Speaker ouster plot dismissed

Leader of the House Kondwani Nankhumwa on Wednesday dispelled fears that the government side was plotting to impeach Speaker of Parliament Catherine Gotani Hara. Nankhumwa, who is also Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development, gave the assurance in his statement delivered in Parliament Wednesday afternoon to clarify concerns about the leakage of his letter…

Voters take MEC to task

Question electoral body’s credibility to hold by-elections Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) officials had a rude awakening in Lilongwe South Constituency when voters questioned the electoral body’s credibility to hold by-elections amid controversy surrounding the handling of the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections. The voters expressed their sentiments when MEC launched the by-elections at Malingunde in…

HRDC holds peaceful demos

Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) yesterday staged a peaceful demonstration on the third day of its planned four-day anti-Jane Ansah protests in Lilongwe. Unlike on Tuesday and Wednesday when violence and looting marred what were planned to be peaceful demonstrations, yesterday the protest procession was free of violence and vandalism on the designated route. No…

Violence, low patronage at demos

Incidents of violence and low patronage characterised the second day of the planned four-day anti-Jane Ansah demonstrations organised by Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) in Lilongwe. When the protesters regrouped at Lilongwe Community Centre ground on Wednesday, the procession started peacefully before turning ugly. Some protesters were seen pelting Malawi Defence Force (MDF) soldiers with…

HRDC petitions Speaker on Ansah

Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) leaders yesterday delivered a petition to Speaker of Parliament Catherine Gotani-Hara at Parliament Building in Lilongwe. HRDC chairperson Timothy Mtambo presented the petition to the Speaker through Malawi Congress Party (MCP) legislator Richard Chimwendo Banda, whose party is also the second petitioner in the ongoing elections case in the Constitutional…

AG hits at demo plans

The Attorney General (AG) KalekeniKaphale says government is shocked by Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) announcement to hold nationwide demonstrations from Wednesday to Friday next week. Kaphale, in a telephone interview on Wednesday, said HRDC has rushed to set dates for their next demonstrations when the two sides have not met some of the conditions…

MCH staff call off strike

Malawi College of Health Sciences (MCH) lecturers have suspended a strike they have been holding for close to a year to force government to meet their demands. In a letter addressed to MCH acting executive director and signed by staff welfare committee chairperson Hellen Mwafulirwa, the lecturers say they have resolved to resume work after…

PAC to restrategise on electoral reforms

Public Affairs Committee (PAC) says it will re-strategise to have the Electoral Reforms Bill, which was shot in Parliament last year, re-tabled for passing. PAC executive secretary Robert Phiri was reacting to a call by British High Commissioner Holly Tett for political leaders to embrace the reforms as one way of ending electoral disputes that…

Lilongwe youths engage chiefs on development

Youths in Traditional Authority (T/A) M’mbwatalika in Lilongwe have taken to task their community leaders for what they say is their unwillingness to engage them in development initiatives. The youth held a dialogue session with the local leaders on Saturday at Chitedze CCAP Church where the two sides agreed to include the youth in development…

HRDC to hold 3-day nationwide demos

The Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) has announced plans for three-day nationwide protests starting Wednesday this week. The coalition also says it will challenge the injunction the High Court granted Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) and others on Friday stopping five-day protests that were planned for airports and border posts. Addressing the press at his Centre…

Synod backs costly  Airport shutdown

Livingstonia Synod of the Church of Central African Presbyterian (CCAP) has put its weight behind the Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) planned five-day vigils testimated to  cost the country K1 billion. An analysis in our sister paper Weekend Nation on Saturday estimated that government could lose revenue in excess of K1 billion in the protests…

Police probe house bombers

The Malawi Police Service (MPS) yesterday said they are investigating  the petrol-bombing of a house belonging to Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) chairperson Timothy Mtambo. National Police spokesperson James Kadadzera said in an interview yesterday they will arrest anyone found to have been involved in the incident that took place at around 2am in Area…

Govt starts thin plastics disposal

Government says it will start disposing of thin plastics with immediate effect and will not give manufacturers a grace period to finish selling stocks piled in their warehouses. Environmental Affairs director Oliver Kumbambe said in an interview yesterday that the disposal of the thin plastics will be done following the Malawi Supreme Court of Appeal…

Lilongwe chiefs develop by-laws to protect girls

Communities in Likuni, Lilongwe have formulated by-laws to protect underage girls from early pregnancies and marriages. During a meeting, chiefs in the areas said they formulated the by-laws to contain the high incidences of early marriages and pregnancies, which have forced a lot of girls below the age of 18 out of school. Under the…

Past claims Haunt government

The Office of the Ombudsman is pondering to take government to court to push for justice for the 24 000 people who suffered various atrocities during the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) one-party dictatorship between 1964 and 1994. In a telephone interview yesterday, Ombudsman Martha Chizuma hinted at the court action when she commented on the…

Court gives MEC 5-day extension

The Constitutional Court has given Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) a five-day relief to conclude collection of sworn affidavits before trial starts on August 8 in a case where petitioners want presidential election results nullified. The ruling by a five-member panel of High Court judges sitting as the Constitutional Court in Lilongwe was part of the…

MEC to know fate Thursday

Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has until Thursday to know the fate of its application seeking a 14-day extension to file sworn affidavits in the presidential election nullification petition case on grounds that petitioners interfered with its exercise. In its application heard by the five-judge Constitutional Court panel in Lilongwe on Monday, the electoral body is…

Police arrest 19 over Luanar protests

Police have arrested 19 people, including 14 Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (Luanar) students in the wake of a tuition fee hike protest by the students. During the fracas, learners from St. John’s Primary School abruptly joined the protests. Besides the 14 university students, police also arrested five community members who had also…

MEC threatens to drag MCP to court

Malawi Electoral Commission has threatened to take the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) to court if it does not withdraw a statement accusing the electoral body of suspiciously soliciting signatures for new electoral result sheets. In a statement issued yesterday, MEC chief elections officer Sam Alfandika warned that MCP will be held responsible for any loss…

Malawi loses 0.12% GDP to floods

The recent floods that hit 15 districts led to a negligible 0.12 percent loss in the country’s nominal  gross domestic product (GDP) valued at $6.3 billion (about K4.7 trillion), it has emerged. The projection is contained in a 2019 Post Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) report Vice-President Everton Chimulirenji launched at Bingu International Convention Centre (Bicc)…