DPP, protesters clash foil march

Clashes between suspected Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) youths and protesters on Wednesday thwarted a protest march Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) organised in Blantyre to demand resignation of Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson Jane Ansah. HRDC leaders had barely waved on the march from Kamuzu Stadium upper ground through Masauko Chipembere Highway when they were…

Ansah in town

Embattled Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson Jane Ansah yesterday made her first public appearance since May this year and highlighted challenges faced by electoral management bodies in the southern Africa region. The MEC chairperson, whose head Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) has been demanding in a series of demonstrations for allegedly presiding over a flawed…

Ministry to investigate Phalombe mining

Ministry of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining says it will investigate alleged illegal mining activities in Phalombe where unknown people have invaded a protected area in search of rare earths. The ministry’s spokesperson Sangwani Phiri, in a written response on Friday, said the Department of Mining has not issued any mining licence to anyone in…

TUM wants higher pay hike for teachers

The Teachers Union of Malawi (TUM) has demanded a pay increment of about 18 percent, promotions, decent housing and attention to school infrastructure as parliamentarians are deliberating the 2019/20 budget. TUM general secretary Charles Kumchenga in a telephone interview on Wednesday said the union had presented its expectations to the Ministry of Education, Science and…

Cama blasts Egenco on power outages

Consumers Association of Malawi (Cama) says Electricity Generation Company (Egenco)’s announcement on reduced power generation capacity shows the company’s lack of foresight and proactiveness. On Monday, Egenco announced that three of its four machines at Kapichira Power Station were not functioning due to an electrical fault, leading to a drop to 97 megawatts (MW) from…

Assets Directorate ponders law reforms

The Office of the Director of Public Officers’ Declarations says it has secured K13.1 million to push for law reforms and the enforcement of penalties for public officers who do not declare their assets and liabilities as required by law. The assets directorate deputy director Michael Chiusiwa in an e-mailed response yesterday said the directorate…

Ansah holds key to PAC roundtable

The Public Affairs Committee (PAC) says it wants to meet Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson Jane Ansah as it continues with its dialogue efforts to resolve the ongoing political impasse following the disputed May 21 presidential election. PAC’s dialogue and mediation activity report we have seen, which has been submitted to the quasi-religious body’s governors’…

BT Synod GS speaks on sticky issues

Newly-elected Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP) Blantyre Synod General Secretary (GS) Billy Gama has vowed to unite the synod amid concerns of political and tribal divisions rocking the church. In an exclusive interview with Nation Online two days after he was elected GS at the synod’s 32nd Biennial Assembly in Blantyre, Gama dismissed attacks…

New broom at BT synod

There was muted celebration at the 32nd Blantyre Synod of the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP) Biennial Assembly on Monday when the election of the new General Secretary (GS) Billy Gama was announced. Gama floored five other contestants in a shocking victory which sent the whole assembly into a state of bewilderment as a…

Medical Council moves to punish errant medics

Medical Council of Malawi (MCM) has summoned health workers implicated in 20 cases of medical misconduct as revealed in the recent Ombudsman report on conduct of medical practitioners in some public facilities. MCM registrar Richard Ndovi in a written response yesterday confirmed that the health workers’ regulatory body will take action against practitioners involved in…

MEC yet  to gazette May 21 elections results

The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has not gazetted the May 21 Tripartite Elections  results within the stipulated time, contravening the Parliamentary and Presidential Elections Act (PPEA). Section 99 of the PPEA stipulates that: “The commission shall publish in the Gazette and by radio broadcast and in atleast one issue of a newspaper in general circulation…

Anglican petitioners  threaten takeover

Petitioners in the Anglican Diocese of Upper Shire (Adus) have threatened to take over the diocese if its administrative conference is not held by September 30 2019. Speaking during a press briefing at St George Parish in Zomba on Saturday, chairperson of the petitioners John Awadi urged Bishop Brighton Malasa of the diocese to call…

Presidential polls case: Expectations vs reality

The ongoing presidential election petition case that has given Malawians hope that the post-election political impasse will be resolved soon might prove to be a source of a far-fetched dream. With day four of the case’s allocated 12 days finishing with the cross-examination of a single witness—first petitioner who is also UTM Party president Saulos…

MEC materials inspection fails

Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) yesterday cancelled the inspection of electoral materials admitted as evidence in a case involving  three constituencies in the Lower Shire after court officials failed to show up. On Friday, High Court Judge Sylvester Kalembera granted petitioners from Nsanje North, Nsanje Central and Chikwawa East constituencies an order of disclosure within 48…

HRDC demands APM address

The Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) has demanded that President Peter Mutharika should  address the nation on steps he is taking to solve the current political impasse or risk triggering a high level of demonstrations. HRDC chairperson Timothy Mtambo, in a telephone interview yesterday, said his group was planning to hold demonstrations in strategic places…

Medical procedure leaves Zomba mother deformed

After enduring the physical strain of carrying a baby for nine months and the emotional twists resulting from hormonal imbalance, the joy of child-bearing has turned into a nightmare for a Zomba woman. Thirty-five-year-old Stella Chinjati has now been left in pain, public shame and a deformed tummy following a caeserian operation she underwent at…