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01 October 2015 06:24:57 Malawi Nyasa Times - Malawi breaking news in Malawi
The Nyasa Times media group has filed at the High Court an acknowledgement of service of writ of summons filed by President Peter Mutharika on defamation and the online publication is proceeding with the defence. Makhwawa: Lawyer defending Nyasa Times Mutharika sued Nyasa Times alongside former presidential aide Allan Ntata over Ntata’s article which was posted on various media networks including social-media platform Facebook, and on Nyasa Times on June 22 this year, alleging the President is implicated in the K92 billion Cashgate. Nyasa Times CEO Edgar Chibaka and Editorial Director Thom Chiumia have confirmed that the online publication has hired “ an army of lawyers in Malawi and here in the UK” working on the case. Private practice lawyer John Gift Makhwawa, a former president of Malawi Law Society, is a lead attorney for Nyasa Times. Makhwawa confirmed filing an acknowledgement at High Court to defend the matter. In a lawsuit filed at the High Court in Blantyre, the President through his lawyer James Masumbu, wants a court order to restrain Ntata and Nyasa Times from further publishing the issue of K92 billion Cashgate linked to the Bingu administration. Nyasa Times intends to mount “a vigorous defence” and believe the matter will help the battle to fight wrongful self-enrichment in Malawi. The President, according to the court record, said Ntata wrote on his Facebook page that a Mrs Sadiq of HTD allegedly defrauded government close to K20 billion on bogus purchases of motor vehicles and that President Mutharika is closely linked to and associated with HTD and the bogus payments could be linked to him. Ntata was legal adviser to the President’s elder brother, the late Bingu wa Mutharika, who ruled the country from 2004 until his death in April 2012. He has hired lawyer Gustav Kaliwo to defend him Germany provided K9.76 billion for the audit exercise into the K92 billion which was prompted by a 2011 interim investigative audit report of government’s payment system—the Integrated Financial Management and Information System (Ifmis)—which revealed that ministries and departments may have lost about K577 billion through abuse and irregularities between 2009 and 2012.
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Malawi President Mutharika reshuffles cabinet: Chibingu and Gowelo fired as Kalirani, Muluzi, Nankhumwa moved
17 August 2015 20:22:57 Malawi Nyasa Times - Malawi breaking news in Malawi
President Peter Mutharika has reshuffled his Cabinet, dropping Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development Paul Chibingu, M.P and Minister of Local Government and Rural Development Tarcicius Gowelo, MP after weeks of speculation about corrupt practises. Most ministers in their portfolios including those of finance, foreign affairs, justice, and gender were retained . In the minor cabinet reorganisation, President Mutharika has moved Dr Jean Kalilani from Ministry of Health to be Minister of Home Affairs and Internal Security replacing United Democratic Front (UDF) president Atupele Muluzi who is now Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development. The new Minister of Health is cabinet debutant Dr. Peter Kampalume, MP a close ally of President’s communication and strategy aide, Bright Malopa. Mutharika has also changed the government spokesman garrulous Kondwani Nankhumwa, appointing Jappie Mhango as the new Minister of Information, Tourism and Civic Education. Nankhumwa has been moved to become Minister of Local Government and Rural Development. Mutharika has also appointed new deputy minister, Malison Ndau at defence. “His Excellency the State President, Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika, in exercise of the powers conferred upon him by Section 94 (1) of the Constitution of the Republic of Malawi, has made some changes to the Cabinet with effect from today, 17th August, 2015,” a statement from government chief secretary George Mkondiwa mada available to Nyasa Times s aid. The President has maintained a lean cabinet of 20 including deputies. Following is the full list: State President, Minister of Defence and Commander-In-Chief of the Malawi Defence Force and the Malawi Police Service: His Excellency Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika. Vice President and Minister Responsible for Disaster and Relief Management, Public Events and Chairperson, Civil Service and Public Service reform Commission : Right Honourable Dr Saulos Klaus Chilima. Minister of Finance and Economic Development: Honourable Goodall Gondwe. Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation: Honourable Dr George Chaponda, M.P. Minister of Labour, Youth and Manpower Development: Honourable Henry Mussa, M.P. Minister of Home Affairs and Internal Security : Honourable Dr. Jean Kalilani, M.P. Minister of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare: Honourable Patricia Kaliati, M.P. Minister of Health: Honourable Dr. Peter Kampalume, M.P. Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs : Honourable Samuel Tembenu. Minister of Information, Tourism and Civic Education: Honourable Jappie Mhango, M.P. Minister of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining: Honourable Bright Msaka, SC. Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development: Honourable Dr Allan Chiyembekeza, M.P. Minister of Trade and Industry : Honourable Joseph Mwanamvekha, M.P. Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development: Honourable Atupele Muluzi, M.P. Minister of Transport and Public Works: Honourable Francis Kasaila, M.P. Minister of Education, Science and Technology: Honourable Dr. Emmmanuel Fabiano, M.P. Minister of Local Government and Rural Development : Honourable Kondwani Nankhumwa, M.P. Minister of Sports and Culture: Honourable Grace Obama Chiumia, M.P. Deputy Minister of Education, Science and Technology: Honourable Vincent Winstone Ghambi, M.P Deputy Minister of Defence : Honourable Malison Ndau, M.P.
