Women aspirants Mia, Nyangulu shun 50:50 campaign in Chikwawa

By Elijah Phompho, MEC Stringer Development Initiative Network, a local NGO running the 50:50 campaign in Chikwawa, has complained that out of about 20 female candidates that are contesting  in the district,  two candidates Abida Mia and Florence Nyangulu have isolated themselves from the initiative, a development which has worried other women campaigners as that lacks solidarity. Abida Mia, wife to MCP vice-president, Muhammad Sidik Mia who is competing as an MCP parliamentary candidate for Chikwawa Nkombedzi and Nyangulu…

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Chimulirenji hits back at nepotism critics

By Chrissie Mainjeni, MEC Stringer  Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) presidential runningmate, Everton Chimulirenji, has retaliated on critics of nepotism, saying government treats every tribe equally. The remarks come at a time when the governing party is under fire for allegedly promoting nepotism by favoring Lhomwe tribe people in its operating systems. Opposition parties and the clergy have so far accused the current government administration of appointing people of the Lhomwe tribe in high positions; a claim which government has…

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Ben Phiri, two others shun debate in Thyolo Central

By Temwa Mponela, MEC Stringer Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), United Democratic Front (UDF) and Malawi Congress Party (MCP) aspirants for Thyolo Central Constituency — Ben Phiri, Milward Jere and Jeannet Chikoko respectively — on Tuesday shunned a political debate organised by National Initiative for Civic Education (NICE) Trust at Khonjeni Youth Centre. Even an Independent candidate, Kingsley Wataya, did not turn up. However, the opportunity was honoured by Umodzi Party (UP’s) Peter Muyaya and United Transformation Movement (UTM’s) Isaac Kamboyi…

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UDF Parliamentarian candidate Osman presented fake MSCE to MEC

By Duncan Mlanjira Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has disqualified United Democratic Front (UDF) aspiring candidate for a seat in Parliament in the forthcoming tripartite elections, Bakali Osman, for presenting a fake Malawi Schools Certificate of Education (MSCE) during the presentation of nomination of papers exercise. In a letter from MEC has informed Bakali Osman that it was Malawi National Examination Board (MANEB) that confirmed on 24th April 2019, that the certificate is fake. One of the requirements to qualify…

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Political tension rise in Karonga following a tit for tat as APM billboard is also removed

By Jordan Simeon-Phiri, MEC Stringer Political tension is slowly picking up in Karonga District with just few days to go before the May 21 tripartite elections as just a day after UTM party President’’s billboard was removed by unknown people in the lakeshore district on Monday night, another unknown people retaliated by destroying the billboard of the county’’s President. The billboard showing the face of Arthur Peter Mutharika that was mounted at Karonga hospital turnoff, carrying the Malawi rural…

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MPs absenteeism in the House irks electorates

  By Chrissie Mainjeni, Mec Stringer  Continuing absenteeism by some Members of Parliament in the august House irritates the electorates, as observed by participants at a political debate for parliamentary candidates in Chiradzulu Central constituency where they warned the current aspiring candidates against this malpractice. At the debate that was organised by National Initiative for Civic Education (NICE) Trust at Malavi Primary School over the weekend, the people said when MPs get absent from the deliberations in the august…

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Vandalized Chilima campaign billboard stirs anger in Karonga

By Jordan Simeon-Phiri, MEC Stringer Barely a week after the mounting a campaign billboard of UTM party President Saulos Chilima’’s face and message opposite Karonga District Magistrate Court, unknown people vandalised it Sunday night. In an interview, UTM party regional treasurer, Lusubilo Kamwambi expressed concern over the development, saying the removal of the billboard has potential to incite political violence in a district that earned a name Benghazi in 2014 elections. Kamwambi said as a party, they are yet…

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Bagus apologises to constituents

By Elijah Phompho, MEC Stringer Former cabinet minister in the United Democratic Front ( UDF) regime, Salim Bagus on Saturday surprised a crowd which patronised his rally  at Nchalo Trading Center when he asked for forgiveness, urging them to re-elect him as an MP for the area, saying  he would not repeat the mistakes he committed between 2009 to 2014.  Bagus, however, did not mention the mistakes he committed, saying   people learn from mistakes — promising to become a better leader…

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Henry Mussa is the choice

As days are cruising fast hitting close towards the much awaited May water tight elections, political parties are leaving no stone unturned promising what they in tend to do once they are voted in power come May this year. Speaking in Chiladzulu on Saturday Democratic Progressive Party Runningmate Everton Chimulirenji assured thousands of people who gathered at Makusa CDSS that only Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika has the magic to unlock and continue developments in this country. Unlike other political…

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DPP aspiring MP donates school block materials worth K1.7 million in Chitipa

By Madalitso Phiri, MEC Stringer Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) aspiring Member of Parliament (MP) for Chitipa Central Constituency, Clement Fukumele Mukumbwa, has strengthened his will to secure another five-year tenure come 21st May general elections as he has relieved a school block with roofing materials at Ishalikira Primary School. In an interview after the campaign rally the aspirant held in the district in the area of Traditional Authority (T/A) Mwaulambia, he said improving educational standard in the district is…

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