Politics

Donors Call For More Action On Corruption

Donors Call For More Action On Corruption

National, Politics
Malawi’s development partners have called on for more action in implementing enacted laws to curb corruption in the country. In a statement issued on behalf of the Heads of Mission of UK, US, Ireland, Germany, Norway, Japan, EU and UN on Anti-Corruption Day which falls today 9th December, 2017, the donors have urged the private sector to join hands in ending the malpractice. "On International Anti-Corruption Day we reiterate our support for Malawians exposing and addressing corruption. Corruption is a barrier to poverty reduction - diverting scarce resources away from healthcare, schools and water provision,” read the statement in part. “It affects critical capital investments, like roads and power generation. Corruption is a disincentive for private sector investment, economic growth a
Pac, CSOs Pressurize Govt On Electoral Reforms

Pac, CSOs Pressurize Govt On Electoral Reforms

Politics
The Malawi government continues to come under pressure to have the Electoral Reform bills tabled in the current sitting of parliament. Malawians and the Civil Society have been pushing for the bill to be discussed and passed into law for it to be applied in the 2019 General Elections. Parliamentarians and voters were looking forward to the current sitting of parliament as the beginning of a new chapter in the electoral system. There were high expectations that the bill would find its way in. Since discussions about the bill issue started in 2006, it has been observed that successive ruling parties are reluctant to have the bills tabled. One of the recommendations in the proposed bills popularly is the 50+1 system. This would require a winning Presidential candidate to amass over fift...
Catholic Bishops Rally Behind PAC’s March On Electoral Reform

Catholic Bishops Rally Behind PAC’s March On Electoral Reform

National, Politics
Catholic bishops in the country have asked their faithful to pray for, and patronize, peaceful marches organised by PAC on December 13. Although, as learnt elsewhere in this edition, that the Electoral Reforms Bills, which the marches are organised for, are nowhere near being taken to Parliament, the peaceful marches are to force government to table and pass the Electoral Reforms Bills during the current sitting of Parliament. In a circular letter, addressed to Catholic priests in the country, dated December 2 2017, signed by the Episcopal Conference of Malawi (ECM) secretary general Fr Henry Saindi, the bishops are urging the priests to ask their faithful to pray for the peaceful marches, and also to participate in them. Reads the statement in part: “PAC has organised a peaceful nation
Mutharika Declares Public Holiday For Civil Servants

Mutharika Declares Public Holiday For Civil Servants

Business, Politics
President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika, who is also Minister responsible for the Public Service, has granted this year’s days between 27 to 29 December as public holidays for civil servants. According to a statement signed by, Chief Secretary to Government, Lloyd Muhara, the holiday extension means that civil servants will wind up officials duties on 22 December 2017 and resume on 2 January, 2018. Reads part of the statement: “The granting of the public holidays for the said extended period of festivities does not mean a declaration of public holidays in Malawi. The extended holidays are meant to enable the Civil Servants to celebrate Christmas and New Year festivities with their families and to allow them have adequate time to travel to and from various destinations during the fest
Bedfellows: Chakwera, Kaliwo Reconcile

Bedfellows: Chakwera, Kaliwo Reconcile

Politics
Malawi Congress Party ( MCP ) president Lazarus Chakwera has engaged in a reconcile drive with some of the party's top officials whom he had never seen eye to eye for months. Chakwera met the disgruntled officials on Friday at the party’s headquarters in Lilongwe where party vice-president Richard Msowoya and the embattled party secretary general Gustave Kaliwo were in attendance, a move which signals the end of division in the party. A joint statement signed by Chakwera and Kaliwo said their meeting agreed on a number of issues. “The meeting accepted that there are divisions in the party, but agreed that the unity of the party is of paramount importance. Therefore, as a party, we must advance on the basis of that unity. The meeting resolved that going forward, NEC members, office beare
State Sticks To Wandale, Defies Court Order

