‘May 21 polls irregular’

The Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) has slated May 20 as the day for the national demonstrations to call for the resignation of Malawi Electoral Commission chairperson Jane Ansah and the nullification of the May 21 Tripartite Elections. JOSEPH MWALE caught up with the coalition’s chairperson TIMOTHY MTAMBO. Excerpts: Why has HRDC decided to hold…

MCP supporters in  Mzuzu join protests

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) supporters in Mzuzu on Friday joined their colleagues in other parts of the country in protesting the May 21 Tripartite Election results. The protesters marched from MCP offices near Court House, through Shoprite Roundabout, to Vigwagwa Market, before returning to the M1 Road and ended with a brief vigil at the…

Tippex haunts MEC

Former commissioner, lawyers query electoral body Dust is refusing to settle over Malawi Electoral Commission’s (MEC) decision to accept May 21 Tripartite Elections results sheets altered using correction fluid, Tippex, with a former commissioner and lawyers faulting the electoral body. In separate interviews amid debate on the issue, the critics have questioned the rationale of…

Women lobby for female Speaker

Women’s rights activists have launched a push for newly elected legislators to vote for a female Speaker of Parliament when the National Assembly elects the Speaker, First Deputy Speaker and Second Deputy Speaker next week. In separate interviews yesterday following a social media lobby for a female Speaker by some activists, the activists said it…

30 independent MPs meet Mutharika

President Peter Mutharika on Saturday moved to boost the strength of his Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in Parliament when he hosted 30 independent legislators at Sanjika Palace in Blantyre, coaxing them to join his party’s fold. In an interview yesterday, presidential press secretary Mgeme Kalilani confirmed that the President met 30 of the newly-elected independent…

EU faults vote counting

Urges reforms As opposition demand nullification The European Union (EU) Election Observation Mission (EU-EOM) to Malawi has said vote counting in the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections was challenged by poor conditions and poor adherence to procedures. In a 12-page preliminary statement, dated May 23 2019, the mission has also punched holes in the electoral…

5 still missing after disaster

Five people who went missing after the April 2019 Tcharo Disaster in Rumphi East are yet to be found. In an interview, Rumphi district disaster risk management desk officer Alufeyo Mhango said they were yet to find the missing persons. “We are not sure whether they are under the rubble or the water. We have…

Opposition not invited  to APM inauguration

President Peter Mutharika’s  three main challengers in the May 21 Tripartite Elections have not been invited to the inauguration scheduled for Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre today, The Nation has established. Ironically, during his swearing-in on Tuesday, Mutharika urged all Malawians to unite and move on from their political differences. When contacted yesterday, immediate past vice-president…

PAC meets on 50+1, others

Presidential race results in the May 21 Tripartite Elections have revived debate on the country’s electoral system with Public Affairs Committee (PAC) hinting on a board meeting to map the way forward on 50-plus-one and other electoral reforms. In an interview yesterday in the wake of the results that saw President Peter Mutharika of Democratic…

Oxfam pledges women’s post-election support

Oxfam, one of the organisations that campaigned for women in the May 21 Tripartite Elections, has pledged support to the Women’s Caucus of Parliament and councillors beyond the elections period. In a statement on Monday,  Oxfam Malawi country director Lingalireni Mihowa, said the election of 44 women into Parliament is a clear indication that Malawians…

Presidential hopefuls relaxed, upbeat

  Presidential candidates in today’s tripartite elections yesterday said they were fired up, relaxed, in high spirits and looking forward to Malawians’ choice of leaders to steer the country in the next five years. In interviews on the eve of the election day, none of the seven candidates said they felt jittery or nervous after…

Stakeholders aim to quell electoral incidents

  The Malawi Police Service (MPS) and National Initiative for Civic Education (Nice) Trust have designated emergency phone and SMS numbers, respectively, through which Malawians can report incidents related to tomorrow’s elections. The aim is to track any developments during tomorrow’s tripartite elections for interventions by stakeholders, thereby contributing to the integrity of what are…

SKC last push for North vote

Vice-President Saulos Chilima, who is also presidential candidate for UTM party in the May 21 polls on Friday conducted final meetings in the Northern region, outlining a number of promises as his last push in the race to State House. Chilima had whistle-stop rallies at Chintheche and Tukombo in Nkhata Bay, Ekwendeni in Mzimba before…

MCP’s Chakwera faults CDF

  Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president Lazarus Chakwera has faulted the current way of implementing  Constituency Development Fund (CDF), saying it is discriminatory due to differences in constituency radius and population. He said it was a clear sign of inequality where constituencies that are too big get the same share—currently at K21 million per financial…

EPZ firm faces  export hurdles

    One of Export Processing Zone (EPZ) factories, Raiply Malawi Limited, says it is facing challenges in exporting its products as the local market only consumes 30 percent of the firm’s total output. The factory, which is the first of its kind in Malawi and touted as the second largest in Southern Africa, produces…

Workplace safety boosts productivity, says Illovo

Illovo Sugar (Malawi) plc Dwangwa Estate general manager Lal Bachan says occupational safety and health are catalysts for enterprise productivity and robust exports. Speaking on Saturday during commemorations of World Day for Safety and Health at Chitowe ground at Dwangwa, Nkhotakota, he said the Malawi Stock Exchange (MSE)-listed firm strives to ensure that occupational safety…