Andrew Viano

Andrew Viano

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.

Malawi Electoral Commission says it has a budget shortfall of K6.5 billion, less than two days to the start of registration for the proposed fresh presidential poll.

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.

Backlash on New Cabinet

President Peter Mutharika has departed from his pledge to have a lean cabinet and has appointed 32 member-team which observers say is prepositioning for the fresh Presidential election scheduled for May 19.

Malawi Congress Party president, Dr. Lazarus Chakwera, says he is set to begin the race to the next presidential election with the first post-constitutional court open air political rally at Msundwe on the Lilongwe-Mchinji road.

As the country await Constitutional Court Verdict, The vocal Human Rights Defenders Coalition has joined several stakeholders asking parties to the electoral case to respect the outcome and maintain peace thereafter.

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