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Malawi High Court dismisses ‘politically motivated’ WhatsApp treason case

BLANTYRE (Malawi NewsNow) – The High Court in Blantyre has dismissed a treason case against three senior opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) officials. MCP officials  Dr Jessie Kabwila,  Mr Peter Chakhwantha and Mr Ulemu Msungama were arrested on issues surrounding conversations on social networks which the State argued that bordered on sedition and treason. But Judge Healey Potani has dismissed the treason case. Potani also ordered the state to compensate the three. The arrest raised a lot of debate on the constitutionality of sedition and treason laws in a democracy. MCP president and leader of opposition Lazarus Chakwera alluded...

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Facts around $500m Lake Malawi water scheme don’t wash

LILONGWE ( Serah Makondetsa) – Malawian billionaire Simbi Phiri is at the centre of a new controversy after it emerged that he will be both referee and player in a giant $500-million Malawi government water scheme. It has emerged that Malawian billionaire Simbi Phiri’s company will assess the “feasibility” of a project from whose construction he stands to benefit – a move seen as a clear conflict of interest. Major questions have also been raised about whether the project – to pump water from Lake Malawi to the capital Lilongwe – makes financial and technical sense. The chief executive of...

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Concerns over financial component of Salima-Lilongwe water deal  – Malawi News under fire on Simbi PR story

LILONGWE (Malawi NewsNow)- Attorney-General  Kalekeni Kaphale  is querying thefinancial arrangement in the construction of water pipeline from Salima to Lilongwe  including payment modalities as wanys more financial safeguards for Malawi government in the high-profile $500 million (K400 billion) project. The contract belongs to Lilongwe Water Board (LWB), while the contractor Khato Holdings will identify funding, but Malawi government is a guarantor to the deal. LWB chief executive officer Alfonso Chikuni explains that the agreement stipulates that the contractor will source finances for the project and  Malawi Government is expected to be guarantor of the $500 million loan. The project is...

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Ntata’s Uncommon Sense: Away with worn-out politicians!

OPINION ( Z Allan Ntata) –There are reports flying around that former Speaker of Parliament, Chimunthu Banda is planning to come out of retirement and re-join the DPP with the objective of becoming that party’s running mate to Peter Mutharika in 2019. Other reports indicate that Sidik Mia, formerly of UDF, DPP and the PP has now crossed his heart and sworn total and unadulterated allegiance to the Malawi Congress Party, also with the ambition of becoming that party’s running mate to Dr Lazarus Chakwera in 2019. Without equivocation, let me declare openly that the idea of these people...

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Public losing trust in Malawi judicial system–survey

BLANTYRE(Malawi NewsNow)-The recent published Afrobarometer report has revealed that the public are losing trust in the country’s judicial system, citing judge shopping as among the cited reasons. The report disclosed that high legal fees are impeding the people accessing quality justice, hence losing trust in the entire system. The paper went further and said compared to the period between 2011 and 2013 when trust in the judiciary stood at 81 percent, people’s trust decreased to 71% between 2014 and 2015. The development also comes only a few days after another survey, the University of Malawi’s Chancellor College department of...

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