Malawi pressure group TA set to launch ‘End of Leadership Deficiency’ scathing document

Pressure group, Transformation Alliance (TA, is this week set to launch a scathing document that demonizes “failed leaderships” in the country at a press briefing in Malawi’s commercial capital Blantyre, Nyasa Times can reveal. Leaked...

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Mwanza man jailed 14 years for defiling brother’s daughter

The Mwanza First Grade Magistrate court on Monday slapped the 22-year old Emmanuel Lino with 14 years jail term for defiling his brother’s daughter.

Mwanza police station spokesperson Edwin Kaunda told The Maravi Post that the court head that the convict committed the crime when he was staying with his brother at Mchotseni village.

It was during the night of December 29 to 30, 2017, took advantage of the absence of his brother and entered the room where his brother’s 11 yr old girl was sleeping and defiled her.

The girl thereafter revealed the ordeal to her father who came home on the following day. Eventually, father took the girl to Mwanza police who referred the girl to Mwanza DHO where defilement was confirmed.

The police publicist added that Emmanuel was arrested on the day the matter was reportedly to the police and appeared before court on January 8 this year ,and pleaded not guilty to the charge of defilement.

“The state prosecutor Joshua Chirambo summoned four witnesses who testified against the convict. After full trial, Emmanuel was found guilty of the charge against him. In his submission, Chirambo asked the court to mete out a stiffer punishment because the trend of defiling young girls is on the rise in the district.

“Although, Emmanuel asked for leniency but His worship Ranwell Mangazi said that the convict is supposed to be given a stiffer punishment because he failed to protect and care for his brother’s daughter who entrusted to him,” said Kaunda.

The convict Lino hails from Mchotseni village, Traditional Authority (T.A) Kanduku in Mwanza.

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SDA youth on blood donation spear in Lilongwe; Youth Day celebration

By Brian Longwe

LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)- The Lilongwe City Zone Youth ministry of Seventhday Adventist Church over the weekend celebrated Global Youth Day (GYD)with various charity works in Lilongwe.

The Global Youth Day which is annually commemorated by the SDA congregation’s youth societies across the world falls on March 18.

To mark the day, the youth conducted cleaning exercise at Bwaila Hospital maternal wards and donated some items including laundry soap and groceries to patients.

58 out of100 targeted members donated blood to Malawi Blood Transfusion Services (MBTS) at Falls SDA Church in the district.

Coordinator for Lilongwe City Zone youth ministry Comrade Kondwani Ngwale said youth congregation has a role to play in addressing some socio-economic challenges the country is facing.

Ngwale added that the ministry cherish Global Youth Day as a way forward for youths to carry out all sorts of activities like, environmental conservation programs, hospitals and prisons visitation, blood donation and reaching out to the needy, to mention a few.

“We engage boys and girls in more advocacy programs to divert our country positively,” said Ngwale.

Senior Nursing officer for Bwaila hospital postnatal department Dorica Kambuku lauded the ministry for the timely intervention in helping patients with resources and hygienic conditions services at the facility.

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Malawi poorly ranked on world ICT data Index; now at 167

LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-Malawi has slightly improved at ICT Development Index (IDI) ranking to 167 in 2017 from 169 in 2016, Maravi Post has learnt.

Malawi is among Southern African countries missing on the top hundred countries on IDI ranking for several years.

This is daunting task to the nation needs to carry if it want tallying with regional requirement of African countries on quality data provision to International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

Malawi however is expected to improve on its ICT Development Index (IDI) with current on-going SIM Card registration among its citizens.

The exercise is one of the key indicators used in IDI for the worldwide ranking on data statistics.

This is the reason government through Ministry of ICT, National Statistical Office and the Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA) in conjunction with ITU organised a two-day Regional Workshop on ICT Statistics for Africa underway Bingu International Convention Centre in the capital Lilongwe from March 20 to March 21, 2018.

The conference which has drawn participants African countries focuses on building capacity on statisticians, regulators, academia among others.