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Malawi President Mutharika reshuffles cabinet: Chibungu and Gowelo fired as Kalirani, Muluzi, Nankhumwa moved
17 August 2015 19:29:48 Malawi Nyasa Times - Malawi breaking news in Malawi
President Peter Mutharika has reshuffled his Cabinet, dropping Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development Paul Chibingu, M.P and his deputy Trasizio Gowelo, MP after weeks of speculation about corrupt practises in the ministry. Most ministers in their portfolios including those of finance, foreign affairs, justice, and gender were retained . In the minor cabinet reorganisation, President Mutharika has moved Dr Jean Kalilani from Ministry of Health to be Minister of Home Affairs and Internal Security replacing United Democratic Front (UDF) president Atupele Muluzi who is now Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development. The new Minister of Health is cabinet debutant Dr. Peter Kampalume, MP a close ally of President’s communication and strategy aide, Bright Malopa. Mutharika has also changed the government spokesman garrulous Kondwani Nankhumwa, appointing Jappie Mhango as the new Minister of Information, Tourism and Civic Education. Nankhumwa has been moved to become Minister of Local Government and Rural Development. Mutharika has also appointed new deputy minister, Malison Ndau at defence. “His Excellency the State President, Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika, in exercise of the powers conferred upon him by Section 94 (1) of the Constitution of the Republic of Malawi, has made some changes to the Cabinet with effect from Friday, 10th April, 2015,” a statement from government chief secretary George Mkondiwa mada available to Nyasa Times s aid. The President has maintained a lean cabinet of 20 including deputies.
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11 August 2015 06:24:32 Malawi Nyasa Times - Malawi breaking news in Malawi
Malawi former vice president Khumbo Kachali on Monday said he was happy to be welcomed back in the People’s Party (PP)to help the party rejuvinate in absentia of its founder Joyce Banda – the incumbent president – who is reportedly in South Africa attending to her international duties. Kachali: I 'm back!! Khumbo being welcomes in Mzuzu by PP women. Pic by Pius Nyondo -- Nyasa Times But Kachali told Nyasa Times that he was only back to the party to “revive” it not as “president.” Hundreds of supporters in Mzuzu city gave Kachali a standing ovation as he majestically walked into Victory Temple Ministries where he was welcomed as a political prodigal son. Clad in a black suit, with an orange tie hanging like a snake around his neck, Kachali looked calm and relaxed – punctuating his face with a smile here and there. “What did they think they would do? They were toying around with our beloved party. I’m back,” said Kachali without mentioning names. Like a poem, Kachali repeated the line “I’m back,” saying the party was on its way back to victory with his return. He said it was crucial for members of the party to understand where they were coming from and where they were going. But he said the party was now “there” because he was “back.” Said Kachali: “I must urge you friends that we must bury the hatchets and forge ahead. All that happened in the past is now history. We must work together towards rebuilding the party. “We should learn to forgive just like I have forgiven those that let me go through trials and tribulations in this party. I will not work towards revenge, I will rather urge you all to join me in making sure that we get back to where we were,” said Kachali. The former vice president, who has all along been PP MP, said the party had failed to make it in last year’s tripartite elections because of lack of “unity” among the politburo and thanked party members for remaining “steadfast.” Kachali also congratulated Members of Parliament (MPs) in the northern region for not ditching the party despite not making it in the elections. “That tells me