MEC has a deficit of K8.7 billion on its budget

By Ireen Kayira, MANA Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) says it has a deficit of K8.7 billion to cater for the expenses of the fresh presidential election, whose total budget is K38.3 billion. On Friday, Government allocated K29.6 billion towards the election in the 2020/2021 fiscal year budget, which is less than the amount that is needed for MEC to run the process. Speaking during a press briefing in Lilongwe on Saturday, new MEC chairperson Justice Dr. Chifundo Kachale said…

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Selective justice in the face of COVID-19

Analysis by Wisdom Ngwira, MANA When the Malawi Government declared COVID-19 pandemic a national disaster on March 20, 2020, almost all sectors of the society came to a halt. Three days after this declaration by President Peter Mutharika, government set out a number of measures which were aimed at preventing the spread of the virus such as closure of schools with immediate effect, banning of public gatherings of more than 100 people and the same with sporting and entertainment…

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New MEC chairperson Justice Kachale hits the ground running: Sets to Gazette June 23 voting day

By Duncan Mlanjira Newly-appointed Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) Justice chairperson, Dr. Chifundo Kachale has announced that the pollster will publish the official publication of legal notices in the Malawi Government Gazette setting June 23, 2020 as the date of voting for the fresh presidential elections. In a statement issued on Wednesday, Kachale said this is in compliance with the formal communication from the Clerk of Parliament dated June 9, 2020 informing the Commission of the Parliamentary Resolution of the same…

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HRDC hands over petition to Mzuzu City Council over MEC Commissioners Mathanga and Kunje

By Cosmas Chimaliro, MANA Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) on Tuesday handed over a petition to Mzuzu City Council faulting President Peter Mutharika on re-appointment of two Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) Commissioners Jean Mathanga and Linda Kunje. Reading the petition before presenting to acting Chief Executive Officer, Yotam Mutafya, HRDC chairperson for the North, Happy Mhango said it is not right for the president to retain the commissioners who have been deemed incompetent. “The former commissioners messed up the…

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Citizens For Transformation up in arms against appointment of new MEC Commissioners

By Duncan Mlanjira While the Supreme Court of Appeal judge, Justice Dunstain Mwaungulu is of the opinion that the re-appointment of two Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) Commissioners, Linda Kunje and Jean Mathanga is good for continuity, Citizens For Transformation (CFT) believes otherwise and asks President Peter Mutharika to revisit the appointments by removing the two controversial members. CFT believes that the President is in contempt of Court and describes his actions as a sham and a deliberate machination aimed…

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Mixed reactions on appointment of Justice Kachale as new MEC chairperson

By Duncan Mlanjira While the choice of High Court Judge, Justice Dr. Chifundo Kachale as the new Malawi Electoral Commissioners (MEC) chairperson, has been well appreciated by the general public — describing him as a man of integrity both as a professional and as an individual — many have expressed their reservations. In a post on Facebook, prominent lawyer, Wapona Kita described Justice Kachale, a product of Kamuzu Academy, as an epitome of what a judge ought to be….

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Ministry transfers two health workers from health centre for attending political rally

By Jordan Simeon-Phiri, MEC Stringer Ministry of Health has moved two medical assistants from Nthalire Health Centre for allegedly attending Tonse Alliance campaign rally last week in the area held by Freedom Party (FP) president Khumbo Kachale. However, the decision to move the two has not gone down well with community members who have threatened to block the vehicle coming to pick the transferred health workers at Nthalire if the Ministry of Health does not rescind its politically motivated…

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DPP haunted by unfinished projects in Mzimba

By Belton Mhango, MEC Stringer The ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) senior officials had a tough time selling President Peter Mutharika’s candidacy in Mzimba on Tuesday following the party’s unfinished projects in the district. The DPP, led by its vice-president for the North Goodall Gondwe, regional governor for the North Mzomera Ngwira and party guru Leston Mulli, embarked on a series of whistle stop tours in Mzimba on Tuesday; the rallies that were at some point marred by boos…

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MACRA deems Mibawa, Times, Zodiak as breaching political broadcasts

By Duncan Mlanjira Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA) is taking to task Mibawa Television, Times Television (TTV), Times Radio Zodiak Broadcasting Station (TV and Radio) on suspicion that they are broadcasting indecent, insulting and offensive material during the current political campaign meetings. MACRA says following a preliminary assessment of some political broadcasts, it indicate these broadcasters are breaching section 22 of the Second Schedule to the Communications Act, 2016. MARCA further says it will submit a report to the…

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DPP pledges to construct terraces inside Karonga Stadium as it touts more development in the district

By Jordan Simeon-Phiri, MEC Stringer Secretary general for the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), Grezelder Jeffrey — who is also deputy Minister of Local Government and Rural Development — has pledged football lovers in Karonga to construct terraces inside Karonga Stadium for spectators to comfortably watch matches. Jeffrey said this at a campaign rally at Karonga Freedom Park on Saturday after whistle stop tours done at Chiweta, Uliwa, Nyungwe and Lupembe, led by DPP) led by the party’s vice-president (North),…

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