MEC orchestrated rigging in polls—witness

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president Lazarus Chakwera’s fourth witness Anthony Bendulo yesterday claimed that rigging was orchestrated by Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) IT officers to favour first respondent President Peter Mutharika in the disputed presidential results of the May 21 polls. During re-examination by Chakwera’s lead lawyer Mordecai Msiska in the Constitutional Court in Lilongwe,…

MHRC to probe Msundwe human rights violations

In its letter dated October 18 and signed by executive director Charles Kajoloweka, YAS argues that the inquiry by MPS may lack credibility and impartiality. “We strongly doubt the credibility and impartiality of the internal investigations instituted by the police. Experience shows that such approaches are merely cover-ups to shield officers from facing the law,”…

Abandoning police posts breeding crime

Security experts have warned that delay to redeploy police officers in areas where they withdrew from following attacks and damage to police units by angry protesters is a recipe for more disaster.  But while agreeing with the experts on the repercussions of pulling out personnel from some areas, acting Inspector General of Police, Duncan Mwapasa,…

ACB releases Kamudoni

The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has terminated the contract for its special prosecutor Kamudoni Nyasulu whom the graft-busting body engaged in 2015 to help it prosecute some special cases. ACB director-general Reyneck Matemba confirmed the development in an interview this week, saying hiring lawyers is “extremely expensive and unsustainable”. Matemba could not disclose how much the…

Nankhumwa hits at MCP

Leader of the House Kondwani Nankhumwa on Friday accused opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) of frustrating government business in Parliament. He said this in reference to the confirmation of Duncan Mwapasa as Inspector General of Malawi Police Service (MPS), which has been differed after MCP blocked the motion on technicalities and through an injunction. Nankhumwa…

Germany speaks on unity

German Ambassador Jurgen Borsch has challenged Malawians to take the route of constructive and peaceful dialogue if the country is to achieve success. The ambassador has also urged every Malawian to embrace the spirit of unity and respect for other people’s democratic rights. Borsch was speaking in Lilongwe on Thursday evening during celebrations of German…

K9bn MDF utility bill worry committee

The Parliamentary Committee on Defence and International Relations has proposed that legislators should move a motion to write-off part of the K9 billion bill that the Malawi Defence Force (MDF) owes utility companies in the country. The committee’s chairperson Kenneth Zikhale Ng’oma said in an interview yesterday government needs to find a special arrangement, or…

UNDP meets HRDC

The United Nations (UN) on Friday met the leadership of Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) in Lilongwe for what was said to be a routine and private agenda. But Weekend Nation understands that the meeting was a continuation of UN’s efforts to broker peace after the country has been experiencing violent protests aimed at forcing…

Diplomats clinging to embassies

 Taxpayers will continue paying salaries and allowances for some recalled diplomats holding on to their positions at various embassies. Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Francis Kasaila has since warned that government can strip off the diplomatic status of those resisting to come home. “The position of the ministry is that each diplomat is…

AG, HRDC talks start amid bomb scare

Security concerns, including an alleged foiled grenade attack on a vehicle, nearly spoiled key discussions between Attorney General’s team and Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) members on how to manage future anti-Jane Ansha demonstrations. Due to security concerns, the meeting had to be shifted three times from Civic Centre to Bingu International Convention Centre (BICC),…

How else can Ansah be removed from MEC?

Despite the law providing procedures for removing a Malawi Election Commission (MEC) chairperson from office, those demanding the resignation of the incumbent—Jane Ansah—have instead opted for protests, a move that has divided opinions among legal minds. Section 75(4) of the Constitution—the supreme law of the land—states that a member of MEC may be removed from…

Consultant still controlling Maltis

Government is still grappling to take full control of an upgraded Malawi Road Traffic Management System (Maltis) from a South Africa-based consultant, Weekend Nation understands. On at least two occasions, government was forced to extend the contract period with the consultant, Gerrit Fischer who owns Fischer Consulting, in efforts to iron out outstanding issues, such…

Treasury admits fleet scam

Parked outside most government offices is a common sight of grounded and neglected vehicles that are wasting away. If some of these vehicles were auctioned earlier, the government could have saved millions of kwacha needed to buy a new fleet where necessary. But who is to blame for this wastage? Government suspects there exists a…

ACB moved on Cashgate cases

The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has been given two months to start prosecuting 14 Cashgate-related cases that have been in limbo for the past five years or risk having the cases thrown out. This follows court orders on July 11 the magistrate’s court in Lilongwe made, warning the bureau to appear in court within 14 days,…

Motorcycle taxis: moving death traps

Motorcycle taxi business is booming and financially empowering many Malawians, but lack of proper guidelines to police the trade is sending many to an early grave. In an interview, Directorate of Road Traffic and Safety Services (DRTSS) spokesperson Angelina Makwecha admitted the danger the booming business is posing to travellers. She said the directorate and…

Lifestyle audit haunts ACB

It is an open secret that some public servants in the country have questionable lifestyles compared to their source of income. Section 32 of the Corrupt Practices Act was, therefore, framed with that in mind and clearly empowers the graft–busting body to investigate any public officer for maintaining a suspicious standard of living beyond ones…