Vote to shape the country-Arch Bishop Ziyaye

 By Tione Andsen

Catholic members in Lilongwe have been advised to view the May 2019 elections a cardinal point of reshaping the future of the country.

Archbishop for Lilongwe Archdiocese, Bishop Tarsizius Ziyaye gave the advice Saturday at Area 2 in Lilongwe he opened Bishop Nervi Media Centre.

He said as eligible voters they need to be guided on with the Pastoral letter which was released earlier in the year on how to elect a good leader.

“Am appealing to you to keep your voter registration slip safely to enable you exercise your democratic right to vote for a leader of your choice in the next elections,” Archbishop told them.

Ziyaye said Malawians need to choose a leader who will be able to serve them and provide their basic needs all the time.

The Archbishop pointed of the church would continue promoting social teaching of the church to its members so that they should be on top of things.

He said Malawians should be encouraged to pray for the nation that the elections should be conducted in a peaceful and orderly manner.

“We should pray to God so that he should continue blessing the country in its endeavours,” Ziyaye said.

Voter registration exercise for the May 2019 elections ended on Friday on November 9, 2018

Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) will release the final figures of the registered voters soon.

Although some places like Lilongwe, Kasungu and Blantyre reported to have registered few voters compared the projected figures.

There were calls for MEC go reopened the registration exercise in some districts which had face some challenges during the registration process but MEC has not made any firm stand regarding the request yet.

Various electoral stakeholders have voiced their concern on the retrieved registration machine which was found in Mozambique after it went missing on its way to Mwanza.

A week later, another registration machine went missing in Mzuzu and is yet to be recovered after being reported to Police.

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Malawi President Mutharika leads nation in honouring fallen war veterans

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By Mphatso Nkuonera

LILONGWE-President Peter Mutharika on Sunday led the nation in honouring world war one and two fallen  heroes at the War Memorial Tower in Lilongwe.


A two minute silence was observed to honour the fallen heroes before Mutharika led the nation in laying wreaths.


Others that laid wreaths included MDF commander General Griffin Supuni Phiri, Malawi Police Service Inspector General Rodney Jose, Chief Justice Andrew Nyirenda, Deputy Speaker of Parliament Esther Mcheka Chilenje, Chief Secretary to the Goverment Lloyd Muhara, Dean of the Diplomatic Community Virginia Palmer and several heads of Missions among others.


After the laying of wreaths, the clergy offered intercessory prayers.


Malawi Defence Force (MDF) spokesperson  Major Paul Chiphwanya said the world wars claimed lives of 10 million combatants and seven million civilians.


“The wars involved nearly 19, 000 soldiers from Malawi alone. These world wars involved all African nations who fought for their colonial masters, except Ethiopia.


Commenting on the welfare of the old and retired soldiers, Chiphwanya said:


“Malawi has built war memorial houses in Mzuzu, Lilongwe and Zomba where we look after the war veterans who do not have any relative to take care of them,”


As for this year, he said MDF has been conducting a series of income generating activities to raise money for the welfare of the retired  soldiers.


“We expect to raise the sum of K12 million through some activities like charity golf tournaments and other sporting activities to support the health of our war veterans,” he said.


Similar functions were conducted in Zomba where the president was represented by Minister of Labour, Youth, Sports and Manpower Development, Cecelia Chazama while in Mzuzu, it was led by Minister of Gender, Children, Disability and Social welfare, Grace Chiumia.


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Subscribe to policies of government or face the chop – President Mutharika warns ministers



