Malawi President Mutharika to Maintain Lean Cabinet

By Mphatso John Sam, MANA President Arthur Peter Mutharika (APM) has promised to maintain a lean cabinet of 20 members and that he will announce it before Parliament opens on June 21. Speaking Sunday during the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) victory rally at Njamba Freedom Park in Blantyre, Mutharika said Malawians should remain patient as he continues to scrutinise resumes of different possible candidates to be considered for cabinet portfolios. “I am currently working on the cabinet which will…

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Chakwera, JB Caught Pants Down

By Norah Hanke Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) officials have faulted the opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) President Lazarus Chakwera and People’s Party leader Joyce Banda for instigating violence in the country pertaining to the outcome of the May 21 Tripartite Elections. The DPP officials were speaking on Sunday during a victory rally at Njamba Freedom Park in Blantyre. Taking his turn, DPP Regional Governor for the southern region Charles Mchacha said a good leader cannot perpetrate war and violence…

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DPP Did Not Rig May 21 Elections –Mutharika

By Memory Kutengule Malawi President Arthur Peter Mutharika says his Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) did not rig the May 21 Tripartite Elections and that the rigging claims by opposition parties are a move to discredit his triumph. Mutharika made the remarks Sunday during a DPP victory rally at Njamba Freedom Park in Blantyre. “It is sad to learn that Malawi Congress Party (MCP) President Lazarus Chakwera and United Transformation Movement (UTM) President Saulos Chilima are busy saying that DPP…

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Constituents feel betrayed by Karonga Nyungwe MP for joining the ruling DPP

By Jordan Simeon-Phiri, MEC Stringer Kenneth Ndovie, who was ushered in as independent Member of Parliament for Karonga Nyungwe constituency, is under heavy criticism from the constituents for what they say is betrayal after he secretly sneaked out of Karonga last week for Blantyre where it is alleged that he, along other independent MPs met the President Arthur Mutharika to seal a deal for a possible working relationship in Parliament. This, according to the voters, is against their wish…

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Chilima Joins President Mutharika: ‘Riots Will Not Solve Anything’

Former Vice President Saulos Chilima, also UTM party president has joined President Peter Mutharika in condemning Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president Reverend Lazarus Chakwera for inciting electoral violence. Chilima whose party failed ‘miserably’ during the 21st May Tripartite Elections was speaking at a press briefing held in Lilongwe amidst the on-going protest by MCP supporters. “Let’s not allow other politicians to divide this country. Riots will not solve anything. Let us rely on the rule of law by entrusting…

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Election That Ended Dominions, Thumps Up Mutharika

By Wisdom Ngwira, MANA The May, 21, 2019 polls can best be described as the most tightly contested among the country’s three general and two tripartite elections. For the first time in Malawi’s history, an incumbent President, Peter Mutharika, who has retained power under Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), was challenged by two of his own cabinet members in the presidential race. Former Vice-President Saulos Chilima, represented UTM Party and the then health minister, Atupele Muluzi, stood on United Democratic…

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54 Parliamentarians retain their seats

By Duncan Mlanjira  This year’s Parliamentary elections have been intriguing in that most of those who have fallen have been the ones who triumphed over the ones who have now been voted in 2014 elections. In Chitipa East, Chizamsoka Oliver Mulwafu of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) won the elections in 2014, beating Kezzie Kasambala Msukwa of the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and this time it is the reversal of roles. In Karonga Central, independent Frank Tumpale Mwenifumbo, who…

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50-50 campaign not achieved; just 44 women MPs voted in

By Duncan Mlanjira Out of the 192 Members of Parliament voted into the august House, only 44 are women, defeating the 50-50 campaign that was rigorous conducted across the country by various civil society organizations in conjunction with Ministry of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare. Of the 44 women MPs, DPP has 18 representatives, 14 are independents, MCP has 9, UDF has 2 while UTM has one. The women MPs for DPP are Martha Mzomera Chiuluntha-Ngwira (Mzimba Hora);…

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Mutharika to Fire Civil Servants

By Memory Kutengule, MANA Malawi President Arthur Peter Mutharika says he will fire any civil servant found frustrating and sabotaging government business due to political party affiliation. Mutharika issued the warning on Friday during his inauguration ceremony at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre. Mutharika said he is aware that every civil servant has the right to belong to a political party of their chpice including the Democratic Progressive Party and that the decision does not guarantee them to frustrate government…

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Partisan chiefs a threat to campaign for women aspirants

By Patricia Mtungila, MEC STRINGER Traditional leaders who are endorsing candidates for the May 21 tripartite elections are feared to be hindering women from freely campaigning to gain the required support from voters. This is according to Happy Mhango, the Northern Region representative for the Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) during a meeting organized by the 50:50 Campaign Management Agency at Mpatso Hotel in Mzuzu on Monday. “People do not trust chiefs anymore. They publicly endorse male candidates. They put no go zones in…

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