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Malawi’s president sacks Covid taskforce boss amid graft claims

Malawi’s President Lazarus Chakwera has sacked the co-chair of the government’s taskforce overseeing the fight against Covid-19 pandemic. The co-chair of the taskforce, John Phuka is accused of misusing $7.7m (6 billion Malawi Kwacha). A report by the country’s ombudsman in November last year said there was lack of transparency and accountability in the implementation of the country’s Covid-19 preparedness and response plan. The head of disaster management, James Chiusiwa was also sacked by the president “for showing a lack of toughness in demanding accountability”. According to the government President…

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Malawi declares state of disaster after two ministers died of Covid-19

– – Malawian President Lazarus Chakwera has declared a state of disaster in the country following the death of two cabinet ministers from Covid-19. Malawi’s transport minister Sidik Mia is the second cabinet minister to have died from Covid-19 following the death of Local Government Minister Lingson Berekanyama also from a Covid-19 infection. The two government appointees succumbed to the disease in the early hours of Tuesday. #Malawi President @LAZARUSCHAKWERA today addressed the nation following the death of cabinet Ministers Hon. Lingson Belekanyama and Hon. Sidik Mia and the increase…

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Malawi’s President backtracks on creating one million jobs

– – Malawi’s President Lazarus Chakwera has just spent 100 days in power but appears unwilling to fulfill one of his key promises he made to citizens. While campaigning for the presidency he promised to create one million jobs and put the youth to work. But President Chakwera is now backtracking on that promise saying the government can only employ 200,000 people. He said the government could not create jobs on its own and now needs the private sector to help. Critics of the government now say Chakwera’s ruling coalition…

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Malawi Chiefs Castigating Opposition is a form of Censorship?

Sentiments by a segment of Malawi chiefs castigating leader of opposition in the country cannot go without being vindicated. The platform that Lazarus Chakwera took is an appropriate podium because both Peter Mutharika and leader of opposition answers to the public. For chiefs to instigate that Lazarus Chakwera committed treasonous crime when he was doing his rightful obligations explains the ugly vendetta the government is using to disgrace itself.

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It’s official! It’s Peter Mutharika new Malawi President

Peter Malawi President ElectBLANTYRE, 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.

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Malawi president names Ulemu Chilapondwa to replace Sidik Mia as transport minister

Chilapondwa: replaces Sidik Mia as transport ministerBLANTYRE (AGV)—Malawi president Joyce Banda has appointed deputy Minister of Agriculture Ulemu Chilapondwa as transport minister replacing lower shire political kingpin Sidik Mia who resigned as Minister as well as from the ruling party where he was Vice President for Southern Region.

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