By Patricia Kapulula

President Peter Mutharika has called upon  members of his Cabinet to subscribe to the policies of the ruling government and be part of its  policy agenda or face the chop.
Mutharika gave the warning at Kamuzu palace in Lilongwe on Friday during the swearing in of
new members of the Cabinet.
Everton Chimulirenji and three deputy ministers Charles Mchacha, Amos Mailosi  and Welani Chirenga were sworn in as minister and deputy ministers respectively.
The president said there is nothing like sitting a Cabinet as an honorary position or as a matter
of constitutional status but subscribing to the policies and agenda of the government of the day.
He said working in cabinet demands discipline and collective responsibility which he said must
be shown and adhered to by all Cabinet members.
“Because we work on the principle of collective responsibility, you cannot sit on Cabinet if you
are not part of its agenda. Every Cabinet has a policy agenda,” he said.
On that note the president urged the sworn in Cabinet members to work towards that agenda
and drive policies that should make a difference in the lives of Malawians.
In accordance with the law, on Wednesday  Mutharika made changes to the cabinet reassigning some ministers to new portfolios.
The changes saw some new faces roped into cabinet.
The president said he has trust in everyone he has appointed and expects them to live up to the
expectation of the people and serve Malawians with a patriotic spirit, integrity and hardwork.
“In particular I would like to urge you to protect public resources and foster transparency and
accountability. I appeal to you to desist from engaging in corrupt activities,” said Mutharika.
He said corruption is evil and must be fought out of the society through collective responsibility.
According to the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) report released this week, Malawi’s
rate of corruption control is at 65 percent.
Commenting on the changes he made in his Cabinet, Mutharika said such changes are normal as ministers and deputy ministers are occasionally rotated to expose them to other domains of government and sometimes to reinvigorate or reenergize government machinery.
“In other instances ministers and deputy ministers also need a fresh challenge in their work. The
ultimate aim is to ensure that government serves the country better,” he said.
One of the sworn in deputy minister  Charles Mchacha who is Deputy Minister of Homeland
Security told the press in an interview after the swearing in ceremony that he will discharge the
duties to the best of his capabilities.
Mchacha who is also Democratic Progressive Party regional governor for the South said he will
work to differentiate his duties as a regional governor and as a cabinet member.
“You have to know that now I have two offices. When I stand as deputy minister I’m supposed to
speak on behalf of government, for the general public but when I stand on the podium as
regional governor I stand for my party and I’m supposed to defend my party and that’s what I
will exactly be doing,” said Mchacha.

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Malawi’s First Lady Getrude Mutharika calls for end to child marriages

First Lady Getrude Mutharika

By Watson Maingo

SALIMA–First Lady Getrude Mutharika has called for an end to child marriages.

 She said it is proper  for every Malawian to fight against child marriages as the country
commemorates United Nation Security Council Resolution number 1325 on women, peace and
Mutharika said this in Salima on Tuesday during the UNSCR 1325
commemoration, which was under the theme ‘Peace and Security for the dignity of Women.’
“As we commemorate this day. we as Malawians should consider  ourselves as a lucky and
blessed people as we have not known any war but our friends in war areas know the pains of war
which mostly affect women and children.
“But despite that, not everybody is at peace in this country; we have children that are married out
at a young age they are disturbed and affected heavily by their condition and they don’t enjoy a
peace of mind, It is therefore, important that parents, guardians and all responsible Malawians
work hard to stop practices that leave others with no peace of mind like child marriages,” said
Mutharika called on the global community to avoid conflicts so that the world enjoys peace and development.
“As we celebrate this day we should now work towards implementing UNSCR 1325 on women,
peace and security at all levels to ensure peace and security,” she said.
Chairperson of the Nation Peace Committee, Apostle Dr Madalitso Mbewe, said that Malawi can achieve more peace and security that can enable women to fully participate in
all aspects of life if government removes some elements blocking women to prosper.
“To achieve this Government must remove all hostile elements, which destruct the woman from
being effective. A woman who is peaceful and secure can flourish and prosper in many ways,” he said.
He also applauded government for trying to empower women in some areas like  the 50:50
Campaign initiative being implemented in the country.
“However as can be seen we still have a long way to go. On this occasion we humbly request
Government to formulate and adopt policies as well enact an enabling legislation supportive of
nominating equal number of women from each region to be appointed to our Parliament,” said Mbewe.
He also acknowledged and applauded government for the existing favourable legal and policy
framework which support women as Gender Equality Act, Wills and Inheritance Act, Marriage Divorce and Family Relations Act, and Gender Equality Policy.
Resident Coordinator for United Nations, Maria Jose Torres said that peace and
security give opportunity for women to participate in all aspects of life.

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Lilongwe man arrested over Indian hemp cultivation

Biyeni arrested for cultivating indian hemp

By Chifundo Nedi

Lingadzi Police in Lilongwe Monday arrested a 41 year old, Patrick Biyeni for cultivating Indian hemp locally known as Chamba in his farm in Area 10 which made a body of land cruiser full after Police uprooted it.

According to Central Region Police Public Relations Officer (PRO), Nolliettie Chimala, Police received the information from members of the community that the suspect cultivates Indian hemp in his farm found along the stream of Kamanthongo which is between Areas 10 and 43 in the city.

She added that the suspect mixed the plant with maize, cassava, onions, beans, green pepper and assorted vegetables in order to trick the public.

“Upon following the report we received from the members of the community, Police rushed to the scene and managed uproot the plant and arrest the suspect,” the PRO said.

Chihana urged the public to continue providing them with such kind of information about people who may be seen possessing, cultivating and selling the substance because criminals always live in our communities.

The suspect is pending court proceedings to answer charges of illegal cultivation of Indian hemp which Contravenes Regulation 6A as read with 19 of Dangerous Drug Act.

