MEC adheres to court ruling by ending voter registration exercise

By Morton Sibale, MANA Malawi Election Commission (MEC) has announced that it will no longer register new voters but only handle those that wish to process transfers or replace lost voter certificates. This follows Friday’s ruling of the Supreme Court of Appeal that ordered that there should be no new registration for the fresh presidential election but to use the same registered voters used for the 2019 election. The transfers or replacement of lost voter certificates process will continue…

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Kasungu honey processing factory hailed for improving people’s livelihoods

By Samuel Phiri, MANA Bee keeping farmers in Traditional Authority Lukwa in Kasungu have commended Katope honey processing factory in the area for improving their livelihoods.  The smallholder farmers, surrounding Kasungu National Park, said in an interview on Thursday that the factory, opened in December 2019, has encouraged them to turn to bee-keeping instead of plundering national park resources for livelihood.  A committee member from Katope Bee Keeping Cooperative, Elizabeth Nyirenda said they now value bee-keeping as business because…

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COVID-19 survivor attests the disease is indeed curable

By Loness Gwazanga, MANA Blantyre-based COVID-19 survivor has revealed that the disease is indeed curable only if one follows all the necessary medical procedures one may be asked to follow. The 22-year-old Sufian Godil told the media in Blantyre on Wednesday that although he did not show any signs and symptoms at the time he tested positive to the virus, he managed to adhere to what medical personnel advised him to do. “I came back from South Africa on…

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MEC in K8 billion deficit

By Glory Msowoya, MANA Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson, Dr Jane Ansah has disclosed that it still faces K8 billion funding gap in its budget to be used ahead of the fresh presidential election. Ansah said this during a press briefing on Thursday at Mount Soche Hotel in Blantyre on the sidelines of the presentation of nomination papers by presidential candidates. She said donors like United Nations Development Program indicated that they will not help with the needed money….

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President Mutharika insists he won the 2019 elections

By Yamikani Yapuwa & Elizabeth Mandala, MANA President Peter Mutharika urged Malawians to come out in large numbers to register to vote in order to restore the will of the people which was expressed in the May, 2019 election.  “On May 21, 2109, you the people of Malawi voted unanimously in an election that was free, fair, credible, transparent and credible,” said the President on Thursday in Blantyre when declaring his interest to run for presidency as well as…

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21 make up Presidential Task Force on COVID-19

By Duncan Mlanjira President Peter Mutharika has released 21 names that make up the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, that replaces the Special Cabinet Committee on COVID-19 that was set up on March 7. The Task Force, to be reporting directly to the President, has two co-chairpersons, Dr. John Phuka of the College of Medicine and Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development Joseph Mwanamveka. Minister of Health, Jappie Mhango, who led the Special Cabinet Committee is just a…

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Concern Worldwide pumps in K16.5m to Mangochi COVID-19 fight

By Kondwani Magombo, MANA Concern Worldwide in Mangochi has donated K16.5 million to the district’s health office to help in the sensitisation of communities on COVID-19 and procurement of related consumables for the district hospital and health centres. Mangochi District Hospital Chief Preventive Health Officer, Dr. Kondwani Mamba told the media on Wednesday that Concern Worldwide was among the first partners in the district who came forward to support the district’s COVID-19 response plan. “We got the financial support…

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ESCOM condemns attacks on its workers on suspicion of being blood suckers

  By Peter Kanjere Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (ESCOM) Limited has condemned continued attacks on its employees, especially those assigned to work at night in Northern and Central region districts, over blood-sucking suspicion. In a statement released on Tuesday, ESCOM Public Relations Manager, Innocent Chitosi, cited an incident which happened on May 1 at Kasitu near Dwangwa in Nkhotakota District, where some members of community vigilante groups attacked ESCOM employees at night when they were travelling to work…

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MEC to verify eligibility of youths in terms of age

By Duncan Mlanjira Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) assures the public that it shall invite all new registrants to come to registration centres that have been flagged are registering minors to verify their eligibility in terms of age.  This was announced by MEC chairperson Justice Jane Ansah Sc at a press conference in Blantyre on Tuesday where she added that if the registrants shall not avail themselves, they shall be treated as ineligible and will strike them off the voters’…

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MCP/UTM first to present nomination papers

  By Duncan Mlanjira The electoral coalition of Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and UTM Party will be the first to present their candidate’s nomination papers for fresh presidential election scheduled for July 2. The presentation of the nomination papers will be done at Mount Soche Hotel in Blantyre on Wednesday and Thursday (May 6-7) and MCP’s president Lazarus Chakwera will present them at 09:00hrs where he is expected to reveal his running mate — heavily touted as TUM president…

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