Chief elections officer in court today

Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) Chief Elections Officer Sam Alfandika has started defending the electoral body in the ongoing presidential elections nullification petition hearing. Alfandika’s turn in the witness box comes after two witnesses for first respondent President Peter Mutharika, namely Ben Phiri and Bob Chimkango, completed their respective turns. Presenting the roadmap on the evidence…

Committee wants Egenco take over from Agreko

Parliamentary Committee on Natural Resources and Climate Change has recommended that Aggreko Power Solutions be relieved from the contract of supplying energy in favour of Egenco, a local power generating company. The committee, which is chaired by Chitipa South legislator Werani Chilenga, made the resolution after meeting officials from the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and…

Court nods to MEC data simulation

The High Court of Malawi sitting as the Constitutional Court has granted Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) its wish to make an elections data simulation presentation in the ongoing presidential elections nullification petition hearing. Delivering the court’s verdict, Judge Healey Potani said the five-judge panel weighed arguments from both parties and found it necessary to grant…

Chakwera witness re-examined

Lawyers representing second petitioner Lazarus Chakwera in the presidential election petitions case yesterday concluded re-examining his third witness Peter Lackson Chimangeni. The re-examination, which offers an opportunity to seal some holes in the responsesa witness made during his cross-examination, ended within the stipulated time frame of one and a half days. Chakwera’s lead lawyer Modecai…

Court extends session time by one hour

The Constitutional Court in Lilongwe on Monday moved to extend its daily afternoon sessions by one hour to expedite hearing of the presidential election petitions case. In the case, UTM Party president Saulos Chilima and his Malawi Congress Party (MCP) counterpart Lazarus Chakwera, as first and second petitioner, respectively, are seeking disqualification of the May…

HRDC speaks on by-elections

The Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) says it is weighing options on what it has to do regarding Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC)’s decision to hold by-elections in Lilongwe South constituency and Matenje ward in Kasungu. HRDC member Luke Tembo who sat in as the Acting vice chairperson for HRDC during the press briefing today say…

Chakwera condemns Lucy Kadzamira murder

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president Lazarus Chakwera has condemned the murder of Lucy Kadzamira, a sister to former president Hastings Kamuzu Banda’s official hostess Cecilia Kadzamira, who was buried in Dedza yesterday. The MCP president said this yesterday when he joined hundreds of mourners, including former president Joyce Banda and Minister of Homeland Security Nicholas…

Court fines MEC, Chakwera

Hearing of the elections case in the Constitutional Court continued on Monday with second petitioner Lazarus Chakwera and second respondent Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) ordered to pay costs for inconveniencing other parties in the court processes. The two were ordered to pay costs for what the five-judge panel said was a move aimed at delaying…

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…