MEC Drill District Election Clerks on New Biometric Technology

The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has begun training District Election Clerks (DECs) on the new biometrical system ahead of the voter registration for 2019 tripartite elections expected to commence this May in selected districts. Speaking on the sidelines of a three day training workshop at Hapuwani in Mulanje District on Saturday, MEC Commissioner and Chairperson for Electoral Service Committee, Jean Mathanga said the workshop was important in the election calendar as it will build a rock-solid base on which…

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MHRC Calls for Unity Among CSOs

Malawi Human Rights Commission (MHRC) has called upon Civil Society Organizations to be united and work together in advancing human rights issues. The call was made on Thursday by the Commission’s Principal Disability and Elderly Rights Officer George Chiusiwa when he was addressing Zomba District Executive Committee (DEC) on the University Periodic Review (UPR) of human rights. Chiusiwa said Civil Society Organizations are very crucial in promotion of human rights issues hence a need for them to be united…

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Scout Association Distances Itself From MCP’s Sponsored ‘Anti-Govt’ Demos

The Scout Association of Malawi has distanced itself from Outreach Scout Foundation (OSF), a grouping that endorsed demonstrations organised by Civil Society Organization (CSOs) slated for April 27. This follows criticisms and rumors in the public domain that the association is part of organizations supporting the impending demonstrations. In a press statement published on Thursday, April 12, 2018 signed by Chief Scout, Evance Mphalasa, the association said it will not take part in the demonstrations because they do not…

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Catholic Priest Arrested Over Albino Killing

Police on Tuesday arrested a Catholic priest  in connection with the suspected murder of an albino man, in a case that has already seen a police officer and medical official detained. National Police Spokesperson, James Kadadzela has identified the suspect as Father Thomas Muhosha of Zomba dioceses. “The arrest of the bishop brings the number of the suspects to 12, and, depending on our investigations, more suspects might be arrested,” said  Kadadzela Meanwhile the suspect  priest  Father Muhosha, has…

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District Peace Committees: Solution to Election-Related Conflict?

Post multiparty elections in Kasungu saw the district become one of worst in as far as political violence is concerned. Political party supporters could square up against each other as campaign leading to 2004 general elections intensified. Tinkhani Gadama, a National Executive Member of Alliance for Democracy (AFORD), then a United Democratic Front (UDF) member, gives testimony of how the situation was. “What used to happen was that politicians were usually above the law and always perpetrated violence. After…

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Irrigation Key to Sustainable Food Security- Chilima

Vice President and Minister of Disaster Management Affairs Dr. Saulos Chilima says the country needs to adopt new irrigation technologies if it were to make strides in ending persistent food insecurity. Dr Chilima made the observation on Tuesday when he visited families affected by recent floods in Nkhotakota district The Vice President’s call comes at a time when the Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DoDMA) is implementing the 2017/18 Lean Season Food Insecurity Response Plan to assist over one…

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Govt Warns Foreign, Local Traders

The Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development in collaboration with the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism has warned some local and foreign traders to follow applicable laws and regulations when purchasing agricultural commodities. This comes against the background that some local and foreign traders are purchasing agricultural commodities without farm produce trading licenses. According to a press release made available to the Malawi News Agency by the Secretary For Agriculture, Irrigation And Water Development, Nyandule Phiri and…

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Chief Cast Doubt on Sustainability of Social Cash Transfer Programme

Group Village Head (GHV) Zamula of Traditional Authority Mponela in Dowa has expressed doubt if the Social Cash Transfer (SCT) Programme dubbed Mtukula pakhomo, will benefit the country`s economy, observing that many beneficiaries of similar Programmes misuse resources they freely receive from different government and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs). In an interview with Malawi News Agency Thursday, he said every project being implemented in the country need sustainability and proper monitoring mechanisms, saying this ensures continuity and effectiveness. Zamula said…

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MERA Launches Fraud, Corruption Prevention Policy

The Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (MERA) Friday launched a Fraud and Corruption Prevention Policy that aims at driving the institution into a fraud and corrupt free entity. The launching ceremony took place at Bingu International Convention Centre (BICC) in Lilongwe under the theme “Zero Tolerance on Fraud and Corruption in Energy Regulation.” Minister of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining Aggrey Masi presided over the launch and said the policy is so empowering to the effective operations of MERA in…

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Multi-Billion Kwacha Tsangano-Neno Road First Phase Commences

Government has commenced construction of the long awaited multi-billion Tsangano – Neno – Mwanza road in Ntcheu which will be upgraded from an earth road to bitumen standard road. The upgrading of the road which is being done by the Engineers department of the Malawi Defence Force (MDF) started on April, 3, 2018 and so far 5 kilometres of the road from Tsangano turn off has been covered with earth works. The first phase of the road will cover…

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