Ballot papers dispatched

  The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) yesterday started dispatching ballot papers from Kamuzu International Airport (KIA) to district councils escorted by armed Malawi Defence Force (MDF) soldiers. In a telephone interview, MEC commissioner Jean Mathanga said that the electoral body distributed ballot papers to 10 districts nationwide by close of business yesterday. Of the 10,…

MEC backs parallel tally centres

  Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has backed the setting up of parallel vote tallying (PVT) centres by political parties contesting in the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections, saying the move will enhance transparency and credibility of election results. MEC chairperson Jane Ansah said this in reaction to developments that some of the contesting parties are…

Police officers named in Buleya’s death

The Malawi Human Rights Commission (MHRC) investigation into the death of Buleya Lule, a suspected abductee of a person with albinism, has named police officers to be investigated and prosecuted for a criminal case. The report, released yesterday, gives an account of how the deceased was taken from one police station to another by different…

Presidential prayers at State House Thursday

Barely days after President Peter Mutharika shunned prayers for peace organised by Public Affairs Committee (PAC) ahead of the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections, State House is this Thursday set to host Presidential Prayer Breakfast. The prayers have been organised by several Christian churches, including Pentecostal Revival Crusade Ministries, Calvary Family Church, Agape Life Church,…

APM shuns PAC prayers

President Peter Mutharika yesterday shunned prayers for peace and peace declaration signing which Public Affairs Committee (PAC) organised in Lilongwe to encourage peaceful co-existence of parties as the country inches towards the May 21 elections. Only six political parties—excluding the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP)have signed a peace declaration document. The Lilongwe Peace Declaration (LPD) document…

Police nab 4 for MEC break-in

Police have arrested two of its officers and two guards in connection with the break-in of Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) offices at Area 3 in Lilongwe this week. National Police spokesperson James Kadadzera said in an interview yesterday the police had arrested the four for questioning, but he could not be drawn to reveal their…

Commission of inquiry misses deadline

A Commission of Inquiry that President Peter Mutharika instituted to investigate killings and abductions of persons with albinism (PWAs) has failed to meet the April 30 deadline for submission of findings. The commission, chaired by retired Justice of the Supreme Court of Malawi Robert Chinangwa, has since asked the President, through Office of the President…

MEC tests  Poll system

Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) is tomorrow carrying out the first ever dry test run of the results management system as one way of building trust and allaying fears of manipulation of poll results. But Malawi Congress Party (MCP) is sceptical that the test will serve its intended purpose, claiming that MEC wanted to justify weaknesses…

Maize outlook stable—Govt

Figures from the second round of crop production estimates project that Malawi will have a 355 000 metric tonnes (MT) maize surplus as floods, hitherto feared to have wiped out a projected bumper harvest, had less impact on crops. Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development Principal Secretary Grey Nyandule-Phiri told journalists in Lilongwe yesterday…

Mchinji chiefs for more produce markets

As the harvesting season is approaching, some chiefs in Mchinji have complained of lack of markets where they can sell their produce. Group village head Manguwaule, traditional authorities Dambe, Kapondo and Nyaza told Vice-President Saulos Chilima, who is also the presidential candidate of UTM Party, during whistle-stop rallies on Sunday that communities struggle to access…

300 Malawians displaced in SA

Ministry of Information and Communications Technology says no Malawian has died while two sustained injuries and 300 were displaced in suspected xenophobic attacks in South Africa. In a statement issued on Monday evening, Minister of Information and Communications Technology Henry Mussa said the Malawi mission in South Africa visited those affected and engaged authorities in…

Floods wipe out  Bumper harvest

It is now official. Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development says the impact of recent floods that hit the country will reduce the bumper harvest earlier projected in the first round of crop production estimates. In an interview yesterday, the ministry’s spokesperson Hamilton Chimala said the floods in 17 of the country’s 28 districts…

Health services to go digital

Malawi has embarked on a process to make health services record keeping digital to improve efficiency in delivery of services in public hospitals. The development comes amid growing concerns on operational lapses in the health sector. During a symposium in Lilongwe yesterday, health sector donors and Ministry of Health (MoH) discussed how to roll out…

MEC rolls out official campaign

Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) yesterday launched the 60-day official campaign for the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections with a stern warning that anyone using foul language or hate speech risks arrest. MEC chairperson Jane Ansah also said contesting candidates and political parties should be given an “equal opportunity to freely hold political campaigns” during the…

APM swears in probe team

President Peter Mutharika yesterday swore in a commission of enquiry into attacks, abductions and killings of persons with albinism (PWAs) with an attack on Apam leadership and human rights defenders. During the ceremony at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe, the President accused the leadership of Association of People With Albinism in Malawi (Apam) and Human Rights…

Taxpayers to pay K22.9m Apam vigil costs

Taxpayers will have to foot an unplanned K22.9 million as costs for the State’s hosting of members of the Association of Persons with Albinism in Malawi (Apam) during their foiled State House vigils in Lilongwe last week. Presidential adviser on Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) Mavuto Bamusi said in an interview yesterday that government will pay…

Govt hits back at Chilima

Government has hit back at the Vice-President and UTM Party leader Saulos Chilima for accusing the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) of unleashing a ‘satanic wave of terror.’ During a press briefing he held on Wednesday, Chilima hinted that the Peter Mutharika administration condones intolerance and sponsors political violence. But in a press statement issued…

ACB faults K100m claimant

The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has concluded investigations into alleged bribery demands of an officer at Masambanjati Police Unit in Thyolo, faulting the complainant in the matter. The officer was accused of demanding bribes from a suspect, Harrison Konala, 20. The investigations were conducted within seven days from the date The Nation broke the news that…

UNDP, govt to boost electricity in hospitals

Power challenges in central and district hospitals could soon be history as government, with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), is drawing a master plan to improve power supply in health facilities. During the national consultations forum on Power for Health Master Plan at Bingu International Convention Centre (Bicc) on Tuesday, Minister of…