Blame game on flawed DCs

A blame-game has ensued between public institutions over Treasury’s failure to implement recommendations by Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Parliament to discipline former district commissioners (DCs) accused of misappropriating public funds. PAC recommended to Treasury and the Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC), some four years ago, to take action on the controlling officers…

APM told to act on  Msundwe incident

Calls for disciplinary action on Malawi Police Service (MPS) officers alleged to have sexually molested women in Lilongwe continue pouring in with the Human Rights Consultative Committee (HRCC) now asking President Peter Mutharika to intervene. The committee, a network of 97 human rights organisations, wants Mutharika to use his powers as the incident has painted…

Health insurance fraud: Firms lose K6bn on bogus claims annually

Suspected fraud involving service providers and members is crippling the country’s medical aid schemes with up to over 25 percent of the claims paid by health insurance firms being falsified in nature. In addition to fraud—which mainly involves collusion, forgery, intentional omissions and misrepresentations, waste and exploitation are other factors contributing to the high percentage…

EU wants errant  Cops punished

The European Union (EU) has demanded “swift and decisive” reaction by competent national authorities on Malawi Police Service (MPS) officers accused of perpetrating sexual violence against women around Msundwe, Mpingu and Mb’watalika trading centres in Lilongwe. In a local statement issued yesterday, the EU Malawi office said it had noted the Malawi Human Rights Commission…

Government raps MHRC  Msundwe report

Government says the Malawi Human Rights Commission (MHRC) report on rape incidents allegedly committed by police officers around Msundwe area in Lilongwe can be challenged. Minister of Information, Civic Education and Communications Technology Mark Botomani, who is also government spokesperson, yesterday said although he needed time to analyse the report, government’s view was that any…

Stop blaming others—Mutharika

President Peter Mutharika has asked Malawians to stop complaining needlessly and blaming others for their problems, instead of stepping out to look for solutions. Speaking on Friday night when he hosted the fifth edition of the Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) Innovations Awards at Sanjika Palace in Blantyre, Mutharika also challenged Malawians to begin thinking creatively…

99% default in Malata subsidy

Government has only recovered K110 million or less than 1 percent of the K14 billion loans to beneficiaries of one of President Peter Mutharika’s pet projects, the Malata Subsidy programme, officials have revealed. Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development spokesperson Tinashe Chikwemba said in an interview on Tuesday that loan repayment for the programme…

Court orders re-run in Mangochi West

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Parliamentarian for Mangochi West, Geoffrey Chiwondo, yesterday became the first casualty in the on-going May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections cases after the High Court in Blantyre nullified the constituency’s legislative results. Judge Sylvester Kalembera also ordered Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) to conduct a re-run in the constituency having considered what he…

Police speak out on  extrajudicial killings

Malawi Police Service (MPS) has dismissed a preliminary report by Centre for Human Rights Education, Advice and Assistance (Chreaa) whose findings allege that ex-prisoners are being targeted for extra-judicial killings. In a statement issued on Wednesday, MPS national spokesperson James Kadadzera, however, said there are cases where police officers exchanged fire with armed robbers, resulting…

Public firms on auto pilot

Twenty-six parastatal organisations have been operating without boards of directors for several months, some for a year, since the expiry of mandates for the previous cohorts, choking certain essential policy decisions, Weekend Nation has established. This has been happening despite President Peter Mutharika appointing board members for the 26 State corporations on August 6 2019,…

APM, PAC meet today

President Peter Mutharika has finally granted the Public Affairs Committee (PAC) an audience today to update him on the outcome of the dialogue meetings it held with various stakeholders in the post-election impasse. Both presidential press secretary Mgeme Kalilani and PAC executive director Robert Phiri confirmed in separate interviews on Sunday, saying the meeting is…

Land deals under microscope

The alleged encroachment on public school land in Lilongwe has brought to light issues of collusion between lawyers, land sellers and prospective land buyers. Information Weekend Nation has gathered indicates that some lawyers have allegedly been aiding foreigners to beat the provisions of the Land Act to fraudulently obtain private land in the country. But…

Shake up at Admarc

Barely days after junior staff demanded the removal of some top managers at financially-struggling Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (Admarc), government has replaced chief executive officer (CEO) Margret Roka-Mauwa. Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development Kondwani Nankhumwa confirmed in an interview on Monday that Roka-Mauwa has since been replaced by Admarc board chairperson Felix…

Admarc CEO removed, Felix Jumbe is new boss

Government has swiftly responded to demands of Agriculture Development and Marketing Corporation (Admarc) employees by removing the parastatal chief executive officer Margret Roka Mauwa. Last week, the employees threatened to go on strike if government does not remove Mauwa and two other managers for alleged abuse of office. Mauwa has been replaced by former Parliamentarian…

Admarc drains over K100bn

But still struggling and run down Admarc Limited—a commercial entity—has become government’s source of financial pain, expending over K100 billion during the past five years on recapitalisation and social roles. But Parliamentary Committee on Agriculture and Irrigation chairperson Sameer Suleman said on Friday that despite these funds from government, and loans from commercial banks, Admarc…

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…