Sunday 20 August 2017
(Malawi today 03/04/13)
Malawi has expressed its displeasure that the executive secretary of the Forum for Former Heads of State, which is currently mediating the Lake Malawi border dispute with Tanzania, is a Tanzanian national. Foreign Affairs minister Ephraim Mganda Chiume told reporters in Lilongwe on Saturday that submissions Malawi presented to chairman of the Forum, former Mozambican president Joachim Chissano, that it had observed the presence of a Tanzanian national, Professor John Tesia, as executive secretary of the Forum. "We expressed the same to the forum. We were also concerned about the security of our submissions considering that the executive secretary is Tanzanian. As to whether he should remain executive secretary or recuse himself, is a matter for the forum to decide,"...
(Malawi today 03/04/13)
Government may cough millions of tax-payers' money if five aides of the late president Bingu wa Mutharika succeed in their lawsuits for unfair dismissal and administrative and labour practices. The quintet comprises Mutharika's spokesperson Hetherwick Ntaba, Advisor on Women Affairs Margaret Chiponda, Senior Political Advisor Francis Mphepo, Director General for State Residences Edward Sawerengera and Presidential Press Officer Albert Mungomo According to court documents filed with the Industrial Relations Court, the former presidential aides in their individual capacities are suing government for damages after their respective contracts were terminated prematurely on May 11 last year. In their separate claim statements, they argue that their contracts were terminated without being given any reason and that they were also not given any...
(Malawi today 03/04/13)
The European Union (EU) has said Malawi’s economic hardships resulting from donor-driven reforms would continue even if Malawians voted out the current Joyce Banda administration on the basis of high cost of living. EU Ambassador Alexander Baum and Norwegian Ambassador Asbjørn Eidhammer were reacting to a questionnaire on whether they realised that reforms they passionately advocated for have pitted the JB administration against the very citizens such reforms intended to benefit. Baum said even in Europe, governments implementing economic reforms have been voted out of power, but their successors have continued with the same “painful reforms”. He said: “We have our own experiences with overdue economic reforms in Europe. Many governments which are implementing reforms have been voted out, but...
(Malawi today 03/04/13)
The government has ordered the Attorney General (AG) to review all cases, where it agreed to pay out millions of kwacha to dismissed top government officials, Finance Minister Ken Lipenga confirmed Sunday. The move follows stinging criticism from the Malawi public including donors with one western envoy describing the payouts as "golden parachutes". In an interview, Lipenga said no official was yet to be paid the compensation despite the media reporting on several former top brasses agreeing with government through legal means on multi-million kwacha out-of-court settlements. "What we have done is to ask the office of the Attorney General to review all these cases. Then the cases will be challenged in court where government will defend each case robustly,"...
(Malawi today 03/04/13)
Three former presidents from the Sadc region, including South Africa’s Thabo Mbeki, are expected to form a panel to mediate in the Lake Malawi border dispute between Malawi and Tanzania Nation Online has learnt. The revelation has come barely one week after Tanzania submitted its position on the dispute to the Forum of Former African Heads of State and Governments, which is currently being chaired by former Mozambican president Joaquim Chissano. In an interview on Monday, Malawi’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Principal Secretary Patrick Kabambe said the forum proposed that the mediation process would be done by a panel of three former presidents comprising Chissano, Mbeki and Botswana’s Festus Mogae. Kabambe, who also confirmed that Malawi has...
( 03/04/13)
Dar es Salaam. A section of the Malawian media has intensified a war of words on the Lake Nyasa border dispute, accusing Tanzania of manipulating and lobbying the international community to sway towards its favour. In a series of editorials and reportage a section of the media has also accused Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation minister Bernard Membe of contravening a mediation agreement by talking to the Tanzanian media on the dispute. The online Nyasa Times has been at the forefront. In a ‘special editorial’ published in its edition of last Thursday it called on Malawians to stand up to ‘defend Lake Malawi from Tanzanians’. Arguing for the respect of the Anglo-German Heligoland Treaty of 1890 that placed the lake...
( 03/04/13)
Dar es Salaam. A section of the Malawian media has intensified a war of words on the Lake Nyasa border dispute, accusing Tanzania of manipulating and lobbying the international community to sway towards its favour. In a series of editorials and reportage a section of the media has also accused Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation minister Bernard Membe of contravening a mediation agreement by talking to the Tanzanian media on the dispute. The online Nyasa Times has been at the forefront. In a ‘special editorial’ published in its edition of last Thursday it called on Malawians to stand up to ‘defend Lake Malawi from Tanzanians’. Arguing for the respect of the Anglo-German Heligoland Treaty of 1890 that placed the lake...

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