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#Malawi: Sacked Justice Minister arrested for attempted murder

By Mabvuto Banda Ralph Kasambara, sacked last month from cabinet as Justice Minister, has been arrested for attempted murder. “He was arrested early this morning [Friday] after a search for him yesterday,” Justice Minister Fahad Assani said. Kasambara was dropped as Justice Minister early this month and an arrest warrant was issued immediately in-connection with… Read More ›

#Malawi police search the homes of sacked jutsice minister

Malawi police have searched the homes of sacked Justice Minister Ralph Kasambara, officials close the investigations have said but could not disclose why and what they have found. “We have searched Mr Kasambara’s Area 10 Lilongwe residence which he was using when he was Minister and police are currently searching his Nyabandwe residence in Blantyre,”… Read More ›

#MALAWI: How the Ministry of Tourism lost US$12 million in dubious payments

Mabvuto Banda Over US$12 million (K4.8 billion) is suspected to have been siphoned out from the Ministry of Tourism between July and September 2013 through dubious payouts that have also led to the arrest of two senior officials at the ministry. During the six-months the Ministry paid out more than K5.8 billion, of which K363… Read More ›

How a #Malawi central bank policy helped the looting of public funds

By Mabvuto Banda New details have emerged that government instructed some commercial banks to honour all its cheques for any amount without any limit on behalf of the Reserve Bank of Malawi (RBM), a policy that looters took advantage of. A change in payment policy-according to an interim report from a Treasury-sanctioned investigative audit of… Read More ›

Government corruption cripples healthcare in Malawi

Originally posted on Africa – News and Analysis:
IRIN Government corruption “cripples” Malawi’s health sector FEEDBACKEMAILPRINTEASY READ SHARE Photo: Laura Lopez Gonzalez/IRIN Corruption has diverted funds from already under-funded health facilities LILONGWE, 24 October 2013 (IRIN) – Extensive looting of public funds by government officials in Malawi has dangerously undermined the country’s public health sector,…

Vox Pop: #Malawians mock #Zuma

Malawians on Wednesday mocked South African President Jacob Zuma describing him as uncivilised for remarks he made on Tuesday. While trying to justify e-tolls for roads in South Africa, Zuma said: “We can’t think like Africans, in Africa, generally. We are in Johannesburg, this is Johannesburg. It’s not some national road in Malawi”. This has… Read More ›

#MALAWI: Why Pres. Banda dropped Lipenga, Kasambara from cabinet

Malawi President Joyce Banda announced a new cabinet on Wednesday dropping finance minister Ken Lipenga and senior lawyer Ralph Kasambara as Justice Minister. She didn’t give any reasons but new information has emerged that she blames Lipenga for failing to deal with the malfeasance at treasury and Kasambara is being linked to the shooting of… Read More ›

Malawi’s One Night Stand

By Mabvuto Banda Gogo Munthali dissolves into tears every morning. She worries about what to feed her five grandchildren orphaned by HIV/Aids. Munthali was among the first beneficiaries of Malawi’s farm input subsidy programme (FISP) in Rumphi, which lies over 400 km north of Lilongwe, when it was introduced some eight years ago by late… Read More ›

#Malawi finance minister, justice minister likely to lose jobs

Malawi’s Finance Minister Ken Lipenga and Justice Minister Ralph Kasambara are likely not going to come back into cabinet when President Joyce Banda’s appoints a new team, sources close to the presidency have revealed. Banda sacked her entire cabinet on Thursday evening in response to a financial scandal involving some ministers and top civil servants,… Read More ›

Protesting against the looting of public coffers

#Malawi: A few take to the streets; ask JB to dissolve cabinet, Finance Minister out

  A handful of angry Lilongwe residents on Thursday took to the streets demanding the Finance Minister resigns immediately and asked President Joyce Banda to dissolve her entire cabinet. One of the placards they were carrying read: Ken Lipenga tula pansi udindo wako (Ken Lipenga resign from your position)  Another read: Joyce Banda chotsa nduna… Read More ›


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