Heavy Rains Disrupts Voter Verification Exercise

The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) says that heavy rains which have been falling in most parts of the southern region has affected the voter verification exercise in Phalombe district. District Elections Officer for Phalombe, Stanley Masala said that despite the exercise going on well, the commission is facing transport problems in hard to reach areas as some of its vehicles are stuck in mud. “Verification exercise has started well in Phalombe, but we have been having transport problems in…

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Dedza Couple Sells Son at 1.5 Million Kwacha

The Malawi Police Service  in Dedza district  have arrested a couple for selling a 12-year-old son to a Mozambican family. Confirming the arrest on Tuesday, Dedza Police Public Relations Officer Sub Inspector Edward Kabango said the boy was sold at K1.5 million. Kabango said the husband Jemitala Alfred, 23, is a stepfather to the victim and managed to convince his wife Mary Benard, 30, to sell the son. “It is in police records that a Mozambican family came to…

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Christmas Gift: Deputy Speaker Ncheka Chilenje Unopposed in DPP Primaries

Incumbent Member of Parliament (MP) for Nsanje North Constituency and First Deputy Speaker in Malawi Parliament Esther Ncheka Chilenje emerged victorious when she went unopposed during the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) primaries on Monday. Many people rallied behind her chanting “Ncheka yemweyo!” declaring their special Christmas gift to her in the polls that were presided over by the DPP’s Director of Logistics Symon Vuwa Kaunda and other party officials. Making her acceptance speech, Chilenje expressed gratitude to the people…

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Voter Verification Exercise Attracts New Registrants

As voter verification exercise enters the third phase, it is has been discovered that some people who did not register during voter registration period, are now flocking to centres get registered, only to be sent back. Such incidences were experienced in Chiradzulu on Tuesday (the first day of the verification exercise), whereby such people mistook the verification exercise for registration. However, they were advised that the exercise was meant for those who already registered, to confirm if their details…

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Social Media Users Mock Chilima’s Assassination Claims

Malawi Social Media users have reacted to Vice President, who is also leader of opposition UTM Party  Saulos Chilima claims that government is plotting to finish him off  before the much awaited May 2019 Tripartite Elections. Addressing a handful cloud  in Mwanza district on Friday, Chilima alleged that he has information that some people have been assigned to eliminate him through the barrel of the gun, food poison or staged motor accident. In a rather dismissive manner, Dr. Chilima…

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Madame Mutharika Advises students to Take Studies Seriously

The country’s First Lady, Gertrude Mutharika has urged students in the country to take education as an important tool if they are to succeed in life. Speaking on Friday at New Era Private Secondary school in Ntcheu during an interface meeting with form four students from ten schools from around the boma, the First Lady said education is the only key to success. She explained that one cannot succeed in life if they never attended school, saying for every…

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Mutharika to Facelift Country’s Cities

President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika says government is determined to turnaround the outlook of the country’s cities through construction of sophisticated roads that include dual carriage highways. President Mutharika said this Friday when he toured construction works on the Area 49 — Area 18—Parliament roundabout dual carriage way. He said the country is set on the path to transformation under his administration, reiterating that his focus is to develop it to higher standards. “Like we said in our Democratic…

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Nomads Pleads not Guilty

Mighty Be Forward Wanderers have pleaded not guilty of charges leveled against them following their misconduct in the Carlsberg Cup finals against Masters Security at the Kamuzu Stadium on October 20, 2018. Football Association of Malawi (FAM) disciplinary committee charged the team with three counts for their misconduct in the Carlsberg Cup and Fisd Cup matches, and also some other officials from Wanderers and Civil Sporting Club following the fracas that happened before the games. The reigning Super League…

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Policy-Based Assessment Of Mutharika’s Economic Performance

By Lyson Sibande INTRODUCTION When the DPP administration took back government in May 2014, the economy was bad. Apart from gross incompetence of Joyce Banda’s administration, a high currency devaluation of around 50% with an immediate flotation of the exchange rate regime and automatic fuel pricing mechanism in 2012 and the Cash-gate corruption scandal of 2013 bruised the economy really bad. Among other indicators of an ailing economy in the ICU, inflation skyrocketed to about 30% and the currency…

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When Parents Exchange Daughters For Smart Phones, TV Sets

By Yamikani Yapuwa, MANA Amina Mayilosi (not her real name), 16, from Namalaka Village in Mangochi was betrothed to a man based in South Africa last year. “My parents were carried away by tablet phones and a television set that my suitor’s parents brought as gifts from their son. “That time, I was in Standard Seven and I had to stop going to school because my fiancé directed so,” Amina says. But, luckily, Amina withdrew from the marriage arrangement…

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