Boundary headache

A border reaffirmation and demarcation exercise involving Malawi, Zambia and Mozambique has put some citizens in a fix as they have found themselves on the wrong side of the border, threatening their citizenship and property. The three governments will have to make a tough decision to resolve the consequential property encroachment and wrangles over land…

Council demolishes Livimbo warehouse

Lilongwe City Council (LCC) has demolished a warehouse which borders Livimbo School in Lilongwe’s Area 2 in what it termed an on-going exercise targeting widespread “illegal construction”. Commissioner for physical planning, in the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development Felix Tukula told Nation on Sunday that the new Physical Planning Act empowers councils to…

The National Assembly is seeking autonomy for effective delivery of its duties. Among other things, the House is demanding financial and administrative independence from the Executive. This is part of the report which the House adopted from Parliament’s Legal Affairs Committee during its last meeting. In this interview with our News Analyst SUZGO CHITETE, political…

Luanar staff, govt tussle over pay

Staff at Luanar have gone on an indefinite strike, demanding harmonisation of salaries, with their counterparts at University of Malawi (Unima) who they say are getting higher remuneration. Government and Luanar management have since shot down the proposal by striking Lilongwe University of Natural Resources (Luanar) staff, describing it as “unrealistic”. On Thursday, Luanar staff…

Govt deducts pension from dropped interns

Ministry of Health (MoH) deducted pension from 473 intern medical staff who have since been dropped from the payroll, a development the Department of Human Resource and Development (DHRD) considers irregular. According to experts and those familiar with government recruitment procedures, interns cannot be put on payroll but if that happens, it means the interns…

Fresh quest or peace

Key political parties in the ongoing presidential election nullification petition have avoided making a clear commitment on whether they would accept a ruling which is contrary to their expectation. In separate interviews n Tuesday, M Party, led by immediate-past vice-president Saulos Cilima, who is the first petitioner in the case, and Malawi Congress Party (MCP),…

Committee to meet Minister over carbon tax

Following a backlash over carbon tax which Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) starts collecting from tomorrow, the Budget and Finance Committee of Parliament intends to meet Minister of Finance for clarification on the utilisation of the fund. MRA announced that from tomorrow (November 25 2019) it will start collecting carbon tax, targeting motor vehicles renewing their…

Ministry queried on ambulance deal

The Ministry of Health went behind the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) to issue the controversial K4 billion ambulance contract to Paramount Holdings. Meanwhile, the Government Contracting Unit (GCU), which—just like ACB also vets high-value contracts—said it raised concerns with legal compliance issues surrounding the Paramount contract and had advised the ministry to consult the Attorney General…

Malawian being ‘tortured’ in South Sudan

A Malawian national (name withheld), detained in a South Sudan prison for over a year now on allegations of fraud, claims he is being tortured by that country’s security agency. International human rights groups have since said the situation requires immediate intervention from both the Malawi government and that of South Sudan. Amnesty International (AI)…

Mayhem reigns

An unprecedented wave of lawlessness has hit the country as some citizens are fast becoming a law unto themselves at each instigation. Rioting is no longer news as people maim and kill each other on flimsy excuses while property is either being torched or vandalised, a situation experts say is an indication of a State…

ACB accuses public officers of aiding wildlife crimes

The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has blamed public officials for perpetrating transnational wildlife crimes for which 11 Chinese nationals are currently facing trial over a range of offences related to wildlife. Speaking at a panel discussion organised by the United States (US) Embassy in Lilongwe on Wednesday, ACB director Reyneck Matemba said the police, Malawi Revenue…

Is UDF on death bed?

UDF has won 50 percent of the six presidential elections held since 1994.  But in the last three elections, the party has faltered. The last elections were even more shocking; the party president – son to the founding president of the once mighty political grouping – Atupele Muluzi did not just perform poorly on the…

APM appoints  ‘Illegal’ board

President Peter Mutharika’ has courted controversy after appointing a board for the Malawi Environmental Protection Authority (Mepa) when the law that establishes the parastatal is yet to come into force, a decision that has been deemed illegal. The establishment of the board, in the absence of an enabling Act, has attracted condemnation from legal experts…

ART, drama for SDGS promotion

The performance, with three acts in it, lasted just for 10 minutes featuring a cast of four, yet it expertly delivered what seems to be a complicated message on Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs) with a lot of ease. Such dexterity did not just amaze a sizeable audience at Lilongwe’s Four Seasons last week, but also caught…

Gun attack meant to silence me—Mtambo

Human rights activist and chairperson for the Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) Timothy Mtambo claims he survived a gun attack from unknown people who were trailing him on Friday night with six bullets hitting his car, but remained unhurt. The police have since said they will investigate the incident and assured the HRDC leader, who…

Chimulirenji mourns slain police officer

Vice President Everton Chimulirenji has condoled the family of late Usumani Imedi – a police officer who was stoned to death in the line of duty at Msundwe in Lilongwe on Tuesday this week. Speaking when he visited the bereaved family at Chilinda village Traditional  Authority Makanjira in Mangochi, Chimulirenji said government was shocked to…

Govt ‘cheats’ on JCE phase out!

The decision to abolish the Junior Certificate of Education (JCE) examinations has backfired following the Ministry of Education’s failure to implement its own resolutions, Nation on Sunday can report. Education experts, who were opposed to this, say they have been vindicated on how ill-conceived the decision was. The activists also blame poor performance in the…