Political Violence Denting Malawi’s Image-MEC

The Malawi Electoral Commission MEC has condemned the acts of violence practised by some political party followers saying this malpractice is tarnishing the reputation of Malawi as a country. Commissioner Reverend Killion Mgawi shared the sentiments on 25th January in Dedza district during the opening of a day long training of Constituency Returning Officers and Constituency Civic and Voter Education Assistants from Dedza and Ntcheu districts on nomination process. In his remarks, Commissioner Mgawi said party leaders should teach their members manners;arguing its high time Malawi should wake up and…

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Aspiring Independent MP, Councillor Pledges No Support to Presidential Candidates.

The would-be self-governing Member of Parliament (MP) for Chitipa Central Constituency, Anubwila Musongole and Councillor Wedson Sinkhonde for Yamba Ward have vowed not to rally behind any aspiring presidential candidate ahead of this year’s May general elections once campaign opens. The two candidates said the move is for their own future good as to which political party to work with once ushered into power. “We don’t want to block our future once we sail through, we don’t know who will carry the day come 21st May 2019, so we cannot…

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“50/50 campaign let me down once, never again” -DPP Aspirant for Mwanza

Democratic Progressive Party-DPP Parliamentary aspirant for Mwanza West says it is very hard for her to work with any organization supporting women politicians because according to her they are just time wasters. Joyce Chitsulo, a second time aspirant for Mwanza West Constituency says the organizations do not meet aspirants’ expectations before, during and after elections. “I personally do not need 50/50 campaign to win the upcoming Tripartite Elections. I need resources that will compliment mine to serve my constituency better not a day-long lecture on how to win elections ‘by…

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Mutharika Finally Speaks Out On Escalating Political Violence

After growing public outcry on increasing political violent acts, allegedly being perpetrated by the governing Democratic Progressive Party-DPP cadets, President Peter Mutharika has finally come out declaring a crackdown on those behind the undemocratic tendencies. The opposition, religious groups and civil society organizations are bitter with the acts deemed to be a ploy by the Mutharika administration to silence voices of dissent ahead of the May 21 tripartite polls. Off late, some people strongly believed to be DPP cadets have beaten up, intimidated and undressed supporters of the opposition in…

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APM Faces Another Nationwide Protest Two Months To Elections

  It never rains but pours for President Peter Mutharika as he faces yet another nationwide protest in March this year, barely two months before the country holds tripartite elections on May 21, over his alleged protracted silence on serious matters of national interest bordering on governance. Picture above, the CSOs presenting a petition previously. A letter by the country’s civil society organizations under the banner Human Rights Defenders Coalition released on Wednesday reminds President Mutharika on the need to act on their presented grievances on September 21, 2018 with…

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UTM Intimidation Is Our Motivation-Kaliati

  Secretary General for UTM Party, Patricia Kaliati has described the purported intimidation by the governing Democratic Progressive Party-DPP on their members as a big motivation for them ahead of the May 21 polls. She was responding to the recent arrests of two aides for the party’s leader and Vice President, Saulos Chilima after attending Chiwanja Cha Ayao on Sunday in Liwonde. Joshua Valera and Kushi Unyolo were arrested by Balaka Police for allegedly acting suspiciously during the cultural event. They were released on bail on Monday but Kaliati said…

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Mwenefumbo Demands Apology From MCP Over Character Assassination

  Member of Parliament for Karonga Central Frank Mwenifumbo is demanding a written apology from the main opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) for character assassination failing which a legal action shall be taken. He shot the warning at a press briefing at Mikoma Lodge in Karonga. MCP, through its Karonga District Chairperson, Emmanuel James Nkhoma accused Mwenifumbo of rigging during the forthcoming tripartite elections. Nkhoma logged a complaint to multiparty liaison committee and Malawi Electoral Commission accusing Mwenifumbo of ferrying people to his lodge from Karonga North Constituency; a move…

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50:50 Campaign Needs Strong Women-Patel

  Success of the much publicized 50:50 Campaign hinges on the strength of women aspiring to contest in next year’s elections. United Democratic Front (UDF) Member of Parliament for Mangochi South Lillian Patel has observed. She said it was possible for the country to have equal representation of men and women in positions of power only if women discovered themselves on their abilities. Government, organizations and other electoral stakeholders are busy advocating for the participation and election of women in the coming polls. But economic challenges and gender based violence…

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What Christmas Means to Some

  On December 25 every year, Christians globally celebrate the birth of their Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. The day is mostly characterized by prayers, praise and worship; giving thanks for the Messiah born to save mankind. Usually, the celebrations throw off on Christmas Eve. But to some, Christmas means something different; time to party, spoil themselves and almost kill themselves with liquor. This year’s Christmas was not without such drama. The pictures below and above went viral on the damage some did to the day (or the the damage…

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DPP Sitting On Time Bomb With Its Messed Up Primaries

  Frustrations are building up in the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) over the mismanagement of the controversial primary polls being conducted with some disgruntled members accusing the party leadership of messing up the exercise, Dawn News Online can reveal. We have also independently established that the party gurus are divided on their preferred candidates in constituencies where the so called untouchables and ‘party pillars’ come from. Controversy, misunderstandings and violence have dogged the DPP primaries from the onset; a situation allegedly being fuelled by some selfish seniors busy imposing…

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