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…

Judiciary confronts lawyers on stay orders

Tough times await legal practitioners as the Judiciary has warned of austere scrutiny of their applications for stay orders before they could be admitted to avoid unwarranted delays of the cases. The Industrial Relations Court (IRC) says it will no longer consider “unnecessary applications” because they are leading to the court failing to handle the…

Six ambassadors and high commissioners yesterday took off time from their demanding schedules to cheer flood victims in Nsanje, Chikwawa and Phalombe where they also appreciated their harsh conditions. The envoys, accompanied by Minister of Homeland Security Nicholas Dausi and other government officials, toured some affected areas such as Bangula Admarc and Phaloni camps in…

Stalemate

Three of the eight presidential candidates last night provided pointers to voters, during the first 2019 presidential debate, on what to expect from their administrations should they be ushered into government during the May 21 Tripartite Elections. Atupele Muluzi of United Democratic Front (UDF), Lazarus Chakwera of Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and UTM’s Saulos Chilima…

Fears over May 21 polls

There is growing anxiety over the credibility of the Tripartite Elections after the Malawi Election Commission (MEC) removed the monitoring function from civil society organisations (CSOs) accredited to take part in the May 21 polls. The accredited CSOs have now only been left with the observer status, as the monitoring role will be confined to…

Snubbed bill haunts parties

Malawi Law Commission gave clear reasons for recommending the 50 percent +1 system of electing a President and it now appears certain that the failure to adopt it will haunt political parties after the May 21 elections with the winner set to have an even smaller mandate to govern. The commission recommended the adoption of…

MLS, lawyers in out of court settlement

Malawi Law Society (MLS) has resolved to settle out of court cases of three lawyers who sued it for defamation for publishing their names in newspapers on allegations of clients’ funds embezzlement. The lawyers’ professional body has already been in talks with two of the three lawyers—Edwin Banda, Lucious Kwakwala and Lusungu Gondwe—for the out…

Floods kill 26

Egenco forced to shut down power plants APM declares state of national disaster Lives of people and livestock have been lost. Thousands are left homeless with hundreds injured. Some are missing. Numerous property including houses and domestic utensils, crop fields and infrastructure such as roads and bridges have extensively been damaged. Some will never be…

Muluzi’s corruption case adjourned again

No progress in sight. The future of the 10-year-old corruption case involving former president Bakili Muluzi remains a thriller as the High Court in Blantyre yesterday failed to start hearing due to unavailability of defence counsel Tamando Chokhotho. Registrar of High Court of Malawi and Supreme Court of Appeal, Agnes Patemba, confirmed in an interview…

Lawyers cautioned

Society registers 271 complaints Committee recommends K68m for restitution Fraudulent and other improper transactions continue to haunt the country’s legal fraternity. According to statistics, last year the Malawi Law Society (MLS) had 271 active files of complaints against the country’s 600 registered legal practitioners. The complaints relate to professional negligence, overcharging clients, failure to remit…

Delegates to a two-day Malawi Law Society (MLS) annual conference and general meeting held in Mangochi last weekend elected 38-year-old Burton Chigondongo Mhango as the new president for the next two years. Mhango—a young brother to former Attorney General Charles Mhango—served as the society’s treasurer in the previous committee. He takes over leadership responsibility at…

Over 2 600 battle in local govt polls

About 2 615 people are set to wrestle in the Local Government Elections (LGE) on May 21 with independent contenders leading the pack.  Just as is the case with parliamentary candidates, some  831 independent contestants representing 31 percent of aspiring candidates are aiming to be among the fortunate 462 councillors. According to an approved list…

Court rules in Malasa’s favour

Embattled Anglican Diocese of Upper Shire (Adus) Bishop Brighton Malasa yesterday got a relief after the High Court in Blantyre dismissed a case in which executive committee members of St George Parish in Zomba sought an order restraining him from transferring their priest. The members were further seeking an order restraining Malasa from prohibiting all…

Malasa still in office

There seems to be no end in sight to troubles engulfing the Anglican Diocese of Upper Shire (Adus) after a meeting convened by the head of the church in Central Africa on Tuesday failed to break the standoff. During the meeting, the Zambian-based Archbishop and Primate of the church in Central Africa Province Albert Chama…

MLS talks tough on lawyers’ conduct

Malawi Law Society (MLS) newly elected president Burton Mhango has said incidences of lawyers’ misconduct will lessen following the coming into effect of the Legal Education and Legal Practitioners Act (Lelpa). In an interview in Mangochi yesterday, after his election at the end of the society’s annual conference and general meeting, Mhango said the laws…