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BT Mayorship: Ndipo Re-Elected City Chief

BT Mayorship: Ndipo Re-Elected City Chief

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Councilor Wild Ndipo of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has been re-elected as Mayor of Blantyre City. Ndipo amassed 20 of the 29 votes to secure the re-election in polls held on Friday at the Blantyre City Council offices.  Ndipo saw off Councilor Gertrude Chiwamba who got five votes and Councilor Eric Mofolo who scooped four votes. Another DPP councilor Joseph Makwinja was re-elected Deputy Mayor of the city. Makwinja got 12 votes to beat Jomo Osman who had 10 votes, Funny Kanojerera who got four votes and Thokozani Phekani who managed three votes. Six Members of Parliament and 23 Councilors voted during the polls. United Transformation Movement (UTM) councilor, Leonard Chimbanga pulled out of the race.
Army Jobs: Mutharika Appoints Army Chiefs

Army Jobs: Mutharika Appoints Army Chiefs

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President Peter Mutharika has appointed Tri-Service Commanders and Deputy Commanders of the Malawi Defence Force. Mutharika made the appointments in his capacity as Commander in Chief of the Malawi Defence Force and in line with Section 4 of the Defence Force Act (2018). Mutharika has appointed Army Commander (Landed Forces) Major General Alick Bentry Mhone with his deputy Brigadier General Davis Sesatino Mtachi. Nundwe remains army commander Airforce Commander is Major General Andrew Lapken Namathanga while his deputy is Brigadier General Ian MacLeod Chirwa. Maritime Force Commander is Brigadier General Francis Blessings Kakhuta Banda and deputy is Colonel Richard Tobias Chagonapanja. According to the office of the President and Cabinet (OPC), the appointments are with i...
Bogus: MDF Commander Dismisses Recruitment Letter

Bogus: MDF Commander Dismisses Recruitment Letter

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Malawi Defense Force Commander, General Vincent Nundwe has despised a social media post calling for an internal recruitment of young men and women to join the service. The letter which has gone viral on different social media platforms signed by one Captain M.H. Amini, from the 2nd Malawi Riffles at Kamuzu Barracks, is internally calling on relatives and children of MDF soldiers to submit their applications before Monday 22 July, 2019. According to MDF commander Nundwe, said that, much as they are looking to recruit more soldiers into the service, they have no funding to support such a major exercise right now. General Nundwe, who termed the letter bogus, has called on Malawians to be vigilant against such postings to avoid being duped.
Postponed: No Demos Tomorrow

Postponed: No Demos Tomorrow

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Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) has postponed the anti-jane Ansah demonstration slated for tomorrow Tuesday 16th July. According to the HRDC leadership, they failed to inform authorities in good time therefore the demonstrations will be held on Friday 19th July. Demonstrators on fire HRDC Chairperson Timothy Mtambo told the press briefing on Monday in Lilongwe that being an organization that works in accordance to the laws, they decided to shift the date from Tuesday to Friday since the city councils asked for 48 hours (two days) before holding demonstrations. "As we all know Malawians are understanding people, the issue of shifting days will not affect the demonstrations in any way. The issue of human rights is very important to everyone but, let us join hands and br...
FDH Withdraws Injunction Against Activists

FDH Withdraws Injunction Against Activists

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FDH Bank has withdrawn an injunction it obtained against Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) from implicating the bank and its owner Dr. Thom Mpinganjira in the alleged May 21 elections rigging. Chief Executive Officer Dr. Thomson Mpinganjira obtained an injunction from the High Court in Blantyre restraining the Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) from releasing a report that among others implicates him and the bank in the alleged rigging of May 21 elections. Mtambo (left) and other demonstrations organizers The injunction stated particularly against HRDC chairperson Timothy Mtambo, his vice Gift Trapence and other HRDC members from issuing the report dated 5 June 2019 in which they allege that Dr. Mpinganjira financed the 21 May 2019 election rigging plot. In...
Court Error? Magistrate Pardons Defiler

Court Error? Magistrate Pardons Defiler

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The ruling by the Magistrate Court in Mulanje district to set free a male nurse who defiled teenage girl has outraged many Malawians who have since questioned the integrity of the court. First Grade Magistrate Smart Maruwasa shocked the nation when on 9th July, 2019 discharged a nurse, Spencer Chingwengwe, who was convicted of defiling a 15-year old girl. Chingwengwe, 32, defiled the girl on 5th July, 2018. He pleaded not guilty to the charge and the State paraded four witnesses against him. The court convicted the nurse on 7th June, 2019 and revoked his bail and sent him to Mulanje Prison where he spent a month as he awaited sentencing. However, when he appeared in court on Tuesday, lady luck smiled on him as the court discharged the case. First Grade Magistrate Smart Maru...
Child For Sale: Couple Nabbed For Selling Own Son

Child For Sale: Couple Nabbed For Selling Own Son

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Police in Dedza district have arrested a couple for allegedly putting up their son for sale. The couple offered the 12-year-old boy to a Mozambican family. Dedza Police Spokesperson Edward Kabango confirmed on Wednesday that the suspects, Jemitala Alfred and his wife who is a traditional doctor, Mary Benard, offered their child on sale at K1.5 million. He said a Mozambican family came to the wife in Malawi to find out the cause of their child's death back home in Mozambique and was demanded to pay the amount, assuring them that their child would resurrect the next day. According to Kabango, the husband told his son to accept the particulars of the deceased in presence of the Mozambicans the next day. "The traditional doctor advised the Mozambicans that they shouldn't be surprised ...