UTM, MCP add APM as witness in poll case

President Peter Mutharika has come under the spotlight for declaring that some of his votes were ‘stolen’ in the Central Region despite the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) declaring him the winner of the May 21 2019 Presidential Election. While commentators say his assertion has raised controversy and questions credibility of the elections, the Malawi Congress…

MCP vows to continue vigils

Disgruntled Malawi Congress Party (MCP) has vowed to carry on with its post-election prayers as part of activities to express anger with the May 21 Tripartite Elections’ results. MCP deputy publicity secretary Kondi Msungama declared yesterday the party would not be daunted by anything in its quest to hold “peace prayers” because it is a…

Court merges MCP, UTM case

Discontented Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president Lazarus Chakwera and his UTM Party counterpart Saulos Chilima will now fight Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) together after the High Court yesterday ordered a consolidation of their May 21 Tripartite Elections petition cases. Registrar of High Court and Supreme Court of Appeal Agnes Patemba said in an interview yesterday…

Presidents shun APM inauguration

Presidents from the Southern African Development Community (Sadc) on Friday shunned President Peter Mutharika’s colourful inauguration held at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre. However, the three neighbouring countries of Tanzania, Zambia and Mozambique were represented by Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa, Home Affairs Minister Stephen Kampyongo and Minister of Labour, Employment and Social Security Vitória Diogo, respectively.…

Chilima files for results invalidation

The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) may have declared President Peter Mutharika a victor in last week’s Tripartite Elections but the fuss continues to soak up the exercise. UTM Party president Saulos Chilima yesterday took his quest for justice further when he filed an application requesting the High Court in Lilongwe to quash the presidential results.…

Dausi beaten up at MEC offices

    There was pandemonium at MEC headquarters in Blantyre yesterday after some an unidentified roughnecks manhandled former Minister of Homeland Security Nicholas Dausi in full view of State security. The Democratic Progress Party (DPP) spokesperson was rescued by some Malawi Defence Force (MDF) and Malawi Police Service (MPS) officers after few punches landed on…

Last dash for votes

With the tripartite elections just 72 hours away, presidential candidates of the four major competing political parties—DPP, MCP, UTM and UDF—will be in their last dash for votes this afternoon before campaign freezes at 6am tomorrow. DPP’s Peter Mutharika, Lazarus Chakwera for Malawi Congress Party (MCP), Saulos Chilima for UTM and Atupele Muluzi of the…

Diocese responds to disgruntled members

  Anglican Diocese of the Upper Shire (Adus) has hit back at some of its parishioners advocating the removal of Bishop Brighton Malasa from his position, accusing them of flouting acts of the diocese. The parishioners have been agitating for Malasa’s removal for allegedly flouting recruitment procedures and wasting church resources. But in a statement…

Apam rejects APM branded security alarms

 They say a beggar is not a chooser, but the Association of People with Albinism (Apam) has attached conditions to President Peter Mutharika’s donation of security gadgets before receiving them. The association has said it will not accept the gadgets because of the labelling that reads ‘APM cares.” Apam deputy secretary general Ian Simbota confirmed…

Govt to impound own vehicles for elections

President and Cabinet (OPC) has ordered Malawi Police Service (MPS) to impound from the country’s roads all government vehicles not undertaking duties relating to the May 21 Tripartite Elections. This follows alleged unwillingness by heads of some ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) to release the vehicle to be used during the elections. The order is…

MLS advocates lawyers’ integrity

Malawi Law Society (MLS) has embarked on a series of training for its members on ethical, professional and integrity issues following enactment of the country’s new law regulating the profession. In the training sessions, the society is targeting every legal practitioner and it has already conducted one in Blantyre, which attracted more than 200 lawyers.…

‘We want to  fight corruption’

Four civil society organisations (CSOs) have established an alliance to contribute towards the clampdown of serious and organised corruption in Malawi. They include Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR), Church and Society Programme (CSP) of the CCAP Synod of Livingstonia, Malawi Law Society (MLS) and Youth and Society (YAS). These CSOs want to work…

Environmental NGOs tend Mudi trees

Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) dealing in environmental mana-gement have started for caring for newly planted trees around Mudi Dam in Blantyre to enhance their survival. Workers for Centre for Environmental Policy and Advocacy (Cepa), Co-ordination Unit For the Rehabilitation of the Environment (Cure), Churches Action in Relief and Development (Card) and Wildlife and Environmental Society of…

Politicians defy handouts ban

Most aspirants are still offering handouts to would-be voters ahead of the May 21 Tripartite Elections. A pre-election observation report by the Malawi Electoral Support Network (Mesn) issued on Friday shows the issue of handouts remains a challenge although there has been a reduction—from 28 to 15—of districts that reported the incidents. The non-compliance by…