Andrew Viano

Andrew Viano

As Malawians anxiously await declaration of who is the next president of Malawi following the hotly contested June 23 Fresh Presidential Poll, some stakeholders are into reviewing how the process has fared.

Attempts by President Peter Mutharika to remove the country’s Chief Justice days before Tuesday’s presidential elections have attracted widespread condemnation from both local and international rights and legal bodies.

Ballots for the fresh presidential election on Tuesday will be flown in from Dubai Friday June 19 as scheduled, according to Malawi Electoral Commission Chairman, Dr. Chifundo Kachale.

The 2019- 2020 National Budget ends on June 30th worth 1.911 trillion Kwacha from 1.84 trillion approved at Mid-Year.

The Lilongwe District Health Office says for the past two days, it has failed to conduct further tests from Kaliyeka in Lilongwe where 10 people recently tested positive to COVID-19 due to hostile environment that was in the area, a development which is posing a big threat for spread of the disease in the area and Lilongwe at large.

The Department of Disaster Management Affairs says the country has a 138 billion kwacha deficit to carry out a robust COVID 19 response.

Health workers at Area 18 health centre in Lilongwe are staging a sit-in to force management provide them with protective gear in the wake of the coronavirus.

Dr. Jessie Kabwira on Thursday showed up for her case in the magistrates’ court in Lilongwe, but hearing was adjourned indefinitely as presiding Magistrate, Shyleen Chirwa, is preoccupied with other cases.

Plans by the Malawi Electoral Commission to have two South African lawyers to represent it in the presidential election appeal case are in limbo following a national lock-down and grounding of all planes in South Africa.

Key opposition political parties, MCP and UTM say they will not boycott the process for the proposed fresh presidential election despite pushing for the removal of the current electoral commission.

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