DPP loses ‘Blue Night’ case appeal

The Malawi Supreme Court of Appeal has dismissed an application by governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and four State corporations to set aside a High Court judgement in the Blue Night case against some civil society organisations (CSOs). The State institutions are Lilongwe Water Board (LWB), Lilongwe City Council (LCC), Blantyre City Council (BCC) and…

Analysts say UDF holds key

Days after estranged Vice-President Saulos Chilima’s UTM Party formed an electoral alliance with other parties, including erstwhile governing People’s Party (PP), political analysts have said United Democratic Front (UDF) is key to winning the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections. In their responses to an inquiry from The Nation, the analysts warned political parties against believing…

Blue Night appeal case Tuesday

The Supreme Court of Appeal has Tuesday this week to start hearing the Blue Night appeal case in which the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and four parastatal institutions are praying for the court to stay a High Court judgement. The appeal made in May 2018, followed a ruling by Zomba-based High Court judge Zione…

Malawi creeps on corruption index

Malawi has made minor progress on the 2018 Transparency International (TI) Corruption Perception Index (CPI) which measures perceived levels of public sector corruption after scoring 32 points to move from position 122 in 2017 to 120. While governance experts and business commentators say the results confirm growing corruption levels in the country and pose a…

MEC warns stakeholders

Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has warned electoral stakeholders against being influenced by partisan politics, threatening to sever ties with those found engaging in malpractices that can undermine the credibility of the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections. MEC issued the warning to stakeholders, notably Malawi Police Service (MPS), district and city councils, district education managers (DEMs)…

‘MoH cleared  to sell vehicles’

Of late, there have been media reports that Ministry of Health (MoH) top officials that include Principal Secretary Dan Namarika bought vehicles against the public procurement law. But in this interview with our Mzuzu Bureau Supervisor JOSEPH MWALE, Public Procurement and Disposal of Assets (PPDA) Authority acting director general TIMOTHY KALEMBO says the disposal was…

Another albino abducted

Three weeks after the merciless killing of Yasin Phiri, a man with albinism in Nkhata Bay, unknown thugs yesterday morning abducted an 18-month-old baby with albinism at Khwawa in Karonga. Similar to Phiri’s attack, which occurred in his house in the night, the thugs in Karonga abducted the little girl, Eunice, while she slept with…

Politics of terror

Violence rises as elections draw closer With the clock ticking towards the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections with each passing day, opposition parties and Public Affairs Committee (PAC) have accused the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) of masterminding rising cases of political violence. But DPP has since distanced itself from the cases of political violence…

HRDC calls for IG’s head

The Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) on Monday wrote Malawi Police Service (MPS) Inspector General (IG) Rodney Jose, demanding his resignation for allegedly allowing partisan politics and tolerating political violence. Since the beginning of this year, suspected DPP cadets have assaulted UTM Party director of youth Bon Kalindo in Mulanje, harassed and forced party supporters…

Mist over DPP primaries disputes

Governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) secretary general Greselder Jeffrey yesterday gave contradictory statements over unresolved issues on the party’s primary elections. Speaking at Katoto Secondary School Hall in Mzuzu when the party gave out nomination papers to Northern Region aspirants, Jeffrey said the disputes were yet to be resolved and that she would strategise on…

MoH cleared on vehicle sales

The public Procurement and Disposal of Assets Authority (PPDA) has cleared the Ministry of Health of any wrong-doing in the disposal of its vehicles. The development comes days after Youth and Society (YAS) gave the ministry seven days to explain how it disposed of its vehicles without following the new PPDA Act. Some of the…

MoH under fire over vehicle sales

Youth and Society (YAS) has given Ministry of Health (MoH) Principal Secretary Dan Namarika seven days to explain why he and other officials disregarded the public procurement law and bought vehicles the ministry disposed of. YAS argues that Namarika and 11 other officials acted against the Public Procurement and Disposal of Assets (PPDA) Act of…

UN condemns albino killings

The United Nations (UN) has condemned the killing of Yasin Kwenda Phiri, a man with albinism at Kande in Nkhata Bay on New Year’s Eve, calling it savagery. In a statement released yesterday and signed by UN resident coordinator in Malawi Benoit Thiry, the body is further concerned that there has not been progress to…

Railply preaches forest protection at New Year party

Raiply Malawi Limited used New Year celebrations at Mtangatanga school ground in Mzuzu to sensitise communities around Viphya Plantation to the importance of protecting forests. On Tuesday, the company, which started operations in March 1999 following the purchase of Viply as part of government’s privatisation programme, invited surrounding communities to a New Year celebration. Speaking…

Boy, 9, witnesses father’s murder

As the world ushered in the New Year, Yasin Kwenda Phiri, a 60-year-old man with albinism, was mercilessly murdered in his house in Nkhata Bay under the watch of his nine-year-old son George. Armed with pangas, the assailants broke into Phiri’s bedroom through a window, stabbed him in the stomach and removed his intestines. The…

CSOs smile in NGO Bill case

The High Court in Lilongwe has sustained an order for Judicial Review in a case in which some civil society organiations (CSOs) sued Parliament and Leader of Government in the House over the Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO) Act (Amendment) Bill. Judge Charles Mkandawire granted the CSOs—Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR), Centre for the Development…

Community laments lack of access to health, security

Communities around Enyezini in Traditional Authority (T/A) Kampingo Sibande in Mzimba have decried security lapses and long distances they walk to access health services. Area DevelopmentCommittee (ADC) chairperson Wiseman Soko said previously, Enyezini had a policeand a health post, but they were closed due to lack of accommodation formembers of staff. He said the only…

Court blocks NGO Bill tabling

  Dust is refusing to settle on the controversies surrounding the Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO) Amendment Bill with the High Court stopping Parliament from tabling or debating the proposed law pending a judicial review. The order follows an exparte application by some civil society organisations (CSOs) who feel the provision threatens to wipe out civic space.…

Govt plays hide and seek on K18bn

Who is fooling who? Three government agencies have given conflicting positions on a Water Employees Trade Union of Malawi (Wetum) ultimatum to disconnect ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) collectively owing water boards K18.8 billion in unpaid bills. While comptroller of Statutory Corporations Stuart Ligomeka said in an interview yesterday his office wrote the Office of…

UTM eliminates party VP post

In what seems a new phenomenon in Malawi politics, the newly-registered UTM party led by Vice-President Saulos Chilima has eliminated the position of vice-president(s) in its rank and file on the premise that the position only creates elements of regionalism. Political analysts have since cautioned UTM on the move, saying, while the decision is not…