Police arrest two over church robbery

Police in Blantyre have arrested two people in connection with the robbery that occurred at Chirimba Assemblies of God Church in Blantyre last week during overnight players. Police have also recovered some of the stolen items, including two mobile phones, a laptop bag with a built-in power bank for projector and seven pieces of wrappers…

JB avoids commenting on broken alliance

Former president and People’s Party (PP) leader Joyce Banda on Sunday avoided commenting on her party’s sudden pullout from an electoral alliance with UTM Party and other parties. In her first public rally since the alliance failed, held on Sunday at Mfumba Community Ground at Lunzu in Blantyre, Banda focused on what her government would…

Chreaa to sue MEC over Ras Chikomeni

Centre for Human Rights Education Advice and Assistance (Chreaa) is today expected to obtain an injunction compelling Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) to accept Ras Chikomeni Chirwa’s nomination papers which it declined on Wednesday. Chreaa deputy executive director Chikondi Chijozi confirmed in an interview yesterday her organisation’s plans to obtain an injunction against MEC, saying the…

Pomp as Chakwera submits nomination papers

Jovial was the mood at Comesa Hall in Blantyre. Smiles and joy filled faces of both MCP and Umodzi Party supporters as their presidents Lazarus Chakwera and Professor John Chisi respectively presented their nomination papers to Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) on Monday. Thousands of people, including Malawi Congress Party (MCP) members, the clergy and some…

Chakwera resigns as MP, stirs debate

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) presidential candidate Lazarus Chakwera has resigned as member of Parliament (MP) for Lilongwe North West supposedly to comply with the Constitution before presenting his presidential nomination papers today. But his decision has stirred debate with some legal minds suggesting that he should have first sought legal guidance from the Malawi Electoral…

Chanthunya out on bail

Murder suspect Misonzi Chanthunya, who is accused of murdering his alleged Zimbabwean girlfriend Linda Gasa in 2010, was granted bail yesterday after spending seven years in custody. Malawi Supreme Court of Appeal Judge Dunstain Mwaungulu granted bail to Chanthunya because the suspect was detained beyond the pre-custodial time limit. He said where custodial time limit…

UDF disowns UTM violence suspect

United Democratic Front (UDF) has disowned one Maurice Kasinde who is suspected to be the mastermind of political violence in Mangochi, saying he is not a member of the party’s security detail. UDF spokesperson Ken Ndanga made the position in an interview yesterday amid reports linking Kasinde, who is said to be on the run,…

Minister for enhanced security

Minister of Homeland Security Nicholas Dausi has asked all departments under his ministry to be diligent in enhancing security as the country approaches the May 21 Tripartite Elections. He made the call yesterday during the official opening of the ministry’s senior management meeting at Victoria Hotel in Blantyre attended by department heads. The minister observed…

Mutharika condemns violence, fails to rebuke DPP cadets

Barely a day after women in politics issued an ultimatum, President Peter Mutharika and Malawi Police Service (MPS) swiftly moved into action, condemning political violence and arresting two suspected perpetrators. But while opposition political parties, notably Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and UTM, have accused the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) of unleashing the rising terror…

Disasters affect 2 936 families

The Department of Disaster Management Affairs (Dodma) has said 2 936 households have been affected by disasters resulting from incessant rain in the past week. This follows a Department of Climate Change and Meteorological Services (MET) warning last week that some parts of the country, especially cities and flood prone areas along the lakeshore would…

APM warns against rigging

President Peter Mutharika has warned “a certain opposition political party” against rigging the May 21 Tripartite Elections, saying he will take appropriate action. He said this at Chirimba Township in Blantyre on Sunday during his whistle-stop tour of four of the city’s townships. The other stops were at Machinjiri, Khama and Ndirande townships. Mutharika, who…

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…