Soaring temperature levels in Malawi has forced the country’s constitutional court to suspend the wearing of traditional white wigs and black robes in the courtroom. Malawi is among several African countries that continue to hold on to a practice of lawyers and judges wearing white wigs and black robes in the courtroom. But heatwave has been sweeping through Malawi, according to reporting by Thomson Reuters Foundation. Temperatures have hit 45 degrees Celsius, according to Malawi’s Department of Meteorological Services. The suspension of the wearing of these traditional attires should help bring…Read More
Malawi President declares Parliament is not bigger than government on the occasion of opening the 47th session of the National Assembly President Peter Mutharika on Friday morning officially opened the 47th session of the National Assembly in the Capital City of Lilongwe where he told Member of Parliament (MPs) that the August House is not bigger than Government He also admitted that the country’s electricity crisis has affected the economy of Malawi as well as the living standards of the citizensRead More
Written by: Peter Mmangisa Chonga For some time now, I have been intrigued by the recent decision by Reverend Dr. Lazarus Chakwera the President of Malawi Congress Party (MCP) to bring on board the self-acclaimed political Goliath of the lower shire, Al Haj Sidik Mia. I have been curious to unravel intricacies of this widely celebrated relationship from the first day I came to know about it. Truth be told, this charade has brought numerous questions with few implausible answers. To begin with, what is Dr. Chakwera’s end game…Read More
The Southern Africa Trust will host a stakeholders meeting and outreach aimed at tackling unclaimed benefits for ex-miners in Malawi on September 6-7. More than R5.7 billion is owed to former mineworkers in social security and compensation benefits. These are mineworkers who were employed in the South African mining industry and hail from South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, Mozambique, Botswana, Malawi and Zimbabwe. The meeting and outreach aims to address changing practice and historical injustices with regards to recruitment of former mineworkers.Read More
A new wave of killings and attacks targeting people with albinism over the past six months is being fueled by systemic failures in Malawi’s criminal justice system which leave members of this vulnerable group at the mercy of criminal gangs, Amnesty International said today on International Albinism Awareness Day. Since January 2017, at least two people with albinism have been killed while seven more have reported crimes such as attempted murder or abduction. This stands in stark contrast to the last six months of 2016, when no such incidents…Read More
An enormous exodus in the former governing Peoples Party (PP) rages on, with most key figures leaving the Party to join other political parties after a leadership crisis. Many blame the exodus to her long self-imposed exile that happened as soon as she lost the elections in 2014 and migrated to South Africa where she has lived since then. Just over the weekend the PP’s former cabinet minister Halima Daudi, defected to the main opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP).Read More
BLANTYRE-— President of the Republic of Malawi, Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika on Wednesday, described the Pan-African Parliament as crucial because it brings together 55 African countries to advance economic integration, youth and women empowerment, peace, and unity, among other benefits. Speaking in a press conference on arrival at Kamuzu International Airport in Lilongwe, President Mutharika said the 4th Ordinary Session of the Pan-African Parliament, held in South Africa, also aims to improve and give the Pan-Africa Parliament, enhanced powers to ensure the full participation of African peoples in development and…Read More
LILONGWE- Lilongwe Senior Resident Magistrate Yona on Wednesday, convicted and fined two South Koreans with MK2.2 million, and in default, two years in jail, with hard labor each, for the illegal possession and attempting to export ivory. The two convicts, identified as Hyun Ku Kim, 60, and Lee Sang Yong aged 65, were on Tuesday arrested at Kamuzu International Airport (KIA) for the illegal possession and attempting to export ivory weighing 1.5 kilograms, and valued at MK2 million.Read More
President Peter Mutharika says Malawi will borrow a leaf from Rwanda on how it managed to turn 99 percent of its mud and grass thatched house into modern decent houses for its citizens within 10 years.
Mutharika said this during a press briefing on his return from the 18th Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) heads of state and government held in Addis Ababa Ethiopia.Read More
Zomba–On Friday 13 November, the High Court of Malawi, sitting at Zomba granted bail pending review to a young woman who gave birth while she was in custody.
The Applicant, an 18 year old woman and a first time offender was convicted and sentenced to 48 months imprisonment with hard labour for burglary and theft in February 2015.Read More