Battle of bedfellows

Electoral alliances limited to presidential candidates While some political parties have forged electoral alliances to support one presidential candidate, they are set to slug it out against each other in Parliamentary and Local Government Elections, we have found out. Officials of the parties we talked to in separate interviews observed that the parties have not…

Court rebuffs Chief Justice, commission

Excitement is the prevalent feeling for 16 court clerks who have successfully challenged the decision by Chief Justice (CJ) Andrew Nyirenda and the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) to recruit 24 new third grade magistrates from outside the civil service. High Court Judge Zione Ntaba of Zomba Registry has ruled in favour of the clerks who…

Youths clean Comesa Hall surroundings

About 60 youths yesterday cleaned the cluttered surroundings of Chichiri International Conference Centre (Comesa Hall) in Blantyre as one way of keeping the environment along the Masauko Chipembere Highway clean. The group, under the banner of Friends of APM, collected the debris, swept the grounds of Comesa Hall, Judiciary and Southern Region Police Headquarters where…

Presidential hopefuls ignore expectations

If a study that Insitute of Public Opinion Research (Ipor) is anything to go by, the visions as expounded by presidential aspirants during presentation of nomination papers had little thought for Malawians. Nation on Sunday’s analysis of speeches aspirants made after presenting their papers to Malawi Electroral Commission (MEC) officials at Comesa Hall in Blantyre…

APM’s bombshell

President Peter Mutharika caused a stir among the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) top brass ahead of the May 21 Tripartite Elections when he unveiled Everton Herbert Chimulirenji as his runningmate. Mutharika’s choice of Minister of Civic Education, Culture and Community Development and Parliamentarian for Ntcheu North East, stunned many of his DPP comrades at…

Govt appoints new MRA chair

Government has appointed financial expert Rex Harawa as Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) board chairperson, replacing seasoned chartered insurer Eric Chapola. Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development Goodall Gondwe confirmed in an interview yesterday, saying the appointment is with immediate effect. Harawa’s hiring comes over three months after government allegedly requested Chapola, who is chief…

Voter-centred reporting critical to elections

As the country gears up for the May 21 Tripartite Elections, journalists have been urged to report on voter-centred issues and not only political aspirants’ policies and promises. German media trainer Andreas Lange said in Blantyre on Tuesday that voters’ welfare was the heartbeat of any election. Lange, a trainer from Deutsch Welle Academy—Germany’s leading…

About 40 MPs miss out

As MEC begins receiving nomination papers on Monday from participants in the May 21 Tripartite Elections, about 40 sitting parliamentarians may be out of the race having lost in the primary polls for their respective parties. About 21 sitting Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) MPs have lost plots to new comers, according to a Weekend Nation…

MCP to field candidates in all constituences

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) says it will field parliamentary candidates in all 193 constituencies nationwide. MCP national campaign director Moses Kunkuyu said at a press briefing in Blantyre yesterday that after completing its primary elections, the party has identified the right candidates to contest the May 21 Tripartite Elections. The party’s primary elections were characterised…

Chakwera to lead in hopefuls nominations

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) presidential nominee Lazarus Chakwera will on Monday lead the hopefuls in presenting nomination papers at Comesa Hall in Blantyre. The leader of opposition in Parliament, who is one of the 23 presidential aspirants who collected the papers from Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC),  is scheduled to present his documents at 9am, according…

Presidential hopefuls hit 20

Two more presidential aspirants have collected nomination papers to contest in the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections bringing the number of hopefuls for the top office to 20. Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) spokesperson Sangwani Mwafulirwa said in an interview yesterday the latest to collect the papers are novices Florence Fulayi and Rhodrick Makhambera who are…

PP U-turns on parliamentary elections

Former governing People’s Party (PP) has backtracked on its earlier resolution to field aspiring members of Parliament (MPs) in only 165 out of the 193 constituencies. PP director of elections Lawrence Bisika said yesterday a verification exercise has proved the party’s readiness to contest in all the 193 constituencies. On January 1 2019, Bisika announced…

Former president and People’s Party (PP) leader Joyce Banda has promised to put three million jobless Malawians on employment if her party is ushered back into government in May this year. Banda, who governed the country between 2012 and 2014, assured Malawians that it was possible to create three million jobs in three years, translating…

Chaponda back in court over maizegate

Eight months after walking free, former Cabinet minister George Chaponda returned to court in Zomba Thursday for retrial in the maizegate case after the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) appealed his acquittal. This corruption-related case involved the 2016 maize purchase from Zambia. However, the appeal was not heard when the matter came before High Court Judge Redson…

Hope for maize farmers so far

There is a glimmer of hope for subsistence farmers in most parts of the country as this year’s crop outlook is showing signs of positive output despite hitches experienced at the onset of the growing season, according to agriculture experts. Principal Secretary for Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development, Gray Nyandule-Phiri, said on Thursday in an…

Angry Anglicans seal  Bishop Malasa’s office

Over 200 faithful of the Anglican Church of Upper Shire yesterday sealed offices of their Bishop Brighton Malasa in Zomba, demanding his immediate resignation. The disgruntled Christians, who also included senior members of the clergy in the diocese, presented a petition to their bishop before sealing the offices. Malasa personally received the petition from the…

Anglicans meet over Malasa

Archbishop and Primate of the Anglican Church in Central Africa Province Albert Chama has intervened in the disagreements involving the faithful in Anglican Diocese of Upper Shire and their Bishop Brighton Malasa. The Zambia-based Archbishop has delegated his envoy Bishop William Mchombo to meet Malasa and all parish representatives in Upper Shire Diocese in an…

HRDC wants K53bn claim probed

Alarmed by two companies claiming K53 billion from government, the Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) has demanded the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB), Fiscal Police and the Public Procurement and Disposal of Assets Authority (PPDA) to investigate the matter. The development follows revelation by our sister paper The Nation in yesterday’s edition that African Commercial Agency and…