‘No insurance cover for demo victims’

Property worth billions of kwacha, destroyed during the Anti-Ansah demonstrations will go uncompensated because insurance companies do not indemnify damages caused by political and civil riots, insurance experts have told Weekend Nation. President of Insurance Association of Malawi (IAM) Donbell Mandala indicated that there is a general exclusion of cover on damages as a result…

US hails Uladi Mussa resignation

The United States (US) Government has described as encouraging the resignation of Uladi Mussa from his position as presidential adviser on parliamentary affairs, saying his presence in government was not consistent with Malawi Government’s stand on corruption. Mussa resigned on August 8 2019 through a letter to the Chief Secretary in the Office of the…

Sex freezes K14bn road project

Police, World Bank launch investigations Contractors demanded sex for favours The World Bank has suspended works on a K14 billion road project in the Lower Shire after some workers implicated the contractor in claims of contractual breaches bordering on sexual harassment and gender-based violence. Both the Roads Authority (RA) and World Bank confirmed that the…

Tractors maker disputes govt’s ‘archaic tech’ tag

New details have emerged in the flawed tractors deal bought in 2011 using a $50 million loan from India with the manufacturer disputing that the equipment was archaic technology. In a statement published in The Nation newspaper yesterday, Sonalika International dismissed government’s assertion and instead stressed that the tractors were “manufactured using the latest and…

Malawi pilots PrEP, Recency to combat Aids

In an effort to eliminate HIV by 2030, Malawi is piloting two interventions—Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) and HIV Recency Surveillance testing that will target the youth, sex workers and other high-risk groups. Ministry of Health spokesperson Joshua Malango, who is currently attending an International Aids Society Conference (IAS) 2019 in Mexico, said Malawi has employed innovative…

Malawi set to end Aids by 2030

Malawi has been named among six locations in the world that have registered a dramatic reduction in human immuno-deficiency virus (HIV) incidence and mortality through crucial policy changes and are set to end Aids by 2030. International Aids Society (IAS)—in collaboration with Amfar Institute for HIV Cure Research and Friends of the Global Fight Against…

Africa tax havens under scrutiny

Delegates to the Sixth International Tax Justice Academy in Dakar, Senegal have highlighted that African countries that are opening themselves to tax havens’ exploitation are milking their continental counterparts through double taxation avoidance agreements (DTAAs). Speakers at the meeting noted that tax treaties signed by African countries involving tax havens result in significant revenue loss…

DPP, CSOs on collision path

Blantyre denies CSOs   permission to march In the thick of the post-election tension, Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and some civil society organisations (CSOs) stand on a collision course with a potential clash during their respective parades this Thursday. While DPP has planned what its regional governor (South) Charles Mchacha dubbed Victory Parades, the CSOs under…

Voter apathy highest  in Central Region

The Central Region has registered the second highest voter apathy in the just-ended May 21 Tripartite Elections. At 26 percent, civic education experts have attributed this to lack of civic education and relocation of seasonal tobacco workers. The North had the least voter apathy rate, with only 22 percent of registered voters not turning up…

Let’s move on, urges Mutharika

President Peter Mutharika yesterday took an oath for his second five-year term of office with an appeal to Malawians and his political opponents to move on after a gruelling May 21 Tripartite Elections campaign trail. However, the President fell short of plainly extending an olive branch in his acceptance speech after taking the oath of…

Court ties MEC’s hands

MCP gets injunction Presidential results on hold MEC releases MPs’ results only The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) on Saturday withheld the outcome of the May 21 presidential election following an injunction Malawi Congress Party (MCP) obtained at the Lilongwe Registry of the High Court. The injunction cited irregularities noticed in about 10 districts that should…

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.…