Economists rebuke MPs

Two economists have separately rebuked Members of Parliament (MPs) for increasing their daily sitting and subsistence allowances from K60,000 to K80,000 without considering the current economic situation where various sectors continue (to struggle with) underfunding. Towards the end of the just-ended budget meeting, the lawmakers raised their allowances at a time Minister of Finance, Goodall Gondwe, had reduced the fiscal...

Educated thieves play game well; Mutharika gives back 40% of his salary while siphoning billions from government pulse  

BLANTYRE—Amid revelations that Peter Mutharika is the big fish in as far as corruption is concerned, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) President gathered confidence on Tuesday to tell Malawians that he is not contesting in the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections to amass wealth. Mutharika, who recently has been implicated in a K145 million shoddy deal over a Malawi Police...

Nankhumwa beats old timers, Uladi wins centre as Greselder defends position

BLANTYRE—Malawi President Peter Mutharika on Tuesday closed the elective conference of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in Blantyre at the Comesa Hall where he went unopposed of the position of the party’s national president. The convention, described as successful and democratic by the Mutharika, started on Monday at a high note when former minister of agriculture George Chaponda withdrew...

DPP cadets assault veteran journalist Idris Ali Nassah

BLANTYRE—Violent behaviour is swiftly becoming an acceptable culture in the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) with latest being the assault of veteran journalist and activist Idris Ali Nassah. Sources indicate that Nassah was attacked at Shoprite premises in Blantyre on Monday. Efforts to talk to the victim proved futile as his phone number was out of reach after several attempts. However, one...

Joyce Banda urges Peter Mutharika to engage South African government on Florence Chathyoka’s death

Former president, Joyce Banda, has said President Peter Mutharika must engage his South African counterpart, Cyril Ramaphosa, on the murder of businessperson, Florence Chathyoka, at Beitbridge in South Africa last week. Banda was one of the thousands of people who, on Friday, attended the funeral of Chathyoka in Area 22 in Lilongwe. Some of the people present were Banda’s husband, retired...

Malawi politics: DPP convention produces living ancestors, criminals as top leaders

BLANTYRE—The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) elective conference has left many Malawians baffled as top leadership has been dominated by people who are old enough to be in heaven and be our ancestors not leaders. The party, which has a good number of young and brilliant minds, saw ageing Peter Mutharika going unopposed on the party’s presidential position thereby becoming an...

Chaponda pulls out from VP race, tipped for running mate

BLANTYRE—Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) top official and longtime friend to President Peter Mutharika, George Chaponda, has pulled out from the Vice Presidency race at an eleventh hour without disclosing the reasons. Chaponda was being challenged by minister of trade and industry Henry Mussa and local government minister Kondwani Nankhumwa. However, State House sources have confided with Malawian Watchdog that Chaponda’s move...

Henry Mussa escapes death from fellow DPP officials

BLANTYRE—Minister of Trade and Industry, Henry Mussa, narrowly escaped death at the hands of his fellow Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) officials on Sunday night. The attack, which was organized by Ben Chitenje, was one way of preventing the minister from attending the elective conference which is currently underway in Blantyre at the Comesa Hall. According to sources, the thugs badly damaged...

DPP convention underway, Ben Phiri’s plan to rig elections thwarted

BLANTYRE—The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) convention is underway in Blantyre at Comesa Hall with speculations that Ben Phiri, the longtime aide to President Peter Mutharika, had planned to rig the elections in favour of what is known as DPP team A. The message circulating on Whatsapp claims that money has exchanged hands between MEC officials and DPP team A members....

DPP, UDF members join Chilima Movement

United Democratic Front (UDF) Regional Governor for the Centre, Denocius Magombo, has announced that he and 100 other members of the party, including some district governors, have dumped the party and joined the Chilima Movement. The list also includes other Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) members in the Southern region. The development comes as members of the movement continue to drum up...