Centre for Human Rights Rehabilitation (CHRR), in partnership with other 27 international NGOs, has penned ministers of Justice and attorneys general in the African Union (AU) member States on immunising sitting heads of States from any charges. The letter, written ahead of the African Justice Ministers and Attorneys General’s meeting which starts today in Addis…

Candidates missed out on child protection—Cedep

Centre for the Development of People (Cedep) has said the second presidential debate failed to live to people’s expectations as some of responses coming from the presidential candidates raised more questions to the electorate whether they are indeed prepared for presidency. According to Cedep executive director Gift Trapence, most of the presidential candidates felt short…

Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) says phase three of voters’ roll inspection, which is the final phase, will start tomorrow and end on Monday next week. In a statement, MEC chief elections officer Willie Kalonga has said the final phase will cover the remaining councils in the Central Region such as Ntcheu, Dedza, Lilongwe City, Lilongwe…

The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has shifted its planned national interdenominational prayers from Wednesday to Thursday at Robins Park this week. MEC chief elections officer Willie Kalonga said in a statement the change seeks to offer presidential candidates and other stakeholders, who would be attending presidential debates in Lilongwe this evening, an opportunity to attend…

Malawians should enjoy their political right—EU

The European Union (EU) Election Observation Mission to the country’s May 20 Tripartite Elections have called on Malawians to enjoy their political right by attending rallies and civic education meetings and voting. Speaking in Blantyre yesterday when a team of 28 long-term observers (LTOs) left the city to their respective deployment stations across the country,…

Malawi urged to reform health financing model

As the country is commemorating Africa Vaccination Week, Health and Rights Education Programme-Malawi (Hrep-Malawi) has called on government to consider reforming the health financing model in use. The organisation says the reformation will enable the country to continue sustaining the excellent immunisation coverage gains and the overall healthcare delivery service in meeting the universal coverage…

New debate format sidelines other parties

Some political parties have cried foul over the new format for presidential debates which says only parties fielding parliamentary candidates in not less than 10 percent of the 193 constituencies will take part in the remaining two sessions. Presidential candidate for New Labour Party (NLP), Friday Jumbe has described the organisers of the debates as…

‘Chiefs among violators of people’s rights’

Community-based human rights defenders say some traditional leaders in the country perpetrate worst forms of violence against women and girls besides trampling on the people’s basic freedoms and rights. The human rights defenders said this in Traditional Authority (T/A) Mkanda in Mulanje where Creative Centre for Community Mobilisation (Creccom) is enhancing ‘Women’s and Girls’ Voices…

Network commends JB on houses, others

Concerned Citizens Network, a national movement composed of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and members from students’ organisations, has hailed President Joyce Banda’s leadership, saying she has transformed Malawi into an upper middle income in the shortest period. The group’s chairperson Mike Bagus, in a press statement, says the group conducted a comprehensive analysis on how government…

Police in Ndirande, Blantyre, have arrested four people who were allegedly terrorising Ndirande Township. Southern Region Police spokesperson Nicholas Gondwa identified the suspects as Robert Makolo, 35, Lastone Sizali Mtambo, 29, Mackson Kaloje Namapampu, 28, and Jack Misoya, 24. Gondwa said Makolo was arrested first following a complaint from a resident in the township, James…

A 54-year-old man has been murdered in Ntchisi police have said. Ntchisi Police spokesperson Gladson M’bumpha identified the deceased as Jericho Msonthi from Chinkhande Village, Traditional Authority Kalumo in the district. M’bumpha said Msonthi left his home for drinking on Thursday morning and didn’t come back until Friday when his body was found near Chiwizi…

The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has said the inspection of the voters roll which was suspended just a day after it started recently will restart tomorrow. In a statement signed by MEC’s chief elections officer Willie Kalonga, MEC said it has worked on the inconsistencies that were discovered in the voters’ roll and the commission…

World Vision hands over K7.9m items to Machinga

World Vision Malawi, with support from Australia, on Friday handed over assorted items worth over K7.9 million (about $19 750) to Machinga District Council. The items will be given out to the district health office (DHO), the district agriculture development office (Dado), police, Water and Irrigation department, among others. The items, which include an ambulance,…

The Ntchisi First Grade Magistrate’s Court on Friday convicted and sentenced a 24-year-old man to five years imprisonment with hard labour (IHL) for theft by public servant contrary to Section 286 of the Penal Code. Ntchisi Police spokesperson Gladson M’bumpha said State prosecutor Austin Daudi told the court that the convict, Dick Shumba, during the…