Minister, MRA warn politicians against abuse

Deputy Minister of Finance Cornelius Mwalwanda and Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) commissioner general John Biziwick have cautioned politicians against abusing the public tax collector. During the deputy minister’s tour of MRA structures in the Northern Region last week, MRA officers complained that politicians, especially those in government, have always caused problems for MRA when it…

JB meets chiefs today, opposition suspicious

Malawi President Joyce Banda is scheduled to meet traditional leaders from across the country today (Thursday) at Sanjika Palace in Blantyre. The agenda of the meeting is not known, but some opposition parties have expressed suspicions, especially on the timing of today’s meeting.. Both presidential press secretary Steven Nhlane and Maganizo Mazeze, public relations officer…

DPP mum on threats, Bingu wealth

The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has put its tail between legs after failing to fulfil the threats it made in Lilongwe last Thursday. During a news conference in Lilongwe last Thursday, DPP disputed the reported K61 billion (about $152m) wealth accumulated by former president the late Bingu wa Mutharika and threatened to take to court…

Chinese Embassy deplores insecurity

The Chinese Embassy in Lilongwe has deplored rising cases of insecurity in the country and asked the police to step up the gear in providing security to citizens. Chinese Embassy director of consular services Zhou Baoguo said this in Blantyre yesterday during the cremation ceremony of Zhou Feng, a 48-year-old Chinese national, which took place…

DPP awaits date for July 20 killers case

The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) says it is ready with the case involving police officers, who are suspected to have killed people during the July 20 2011 demonstrations. Five police officers in Blantyre and four in Lilongwe were arrested in May this year, a move that raised hope that the case would be handled…

NGO attacks Maneb on exam leakages

The Civil Society Education Coalition (Csec) has attacked the Malawi National Examinations Board (Maneb) over rampant examination leakages which have turned into lucrative business. But Maneb, while acknowledging the problem, blamed the security system from the time examinations are prepared to the time they are administered. Maneb called for a review of the whole process.…

Financial problems affect BCC operations

Blantyre City Council (BCC) management said the council is underperforming in some sectors because of lack of adequate funding and cooperation with the public. Addressing a press conference in Blantyre on Saturday, BCC chief executive officer Ted Nandolo appealed for proper care of structures and equipment so that they stay longer. “We have an annual…

Atupele, Uladi opt for mediation

The case between United Democratic Front president (UDF) Atupele Muluzi and Minister of Home Affairs and Internal Security Uladi Mussa is scheduled to go for mediation next week. Lawyers representing Atupele and Mussa, Jai Banda and Paul Maulidi respectively, confirmed the development in separate interviews on Thursday. Atupele sued Mussa for uttering unfair remarks on…

No easy road to one-party—Lawyer

The call or desire for Malawi to have a one-party State is wishful thinking as it will require a referendum, a constitutional law expert has said. The revelation comes after the ruling People’s Party (PP) secretary general Henry Chibwana on Mondaysuggested that it would be better to go back to the one-party State. Addressing supporters after…

PP slams parties’ assets declaration

The People’s Party (PP) has described the proposed requirement for political parties to declare their assets after registration as unnecessary. The party has likened it to mixing wood from the forest. The Centre for Multiparty Democracy (CMD) has proposed that the Political Party Act should, among others, demand that political parties declare their assets upon…

Leaving school to support siblings

Meyer Gondwe, 20, from Mung’ombwa Village, Traditional Authority Wasambo in Karonga did what her situation dictated. When she was in Standard Three at Hara Primary School, her father died. Later, her mother left her marital home to return to her village, where she remarried. Meyer, who was 14 at the time, was left with the…

I am not nepotistic—Mpinganjira

Veteran politician Brown Mpinganjira has denied reports that he is nepotistic, saying the country is going to judge his work. Mpinganjira said this following his appointment as Minister of Irrigation and Water Development. President Joyce Banda on Wednesday reshuffled her Cabinet which saw Professor Peter Mwanza [Agriculture and Food Security], Richie Muheya [Irrigation and Water…

Aford sets date for convention

    The Alliance for Democracy (Aford) has finally set a date for its convention. It will take place between August 23 and 24 this year. Initially, the convention was supposed to be convened on December 29 last year, but was shifted to April this year. It was postponed again and the party says, it…

‘Bingu was worth more than K61bn’

The wealth of former Malawi president the late Bingu wa Mutharika could be higher than the reported K61 billion (about $152m) following revelations that he held more bank accounts and property in three other countries. Mutharika died of cardiac arrest on April 5 last year. A report on preliminary assessment of his estate has since revealed that…

Callista can contest will— Lawyer

Former Malawi president the late Bingu wa Mutharika’s widow, Callista, can challenge Mutharika’s will if she wishes because the document became invalid the moment she married him. Mutharika wrote his ‘Last Will and Testament’ after the death of his first wife Ethel in 2007. Three years later, Mutharika married Callista. However, when the will became…

Man, 40, brutally murdered in Ndirande

Fear has gripped Blantyre’s Ndirande Township after a man working for an international departmental store was on Wednesday brutally hacked to death with pangas. The deceased, identified as Aubrey Kamzati, 40, from Thondoyo Village in Traditional Authority Chakhumbira in Ntcheu, was returning from meeting his girlfriend in the township when he met his fate. Southern…

MCP hopefuls in the dark

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) aspirants to national executive committee (NEC) positions, notably the presidency, are yet to be communicated to on their eligibility close to two months after submitting their nomination papers. MCP has since said short-listing of candidates for various positions is yet to be done and cautioned that those campaigning secretly would end…