MCP, partners endorse July vigils

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and its electoral alliance partners have endorsed vigils Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) has organised on July 4 and 5 to force Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson Jane Ansah to resign. MCP and its partners, People’s Party (PP) and Freedom Party (FP), have since appealed to their supporters to patronise the…

MCP snubs House leadership

Parliament resumed sitting on Monday after a weekend recess without a Leader of Opposition (LOP), a first since Malawi embraced multiparty democracy through a 1993 national referendum. Speaker of Parliament Catherine Gotani Hara announced the leadership of the House from all parties with the LOP  missing on the list. Standing Order 35 (1) states that…

MCP Parliament protest continues

More drama is expected when Parliament resumes sitting today, with main opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) vowing not to respond to President Peter Mutharika’s State of the Nation Address (Sona) delivered on Friday. The party has said it will not prepare a response to the Sona as per tradition because they consider Mutharika’s presidency as…

Chakwera to lead march for justice

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president Lazarus Chakwera will today lead his supporters in a march to the High Court premises in Lilongwe where the court is scheduled to decide on preliminary applications in the elections case. In an interview on Tuesday, MCP secretary general Eisenhower Mkaka confirmed what has been dubbed the March For Justice…

Chilima endorses June 20 demos

UTM Party president Saulos Klaus Chilima (SKC) has urged his followers to join the Thursday demonstrations organised by civil society organisation (CSOs) who are calling for the resignation of Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson Jane Ansah. The CSOs argue that Ansah and her commissioners failed to manage the May 21 Tripartite Elections which were marred…

Women top Speaker candidates’ list

As the battle for the position of Speaker heats up, both sides of the Parliament aisle are putting up names of women parliamentarians as candidates, The Nation can reveal. News from the two major parties, Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), indicates that in the running for position of Speaker are Mzimba…

Chakwera in 3-day prayer and fasting

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president Lazarus Chakwera and other party supporters have turned to God by embarking on a three-day Esther Fast to pray for “victory over wickedness and for good leaders and truth to reign in Malawi”. According to one of the organisers of the fast Sean Kampondeni, so far there is a positive…

MCP courts 18 independent MPs

Barely a week after governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) lured some independent legislators to its fold, opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) has confirmed courting 18 independents to boost its numbers in Parliament. In an interview yesterday, MCP spokesperson the Reverend Maurice Munthali said the independent members of Parliament (MPs) have since pledged to work with…

Government faulted on auditor general

The Institute of Chartered Accountants in Malawi (Icam) has expressed disappointment with government over delays to appoint a substantive Auditor General (AG) as the current acting officer’s mandate expired five months ago. In an interview yesterday, Icam chief executive officer Francis Chinjoka Gondwe said government was taking long and flouting its own laws. He said:…

Agriculture investment under scrutiny

Despite consistent allocation of about 10 percent of the national budget to agriculture, statistics on the ground show that the sector is not growing, raising concerns on the efficiency in allocating public resources. The Agriculture Sector Performance Report (ASPR) for July 2017 to June 2018 shows that the sector’s growth in 2017/2018 was estimated at…

Police deploys 4 to foreign mission

Malawi Police Service has deployed to foreign mission four officers, including Inspector Harriet Khwengwele Mtungama whose video clip campaigning for the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in the May 21 Tripartite Elections went viral on social media. In a letter to Quarterpol (office responsible for issuance of uniforms in the police) dated May 24 2019,…

Ex-Chilima security detail transferred

Malawi Police Service (MPS) has transferred 46 officers previously assigned to immediate-past vice-president (VP) Saulos Chilima in a move some of the affected officers say is a form of punishment. The transfers to the Northern Region are with immediate effect according to a letter signed by Commissioner Joseph Chambuluka, responsible for human resource management. The…

New MPs swearing in June 17-18

Parliament has set June 17 and 18 as dates for swearing in the 2019-2024 cohort of legislators elected in the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections. Clerk of Parliament Fiona Kalemba said in a statement that the legislators’ oath of office will be followed by election of the House’s Speaker, First Deputy Speaker and Second Deputy…

MHRC condemns violence

The Malawi Human Rights Commission (MHRC) has advised the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) leadership to refrain from political violence following fracas in some parts of the Northern and Central regions since Saturday. In a press statement issued yesterday signed by MHRC executive secretary David Nungu, the commission says it is disturbed with reports of incidents…

Police release detained private plane

  Malawi Police Service has released a private jet which it detained on Friday over alleged suspicious activities of its crew members and passengers. Police said in a statement on Sunday they detained the eight-seater plane, which landed at Kamuzu International Airport (KIA) on May 17 2019 and flew to Mzuzu and then Likoma Island.…

Promotion of dead teachers, error—PS

E Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MoEST) Principal Secretary Justin Saidi has said the inclusion of names of deceased teachers on the list of 20 210 teachers promoted last week is an error currently being rectified. He attributed the said error to use of an electronic system which automatically generated the names of the…

‘Malawi needs K225bn to normalise disaster’

Minister of Homeland Security Nicholas Dausi says Malawi needs $300 million (K225 billion) to normalise the floods damage after cyclone Idai. Dausi made the remarks at Kamuzu International Airport (KIA) yesterday when his ministry received relief items from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). He said government underestimated its earlier disaster estimates. “We…

Maula frees drug resistant TB inmates

Six prisoners have been released at Maula Prison following a court order to set them free because of being diagnosed with multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB). Malawi Prison Services national spokesperson Chimwemwe Shaba has since confirmed the development, saying they are abiding by a court order given on February 25 this year. He said: “We released them…

More rot as K3.2bn vanishes

Best practices in public finance management continue to elude Capital Hill as a 2017/18 Malawi Government Accounts Audit has revealed that ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) failed to account for a whopping K3.2 billion. From the audit report, one sees the same old trends of weaknesses in accounting for public funds among MDAs as well…