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So, what have we learnt on elections?

BY LEVI KABWATO The one-year anniversary of our hugely-contested and drama-laden general elections passed this past Tuesday without much pomp and fanfare. Quite appropriate because there is nothing to celebrate about that affair, which put us on the global map for all the wrong reasons — a poorly-run electoral management body, immature political parties and…

Malawi President top aide Ben Phiri quits

—cites serious allegations against him as reason Malawi President Peter Mutharika’s long-time top aide, Ben Phiri, has resigned from his post of Special Adviser and Assistant to the President, saying he wants to pave the way for those accusing him of corruption to prove their case. Phiri, who has been the President’s aide since 2007,…

UDF takes on PAC

–Accuses body of taking sides on Section 65 debate –PAC says it was seeking clarification Erstwhile opposition United Democratic Front (UDF) has accused the Public Affairs Committee (PAC) of agitating for the removal of its members of Parliament (MPs) through Section 65 of the Constitution which forbids crossing the floor. UDF secretary general Kandi Padambo,…

UDF undecided on 2019 polls

United Democratic Front (UDF) is not decided on whether it will attempt the 2019 general elections by itself or in partnership with the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), its political bedfellow. The party has also indicated that despite moving from opposition to government benches in the 193-member National Assembly, a step seen as solidification of…

Lucius defies UDF

Says will remain in opposition benches Leader of United Democratic Front (UDF) in Parliament Lucius Banda has defied his party’s decision to relocate from opposition to government benches in the National Assembly. Banda’s decision comes after almost one year of an undefined working relationship between UDF and the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in Parliament…