PAC, MLS condemn political violence

The Public Affairs Committee (PAC), Malawi Law Society (MLS) and UTM Party have separately expressed dismay at the rise of political violence in the country. The two organisations and political party said the attack on Mulanje South legislator Bon Kalindo in Mulanje on Wednesday and failure by the leader of opposition Lazarus Chakwera to attend…

Chakwera snubs Chilembwe Day

Opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president Lazarus Chakwera yesterday failed to attend the Chilembwe Day commemorations at Providence Industrial Mission (PIM) headquarters in Chiradzulu, citing a “volatile” environment at the venue. During the event which started around 10am, social media was awash with reports that governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) cadets blocked Chakwera and his…

Met predicts floods this week

The Department of Climate Change and Meteorological Services (Met) says some cities and flood-prone areas along the lakeshore will experience floods this week. In a weekly weather update released on Sunday, the director of climate change and meteorological services Jolamu Nkhokwe, the floods will result from heavy rains that are expected to continue this week.…

Parties risk missing nominations deadline over primaries delays

Political parties risk missing the deadline for submission of candidates for presidential, parliamentary and local government elections to Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) if they do not resolve disputes in time, parties have admitted. The parties, including governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and UTM Party, have been holding primary elections for weeks…

Chilima on a private visit to USA

Vice-President Saulos Chilima has left the country for a 10-day private visit to the United States of America (USA). Chilima, who is also UTM Party torch bearer for the May 21 Tripartite Elections, left the country yesterday morning through Kamuzu International Airport (KIA) in Lilongwe where he boarded a Malawian Airline flight. His special assistant…

Usi, others declared winners in UTM primaries

The newly-formed UTM Party has declared its director of strategic planning Michael Usi and other candidates winners of primary elections following botched polls in their constituencies last week. Others that have been declared winners are Lewis Ng’oma, whose contender was former legislator Anita Kalinde in Thyolo North, while in Mwanza Central, Lucy Kampezeni was declared…

Two inmates escape prison, rearrested

Two inmates yesterday escaped Zomba Maximum Prison only to be rearrested later by prison warders at Saint Mary’s Cathedral in the city. In an interview yesterday, Malawi Prison Services (MPS) national spokesperson Chimwemwe Shaba confirmed the incident which happened on Sunday morning. He said the two, Austin Makauli Banda and John Asidi Sauti, were jailed…

2018: The year Fisp hurdles worsened

On the agriculture front, 2018 will be remembered for controversies that surrounded the 2018/19 Farm Input Subsidy Programme (Fisp). The programme exposed existing lapses in the management of public projects and funds. Delivering his budget statement in May 2018, Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development Goodall Gondwe announced that government had allocated K42 billion…

11 die in New Year’s accidents

Malawi Police Service (MPS) says it has recorded 11 deaths from road accidents on New Year’s Day, an increase from one death during the same period last year.  In an interview yesterday, MPS national spokesperson James Kadadzera said 16 road accidents were recorded between midnight of December 31 2018 and midnight of January 1 2019…

375 prison warders owed K49.4m

Malawi Prison Service (MPS) is yet to pay outstanding training allowances totalling K49.4 million for 375 warders in a training cohort for October 2016 to April 2017. The warders underwent a six-month mandatory training during which they were each entitled to K53 000 monthly stipend. However, they said they completed their training and got recruited…

I won’t quit, says Jefffrey

Brands group baying for her blood bad losers Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) secretary general Greselder Jeffrey has refused to resign from her position as demanded by a faction of the governing party accusing her of messing up primary elections, especially in the Southern Region. In an interview yesterday in the wake of calls by a…

Differences emerge in DPP  Southern Region primaries

The governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) secretary general Greselder Jeffrey says results of primary elections for almost all constituencies in the Southern Region have been disputed, forcing the party to consider a re-run. Jeffrey said this yesterday in Blantyre after some disgruntled Blantyre City West DPP members marched to the party’s regional offices in Sunnyside…

ACB poorly rated in poll

Respondents to a Nation Publications Limited (NPL) survey have poorly rated the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) in the fight against graft, with 88 percent suggesting the body is failing to effectively stem out corruption in the country. While conceding the poor perception, the ACB has attributed the low rating to the handling of the K2.8 billion…

High HIV prevalence rate worries Mulanje council

Mulanje District Council has expressed concern that the district is still rated highest on HIV and Aids prevalence in the country despite its efforts to fight the disease. Council officials expressed the worry on Friday at Nakoma Primary School ground in Traditional Authority Mthiramanja in the district where the council commemorated the World Aids Day.…

Fisp coupons free for all

Theft and abuse of Farm Input Subsidy Programme (Fisp) coupons has reached new levels with some vendors openly selling the otherwise free vouchers on the open market, investigations show. During a fact-finding investigation funded by Oxfam and Integrity Platform, in Makanjira, Mangochi,The Nation’s journalist saw a poster advertising availability of Fisp coupons for sale at…

Mixed reactions on Fisp

  There are mixed reactions to the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development decision to resume distribution of 2018/19 Farm Input Subsidy (Fisp) coupons suspended last Tuesday amid reports of anomalies. Reacting to the decision, Farmers Union of Malawi (FUM) yesterday said it was not satisfied that the ministry has resolved the anomalies that…

Apam decries selective justice

  The Association of People with Albinism in Malawi (Apam) has accused the Malawi Government of selective justice in handling court cases in the country. Apam made its position in view of the speed and resources government allocated to the UTM registration case, saying if similar energy was invested in handling cases relating to the…