Wednesday 16 August 2017
(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. The summoning of the Lilongwe Water Board and Lilongwe City Council officials before parliament comes barely a week after they appeared before Malawi Human Rights Commission to answer questions on the same issues. Chilenga said...
(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 years from 2012, left the country when she lost in an election to Peter Mutharika. She has not returned since 2014. Banda has been living in the United States, serving as a distinguished fellow at Woodrow Wilson Center and the...
(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...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/19/17)
Malawi's former agriculture minister, George Chaponda, was arrested on Wednesday and faces graft charges over a procurement contract with neighboring Zambia, his lawyer and the country's Anti-Corruption Bureau said on Wednesday. It is the latest governance scandal to hit the impoverished southern African nation, which suffers periodic food shortages and relies heavily on donor aid. Malawi President Peter Mutharika in January ordered an investigation into a $34.5 million government maize order, after a Zambian opposition leader said he had seen documents showing Malawi had been charged $345 per ton for 100,000 tonnes of Zambian white maize worth $215 a ton.
(Malawi 24 07/18/17)
A political expert has said Monday’s cabinet reshuffle has left the country with a lot of ministers who are not technocrats in their respective portfolios. Mutharika announced changes to his cabinet on Monday that witnessed Peter Kumpalume being dropped as minister of health while Francis Kasaila who until yesterday was minister of foreign affairs and international cooperation now heads the ministry responsible for labour and youth in the country. Reacting on the reshuffle, political scientist Wonderful Mkhutche has faulted Mutharika for not attaching positions to individuals’ respective expertise. “Cabinet reshuffle is not a surprising thing in Malawi. President has the power to hire and fire Ministers.
(Xinhuanet 07/17/17)
Malawian President Peter Mutharika on Monday fired Health Minister, Dr. Peter Kumpalume, Deputy Defense Minister, Vincent Ghambi, and Attorney General, Kalekeni Kaphale, in a cabinet reshuffle where he has made several changes. According to the statement released by the office of the Secretary to the Government Monday afternoon, Mutharika has replaced Kumpalume with Atupele Muluzi who was formerly Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development. Anna Kachikho, long-time ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislator and a new face in Mutharika's new cabinet
(Malawi 24 07/17/17)
One of the country’s political commentators has hailed the resumption of mediation talks between Malawi and Tanzania over the longstanding Lake Malawi dispute saying it is a huge step towards resolving the dispute. Malawi government last week participated in the mediation talks on the Lake Malawi boundary dispute with Tanzania which took place in South Africa. In an interview with Malawi24, political commentator Wonderful Mkhutche said the talks are necessary and at this stage, Malawi has to take part. “This...
(Malawi 24 07/17/17)
Government through the ministry of home affairs and internal security has described opposition parties’ claims that Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) will use national identity cards (IDs) to rig elections as “fear of the unknown”. The sentiments follow accusations by Malawi Congress Party (MCP) who claimed that the national identity cards are to help DPP rig the 2019 general elections. But the ministry, which the project is under, has brushed aside the reports arguing the identity cards are to help identify...
(Malawi 24 07/14/17)
Malawi’s lake wrangle with neighbouring country Tanzania will not end soon as the High Level Mediation Team on the issue has proposed that heads of the two countries are to give guidance on the resolutions made in Pretoria, South Africa. The development follows mediation talks that Malawi had with Tanzania on the lake issue as the two differ on ownership; Tanzania claims that part of Lake Malawi belongs to it while Malawi says it owns the whole lake. The mediation...
(Malawi 24 07/14/17)
A political scientist in the country has reiterated the need for government to take tough action against Members of Parliament (MPs) who are suspected to have mismanaged Constituency Development Fund (CDF). This is coming at a time when the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has announced that it will start its investigations on the Members of Parliament suspected to have misused CDF funds. During parliamentary meeting last month, minister of finance Goodall Gondwe revealed that 20 MPs misused CDF amounting to K80...
(AFP (eng) 07/06/17)
The African Union's new chair Moussa Faki Mahamat on Wednesday questioned US commitment to fighting terrorism on the continent after it blocked efforts to get UN funding for an anti-jihadist force in the Sahel. "This is a specific case of a certain number of African states taking the initiative to create a dedicated force to fight terrorism. So, we don't understand how the United States could hold back or not engage in the fight against terrorism," Faki said in an...
(Xinhuanet 06/06/17)
Delegates of an African conference in solidarity with Cuba on Monday called on the United States to lift its over 50-year economic blockade against Cuba. "We applaud the positive development in this respect and we commend the U.S. government and Cuba for their efforts towards normalizing of ties," said Namibian President Hage Geingob, officially opening the fifth Continental Africa Conference in Solidarity with Cuba here on Monday. "However, there is still much ground left to cover to ensure the complete...

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