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…

MLS promotes alternative dispute settlement

Malawi Law Society (MLS) President Burton Mhango has said lawyers need to embrace alternative disputes resolution mechanisms instead of always considering litigation. The president said this in an interview after the lawyers’ body held a workshop on commercial arbitration attended by over 150 lawyers in Blantyre. “In most legal disputes, the jurisprudence is that we…

Parliament summons demos’ organisers

The Public Appointments Committee (PAC) of Parliament has summoned Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) leaders to explain the rights body’s call for the resignation of Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson Jane Ansah. The meeting, which has since been described by HRDC as crucial, is scheduled for Thursday morning at Parliament Building in Lilongwe. HRDC’s call…

July 20 killings: Five police officers freed

The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Mary Kachale has discontinued a murder case involving five Malawi Police Service (MPS) officers who were arrested for allegedly causing the death of a Blantyre resident during the July 20 2011 nationwide anti-government demonstrations. Lawyers for the five cops Ritz Attorneys confirmed on Thursday that Kachale on August 23…

DPP plans own demos

The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has warned organisers of the now-suspended anti-Jane Ansah nationwide demonstrations, alongside opposition political parties, against creating anarchy to fulfil their alleged regime change quest. The party, through its Southern Region governor Charles Mchacha, claimed yesterday the Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC), UTM Party and Malawi Congress Party (MCP) were on…

High Court judge re-elected ICJ commissioner

The international community continues spotting Malawian professionals competences with the latest being the re-election of High Court judge Charles Mkandawire as a commissioner for the Switzerland-based International Commission of Jurists (ICJ). Judge Mkandawire has been re-elected to serve his third-term as ICJ commissioner until May 31 2024, after successfully serving his first-term, from 2009 to…

Chakwera responds to Mutharika

The Public Affairs Committee (PAC) facilitated mediation talks continue being shrouded in mystery and a political scientist has since expressed scepticism over the prospect of the dialogue bearing any fruit. Yesterday, the quasi-religious grouping negotiation team engaged Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president Lazarus Chakwera in Lilongwe but both parties remained tight-lipped on their discussion’s outcome.…

PAC dialogue team meets APM

Public Affairs Committee (PAC) mediation team and State House on Friday remained tight-lipped on the outcome of their meeting to thrash out probable solutions to the post-May 21 Tripartite Elections impasse.  In separate interviews last evening, after their meeting which lasted for close to three hours at Sanjika Palace in Blantyre, the two camps only…

Councils in money woes

Owed about K15bn in city rates Thousands of properties not in council books Despite operating on shoe-string budgets that has led to their failure to provide basic services such as refuse collection, city councils are sitting on K15 billion in uncollected city rates. We have also found out that in addition, high level fraud and…

Killer rabid dogs on the prowl

Just like any other person from his village, Lewis Harry woke up cheerfully on April 4 2019 and went on to do the job that was putting bread on his table—charcoal business. For the 43-year-old, this was just another day. As he walked home, that afternoon, a stray dog lunged out of the dense bush…

Justice Sikwese appointed UN judge

After serving in various judicial capacities in the country for 21 years, High Court of Malawi Judge Rachel Sikwese was on Wednesday appointed half-time judge to United Nations Dispute Tribunal (UNDT). The UN General Assembly elected Sikwese by secret ballot alongside three other judges from Uganda, Barbados, and Trinidad and Tobago at its plenary 73rd…

Minister to lead pro-Ansah protests

Ministry of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare has organised a protest march in Blantyre this Wednesday in solidarity with embattled Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson Jane Ansah who is facing resignation calls from some sections of society. Speaking in Blantyre on Monday, the women, under the banner of Forum for Concerned Women in Malawi…

ACB study exposes Immigration, Road Traffic

Despite applying various measures to check corruption, an Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) integrity survey has revealed that the vice remains high at Immigration and Citizenship Services (ICS) as well as Directorate of Road Traffic and Safety Services (DRTSS). The survey found that perceptions of the two institutions’ employees and their clients agreed that bribery takes place…

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…