Hundreds celebrate AKB’s life

Nine years after the death of politician and businessperson Aleke Kadonaphani Banda, family members, friends and colleagues on Saturday gathered at Chirimba in Blantyre to unveil his tombstone in a ceremony preceded by a prayer service. Aleke Banda, popularly known as AKB, died on April 9 in 2010. The prayer service was led by St.…

Longest serving prisoner out

Yale Maonga, 47, vividly remembers the events of one Monday morning in 1991. Like on any other day, he woke up early and dutifully reported for work at a butchery where he worked as a labourer. But he was being haunted by what had happened two days earlier. A man he thought he had reduced…

Treasury releases K4bn disaster response

Treasury has released K3 billion to the Department of Disaster Management Affairs (Dodma) and K1 billion to Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development as part of government response to floods that hit the country last month.  This funding comes barely a month after the Ministry of Finance, Economic Planning and Development released another K1.3…

Dodma  engages academia in disaster management

The Department of Disaster Management Affairs (Dodma) says the academia is key to disaster risk management in the country as they have capacity to conduct research. Principal Secretary and Commissioner for Disaster Management Affairs Wilson Moleni said this in Blantyre this week when he opened a five-day training with the academia on integrating disaster and…

DD Phiri walks his last mile

Death has robbed Malawi an icon, a library, encyclopaedia, a father, historian, an economist.This was how mourners eulogised the late Desmond Dudwa Phiri, popularly known as DD Phiri. There was a  sombre mood during the funeral ceremony at the residence of the fallen giant’s son, Kwame, in Blantyre where thousands of people from different walks…

DPP for peaceful campaign

Governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) running mate Everton Chimulirenji has urged Malawians to conduct a peaceful campaign during the official period which starts tomorrow to May 19. He was speaking yesterday at Zingwangwa Secondary School Ground in Blantyre where he addressed a rally. The rally, which was marred by rain showers, was Chimulirenji’s first in…

MEC to allow voters who lost voter IDs

Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has said people who registered to vote in the May 21 Tripartite Elections but lost their voter’s certificates will be allowed to vote. In a statement dated March 12 2019, signed by chief elections officer Sam Alfandika, MEC acknowledges that floods that hit some parts of the country may have led…

Govt relocates 43 albino students to boarding school

Ministry of Education Science and Technology (MoEST) has transferred 43 students with albinism from day to boarding secondary schools. The development comes barely 10 days after MoEST directed all education division managers (EDM) to ensure that all students with albinism in day secondary schools are moved to boarding secondary schools for improved security. Minister of…

Red Cross aids Nsanje wind storm victims

Malawi Red Cross Society (MRCS) has distributed cash to 171 families who were affected by strong winds in the area of Traditional Authority (T/A) Tengani in Nsanje District last month. The strong winds, which occurred on February 17, damaged properties and affected 546 families. Out of 546 families, 375, representing 68.7 percent restored their damaged…

50:50 to refund female candidates

The 50:50 Campaign Management Agency says it will soon start refunding  Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) nomination fees that female candidates paid to  be eligible for the May 21 Tripartite Elections. The candidates are those contesting the presidency, parliamentary and ward councillor seats. In a statement issued yesterday, the agency says it asked all female candidates…

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,…