PAC, UTM condemn political violence

Public Affairs Committee (PAC) and UTM Party have condemned the continued acts of political violence that has seen the brutal killing of Police Mobile Service Superintendent UsumaniImedi on Tuesday  at Msundwe in Lilongwe. In separate statements issued on Thursday, PAC and UTM Party expressed concern and strongly condemned the rise in violence in  the country…

Law Society queries judge’s absence

Malawi Law Society (MLS) Blantyre Chapter has queried the absence of Judge Rachel Sikwese of the High Court of Malawi’s Commercial Division who was appointed to a United Nations tribunal, saying her non-availability is affecting justice delivery. In a letter dated October 2 2019 addressed to MLS members and signed by MLS Blantyre Chapter representative…

Blantyre vendors defy city order

Despite Blantyre City Council (BCC) warning vendors to leave the streets and shop verandas, the situation remains the same four days after the order was issued. BCC in conjunction with vendors associations and market committees in the city was expected to complete the relocation of vendors trading outside shops and street pavements in the commercial…

Power woes back

Power outages are back to haunt Malawians as Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) has revived a six-hour rolling loadshedding due to reduced supply and generation from Electricity Generation Company (Egenco). In a statement dated October 1 2019, Escom attributed inadequate availability of power to failure of two of Egenco’s generation machines at Kapichira Hydro…

Police double standards?

Within a space of seven days Malawi Police Service (MPS) has controlled crowds differently in Blantyre and Lilongwe during demonstrations organised by Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC). While police are yet to arrest perpetrators of the violence that left human rights activist Billy Mayaya and four others injured following clashes between governing Democratic Progressive Party…

Attorney General loses demos case

Malawi Supreme Court of Appeal has dismissed an application by the Attorney General (AG) to stop Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) from holding demonstrations. In a ruling dated September 30 2019, Justice of Appeal Lovemore Chikopa was deciding on the AG’s bid for interim relief in form of an injunction restraining HRDC from holding or…

PAC to meet Ansah today

Public Affairs Committee (PAC) is this morning expected to meet Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson Jane Ansah in Blantyre as part of its mediation efforts to resolve the post-election stalemate. PAC executive director Robert Phiri in an interview on Sunday confirmed the meeting, saying Ansah is expected to attend. He said the meeting is scheduled…

APM says Nsanje Port awaits Moz approval

President Peter Mutharika says government is ready to revive the Nsanje World Inland Port project, which has already cost taxpayers billions of kwacha, but it is waiting for Mozambique Government’s approval. The President was speaking on Sunday when he held a whistle-stop tour of Nsanje and Chikwawa to inspect the progress of some infrastructure projects…

Tempers flare at Lunzu mining meeting

Tempers flared at a meeting at Lunzu in Blantyre on Tuesday as community members expressed dissatisfaction with the way authorities are handling the yet-to-be launched quarry mine in the area. The community, which organised the meeting attended by Blantyre District Commissioner (DC) Bennet Nkasala,  is accusing group village head (GVH) Manesi Kapeni of Senior Chief…

DPP blames opposition for demo violence

The governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has accused opposition political parties of inciting violence during demonstrations led by Human Right Defenders Coalition (HRDC) to force Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson Jane Ansah to resign. DPP regional governor for the South Charles Mchacha made the allegations on Sunday at Zingwangwa Community Ground in Blantyre where the…

New IG under microscope

The appointment of Duncan Mwapasa as acting police chief has stirred confusion, with HRDC threatening to mobilise Malawians and Parliament to reject him. On Thursday, President Peter Mutharika named the interim Inspector General of Malawi Police Service to replace Rodney Jose, who has gone on holiday ahead of his retirement in October. However, HRDC deputy…

Stop demos, APM orders

President Peter Mutharika has ordered the Malawi Defence Force (MDF) and Malawi Police Service (MPS) to equip themselves to the teeth to help stop Human Rights Defenders Coalition’s (HRDC) five-day demonstrations targeting the country’s borders and airports. But HRDC and legal experts have cautioned Mutharika on the remarks, stating demonstrations are a constitutional right and…

PAC beckons Ansah

Public Affairs Committee (PAC) has invited beleaguered Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson Jane Ansah to a meeting this week as it continues its mediation talks to resolve post-election stalemate. PAC mediation team leader Archbishop Thomas Msusa of the Blantyre Archdiocese of the Catholic Church said in an interview the team also plans to meet Malawi…