State Sticks To Wandale, Defies Court Order

Politics
The High Court in Lilongwe has directed the State to uphold any action against Vincent Wandale, self-proclaimed leader of the United States of Thyolo and Mulanje (MUST) and Peoples Land Organisation (PLO), until an inter-parte hearing on the matter is heard. Wandale has spent a night at Zomba Mental Hospital after medical doctors reportedly certified that he is suffering from a mental disorder and recommended that he should undergo mental rehabilitation. The grounds, terms and conditions of seeking declaration orders and stay included that the decision of the learned magistrate was unlawful and ultra vires and is inconsistent with Section 133 of the criminal procedures and evidence code. It further indicated that the court fettered its discretion when it heavily relied on medical report...
Cashgate Suspect Dzanjalimodzi Jailed 8 Years

Cashgate Suspect Dzanjalimodzi Jailed 8 Years

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The High Court in Lilongwe on Wednesday sentenced Cashgate convict Godfrey Dzanjalimodzi to 8 years imprisonment with hard labour (IHL) for stealing and laundering K338 million ( about $ 610 000) of public funds. According to testimony tendered in court by the State, the money was aid to Dzanjalimodzi’s firm WJ Construction and another company, WEK Construction, when there were no contracts between government and the companies. Passing the sentence, Judge Ivy Kamanga said the court considered the gravity of the case as the country is currently suffering from the consequences of the convict’s conduct adding that the money he stole from government could have better been used for some important developmental works. She said: “The court agrees with the State that the offences committed by t
Zimbabwe’s Fugitive Veep Seeks Asylum In Malawi

Zimbabwe’s Fugitive Veep Seeks Asylum In Malawi

Politics
Fugitive former vice president of Zimbabwe Emerson Mnangagwa is reportedly seeking refuge in Malawi, but government has neither confirmed nor denied the claims. Mnangagwa was fired from his position last week by President Mugabe in what is being described as political power struggle within the ruling Zanu-PF. Mnangagwa, 75, was accused of being disloyal to Mugabe and his administration. Reports claimed that he has sought refuge in Malawi. But Foreign Affairs Minister Emmanuel Fabiano in an interview with Capital Radio demanded for more time before he could comment on the issue. Mnangagwa removal made it more likely that President Robert Mugabe's wife Grace will follow in her husband's footsteps as leader of Zimbabwe. She had earlier called on her husband to remove his vice-president
Opposition Gang Up Against Govt On Electoral Reforms Bill

Opposition Gang Up Against Govt On Electoral Reforms Bill

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Opposition members of Parliament (MPs) yesterday took government to task for not including the Electoral Reforms Bill in the upcoming events on the Order Paper, saying government lied to the nation that it would tackle the Bill in the current sitting. Standing on a Point of Order, Malawi Congress Party (MCP) Chief Whip Lobin Lowe wondered why there was no mention of the Electoral Reforms Bill on the Order Paper even on the upcoming events despite government promising that the Bill would be tabled in the current sitting. “There is no Electoral Reforms Bill on the order paper or even in the upcoming events in the order papers. Why is this so?” he said. In response, Speaker of the National Assembly Richard Msowoya said from the communication he had from the Business Committee of Parliament
Breaking News: Govt Suspends New Traffic Offenses And Penalties

Breaking News: Govt Suspends New Traffic Offenses And Penalties

National, Politics
Government has succumbed to pressure and suspended new prescribed offenses and penalties and also the miscellaneous fees for the Department of Road Traffic and Safety Services (DRTSS). Minister of Transport and Public Works Jappie Mhango has confirmed the suspension which comes amid protests from motorists including Parliamentarians. DRTSS is justifying the 200 percent increase on prescribed offenses, penalties and miscellaneous fees as a way for motorists to comply with rules and regulations and challenged that it will go ahead to implement the new penalties despite the protest. However, Mhango said government has listened to the people and would like to get more feedback from all stakeholders and will find a way forward. Acting Director for DRTSS, Fergus Gondwe told media on Wednesda