MEC faces parliament

MEC commissioners will individually face the Public Appointments Committee (PAC) of Parliament on claims of incompetence that the Constitutional Court has levelled against them. But, according to PAC chairperson Collins Kajawa, those found incompetent can only be referred to the President, with a recommendation that they be fired. “They will be at the mercy of…

Parliament moves on court ruling

Parliament has swiftly responded to an order of the High Court of Malawi sitting as the Constitutional Court by summoning its Business Committee to a meeting today to decide the way forward on modalities relating to fresh presidential election. In an interview on Tuesday, assistant clerk of Parliament (protocol and public relations) Leonard Mengezi said…

MLS, others hail judgement

Malawi Law Society (MLS) has welcomed the Constitutional Court ruling nullifying the May 21 2019 presidential election, describing it as a landmark decision that will guide the management of future elections in the country. In an interview soon after the judgement, MLS president Burton Mhango said the ruling by the five-judge panel of the High…

Mpinganjira re-arrested, to seek bail today

The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) last evening re-arrested business mogul Thomson Mpinganjira after the High Court of Malawi faulted a Zomba Magistrate’s Court order that quashed his initial warrant of arrest as illegal, incorrect and improper. In her judgement after reviewing the file, High Court Judge Dorothy NyaKaunda Kamanga also ordered the registrar of the High…

Court mum on judgement date

With barely eight days to the 45 days within which the Constitutional Court said it would deliver its landmark decision in the presidential election nullification petition case, the Judiciary is keeping a tight lid on the exact date. In an interview on Sunday, High Court of Malawi and Malawi Supreme Court of Appeal registrar Agnes…

Govt sweats on Khato deal

A flurry of meetings—including ministerial level gatherings—show how government is leaving no stone unturned to walk away from the K400 billion Salima-Lilongwe Water Supply project. But Capital Hill is facing a tenacious contractor in Khato Civils, who has given government 14 days to come back to the negotiation table or it will refer the matter…

ACB pushed to make arrests

Pressure is mounting on the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) to speed up investigations into allegations of attempts to bribe High Court judges presiding over the presidential election nullification petition with Malawi Law Society (MLS) demanding the arrest of suspects. In a letter dated January 13 2020 signed by MLS president Burton Chigo Mhango and honorary secretary…

Political promises’ honeymoon over

Political leaders will no longer have the luxury of making unilateral promises during the campaign period as the National Planning Commission (NPC) plans to align party manifestos to the country’s Vision (National Transformation 2063). But a political analyst has cast doubt on the practicality of the move, arguing that implementation of the vision would still…

MDAs faulted on tariff increase

Ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) of government have tendency of bypassing Parliament when adjusting government fees, a move that Legal Affairs Committee chairperson Kezzie Msukwa says is a violation of the Constitution. Msukwa said the country’s MDAs have been in violation of Section 58 of the Constitution, which delegates to the Executive or Judiciary the…

23% of Global Fund drugs vanish

Global Fund says an estimated 23 percent of medicines it purchases to fight HIV and Aids, tuberculosis (TB) and malaria in Malawi vanish at district health office (DHO) and health facility levels. A Global Fund Office of the Inspector General (OIG) audit report released on December 9 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland, further identifies financial fraud,…

Government to renew gensets deal

The Minister of Natural Resources, Energy and Mines Bintony Kutsaira says government will renew the Aggreko Power Solutions Limited diesel-powered generators contract at its expiry in January 2020 because the 78-megawatts (MW) capacity gensets have stabilised power supply. But energy and consumer rights experts have cautioned government to thoroughly scrutinise the decision to renew the…

ACB moves in on K7.8bn ghost deal

The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) says it will investigate the Public Procurement and Disposal of Assets Authority (PPDA) for giving a ‘no objection’ to a company in a K7.8 billion contract without ACB vetting. In an interview on Monday, ACB director general Reyneck Matemba said in respect of the K7.8 billion contract awarded to a “ghost”…

Ghost firm gets K7.8bn contract

No trace for firm awarded power plant contract The public procurement body’s website shows that a company named Black and Veach was awarded a lucrative consultancy contract for K7.8 billion. According to information we have sourced, Black & Veach was hired by Kam’mwamba Coal-fired Power Generation Company (KPGC), which sought a ‘No Objection’ from the…

Govt to go solo on Kam’mwamba

Government has abandoned its partner Chinese financier China Gezhouba on the Kam’mwamba Coal-fired Power Generation and has since relocated the project to Energy Generation Company (Egenco) to implement it with government as the sole financier. The Kam’mwamba Coal-fired Power Generation project was to be implemented jointly by the Malawi Government and China Gezhouba Group Corporation…

Esau, CDH formally cleared

The Lilongwe Chief Resident Magistrate on Tuesday dismissed the case which the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) opened against CDH Investment Bank (CDH-IB) chief executive officer (CEO) Misheck Esau. Esau has since described the case as a sledge hammer in his banking career. In an interview soon after the court’s determination, the CDH-IB CEO said the court…

AIDS, TB gains under threat

Three months after International Aids Society (IAS) rated Malawi as on course to end HIV and Aids and tuberculosis (TB) by 2030, a new Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) report shows funding gaps threaten to wipe the gains. During the 2019 Aids Conference in Mexico in July, IAS announced that Malawi was among six countries making…

Demonstrations have dented  Malawi’s image—APM

President Peter Mutharika  returns home today from United States, where he attended the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly (Unga) and among his speeches blamed MCP and HDRC of denting the picture of the country and scaring away some investors. Speaking on Thursday at a news conference with Malawi media at the Unga,…

MSB toxic loans  go to Parliament

Lilongwe Mpenu legislator Eisenhower Mkaka wants Ministry of Finance to explain to Parliament the disposal of the then wholly State-owned Malawi Savings Bank (MSB) and progress towards recovering K6 billion toxic loans extended to some individuals and companies. The parliamentarian further wants government to suspend establishment of Malawi Agriculture and Investment Corporation (Maic). In a…

Mutharika’S port blues

Maputo is not interested in discussing the Shire-Zambezi Waterway Project with Lilongwe, a senior Mozambique government official has said. The declaration—made by the Head of the Department of Bilateral Cooperation in Mozambique’s Ministry of Transport and Communications, Horácio Parquinio—is a slap in President Peter Mutharika’s face who on September 8 this year said “we are…

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