All set for elections

  Final preparations for today’s tripartite elections went on smoothly yesterday after voting materials were delivered to almost all polling stations nationwide. In addition, most party observers and independent election monitors reported to their duty stations in all but two of the country’s 28 districts, The Nation snap survey has revealed. The snap survey we…

Muluzi’s ambitious pledge for Karonga

  United Democratic Front (UDF) presidential hopeful Atupele Muluzi and running mate Frank Mwenifumbo have promised to revamp Karonga’s business culture if elected next Tuesday. They said this during a rally at Baka Community Day Secondary School in the shoreline border district on Saturday. Muluzi stated that the district bordering Tanzania is best-placed to be…

We will transform national secondary schools—Chisi

  Umodzi Party presidential candidate Professor John Chisi says he will transform secondary schools nationwide into colleges to address quota system of selecting students to public universities. Speaking during a rally in Chitipa District on Monday, he said this will also give a chance to those who may not meet public university selection requirements to…

Resolve poll queries impartially—Salima DC

Salima district commissioner (DC) Charles Mwawembe has advised newly-elected Multi-party Liaison Committee (MPLC) members in Salima South Constituency to be impartial and professional in facilitating the May 21 Tripartite Elections. The DC was speaking on Friday at Traditional Authority (T/A) Ndindi’s headquarters when he presided over the committee members’ appointment and later opened a day-long…

Poll rigging rumours worry Mesn

The Malawi Electoral Support (Mesn) has expressed concern with the increased incidences of accusation and counter accusations of intentions to rig the May 21 2019 tripartite elections. The development comes in the wake of claims by Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) torchbearer President Peter Mutharika and UTM’s Saulos Chilima that some people want to rig the…

DPP stole MEC cameras—SKC

UTM Party presidential candidate Saulos Chilima says the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) is behind the missing of closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras at Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) offices in Lilongwe on Tuesday this week. The DPP has since dismissed the claims as campaign talk. Chilima, who is also the country’s Vice-President, made the claims yesterday…

Billboard vandalism continues

Just a day after a UTM Party billboard of Saulos Chilima was vandalised on Monday night in Karonga, some unknown people have destroyed a billboard of President Peter Mutharika. Mutharika’s billboard was also mounted at Karonga District Magistrate’s Court opposite that of UTM Party. Karonga Police Station officer Joyce Mphepo has since said police have…

Misuku candidates win coffee growers’ hearts

Three independent parliamentary candidates for Chitipa East have promised coffee farmers better benefits from their sweat. They were speaking during a political debate organised by the National Initiative for Civic Education (Nice) in partnership with the Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP) in Karonga Diocese. Asked what they would do to protect peasant farmers…

Chilima pledges ‘durable’ road to Neno

UTM Party presidential candidate Saulos Klaus Chilima has pledged to construct a durable road to Neno to ease mobility and seamlessly connect the district to the rest of the country if voted into power in the May 21 Tripartite Elections. The UTM Party torchbearer, who is also the country’s estranged Vice-President, made the pledge during…

Neno candidates sign agreement

Parliamentary candidates in Neno North on Tuesday signed a Social Agreement Contract with communities to fulfil their manifestos and exercise transparency and accountability in managing development funds. The signing, which took place during the first debate in the district, was facilitated by National Initiative for Civic Education (Nice) Trust officials in the presence of the…

Mzuzu hosts running mates debate tonight

Privately owned Zodiak Broadcasting Station (ZBS) will this evening take its Presidential Running Mates Debate to Mzuzu for the first time amid expectation from civil society for the hopefuls to outline development plans for the region. The debate, coming after similar ones in Lilongwe and Blantyre, is scheduled to have three running mates, namely Mohammed…

Media’s role on health crucial

The media has been challenged to  give health governance issues prominence over political news if health  service delivery is to improve in the country. Ministry of Health director of quality management and digital health Dr. Andrew Likaka feels the media can play a role of a watchdog in health service delivery system. Speaking at a…

Police to intensify security during verification period

  With the voter verification exercise scheduled on Monday, Police in Dedza say they will enhance security to ensure the exercise is smooth and credible. Dedza Police Station officer-in-charge Emmie Soko made the assurance when responding to queries from different elections stakeholders during a District Elections Supervisory Team meeting. She said police have put in…

Stakeholders say culture hampering 50:50 Campaign

Campaigners for increased women’s representation in elected political positions have mentioned culture as one factor preventing women from assuming leadership positions in Nsanje and Chikwawa. Youth Coalition for the Consolidation of Democracy (YCD) executive director Francis Folly, whose organisation is implementing 50:50 Campaign in Nsanje, said in an interview that the two Shire Valley districts…

K12m school block falls before handover

Dreams of learners and their parents/guardians to have a full primary school within their locality have been dealt a blow after a K12 million school block collapsed before it was handed over. The school block at Mpimbi Junior Primary School in Neno, funded by the Local Development Fund (LDF), was expected to see the institution…

MEC clears fears of foreigners’ registration

The fifth phase of voter registration exercise started on a positive note in Mulanje despite fears that some Mozambicans would try to register as voters to get Malawi’s national citizen identification (ID) cards. However, launching the fifth phase of the voter registration exercise on Sunday, MEC chairperson Jane Ansah said each voter registration centre has…