UK to pay war veterans

Pressure from home and abroad has forced the United Kingdom (UK) government to agree to make reparations to thousands of soldiers, including Malawians, who fought for the British crown in the Second World War (WWII). In the programme, which will be administered through the Department for International Development (DfID), the UK government will provide regular…

Chilumpha gives up on elections bid

The country’s former vice-president Cassim Chilumpha has given up on his bid to be on the presidential ballot paper in the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections following Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) decision to strike him off the list. MEC’s decision announced in a statement on Monday night followed a High Court judgement that Chilumpha could…

Egenco’s APM billboard sparks controversy

State-owned Electricity Generation Company (Egenco) has stirred criticism for sponsoring a billboard that is apparently endorsing incumbent President Peter Mutharika’s candidacy in the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections. The billboard, located near the Clock Tower Roundabout along the dual-carriageway Masauko Chipembere Highway in Blantyre, screams that ‘APM Delivers’ and has a tick sign in red…

Malawi moves to act on roadside markets

Two weeks after 21 people were killed in a road accident at Kampepuza Trading Centre in Ntcheu, authorities plan to meet and map the way forward on roadside markets to avoid similar accidents in future. In a telephone interview yesterday, Malawi Local Government Association (Malga) chief executive officer Charles Chunga said his organisation, an umbrella…

18 Anglican priests disregard summons

Eighteen priests from the Anglican Diocese of the Upper Shire have ignored a call by the church summoning them to a disciplinary hearing to answer charges of alleged breach of discipline. A notice served to the members, dated March 26 2019, to appear before a Diocesan Hearing Commission, signed by commission chairperson Venerable Father Rabson…

Opposition  Attack MBC

Taxpayer-funded Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) has come under fire mostly from opposition parties for not living up to its promise to open up the airwaves during the 60-day official election campaign period. Ironically, the discontent from opposition parties contesting in the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections comes against a background of the broadcaster pledging to…

Mist over NGO Bill tabling

Controversy surrounds the legal status of the contentious Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO) Act (Amendment) Bill set to be tabled in Parliament with civil society organisations (CSOs) claiming there is an injunction stopping the process. But Parliament denies there is an injunction stopping the tabling of the Bill. The Bill is listed on the Order Paper, an…

Funding woes choke prisons

Malawi Prison Service (MPS) has attributed failure to implement recommendations, including the 1997 condemnation of Zomba Central Prison for not meeting minimum standards to keep prisoners, as well as other services to funding challenges. Ministry of Homeland Security Principal Secretary Sam Madula yesterday said the situation in the country’s prisons reflected the level of funding…

MCP to petition MEC over violence

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) says it will petition Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) to take action against suspected Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) members who allegedly blocked MCP president Lazarus Chakwera’s motorcade at Luchenza in Thyolo on Saturday. MCP secretary general Eisenhower Mkaka said yesterday in a telephone interview that his party was dismayed with the conduct…

HIV prevalence among LGBTI rises

Out of 1 742 men who have sex with other men (MSMs) and Transgenders (TGs) who were tested for HIV in 2018, a total of 198 were found positive representing an 11 percent prevalence rate. This is above the national rate of 8 percent, a new report shows. According to Centre for the Development of…

No tree planted in K5bn youth scheme

This year’s National Tree Planting Season is set to end on April 15, but the ambitious K5 billion Malawi Youth Afforestation Programme (MYFP) is yet to take off as the rainy season inches towards the end. Random checks in five of the country’s 28 districts this week—namely Ntchisi, Dowa, Balaka, Mangochi and Nkhata Bay established…

PAC plans presidential meet

The Public Affairs Committee (PAC) will in March meet all the nine presidential candidates to make them sign a commitment to conducting a peaceful campaign. PAC executive director Robert Phiri said in a written response yesterday that plans to host the presidential contenders for the peace pledge were at an advanced level. The quasi-religious body,…

Heavy rains cause damage, injuries

Heavy rains accompanied by windstorms in parts of Central and Southern regions have injured people and caused extensive damage to infrastructure such as roads, bridges, houses and electricity poles. Torrential rains in the affected areas on Sunday left a trail of people injured in Nsanje, Nkhotakota, Zomba and Chikwawa districts, according to Department of Disaster…

Presidential debate on the cards

Presidential aspirants in the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections should brace for a showdown in a public debate designed to accord them an opportunity to articulate how they will tackle challenges facing the country if voted into power. Media Institute of Southern Africa (Misa) Malawi Chapter, which is one of the key organisers, has confirmed…

MEC nods to 9 presidential candidates

Malawi’s 6.8 million registered voters will have nine presidential candidates to choose from when they queue to vote in the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections. This follows Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) confirmation of presidential candidates, including incumbent President Peter Mutharika of Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and Vice-President Saulos Chilima of newly formed UTM Party. In…

Citizens petition MEC, demand manifestos

There are growing calls for aspirants in the May21 2019 Tripartite Elections, especially presidential candidates and political parties, to make public their promises for the electorate to assess and make informed choices. In the latest case, one Michael Chiphwanya is petitioning Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) to publish manifestos of presidential aspirants on its website. His…