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…

Prepare supporters for court outcome—Bushiri

South Africa-based Malawian prophet Shepherd Bushiri has asked political leaders to prepare their supporters to accept the decision of the Constitutional Court hearing a petition seeking nullification of presidential election results. Briefing Malawian journalists ferried to South Africa at his SB Sparkling Waters Hotel, the prophet warned that failure to prepare the followers could lead…

APM back home, insists on ‘clean’ win

With the presidential election case in court, coupled with ongoing anti-Jane Ansah demonstrations, President Peter Mutharika has insisted that he won the elections clean; hence, opposition parties should accept and move on. Mutharika was speaking on Satueday at Kamuzu International Airport (KIA) in Lilongwe on arrival from New York, USA, where he attended the United…

‘Civil service mentality killing Admarc’

President Peter Mutharika appointed seasoned farmer and agricultural expert FELIX JUMBE as board chairperson for the struggling Agriculture Development and Marketing Corporation (Admarc). Jumbe is former president of Farmers Union of Malawi (FUM) and former chairperson of the Agriculture Committee of Parliament. With this expertise, Jumbe thinks he can influence change, and have the sinking…

Wildlife crime ring busted

A joint police and Department of National Parks and Wildlife operation has busted a wildlife trafficking ring suspected to have been terrorising the country’s national parks and game reserves. Among the arrested locals and foreign nationals is Yun Hua Lin, 46, a Chinese who authorities say, is ‘the most wanted person’ believed to be a…

When police take sides

Protests against elections chief, Justice Jane Ansah, have exposed a new low in the ties between citizens and the police. During the post-election marches convened to force the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson to resign, the law enforcers have been attacked by the people they are supposed to protect. Since the dispute over the May…

‘Mixed priorities’

Despite numerous projects critical for economic growth stalling for years due to scarcity of funds, government has lined up new projects in the 2019/20 budget, raising questions on its priorities. The Public Sector Investment Programme (Psip) for 2019/20 which outlines all government projects shows that there are 189 new projects to implement, on top of…

PAC interviews acting IG

 The Public Appointments Committee (PAC) of Parliament has interviewed a presidential appointee for the office of Inspector General of Police before confirmation is tabled in the National Assembly later this month. Acting Inspector General of Police Duncan Mwapasa was on Friday subjected to a three–hour interview at Parliament, to explain his competences for the top…

MPC obtains K700m loan to purchase buses

The loss-making Malawi Posts Corporation (MPC) has obtained a K700 million bank loan using its office complex in Blantyre as collateral to buy seven buses from China, Nation on Sunday can report. Both MPC and Treasury have confirmed the development with MPC saying it attached the office complex to meet the loan requirement while Treasury…

APM the lone wolf

 Whether out of austerity or change of focus, President Peter Mutharika has missed 90 percent of Sadc and AU Heads of State and Government summits compared with his predecessors. While experts fear Malawi could be losing out as it isolates itself on the diplomatic front regionally, State House says Mutharika’s choice of what meeting to…

We need realistic budget—Opposition

 Chairperson of the Budget and Finance Committee of Parliament, Sosten Gwengwe, has said their expectation is that government will come up with a realistic budget which matches revenue with needs. Finance Minister Joseph Mwanamvekha is expected to table the 2019/20 National Budget on Monday. Gwengwe said national budgets in the past have suffered a common…

MDF earns praise from Chakwera

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president Lazarus Chakwera has hailed the Malawi Defence Force (MDF) for its professionalism in protecting citizens at a time the State is bent on ‘attacking’ citizens with dissenting views. Chakwera said this at a press briefing in Lilongwe yesterday where he bemoaned continued petrol-bomb attacks against members of the opposition and…

No inquests on 70 suspicious deaths

Despite the law providing that an inquest be heard for every suspicious death, no inquest has been conducted on 70 such deaths in the last four years, especially on those who died in police custody. The Inquest Act mandates the State to conduct an inquest on any death where there is “reasonable cause to suspect…

PAC, SKC mum on dialogue

The Public Affairs Committee (PAC) and immediate past vice-president Saulos Chilima met on Friday as part of the quasi-religious body’s ongoing efforts to resolve the current political impasse, but both sides were tight-lipped on what they discussed. PAC met Chilima as part of dialogue with different stakeholders to resolve the political crisis which has rocked…

Trafficked girls miss under State protection

The case of three Nepalese girls, who were allegedly trafficked to Malawi, has exposed lapses in the country’s security system as they went missing under State protection after being rescued from forced prostitution. The development has not only shocked the United Nations, but has also forced the High Court to reprimand police for failing in…

40 arrested in anti-Ansah protests

As the country burned during protests for the resignation of Jane Ansah last week, at least 40 people suspected to have participated in a series of illegal acts in the mayhem have been arrested. The protests against the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson Ansah also left over 60 business property damaged while 36 police officers…