that we have somewhere to start from,” he said. “If the problem was leadership I’m here. I’m back. We lost it on our own; are we sure we want to lose again?” The crowds roared “No no ooooooo!!!!” But Kachali said he was only back to the party “as an activist” and not as “president,” reiterating that the president of the party was still Joyce Banda. He said: “Let us give all our leaders their due respect from our president Joyce Banda, our MPs and all other leaders of the party. I’ve not come to take any person’s position and there are procedures for that. The leadership of the party remains intact.” In an interview, PP secretary general Ibrahim Matola said the party welcomes Kachali back in its quest to rebuild. Matola said Kachali will boost the party’s leadership in the northern region “owing to his political experience.” He also clarified that Kachali has not become the interim party president. “PP president remains Joyce Banda but we will be having new political heavyweight coming to join the rebuilding process of the party and Kachali is one of them. “He will join other leaders in the north in building PP there while others in the eastern region like Ralph Jooma and myself will push the rebuilding there. We will have others in southern and then also the Uladi Mussa and company will lean in central region and parliament,” he said. Meanwhile, Kachali has announced to unveil nerve breaking campaigns in Mzuzu’s Chibanja and Karonga’s Khwawa where the party is fielding contestants for ward councillor positions in by elections scheduled for August 25. Kachali served as vice president during Banda’s two year term in power that came about following the sudden death of Pres Bingu wa Mutharika who died of cardiac arrest on April 5, 2012. Prior to the 2014 elections, Banda chose youthful Sosten Gwengwe instead of her immediate deputy Kachali as running mate. Kachali later joined opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), but was reservedly quiet “politically” until now. PP trailed third in the 2014 elections, after DPP and now main opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP).— Additional reporting by Judith Moyo, Nyasa Times
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11 August 2015 02:26:13 Malawi Nyasa Times - Malawi breaking news in Malawi
Airtel Malawi says it is exclusively excited because the Queens have attained a world record in registering over 100 nets in one game and by being undefeated in all the games of the group statges. Malawi Queens posing for Nyasa Times. before departure...Photo Jeromy Kadewere. In a statement, Airtel expressed optimism that the Queens stand a chance to attain new heights by breaking into the top for world netball rankings. “The Queens have demonstrated that they went there for a purpose. They are determined, focused and surely their greatness is being anchored on the world scene. This also calls for a celebration of Airtel’s partnership with the Malawi National Netball team. We are proud sponsors of the Queens and they have demonstrated that they are a true source of national greatness and described the Queens as REAL heroes,” reads the statement. Airtel has since underlined its commitment to grow its partnership with the Queens whom they currently have a historical MK360 million sponsorship. “From the leading brand, to the stylish, classic and impressive netball team in the world, let us inspire each other collectively to retain our winning formula,” Airtel declares. Meanwhile, the official sponsor of the Queens has urged the team not to relax in their upcoming encounters. “Do not relax, keep going and do not settle for anything lesser that total greatness. It is high time our country stopped looking at netball as a petty sport. Netball is big and right now, it is undoubtedly the most successful sport in Malawi,” concludes the statement. The Queens have qualified to the next round of the World Cup after coming out tops of their group following their victorious performance over South Africa, Sri Lanka and Singapore.
