition hearing heated up on Monday with Attorney General (AG) Kalekeni Kaphale and Daud Suleman, the sixth witness for the second petitioner, tussling on how results were allegedly manipulated in the system. During cross-examination which started at around 3pm after the AG had requested for more time during the…

Chakwera lawyers block ‘strange’ document

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president Lazarus Chakwera’s lawyers yesterday blocked Attorney General (AG) Kalekeni Kaphale from using a document not filed with the court to cross-examine the second petitioner’s third witness. When the High Court of Malawi sitting as a Constitutional Court resumed hearing a petition to nullify presidential election results in the May 21…

HRDC, opposition political  parties hit at government

The Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC), Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and UTM have hit back at government on allegations it has levelled against them that they have organised thugs to torch the country’s markets.  Minister of Information, Communication and Technology Mark Botomani and Minister of Homeland Security Nicholas Dausi alleged on Friday that HRDC and…

20 picked after demos, looting

What Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) had organised as a peaceful demonstration in Lilongwe yesterday degenerated into violence and looting that saw police arresting 20 suspects. In an interview on Tuesday evening, National Police spokesperson James Kadadzera said some of those arrested had diverted from the designated march route to commit the suspected criminal acts.…

MEC starts by-elections preps

Despite the May 21 2019 electoral dispute raging on, Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has started preparations for by-elections scheduled to take place on November 5 2019 in Lilongwe and Kasungu.  MEC has since began the first phase of receiving names of monitors proposed by aspiring candidates, civil society organisations (CSOs) and political parties that will…

Gomani’s wedding, Umhlangano to cost K60m

The Maseko Ngoni Heritage, a cultural grouping organising the wedding ceremony for Inkosi Ya Makosi Gomani V and Umhlangano cultural gathering, says the two events will cost Ngonis and well-wishers about K60 million. The heritage’s chairperson Inkosi Makwangwala told journalists on Monday that the youthful Gomani will exchange matrimonial vows with his South African soul…

Parliamentary committees caution Treasury

Parliamentary committees responsible for public accounts and budget on Tuesday cautioned Treasury against non-remittance of civil servants’ pensions and its plans to spend K124.5 million for a five-day air trip. Speaking during a joint cluster meeting, Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) chairperson Ken Kandodo said it is worrisome the Ministry of Finance, Economic Planning and…

Court reserves ruling on phone-in programmes ban

The High Court in Lilongwe has deferred to Friday this week  its ruling on  an application for an injunction Media Institute in Southern Africa (Misa) Malawi Chapter obtained against the ban of phone-in radio programmes. However, the judicial review of the case will start on October 15 before Justice Ruth Chinangwa. Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority…

Mutharika cautioned on language

President Peter Mutharika’s plan to hold his first public rallies in the Central and Northern regions since his re-election, has attracted warnings from political scientists that he uses only reconciliatory language if he is to be welcomed. Mutharika plans to hold the rallies this month, after holding similar ones in the Southern Region over the…

Cherry-picking new budget

Gwengwe faults, Chidanti hails, scoffs at financial plan Some opposition party spokespersons on Monday punched holes in the 2019/20 National Budget while others praised the financial plan. Malawi Congress Party (MCP) spokesperson on finance Sosten Gwengwe faulted the K1.7trillion National Budget for failing to explain where government will get resources to implement its programmes. But…

MEC to register voters for by-elections

 Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) says it will hold a voter registration exercise for by-elections in Lilongwe South Constituency to give opportunity to eligible constituents to exercise their constitutional right to vote. MEC director of media and public relations Sangwani Mwafulirwa said in a written response yesterday that they plan to hold by-elections in the constituency…

Govt launches K5.5bn cooperative programme

The government has launched a K5.5 billion ($7.4 million) Cooperative Development Programme (CD4) to strengthen businesses in various sectors, including governance, financial management and capitalisation. The five-year programme, which is funded by the United States International Development Agency (USAid) and implemented by Land O’ Lakes Inc, will run in Malawi and Rwanda. USAid office chief…

Macra to restrict ICT imports

Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra) says it will soon enforce laws restricting the importation of substandard information communication and technology (ICT) gadgets to protect consumers from unfair trade deals. Macra acting director of legal services Dan Chiwoni said this in Lilongwe yesterday during a workshop. He said Malawians are among many African States that are…