MDF, protesters in running battles in Mzuzu

Demonstrations to push for the resignation of Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson Jane Ansah ended in running battles between Malawi Defence Force (MDF) soldiers and some protesters who turned violent across Mzuzu City yesterday. The protesters were apparently against a peaceful march conducted earlier under the close watch of MDF soldiers after Mlawi Police Service…

Zambians, Malawians arrested for ivory deals

Police have arrested two Zambians and two Malawians for allegedly transporting pieces of ivory from Kasungu to Mzimba. Northern Region Police spokesperson Peter Kalaya yesterday confirmed the arrest of the four at Jenda in Mzimba and identified the Zambians as Jailos Banda of Khalira Village, Traditional Authority (T/A) Mwase and Julius Thosi of Thosi Village,…

APM boos mar Mzuni graduation

Despite delegating newly appointed vice-chancellor John Kalenga Saka to preside over the Mzuzu University graduation on Friday, President Peter Mutharika’s name was booed each time it was mentioned. Mutharika, who is Chancellor of the university, delegated Saka to preside over the ceremony, which was shifted from Mzuzu Stadium to Mzuzu University football ground following electoral…

Irate vendors cause  havoc in Mzimba

Irate protesters suspected to be illegal vendors trading outside a designated market caused havoc at Jenda Trading Centre in Mzimba on Tuesday evening and allegedly smashed vehicles, looted shops and destroyed billboards. The people were allegedly protesting against a decision by M’mbelwa District Council to move them from an undesignated area along the M1 where…

Malawi warned on child labour

Malawi Congress of Trade Unions (MCTU) and a non-governmental organisation have warned that Malawi risks not meeting the 2025 target to reduce child labour due to failure to implement measures to end the vice. The sentiments by MCTU and Winrock International, expressed during the commemoration of the Child Labour Day in Rumphi on Saturday, come…

Alliance talks tough on tractorgate apology

Alliance Against Serious and Organised Corruption has said government’s regret over the flawed procurement and disposal of archaic farm equipment purchased using $50 million (about K37 billion) borrowed funds in 2012, is not enough. Instead, the alliance comprising CCAP Synod of Livingstonia’s Church and Society Programme, Malawi Law Society, Centre for Human Rights Rehabilitation and…

Demos haunt councils

Local councils in Karonga and Mzuzu say their operations have been hit hard by the destruction resulting from last week’s mass protests against Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson Jane Ansah. By yesterday, Karonga District Council employees were still searching for alternative office space away from the main building torched by protesters last Wednesday. In an…

North too angry for  demonstrations—priest

A Catholic Priest yesterday said people in the Northern Region are too angry to hold peaceful protests. Father Eugene Ng’oma was commenting on mass protests to force Malawi Electoral Commission chairperson Jane Ansah to resign after presiding over what the civil society and opposition term fraudulent elections. The marches in the Northern Region have been…

More lawsuits in Karonga-Songwe Road project

Two more local contractors have dragged Zhejiang Communication Construction Company (ZCCC) to court over contractual disagreements in the construction of bus stops on the Karonga-Songwe Road. The Chinese company subcontracted Nedi Civil Engineering Company and Professional Merchants Civil Contractors to construct eight bus bays each in the project funded by World Bank. In separate lawsuits,…

Briton murdered in Mzuzu

British businessperson Allan Michael Fay, 58, was found dead in a bush near his Lakeview Lodge on the eastern boundary of Mzuzu City. He opened the hilltop resort in 2011 and workers remembered him as a friendly person. His body was found about 100 metres from the lodge. Northern Region Police spokesperson Peter Kalaya and…

Parties ‘shun’ballots arrival

Despite being major stakeholders in the electoral process, political parties and Independent candidates shunned verification of arrival of ballot papers for the Tuesday May 21 tripartite elections in Mzuzu on Friday. Parties have since said they shunned the exercise after waiting in vain on Thursday, a day they were communicated to for arrival of the…

RBM eyes 6 months import cover

  The Reserve Bank of Malawi (RBM) has unveiled plans to boost import cover from the current three to six months to ensure the country has enough foreign exchange reserves. But Economics Association of Malawi (Ecama), while welcoming the plan, argues it requires the intervention of various players. Speaking during a town hall meeting in…

WVM injects K14m in Mzimba-Karonga ECD

  World Vision Malawi (WVM) says it has invested K14.2 million in training 59 caregivers as part of its commitment to promote early childhood development (ECD) in Mzimba and Karonga districts. Speaking during a graduation of the caregivers on Friday, Mzimba WVM district manager Elarton Thawani said the institution wants all children to be educated…

RBM Governor says Cashgate tamed

Reserve Bank of Malawi (RBM) says it has contained Cashgate, the plunder of public resources at Capital Hill exposed in 2013, through strict scrutiny of government cheques. Speaking in an interview after a town hall meeting RBM organised in Mzuzu to interact with stakeholders in the city on Friday, RBM Governor Dalitso Kabambe assured the…

HRDC calls for arrest of Buleya cops

Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) has demanded the arrest of police officers implicated in the killing of Buleya Lule, a suspect in connection with the abduction of a person with albinism. A Malawi Human Rights Commission (MHRC) report issued on Wednesday this week found that Lule, who died in police custody, was tortured before his…