Thursday, August 11News That Matters
Shadow

Exclusive

MFN News Bulletins On Wednesday 11 August 2022

MFN News Bulletins On Wednesday 11 August 2022

Exclusive
A consortium of organisations advancing the rights of young people both local and international has launched a $10 million iHEARD project to reach out to three million young women and girls with information on reproductive health. Chief Operating Officer for CODE, a Canadian organisation, Joan Summers notes that adolescent girls in the country continue to be undermined and violated by a range of factors including sexual and Gender based violence. The project will be implemented in three districts of Ntchisi, Dowa and Lilongwe. Parliament has passed the Gaming and Lotteries bill. Among others, the bill seeks to establish the Malawi Gaming and Lotteries Authority as the regulatory authority, and prescribe its functions and powers. The Bill also makes detailed provisions for t...
Former Energy Minister Newton Kambala Speaks Out On His Arrest On Alleged Corruption Case

Former Energy Minister Newton Kambala Speaks Out On His Arrest On Alleged Corruption Case

Exclusive, Lifestyle
Today, 9th August 2022 marks one full year since I was arrested on alleged corruption charges. I am out on bail while the court process is in session, but one year on, I remain a detainee. As I acknowledge this milestone in my life, I took a journey back to recount and reflect on events that occurred before my arrest, that should have served as red flags, what happened at my arrest, events that I observed while attending court, and what has happened just now. Sometime last year, 2021, around May or June, not sure but certainly before my arrest, I received a phone call from a high-ranking Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) official alerting me that the Authority was under immense pressure from politicians serving as high ranking government officials to close my company, Mkaka Constructio...
HRDC Query Appointment Of Retired Brigadier Kalumo

HRDC Query Appointment Of Retired Brigadier Kalumo

Exclusive
The Human Rights Consultative Committee (HRCC), Chairsperson Robert Mkwezalamba has queried President Lazarus Chakwera's appointment of a retired Brigadier General, Charles Kalumo as the new head of the Department of Immigration and Citizenship Services. Mkwezalamba says, the move is retrogressive in as far as promoting the youth and serving members of the department with institutional memory is concerned to offer clear strategic direction. State House press secretary Anthony Kasunda and Secretary to the President and Cabinet were not available to comment on the appointment.
SERVICE STATION SAGA TAKES CENTRE STAGE IN PARLIAMENT

SERVICE STATION SAGA TAKES CENTRE STAGE IN PARLIAMENT

Exclusive
Parliament has been suspended for a second time today to facilitate the printing of a supplementary order paper to include a Private Member's motion by the member for Dowa West Abel Kayembe who is questioning the selling of Gam Fuels gas station at Kanengo in Lilongwe. This follows the business committee's resolution that the issue cannot be discussed in Parliament since the matter is in court. Backbenchers from both sides of the House however insisted to discuss the issue. According to reports, Alfred Gangata of Masters Boreholes Drilling Company owed Gam Filling Station K1.5 million worth of fuel. After failing to settle the bill, Geleson Mkweza proceeded to confiscate keys for a borehole drilling machine belonging to Gangata. After the issue went to court, The High Court ru...
Parliament Debate Controversial Sale Gams Filling Station

Parliament Debate Controversial Sale Gams Filling Station

Exclusive
Member of Parliament for Dowa West Abel Kayembe says he will today move a motion in parliament aimed at getting clarification on reports that a certain business person has taken control of a Filling Station from a fellow business person in at Kanengo because of a debt amounting to 1.3 million. According to Kayembe the motion will seek clarification on the legality from Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs. Earlier on, Victor Musowa Mulanje Bale Legislator said he is ready to second the motion. Earlier this week, Sheriffs in Lilongwe confiscated a Gam’s Kanengo Filling Station over unpaid MK744 million legal fees following a misunderstanding between the company and Masters Boreholes Drilling Company. It is reported that Masters Boreholes was awarded the money after Ga...
Parliament Intervenes On Alleged Dubious Sale Of Filling Station

