Voter civic education declining—Mesn

In its observation report on the pre-election period for the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections, Malawi Electoral Support Network (Mesn) has highlighted an overall decline in civic and voter education (CVE) activities. Mesn, which said it conducted the study from February 24 to March 10 this year, has since appealed to Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC)…

Running mates in hot debate

Three of the presidential running mates in the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections faced off in a heated debate last night that some analysts classified as living up to the billing. The trio that took part in the Running Mates Debate, an initiative of privately-owned Zodiak Broadcasting Station (ZBS), at Chichiri International Conference Centre widely…

MET warns of more heavy rains, windstorms

The Department of Climate Change and Meteorological Services (MET) has warned of heavy rains and strong winds in parts of the Southern Region from Friday. In a statement issued on Monday, the department says the Central and Northern regions will only experience scattered rainfall as the southern parts of the country experience heavy rains that…

Afrobarometer survey rates Malawi democracy

A new Afrobarometer survey on democracy in Africa has shown a consistent decline in demand for democracy in Malawi. Political analysts have since attributed the low demand for and perceived low supply of democracy to lack of transparency by governments and citizens’ poor understanding of the true meaning of democracy. According to the survey, dated…

Remembering Patrick Mbewe

Last Wednesday, one of the founding members of United Democratic Front (UDF) and prominent businessperson Patrick Mbewe was buried at his Tawa Estate in Chiradzulu District. Having served as a Cabinet minister during the UDF regime, President Peter Mutharika directed that Mbewe be accorded burial with full military honours. Hundreds gathered at the estate to…

Court rebuffs Ras Chikomeni in MEC case

The High Court in Blantyre has dismissed an application for an injunction by rejected presidential aspirant Ras Chikomeni David Chirwa to push Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) to revise presidential nomination fees and extend the deadline for nomination papers’ submission. Chikomeni sought court redress after MEC on February 6 rejected his nomination for failing to comply…

‘DPP plan to win  again is on course’

Since President Peter Mutharika chose Ntcheu North Parliamentarian Everton Chimulirenji as his running mate in the May 21 Tripartite Elections, reports indicate that some top officials in the ruling party are not happy with the decision. Our reporter LLOYD CHITSULO caught up with the party’s vice-president for the South, Kondwani Nankhumwa, who some supporters in…

Ras Chikomeni, MEC case ruling Monday

The High Court in Blantyre will on Monday rule in a case presidential aspirant Ras Chikomeni David Chirwa dragged Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) to court to seek redress following the rejection of his candidacy. MEC rejected Chikomeni on February 6 after he failed to comply with the requirement to pay the presidential nomination fee of…

People with albinism sound SOS

Fed up with continued attacks, abduction and murders of people with albinism, the Association of People with Albinism in Malawi (Apam) says it is time they were granted asylum in other countries. In a telephone interview yesterday, Apam communications and advocacy officer Nellie Salima said asylum is one of the solutions the association is considering…

Police detain chilima aides

Two personal assistants to Vice-President Saulos Chilima were on Sunday arrested at Balaka Police Station for “acting suspiciously” at the launch of Chiwanja Cha Yao in Balaka where President Peter Mutharika was in attendance. The two, Kushi Unyolo and Joshua Valera, were later released on bail after the Veep, who is also UTM Party torchbearer…

2 121 babies expected today—Unicef

An estimated 2 121 babies are expected to be born today, the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) has announced. In a statement issued yesterday, Unicef said that the New Year’s Day births projections were derived from District Health Information System II data (DHISII). It further urged Malawians to enforce children’s rights to ensure their survival.…

UTM changes  tune on fees

Just a week before presentation of nomination papers starts for the May 21 Tripartite Elections, UTM Party has changed tune on its leader Saulos Chilima’s promise that the grouping would pay nomination fees for all its candidates. In an interview, UTM director of publicity Joseph Chidanti Malunga walked back his boss’s words, claiming this week…

Voter verification enters third phase

Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has appealed to registered voters to verify their details in the voters’ roll as the third phase of the voter verification exercise starts today. The third phase of the exercise will cover Mangochi , Balaka , Machinga , Zomba , Chiradzulu, Mulanje, Phalombe, Thyolo and Luchenza Municipality and is expected to…

UTM upbeat on day-long primaries

Newly registered UTM has announced an ambitious plan to hold its primary elections in all the 193 parliamentary constituencies and 462 local government wards at once on January 3. The announcement followed a UTM national executive committee (NEC) meeting held in Lilongwe on Monday this week where members resolved to hold the primaries on the…

Cama cautions against  excessive festive spending

Consumers Association of Malawi (Cama) has warned consumers against excessive spending during the festive season, urging them to prioritise budgeting before making any expenditures. Cama executive director John Kapito in an interview yesterday cautioned consumers against buying perishables in large amounts, heavy drinking and holding unnecessary gatherings that will make them spend more money, but…

Politicians preach unity on Christmas

Today, December 25, is Christmas Day when Christians around the world celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, widely regarded as their Lord and Saviour. For years, the spirit of Christmas has been characterised by love, sharing and peace. Perhaps in the same spirit of Christmas, political leaders in the country have taken time off to…