MCP clings to Lilongwe rural

  Unofficial results from Tuesday’s tripartite elections indicate that the country’s oldest party, Malawi Congress Party (MCP) is destined to cling to Lilongwe’s 23 constituencies. Out of the 1 013 414 people who registered in the district, 578 992 registered in 18 constituencies situated in the district’s rural areas. Meanwhile, results from four constituencies show…

Leaders cast votes, preach peace

  Presidential candidates in the May 21 Tripartite Elections cast votes with an appeal for Malawians to maintain peace as results trickle in. Incumbent President Peter Mutharika, presidential candidate for Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), voted at Goliati Primary School in Thyolo East Constituency home area and saluted registered voters for turning out in large numbers…

It is three days to go before Malawians across the country line up at polling centres to decide who will lead them for the next five years. In the past three months, political parties and independents contesting in this Tripartite Election have thrown everything they can at potential voters in a bid to win them…

Mutharika dissolves Cabinet

  President Peter Mutharika yesterday dissolved his Cabinet in a move some commentators have described as a little too late, but would go a long way to save public resources with five days to election day. Section 95 (2) of the Constitution mandates the President to remove ministers and deputy ministers from office at any…

The next three weeks will be interesting in the drama that has been the run up to May 21 tripartite elections. Those citizens whose vested interests in this election will end at casting their vote and for others participating in a protest or two when their candidate loses, are watching, could not care less about…

Magufuli  Dates APM

Tanzania President John Magufuli will pay a two-day visit to Malawi from Wednesday this week where, among other things, he will take part in the opening of the tobacco market season. This will be Magufuli’s first official visit to Malawi since he was elected as the neighbouring country’s president in 2015. Magufuli has made several…

The next 40 days are very crucial as political parties jump the last hurdle on the race to State House and it is during this period that no political party wants distractions or scandal that would take the attention from the key messages on the campaign trail. No presidential candidate wants a financial scandal at…

UDF unpacks 2019 manifesto

United Democratic Front (UDF) yesterday cemented its intention to participate in the May 21 Tripartite Elections with the launch of a manifesto built on two pillars of delivering inclusive growth and governance. In its manifesto launched at Civo Stadium in Lilongwe, not far from Kamuzu Institute for Sports where their bedfellow in the last Parliament…

Allowances to nowhere

There are no documents proving anyone travelled anywhere and needed fuel or per diems. But between 2014 and 2018, government spent K4.4 billion on fuel and allowances for trips no one can prove ever took place or if they did, their costs and durations were greatly exaggerated, according to our analysis of the Auditor General’s…

The relationship between the United Democratic Front (UDF) and Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) stopped making sense the moment the UDF presidential candidate Atupele Muluzi presented nomination papers at Comesa Hall last month. The presentation of the nomination papers itself notwithstanding; his choice of a runningmate in Karonga Central Member of Parliament Frank Mwenifumbo was baffling…

The deplorable events at the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) launch of the 2019 campaign period should not be ignored and swept under the carpet. Instead it should be seen as a sign of a difficult period ahead. What should have been a professional function where political parties commit to a peaceful campaign period devoid of…

Parliament’s hits, misses

The 2014-2019 cohort of Parliament was moderate on legislation, but strong on oversight, The Nation analysis and interviews with the august House’s watchers show. Our search at Parliament Building in Lilongwe shows that enacted laws dropped five percent during the just disbanded House, chalking around 144 legislations against 152 by the 2009-2014 Parliament. Of these…

K400bn water project seeks new financier

Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development Goodall Gondwe says the K400 billion Lilongwe-Salima Water Supply Project contractor is negotiating with a new financier. The minister told Parliament in Lilongwe on Thursday that negotiations on the scope of the project and financing were under way. He said once the negotiations are finalised, the country would…

In the midst of the devastating floods that have hit some parts of the country and the ongoing debate on whether the government of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has failed to protect persons with albinism, the nation had a brief moment of déjà vu. Fearing that persons with albinism (PWAs) camping in his front…

House approves revised national budget

Parliament yesterday authorised government to use a revised budget for the second half of the financial year with cuts made to some expenditure lines on development projects. This means that the 2018/19 National Budget has been revised downwards by K25 billion to K1.4 trillion due to an expected decrease in development expenditure, especially under the…

Government over-expenditure worries IMF

International Monetary Fund (IMF) has expressed concern over Malawi’s failure to tame public expenditure, a development that has resulted in government failing to balance the budget in the first-half of the financial year ended December 31 2018. Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development Goodall Gondwe has conceded that most of the reported cases of…

House approves K36bn ECD loan

Parliament has authorised government to access a $50 million (about K36 billion) grant from the World Bank for early childhood development (ECD) amid queries from opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) on why government fast tracked the passing of the bill. The International Development Assistance (IDA) Investing in Early Years for Growth and Productivity in Malawi…

‘Police, intelligence have failed’

A joint committee of Parliament probing the attacks and killings of people with albinism (PWAs) has faulted the Malawi Police Service for lacking specialised skills to investigate the cases while criticising the National Intelligence Service for not doing its part. The joint committee—comprising Social and Community Affairs, Legal Affairs, and Defence and Security—presented a report…