Parliament Intervenes On Alleged Dubious Sale Of Filling Station

Exclusive
Members of Parliament on Wednesday agreed to tackle the issue of a filling station that was allegedly sold dubiously in Kanengo, Lilongwe. Member of Parliament for Mulanje Bale Victor Musowa said Thursday being a private members' day, the legislators needed to get to the bottom of the sale of what he described as impunity of the highest order. Since Monday social media has been awash with reports that businessman Geleson Mkweza who owns the filling station in question at Kanengo lost the property in dubious circumstances following a court judgement which has since been challenged by Mkweza.
Updates On Namiwa’s Abduction

Updates On Namiwa’s Abduction

Exclusive
Picture: Namiwa after being discharged at a clinic in Lilongwe Police reveal they have so far visited all the places where civil rights activist and CDEDI Executive Director Sylvester Namiwa is reported to have been taken to during his alleged abduction. Deputy National Police spokesperson, Harry Namwaza has told Rainbow Online that this is part of their on-going investigations on the matter. He says they will update the nation on their findings once their investigations are over. Namiwa allegedly got abducted by unknown people; hours before leading protests pushing for the removal of presidential immunity from prosecution in Lilongwe. Reports indicate Namiwa was later found in Nathenje. He claimed his alleged abduction was the deliberate ploy by the Tonse administration...
Rastafarians Asks Government For Recognition

Rastafarians Asks Government For Recognition

Exclusive
Rastafarians have asked the government to consider establishing a Rastafarian day to accord them the same respect as Muslims and Christians in the country. Nyahbinghi National Council UK and Secretary General for the Southern Africa Nyahbinghi Council (SANC) and Eastern Region, Ras Dr Asher Sefanit Wudasee, further stated there is need to involve them in economic empowerment activities in order to curb poverty in the society. Dr. Asher Sefanit, Wudasee, however, disclosed that to counter the vice, on their part, the Council raised funds for the procurement of 12 sewing machines that will be distributed to some members to raise macro businesses to ably support their daily livelihood. She said this in Balaka during the Rastas commemoration of the 130th anniversary of the birthday o...
GOVERNMENT INTENSIFIES PROTECTION OF VULNERABLE CHILDREN

GOVERNMENT INTENSIFIES PROTECTION OF VULNERABLE CHILDREN

Exclusive
Minister of Gender, Community Development and Social Welfare, Patricia Kaliati, says government has intensified efforts to protect the rights and welfare of children in the country. Kaliati said the government has come up with measures to ensure that children participate actively in social economic activities of the country. The minister said the government will work hand in hand with other stakeholders to consolidate gains made on children's welfare. She has disclosed that the country has over 9000 street-connected children and that it has intensified its efforts to remove them from the streets. She said over 4000 children have been rehabilitated and integrated into the community and some have been withdrawn from the streets and enrolled in various schools. The government ...
𝗖𝗼𝘂𝗿𝘁 𝗱𝗲𝗰𝗹𝗮𝗿𝗲𝘀 𝘀𝘄𝗲𝗲𝗽𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗲𝘅𝗲𝗿𝗰𝗶𝘀𝗲𝘀 𝗯𝘆 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗽𝗼𝗹𝗶𝗰𝗲 𝘂𝗻𝗹𝗮𝘄𝗳𝘂𝗹

𝗖𝗼𝘂𝗿𝘁 𝗱𝗲𝗰𝗹𝗮𝗿𝗲𝘀 𝘀𝘄𝗲𝗲𝗽𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗲𝘅𝗲𝗿𝗰𝗶𝘀𝗲𝘀 𝗯𝘆 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗽𝗼𝗹𝗶𝗰𝗲 𝘂𝗻𝗹𝗮𝘄𝗳𝘂𝗹

Exclusive
High Court Judge Zione Ntaba has declared unlawful sweeping exercises conducted by the police. It follows a judicial review case in which three people were challenging the constitutionality of the sweeping exercise and mass arrests conducted by the police. At the time of their arrest, Banda was working as a DJ at a local bar, Mwale was having a drink at a club, and Supiyani was selling fish at a bar. According to Chikondi Chijozi lawyer for three, the court has also ordered that police should develop proper procedures for conducting mass arrests and that the three should be compensate for violation of their rights. She said the court also expressed disappointment over the failure by the office of the Attorney General to file submissions despite expressing interest to do so. ...