‘Schools must refuse plastics’

For a Malawian child, break time sets into motion a race to grab some snacks at a mini-market within the school yard. However, most of the bites come in thin plastic bags that pollute water sources, open spaces and air across the country. The plastics vendors use to protect food from houseflies, dust and dirty…

Much as they do not deserve praise considering their history of perpetrators of political violence, the restraint that supporters of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) have shown recently cannot go unnoticed. The DPP supporters have stood by as the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) members of Parliament humiliated President Peter Mutharika on opening the 48th session…

After five years’ experience of heading the government, expectations were high that the Cabinet list to come out of Kamuzu Palace would be fresh, exciting and meritorious. It was anticipated that the new cabinet would consider the sensitivities that prevail in such appointments and cannot be ignored, unfortunately. A Cabinet that does not consider the…

Chief Justice tips new MPsChief Justice

Chief Justice Andrew Nyirenda has urged new Members of Parliament to take their responsibilities seriously and not let down the people who elected them. Nyirenda was speaking on Wednesday after swearing in the new Speaker and new deputies. “At every level, you must consult the nation, without which laws that come out will remain dead.…

The elections fever is slowly dissipating as all ears tune to the Judiciary through the Constitutional Court to give further directions on the election disputes. As expected, there is an abundant amount of tears of sorrow and for a short while there were moments of subdued excitement, until recently. Those disheartened by the results of…

Budget faces wage pressure

Malawi Economic Justice Network (Mejn) has proposed narrowing of the 40 percent vacancy rate in the public service, with focus on crucial sectors of education and health in the forthcoming 2019/20 National Budget. The vacancy rate is more pronounced in the education sector where the teacher-pupil ratio stands at 1:75 while in the health sector…

Emigration doubles in 4 years

The number of Malawians leaving the country for greener pastures has doubled in the past four years, an indication that the economic growth that has been registered has not trickled down to ordinary Malawians, especially the youth. While the National Statistical Office (NSO) registered 21 487 Malawians leaving the country in 2014, about 54 230…

The Constitution guarantees the right for everyone to assemble and demonstrate their grievances but at no point does it allow anyone to infringe on other people’s rights. The deplorable events of Tuesday when supporters of Malawi Congress Party (MCP) forcibly entered Capital Hill compound and proceeded to intimidate civil servants was uncalled for. The MCP…

Govt, CSTU condemn Capital Hill invasion

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) has come under fire for the conduct of some of its supporters who invaded Capital Hill in their bid to force President Peter Mutharika to step down. Ministry of Information and Communications Technology condemned the conduct, saying it was deplorable. The MCP action also annoyed Civil Servants Trade Union (CSTU) which…

MPs retention rate improves

Results of the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections show that voters retained the highest number of members of Parliament (MPs) in five general elections, a development former Speaker Richard Msowoya says is good for institutional memory. The official results released by Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) show that 64 legislators have returned to Parliament, up from…

As the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) presidential candidate in the just-ended elections, Peter Mutharika, begins a second term as President of Malawi, he would do well to remember that the majority of voters did not choose him as their leader for the next five years. Ego aside, the fact that only 38 percent of the…

High Court clears MEC

The High Court in Lilongwe on Monday cleared Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) to announce results of the presidential election, vacating an injunction which Malawi Congress Party (MCP) obtained on Saturday. MCP is still free to pursue a judicial review on the decision that the results of the presidential election from areas which were marred by…

No decision yet

Malawians will have to wait a little longer to know the president-elect after the High Court in Lilongwe deferred a ruling on whether the injunction on the announcement of results of the presidential election should be lifted. Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) lawyers led by Attorney General Kalekeni Kaphale, have argued that Malawi Congress Party (MCP)…

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…

Govt admits flaws in internship programme

The Ministry of Labour has admitted that the K4.8 billion Youth Internship Programme was started without a mechanism and the government has just set up a task force 11 months later. The programme was started last June and has since recruited about 3 800 out of the targeted 5 000 graduate interns. But while admitting…

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…