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…

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…

Protesters go berserk in Blantyre

Anti-Jane Ansah demonstrations organised by Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) ended in an anticlimax yesterday in Blantyre when police fired tear gas to disperse protesters. After marching through Blantyre central business district (CBD) since the start of the protest at Kamuzu Stadium Upper Ground around 9am, demonstrators tried to make their way to Limbe at…

Muluzi sustains mediation drive

Former president Bakili Muluzi says he will continue pursuing his mediation drive to resolve the post-election stalemate that has left the country engulfed in tension and street protests. In an exclusive interview over the phone yesterday, he said: “Our goal to achieve peace through dialogue has not changed. We will continue with that initiative until…

Peace policy gathers dust

Nineteen months after launching the National Peace Policy (NPP), Malawi is yet to integrate the peace-building initiatives as the document is gathering dust at Capital Hill. During the launch of the NPP in November 2017, President Peter Mutharika and then leader of opposition in Parliament Lazarus Chakwera symbolically shook hands amid fanfare at the Bingu…

MCP, UTM deny organising demos

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and UTM Party have denied playing a role in the organisation of demonstrations to force Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson Jane Ansah to resign for allegedly residing over a flawed electoral process. The two parties were reacting to accusations by the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) that alongside Human Rights Defenders…

Blantyre petition withheld

Protesters led by Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) yesterday unanimously resolved not to deliver a petition to Blantyre City Council (BCC) until the council’s chief executive officer Alfred Chanza is back in office. The protesters, who were on a march to force Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson Jane Ansah to resign for allegedly presiding over…

MP, constituents tussle over projects

Some constituents in Blantyre South West Constituency have accused their parliamentarian Kennedy Kachingwe of failing to finish development projects in the area during the period between 2014 and 2019. Meanwhile, the concerned constituents say they have referred the matter to Parliament. However, attempts to get a comment from Clerk of Parliament (CoP) Fiona Kalemba proved…

PAC mediation awaits APM nod

Public Affairs Committee (PAC), a quasi-religious body formed in 1992 during the country’s political transition from one-party to multiparty system of government, says progress in its post-May 21 Tripartite Elections mediations awaits President Peter Mutharika’s availability. PAC mediators team leader Archbishop Thomas Msusa said in an interview that after the first level of dialogue with…

Hundreds march for Jane Ansah

Hundreds of women took to the streets of Blantyre on Wednesday in support of the embattled Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson Jane Ansah amid calls from sections of society for her to step down. With Minister of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare Mary Navicha and Seodi White, chief director in the Public Sector Reforms…

Malawi faces national blackout

Malawians on Monday endured a national power outage that lasted at least an hour, prompting an angry reaction from Consumers Association of Malawi (Cama) who have since demanded an explanation from Escom. Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) public relations manager Innocent Chitosi, in a written response last evening, confirmed that the country was in…

Mystery over MDF, police media briefing

There was anxiety in Blantyre on Friday when journalists waited for nearly seven hours for a joint Malawi Police Service (MPS) and Malawi Defence Force (MDF) press conference to update the nation on the prevailing security situation following the two-day demonstrations. The two State security organs were scheduled to update journalists at 9:30am at the…

Experts query Ansah status

Debate has ensued on the influence of embattled Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson Jane Ansah with some governance analysts stating her position has become technically untenable in the face of growing calls for her resignation. While the MEC chairperson, who is also a judge of the Malawi Supreme Court of Appeal, is on record as…

Chilima endorses anti-Ansah vigils

UTM Party president Saulos Chilima has endorsed vigils organised by civil society organisations (CSOs) on July 4 and 5 to press for the resignation of Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson Justice Jane Ansah. Addressing rallies at Njamba Freedom Park in Blantyre and Mponda Primary School Ground in Zomba yesterday and on Saturday, respectively, Chilima said…