Dr. Mathilda Chithila-Munthali: Outgoing chief executive officer for Nche

Dr. Mathilda Chithila-Munthali is the outgoing chief executive officer for the National Council for Higher Education (Nche), an organisation that among other things looks at issues of college accreditations. There have been issues under contention during her reign. She speaks with our contributor WISDOM CHINGWEDE in this interview about her tenure and educational background. First,…

Church gate: Money scam hits CCAP Nkhoma Synod

When the church—where a nation drenched in corruption should be turning to for deliverance—becomes fertile ground for Cashgate-style fraud, then hope becomes a distant craving. This is possibly a befitting description of a scenario where the United States Agency for International Development (USaid) is now demanding that the CCAP Nkhoma Synod should refund money amounting…

MEC faces 1 200 vehicledeficit for May 20 elections

The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) still needs 1 200 vehicles to ably deliver the first-ever tripartite elections on May 20. This comes as ballot papers for local, parliamentary and presidential polls arrive in the country tomorrow. MEC chief executive officer Willy Kalonga confirmed the commission does not have enough vehicles, but assured stakeholders that “voters…

34 prosecutors for cashgate

The State has put together 34 prosecutors from public and private practice to prosecute over 60 suspects in the looting of public funds dubbed Cashgate. The group has been divided into three teams led by former DPP Kamdoni Nyasulu, former ombudsman Enock Chibwana and chief State advocate Primrose Chimwaza, Weekend Nation has established. But Malawi Human Rights…

Govt bows down to MPs demands

Malawi Government has finally bowed down to legal pressure mounted by ex-members of Parliament who sued against an Executive decision halting their gratuities, Nation on Sunday has learnt. On Wednesday, the Industrial Relations Court (IRC) ordered the Attorney General and Secretary to Treasury to ensure that the cheques stopped by Deputy Finance Minister Cornelius Mwalwanda are cleared for…

Cashgate was noted in 2012, Ligoya reported to Bingu

Cashgate transactions involving a whopping K2.7 billion (about $6.4m) cashed through the Malawi Police Service [MPS] vote were uncovered as early as 2012, Weekend Nation has established. When the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) noticed the strange bank transactions involving the police, President Bingu wa Mutharika and law enforcement agencies were informed, documents we have seen…

New intelligence unit born

Panic around the infamous Cashgate at Capital Hill has given birth to a new intelligence unit to consolidate evidence for the State in the ongoing trials, The Nation has established. Although police were reluctant to comment on the matter, information available indicates that the unit is housed within the Malawi Police Service (MPS). “I am…

Chimunthu testifies in Katopola’s case

Speaker of Parliament Henry Chimunthu Banda and his Clerk-turned nemesis on Wednesday met for the first time since May 2012, this time bound together by law in a hot Industrial Relations Court (IRC) room. In a near comedy court session where the State was to parade its three witnesses in Katopola’s constructive dismissal application, Chimunthu…

Government stops MPs gratuity

The cash strapped Joyce Banda administration has instructed commercial banks and the Reserve Bank of Malawi (RBM) not to honour cheques amounting to K216 535 973.20, meant to be gratuity for members of the dissolved Parliament. But the former members of Parliament (MPs) have not taken the matter lying down and have sought the intervention…

Six arrested for tearing PP cloth

Some six Lilongwe residents—five Malawians and a Rwandese—are in police custody for allegedly tearing and attempting to burn a People’s Party (PP) campaign cloth. Four—Wezzie Dunza, 25, from Nkhata Bay; Peter Witonzie, 28, from Rwanda; Brian Kumwenda, 23, from Mtwalo in Mzimba and Chifundo Chilembwe, 27, from Namatchuwa in Chikhwawa—were arrested for allegedly tearing PP…

Reduced funding hits PSs perks

Reduced funding to government ministries and departments has affected personal emoluments for most principal secretaries (PSs), a development that is slowly frustrating the controlling officers, The Nation has established. Some PSs have gone months without getting their monthly fuel allocation, a development some said is paralysing their operations. While Treasury spokesperson Nations Msowoya confirmed the…

JB aides still out of May 20 race

President Joyce Banda’s aides and People’s Party (PP) parliamentary candidates Wakuda Kamanga, MacDonald Sembereka and Malani Mtonga are still out of the May 20 contest, Weekend Nation has established. The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) confirmed this week that “in as far as we are concerned, all the three are disqualified and they are challenging our…

Kanyongolo queries Parliament question time

Chancellor College Associate law professor Edge Kanyongolo has said the question time allotted to members of Parliament (MPs) in the august House can be utilised better by the elected representatives to serve Malawians. Kanyongolo, who was on a panel of three together with political analyst Henry Chingaipe and Congoma chairperson Voice Mhone, was making his…

Running mates offer no hope for gays

If homosexuals in Malawi had hopes in People’s Party (PP), Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and United Democratic Front (UDF) running mates, they can as well forget. At the first-ever presidential running mates political debate on Saturday, all the four PP’s Sosten Gwengwe , DPP’s Saulosi Chilima, MCP’s Richard Msowoya and UDF’s…

Paladin dupes Malawi govt: Disregards mines law

The Australian-registered Paladin Africa Limited has thrown to the dogs laws governing mining in Malawi to which they duly signed to respect, suspending mining operations at Kayelekela without notice, Weekend Nationhas established. After retrenching 296 Malawians and 71 expatriates, management at Kayelekela this week told the remaining 40 percent of local staff that most of them…

Joyce Banda cornered on cashgate

If there were any attempts by Malawi President Joyce Banda or any agency to fool around with findings into the cashgate scandal, Malawi Human Rights Commission (MHRC) is watching from a different angle, Weekend Nationhas established. We have established that MHRC is separately investigating and monitoring trends in President Banda and government’s efforts to ensure justice…

PP aspirants get UAE maize

Part of the maize Malawi Government, through President Joyce Banda, got from United Arab Emirates (UAE) government to the people of Malawi, has been shared among People’s Party (PP) parliamentary aspirants, The Nation has established. Information we have shows that Central Region PP aspirants are collecting their maize bags from Kanengo. But head of Mudzi Transformation Trust…

Gwengwe tipped to pair JB

Vice-President Khumbo Kachali has stated that it will be “a vote of no confidence” if President Joyce Banda does not consider him for the position of running mate on the governing People’s Party (PP) ticket. Kachali said this in an interview on Wednesday amid speculation that Minister of Industry and Trade Sosten Gwengwe is the…

Chief Justice appeals for peace

Chief Justice Anastasia Msosa has appealed to political parties to preach peace and desist from character assassination in their campaign messages ahead of the May 20 Tripartite Elections. Speaking during the official launch of the National Initiative for Civic Education (Nice) Public Trust at the weekend, the former Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson also said…

K14 bn transactions deleted from Ifmis

A technical audit and analysis of the government computerised financial system has discovered that transactions of up to K14.3 billion (US$34 210 526) were deleted from the database between July and September 2013 in the ongoing cashgate scandal, Weekend Nation can reveal. A November 2013 report of Soft-Tech Consultants Limited – the institution that manages…

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