APM creates new ministry

President Peter Mutharika has created a Ministry of Disaster Management Affairs and Public Events, increasing the number of ministries from 20 to 21. A memo dated February 17 2020, signed by Chief Secretary to the Government Lloyd Muhara, informs all principal secretaries, heads of independent and constitutional bodies, and parastatal chief executive officers that the…

DPP takes on judges

Barely two weeks after the Constitutional Court nullified the May 21 2019 presidential election over irregularities, Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has petitioned the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) to investigate the five judges who presided over the case. In its 10-point petition presented through Blantyre City Council chief executive officer Alfred Chanza yesterday, but read out by…

Mchacha apologises for insulting NPL journalist

Deputy Minister of Transport and Public Works Charles Mchacha on Tuesday visited Nation Publications Limited (NPL) head office in Blantyre to apologise for verbally attacking and intimidating NPL investigative journalist Bobby Kabango. Mchacha used obscene words last December in a recorded interview with Kabango who was pursuing a story on how the deputy minister allegedly…

Mchacha pressured on journalist

Pressure is mounting on Deputy Minister of Transport and Public Works Charles Mchacha to apologise for the verbal attack on Nation Publications Limited (NPL) investigative journalist Bobby Kabango during an interview enquiring about his acquisition of a plot. Media Institute of Southern Africa (Misa) Malawi Chapter and Human Rights Consultative Committee (HRCC) have faulted the…

Analysts fault MCP official’s statements on police

Political analysts have faulted Malawi Congress Party (MCP) secretary general Eisenhower Mkaka’s statement that the party will not allow Malawi Police Service (MPS) to provide security during the forthcoming fresh presidential election.  But Mkaka has stood by his statement, saying the police have lost Malawians’ trust. The analysts were reacting to Mkaka’s sentiments on Saturday…

Parties intensify political rallies

The country’s main political parties have intensified political rallies in various places nationwide, with a political analyst saying the parties want to prepare the electorate for the Constitutional Court outcome. The parties, which include the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and its May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections main contenders Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and UTM…

Admarc seeks  To clear mess

Financially-struggling Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (Admarc) says it needs about K103 billion to purchase 600 000 metric tonnes (MT) of maize for the 2020 harvest season as part of its turnaround strategy. The State produce trader is expected to present its proposed budget, which represents about 62 percent of Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and…

Maize scarcity in Admarc markets

Despite Admarc’s assurance that it would have enough maize to supply all its markets, NationOnline has established that most of Admarc markets have no maize. On December 16 last year, Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (Admarc) acting chief executive officer Felix Jumbe told NationOnline that starting from the Christmas period, the corporation would ensure that…

Poly reopens on January 20

The Polytechnic, a constituent college of the University of Malawi (Unima), has announced that it will reopen for its second semester on January 20. The institution was indefinitely closed on November 26 2019, a couple of weeks before the scheduled close of its second semester, following fire that gutted part of Nyika Hostel, a development…

APM calls for forgiveness, as Chakwera, SKC reflect on 2019

President Peter Mutharika has urged Malawians to forgive each other and focus on rebuilding the country in 2020. But Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president Lazarus Chakwera and his UTM Party counterpart Saulos Chilima have said Malawians have suffered injustice in 2019. In his New Year’s Day address monitored on State broadcaster Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC)…

Leaders preach peace,  unity on Christmas

Political party leaders, including President Peter Mutharika, today join Malawians in celebrating Christmas with messages of peace despite the current political differences that have emerged following the disputed May 21 presidential election. December 25, is a day when Christians around the world celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, widely regarded as their Lord and Saviour.…

Vendors peg maize at K360/kg

The scarcity of maize in Admarc depots has prompted vendors in some local markets to sell the staple at as much as K360 per kilogramme (kg), translating to K18 000 per 50kg bag. Spot-checks The Nation conducted in Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (Admarc) depots in the country’s cities of Blantyre, Zomba, Lilongwe and Mzuzu…

Govt to pay Admarc K10bn for loss

Taxpayers will have to foot an estimated K10 billion bill to recover losses Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (Admarc) will incur in maize deals this financial year, it has emerged. The State produce trader is buying the staple grain from local traders at K250 per kilogramme (kg) but selling the same at K150/kg between now…

Court keen to wind up friday

The High Court of Malawi sitting as the Constitutional Court hearing the presidential elections nullification petition says it is keen to conclude hearing by December 6, but foresees challenges by hook or crook. Judge Healey Potani, who is chairing the five-judge panel that also includes Dingiswayo Madise, Redson Kapindu, Mike Tembo and Ivy Kamanga, made…

Pay delay irks civil servants, govt apologises

Civil servants in most government ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) are yet to receive their November salaries which were due on the 27th, prompting angry reactions from Civil Service Trade Union (CSTU) and Teachers Union of Malawi (TUM). Ministry of Finance, Economic Planning and Development has since apologised for the delay attributed to a technical…

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