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…

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…

MDF will remain professional—Nundwe

Malawi Defence Force (MDF) Commander General Vincent Nundwe has said the army will maintain high professional standards, including political neutrality. The MDF chief spoke after receiving the MDF sword of command from his predecessor General Griffin Spoon Phiri (retired) at a ceremony at Kamuzu Barracks parade ground in Lilongwe. The event formally marked Nundwe’s inauguration…

HRDC says mega demos tomorrow

Human Rights Defenders Coalitions (HRDC) says it is proceeding with what it calls mega demonstrations tomorrow and Wednesday in Mzuzu, Lilongwe and Blantyre despite the Attorney General (AG) seeking a court order to stop the same. Briefing journalists in Lilongwe yesterday, HRDC national chairperson Timothy Mtambo said the civil society organisations (CSOs) pushing for the…

MHRC urges political restraint

The Malawi Human Rights Commission (MHRC) has urged politicians to show respect and restraint to one another to facilitate a smooth trial of the disputed May 21 presidential election. The commission said this in a press statement released Wednesday, in which it announced that it had engaged in quiet diplomacy sessions with parties involved in…

MCP official’s house torched, nyau injured

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) director of youth Richard Chimwendo Banda yesterday became the latest victim of suspected post-election violence after his residential house was torched in Dowa District. In an interview yesterday, Banda, who is Dowa East member of Parliament (MP), alleged that unknown assailants descended on the house in his village at dawn yesterday…

Ministry launches demos damage claim

Ministry of Homeland Security has asked government ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) to claim for damages to property from organisers of nationwide protests to force Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson Jane Ansah to resign. Through a statement issued on Monday, Minister of Homeland Security Nicholas Dausi has directed the MDAs to obtain expert reports on…

Law Commission proposes Citizenship Board

The Malawi Law Commission (MLC) has recommended the establishment of a Citizenship Board to reduce the powers of the minister through the Immigration Department to revoke or restore a Malawian’s citizenship. The recommendation is contained in a final review paper on the Malawi Citizenship Act of 1966. The paper was presented to stakeholders at a…

DPP condemns violence

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has condemned spates of post-elections violence which have been occurring in the country’s cities and townships. Minister of Homeland Security Nicholas Dausi, who is also DPP spokesperson, was speaking yesterday at an impromptu media conference in the ministers lounge at Parliament. Led by party secretary general Greselder Jeffrey, the others were…