MEC Rebuffs Once Mighty MCP

Once Mighty Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president Dr Lazarus Chakwera on Thursday met Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) Chairperson Justice Ansah in attempts to push for the extension of the first phase of the voter registration exercise. The first phase, which started in Dedza, Kasungu and Salima, ended this week and the second phase rolls out on July 13, 2018 as the country prepares for the May 21 tripartite elections next year. But MEC insiders told local media that the…

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Opposition Hails President Mutharika

Alliance for Democracy (AFORD) President, Frank Tumpale Mwenefumbo has commended President Arthur Peter Mutharika for recognizing some of the country’s freedom fighters from the North. Mwenefumbo, who is also Member of Parliament for Karonga Central, made the remarks Saturday at his Mikoma Motel in Karonga during a media press conference. During his 54th Anniversary Independence speech at Mzuzu Stadium on Friday, President Mutharika paid tribute to former political leaders such as Chakufwa Thom Chihana, Orton Ching’oli Chirwa, Lutengano Mwahimba…

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Opinion: The Fall And Fall Of Once Mighty MCP

Are we seeing the beginning of the end of the once Mighty Malawi Congress Party? That is the question. But there is no question about the fact that Lazarus Chakwera’s leadership and personality have irreparably damaged the MCP. The fact that a Saulos Chilima who has no party, no grassroots structures, no clear vision can infiltrate MCP and buy out such a large number of MPs tells us one thing: Chakwera is not in control of the party. Things…

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MCP Set Aside MK150 Million for Voter Registration Exercise

The Once Mighty Malawi Congress Party (MCP) has set aside K150 million for different activities and logistical issues in preparation for the voters’ registration with the first phase running from 26 June to 9 July. Speaking in Dedza during a training of party monitors, the deputy treasurer General for MCP, Rhino Chiphiko, said the money would help facilitate all the activities that the party has planned to ensure a smooth process throughout the registration period. “As a party, we…

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Uladi Mussa Officially Joins Mighty DPP

Member of Parliament  for Salima South Uladi Mussa and some senior politicians have joined the Mighty Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) citing massive development in the country. Mussa who is popularly known in political circles as Change Goal joined the ruling DPP in Muloza, Mulanje where President Mutharika conducted a development rally. Mussa said after vigorous research he has discovered that there is no other party that can beat DPP in the country come May 2019. “After conducting enough research…

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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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