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Lilongwe City Council has told anti-Jane Ansah protests organisers – Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) – that the state security agencies will not be available for the Wednesday demonstrations.

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President Peter Mutharika has appointed yet another Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) cadre into the government top position. The Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC) has announced the appointment of Memory Majombe as deputy director of Public Events office.

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Lilongwe-based Chewa social group called Ochewa Ofewa on Saturday visited Byzanzi Juvenile Prison in Dowa District to donate various items worth over K500 000.

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Attorney General Kalekeni Kaphale has warned Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) to suspended their peaceful protests tomorrow, saying going ahead with the demos would be contempt of court.

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Minister of Agriculture Irrigation and water Development Kondwani Nankhumwa on Tuesday announced the suspension of fines and penalties imposed on tobacco farmers in the new Tobacco Law.

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The Constitutional Court has ruled against applications by lawyers for Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) and President  Peter Mutharika, requesting the court to remove some parts of the evidence submitted by Malawi Congress Party (MCP) presidential hopeful Lazarus Chakwera, the second petitioner,  in the presidential elections petition case.

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Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB)  will not be prosecuting  former CDH  Investment Bank chief executive officer (CEO) Misheck Esau for allegedly failing to conduct due diligence and monitor business relationship and the transactions on Zameer Karim of Pioneer Investments, a contractor in the controversial K2.7 billion Malawi Police Service (MPS) food rations deal, with the financial institution.

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High Court judge Richard Chinangwa is this Friday expected to lift a ban or not on radio and television phone-in programs, a ruling which will be closely monitored by rights activists and donors.

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At least 2 000 students in government run universities risk expulsion for lack of fees after Treasury cut a K11.9 billion budget for the loans.

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High Court Judge Thomson Ligowe has upheld Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC)  declaration that Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislator  Symon Vuwa-Kaunda won the Nkhata Bay Central constituency in the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections.

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High Court judge Richard Chinangwa is this Friday expected to lift a ban or not on radio and television phone-in programs, a ruling which will be closely monitored by rights activists and donors.

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Leading human rights activist Timothy Mtambo says he is suspicious that the police are not updating him on a petrol bomb suspect who was apprehended last week and handed over to the law enforcers in Lilongwe.

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Former president of Zambia Rupiah Banda has failed to come to Malawi to end the prevailing political stand-off as some players seem not to be interested in the initiative.

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Indian government will proceed with its plans to erect a bust of Indian nationalist Mahatma Ghandi in Blantyre but changed plans from having it at an open site to put it inside Mahatma Ghandi International Convention Centre after a public backlash.

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Justice Jack N’riva of the High Court in Blantyre has dismissed with cost an election petition stemming from the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections after the petitioner Samuel Chinyani failed to pursue the case.

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President Peter Mutharika has renewed his condemnation for violent protests just days before the new wave of anti-Jane Ansah demonstrations. Speaking Saturday evening on arrival from Zimbabwe where he attended the state funeral of former president Robert Mugabe, Mutharika said the violent protests are detrimental to the social-economic development of the country.

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Malawi Parliament is expected to establish a new committee which will oversee development and cooperating partners supporting the ever expanding National Assembly.

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Malawi Police in Lilongwe are looking for thugs who have petrol bombed a vehicle which belongs to the Tobacco Commission in the wee hours of Sunday.

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The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) led government has come under intense fire for failure to implement the Access to Information law, two years after it was passed in parliament.

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Close to 200 000 people in the country are expected to graduate from poverty in the next seven years from now following the implementation of Financial Access for Rural markets Smallholders and Enterprises Program (FARMSE).

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Officials from state controlled Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) says it is on the verge of closing down due to inadequate funding from the government.

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The Quota Must Fall Movement has withdrawn its earlier threat of a  complete shutdown of public secondary schools in the country citing patriotism and a ‘fruitful’ meeting with government officials as the main reasons.

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President Peter Mutharika on Saturday was among foreign dignitaries and Zimbabweans bid farewell to that country’s hero turned murderous tyrant Robert Mugabe, after a week of disputes over his burial that have threatened to undermine President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

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Former president Bakili Muluzi once said “Amalawi sachedwa kuyiwala (Malawians forget quickly).” He was referring to the atrocities the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) committed during its 31 years in power under the reign of Kamuzu Banda.

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Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism Salim Bagus has said the tourism sector’s minimum wage needs to be reviewed to be in line with long working hours employees in the industry endure.

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Opposition legislator Yeremiah Chihana invented himself as new loose cannon among the current cohort of Parliament during the last sitting and will be the MP to watch in general debate of the 2019/20 budget statement.

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Speaker of Parliament Catherine Gotani Hara announced that only Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and United Democratic Front (UDF) will give official response to the 2019/20 national budget statement when the House re-convene for general debate as tiny parties UTM and PP will not be making formal statements.

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Current political uncertainty caused by post-election disputes has resulted in revenue losses for the country’s flagship hotel chain, Sunbird Tourism Plc, the company’s published half-year results showed on Thursday.

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Northern Region was on standstill on Thursday as people went to the streets to hold demonstrations against the quota system of selecting learners to public schools and they have demanded  the government to abolish the system.

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The Lilongwe First Grade Magistrate Court has convicted and fined Shadreck Galeta Banda for impersonating Lilongwe Water Board (LWB) officer and connecting water on people’s houses illegally.

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