I’ll resign if appeal fails—Ansah

Embattled Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson Jane Ansah says she will quit if the Malawi Supreme Court of Appeal upholds the February 3 2020 Constitutional Court judgement that nullified the May 21 2019 presidential election for massive irregularities. During her appearance before Parliament’s Public Appointments Committee (PAC) inquiry at Parliament Building in Lilongwe, she said…

I will cast out DPP demons—Chakwera

MCP leader Lazarus Chakwera says he will cast out ‘Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) demons” if elected State President in fresh elections as directed by the Constitutional Court on Monday. Chakwera said this on Saturday at Msundwe Police ground in Lilongwe, where he held his first rally following the Constitutional Court (ConCourt) order. In his address,…

Mutharika, MEC ignore Chilima

President Peter Mutharika and Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) have ignored Vice-President Saulos Chilima with the President stating he cannot meet his estranged second-in-command following nullification of the presidential election result in the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections. The electoral body, on the other hand, has said its chairperson Jane Ansah, her commissioners and chief elections…

Chakwera faults international election observers

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president Lazarus Chakwera on lashed out at some international election observers for ‘reporting’ to the world that the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections were conducted in a free, fair and transparent manner. He spoke to hundreds of party followers at MCP headquarters in Lilongwe during a victory celebration for Monday’s annulment…

Court ruling sparks celebrations

There were celebrations in the streets of Lilongwe and Mzuzu last night after the Constitutional Court annulled last year’s controversial presidential election results, which saw President Peter Mutharika re-elected. Motorists  hooted and flashed their lights, while others beat drums and tins, shouted and sung joyfully to welcome the watershed ruling that has redefined Malawi’s politics…

Low turnout in by-elections

Voting took place in Lilongwe South Constituency yesterday amid low turnout of voters. There were 32 400 registered voters but visits to polling centres by The Nation revealed that most of them did not turn up to cast their ballot. For example, only 900 voted out of 2 450 registered at Malingunde Primary School, while…

Parties commend MEC  on by-election preps

Political parties that are contesting the Lilongwe South parliamentary seat have commended Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) for its preparedness for the upcoming polls. Malawi Congress Party (MCP) aspirant Peter Dimba and his UTM Party counterpart Samson Pinifolo said in separate interviews that, among other things, MEC has committed to ensure correction fluid (Tippex) is not…

Kabwila charged, denied bail

Police in Lilongwe yesterday charged rights activist and politician Jessie Kabwila with two counts in accordance to criminal procedures and evidence code following her arrest on Saturday night in Lilongwe. Kabwila’s lawyer Khwima Mchizi said he attempted to apply for police bail, but officers on duty refused to grant it yesterday. According to the warrant…

Msundwe saga haunts police

Pressure is mounting on Malawi Police Service (MPS) to name, shame and prosecute its officers who allegedly raped women in and around Msundwe area along the Lilongwe-Mchinji Road in October last year. Following a news conference addressed by Deputy Inspector General (Administration) John Nyondo which fell short of giving a clear picture on a police…

Ombudsman, 2 PSs meet in Tractorgate case

Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development Principal Secretary (PS) Grey Nyandule Phiri and his Finance, Economic Planning and Development counterpart Cliff Chiunda on Monday faced Ombudsman Martha Chizuma in the Tractorgate court case hearing. The three met for the first time in the High Court in Lilongwe where Justice Charles Mkandawire presided over the…

MET warns of more floods

Malawians should brace for heavy rains this week that will trigger floods in low-lying and flood-prone areas, the Department of Climate Change and Meteorological Services (MET) has warned. The Department of Disaster Management Affairs (Dodma) has since warned people to take precautionary measures such as moving to higher grounds and avoid crossing flooding rivers. In…

Councillors push for 200% pay hike

Some ward councillors have demanded an immediate 200 percent increase in their monthly honoraria and allowances, warning that they will hold protests if their demands are ignored. But Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development spokesperson Muhlabase Mughogho, while acknowledging receipt of the demands through Malawi Local Government Association (Malga), in an interview on Sunday…

IG cancels meeting with HRDC

Acting Inspector General of Police Duncan Mwapasa yesterday made an eleventh-hour U-turn and cancelled a planned meeting with Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) leaders to discuss a wide range of issues. HRDC vice-chairperson Gift Trapence said in an interview that Mwapasa invited them to a meeting scheduled to take place at Riverside Hotel in Lilongwe…

Nice intensifies peace drive, covers 16 districts

National Initiative for Civic Education (Nice) Trust has intensified its initiative to ensure peace in the post-election political tension by reaching out to 16 of the country’s 28 districts. With funding from the European Union, Nice Trust is engaging influential people across the country ahead of judgement in the presidential elections nullification petition expected to…

MEC yet to set date for Lilongwe South by-election

Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) is yet to decide a date for the postponed Lilongwe South Constituency by-election, drawing criticism from candidates who have accused the electoral body of making them spend more than planned. The parliamentary hopefuls fear that voters may lose interest in the poll. Speaking in separate interviews on Tuesday, Malawi Congress Party…

Joint House committee presses Lands ministry officials

The joint Parliamentary Committee on Legal Affairs and Public Transport says it is not satisfied with information officials from the Ministry of Lands provided on Thursday on how it changed ownership of the controversial land from being a government property to a private entity. The committee, chaired by Chitipa East Constituency legislator Kezzie Msukwa, is…

Phase out CDF, says Episcopal Conference of Malawi

The Episcopal Conference of Malawi (ECM) has said it will engage parliamentary committees to lobby them to support its campaign to have the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) phased out. The Catholic Church body says the move seeks to prevent fraud and abuse of public resources. ECM and its stakeholders, including Catholic Commission for Justice and…

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…

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