Blantyre registers lowest voters so far, says Malawi Electoral Commission

Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson Jane Ansahhas disclosed that Blantyre district has registered lowest figures in voter registration in readiness for the May 2019 tripartite elections. The development follows earlier reports that district has developed...

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Blantyre bypass road excites Chinese giant engineering firm: To ease traffic congestion

One of the biggest Chinese construction investment companies the China Railway Construction Corporation (CRCC) has expressed interest to join the government of Malawi in the construction of the Blantyre City bypass roads to ease traffic...

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ACB reveals DPP has paid back K145m to Pioneer Investments’ Karim

The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has kept to its word and has paid back K145m to Zameer Karim of Pioneer Investments according to the Director General of the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB), Reyneck Matemba.

Matemba went on to further state that Zameer Karim’s account was frozen as soon as the K145m was deposited with help from the Financial Intelligence Authority (FIA).

The money is suspected to be proceeds of crime following the Malawi Police Service Rations scandal where Karim trading as Pioneer Investments colluded with public officials to defraud the Malawian government close to K400m in bogus interest claims and suspected overcharging of goods supplied.

In a press conference a few weeks ago, DPP’s publicity secretary, Nicholas Dausi said the party would in good faith pay back the money it had received as funding from Karim due to what he claimed was a “public misunderstanding”.

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MEC target one million voters in South during fourth phase of registration

 

By Malawi News Agency
The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) is targeting to register 1,017,140 eligible voters in Blantyre, Mwanza, Chikhwawa and Ntcheu from 16th to 29th August 2018.

MEC’s Chief Elections Officer (CEO), Sam Alfandika saidthe Commission has established reserve personnel who are meant to take over the centre operations whenever they are incapacitated to work due to various reasons in order to insure uninterrupted service.

“We have reserve staff to take over the centre operation whenever any operator is sick or fails to show up for various reasons,” explained Alfandika.

The Chief Elections Officer added that the registration equipment has been serviced and repaired before the commencement of the fourth phase to ensure smooth operations.

“The MEC monitoring teams in each district have been groomed for high alert and responsiveness to the registration process related problems in order to ensure continuous operations in the centers.

The National Initiative for Civic Education (NICE’s Southern Region Coordinator, Enock Chinkhutha registered the body’s commitment to civic educating the masses ahead of and during the registration period.

Chinkhutha indicated that NICE has extended civic education through churches, mosques. market places and loud announcement through housing communities.

“For the fourth phase that is currently underway, we have also engaged volunteers who are going round sensitizing the people from door to door in Blantyre are mostly targeting the working class,” elaborated Chinkhutha.

However, Chinkhutha expressed people’s lack of confidence in the politicians as a setback in trying to convince people to go and register as they seem to have lost hope in politicians.

Still more, NICE is calling on the eligible voters in the districts of Blantyre, Mwanza, Chikhwawa and Ntcheu where registration is currently underway to patronize the exercise at all cost.

“Participation in elections is one’s right and responsibility. It must be utilized by all responsible citizens in a democracy,” added Chinkhutha.

Starting from 26th June  to 9th November 2018,  is the  registration period   for  eligible voters  in readiness for the 2019 tripartite elections and MEC is doing the  exercise in phases.

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FMB closes branches in Malawi, to retrench staff

By Maravi Post reporter
First Merchant Bank says it will next week start retrenching some members of staff after it closes two of its branches and merge some of them in what the bank says business rationalization.

In a statement, the bank says all those who will lose their jobs will receive their retrenchment packages.

“First Merchant Bank wants to create more efficiencies by utilizing available resources,” says the bank in the letter.

The branches earmarked for closure include Lujeri and Blantyre market.

However, the bank has not said how many people are expected to lose their jobs and officials refused to comment on the matter.

This comes at a time when Finance Minister Goodall Gondwe has  been saying that the economy is more robust than ever before whilst economists say the country is facing a slump economy.

Several banks have folded up which include Inde Bank which was sold to National Bank and state run Malawi Savings Bank which was sold to business tycoon Thom Mpinganjira.

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DPP to return stolen Money – Dausi

Earlier this afternoon, the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) held a press conference at its headquarters where its Publicity Secretary Nicholas Dausi said the party would return the K145 million it received from Zameer Karim’s Pioneer Investments.

Pioneer Investments is believed to have made the payment into DPP’s Standard Bank account whose sole signatory is President Professor Peter Mutharika as a kick back for the contract awarded to Zameer Karim’s firm to provide food rations to the Malawi Police Service.

Last week, the High Court froze the DPP bank account following an application by the Mzuzu based CSO, Youth and Society Organisation (YSO), who protested that the matter should be looked into since the money is beleieved to be proceeds from crime.

According to Dausi, “The money was intended to help the party budget for its headquarters in Blantyre and use for other party expenses. The fact that the sole signatory is President Mutharika does not mean in any way that the money was meant for him as a person”.

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Malawi postcode, address project on course: MACRA completes Blantyre pilot phase

Malawi Communications & Regulatory Authority (MACRA), in conjunction with Blantyre City Council and Malawi Postal Service, has completed 90 percent of the pilot phase of national physical address mapping project for Blantyre City and its sorrounding...

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