This will also help relevant government officials on the indicators to be included in the (revised) IDI 2018, with an emphasis on the telecommunications indicators

Principal Secretary for ICT, Erica Maganga told The Maravi Post that it pains her each time she looks at these ICT indicators statistics and where African countries lie.

“We are not doing very well and we need to continue doing more. As for Africa, I want us to shine because we have invested a lot of knowledge wealth in our children. We just need to be focused and invest more in research and bring awareness to consumers on the available services as well as the importance of using ICT services that have been necessitated by rapid technology growth.

This workshop therefore will provide an opportunity Member States to learn from our peers who are moving upwards along the IDI rank. It will also provide an opportunity for the ITU to have bilateral discussions with countries and Member states to exchange experiences in the compilation of the data,” optimistic PS Maganga.

MACRA Director General Godfrey Itaye concurred with Maganga on worrying trend which has provoked countries below the quality data line.

“This is the reason we requested the ITU to train our local staff that handle and manage ICT statistics. The general consensus was on the need to provide accurate and timely data for the compilation of ICT Development Index (IDI) and indicators to be used in the 2018 version among others.

However, most of us Member Countries in Africa are faced with a number of challenges ranging from lack of resources to collect data, poor coordination with national statistical offices, lack of expertise and general knowledge gap in ITU statistical terminologies used and understanding. These challenges require that Governments should invest in the capacity and human capital to ensure that reliable and meaningful information is collected not only in ICT sector but across all sectors of our economies,” observes Itaye.

ITU regional program officer for Africa, Anne Rita Ssemboga retaliated the need for African countries to improve the ICT statistical data provision to improv their rankings that help in development index worldwide.

“We shall, during the course of two days review the main groups of telecommunication/ICT indicators, their definitions and methodological issues with a focus on the Information Development Index (IDI) revised indicators which come into effect in 2018.

“Participants will also have the opportunity to share the experience of their countries in the collection and harmonization of telecommunication/ICT indicators,” assures Ssemboga.

None of African countries appears close to the top 50 on the IDI ranking with Mauritius appearing on rank 72 with an IDI value of 5.88 followed by South Africa on rank 92, Cape Verde on 93, Tunisia on 99 and Morocco in the top 100 ranking.

Malawi has slightly improved at rank 167 in 2017 from 169 in 2016. The IDI 2017 saw Iceland ranking first with an IDI value of 8.98

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Malawi opposition, consumers up against Egenco, Escom over extended blackout

Main opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) has dubbed the accused the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) of peddling lies following the persistent power black outs in the country and accused  Electricity Generation Company (Egenco) of duping Malawians....

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Salima Turns Blue: From Felix Jumbe, Uladi Mussa, Jessie Kabwila Too Joining DPP

Former acting Peoples Party (PP) acting president Uladi Mussa has officially returned to his former party, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and was on M onday afternoon introduced to party members by President Peter Mutharika at a ground breaking ceremony for a Chinese funded cotton factory.

Uladi was formally introduced to DPP supporters along with Salima Central MP Friday Jumbe who defected to the DPP after he was expelled by the Malawi Congress Party (MCP).

Mussa, popularly known as ‘Change Goal’ by his supporters, fell out with PP founding leader Joyce Banda, who is in self exile in the US, after Mussa showed interest to take over the Peoples Party from Banda, a decision that left the party divided and wounded.

DPP secretary general Grazider Jefrey said more high profile defections from Salima were expected amid speculation that Salima north west MP Jessie Kabwila might be moving towards the ruling party from the MCP.

Jeffrey said Mutharika would return to Salima in a few weeks time to formally welcome Mussa, Jumbe and others at a political rally.

DPP has so far eloped in high profile politicians who include Brown Mpinganjira and Henry Phoya whilst the MCP latest celebrity catch is Sidik Mia who has openly said he is eyeing for the vice presidency of the party, a move that has put him on a collision course with Speaker of the National Assembly Richard Msowoya and divided the party.

Mutharika, speaking at the function, said the cotton factory which will be manufacturing all sorts of clothes, beddings and others would bring in US$80 million and create 1, 500 new jobs in the country especially for women and the youth.