Vice-president Saulos Chilima over the weekend opted to attend a church service after he snubbed the funeral of four learners who died after a school block wall fell on them in Zomba district. Chilima as Minister responsible for Disaster Management on Sunday opted to attend a Golden Jubilee of St Charles Luwanga Parish in same Zomba district, just two days after he delegated his junior officers to attend the funeral services of the deceased. Four learners of Natchengwa Primary School Sub-Traditional Authority (Sub-T/A) Ngwelero in Mayaka, Zomba died on June 6th, 2018 after a wall of a substandard school block fell on them due to heavy winds. Some learners who sustained injuries are currently in hospitals and at home. According to head teacher, Blazio Liviere, the incident has c...
President Peter Mutharika has hired politician Brown Mpinganjira as board chairperson for Roads Authority. Mutharika has also appointed Clara Makungwa- formerly Peoples Party official- as Presidential Advisor on Women Affairs in the Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC). In January this year Mutharika welcomed into the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) fold widely considered nomadic politicians Brown Mpinganjira, Dr Ken Lipenga, Henry Dama Phoya and Reverend Daniel Gunya. Brown Mpinganjira (born 1950) is a Malawian politician. He served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Malawi under President Bakili Muluzi from 1999 until 2000. He then broke with Muluzi over the latter's attempt to have the constitution changed so that he could run for a third term of office. Mpinganjir
The Parliamentary Committee on Agriculture on Tuesday met on the leakage of a cheque purportedly linked to Minister of Agriculture, Joseph Mwanamvekha. Chairperson for the committee Dr. Joseph Chidanti Malunga confirmed the meeting. The meeting follows a leaked picture of a K18 million cheque from a fertilizer company to a company called Amazon, allegedly owned by the minister. Malawi Fertilizer Company in a statement has confirmed that Amazon Company is one of their customers they deal with in the Transport industry. Minister Mwanamveka could not confirm ownership of the company, saying “Malawians should wait to allow the process that the agriculture committee is undertaking on the matter to start.”NE
Rumphi East Parliamentarian, Kamlepo Kalua on Thursday nearly got into a fight with Lilongwe Nsinja South counterpart, Lingson Belekanyama while Parliament was in session. The two got engaged in heated war of words that nearly broke into a fight. They were arguing over remarks by Kalua made about a group of lawmakers that are alleged planning to impeach the Speaker, Richard Msowoya. Belekanyama, the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) Parliamentarian, was not amused by the remarks and demanded Kalua to clarify. Other MPs had to intervene for the two to cool off. Kalua’s assertions were first made earlier this week by Chitipa South MP Werani Chilenga. The house was adjourned early as there was no business to continue with proceedings for the whole afternoon. Leader of the house Kondwani
Public Affairs Committee (PAC) remains clueless on its much anticipated meeting to discuss the way forward for the nationwide demonstrations which were postponed last year. PAC spokesperson Fr. Peter Mulomole says at the moment they are yet to receive communication from Secretariat on when the meeting will be held after being put on hold last week. “The date and feasibility of holding demonstrations will be determined when the board meets,” he said. However several commentators have questioned the relevance of the demonstrations which were initially aimed at pushing government to take Electoral Reform bills to parliament. Political Analyst George Phiri says continued postponement the crucial meeting is a sign poor governance within PAC. Last week, PAC failed to meet for a planned
Paramount Chief Kyungu of the Ngonde Clan in Karonga and Chitipa district has demanded an apology from the Daily Times Newspaper following its unbalanced claim that the Ngonde leader labeled government's critics as fools. According to the newspaper of 31st January, 2018, Kyungu made the remarks during an official opening of the Karonga Community Stadium on Sunday 28th January. But speaking to members of the press during a press conference at Karonga Museum Amphitheatre, the Paramount denied the allegation and demanded immediate apology and retraction of the message from the publication or he will take an action saying it is a character assassination. “The lead story on the daily times of Wednesday 31 January 2018 on this paper it says government critics are fools, I categorically refu
The embattled People’s Party (PP) has appointed Zomba Changalume Parliamentarian, John Chikalimba as its chief whip in Parliament. Chikalimba replaces Ralph Jooma who resigned last year and now associates himself with the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP). As chief whip, Chikalimba will be responsible for enforcing party discipline and ensuring PP MPs vote with the party stand – a vital job after some legislators defied the party in the last sitting when they sided with government to defeat Electoral Reforms Bill. He will be deputized by Chitipa North Parliamentarian, James Munthali. Parliament starts its meeting today in Lilongwe. Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development, Goodall Gondwe is expected next week Friday to table a statement summarizing the observatio
The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has revealed that it is in the dark of whereabouts of 27 political parties that are among the 47 registered parties in the country. Chief Elections Officer, Sammy Alfandika, among the missing addresses are those of Malawi Democratic Party (MDP) of Kamlepo Kalua, Maravi People’s Party (MPP) of Uladi Mussa and Chipani Cha Pfuko (CCP) of Davis Katsonga. Others are United Front For Multi-Party Democracy, Malawi National Democratic Party, Malawi Democratic Union, The Congress For The Second Republic Of Malawi, Christian Democratic Party, National Patriotic Front, National Unity Party, Malawi Freedom Party, People’s Democratic Party, Sapitwa National Democratic Party, The Forum Party, Mass Movement For The Young Generation , National Solidarity Movement, C
Sit, relax and watch for the Malawi Congress Party’s (MCP) in-flight might take longer as expected as Richard Msowoya and Gustavo Kaliwo’s court injunction throws everything in disarray. The party, which had summoned the two to a disciplinary hearing set for February 9, 10, and 17, 2018 to resolve the in-fight, now has to wait a little longer as the injunction the two obtained also suspends the hearing. The High Court in Blantyre has given the five MCP alleged ‘rebels’—party vice-president Msowoya, second deputy president Macdonald Lombola, secretary general Kaliwo, deputy secretary general James Kaunda and treasurer general Tony Kandiero—14-day respite effective February 2, to submit inter-partes summons. This also means the five will continue to hold their positions until the court
The internal squabbles in the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) are far from over as first-vice president Richard Msowoya together with party secretary general Gustav Kaliwo and three other executive members have obtained a court injunction stopping the party from suspending them. The party's national executive committee on Sunday January 28th, 2018 led by its president Lazarus Chakwera suspended Msowoya and others, fired Kaliwo as well Jessie Kabwila from the party. However, the issue has taken new twist with Msowoya and Kaliwo obtaining an injunction stopping the party from implementing the decision of the national executive committee (NEC). Lawyer representing the two, former Attorney General Kalekeni Kaphale obtained the injunction which was granted by High Court judge Healey Potnai. Thi...