Mixed fortunes

It was a night of mixed fortunes for electoral reforms in Parliament as the proposed Constitutional Amendment Bill to facilitate holding of fresh presidential election and setting dates failed to garner the required two thirds majority. Technically, this means there is no date for the fresh presidential election (and a run-off in case no candidate…

Speaker suspends 2 MPs for disorder

Speaker of the National Assembly Catherine Gotani Hara yesterday suspended Machinga Central East member of Parliament (MP) Daudi Chikwanje and Thyolo West legislator Charles Mchacha from parliamentary business for two days. The Speaker effected the suspensions after the two, both affiliated to the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), refused to obey orders and subsequently resisted…

It was a night of mixed fortunes for electoral reforms in Parliament as the proposed Constitutional Amendment Bill to facilitate holding of fresh presidential election and setting dates failed to garner the required two thirds majority. Technically, this means there is no date for the fresh presidential election (and a run-off in case no candidate…

Govt asked to reduce excise  tax on alcoholic beverages

Malawi Confederation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (MCCCI) has asked Treasury to review excise tax on companies producing alcoholic beverages if they are to survive the turbulent economic environment. MCCCI chief executive officer Chancellor Kaferapanjira said this on Friday in Lilongwe when he appeared before Parliament’s Budget and Finance Committee. He said companies such…

House tackles ways to end mob justice

Members of Parliament on Tuesday took turns in suggesting possible solutions to mob justice cases which have been on the rise in the country. The parliamentarians agreed that there is need for cohesion, review of the judicial system and civic education to the masses on how to deal with law breakers. Minister of Justice and…

MPs debate coronavirus

Members of Parliament (MPs) yesterday pressed government to come up with clear mechanisms on coronavirus preparedness, saying the current situation does not portray that the country is prepared. Responding to a ministerial statement on the virus, the legislators expressed worry that there is no proper budget to contain the virus, no trained personnel or quarantine…

Egenco to repair gensets

Electricity Generation Company (Egenco) has promised to repair eight of its faulty gensets by end of this month. About nine gensets both in Blantyre and Lilongwe are faulty and not working, which leads to a loss of 18 megawatts (MW) daily. Parliamentary Committee on Natural Resources and Climate Change visited an Egenco site at Kanengo…

Find maize, govt dared

The Budget and Finance, and Agriculture and Natural Resources committees of Parliament have asked government to cast its net wide in procuring maize to replenish Strategic Grain Reserves (SGRs) to fight hunger in the country. This follows revelations by the National Food Reserve Agency (NFRA) that there is only  14 000 metric tonnes  (MT) in…

Govt jobs report raises eyebrows

Parliament’s Public Appointments Committee has cast doubt on the credibility of a report from the Department of Human Resource Management and Development (DHRMD) on distribution of jobs in the civil service, saying it is marred by errors. Committee chairperson Collins Kajawa expressed the sentiments in an interview yesterday after meeting a DHRMD team at Parliament…

Govt assessing maize farmers contracts

Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development Principal Secretary Grey Nyandule Phiri says government is assessing farmers who applied for contracts to provide maize to stock up Strategic Grain Reserves (SGRs). Early last month, government announced plans to venture into contract farming with farmers, both subsistence and commercial, to restock the SGRs. Government plans to…

Government needs more relief maize

Chief relief and rehabilitation officer in the Department of Disaster Management Affairs (Dodma) Fyabupi Mwafongo says government needs about 23 190 metric tonnes (MT) of maize for relief to hunger stricken families. He was speaking yesterday in an interview on the sidelines of 2019/20 Lean Season Food Insecurity Response Programme (LS-Firp) coordination meeting with district…

High Court okays dreadlocks for Rastafarian pupils

The High Court in Zomba has granted parents of Rastafarian community an injunction stopping Ministry of Education, Science and Technology from denying children with dreadlocks access to classes in government schools. Women Lawyers Association represented the community and lawyer Chikondi Chijozi said they asked for the injunction following several complaints from the parents who said…

Kabwila granted bail

Lilongwe Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday granted bail to Jessie Kabwila on condition that she pays a K20 000 cash bond, provide two sureties and report to police whenever she wants to travel outside Lilongwe. Kabwila pleaded not guilty to two charges levelled against her by the police on Saturday. The trial for her case is…

1.8m face hunger—Mvac

New estimates by the Malawi Vulnerability Assessment Committee (Mvac) indicate that 1 879 391 Malawians face hunger in the current harvest season, an increase from the 1 062 674 that Mvac estimated last May. The latest assessment, whose results were released on December 20, was conducted from November 4 to 29, 2019 as a follow-up…

Land chaos reigned supreme in 2019

The year 2019 courted a lot of controversy in as far as management, distribution and allocation of land is concerned. In the year, we learnt of land being dubiously sold and later a parallel ‘lands office’ operating within the precincts of Capital Hill busted. It all began in October with the discovery of a parallel…

Government warns controlling officers on performance

Chief Secretary in the Office of President and Cabinet Lloyd Muhara has warned controlling officers in non-performing ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) that they risk being punished this financial year. Speaking on Thursday at Bingu International Convention Centre in Lilongwe where outstanding MDAs were awarded, he said it is high time government started punishing poor…

Experts say red tape affecting delivery

Governance and legal commentators have faulted bureaucracy in selection and appointment of officers to lead oversight institutions, saying it is negatively affecting the offices when they fall vacant. The commentators have observed that officers’ approval that have to go through the office of the President and then Parliament, which has diverse political representation, has consequences…

Minister gives developer 7 days to demolish fence

Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development Symon Vuwa Kaunda has given a developer, who encroached a graveyard at Kauma in Lilongwe, seven days to demolish his fence. The minister issued the ultimatum yesterday in response to complaints from Kauma residents, through Lilongwe Central Constituency legislator Alfred Jiya, that the area is facing a huge…

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