Malawi Finance minister Mkwezalamba contradicts his boss President Joyce Banda on Jet proceeds

Malawi Finance MinisterBLANTYRE(MaraPost)—Malawians are yet to know the  truth as to how the proceeds were used as government officials continues giving conflict information with latest being the minister of finance dismissing Joyce Banda’s information that some of the money realized from the Jet sale were used to fund Farm Input Loan Programme (FILP). 

Speaking at a press briefing on Tuesday in the afternoon, President Banda told journalists that the proceeds which were realized from the Presidential Jet were used to buy military artillery, maize, medical drugs and fertilizer for the Farm Input Loan Programme. 

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Convene Parliament or step down, PAC tells Malawi President Joyce Banda

President Joyce should convene Parliament or ResignBLANTYRE (AGV)–Public Affairs Committee’s (PAC) all-inclusive stakeholders conference ended on Wednesday with delegates unanimously demanding for the convening Parliament by March 10 to discuss the forensic audit report, the sale and whereabouts of proceeds of both the Presidential jet and ‘rotten maize’.

Delegates were earlier told by Justice Minister Fahad Assani and Finance Minister Dr. Maxwell Mkwezelamba that Parliament would be convened in April, but delegates opposed that it would unconstitutional to convene it after its dissolution on March 20.

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Malawi finance minister doesn’t have documented evidence of Presidential Jet sale

Malawi Presidential Jet Sold Or NotBLANTYRE(MaraPost)—Malawi’s Minister of Finance Dr. Maxwell Nkwezalamba proved to the public that what he has been commenting on media about the presidential Jet is just an attempt to defend the People’s Party administration from facing embarrassment as he failed to give evidence to show that government received the money at Public Affairs Committee’s (PAC) all-inclusive conference held in Blantyre.

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Malawi’s Information Minister Brown Mpinganjira accuses foreign envoys of support for mass protests

Minister Brown MpinganjiraBLANTYRE(MaraPost)—Malawi’s Minister of Information and Civic Education, Evangelist Brown Mpinganjira, has accused some foreign envoys in the country of being behind the planning of the anti Joyce Banda administration mass protests slated for Thursday 27 February 2014.

Minister Brown Mpinganjira told ZBS on Tuesday that s the reasons cited for the demonstrations scheduled for February 27 are not valid but are meant to achieve hidden motives by some western countries.

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Malawians question authenticity of the Forensic audit report claim it was ‘heavily edited’

Malawi President Joyce BandaBLANTYRE(AGV)—The Forensic audit report conducted by a British accounting firm, Baker Tilly Business Services Limited into the looting of public resources at Capital Hill continues to attract mixed reactions with economic expert Henry Kachaje saying it is not genuine.

“How come it doesn’t mention that the Budget Director (Paul Mphwiyo) was the one fighting corruption and looting? How come it doesn’t mention that in September the President called the Minister of Finance (then Ken Lipenga) to start investigations on suspicious transactions as we were meant to believe,” queried Kachaje, who is also Managing of Business Consult Africa.

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Malawi’s Pres. Joyce Banda under fire as activists calls for nationwide demonstrations

Malawi President Joyce BandaBLANTYRE (MaraPost)–The issue of cashgate scam and Malawi government’s delay to make public a forensic audit report on the looting of public resources is refusing to die with Malawi Watch, a human rights organisation, claiming that President Joyce Banda’s administration is delaying knowing fully their hands are much “dirty and directly involved”.

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Malawi Politician says President Joyce Banda no longer inspiring to women

Joyce Banda Hugging Hillary ClintonBLANTYRE –Opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), the only party with highest number of female candidates for Parliamentary and Local Government Elections slated for May 20 this year, says President Joyce Banda’s sentiments and her style of leadership are no longer inspiring especially to women.

DPP will field 43 female candidates in Parliamentary Elections while over 70 others are vying for ward councillors.

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Mutharika picks marketer as running mate as candidates begin presenting nomination ahead of Malawi May polls

Blantyre, Malawi, Feb. 10 (AGV) _ Opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) presidential candidate in Malawi’s May 20 elections Prof. Peter Mutharika has picked marketer Saulos Chilima, as his running mate.

Chilima, 41, is the Managing Director of the mobile phone company, Airtel Malawi.

“The elections this year I think they will be crucial for the future of this country, it will be a turning point for you’re aware of the problems we are  facing in this country,” said Mutharika after presenting his nomination papers to Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairman justice Maxon Mbendera.

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Malawi’s Joyce Banda government hikes fuel prices

BLANTYRE(AGV)–Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (MERA) has adjusted upwards fuel prices effective February 6, 2014.

 

The upward adjustment was announced on Wednesday by MERA.

Petrol will now be selling at 839 kwacha from 760 kwacha, Diesel will be selling at K853.40 up from K770 per litre, this represents 10.39 percent and 10.80 percent respectively.

A statement signed by MERA board chairperson Lyton Zinyemba says the hike is as a result of depreciation of the kwacha to the dollar.

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