SKC pushes UTM  registration

Vice-President Saulos Chilima has filed six grounds of appeal against the decision by the registrar of political parties to reject the registration of United Transformation Movement (UTM) as a political party. In the application filed as Civil Case Number 113 of 2018 at the High Court in Blantyre on September 27 2018 through private practice…

Macra warns airtel for failing to deactivate sim cards

Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra) has warned Airtel Malawi that it risks monetary fine, licence suspension or a warning for failing to deactivate about one million unregistered numbers after the subscriber identity module (SIM) registration deadline. In an interview yesterday, Macra deputy director for consumer affairs Thoko Chimbe said the regulator’s monitoring system on Monday…

MEC tips off parties on  primaries, candidates

  Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has advised political parties in the country to use its guidelines when scrutinising candidates during primary elections to identify their representatives in the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections. The electoral body has since warned that in the event of a political party’s candidates being disqualified it would not be possible…

‘Parties profiting from dirty money’

Major political parties are surviving on tainted money from donors, cuts from shady contracts from government and handouts from politically compromised businesses and individuals in exchange for future business deals. Such lack of tangible income, according to studies and interviews, make the parties susceptible to corruption and money-laundering. In December 2017, Parliament passed the Political…

Are police on killing spree?

Over 40 shot dead in police custody in months Activists fear extra-judicial executions in MPS Seven years after some local NGOs claimed to the UN that Malawi was involved in extra-judicial killings, Weekend Nation has traced scores of robbery suspects who have turned up dead in dubious circumstances at the hands of police over the…

About 50% register sim cards

Over three million mobile phone users risk being cut out of mobile phone service as the country’s mobile phone operators have only registered over 50 percent of the sim cards in the country ahead of the September 30  2018 deadline. The sim card registration exercise started in February this year and is expected to end…

Blantyre registers  lowest voters so far

Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson Jane Ansahon Friday said her organisation will holistically analyse the trends in the voter registration exercise and decide whether to reopen registration in some districts that have not met the projected threshold. Ansah was speaking at the National Election Consultative Forum (Necof) in Blantyre after it was discovered that Blantyre…

Transglobe bites back

  Transglobe Produce Export Limited and one of its directors, Rashid Tayub, have taken the Malawi Government to court claiming compensation for loss of business and false imprisonment, court records indicate. With the Attorney General (AG) and the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) as defendants in the case, Transglobe and Tayub are demanding compensation in excess of…

Expired pesticides flood market

  Malawi’s food security in the 2018/19 growing season faces new threats as over 20 metric tonnes (MT) of expired pesticides were stolen from a warehouse and have now flooded the market, The Nation has established. Pesticide Control Board acting registrar Misheck Soko confirmed the development, saying about 15 to 20 metric tonnes (MT) of…

Youths more into politics

The 2019 voting demographic might reflect a growing interest by the youth to take over the affairs of the country, some political analysts have said. An update of the registration exercise underway released yesterday shows more youths aged below 35 and women have registered as voters at 56.1 percent and 53 percent, respectively, of the…

Muhara faulted on Law  Commissioner contract

Chief Secretary in the Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC) Lloyd Muhara has come under fire for illegally extending the contract of Law Commissioner Gertrude Hiwa contrary to Section 133 of the Constitution. In an interview yesterday in view of the communication from Muhara extending the contract that expired on June 21 this year,…

MCP sets guidelines for primaries

The main opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) has asked aspiring parliamentarians and councillors to start campaigning, saying the party will not impose any candidate. MCP publicity secretary Maurice Munthali said this will be the first time since the advent of multiparty in Malawi, for the party to field candidates in all 193 constituencies. In a…

Graft fight on deathbed

ACB funding drops 12% since 2014 As government dithers on crucial reforms The fight against corruption is on its death bed as Capital Hill either cuts funding to key institutions or dithers to activate tools designed to strengthen the bodies. Weekend Nation’s analysis of funding to key institutions in the graft fight since 2014, and…

Icam discredits Auditor General appointee

  Institute of Chartered Accountants in Malawi (Icam) has asked government to reverse the appointment of Admarc director of finance Harold Mwala as the new Auditor General allegedly because he does not qualify to fill the position. In a communication to its members which The Nation has seen, Icam president Henry Chowawa said the professional…

DPP changes constitution, gags leadership critics

  Delegates to the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) convention have amended the party’s constitution and introduced disciplinary measures against critics. The amendment has also laid down procedures to fight corruption and introduced a four-tier system for the national governing council (NGC). Briefing the delegates, chairperson of the constitution amendment committee Bright Msaka, a lawyer…

Raw deal on Escom gensets

Consumers should brace for increased tariffs     Deal is one-sided, not sustainable—analyst Malawians are shouldering the cost of Escom’s emergency diesel energy deal without enjoying the benefits because the contribution of the newly-acquired generators to the national grid is insignificant, documents  Nation Online has seen show. Before acquiring the gensets, Malawians were paying K58.74 per kilowatt (kWh)…

K16.2bn bank sale  proceeds still idle

Three years after disposing two commercial banks—Malawi Savings Bank (MSB) and Indebank—government is yet to decide on how to use the proceeds which have accumulated to K16.2 billion. Proceeds from the sale of its wholly-owned bank MSB at K9.5 billion and Indebank at K6.7 billion in 2015 were initially deposited in interest-generating Public Private Partnership…

Callista’s comments split political minds

Former first lady Callitsa Mutharika’s open support for Vice-President Saulos Chilima to become DPP’s presidential candidate for the 2019 elections has split political minds, with some saying the comments signify deep intra-party problems in the DPP while others said what she said was nothing but a mere opinion. In a WhatsApp comment on former legislators’…

Callista supports Chilima for 2019

  Former first lady Callista Mutharika has thrown her weight behind Vice-President Saulos Chilima to lead the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) as presidential candidate in the 2019 Tripartite Elections “for a better Malawi”. Her sentiments raise questions about her relationship with her in-law and incumbent President Peter Mutharika who has declared that he will…