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…

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)…

MPs quiz Minister of Health on Ebola

Members of Parliament (MPs) on Wednesday took to task Minister of Health Jappie Mhango to outline strategies Malawi has put in place to prevent the spread of Ebola in the country. The legislators observed that Malawi has 32 000 refugees with some tracing their roots to Ebola-hit countries; hence, they expressed worry that not much…

Court shapes elections case

There were mixed fortunes in the case where two petitioners are seeking nullification of the presidential results in the May 21 Tripartite Elections as the Constitutional Court yesterday granted some wishes and overruled others. The court’s rulings on preliminary applications has set the stage for the full hearing of the elections case to start on…

‘No funding yet to Apam’

The Association of People with Albinism in Malawi (Apam) has accused President Peter Mutharika of misinforming the nation when he said government had funded organisations to implement the National Action Plan (NAP) on persons with albinism. NAP has a K3.1 billion budget for activities to be carried out between 2018 and 2022.  A first tranche…

Chakwera denies fuelling post-elections violence

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president Lazarus Chakwera has distanced himself from claims that he is fuelling political violence; instead he has accused President Peter Mutharika of the same for letting police to use excessive force on unarmed protesters. Chakwera, who has since vowed to continue fighting for ‘justice’ in court, said he does not remember…

Youths still hope for APM  signature on manifesto

The Youth Decide Campaign leaders still long to meet President Peter Mutharika after he failed to append his signature on the Youth Manifesto prior to the May 21 Tripartite Elections. Youth Decide Campaign team leader Charles Kajoloweka, who is also the Youth and Society (YAS) executive director, expressed optimism yesterday in a written response that…

Lilongwe schools close as violence continues

 Delays to announce results for May 21 Tripartite Elections did not only fuel violence in cities but has also forced some schools in Lilongwe City to temporarily close. The Nation’s visit to some selected primary and secondary schools as well as colleges yesterday revealed that some schools have been closed since last Tuesday when Malawians…

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…