Mar 20, 2018 Last Updated 8:50 AM, Mar 20, 2018


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Former Acting President of the Peoples Party(PP) Uladi Mussa was on Monday spotted at the Presidential function in Salima district, triggering reports that he is on the verge of joining the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).

He was accompanied by some members of the Peoples Party.

It was the ground breaking ceremony of the China Africa Textile project by President Peter Mutharika.

Mussa, who did not speak at the function, was donning a blue shirt and his presence was recognised by the Malawi leader.

The former PP leader was fired from his position recently, on allegations that he was aligning himself with the DPP.

The leadership of the PP accused Mussa of declaring that the party was in a working relationship with the DPP, a decision they alleged was unilaterally made by the Salima South MP.

Mussa was not immediately available for comment on the issue.

A 23-year-old man in Malawi, Razak Masina, is in police custody at Namwera Police Post for being found in possession of assorted medical drugs without license.

Mangochi Police Station Public Relations Officer, Rodrick Maida confirmed the development, saying Masina was arrested on March 9, 2018 at about six o’clock in the morning  by Namwera police officers who were manning Idrussi road block.

Maida said in the course of their duty the officers stopped a minibus with passengers on board for routine inspection.

“Upon searching, the officers found a travelling bag containing assorted medical drugs and the bag was traced to Masina,” Maida told Malawi News Agency.

He added: “The bag contained 42 blister sachets of LA; 1000 tablets of Bufen; 1000 tablets of DCN; 25 pieces of syringes among others.”

The police publicist added that all the medical drugs were seized to be tendered in court as exhibit and the suspect is expected to appear before court after investigations.

Masina hails from Makunganya Village in the area of Traditional Authority Chimwala in Mangochi.

The Lilongwe high court on Friday sentenced former Tourism Deputy Director Leonard Kalonga to seven and half years for money laundering.

He was convicted in August 2015 upon his plea of guilty to three counts that he was facing.

Kalonga was also found guilty of conspiracy to defraud government of MK1 billion on which he has been sentenced one year.

The former tourism official has also been given a two year jail sentence for facilitating to launder MK5.2 billion which he used to purchase of Marcopolo buses.

Passing the judgment, high court judge Fiona Mwale indicated that Kalonga pleaded guilty to the offences at the earliest time possible and also led to a breakthrough in Cashgate cases hence having a lesser penalty.

She has, however condemned the act saying that a lot of money that would have funded the whole judicial system was lost.

In the money laundering case, MK3.2 billion was shared among contactors fraudulently.

Leaders of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in Malawi are trashing fears expressed by the public that their impending meeting with Finance minister Goodal Gondwe will compromise their position on the 4 billion kwacha saga.

They assure the public that they will continue to push for justice to prevail on the matter.

Gondwe invited the activists that are pushing for his resignation over the matter, to a round table discussion, claiming he wants to give them accurate information on the matter.

According to Gondwe, facts are being misrepresented on the matter.

The activists, among the Charles Kajoloweka of the Youth and Society (YAS) have accepted to meet Gondwe on Friday this week.

The government had earlier indicated that the money, which it claims is meant for development activities, would be distributed among 86 legislators who purportedly helped it shoot down the electoral reforms bills in November last year.

This ignited anger among the side-lined legislators, which forced the government to rescind the decision, and have it shared among all the 193 constituencies instead.

Following the development, the Civil Society has given the Minister of Finance Goodall Gondwe and the Minister of Local government Kondwani Nankhumwa, seven days from the 2nd of March, to explain the source of the money, or resign.

The Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP) has since joined calls for the resignation of the two cabinet ministers.

Speaking to Capital FM, CCJP National Coordinator Boniface Chibwana observes that the country is facing various challenges and wonders why such money should be shared among legislators.

The public has also questioned the government on the decision pointing out that such an amount of money would have been put into better use in government departments that are underfunded.

Malawian Filmmaker Flora Suya is promising a great production in her upcoming movie, titled Dear Pen Pal.

The film will be premiered this month in Lilongwe and Blantyre.

Suya, who has been in the industry for over a decade and started her career with Wakhumbata Ensemble Theatre in 2004.

She came up with the idea of the romance film after being inspired by the uniqueness of some couples.

The new movie is about Pen Pals called Prisca and Steve. They agree not to exchange pictures as a measure of making their first meeting exciting.

However things do not go as planned and this changes both of their lives forever.

When the meeting day finally comes, Ian, envious of Steven’s profound love for Prisca, deceives Prisca into believing that he is Steve. They end up having sex. The sexual encounter leads into pregnancy.

Suya’s last movie, My Mother’s Story won an Achievement for a Feature Narrative award at Silicon Valley African Film Festival in the United States of America.

Apart from movie making, Suya also produsces and directs, television series Spouses and Workmates.

She is among the few female filmmakers in the country who have made a name for themselves locally and internationally.

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