Mutharika preaches peace, urges opposition to stop destroying property

By Mary Makhiringa President Professor Peter Mutharika has reiterated the need for all people in the country to unite and protect the country’s assets. Mutharika made the remarks on Thursday when he addressed a development rally at Balaka LEA Primary School in Balaka district. The Malawian leader said it was sad to note that some people in the country are destroying property in the name of demonstrations, saying the tendency derails the development of the country. “We are trying…

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Mutharika preaches peace, urges opposition to stop destroying property

By Mary Makhiringa, MANA State President, Professor Peter Mutharika has reiterated the need for all people in the country to unite and protect the country’s assets. Mutharika made the remarks on Thursday when he addressed a development rally at Balaka LEA Primary School in Balaka District, saying it was sad to note that some people in the country are destroying property in the name of demonstrations — a tendency that derails the development of the country. “We are trying…

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APM lawyer concludes cross examining Suleman

  By Morton Sibale, MANA Frank Mbeta, lawyer for President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika in the ongoing presidential elections case, has concluded cross-examining Daudi Suleman, the final witness for Malawi Congress Party’s President Lazarus Chakwera.  Mbeta, who is representing Mutharika as the first respondent in a case in which the MCP and the UTM are challenging the results of the May 21, tripartite elections at the constitutional court, attempted to discredit Suleman’s qualifications, competence and evidence during the process…

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MEC chairperson Jane Ansah declares MCP candidate as winner in the Matenje Ward by-election

    By Duncan Mlanjira Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson, Justice Dr. Jane Mayemu Ansah, SC has declared Malawi Congress Party (MCP) candidate, Descent Msatero Chipangula, as the winner in the Matenje Ward by-election in Kasungu North West Constituency that took place on Tuesday, November 5. Ansah congratulated the area’s traditional leaders and supporters of the different political parties for a very peaceful political environment which reigned before and during the by-election in Matenje Ward. “I trust that the…

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ACB cautions Uladi Mussa from commenting on his criminal case that is currently in court

  By Duncan Mlanjira Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has cautioned former Minister of Home Affairs and Internal Security Uladi Mussa from commenting on his criminal case that is currently in court as that would be tantamount to interfering with the court processes. A statement from the ACB signed by Director General Reyneck Matemba, notes that Mussa was a guest in ‘Tiuzeni Zoona’ programme aired on Zodiak Broadicasting Station on Sunday, November 3, 2019 and upon being asked about the criminal…

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Citizens for Progressive Action leader quits Umodzi Party

By Duncan Mlanjira Pemphero Mphande, leader for the Citizens for Progressive Action, a grouping of young activists who came to the fore last year when they protested the election on Indian legend Mahatma Gandhi’s status in Blantyre, has resigned as National Youth Director of the Umodzi Party. In a letter to the party’s Professor John Chisi dated 3rd November, 2019, Mphande says cites his role in activism as reasons for quitting politics. “I write to you to officially inform…

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Citizens for Progressive Action unperturbed by Indian High Commission rejection to receive petition over Gandhi statue

  By Duncan Mlanjira Citizens for Progressive Action, which held a vigil at the Indian High Commission offices in Lilongwe on Friday in protest of the plans by the Indian government to elect a statue of Mahatma Gandhi, says they are unperturbed that the Indian High Commission rejected to receive petition. “We are happy that our action was noticed and we went on to deliver the petition to Lilongwe City Council, who will pass it on to the Indian High…

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MEC advises media not to run campaign stories and adverts at close of by-election campaign on Sunday

  By Duncan Mlanjira The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has reminded the media not run campaign stories and adverts in the editions when the campaign period closes at 6am on Sunday, November 3 for Matenje Ward in Kasungu North West Constituency. A statement from MEC signed by Chief Elections Officer, Sam Alfandika, says editors are encouraged to manage news contents to remove campaign materials. “Radio and television stations should also not broadcast or play any campaign messages and songs…

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November 5 by-elections ballot papers arrive Friday

By Duncan Mlanjira The ballot papers and other polling materials for the November 5 by-elections for Matenje Ward in Kasungu Lilongwe South Constituency will arrive at Kamuzu International Airport on Friday, November 1 through an Emirates flight EK9747 at 3.05pm. The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) says in a statement that ballot papers and supporting documents for Matenje Ward in Kasungu will be taken straight to Kasungu while those for for the postponed Lilongwe South Constituency will be taken to…

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MEC postpones Lilongwe South Constituency by-election due to growing insecurity and threats to its commissioners and staff

  By Duncan Mlanjira Due to growing insecurity and threats to its commissioners and staff, the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has postponed the by-elections in Lilongwe South Constituency set for November 5 until further notice.  In a press statement issued on Tuesday, MEC says the commissioners and staff that were deployed to work in the constituency were being intimidated since the launch of the official campaign period on October 19. “The Malawi Electoral Commission met on Tuesday, 29 October,…

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