Trade union condemns MCP

Malawi Congress of Trade Union (MCTU) has faulted the conduct of some Malawi Congress Party (MCP) supporters who on Tuesday disrupted government operations at Capital Hill in Lilongwe in protest against the May 21 Tripartite Elections results. In a statement dated June 4 2019 signed by MCTU secretary general Denis Kalekeni, the union condemned the…

MEC absolves Nsanje CRO

Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has said the constituency returning officer (CRO) in Nsanje Central who was arrested after some people claimed he was taking part in electoral fraud was released after being found without fault. When asked in an interview yesterday about the status of the man, Fred Thomas, MEC director of media and public…

Mutharika cancels victory rally

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) yesterday cancelled a planned victory rally President Peter Mutharika was scheduled to address at Njamba Freedom Park in Blantyre. DPP spokesperson Nicholas Dausi, in a telephone interview yesterday, confirmed the cancellation, saying the party wanted more time to prepare. “It is a normal cancellation. We thought we need to make proper…

Elections not credible—PAC

Public Affairs Committee (PAC), a quasi-religious body formed in 1992 during the country’s political transition from one-party to multiparty democracy, has discredited the May 21 Tripartite Elections, stating that the results “lack credibility”. PAC gave its position during a news conference in Blantyre addressed by its chairperson the Very Reverend Felix Chingota who accused Malawi…

Election results glitches haunt MEC

  Glitches in the transmission of results in the 2019 Tripartite Elections spilled over to the second day yesterday. Lower Shire districts of Chikwawa and Nsanje were among areas where late transmission of results was recorded and nearly caused an uproar. As at 1pm Wednesday, there were no results submitted to the district tally centre…

Immigration deports 40

  The Department of Immigration and Citizenship Services has deported 40 illegal foreign nationals who were nabbed in a special operation that started on May 7 this year. Among the illegal immigrants picked by the department are five Burundians, five Nigerians, one Zimbabwean, one Icelander, three Indians and two Mozambicans. The department’s spokesperson Joseph Chauwa…

Clergy guides flock

  Malawians will cast their votes tomorrow to choose a president, 193 legislators and 462 ward councillors amid guidance from the clergy for voters to elect honest leaders who will promote the best interests of the country. With the May 21 Tripartite Elections barely hours away, the clergy have avoided making candidate endorsements to influence…

Voter transfer ban stirs debate

  Debate has ensued on Malawi Electoral Commission’s (MEC) decision restricting eligible voters to cast their votes in the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections where they registered. Some critics have since accused the electoral body of disenfranchising affected voters. In an interview yesterday, MEC commissioner responsible for electoral services Jean Mathanga stressed that only MEC…

Mutharika cancels campaign rallies

  President Peter Mutharika yesterday cancelled a whistle-stop tour of Salima and Dedza districts as part of the campaign for the May 21 Tripartite Elections. A statement signed by Chief Secretary in the Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC) Lloyd Muhara said Mutharika, who is governing Democratic Progressive Party candidate in the elections, had…

Fresh move to oust Malasa

  Some parishioners in the Anglican Diocese of the Upper Shire (Adus) on Saturday underlined their resolve to remove Bishop Brighton Malasa from his position for flouting recruitment procedures and wasting church resources, among others. The group, led by Professor Leonard Kalindekafe, claims to represent 35 of the diocese’s 41 parishes at a press conference…

Synod nominations meet ends in chaos

A meeting to nominate candidates for the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP) Blantyre Synod executive committee erupted into a near fist fight on Saturday when some delegates refused to accept Reverend Billy Gama’s candidacy for the position of general secretary (GS). Sources who attended the meeting on Saturday claimed that Reverend Gama is being…

MEC warns against  blocking candidates

The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has warned traditional leaders and politicians against blocking candidates from holding campaign rallies in their areas. MEC chairperson for electoral services committee Jean Mathanga said in an interview yesterday the commission had received reports of cases where some candidates were prevented from holding meetings to garner support in readiness for…

Workers spell out  grievances on May Day

Workers yesterday commemorated World Labour Day with calls to government to address inequalities in the labour sector, including violence against women, salary disparities and pension remittances. During the event in Blantyre, Malawi Congress of Trade Unions (MCTU) president Luther Mambala asked government to, among others, sort out gaps in minimum wage and tax-free bracket redress…

Admarc strike threatens targets

A nationwide strike by Agriculture Development and Marketing Corporation (Admarc) employees may affect the parastatal’s ambitious targets set through its four-year strategic plan launched last October. Admarc’s 4 600 strong workforce yesterday downed tools, pressing management to remit about K1.8 billion in pension fund arrears and implement a salary restructuring agreement which was scheduled to start…

Chakwera to change working hours

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) presidential candidate Lazarus Chakwera said his party’s administration will change working hours from 7.30am to 8.30am to give workers more time to attend to their domestic affairs. In his address yesterday to a campaign rally at Njamba in Blantyre in the run up to the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections, he…

Police assures PAC Buleya probe

The Malawi Police Service (MPS) yesterday pledged to set up an inquiry into the death in police custody of Buleya Lule, a key suspect in the abduction of a boy with albinism. MPS Commissioner George Kainja, responsible for planning, research and reforms, said in an interview in Blantyre yesterday at the end of a two-day…