Kabwila still in custody; bail application ruling expected on Tuesday January 14

  By John Saukira Lilongwe Senior Resident Magistrate’s Syreen Yona Chirwa has reserved bail ruling for Jessie Kabwila untill tomorrow, January 14 at 9am. Kabwila is answering charges of inciting violence as well as insulting judges. During the hearing the State objected to the bail, saying once given bail Kabwila will continue committing crimes and they requested for protective custody. But Kabwila’s lawyer Khwima Ucizi agued that Kabwila has not yet committed any crime. Kabwila was arrested on Saturday night…

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UTM declines to meet with EU’s May 21 elections observers

  By Duncan Mlanjira UTM Party President Saulos Klaus Chilima has declined to meet with the European Union Election Observation Mission (EU-EOM), which is expected to arrive in the country on Wednesday January 9 , saying the election report they are to present is ill timed. The EU-EOM is expected to issue a fresh report on the May 21 tripartite elections but Chilima says he finds it most inappropriate that the Mission seeks to present a report on a…

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AHL Tobacco Sales disputes MCP SG’s allegations on destruction of tobacco

  By Duncan Mlanjira  AHL Tobacco Sales has described as misrepresentation of facts by lawmaker and opposition Malawi Congress Party Secretary General Eisenhower Mkaka on the destruction of some tobacco bales classified as Return to Grower (RG), in which he claimed was a move to punish Central Region growers. In a Facebook post, Mkaka claims that AHL classified over 4,000 tobacco bales as RG without consulting farmers and went ahead to destroy them.  A statement from AHL Tobacco Sales…

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MCP reinstates suspended members who contested as independent candidates

  By Duncan Mlanjira Main opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) has reinstated some of their members who were suspended prior to the May 21 tripartite elections after they declared to run as independent candidates. Prior to the elections, some of the members were not happy with the way the party’s primaries were conducted and they decided to run as independents but according to MCP’s regulations and practices, such members get suspended. A memo from the party’s secretary general Eisenhower…

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MEC’s ICT expert discredits MCP’s witness Suleman’s simulations

  By Maravi Express correspondent Malawi Electoral Commission’s director of information, communications and technology (ICT), Muhabi Chisi told the Constitution Court sitting in Lilongwe on Thursday that the results management system (RMS) is foolproof and could not be hacked as was presented by Malawi Congress Party (MCP) witness, Daudi Suleman in his simulation made in the same court last month. Chisi said the RMS was developed in-house in conjunction with all MEC stakeholders that included political party directors of…

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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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