Red Cross promotes menstrual hygiene

The Malawi Red Cross Society (MRCS) has said promotion of menstrual hygiene is an important step in enhancing girls’ commitment to education. Speaking in Traditional Authority (T/A) Chapananga in Chikwawa on Saturday, MRCS head of health Dan Kapombosola said it is worrisome to note that menstruation continues to be an obstacle in girls’ education. He…

APM, others to declare assets by July 30

President Peter Mutharika, Vice-President Everton Chimulirenji, Cabinet ministers, members of Parliament (MPs) and other eligible public officers have until July 30 this year to declare their assets in line with the law. Besides the President and other mentioned public officers, others expected to declare their assets and liabilities include principal secretaries (PSs), district commissioners (DCs),…

Presidential ballots under inspection

Presidential ballot papers in the May 21 Tripartite Elections are currently under inspection following a June 27 Constitutional Court ruling that Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) should give petitioners access. In an interview yesterday, private practice lawyer Chikosa Silungwe, who is lead counsel for Saulos Chilima of UTM Party, the first petitioner in the case seeking…

USA bans APM aide

In what an analyst has described as a statement to authorities on fighting corruption, the United States of America (USA) has banned President Peter Mutharika’s aide, Uladi Mussa, and his spouse for his alleged “involvement in significant corruption”.  In a statement dated July 3 2019, the US Embassy in Lilongwe said Mussa’s designation was made…

Us bars Uladi Mussa for corruption

The United States Government has banned former minister of Home Affairs Uladi Mussa, and his spouse Cecilia from entering the US for his alleged involvement in “significant corruption”.  Mussa allegedly engaged in and benefited from public corruption in relation to his official duties while minister of Home Affairs and Internal Security.  In a press statement…

12 local filmmakers in FOA Awards finals

Twelve films from Malawi have reached the finals of the Nova Employment 2019 Focus On Ability (FOA) Short Film Awards. FOA Short Film Awards are designed to encourage filmmakers to focus on the ability of people with disabilities. Speaking in an interview, FOA Malawi executive director MacDonald Nyirenda encouraged Malawians to take part by voting…

Misa, Macra meet on phone-in ban

The Media Institute for Southern Africa (Misa) Malawi Chapter yesterday held a round-table discussion with Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra) about its suspension of live phone-in programmes on radio stations last week. Following the meeting, Macra has promised to lift the suspension by the end of next week. Misa-Malawi argues that the suspension is an…

ACB makes fresh Cashgate arrest

The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) on Tuesday arrested former procurement officer for the Ministry of Tourism, Oddoi Kamange—six years after he allegedly run away from facing the law. Kamange is suspected to be involved the plunder of public resources widely known as Cashgate. He is alleged to have K6 million from Esnart Ndovi fully knowing that…

Court dismisses poll petition

High Court Judge Kenyatta Nyirenda yesterday dismissed an application by Limbani Kalilani and eight others requesting for a parliamentary vote recount in Lilongwe East Constituency. In their arguments, the nine petitioners claimed that the voters were corruptly influenced in their voting on May 21, contrary to any provision of the Parliamentary and Presidential Elections. They…

Fire guts Thuchira Bridge

Thuchira Bridge has been rendered impassable after being gutted by fire on Monday night. The Roads Authority (RA) has since advised motorists travelling to Mulanje to use the M2 Limbe-Thyolo-Mulanje Road and those travelling to Phalombe to use the Limbe-Chiradzulu Road joining the Zomba-Jali-Phalombe-Chitakale Road.  Roads Authority spokesperson Portia Kajanga gave an assurance that the…

ACB awaits date in Zameer Karim case

The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) says the K2.7 billion Malawi Police Service (MPS) food rations deal case involving businessperson Zameer Karim and two senior police officers is awaiting the court to set the date for hearing. In a written response on Friday, ACB senior public relations officer Egrita Ndala said the graft-busting body was set to…

Some councillors  left out on gratuity

About 63 outgoing councillors in Salima, Kasungu Municipality, Mchinji, Karonga and Mulanje are yet to receive their gratuity despite Treasury releasing funds for all 462 councillors early this month. on May 9. According to the 2014 list of councillors released by the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC), the affected councillors include 10 in Salima, 11 in…

APM narrowly retains presidency

Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has declared President Peter Mutharika, the torchbearer of Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), winner of the presidential race in the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections with 1 940 709 votes or 38.57 percent. Results announced by MEC chairperson Jane Ansah at the National Tally Centre in Blantyre last evening put Malawi Congress…

Mesn parallel tally verifies MEC results

Malawi Electoral Support Network (Mesn) yesterday evening released its presidential results for the May 21 Tripartite Elections, verifying Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) figures released the same evening. Mesn, which has been running a parallel vote tabulation (PVT) centre in Blantyre,  announced, in a statement, incumbent President Peter Mutharika of Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) as winner…

Police arrest 34 over violence

Police have arrested 34 people in relation to reports of violence registered in some parts of the country over the weekend. There were spates of elections-related violence in Mponela, Dowa and Lilongwe on Saturday where angry people burnt tyres, Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) offices and blocked roads. Two children were injured in the fracas in…

Foreign observers hail MEC

  International observer missions have described Tuesday’s tripartite elections as well-managed, inclusive, transparent and competitive. In press conferences held separately in Blantyre by the European Union Election Observation Mission (EU-EOM), Commonwealth Observer Mission, Africa Union  Election Observation Mission and Electoral Commissions Forum of Sadc countries (ECF-Sadc)commended the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) for a well-organised and…

17 arrested over election-related cases

  Police say they have arrested 17 people nationwide in relation to election-related cases in the aftermath of Tuesday’s tripartite elections. Confirming the development in an interview yesterday, National Police spokesperson James Kadadzera said they have recorded nine incidents, including voting for more than once, tampering with election materials, assault of a parliamentary candidate in…

Stronghold patterns hold

  Early sporadic results coming after mid-night today show that regional strongholds for DPP and MCP held firmly, but new kid on the block UTM Party appeared to ingratiate itself in the Central and Northern Regions while UDF showed support erosion in what used to be its eastern region bedroom. The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP)…