Families recount ordeal in DPP celebration tragedy

Families of three children that died in Thyolo on Monday while celebrating the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) election win have said they are devastated with the deaths. Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) declared President Peter Mutharika as winner of the May 21 Tripartite Elections on Monday. The children—Rachel Dyson, 9; Felix Steven,12; and Chikumbutso Kapesi,12–had joined…

50:50 Campaign outlines setbacks

The 50:50 Campaign Management Agency says despite improved numbers of women winning in this year’s tripartite elections, the women faced a number of challenges. Presenting a statement in Blantyre yesterday, ActionAid Malawi women’s rights theme manager Chikumbutso Ngosi Ndaferankhande said patriarchy that is deeply entrenched in society which regards women as unfit to lead is…

Free, fair polls critical, Wolrec tells Neno voters

  Women’s Legal Resource Centre (Wolrec) has told voters in Neno District that free and fair elections play a critical role in democratic transitions and encouraging political liberalisation. Neno Wolrec Women Enhanced Active Citizenship and Economic Empowerment project officer Facio Gavern said this in the district on Saturday during a voter civic education financed by…

Chief urges politicians  to honour promises

Group village head Chaweza of Zomba has accused politicians of making promises which they do not fulfil after winning elections. He made the accusation at St Paul’s Primary School in the district on Sunday during a debate National Initiative for Civic Education (Nice) Trust organised for Matiya Ward candidates. In an interview, Chaweza said development…

Candidates trade barbs in debate

A debate organised by National Initiative for Civic Education (Nice) Trust in Machinga Likwenu Constituency candidates has exposed bad blood between former legislator David Lally (United Democratic Front-UDF) and former councillor Mc Donald Makanjira. During the debate in Liwonde on Saturday, Lally accused Makanjira of deliberately frustrating development activities when he was councillor to decampaign…

Parties dodge LBGTI debate

Politicians keep sidestepping the thorny question about same-sex relationships a decade after Tionge Chimbalanga and Steven Monjeza were jailed. The country’s laws criminalise same-sex marriages and the then president Bingu wa Mutharika pardoned the country’s first gay couple “on humanitarian grounds” after a court handed them a maximum sentence of 14 years in jail. “These…

8 dead in Chikwawa floods

Chikwawa District Council says eight people have died as a result of floods in the district. The council’s director of planning and development (DPD) Douglas Moffat said this on Monday at Ngabu in the district when Stephanos Foundation distributed 150 bags of maize to some of the affected people. “In addition, about 120 000 houses…

‘Abambo zawakanika, yesaniko amayi’

Bungwe lomwe likumenyera kuti amayi akhale m’maudindo la Ligowe Community Development Organisation (Licodo) lamemeza anthu a boma la Neno ndi Mwanza kuti ayesereko kuvotera amayi. Mkulu wa bungwelo, Henry Machemba adati chidwi chawo nkulimbikitsa amayi m’mabomawo kuti apikisane nawo m’maudindo a khansala ndi phungu wa nyumba ya Malamulo. Machemba adati amayi akudziwa mavuto omwe anthu…

MCP faults bodyguards call at primaries

  Malawi Congress Party (MCP) has questioned a call by the party’s Lakeshore Regional Office to ask aspirants to be accompanied by personal bodyguards to primary elections set for this Saturday. MCP spokesperson the Reverend Maurice Munthali said in an interview yesterday the arrangement was strange and promoting something the party does not believe in.…

Ministry to assist Chiradzulu, Phalombe female aspirants

  Ministry of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare has assured women aspirants in Chiradzulu and Phalombe districts of support in their campaign for parliamentary and ward councillor positions in the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections. Chief gender officer Peter Yeresani gave the assurance in Phalombe on Thursday after meeting female aspirants. “We know that…

50:50 campaigners fault Cabinet

  The 50:50 Campaign Management Agency, an institution championing gender equality in elected political positions, has faulted President Peter Mutharika for reducing the number of women in Cabinet from four to three in the 20-member team. But government has said women empowerment is more than being appointed to serve in the Cabinet. In a statement…

Court discharges Mzomera bankruptcy order

  The High Court’s Commercial Division in Lilongwe has discharged a bankruptcy order on Mzimba Hora legislator the Reverend Christopher Ngwira after he demonstrated ability to service the contested debt. Ngwira,  a former deputy Cabinet minister in former president Bingu wa Mutharika’s administration, was declared bankrupt in June this year after allegedly failing to pay…

Women must support  one another—Envoy

Through Icelandic International Development Agency (Iceida), Iceland is supporting the 50:50 campaign in Mangochi through the 50:50 Campaign Management Agency. The main focus is to have more councillors in the district although women can contest as members of Parliament (MPs). EDWIN NYIRONGO talked to Iceland charge d’affaires Agusta Gisladottir to explain about it and the…

Ntcheu chief admits failure in women empowerment

  Inkosi Champiti of Ntcheu has admitted that the district has failed to fight for equal representation of men and women in leadership positions. The chief said this in Ntcheu on Tuesday during an advocacy meeting with local governance structures which NGO Gender Coordination Network (NGO-GCN) organised through Gender Support Network (GSP). Ntcheu has no…

37 Neno women aspire for political positions

  Thirty-seven women in Neno District have expressed interest to contest in the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections as members of Parliament (MPs) and councillors. This was revealed on Thursday when 50-50 Campaign Management Agency visited the district to encourage women to participate in the elections. Joyce Kachale from Neno North Constituency said people’s past…