Re: [ujeni] news update
- Judge reprieves Malawi
I guess they don't have separation of powers and the system of checks and
If our Congress had censured, then banished a member of congress, Not even
the Supreme Court could get him/her back...
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- According to my sources, the bit about USAID's funding is not exactly the whole story, as you might expect.
Malawi donors suspend
President Muluzi is planning to travel to Europe to
discuss the suspensions
By Raphael Tenthani in Blantyre
At least four of Malawi's major donors have
suspended aid to the impoverished southern
African state citing widespread corruption and
The news emerged in a
Chikaonda to President
He says in the letter,
that I have seen a
copy of, that both the
European Union and
the United States have
It says the EU has not only suspended the
release of 15m Euros ($13m) but has also
demanded a refund of seven million Euros
The EU delegation discovered anomalies while
carrying out an audit, discovering that funds
had been used for projects outside any
The delegation's economic advisor, Theo
Kaspers, said the EU had written a fresh
memorandum of understanding with conditions
which had to be signed.
The United States government, through the US
Agency for International Development (USAID),
has also diverted at least $6m of the $7m
meant for Malawi to another country.
It said the move came in response to the
Malawi Government's decision to suspend its
Other donors, notably Britain, have also put on
hold development aid to Malawi because of
corruption, mismanagement and political
Denmark, whose envoy Orla Bakdal was forced
to leave after the Danish embassy questioned
how its money was being used, has also scaled
down sponsored projects in Malawi.
The suspensions could not come at a worse
time for Malawi.
The government needs
to imports thousands
of tonnes of maize to
offset the worsening
Mr Chikaonda has
recommended that the
cabinet be informed on
the developments to
discuss other ways of
He has also suggested
that President Muluzi
and himself travel to Brussels to discuss
developments with the EU.
Meanwhile, the practical effects of the aid
suspensions are already being felt.
New salaries for teachers, the police and
medical workers - which President Muluzi
promised last June - have yet to materialise,
already fuelling sporadic strike actions.
- Zambian president suffers stroke
Zambian President Levy Mwanawasa has suffered a minor stroke, state radio has reported. A spokesman said he was making steady progress.
The president was admitted to hospital in London for a check-up two weeks ago.
Mr Mwanawasa, 57, has been in office since 2001, and has said he intends to contest elections later this year for a second and final term.
The radio report did not make clear how long ago President Mwanawasa had suffered the stroke.
"Chief Government Spokesman Vernon Mwaanga revealed that President Mwanawasa suffered a minor stroke," Zambian National Broadcasting Corporation radio reported.
"Mr Mwaanga however, said the president was making steady progress," ZNBC said.
Mr Mwanawasa cancelled an election campaign trip and flew to London to see doctors after feeling ill on 1 April, officials said.
But a government spokesman said Mr Mwanawasa had gone to London for a routine check-up to ensure his fitness ahead of the election campaign.