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07 August 2015 18:16:10 Malawi Nyasa Times - Malawi breaking news in Malawi
A manager at the national Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU), Fumbani Mhango, is the latest high profile person to be arrested by the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) in the public graft case known as Cashgate, Nyasa Times understands. Mhango is manager at FIU monitoring and analysis. He is suspected to be a conduit of the cashgate affair. Investigators of the country’s corruption busting body told Nyasa Times that the arrest of Mhango is a “breakthrough” in the ongoing Cashgate prosecutions. Several high profile people have been arrested in the cashgate affair including Paul Mphwiyo who was a budget director during the period when the government lost a lot of finances - that was between April and September 2012. Paul Mphwiyo was a government witness in Cashgate trials after surviving an assassination attempt in September last year by people he believed were unhappy with his stand against corruption at his work place. Others arrested but yet to undergo trial include former Malawi Defence Force commander Henry Odillo, director of the Public Officers’ Assets Declaration, Christopher Tukula, former publicity secretary of the former ruling People’s Party, Hophmally Makande and a lawyer, Ishmael Chioko. There have been concerns about the “slow pace” at which the trials are moving. Mwiza Nkhata, Dean of Law at the Chancellor College of the University of Malawi, told a local radio station the government should tread carefully on the arrests being made to avoid lawsuits which could later cost government a lot of money in compensation. “Good practice requires that you should not arrest people unless you have built up a substantial case against particular individuals… If you are planning to arrest people you must have completed investigations ensure that the government does not expose itself to suits for malicious prosecution or false imprisonment,” said Nkhata. The ACB authorities maintain the arrests are made after thorough investigations.
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07 August 2015 14:44:58 Malawi Nyasa Times - Malawi breaking news in Malawi
Malawi Queens towering shooter Mwai Kumwenda has said she is “extremely happy” to have helped the team beat rivals South Africa 58-51 on Friday in their Pool C opening match of the 2015 Netball World Cup at Sydney Olympic Park. Mwai Kumwenda: Sweet revenge After the win, the Queens dished out kisses on each other, who greeted the final whistle by mounting a circle before thanking God with a thanksgiving prayer. “I feel very happy to get our revenge. I am also delighted to start with victory on my first game after a break on national duties,” Kumwenda told Nyasa Times in an interview through WhatsApp - a cross-platform mobile messaging. Kumwenda, who has been out of the team for some time, celebrated her return to the side with an outstanding performance. She missed only three attempts out of 43, and the South African defenders Karla Mostert and Adele Niemand had their work cut out for them. “We played really strongly, amvanso kuwawa ( they have felt the heart),” said the New-Zealand based professional shooter. “We stuck to our game plan.” At the end of the first quarter, Malawi were two goals ahead, and they extended this to a five goal advantage by halftime, leading South Africa 27-22. South Africa came out with all guns blazing in the third quarter, which was the only one they won, outscoring Malawi by 15 goals to 14. They drew level with the Queens midway through the quarter, but Malawi pulled away again, and finished it 41-37 ahead. This Nyasa Times reporter monitored the match live on SuperSport 4. No nonsense goal defender Caroline ‘Ayuda’ Ngwira was brutal if not ruthless. Goal Keeper Towera ‘Tobe’ Vinkhumbo tied up things with quick-fire interceptions. Pint-sized Takondwa Lwazi found her passing range; picking up goal attacker Sindi ‘Sniper’ Simutowe. Kumwenda mocked gravity, danced in the air then planted the baskets for fun to the satisfaction of Malawians who followed the match live. South Africa’s centre Erin Burger, who is playing in her third World Cup, conceded they were disappointed with the loss. “We are disappointed and a bit frustrated after losing this match, but it will be heads up tomorrow when we play our next match (against Singapore in their second match). We’re not going to let this defeat stop us,” she told SuperSport. As it stands, in Pool C, Malawi and Singapore have 2 points while Sri Lanka and South Africa have no point.
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27 July 2015 14:39:50 Malawi Nyasa Times - Malawi breaking news in Malawi
When I first read on the social media that the President was going to sue his prime critic, Allan Ntata, I thought it was only a hoax. I just could not fathom that the president would actually do that. But when the mainstream media finally confirmed the case yesterday on July 26 2015, I was...
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26 July 2015 13:16:08 Malawi Nyasa Times - Malawi breaking news in Malawi
Malawi President Peter Mutharika has rushed to court to file defamation charges and seek an order restraining leading online publication Nyasa Times from further publishing the issue of K92 billion Cashgate linked to the Head of State. The law suit also includes Mutharika’s fierce critic barrister Z. Allan Ntata and the President wants to be...
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26 July 2015 02:32:05 Malawi Nyasa Times - Malawi breaking news in Malawi
As a country, we have sometimes experienced scenarios which makes us have so many questions. Has GOD forsaken us? Are we experiencing all these because we have turned away from GOD? We might be going through national calamities sometimes because of failure to obey His commandments. But regardless of what causes our national condition, citizen...
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