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MALAWI: Forced Retirement of Malawi’s Chief Justice Withdrawn By New Government

MALAWI: Forced Retirement of Malawi’s Chief Justice Withdrawn By New Government

AFRICA, MALAWI
Government has withdrawn a public notice issued on June 12, 2020 by which stated that Chief Justice Andrew Nyirenda had been placed on leave pending retirement. The administration of Peter Mutharika through former Chief Secretary to the Government, Lloyd Muhara, wanted to remove the Chief Justice on the pretext that Nyirenda had accumulated more leave days than the remainder of his working days until his But in statement issued Tuesday and signed by new Chief Secretary to the Government Zanga-Zanga Chikhosi says the issue of accumulated leave days of the Chief Justice is between the Judicial Service Commission and the Chief Justice himself. It stresses that Nyirenda continues to discharge his duties as the Chief Justice of the country. Apparently, Muhara has been redeployed ba...
MALAWI: How voters honored President Chakwera’s poll victory.

MALAWI: How voters honored President Chakwera’s poll victory.

AFRICA, MALAWI
Supporters of Malawi’s new president Lazarus Chakwera gathered for a fireworks display in the capital Lilongwe, celebrating his victory in a keen presidential election re-run. With loud cheers and applause they waved Malawi’s red, black and green flag in celebration. Chakwera won with 58.57 percent of the vote, the electoral commission said Saturday. It was a dramatic reversal of fortune for incumbent, Peter Mutharika, whose victory in the May 2019 election was overturned by the Constitutional Court, citing widespread fraud. Some 6.8 million voters in the southern African country had returned to the polls on Tuesday. And on Saturday, electoral commission announced that Chakwera has been duly elected as the president of Malawi. Mutharika came second with over 1.7 million votes,...
Coronavirus – Malawi: How radio is lending Malawi’s farmers a hand in the fight against COVID-19

Coronavirus – Malawi: How radio is lending Malawi’s farmers a hand in the fight against COVID-19

AFRICA, MALAWI
 “I have a critical role — to raise awareness about the coronavirus among our listeners, particularly farmers,” says Gladys Phiri of Farm Radio Trust in Malawi’s capital, Lilongwe. “I tell them ways to prevent it,” she says. “I also practise what I tell my listeners. Even at home and everywhere I go, I practise personal hygiene, regularly washing my hands with soap, observing social distancing and limiting my movements.” The World Food Programme (WFP) provides food assistance to more than a million people in Malawi, which has a population of nearly 18 million. Since the very first cases of COVID-19 were discovered in China at the end of 2019, the disease has continued to spread across the world, sparing no continent, almost no country. At the time of writing, Malawi has 36 confirmed...
Coronavirus – Malawi: World Bank Approves $37 Million Support for COVID-19 Response in Malawi

Coronavirus – Malawi: World Bank Approves $37 Million Support for COVID-19 Response in Malawi

AFRICA, Banking, CORONAVIRUS, Covid 19 Donations, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, MALAWI
Yesterday, The World Bank approved $7 million in immediate funding to support Malawi’s response to the global COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic under a new Malawi COVID-19 Emergency Response and Health Systems Preparedness project. In addition to the new operation, $30 million has been made available from the Disaster Risk Management Development Policy Financing with a Catastrophe Deferred Drawdown Option (Cat-DDO) to strengthen the country’s response to the pandemic. The Malawi COVID-19 Emergency Response and Health Systems Preparedness project will provide funding towards detection, surveillance, response and system strengthening activities prioritized in the Malawi COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan. That plan is also being financed by several Development Partners. The Disaster ...
AFRICA: Court rejects 2019 elections, Malawi to vote again.

AFRICA: Court rejects 2019 elections, Malawi to vote again.

AFRICA, ELECTIONS, MALAWI
Malawi's parliament has cleared the way for fresh polls in May after a top court overturned last year's elections results that returned Peter Mutharika to power. In a landmark decision, the Constitutional Court ruled on February 3 that last May's election was fraught with widespread irregularities -- especially the "massive" use of correction fluid on tally sheets. Parliament documents seen by AFP on Tuesday showed that under the new law passed on Monday, fresh elections will be held during the third week of May. Malawi's elections are traditionally held on a Tuesday, and it follows that polling will take place on May 19. "Fresh presidential election shall be held in the third week of May, 2020," read the bill. In another change, lawmakers decreed that a candidate w...
MALAWI: President  Mutharika appeals court ruling annulling his re-election

MALAWI: President Mutharika appeals court ruling annulling his re-election

AFRICA, ELECTIONS, MALAWI
Earlier this week, the Constitutional Court annulled the vote held last May that returned Mutharika to power as president. It cited “widespread, systematic and grave” irregularities, which included results sheets with sections blotted out or altered with correction fluid. “I can confirm that the court has received both appeals by first respondent (the president) and second respondent (electoral commission),” High Court Registrar Agnes Patemba told Reuters on Friday. I can confirm that the court has received both appeals by first respondent (the president) and second respondent (electoral commission). Mutharika had denounced the ruling as “a serious subversion of justice, an attack on our democratic systems and an attempt to undermine the will of the people”. The elec...
AFRICA: Malawi’s embattled First Lady granted bail over murder of rival.

