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BBC reports on Malawi’s President Mutharika receiving a kickback from police food supplier

LILONGWE (BBC) -There have been mounting calls for the resignation of Malawi’s President Peter Mutharika after a leaked report by the country’s anti-graft agency accused him of receiving a kickback from a 2.8bn kwacha ($3.9m; £2.8m) contract to supply food to the police. The report claims a businessman deposited 145m kwacha into an account belonging to the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), of which the president is the sole signatory. The president’s spokesperson said the claims were “unfounded” and that Mr Mutharika had done nothing wrong. Civil rights organisations have nonetheless given him 14 days to resign, or say...

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DPP’s Chipungu must resign from civil service

LILONGWE (Tamanda Mwale, Malawi NewsNow) – Newly elected ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) national organising Secretary Mr Chimwemwe Chipungu is expected to resign from civil service after Chief Secretary to the Government, Mr Lloyd Muhara, says public servants in politics should resign from their public service positions as the 2019 tripartite elections are approaching. Chief Secretary’s warning follows a concern raised by human rights activists, Timothy Mtambo and Gift Trapence , who recently penned the Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC) on the matter. The two, through their lawyers, argued that some civil and public servants have not complied...

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Malawi, Morocco agree to strengthen bilateral ties, sign 3 agreements

RABAT (Xinhua) –– Morocco and Malawi signed on Tuesday three agreements to strengthen their relations in various areas. Inked by Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita and his Malawian counterpart Emmanuel Fabiano, the deals aim at enhancing cooperation in the tourism sector as well as in education and training, and offering visa exemption for diplomatic and service passport holders. The latest agreements will further strengthen the bilateral ties that have developed steadily in recent years, Bourita said. For his part, Fabiano expressed his country’s willingness to further diversify cooperation with Morocco to include also investment and trade. The top Malawian...

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Mutharika to replace ‘traitors’ in DPP

BLANTYRE (Papious Liwonde  Malawi NewsNow) – President Peter Mutharika will ring changes to the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) national governing council over political traitors who have been planted by other political groupings. Mutharika said he was aware that some people were sponsored to vie for positions to destabilise DPP. He vowed to “crush” them. Said Mutharika: “Those that have been sent and I know them. I will not let you get away with it. I will not let anyone destabilise the party.” Delegates to the DPP elective convention in Blantyre earlier elected President Peter Mutharika unopposed as national party...

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Malawi President hit by corruption scandal

BLANTYRE (AFP) – Malawian President Peter Mutharika is facing a growing corruption scandal ahead of next year’s election after a leaked report from the country’s anti-graft body accused him of fraud. Civil action groups called for Mutharika to resign over claims that he and the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) received about $195,000 (R2.7-millin) from a contractor supplying food rations to the police. “The information we have been getting is very clear that the president benefitted from that transaction,” Gift Trapence of the Civil Service Organisations action group told AFP. “If he does not resign after 14 days, we...

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