Audit report damns MEC

The auditor’s report on the processing and transmission of results for the May 21 2019 polls shows that Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) had more results-related challenges than they admitted, which needed to be addressed before announcing winners. The report by BDO Jordan, a firm commissioned by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), outlines 15 items…

Fuel crisis looms

Malawians should brace for a fuel shortage and possible increase in pump prices should the Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) plans to hold five-day anti-Jane Ansah protests at the country’s ports of entry materialise. Officials from the National Oil Company of Malawi (Nocma) Limited and Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (Mera) said in separate interviews yesterday…

MRA seeks relief on border demos

Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) has applied to the High Court for an injunction to restrict Human Right Defenders Coalition (HRDC) planned  demonstrations to outside its premises at the borders. The decision to seek the court’s relief follows HRDC‘s decision to hold protests at the country’s borders and airports from August 26 to 30, as one…

Timber Millers to hold protests today

Members of the Reformed Timber Millers Union (RTMU) will today hold protests in Viphya Plantation after failed discussions with government over timber business. The RTMU has teamed up with some chiefs to query government for allegedly favouring foreign concessionaires over locals in the timber processing business in Viphya Plantation in Mzimba and Nkhata Bay districts.…

Petrol bombing terror rages on

Bomb throwing violence linked to politics is escalating, with the latest petrol war victim being the headquarters of the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in Lilongwe. While political players are engaged in blame games, the police appear helpless with no concrete leads on who is behind the bombings and their motives. Yesterday’s petrol-bomb explosion, which…

Mwato outlines 5-yr strategic plan

The Tonga cultural heritage, Mdawuku wa aTonga (Mwato) has outlined its five-year strategic plan that focuses on conservation and preservation of culture, education among the youth, especially the girl child and unity towards conservation of the environment. The plan, which was supposed to be launched during the commemoration of this year’s event at Mkondezi in…

‘Court holds solution to impasse’

Legal, political and economic experts have warned that delays in concluding the presidential election petition case at the Constitutional Court is detrimental to the country’s socio-economic, which might plunge more people into misery. While they agree that a solution outside the court involving all parties is ideal to diffuse the tension, experts feel a timely…

No Gonapamuhanya, but Mulindafya, Mkuramchere

With the future of the famous Gonapamuhanya cultural event in limbo, people of Rumphi District will this year turn their attention to Mulindafya and Mkuramchere, two cultural events celebrated among the Tumbukas under Senior Chiefs Katumbi and Mwankhunikira, respectively. Mulindafya is celebrated every first Saturday of September in honour of Mulindafya, the grandfather of the…

Police vehicle kills Mtambo’s uncle

A police vehicle killed Binwell Mtambo—uncle to Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) chairperson Timothy Mtambo—in Chitipa Thursday evening. Chitipa Police spokesperson Gladwell Simwaka said the vehicle was on its way to the Boma. “Our vehicle was coming from Lufita, heading to town, but around Meru Filling station, it hit Binwell Mtambo, who was on a…

Court convicts 2 PSs, jobs at risk

The High Court has convicted two principal secretaries (PSs) for failing to comply with a court order to issue public apologies for a flawed procurement and disposal of tractors bought with borrowed funds. Delivering his ruling in Lilongwe yesterday, presiding judge Charles Mkandawire said he found PS for Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development Grey Nyandule…

CSOs want ACB to probe youth centre project

Concerned youth and human rights organisations in Mzuzu have asked ACB to investigate the stalled Mzuzu Youth Centre (MYC) project which has been getting funding, but there is nothing happening on the ground. Capital Hill has since 2010/11 fiscal year allocated K800 million to the project. In their official complaint to the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB)…

Court to decide PSs’ face in tractor deal

The High Court will tomorrow decide the fate of two principal secretaries (PSs) accused of disrespecting a court order in connection to the procurement and disposal of farm equipment bought using $50 million (about K37 billion) borrowed funds. Presiding judge Charles Mkandawire has given notice that the ruling in civil cause number 152 of 2016…

HRDC blames police, councils for violent demos

Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) has blamed the country’s city councils and Malawi Police Service for allegedly fuelling violence, looting and vandalism that have characterised recent demonstrations organised by the grouping. While blaming the violence, HRDC, which is organising a series of nationwide protests to force Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson Jane Ansah to resign,…

IG faulted on demos order

Legal and rights activists have faulted the Inspector General of the Malawi Police Service, Rodney Jose, for ordering the Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) to stop convening demonstrations in the country. In a letter to HRDC chairperson Timothy Mtambo dated July 26 2019, Jose said the decision follows violent and criminal acts that have characterised…

Govt water bills hit K23.1bn

The money government owes five water boards has skyrocketed to K23.1 billion, a development that threatens to cripple operations of the water utilities in the country. From owing K20.1 billion in November 2018, the bill reached K21 billion in March 2019, before hitting K23.1 billion as of May 30, according to a letter dated July…

Ugly scenes in Chitipa, Rumphi

Whereas the situation was generally peaceful during Ant-Jane Ansah protests in Mzuzu, things turned ugly in Rumphi and Chitipa where government and private companies were targeted and torched. Specifically in Chitipa, where as early at 8:30m protesters had delivered their petition, but some went berserk, targeting Chipiku stores, department of forestry, Kulima Gold and Farmers…

Blantyre bars demos, other cities proceed

Blantyre City Council (BCC) has refused Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) permission to hold demonstrations to force Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson Jane Ansah to resign, citing lack of crowd control by organisers. But Lilongwe, Mzuzu and Zomba city councils have given the civil society grouping the go-ahead to hold the demonstrations on strict conditions…

Gloomy picture for demos

Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) is facing an uphill task in its quest to organise nationwide protests scheduled for this Friday following city councils reluctance to give them the go-ahead. On Wednesday, Mzuzu City Council (MCC) wrote HRDC, asking it to postpone the demonstrations aimed at forcing Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson Justice Jane Ansah…