Democracy on Trial; MCP ‘Illegal’ Convention Sideline MEC

The once Mighty Opposition  Malawi Congress Party (MCP) conference has elected Lazarus Chakwera, Sidik Mia and Harry Mkandawire as president, vice president and second vice president respectively. The elections were held in rather controversial and unexpected circumstances as the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC), which was expected to be the overseer, was by-passed. MEC spokesperson Sangwani Mwafulirwa told Zodiak Online ‘MEC officials were on their way’ when the three key officials were elected unopposed at the convention taking place at…

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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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Mchacha Calls for Unity in Mighty DPP

Regional Governor for the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in the southern region, Charles Mchacha on Wednesday called upon members of the party in Phalombe to be united in order for the party to withstand opposition attempts to take over government in 2019. Mchacha was speaking during a political rally held at Phalombe Secondary School Ground where among other things the party welcomed over 400 former members of several political parties who joined the DPP. Addressing a crowd that attended…

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Traditional Leaders Advised to Level Political Playfield

Senior Chief Mabuka of Mulanje has advised his fellow traditional leaders under his jurisdiction to adhere to principles of democracy during the Milonde Ward by–election or risk losing their positions. The warning came following reports that some chiefs in his area were denying some political parties opportunity to hold campaign rallies in their respective areas ahead of this year’s April 10, Local Government by–elections. Speaking on Friday during a follow-up meeting organized by the district’s Multi-Party Liaison Committee (MPLC)…

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Constituents Give MCP’s Gwengwe 30 Days Ultimatum to Resign

Malawi Congress Party Member of Parliament for Lilongwe South East Constituency Willard Gwengwe is under fire from his constituents who are demanding his resignation within 30 days for failing to bring development projects in the area. The constituents have threatened to stage demonstrations if he does not resign. In a letter issued on Friday and signed by Nyanja and Mtenthela Area Development Committees, group village headmen Mawelu, Malaza, Undi, Mwachilolo, Kamphata and Umodzi State Force and Justice organisation in…

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Politicians, Civil Society Undergo CLD Training

Government officials, Party Secretary Generals and the civil society organizations on Monday started a three day collaborative leadership and dialogue (CLD) training to enhance collaboration amongst them as the country approaches the 2019 tripartite elections. The training aims at equipping the stakeholders with skills of dialogue, collaboration and tension neutralization so that they are able to positively handle any challenges that may arise during the election period. The training was opened by Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Samuel…

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Stakeholders Want Martyrs Day Event in National Budget

People of Nkhata Bay District have asked government to consider including annual 3rd March martyrs commemorations into the national budget as a solution to the challenges the organizing committee encounters every year. Martyrs Day commemoration is held to remember people who were killed on 3rd March, 1959 in various parts of the country by the British colonial government forces in protest against the oppressive rule. In Nkhata Bay several people were shot at the jetty and were buried in…

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MACRA Rebuffs MCP Over MBC

Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra) has thrown away complaint by opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) against alleged biased reporting and programming by the Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) telling the party to go the broadcaster and not the Authority. MCP wrote Macra on February 1, 2018 complaining against what it perceives as biased reporting and programming by MBC. “Reference is made to your letter dated 1st February 2018 in which you have complained to the Authority about Malawi Broadcasting Corporation’s…

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Hungry for Power; Lucius Banda to Challenge Atupele at UDF Convention

United Democratic Front (UDF) Member of Parliament for Balaka North, Lucius Banda says he will challenge the party’s president Atupele Muluzi during the party’s forthcoming convention alleging that at the moment, the party lacks a leader who is committed to the party’s agenda. Banda said this in an interview with Malawi News agency (Mana) on Wednesday in Dowa soon after meeting the district’s party committee where he appealed and encouraged the leaders to unite in rebuilding the party. Banda,…

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Scramble for Blantyre City South Seat

With less than 17 months to go before Malawi holds its sixth general elections under pluralistic system of government, a wave of aspiration for constituency seats is now building up in some areas. Nowhere is the hype surrounding this wave so apparent than in Blantyre City South, a constituency which has a history of offering a one-term limit for its legislator. Unverified figures sourced by the Malawi News Agency (Mana) indicate that about 14 people have already expressed interest…

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