Over 3 000 nurses ‘dumped’

Growing up  a few metres from Zingwangwa Health Centre in Blantyre, Tabia Mkorongo, 27, drew inspiration from an unknown nurse she kept seeing treating patients with utmost attention and love. That was more than a decade ago when she was in senior primary education. She went on harbouring the desire to become like the unnamed…

Escom suspends 9  over APM blackout

Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) has sent on an indefinite suspension nine senior employees from the Southern Region following last Friday’s blackout that occurred during a graduation ceremony at Chancellor College (Chanco) in Zomba. The power outage, which lasted for about eight minutes, happened while President Peter Mutharika was addressing the congregation. He was…

UN calls for religious tolerance, respect

The United Nations (UN) resident coordinator Maria Jose Torres has urged Malawians to respect each other’s religious beliefs and engage in peaceful dialogue when resolving differences. Her call comes amid growing tension around Mangochi Turn-Off in Liwonde between Christians and Muslims which resulted in a bloody fight on Monday, leaving several people injured, two of…

Religions in bloody fight

Religions in bloody fight Business came to a standstill yesterday at Mangochi Turn-off in Liwonde when Muslims and Christians engaged in running battles that left several people injured, two of them seriously. Machinga district health officer Arnold Kapachika last evening confirmed receiving two injured persons, one of whom was a sheikh injured at a mosque…

APM weakens MHRC

Fails to correct appointment mistake for six months Govt seeks AG’s legal opinion President Peter Mutharika’s failure to rectify anomalies in appointing MHRC members has hamstrung the body as it cannot make crucial human rights decisions without commissioners. Malawi Human Rights Commission (MHRC) executive secretary David Nungu said last week lack of commissioners is preventing…

HRDC takes on govt on rights violations

Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) has accused government of presenting a false picture of the country’s human rights situation in its report to the African Commission. HRDC and chief State advocate in the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs Pacharo Kayira presented separate human rights situation reports to the ongoing 65th Session of the African…

US human rights report damns police

A United States Department of State report on human rights situation in the country has observed that the Malawi Police Service (MPS) generally breaks regulations in arresting suspects and treating detainees. The 2018 report, issued by the department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labour, states that police arrest most suspects without a warrant but…

Govt moves to fix Fisp

In an apparent move to seal loopholes that messed up Farm Input Subsidy Programme (Fisp) in previous seasons, Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development has devised measures to tackle some of the implementation challenges. The new measures to improve the programme include insertion of clauses in the contracts of suppliers entrusted to sell the…

‘Big fishes’ picked over forex crimes

Fiscal Police in conjunction with Reserve Bank of Malawi (RBM) has arrested several prominent businesspersons of Asian origin in the country’s major cities in connection to illegal foreign currency transactions. Between Monday and Wednesday this week, the two State agencies rounded up six Asian business tycoons before they were released on bail awaiting court appearance…

UN rights’ body wants meaningful dialogue

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCHR) has urged government and stakeholders to urgently engage in a genuine and meaningful dialogue to address the prevailing political, social and economic grievances of the population. The UN body said this would help reduce tension that has gripped the country since anti-Jane Ansah demonstrations started in…

APM tone under fire

President Peter Mutharika has come under fire once again for his recent tone on the outcome of the May 21 Tripartite Elections, with some commentators fearing the tone has the potential to incite violence if the court rules otherwise. In particular, the President has been faulted for his interview with Aljazeera television first beamed on…

Demos get ‘yes’ in poll

NPL survey suggests more people want HRDC to continue with demos Majority of citizens who responded to a Weekend Nation survey on the on-going anti-Jane Ansah demonstrations feel the Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) is justified to continue organising the protests. And in their interpretation, political and governance analysts have said the survey findings should…

PAC goes back to Mutharika, others

Public Affairs Committee (PAC) says it is set for a second phase of dialogue meetings with President Peter Mutharika and other concerned parties in its quest to find a lasting solution to the prevailing political tension. PAC said in a statement issued yesterday to update the public on the initiative that its impending audience with…

Hitches derail Chaponda case

Technical hitches have derailed direction of the Maizegate case involving former Cabinet minister George Chaponda in which the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) is challenging his acquittal. The graft-busting body and Chaponda’s lawyer Tamando Chokhotho are at odds over the precise period the former minister was supposed to file a notice of intention to appeal the case…

MHRC to probe MDF protesters’ beating

The Malawi Human Rights Commission (MHRC) has said it will institute investigations to establish circumstances that led Malawi Defence Force (MDF) soldiers to attack demonstrators in Karonga during the anti-Jane Ansah demonstrations on Wednesday. MHRC executive secretary David Nungu told Nation on Sunday on Friday night, after analysing the video clip and photos of the…

Pressure piles on govt

The World Health Organisation regularly sets global targets for reduction of maternal mortality rates. The previous target was four visits during the pregnancy period for which Malawi scored 54 percent due to structural challenges. WHO has now doubled the previous targets. How will the country fair on the tougher targets? Malawi has one of the…

Egenco blowing K3bn on gensets

As water flow in Shire down by 57 percent Burden pushed to consumers—energy analyst The Electricity Generation Company (Egenco) is spending over K3 billion per month to buy fuel for its diesel-powered generators to shore up available power amid low water levels in the Shire River. Egenco spokesperson Moses Gwaza confirmed, in an interview this…

‘No way!’

Local football giants Nyasa Big Bullets  and Be Forward Wanderers stadia project faces a sticking point as the Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) plans to lobby Parliament against allocating funds to the projects. HRDC said on Sunday it was “illogical, lack of prioritisation and an outright abuse of public funds” for government to finance projects…

Bushiri pledges support to hungry Malawians

South Africa-based Malawian Prophet Shepherd Bushiri will from October to March 2020 distribute free maize to Malawians facing the threat of hunger. Making the announcement in his Enlightened Christian Gathering (ECG) Ministries church in Pretoria, South Africa on Sunday, Bushiri said he had been compelled by reports that over 1.1 million Malawians will likely face…

Court sets aside 2 PSs Tractorgate conviction

The High Court in Lilongwe yesterday gave two principal secretaries a relief after it set aside their convictions for snubbing a Malawi Supreme Court of Appeal order to publicly apologise for a flawed procurement and disposal of tractors bought with borrowed funds. Judge Charles Mkandawire spared the two—Grey Nyandule Phiri of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water…