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Court ruling a sanitization of impunity – Namalomba
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Court ruling a sanitization of impunity – Namalomba

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Member of Parliament Shadric Namalomba has described the High Court ruling delivered in his judicial review case against Leader of Opposition Kondwani Nankhumwa as a sanitization of impunity. On Thursday, Judge Mzonde Mvula threw out the application saying it sounds like a conduct of a cry baby, before condemning him with costs. Soon after the ruling, Namalomba, a Mangochi South West MP posted on his Facebook account acknowledging his loss of the court battle and also questioning the Court order. “I have lost the case today. Sometimes you win and more often you lose. That’s what life ought to be. It's a sad day for the rule of law. This judgment is sanitizing that impunity in Parliament is legally accepted. That you can abuse one another, kill an...
Political commentator questions Nankhumwa, Jefrrey’s relevance in DPP
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Political commentator questions Nankhumwa, Jefrrey’s relevance in DPP

Political Commentator Victor Chipofya Junior has questioned the relevance of estranged Democratic Progressive party (DPP) Vice President for the South Kondwani Nakhumwa and out of favour party Secretary General Grezelder Jeffrey in the set-up of the DPP hierarchy. Chipofya’s remarks come as the twonwere yesterday sidelined for the party’s Central Executive Committee meeting which party President Peter Mutharika chaired at his PAGE house in Mangochi. According to party officials the meeting which involved senior members was meant strategize ahead of their political rally at Nyambadwe ground over the weekend. However despite a court ruling that reinstated Nankhmuwa and Jeffrey in their respective positions as Vice president for the South and Secretary General, the DPP inner-circle p...
Chakwera not attending any lakeshore conference – State House
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Chakwera not attending any lakeshore conference – State House

State House has refuted social media reports that President Lazarus Chakwera will on June 16 preside over the 2022 Environmental Health Conference and Annual General Meeting in Mangochi. For the past couple of days the social media has been awash with a poster depicting the President as the guest of honour at the conference. Social media critics took turns to attack the President for what they say is his failure to practice what he ordered public servants through recent pronouncements by Secretary to the President and Cabinet. SPC Colleen Zamba announced a ban on all lakeshore conferences for government ministries and departments. In a brief statement, State House has distanced Chakwera from the said event. "The President is not attending any meeting at Sun 'n' Sand. The onl...
Chakwera warned to be held responsible for any loss of life to hunger
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Chakwera warned to be held responsible for any loss of life to hunger

By Chancy Namadzunda: Leader of Opposition in Parliament Kondwani Nankhumwa has warned that he will hold President Lazarus Chakwera responsible for any loss of life to hunger. The warning follows an intention by Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (Admarc) to proceed with the sale of 100,000 metric tonnes of maize to Grain Millers of Zimbabwe despite many experts advising against the move. Recently, Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs, Sosten Gwengwe, assured Malawians that the maize would not be sold. In a letter addressed to Chakwera dated June 8, 2022 which we have seen, Nankhumwa said if Admarc goes ahead with the plan, he will have no choice but to seek legal redress on behalf of the people of Malawi should this sale of maize go ahead. "Mr. Presi...
Diaspora lament growing leadership crisis
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Diaspora lament growing leadership crisis

By Chancy Namadzunda: Malawian academics and professionals in the diaspora have noted with great concern the growing leadership crisis in Malawi and the worsening socio-economic conditions which have made life unbearable for ordinary Malawians. A statement signed by 32 academics and proffessionals said they disappointed that the promise of a new dawn represented by the decisions of the High Court, sitting as the Constitutional Court, and the Malawi Supreme Court of Appeal, which nullified the 2019 presidential election and ordered a fresh presidential election, remains unfulfilled. "The Tonse Alliance government revealed, upon assuming power, mindboggling levels of looting and corruption committed under the previous government. Malawians expected that the new government would draw...
Chakwera’s address empty, full of dishonesty-DPP
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Chakwera’s address empty, full of dishonesty-DPP

By Chancy Namadzunda: The opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has trashed an address by President Lazarus Chakwera as empty "which failed to live up to its billing and expectations as it was indifferent, and provided no solace to the misery and suffering of Malawians". A statement signed by DPP National Organizing Secretary Chimwemwe Chipungu said the President's statement failed to provide answers and concrete solutions to the suffering Malawians have been subjected to under the Tonse Alliance Administration. Addressing the media Tuesday night in Lilongwe, Chakwera outlined a 15 point austerity plan which among other things put limit to external travels for senior government officials. He also fired Zangazanga Chikhosi and replaced him with Collen Zamba as the new Se...
Chilima mum on Sattar’s beneficiaries list
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Chilima mum on Sattar’s beneficiaries list

By Staff Writer: Vice President Saulos Chilima has refused to comment on allegations that he benefitted from corrupt dealings involving businessperson Zuneth Sattar. In court documents filed in a UK court, Chilima is mentioned as one of the beneficiaries of Sattar's corrupt dealings with the government of Malawi between 2019 to 2021. However, speaking to journalists after visiting Mbelwa district council Chilima said he can not comment on the matter as it is currently in court. "For now I can not comment let the processes be'," said Chilima who is also UTM president and one of the key alliance partners in the Tonse Adminstration. Sattar was on Wednesday denied an application to vary his bail conditions to travel outside the UK. He is currently answering multiple corruption ...
We deserve recognition from MCP – Jumbe speaks on Chiphiko suspension
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We deserve recognition from MCP – Jumbe speaks on Chiphiko suspension

By Chancy Namadzunda: Former Malawi Congress Party (MCP) Presidential aspirant Felix Jumbe has urged the party to respect those who worked hard to rebuild the party. His comments follows the suspension of Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (Admarc) General Manager, Rhino Chiphiko over an official vehicle the State produce trader purchased for him. The Board of Directors suspended Chiphiko following an audit that was undertaken into the purchase of his official vehicle, a Nissan Patrol, worth K107 million. However, Jumbe feels the move is a victimization of innocent souls by selfish individuals which is derailing development. Ironically, Jumbe was dismissed as Admarc CEO soon after President Lazarus Chakwera took over power. "In terms of spending resources ...
APM nods to Chakwera’s wish on Mpumulo Wa Bata
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APM nods to Chakwera’s wish on Mpumulo Wa Bata

By Staff Writer: When President Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera presided over this year's Kamuzu Day Commemorations in the capital Lilongwe about a fortnight ago, many thought it would be business as usual. This was so because recent experience on the commemorations had shown that those patronising the event being laboured with a series of long 'praise and worship' speeches on the country's founding President, the late Hastings Kamuzu Banda. The fact that he was also the longest serving president for the now ruling Malawi Congress Party (MCP) meant such fears on this year's function could not have been more real than ever before. But just like it was purported in the run up to the 2020 Presidential Election that ushered the MCP-led Tonse Alliance into power, the country can take Chak...
MRA urged to probe UTM, Chilima over assets accumulation
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MRA urged to probe UTM, Chilima over assets accumulation

By Staff Writer: A man identified as Gosten Chinseu has penned revenue collector Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) to commence investigations around UTM party and its leader Saulos Chilima on how the party acquired its assets and any other taxation issues relating to the same. In a letter this publication has seen, Chinseu wants MRA to institute serious investigations to have the matter addressed in accordance with MRA’s purpose of tax compliance. “As a concerned and enlightened citizen, I fully understand that UTM, owing to their numerical representation in Parliament does not fall in the bracket of receiving funding from the government. “This means two things; UTM’s financials cannot be audited as stipulated in the Political Parties Act but at the same time their accumulation of...