Who buys albino parts?

Three of four inquiries done on attacks against people with albinism have failed to establish the existence of a market for albino parts, reveals Nation on Sunday. These revelations come from an May 4 2016 investigative research commissioned by Unicef and Department of disability and elders affairs; an October 2016 Malawi Human Rights Commission public…

MCP to trim presidential powers

With a continued outcry of concentration of power in the Presidency, Malawi Congress Party (MCP), like the DPP in 2014, has pledged to trim presidential powers should they get into government in the forthcoming polls. This is part of the manifesto which the MCP launched yesterday at a decorated event in Lilongwe, making it the…

‘Murdered’

Apam says autopsy results show that Lule was electrocuted, hammered! The Association of Persons with Albinism in Malawi (Apam) has said preliminary findings of an autopsy for the late Buleya Lule, a key suspect in the abduction of a 14-year old albino boy Goodson Makanjira in Dedza, have revealed that he was electrocuted, then hit…

Csos to hold national protest in march

The Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) has announced plans to hold a fresh nationwide protest in March against what they call prevailing corruption and impunity under the current Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) administration. HRDC says the issues to be raised during the demonstrations including the  K53 billion claim at the Immigration Department, political violence and…

Bikoko quits frontline politics

Mayor for Lilongwe City Council Desmond Bikoko says he has quit frontline politics but remains a DPP loyalist. In an exclusive interview with Nation Online, Bikoko who on Thursday withdrew from DPP primaries in Zomba Malosa, said he will focus his energy on supporting DPP from the background without seeking any position.  While admitting that…

UTM’s Bon Kalindo arrested

Police in Lilongwe have arrested UTM director of youth Bon Kalindo for alleged disorderly  conduct and insulting the president allegedly at Balaka Police Station where 2 aides of Vice President Saulos Chilima were detained last weekend, Nation Police Spokesperson James Kadadzera has confirmed. According to Kadadzera Kalindo has been charged with two offences; disorderly conduct…

Indian community gangs up for justice

An aggrieved Indian community in Lilongwe has ganged up demanding justice over a gruesome murder of 35 –year old Zaheera Jabbar Akbanie, a mother of three, who was allegedly killed by her own husband last month. Suspect Shaheen Gumrha (41) is currently under police custody awaiting trial on allegations that he brutally killed his wife…

So much for frugality!

Government buys five new cars for ministers He promised to cut expenses associated with the government’s vehicle fleet by reducing the number of cars and maintenance costs, among other measures. But instead, Finance, Economic Planning and Development Minister Goodall Gondwe has bought five new top-of-the-range Toyota Land Cruisers (Prado VXL) for some of his Cabinet…

Minister questions auction of vehicles

Despite the law prohibiting employees of a procuring and disposing public entity from bidding for its auctioned assets, Secretary for Health Dan Namalika and other officials have bought cars from their ministry in a public auction which Finance Minister Goodall Gondwe has described as illegal. According to our findings, Namalika has bought himself two vehicles—a…

The hypocrisy of Mzimba’s  ‘sovereignty’

Debate on the repeated question of Mzimba’s sovereignty refuses to die. Each time it is raised, the subject rarely generates a serious national discussion and it often does not catch government’s attention. Whilegovernment feels politically safe not to handle the issue openly, such inactionis at times mistaken for consent. And the recent decision by Capital…

Internship programme mired in challenges

The newly introduced K5 billion Youth Internship Programme (YIP) targeting graduates and non-graduates is mired in hiccups, including lack of work for the interns and limited resources, Nation on Sunday has established. A Nation two-week enquiry, which took us to different ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs), as well as random interviews with the interns and…

Minister’s vehicle burnt

  Minister of Information and Communications Technology Henry Mussa’s brand-new official Toyota Prado VXL, worth about K115 million at Toyota Malawi, has been burnt down to ashes following a fire which gutted part of his Area 10 residence in Lilongwe. In an interview yesterday, Mussa from Blantyre said the vehicle had just been delivered to…

Anti-smoking lobbyist  pledges support to farmers

The Agricultural Transformation Initiative(ATI), under the Foundation for Smoke-Free World has pledged support to all farmers in Malawi willing to diversify their economic livelihood away from tobacco with an aim of creating a smoke-free generation. President of the Foundation, Derek Yach was speaking on Monday in Mchinji where he presented a grant amounting to K18…

Anti-smoking lobyist pledge support to farmers

The Agricultural Transformation Initiative, under the Foundation for Smoke-Free World has pledged support to all farmers in Malawi willing to diversify their economic livelihood away from tobacco with an aim of creating a smoking free generation. President of the Foundation, Derek Yach was speaking on Monday in Mchinji where he presented a grant amount to…

Clash of interests

The Greenbelt Authority (GBA) has found itself in a collision course with hundreds of farming families in some parts of the country who are accusing the government initiative of encroachment and land grabbing. In some cases, aggrieved farmers are seeking legal intervention to halt greenbelt-related activities in their areas. Nation on Sunday has learnt that…

Ministry chides CCJP over report

  The Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development has written the Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP) expressing disappointment for releasing a draft report critical of local councils without consulting the ministry. About three weeks ago, the Episcopal Conference of Malawi (ECM) and CCJP released a report titled “Investigation and compilation of issues…

K17bn invested in specialised clinic

People who cannot afford expensive specialised bone and nerve surgeries will soon access such services for free courtesy a K17 billion (about $24 million) grant to construct of a modern clinic in Lilongwe. The Lilongwe Institute of Orthopedics and Neurosurgery (Lions) Clinic will be constructed at Kamuzu Central Hospital (KCH) and is expected to provide…

Govt recalls 4 diplomats

Without stating reasons, government has recalled four Malawian diplomats at the South African Embassy, including the High Commissioner. They have been given seven days each to pack and return home, a development some have questioned as strange. The recall of the four leaves the embassy with only two diplomatic staff since it was an office…

Mzimba project stops over land wrangles

Government and interested non-government organisations have stopped implementation of land-related projects in Mzimba over unresolved Mzimba Heritage Association (Mziha) demands, Nation on Sunday can reveal. With support from development partners, government identified Mzimba as one of eight districts to pilot implementation of five inter-related new land laws before rolling out nationwide. But Mzimba Mziha, which…