Tags: Joyce Banda

Fishy K1.2bn  OPC payments

  Payments amounting to about K1.28 billion, which the Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC) made to government officials and others from a special account for building houses for chiefs, have attracted an audit. But government has defended the payments, saying there was no fear of fraud as they were duly sanctioned by Secretary…

JB meets John Kerry, speaks to Harvard students on women leadership

Former president Joyce Banda (JB) on Tuesday met US Secretary of State John Kerry in Boston, USA and addressed students at Harvard University on threats to women’s leadership, democratisation and the rule of law in Africa. In a statement, JB’s media assistant Tusekele Mwanyongo said the former president was in Boston at the invitation of the…

BAF defines culture

  It is hot and sunny on a Friday morning in Blantyre’s central business district. Some youths are parading, alongside a motorcade, in the city’s busiest road, Chipembere Highway, oblivious to the discomfort of the heat and the suspicious glances they elicit from scores of onlookers. Some onlookers suspect the parade is an organised protest…

JB withdraws Mzomera’s dismissal

Former president Joyce Banda has reversed the dismissal of Northern Region provincial governor the Reverend Christopher Mzomera Ngwira from her People’s Party (PP) as confusion continues to reign in the former governing party. Banda’s U-turn comes barely days after PP secretary general Ibrahim Matola issued an expulsion letter to Ngwira and provincial chairlady Cliffer Kondowe…

JB must return or relinquish presidency

  Chancellor College-based political analyst, associate professor Blessings Chinsinga, has said the suspension of Peter Kaleso as People’s Party (PP) administrative secretary is a result of power vacuum. Chinsinga further said that PP leader Joyce Banda must decide now to either return home and lead the party or relinquish her position. PP suspended Kaleso on Monday over…

Safe motherhood initiative faces collapse

  The Presidential Initiative on Maternal Health and Safe Motherhood (PIMHSM) faces uncertain future due to limited donor financing, something that has forced the initiative to scale down on operations and cut the number of jobs, Nation on Sunday has learnt. According to PIMHSM executive summary on the situation, which we have sourced, the initiative…

Kalonga off the hook in k105m case

  The State has removed Cashgate convict Leonard Kalonga from the K105.9 million money laundering case he was co-charged with businessperson Angella Katengeza on grounds of his conviction on his own plea on Wednesday. However, Katengeza has maintained her not-guilty plea. Kalonga, a former assistant director of tourism at Ministry of Tourism, faced conspirancy to…

Divisions over PP leadership

Former governing People’s Party (PP) leaders are divided on the status of former vice-president Khumbo Kachali whom the party’s provincial governor (North) the Reverend Christopher Mzomera Ngwira on Monday unveiled as interim leader. However, PP secretary general Ibrahim Matola said Kachali’s proclaimed status was news to him despite being a PP member of Parliament (MP).…

Pika names JB as witness

The attempted murder case of former budget director Paul Mphwiyo has more twists and turns than a Nigerian movie, after the second accused, Pika Manondo, on Friday named former president Joyce Banda among the witnesses he plans to parade in court. His actions are, by no means, unprecedented after his co-accused, former minister of justice and constitutional affairs Ralph Kasambara,…

African singers hail JB

Former Malawi president Joyce Banda is among top African women highlighted in a song by an outstanding line-up of top women musicians from across Africa who have joined forces with international NGO One to create a song titled Strong Girls, which rallies to empower girls and women everywhere. Nine artists from seven African countries came…