CSOs lose case against APM

The Malawi Supreme Court of Appeal has reversed a High Court order that sought to compel President Peter Mutharika to fire his then Cabinet minister George Chaponda in connection with a controversial maize import deal in 2017. Yesterday’s ruling followed an appeal by the Attorney General (AG) two years ago after the High Court of…

Committee for budget review

Budget and Finance Committee of Parliament says it is concerned with the uncertainty regarding the Mid-Year Budget Review Meeting of the National Assembly which traditionally takes place from mid-February. Committee chairperson Rhino Chiphiko said in an interview yesterday that indications were that the meeting may not take place. He said: “By now, we could have…

K36.7BN tractors  Deal haunts govt

The 2014 disposal of tractors and other implements procured using a $50 million (K36.7 billion) line of credit continues to haunt government as the Malawi Supreme Court of Appeal has given government a 60-day ultimatum to review the deal. In its ruling, the court sitting in Lilongwe yesterday overturned an earlier High Court decision in…

Parliament speaks on Chakwera resignation

Parliament Secretariat says the resignation of Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president Lazarus Chakwera as leader of opposition in Parliament will not affect the forthcoming Mid-Year Budget Review Meeting. Clerk of Parliament Fiona Kalemba, responding to a questionnaire on the administrative side of the House’s proceedings following Chakwera’s resignation in line with constitutional requirements to vie…

Police shakes up VP security again

Malawi Police Service (MPS) has once again shaken up the security detail of estranged Vice-President Saulos Chilima by interdicting 40 police officers allocated to the Second Citizen despite a High Court order stopping the same still in force. Some of the police officers in the Vice-President’s security detail who have collected their letters told The…

DPP, analyst speak on Atupele bid

Governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) says it has no problem with Cabinet minister in the Peter Mutharika administration, Atupele Muluzi presenting his presidential nomination papers on his United Democratic Front (UDF) ticket while still serving as minister. In an interview yesterday, DPP spokesperson Nicholas Dausi described the move by Muluzi, who is Minister of Health,…

Mandate expires, Icam  warns on Auditor General

The legal mandate of the acting Auditor General (AG) has expired, but government is yet to appoint a replacement for retired Stephenson Kamphasa. The development has prompted the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Malawi (Icam) to caution government to expedite the process of recruiting Kamphasa’s replacement to avoid breaching the law. Minister of Finance, Economic…

UN, govt sign K182bn workplan

The United Nations Community and Malawi Government have signed a $246 million (about K182 billion) 2019 workplan to promote peace, inclusion, human capital and inclusive resilient growth. The workplan, which was signed on Monday at the Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC) in Lilongwe, will also enhance proper coordination for all UN agencies in…

Spouse dumps stripped UTM woman

The ugly face of political violence has cost a Mangochi woman her marriage. The woman was stripped naked by suspected governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) rough-necks on Sunday and her husband said he cannot stand the humiliation. Narrating her ordeal during a news conference organised by women politicians courtesy of the 50-50 Campaign Management Agency…

Botolo leaves Treasury, Chiunda in

Secretary to the Treasury Ben Botolo has been transferred to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation on the same portfolio while principal secretary (PS) administration in the Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC) Cliff Chiunda now takes the Treasury mantle. Botolo confirmed his transfer in an interview yesterday, saying the move is…

Govt to promote 14 000 teachers

Critics say it is an elections ploy The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MoEST) says it is set to promote 14 000 teachers in primary, secondary and tertiary schools to motivate them and promote quality education. But critics have cautioned that this could be a ploy to woo voters as the May 21 Tripartite…

Court suspends Veep officers interdiction

As the cat and mouse chase between government and police officers stationed at Vice-President Saulos Chilima’s office continues, government seems hell bent on punishing the officers for alleged absenteeism. On Wednesday, Malawi Police Service (MPS), through Director of Human Resource Management Joseph Chambuluka, wrote the affected 40 officers informing them that they have been interdicted…

Chilima under siege again

Still smarting from the arrests of Vice-President Saulos Chilima’s two personal assistants on Monday, the Malawi Police Service (MPS) yesterday morning withdrew the Toyota Cruiser registration MP 2098 it provided to Chilima as part of his entitlement, The Nation has established. MPS has also called 41 officers who are working in the Office of the…

EU, PAC add voice to albino killings

The European Union Delegation has pledged support to Malawi government in bringing to book killers of people living with albinism, saying their murder is a breach of human rights. In a statement issued yesterday by EU heads of mission resident in Malawi, the killing of Yasin Phiri on December 31 2018 is a tragic reminder…

Disasters kill 15

The Department of Disaster Management Affairs (Dodma) has said 15 people have died in natural disasters since the onset of rains in November. In an update report on natural disasters since the onset of the rains, Dodma said 11 of the 15 were killed by lightning strikes. The report said 15 238 households have been…

Mwenifumbo shelves Aford presidency claim

Alliance for Democracy (Aford) legislator Frank Mwenifumbo, who has been battling with party leader Enoch Chihana for presidency, has shelved his claims to the grouping’s top position pending a fresh convention. Mwenifumbo, who is member of Parliament (MP) for Karonga Central, said this at a news conference yesterday at the party’s Area 49 office in…