Tables turn

  Three days after casting their ballots in the May 21 Tripartite Elections, Malawians are still in the dark about the winner of the presidential election after Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) last night left the people guessing. Expectations among anxious Malawians were high after MEC chairperson Jane Ansah earlier indicated that she would hold another…

Police arrest 9 UTM monitors

  Police have arrested nine roving monitors of UTM Party nationwide for undisclosed reasons and Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has expressed surprise with the development. Darlington Ndasauka, one of the UTM monitors at the National Tally Centre in Blantyre, lodged a complaint with MEC that the party’s monitors were detained nationwide. In an interview, he…

MEC upbeat on network

  Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson Jane Ansah yesterday dispelled fears of network hitches following the pullout of one of the service providers, Airtel Malawi, saying the engaged companies have capacity to cover the whole country. Addressing the media at the National Tally Centre in Blantyre, Ansah, a judge of the Malawi Supreme Court of…

No rigging—MEC

Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has allayed fears of vote rigging ahead of the tripartite elections today, saying social media reports and those made by UTM Party president Saulos Chilima on Sunday morning are baseless and aimed at diverting attention. MEC chairperson Jane Ansah said yesterday at a press briefing held at Comesa Hall in Blantyre—the…

EU deploys 32 short-term observers

The European Union Election Observation Mission (EU EOM) on Friday deployed a third contingent of 32 more short-term observers in the country, taking the number of the EU observes to 60. Beginning April 2019, the mission has deployed 28 members,  including long-term observers and the core team. Speaking in Blantyre, chief observer Miroslav Poche, who…

Network, transport threaten elections

  Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) faces multiple challenges of transportation of electoral materials, collection and transmission of results during the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections which are seven days away. One MEC commissioner confided in The Nation that although things seem to be under control, there are two challenges facing the commission, namely, transportation and…

Mining firms conduits of Wildlife crimes—report

Financial Intelligence Authority (FIA) says Malawi is vulnerable to wildlife crimes and ancillary money laundering largely due to lack of training and inadequate resources at the disposal of investigative agencies. The 2018 Financial Intelligence Authority (FIA) Trends and Typologies Report has also revealed the connection between some mining firms operating in Malawi and wildlife crimes.…

Escom House K675m demolition bill stirs debate

What? You must be joking! This is how many Malawians reacted to a notice that Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) Limited will pay K675 million to bring down Escom House in Blantyre. Through various social media platforms, engineers and ordinary Malawians alike gave mixed reactions with some raising eyebrows, suggesting the cost could have…

Students owe College of Medicine K1.3bn

Post graduate and undergraduate students owe College of Medicine (CoM), a constituent college of the University of Malawi (Unima), about K1.3 billion in unpaid fees, a financial status report has shown. The report we have seen also shows that the college owes suppliers K1.4 billion. But in an interview this week, CoM principal Mwapatsa Mipando…

Government shrinks NAC

Implementation of the HIV and Aids Prevention and Management Act passed in 2017 has given National Aids Commission (NAC) a new mandate that has led to reduction in the number of employees in a restructuring drive, it has emerged. Ministry of Health Principal Secretary (PS) Dan Namarika said in an interview last evening that the…

Egenco upbeat on  improved power generation

Energy Generation Company (Egenco), the company established to generate power, says consumers should expect improved power generation this year compared to last year. This, they say, is because the country has this year  received considerably higher rainfall and most tributaries of the Shire River—the source of 90 percent of the country’s hydro power—have some water…

RBM plans to probe Illovo forex deals

The Reserve Bank of Malawi (RBM) says it will investigate Illovo Sugar (Malawi) plc for suspected foreign exchange externalisation and price transferring based on revelations in a court case. At the same time, the listed sugar manufacturer’s 300 minority shareholders say they will pursue the case against the company, demanding full disclosure of out of…

Interest capping bill resurfaces

Parliament is set to get a report on the controversial Financial Services Act (Amendment) Bill after its joint committee concluded local and international consultations. In November 2018, Dowa West member of Parliament (MP) Alexander Kusamba Dzonzi (Malawi Congress Party-MCP) introduced the contentious Bill which proposes a regulatory measure to prevents banks and financial institutions from…

UNDP Malawi censured

A draft report from UNDP head office has censured the Malawi Country Office for subjecting over 4 200 national registration staff to unfair living and working conditions, including exposing women to sexual harassment. According to a report from United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), which Nation on Sunday has seen, the staff involved in the National…

K53bn storm far from over

Dust is refusing to settle on the controversy surrounding the K53.9 billion Immigration Department uniforms supply deal with Parliament Secretariat and the Attorney General differing on its status in court. While Parliament Secretariat’s legal department has stopped the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) from summoning top government officials to explain queries relating to the deal purportedly…

Is manufacturing sector on its deathbed?

Malawi’s drop in manufacturing over the past 25 years—which amounts to deindustrialisation—means that the country will find it harder to improve its employment numbers and sustain high economic growth rates, Business Review analysis shows. Instead, it is the service sector, whose contribution to job absorption rates in Malawi is much lower than manufacturing—according to the…

Inside K53bn deal

PAC notes shirt costs K60 000, belt K100 000 Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has expressed fears of profiteering in the controversial K53 billion Immigration uniforms supply deal and demanded documentation after noting what it termed exorbitant prices for items. In an interview on Tuesday, PAC chairperson Alekeni Menyani said his committee has cast doubt…

New firm to run airports

Malawi is set to have a new company to work alongside a new body, Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), to operate all public airports in the country on commercial basis. Ministry of Transport and Public Infrastructure spokesperson James Chakwera disclosed in an interview on Thursday about the establishment of the new company in explaining government’s delay…