Synod prays for Ansah, court case

The CCAP Synod of Livingstonia says it is praying for embattled chairperson of the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) Jane Ansah to resign from her position. The Synod, through its moderator Douglas Chipofya and general secretary Levi Nyondo, claims Ansah is the architect of the current woes in Malawi and must honourably leave her position so…

Karonga beaten protester dies in custody

Justin Phiri, one of the protesters roughed up by Malawi Defence Force (MDF) soldiers during the anti-Jane Ansah demonstrations in Karonga last week, died in Mzuzu on Tuesday night. Circumstances of Phiri’s death remain sketchy as police remain non-committal to provide details. But inside sources said yesterday that Phiri died in police custody as he…

North fish farmers decry challenges

Lack of fingerings, feed and climate change are major factors affecting fish production in the country, with fish farmers, especially in the Northern Region, urging Capital Hill to come to their rescue. Stanford Fulamchenga, a fish farmer from Mpamba in Nkhata Bay, said in an interview that due to lack of feed manufacturing in Malawi,…

Anti-quota movement backs down

The ‘Quota Must Fall Movement’ has backtracked on its earlier position to block Form One students from commencing classes tomorrow, claiming government has assured it of a second selection to address the queries. Among others, the group’s leadership led by chairperson Moses Mkandawire; secretary general Dan Msowoya and member Reverend William Mumba, said at a…

Oxfam tears into ‘repressive’ budget

The Oxfam country office says the proposed K1.7 trillion 2019/20 Budget has potential to reduce poverty in the country, but it also has regressive propositions that need review. In its analysis of the document, summarised in a statement issued on Wednesday, Oxfam has queried government’s proposal to introduce one percent withholding tax on non-bank mobile…

‘Govt to reconstruct burnt police units’

Minister of Homeland Security Nicholas Dausi has said government will reconstruct police units that were torched down during demonstrations aimed at forcing Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson Jane Ansah to resign. The Minister made these remarks yesterday when he visited Chiputula and Chibavi police units in Mzuzu that suffered damage during the demonstrations. However, Dausi…

Political impasse affects MEC by-election

The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) says it will not hold by-elections in Lilongwe South East Constituency soon due to lack of citizens’ goodwill towards the electoral body and its staff. Parliamentary elections did not take place on May 21 in the constituency following the death of a UTM Party candidate Agnes Penemulungu in April this…

Livingstonia Synod  rolls out youth project

Livingstonia Synod through Church and Society Proramme (CSP) has rolled out a nine-year advocacy project in Rumphi and Karonga districts to improve the well-being of the youth in poor communities. In an interview, CSP monitoring and evaluation officer Happy Mhango said the youth are energetic and innovative, qualities ideal to tap for development. “We want…

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…

AG ‘mired in conflict of interest’ in polls case

Legal practitioners have weighed in on Attorney General (AG) Kalekeni Kaphale’s decision to represent Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) in a case in which two opposition parties are disputing the presidential election results, currently in its second week of hearing. While they generally agree that the action is not illegal, the lawyers believe by representing MEC,…

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…