The next few weeks promises to be exciting in the history of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) as the convention draws closer and the jostling for a seat at the helm of power of the party begins. It has been quiet on the DPP front, probably because the Vice-President Saulos Chilima shut down the attacks…

House passes 13 votes without amendments

  On the first day of the Committee of Supply on the 2018/19 National Budget on Tuesday, Parliament approved allocations to 13 votes, including State Residences, without amendments. The other votes passed included the National Audit Office, Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development and Office of the President and Cabinet. On the day, Parliament…

VP budget stirs uproar

  There was an uproar in Parliament yesterday as opposition legislators queried a K7 billion allocation for relief food in the budget for the Office of the Vice-President, fearing that it can be politicised. The budget for the office under delegated functions has increased from K6 billion in 2017/18 financial year to K10.5 billion, with…

The long awaited guidelines for the K4 billion donation from Treasury have been compiled and as expected, all indications are that the funding was done hurriedly with little thought for the implications on the existing local government structures. The fund, or Community Managed Socio-Economic Project Fund (CMSEP), to give it a semblance of legitimacy and…

Strip president of immunity—VP

  Vice-President Saulos Chilima has called for the amendment of a constitutional provision that shields a sitting President from criminal prosecution, saying it gives the presidency licence to commit corrupt crimes. Chilima—whom The Nation asked to comment on State House’s challenge in Nation on Sunday that the Vice-President should name and report to the Anti-Corruption…

Govt woos investors

  The Malawi Investment Forum (MIF) opened yesterday after a year-long absence with the promise from political and administrative leaders that the country was ready for investment in the sectors of agriculture, manufacturing, tourism and transport and infrastructure. However, such promises come against the backdrop of the worst shortage of energy in recent years which…

K4bn fund modalities under scrutiny

  Modalities for implementing the K4 billion funding have edged out councillors and local communities in favour of members of Parliament (MPS), The Nation has learnt. This is despite the concept note touting it as a means to enhance the capacity of communities to plan, manage and sustain their own development,. The Community Managed Socio-Economic…

Vice-President Saulos Klaus Chilima (SKC) has finally addressed what was until Wednesday the elephant in the room— future political plans—but he has left a lot of unsatisfied Malawians in his wake. Expectations were high from the Vice-President press briefing, most of which were unrealistic considering that this was the first time that he had spoken…

House passes campaign motion

  Members of Parliament (MPs) have adopted a motion that would compel Treasury to disburse Constituency Development Fund (CDF) by December, a move seen as calculated to ensure projects are completed in time for the 2019 Tripartite Elections campaign period. Treasury would be required to disburse K4.4 billion towards CDF alone in the five-month period…

Chilima Movement, DPP respond

  Member of Parliament for Mulanje South Bon Kalindo says the Chilima Movement will continue to back Chilima as it remains unperturbed by his decision not to contest for any position at the DPP convention slated for this month. Kalindo said the  objective of the movement was to urge Chilima to be president of this…

Wazisiya!

  Vice-President Saulos Chilima yesterday broke his silence by announcing that he will leave the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), contrary to expectations of those urging him to challenge President Peter Mutharika. The announcement still leaves Malawians in suspense on his political future as he has not committed to contest in the 2019 Tripartite Elections nor…

With exactly 12 months to the elections, the palpable uncertainty and deafening silence from the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) is to say the least unsettling. The noise from the numerous press releases endorsing President Arthur Peter Mutharika (APM) as the party’s presidential candidate cannot be counted as the DPP’s position on the way forward…

The student activists of the early 80s and 90s who risked their lives and freedoms for the children born post multiparty to enjoy theirs must be truly embarrassed at the lack of pride of those who went to dine with President Peter Mutharika under the guise of an affiliation to the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).…

At last check, Malawi was rated among the countries with the highest levels of corruption. Now, it might have taken a whole three day conference for some sectors in society to discuss what constitutes corruption, but the matter of fact is the vice exists. The rampant looting that occurred in 2013 where it later transpired…

In the 12 months before elections, strange things happen be it new political parties being born out of old ones or sitting vice presidents resigning to announce their intentions to contest as independent presidential candidates. This and more has happened in the political history of Malawi such that the happenings in Alliance for Democracy (Aford)…

Do not fool voters with budget—opposition

  As President Peter Mutharika opens the 2018/19 budget meeting on Friday, opposition political parties have asked government not to fool voters with a financial plan that make false promises to Malawians ahead of the 2019 elections. This will be the last Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) administration budget presentation before the May 2019 Tripartite Elections.…

AFORD convention tomorrow

The High Court has ordered a stop to the convention which opposition Alliance for Democracy (Aford) had planned to hold in Lilongwe yesterday after one camp protested that it would be an illegal gathering. The never-ending bickering between the camps of the incumbent Aford president Enoch Chihana and aspirant Frank Mwenifumbo reached the climax on…

As your plane was touching down this afternoon, you might have noticed that the reception that you expected to receive on your return was far from what you expected. For the simple reason that Malawians might not have dreamt to one day ever welcoming a prodigal former president. Some must have been watching for updates…

Oxfam urges restoration of budget support

  Oxfam Malawi has appealed to development partners to restore budgetary support and ensure interventions in healthcare and education are well funded. However, Oxfam has said donors can only come in if the Malawi Government takes steps to tackle corruption and other forms of Cashgate—the plunder of public resources—which have happened since 2013. The weakness…