By Mapwiya Muulupale The second signal that President Lazarus Chakwera had elected to follow the course of his predecessors came on 17 January 2021. In his second Covid19 national address, he clearly stated that due to the Covid19 pandemic, Malawians should forget all campaign promises. As a reminder, • World Health Organization (WHO) declared Covid19 a Public Health Emergency of International Concern on 30 January 2020 and a pandemic on 11 March 2020: and • the FPE’s official campaign period was from 2 May 2020, almost two months after Covid19…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
William Gumede, author of Thabo Mbeki and the Battle for the Soul of the ANC Recently wrote a piece for The Guardian’s “Comment is Free” on why he thinks “[Barak] Obama has let Africa down.” Unfortunately, there is still a section of Africans who think Obama owes the continent something simply because his father was from Kenya. Yet, Obama is an American and he owes his allegiance to the USA.Read More
Blantyre, Malawi, Aug. 12 (Raphael Tenthani/AGV) _ Malawi President Peter Mutharika Tuesday ruled out going to war with neighbouring Tanzania over the disputed border over Lake Malawi but insisted the issue of the lake, Africa’s third largest fresh-water lake, is non-negotiable.Read More
BLANTYRE, May 30 (Marapost) – Its official! Its Peter Mutharika.
The embattled Malawi Electoral Commission on Friday declared Mutharika the winner of the 2014 disputed poll, after he bagged 1,904,398 votes against his runners-up Lazarus Chakwera of the Malawi Congress Party, who got 1,455,880 votes.
Mutharika’s win was by 36.4 percent, while Chakwera trailed at 27.8 percent.Read More
BLANTYRE, May 30 (AGV) –Malawians are under bated breath as they await the high court ruling on Friday after the end of hearing of submissions in a case which will determine whether the Malawi Electoral Commission has powers to extend the period in which it can announce the results or recount the votes following an electoral dispute that has damaged the reputation of the body.
Judge Kenyatta Nyirenda, who heard the submissions in three hours, simply said when the ruling is ready, counsel will be informed.Read More
Blantyre, Malawi; May 25(AGV) _ The High Court in Blantyre has set aside President Joyce Banda’s proclamation to nullify Tuesday’s closely fought elections.
“I hereby grant a stay order against the presidential proclamation stopping the elections on the account that she does not have powers under the Constitution to stop the elections,” ruled High Court judge Kenyatta Nyirenda in Blantyre Saturday afternoon.Read More
Blantyre, Malawi, May 22 (AGV) _ Malawi President Joyce Banda, facing possible defeat at the polls, Thursday demanded a manual recount of the Tuesday vote “in order to have a free and fair election”.
Speaking from her official Kamuzu Palace in the capital, Lilongwe, Banda alleged that the election was being rigged.
“It has come to my attention that there were some serious irregularities in the counting and announcement of results in some parts of the country,” she said.Read More
BLANTYRE (AGV)--Malawi President Joyce Banda has urged Pastors fraternal to pray for peace of the nation as political parties are busy campaigning for tripartite election.
President Banda also said there is need to pray for the media in the country to only present stories not containing hate speeches to avoid inciting violence.
The Malawi leader spoke Wednesday evening at Kamuzu palace where the Lilongwe pastors fraternal went for prayers.Read More
BLANTYRE –More pressure is piling on President Joyce Banda and her People’s Party led government with human rights activists threatening to engage the Stolen Asset Recovery Unit of (StAR) of the United Nations if government fails to take back the Presidential Jet it traded off in two weeks.
This follows similar calls from the Consumers Association of Malawi (Cama) on the Malawi leader to take back the Jet following revelations that it was traded off to clear a $19.2 million debt government owed Paramount Group.Read More