Biyeni hails from Nenekeza Village, Traditional Authority (TA) Kwataine, in Ntcheu district.




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Malawi gets US$ 215.16 million; Signs three agreements with India

Written by  Mayamiko Chimbali

India Vice-President, Shri Venkaiah Naidu Monday launched the “India for Humanity” initiative with Malawi and announced the provision of a line of credit of US$ 215.16 million for 18 water projects.

He said part of the credit line would be used for the construction of Mahatma Gandhi International Convention Centre in Blantyre.

The signing of the agreements formed part of the successful two-day working visit to Malawi by the Indian Vice President from November 4 to 5, 2018 which was aimed at strengthening the existing cooperation between the two countries

During the visit,Malawi and India Monday signed Memorandum of Understandings (MOUs) in the following three areas of Diplomatic and Official Passports, Visa exemption treaty and Peaceful uses of nuclear energy.

Signing the agreements were India’s Minister of State for Justice and Empowerment, Shri Krishan Pal and Malawi’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Dr. Emmanuel Fabiano.

Among other engagements, Naidu, Monday addressed the India-Malawi business meeting that included the inauguration of the business incubation centre and India Africa Institute for Agriculture and Rural development (IAIARD).

The India Vice President paid a courtesy call on President Peter Mutharika, where they had discussions on a wide range of bilateral and multilateral issues of mutual interest for the two countries.

He donated a Bhabhatron’ Telecobalt Cancer Therapy machine, medicines worth US$ 2 million, 10 ambulances and 100,000 books among others.

Naidu announced that India would run a one-month workshop set up to fix 500 artificial limbs prepared by the world-renowned Jaipur Foot Technology.

Reflecting on the visit, Fabiano described the visit as ‘a very important visit in the socio-economic development of the country and diplomatic standing.

The India Vice President left the country Monday evening for India having visited Botswana and Zimbabwe during his African leg.

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Nya-Uyu woo her fans to fight for the voiceless

By Grace Sabao

The Country’s up-coming comedian, Felistus Tibalenge Ngwira who is commonly known as Nya-Uyu, has asked her fans to use her brand so called Vilekeke to condemn social ills such as gender violence, unemployment and bad cultural practices

The so called International Village Champion said this on Monday as she was celebrating her one year Nya-Uyu brand existence.

In a separate interview with Malawi News Agency (Mana) in Lilongwe , Nya-Uyu said the Vilekeke ( must stop) challenge is a way of making people imitate what she does; using whatever concept so as to make the vilekeke word dominant.

“Nya-Uyu brand is not only about me, it’s about people and that is why our motto is your happiness; our legacy. I always love sharing what I have, hence involving people in the vilekeke challenge so that they feel part of the brand, share the vision and own it,” Ngwira said.

She expressed that people would be using various social media platforms by posting video clips, in support of her mission to fight for the voiceless in the society.

“What is expected from people is to make a video, imitate me and say anything they feel must stop. They can post the videos on my pages, tag me or share in their groups. In so doing, I will be getting the videos just as I have been receiving most of them,” the Comedian pointed out.

Ngwira added that in the end, the outstanding winner would get their branded materials like T-shirt, scarfs, drinking bottles, wrist band and self-stick.

Nya-Uyu has been impactful by using sense of humor through comic video clips to educate, entertain and advise.

Her comedies depict real life scenarios mostly done in Tumbuka language.

She is known as International Village Champion because she grew up in a village setting but made it in life up to the international level.

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Science and technology vital for Africa industrialization agenda-Malawi President Mutharika

By Patricia Kapulula

Malawi President Peter Mutharika has emphasized on the need for African countries to promote lifelong learning opportunities for its people in science and technology to support the Africa-Must-Industrialize-Agenda.

He made the remarks in Lilongwe on Saturday when he opened the First Extra Ordinary Summit of the Committee of 10 Heads of State and Government (C10) Championing Education, Science and Technology in Africa.

He said for Africa to develop there is need for right education and skills in science and technology through adequate and sustainably financed education, sector in the long term.

Mutharika noted that education in Africa should be reviewed by changing what the current set up in the sector.

“The Africa we have today is the product of its education systems or our lack of the same. We can change Africa by changing what we do in education,” he said.

The Malawi leader observed that Africa needs education, science and technology to support the Africa-Must-Industrialize-Agenda and promote the three factors of production.

He pointed out that there are three factors of production in the education such natural resources, capital and labour which need to put into use.

The Malawi leader observed that Africa needs to turn these assets into capital and as such, education, science and technology are needed to empower people to be productive forces of progress.