AFRICA: Malawi’s embattled First Lady granted bail over murder of rival.

AFRICA, CRIME, MALAWI
News of the murder charges against Lesotho’s first lady have rocked the nation. Maesaiah Thabane, 42, has been accused of killing Prime Minister Thomas Thabane’s previous wife, Lipolelo, days before the his second inauguration ceremony in June 2017. Most people are closely watching this unprecedented case against the ruling class. Most citizens have expressed disappointment not only at the development but at the fact that she had been granted bail in a murder case. Bokang Kheekhe, an entrepreneur is one such disappointed citizens who spoke to the media: “It’s very disappointing regarding what’s happening, you know, we have been haunted and taunted by selective justice in this country. “The police have stated that they do have very strong evidence against the first lady...
MALAWI: Malawi awaits ruling on presidential election petition.

MALAWI: Malawi awaits ruling on presidential election petition.

AFRICA, ELECTIONS, MALAWI, Politics
Malawi’s Constitutional Court will on Monday deliver a ruling on last year’s disputed presidential election that led to deadly confrontations and widespread unrest. The long-peaceful southern African nation has never had a presidential vote overturned, but the two opposition candidates who teamed up for a legal challenge are hoping the Constitutional Court will agree with their allegations of irregularities and order a new vote. President Peter Mutharika was declared the narrow winner of the May election with 38% of votes, followed by Lazarus Chakwera with 35% and former vice president Saulos Chilima third with 20%. The four other candidates collectively got nearly 6%. There is more that binds us than that which separates us. Arguments in the petition The five-judge...
Kadaga calls for census of Persons with Albinism

Kadaga calls for census of Persons with Albinism

AFRICA, BURUNDI, EAST AFRICA, EGYPT, Ethiopia, FEATURE STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, KENYA, MALAWI, RWANDA, SOUTH SUDAN, UGANDA, UK, Zambia
Uganda,Kampala: The government should make a deliberate effort towards compiling data for Persons with Albinism (PWA) while carrying out national census, the Speaker Rebecca Kadaga has said. Ugandan Albinos are seen marching 20th Jan,2020.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates. She said this will help in planning for the special needs of PWAs like healthcare and education. “Even the local council leaders should make it their responsibility to know the number of persons with albinism in their areas so that we can plan for schools,” Kadaga said. Albinos perform.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates. The Speaker made the call after a fundraising walk aimed at raising funds for  the construction of a rehabilitation centre for PWAs. The event on Monday, 20 January 2020 is part of ...
Lyca mobile expands global footprint with launch of services in Uganda

Lyca mobile expands global footprint with launch of services in Uganda

AFRICA, AMERICA, ASIA, BURUNDI, EAST AFRICA, EGYPT, EUROPE, FEATURE STORIES, KENYA, MALAWI, Nairobi, Netherlands, niger, Nigeria, RWANDA, South Africa, SOUTH SUDAN, SUDAN, TANZANIA, TOGO, turkey, ZIMBABWE
KAMPALA, Uganda: Lycamobile, the world’s largest mobile virtual network operator (MVNO), announces this day that it has opened operations in Uganda. This development expands Lycamobile’s global network reach to 24 counties worldwide. Allirajah Subaskaran, Lyca Group Founder and Chairman (R), Ambassador V.Kananathan (middle) and at the launch of the above telecom Company in Uganda at Sheraton Thursday evenning 16th January,2020. Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates. Uganda is one of the biggest destinations for telecoms business in Africa, characterized by discerning high utility consumers. It has approximately 25 million mobile phone users and a nationwide mobile penetration rate of 71%with Kampala alone accounting for over 50%. Lycamobile has established countrywide infrastruc...
AFRICA: Anti-bribery protest hits Malawi over election petition case

AFRICA: Anti-bribery protest hits Malawi over election petition case

AFRICA, MALAWI
Tens of thousands of people gathered in Malawi on Thursday to protest against corruption. It’s a movement that began after the country’s supreme court chief justice accused five judges overseeing a legal challenge to President Peter Mutharika’s re-election last year of taking bribes. The complaint, which was filed with the Anti-Corruption Bureau on Monday, prompted a call for demonstrations in Malawi’s three main cities, bringing together nearly 50,000 people in the capital Lilongwe. We cast our votes on 21 May but it is evident that the votes were stolen, so we are fighting for justice. Timothy Mtambo chairs the Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) in Lilongwe. “We are going to come back to the streets and we are going to demand the head of Mr. Matemba, the head o...