PP reshuffles leadership up North

Malawi’s ruling People’s Party (PP) has reshuffled its leadership in the Northern Region amid reports of divisions in the party. However, PP acting secretary general Paul Maulidi on Monday said the changes were normal for the party and any organisation makes such changes. PP has replaced Northern provincial chairperson Brown Soko with Frank Mwenefumbo and…

Agriculture PS, Mzadd boss risk jail sentences

Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security principal secretary (PS) and Mzuzu ADD programme manager risk being jailed for defying a High Court order to include 45 chiefs and their subordinates as beneficiaries of the Farm Input Subsidy Programme (Fisp). This comes after the High Court in Mzuzu on November 15 2012 granted an injunction restraining…

Man arrested for  insulting President

A 37-year-old man is languishing at Mzuzu Prison where he has been remanded after he allegedly insulted President Joyce Banda on Thursday, The Nation has learnt. The suspect was denied police bail on Friday. Mzuzu Police spokesperson Maurice Chapola on Monday said police arrested Japhet Chirwa of Mazembe Village, Traditional Authority (T/A) Fukamapiri in Nkhata…

JB on 13 trips in five days in North

Malawi President Joyce Banda, who has been calling on Malawians to embrace economic prudence, has embarked on a 13-trip tour of the North. According to the programme, Banda is expected to hold several activities from today (Tuesday) to Saturday most of which fall under her recently initiated A Cow A Family Project. Meanwhile, political analyst…

Vice-President Khumbo Kachali says Christian Health Association of Malawi (Cham) institutions should be accountable in the use of government and donor funds. Kachali said this on Friday when he presided over the graduation of 48 students from Ekwendeni College of Health Science of the Livingstonia CCAP Synod. The graduates were awarded diplomas in nursing and…

The Mzuzu Chief Resident Magistrate’s Court has set July 17 2013 as a date for hearing of the Paladin assault case. Three Paladin officials in Karonga, general manager John Chandler, safety manager Peter Duffield and security supervisor Ronald Kapira are suspected to have assaulted an employee Kenneth Kamadya for recording proceedings of a meeting in which he…

ACB reviewing Paladin, police bribe case

The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) is reviewing a case in which an ex-Paladin employee is alleging that three top officials from the uranium mining firm bribed police with fuel and food to frustrate his assault case. ACB spokesperson Egrita Ndala on Tuesday confirmed that the body received a complaint from Kenneth Kamadya who alleged that Paladin…

CSOs call on Malawians to monitor JB

Records of former presidents accumulating wealth beyond their capacity have forced civil society organisations (CSOs)to call on Malawians to closely monitor President Joyce Banda and her senior government officials’ accumulation of wealth to cut the trend. There are recent revelations that former president Bingu wa Mutharika accumulated more than K61 billion in a short period…

World Bank, Malawi to boost public universities

Access and quality of tertiary are expected to improve following revelations that the World Bank is committed to support the country’s functioning public universities with U$7 million each. The institutions to benefit are Mzuzu University (Mzuni), Chancellor College, The Polytechnic and Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (Luanar) According to Principal Secretary for higher…

Shareholders sacrifice dividends

Mpico shareholders have reinvested their dividends for 2012 into the construction of the R410 million Gateway Shopping Mall in Lilongwe. The members made the sacrifice on Friday as one of Mpico 2013 Annual General Meeting (AGM) resolutions. The mall stalled last year due to economic problems the country was going through. Projections had it that…

K28m Sobo fraud suspects challenge conviction

Nine officials at Southern Bottlers (Sobo) who were sentenced to five years imprisonment with hard labour for allegedly misappropriating K28 million (about $70 000) have challenged the sentence. The High Court in Mzuzu on Tuesday started hearing the appeal where lawyers for the suspects Victor Gondwe and Dziko Malunda presented eight grounds of appeal. The…