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No Gay report

Parliament will remain in the dark on reasons the Executive discontinued the case where politician Ken Msonda was dragged to court for inciting violence. Writing on his Facebook page on January 2 2016, Msonda declared that the best way to deal with homosexuals was to kill them. Parliamentary Legal Affairs Committee chairperson Peter Chakwantha said…

CHRR condemns suspected gays beating

  Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation says the beating of Kelvin Gomani, a man suspected to be gay, in Lilongwe on Monday should be condemned in strongest terms because Malawi claims to be a God-fearing country. CHRR executive director Timothy Mtambo said this in an interview yesterday, adding that these are issues people like…

No report on K577bn audit scam

  For nearly eight months, Parliament has not acted on the PricewaterhouseCoopers’ (PwC) data analysis report, which revealed that K577 billion of taxpayer’s money was unaccounted for between 2009 and 2014. This week, the Public Accounts Committee (PAC)-mandated by law to scrutinise government accounts on Parliament’s behalf-blamed its inaction on funding woes. But Treasury shot…

Blantyre Synod dismisses Chimesya

  Blantyre Synod of the Church of Central Africa Presbytery (CCAP) has finally dismissed its prison chaplain the Reverend Stanley Chimesya after months of fighting and finger pointing between him and general secretary the Reverend Alex Maulana. While describing the development as “internal matters of transfers” in an interview yesterday, Maulana confirmed relieving Rev Chimesya…

Court shifts Mphwiyo Cashgate case to March 16

  The High Court in Lilongwe has adjourned to March 16 2016 the case in which former Ministry of Finance budget director Paul Mphwiyo and 18 others are charged with several counts, including theft and money laundering K2.4 billion ($3.3 million). The court’s move follows an application by Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Mary Kachale…

APM adamant on ATI bill changes

  Stalemate. That is how a meeting between President Peter Mutharika and the media in Lilongwe ended on Thursday as the President merely reiterated his promise to table the Access to Information (ATI) Bill. During the meeting at Kamuzu Palace, where he met media owners and managers, the President assured the media in the country…

DPP rescues Chitipa District Hospital

  The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) last Saturday donated 100 bags of maize and 10 bags of beans to Chitipa District Hospital. Speaking during the presentation, Minister of Information, Tourism and Civic Education Jappie Mhango said the food is testimony to that government is concerned about Malawians in dire need of assistance. Chitipa district commissioner…

Court frees Msonda in homosexual case

Blantyre Senior Resident Magistrate (SRM) Peter Kandulu has discontinued a case in which Peoples Party Publicity and Administrative Secretary Ken Msonda was being accused of inciting people to ‘kill homosexuals’. Kandulu’s determination follows the State’s application, through Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Mary Kachale, to discontinue the case in pursuant to Section 77(1) of the…

Kamlepo drags DPP into PP chaos

  Newly appointed People’s Party (PP) third vice-president Kamlepo Kalua has dragged governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) into his party’s leadership wrangle, accusing it of sponsoring an injunction stopping the appointment of Uladi Mussa as acting president. Five PP members, including national organising secretary Salim Bagus, on Wednesday obtained a court order blocking the appointments…

Witness names ex-DPP, Bophani in Mphwiyo case

  Defence witness and former police officer Keston Gani on Wednesday told the High Court in Lilongwe that two high-profile public officers wanted him to implicate former minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs Ralph Kasambara in the Paul Mphwiyo shooting case. In his testimony on Wednesday during cross-examination by Kasambara, who is representing himself in…

MLS assesses 2015, gives mixed ratings

  Malawi Law Society (MLS) has given mixed ratings to the three arms of government—the Executive, the Legislature and the Judiciary—as well as the opposition, civil society organisations (CSOs), among others, in its 2015 assessment. In an assessment focusing on performance on key governance issues, MLS also gave similar ratings to law enforcement agencies (LEAs)…

Report paints gloomy picture for APM in 2016

  President Peter Mutharika is in for a tough ride in 2016 with economic hardships likely to cause instability for his ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), projections by the Economic Intelligence Unit 2016 Country Report have suggested. The London-based acclaimed think-tank’s report on the economy, contradicts the stance by Finance, Economic Planning and Development Minister…

Is it time to write UDF’s obituary?

  The United Democratic Front (UDF) and the political world might look at 2015 as the year the final nail that may just have sent the once ruling party six feet under was hammered into its ravaged body. Specifically, that was when it allowed itself to be swallowed by the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in…

Chilima moves to quell tension over ‘sidelining’ issue

  Vice-President (VP) Saulos Chilima on Tuesday moved to quell suggestions that he is being sidelined in government, saying in a statement yesterday that his boss, President Peter Mutharika, appropriately delegates him. However, two prominent political analysts from Chancellor College, a constituent college of the University of Malawi (Unima), have said the VP’s explanation is…

ACB staff get threats  Over 2011 cashgate

  The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) says Cashgate suspects issuing it with threats are cowards and enemies of the State and that staff will not be cowed. In an interview, ACB deputy director Reyneck Matemba said: “I am aware that some of the accused persons—and I know their names—have persistently approached several high ranking government officials…

Rumphi patients face hunger again

  Nearly 300 patients at Rumphi District Hospital face starvation following the depletion of foodstuffs donated by Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) officials last month. The prevailing poor financing of healthcare services since October has forced some hospitals to stop providing food to in-patients. This catalysed the November 17 civil society protests that compelled Minister of…

Audit recommends governance structure overhaul

  Malawi has been asked to implement law reforms to seal loopholes that have led to abuse of power, widespread corruption and general erosion of good governance. This is the recommendation of a comprehensive institutional audit of the country’s key accountability institutions (AIs) that focused on key accountability institutions such as the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB),…