Tags: Chakwera

Style versus substance as Chakwera responds to Mutharika’s major speech

As expected, President Peter Mutharika on Tuesday delivered his second State of the Nation Address as he opened the fourth meeting in the 45th Session of Parliament. The President’s major speech also marked the official opening of the 2015/16 Budget Meeting. A lot has already been said about the speech and I will not dwell…

Malawi Budget 2015: Chakwera brands APM ‘babysitter’

…Punches holes into his State of the Nation Address Leader of Opposition in Parliament Lazarus Chakwera yesterday launched a scathing attack on President Peter Mutharika’s attempts to blow his own trumpet on the back of economic reforms, describing his State of the Nation Address as bureaucratic machinations. In his official response to the address in…

Be transparent—Chakwera

Leader of opposition Lazarus Chakwera says government should be transparent on how disaster response money is being used before making further adjustments and allocations. Reacting in support of the Midyear Budget Review, delivered on Friday by Finance Minister Goodall Gondwe, the leader of opposition said government should give the country a breakdown on how resources…

Disaster status stirs debate

Members of Parliament (MPs) started their business of the Mid-Year Budget Review Meeting with leader of opposition Lazarus Chakwera insisting that the President should have declared a State of Emergency instead of a State of Disaster. Responding to a ministerial statement which Minister of Transport and Public Infrastructure Francis Kasaila delivered in the House at…

Chakwera brands APM hypocrite

Leader of opposition in Parliament Lazarus Chakwera has described President Peter Mutharika as a hypocrite and that his government is trying to divert the attention of Malawians from real issues. Chakwera, addressing a news conference in Lilongwe on Monday where he reacted to the salary increments announced by Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development Goodall Gondwe,…

More MPs speak against K7bn cement subsidy

Several members of Parliament (MPs) have spoken out against a planned subsidy of cement and iron sheets targeting low-income earners. The MPs argue the K7 billion could have been used to buy drugs for hospitals. Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development Goodall Gondwe announced in his 2014/15 national budget statement that K7 billion (US$16…

Chakwera wants vendors insured

Leader of opposition in Parliament Lazarus Chakwera has proposed that government adopt deliberate measures, including insurance, to help compensate the business community in case of disasters such as market fires. Chakwera, who is Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president, made the suggestion yesterday when he visited grieving vendors whose merchandise got burnt in a fire that…

Speaker happy with House

Speaker of Parliament Richard Msowoya has described the just-ended 45th session of the House as mature, saying members realised that their role is to serve Malawians. The House rose on Friday after passing some bills, electing the Speaker, his deputies and members of various parliamentary committees. Parties appointed people into various parliamentary leadership positions such…

Probe DPP graft too—Chakwera

Leader of opposition Lazarus Chakwera has asked government to prosecute individuals who looted public resources in the previous Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) administration while continuing with investigations into the 2012/13 Cashgate. In a scathing response to President Peter Mutharika’s State of the Nation Address delivered on Tuesday which he described as a wish-list, Chakwera, who…

No rigging took place–EU mission

The European Union 2014 Election Observation Mission (EU EOM) yesterday said it did not find any evidence of rigging in the May 20 Tripartite Elections, adding that the final outcome would not have changed even if a recount had taken place. Presenting its final report and recommendations for future electoral processes in Malawi, EU EOM…

Msowoya is new Speaker, Mcheka Nkhoma is first deputy speaker

Parliament has elected Malawi Congress Party vice president and Member of Parliament for Karonga Nyungwe Richard Msowoya as Speaker of the National Assembly. The House has also elected Esther Mcheka-Chilenje as First Deputy Speaker. Voting for Second deputy speaker is still underway. The new Speaker, who replaces Henry Chimunthu Banda, was elected with 101 votes…

Parties demand urgent constitutional review

Some political parties in the country have called for an urgent constitutional review, arguing that the current Constitution does not augur well with democratic principles and political fair play. This comes hot on the heels of the May 20 Tripartite Elections, which were marred by controversy, resulting into delay in announcing the results. In an…

PP feels betrayed, we’ve learnt a bitter lesson—Wakuda

Former president Joyce Banda’s People’s Party (PP) says it has learnt a bitter lesson from the May 20 Tripartite Elections defeat and feels betrayed by Malawians who used to flood its rallies, under the guise of being party followers, during the campaign period. In official results for the presidential race announced by Malawi Electoral Commission…

MEC releases parliamentary, local govt elections results

Independents dominated parliamentary elections amassing 52 seats from 192 that were being competed for on May 20. Parties shared the rest of the seats with Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) leading with 50 seats, Malawi Congress Party (MCP) 48, Peoples Party secured 26, United Democratic Front (UDF) got 14 while Chipani Cha Fuko and Aford got…

Court to decide election results today, new judge takes over

High Court Judge Kenyatta Nyirenda comes under the spotlight today as the nation awaits his decision which could determine the direction Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) should take regarding the fate of the May 20 Tripartite Elections. Hearing of the elections dispute case resumed in the High Court in Blantyre last evening, hours after it was…

Judge Potani recuses himself from MEC case

High Court judge Healey Potani has recused himself from the electoral dispute case he was handling after Malawi Congress party (MCP) presidential candidate Lazarus Chakwera asked him to do so. Chakwera, whose party claims to have been robbed of votes, through his lawyer Gustav Kaliwo, said Potani’s younger brother, Harris, works at Malawi Electoral Commission…