Monday 23 October 2017
(AFP (eng) 10/17/17)
Though its motto is "one Africa, one voice", the reality of "Africa's parliament" could not be more different. Since its creation in 2004, the Pan-African Parliament (PAP) has struggled to make its voice heard, prompting its deputies to ask themselves at a recent gathering: "What are we for?" "Every time we're here, we obsess over the same things. If we are not making laws, then what's the point of being here?" Corneille Padonou of Benin said to his fellow parliamentarians. "This forum is not a parliament, it is just a discussion platform that does not have any legislative powers. This institution is still wobbly," said Floyd Shivambu, a parliamentarian from South Africa. "As it is,...
(AFP (eng) 10/10/17)
Malawi President Peter Mutharika on Tuesday vowed a thorough investigation after seven people were murdered by vigilantes in a vampire scare that has driven UN staffers out of the affected region. Since mid-September, vigilantes have slaughtered seven people suspected of trying to obtain and drink human blood as part of magic rituals. The vampire rumours sweeping the country's southern region have forced authorities to impose a night-time curfew, restricting movement to 10 hours from 7:00am (0500 GMT) until 5:00pm (1500 GMT). The UN -- which is involved in food aid and agricultural assistance programmes -- has pulled its workers out of the area for safety reasons. Although the attacks are not targeted at UN staff, the UN instructed all its...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/18/17)
Three Malawian ministers will testify in court against a former cabinet colleague charged with abuse of office over a maize procurement contract, court documents showed. President Peter Mutharika launched an investigation in January into the government order for 100,000 tonnes of Zambian white maize, after an opposition leader there said he had seen documents showing Malawi had been charged $345 per ton instead of the $215 the consignment was worth. The agriculture minister George Chaponda was arrested in July, sacked and charged with abuse of office and possession of foreign currency without lawful justification.
(Xinhuanet 09/08/17)
Communication ministers from the Southern Development Community (SADC) countries vowed on Thursday to turn the region into an information and knowledge-based economy. This emerged from a ICT (information and communication technology) meeting taking place in Durban, a coastal city in southeastern South Africa. Communication ministers from 15 SADC countries have been meeting in Durban since Monday to discuss the region's ICT infrastructure. The meeting, also attended by policy regulators, implementing agencies and ICT industry players, was designed to help create...
(The Maravi Post 09/05/17)
The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has registered about 12, 428 new voters for the October 17 by-elections. Positive turnout has been attributed to a good civic education and mass mobilization strategy . As meetings were held in the communities, loudhailers were utilized and letters were distrubted to all churches and traditional leaders. In press statement released and signed by acting chief elections officer Harris Potani , the registration and voter verification exercise went on successfully from August 24 to 28 2017. The commission disclosed that in terms of gender, 6, 032 of those registered are men while
(The Maravi Post 09/04/17)
The ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) this week apologized to the Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) over the ‘Zachamba’ (nonsense) remarks made by its Secretary General (SG) Greselder Jeffrey wa Jeffrey on the Blue Night saga. The CSOs, together with Malawi Law Society (MLS) pressurized the ruling DPP to return the money it got from the parastatals and City Councils during its fundraising dinner, popularly known Blue Night recently in Lilongwe. However, the DPP Secretary General and Vice President Hetherwick Ntata,...
(Nyasa Times 08/31/17)
The governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has accused leader of opposition Lazarous Chakwera for writing the foreign missions on alleged threats to life of Malawi Congress Party (MCP) candidate for Nsanje Lalanje Constituency parliamentary by-elections slated for October 17, Lawrence Sitolo. Chakwera wrote a letter copied to US embassy, Germany, European Union, British High Commission and the United Nations to report that Sitolo is living dangerously as DPP gurus are baying for his blood. But DPP responded at a news...
(Malawi 24 08/23/17)
The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) will this week start registration of voters and inspection of the voters roll ahead of the October by-elections. According to a MEC press statement signed by Harris Potani for the commission’s chief elections officer, the registration exercise will run from August 24 to 28, 2017 in all the by-election centres. “The Malawi Electoral Commission is informing the general public that registration of voters and inspection of the voters roll for those who already registered, will...
(Xinhuanet 08/23/17)
China is dedicated to enhancing its cooperation with Africa in human resource development through knowledge and technology transfer, a Chinese diplomat said Tuesday. Liu Tao, Charge d'Affaires of the Chinese Embassy in Ethiopia, made the remarks at the Chinese Government Training Program Fellowship Reception in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa. He said China, since the year 2000, has sent over 2,000 agricultural experts and over 7,000 medical personnel to Africa, and has trained more than 80,000 Africans from more than 50...
(Nyasa Times 08/08/17)
Malawi Parliament's committee on environment and natural resources say it has summoned Lilongwe Water Board and Lilongwe City Council over the horror which residents in the capital especially those in Area 18 faced by consuming water contaminated with sewage . Committee chair Welani Chilenga said all preparations for the meeting has now been completed. "We want to find out as to what happened that people should drink water that was contaminated with the human waste, that was disgusting," said Chilenga...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/02/17)
Malawi's former president denied on Tuesday any wrongdoing in a corruption scandal that erupted when she was in office, saying she will be going back to the southern African nation to prove her innocence. Joyce Banda is wanted for arrest over alleged abuse of office and money-laundering offenses, police said on Monday. Government officials are accused of siphoning off millions of dollars from state funds in the scandal, which was revealed in 2013. Banda, who was Malawi's president for two...
(Nyasa Times 08/02/17)
Billionaire clergy Shepherd Bushiri has denied he intends to join a new political party, Democratic Progressive Congress (Depeco), saying he is not ready for frontline politics. The South African based leader of Enlighted Christian Gathering was mentioned by Depco president Chris Daza on Sunday as possible member and financier of the party. But spokesperson for Prophet Bushiri, Ephraim Nyondo laughed off the matter, saying the 'Major 1' is not yet ready for frontline politics. "He has not yet received the...
(APA 08/01/17)
The police in Malawi on Monday issued an arrest warrant for former President Joyce Banda over allegations she was involved in the theft of public resources estimated at $30 million. The case which began shortly after Banda left office is locally known as cashgate. According to a statement from the police, following thorough investigations by its Fiscal and Fraud Department, there appears to be credible evidence that Mrs. Banda was involved in the abuse of public office. “The evidence gathered raises reasonable suspicion that the former president had a hand and committed offences relating to the abuse of her office and money-laundering,” it said.
(Nyasa Times 07/31/17)
President P" Peter Mutharika has said former President of Malawi Joyce Banda is free to come back to Malawi anytime to help the government in developing the country. Mutharika said this on Saturday at the Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe during a Blue Night Fundraising Dinner and Dance organized by the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP). He said he was sad that the former president who left the country for her reason is telling the world leaders that the current president is...
(Nyasa Times 07/31/17)
United Democratic Front (UDF) District Governor for Mangochi Urban Abubakar Foster says that the current party leader, Atupele Muluzi will be voted again as leader of the party at a national convention to be held next year. Foster said UDF leaders in the district already made the resolution and that they are only waiting for a convention to make it official. The District Governor said this at public rally addressed by the UDF president himself at St. Augustine 3 primary...
(Malawi News Agency 07/27/17)
Lilongwe — Malawi Vice President Saulos Klaus Chilima has said Malawians need to start asking tough questions and get tough answers if the country has to change, saying change hurts but is the only way out to meaningful development. Chilima said this on Wednesday at Bingu International Convention Centre in Lilongwe. He was opening a two-day conference for civil society organizations (CSOs), and other stakeholders getting support from Tilitonse Fund, a three country donor financial assistant basket that help civil...
(Voice of America 07/25/17)
European and African ministers are meeting in Tunisia about efforts to regulate the flow of refugees from Africa to Europe, primarily along the deadly central Mediterranean route originating in Libya. In a declaration Monday in Tunis, the capital, the ministers said they agreed on a multi-pronged approach to the crisis, including informing people about the risks of illegal migration and the possibility of voluntarily returning home, addressing why migrants leave home and beefing up actions against human traffickers. Participating in...
(Nyasa Times 07/21/17)
A steering committee to ensure the effective implementation of the Access to Information Act (ATI) assented to by President Mutharika in February has been formed. The committee has 12 members selected from the Malawi Human Rights Commission (MHCCR), the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs (MoJCA) and the Ministry of Information and Information Technology (MoICT). This steering committee has been tasked to develop specific tools that will be needed to implement the Act. So far, the committee has already made...
(Nyasa Times 07/21/17)
The Republic of Turkey has announced its plans to deploy a resident ambassador to Malawi. This will become the first time in the history of the two countries for Turkey to have an ambassador’s office in the Malawi with a locally based ambassador. Currently, the Turkish embassy to Malawi operates from Zambia. This was disclosed by Turkey’s new ambassador to Malawi Sebnem Incesu, when she was speaking to journalists after presenting her letters of credence to President Peter Mutharika on...
(AFP (eng) 07/19/17)
Malawi's former agriculture minister was Wednesday arrested and charged with graft for allegedly profiting in a $35-million maize import deal from neighbouring Zambia, officials said. George Chaponda has been battling against graft allegations following the controversial purchase of 100,000 tonnes of maize in July 2016. Malawi's Anti-Corruption Bureau spokeswoman Egrita Ndala said that Chaponda had been charged with "misuse of public office and possession of foreign currency". He was fired in February after police uncovered $223,000 (212,000 euros) in cash...

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