“Labour as a factor of production will take us to African industrialization which demands a skilled labour force. We need to cultivate scientific, technological and innovation skills,” he said.

African Union Commission (AUC) Commissioner for Human Resources, Science and Technology, Prof Sarah Anyang Agbor said Africa needs to put in place concrete measures that would harness the demographic dividend in science, research, technology and innovation.

“We need to explore opportunities that would advance development in line with the Agenda 2063,” she said.

Agbor appealed to the private sector to be well represented in this field by offering internship programmes in science and technology in order for the continent to see positive changes.

Prime Minister of Senegal, Mahammed Boun Abdalla Dionne said there is need for Africa to create a science and innovative society in order to promote such issues at the continental level.

“Africa needs to invest in science and technology in areas where these exist. We need to give resources to translate ambitions into reality,” he said.

Dionne observed that countries could not progress in their development efforts without significant increase in scientific production hence the need to invest in science, technology, research and innovation.

The Senegalese Prime Minister bemoaned funding levels in the education sector saying it poses a threat to the development of science and technology.

“Investing in education and training is vital but then constraint is funding and this is a major challenge. If we are to progress in science and technology, there is need to invest in this through adequate funding,” he said.

Prior to the heads of State and Government Summit, Ministers of Education met on Friday whose meeting prepared the groundwork for the President’s meeting.

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AU bemoans under-funding in the education sector


By Patricia Kapulula

Underfunding in the education budget in most member state countries in the African Union (AU) is a serious challenge affecting the sector which if left unchecked can hinder the Agenda 2063 which the continent is advancing.

Agenda 2063 is Africa’s strategic framework for the social economic transformation over the next fifty years. It builds on, and seeks to accelerate the implementation of past and existing continental initiatives for growth and sustainable development.

African Union Commission (AUC) Head of Education Division, Dr Beatrice Njenga made the observation in Lilongwe on Thursday ahead of the Extraordinary Summit of the Committee of ten heads of state and government (C10) Championing Education, Science and Technology in Africa.

She said education is everybody’s business hence the need for both governments and the private sector to work together in addressing challenges affecting the sector.

“There is need for more creative and innovative ways of financing education including the private sector industry because they are the consumers of human resources. What they are putting back in education and how the government is helping them to be able to put in place education policies to contribute to research,” she said.

She observed that it is incumbent upon every sector to make their contribution to education development in their countries.

Njenga said there is need to put in place funds for supporting agricultural research, for supporting young people to develop careers in areas of research, innovation and technology.

“Realizing that the absence of quality education, the absence of literate communities, the absence of investment in research and development that is slowing Africa’s development, AU has raised education to the highest possible level,” she said.

Despite AU having continental strategies on science and youth development, there is need to be championing education at the highest level so that member states take charge and control.

Njenga said Africa should hold their respective governments responsible for championing education and allocating 25 percent of the annual budget on education.

Minister of Education, Science and Technology, Bright Msaka said the summit is important for Malawi because it will accord the country an opportunity to take on board issues in the education sector and get the necessary solutions to challenges faced.

He said Malawi has put education on the national agenda by establishing a special college to deal with science.

“We have placed a lot of emphasis on the sciences including establishing a special college, Nalikule College. So we believe as a country that this country will only develop on the shoulders of sons and daughters well educated and knowledgeable in science, technology, innovation and research,” he said.

Msaka said when the youths do research and develop things they will be able to prepare this country for the challenges and opportunities that Malawi will face in the years to come.

He further said that Malawi brings on the table to the summit human capital development, investing in its citizens to ensure that they have the capacity to take on the responsibility of developing this country through science, technology, research and innovation.

The Committee of ten heads of state and government (C10) Championing Education, Science and Technology in Africa was endorsed by the African Union Assembly of January, 2018 and held its inaugural meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on 27 January 2018.

The C10 is coordinated by the Republic of Senegal President, Macky Sall. Other members are Malawi, who is the vice chair, Kenya, Mauritius, Namibia, Chad, Gabon, Tunisia, Egypt and Sierra Leone.

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School feeding boosts enrollment and academic performance

By Faith Chikwewa

 Afikepo School Feeding Project has helped boost school enrollment and academic performance in primary schools in the district of Kasungu.

In an interview with Malawi News Agency (Mana) Wednesday at the Boma, District School Health and Nutrition Coordinator, Florence Kasiya said a great number of learners who dropped out of school in 20 primary schools have flocked back to their respective schools because of  the Afikepo project.

“We have received a lot of reports from different schools in the district, where many learners have gone back to school due to Afikepo School Feeding Project.  The academic performances in the schools have improved for the better with the influence of this programme,” she noted.

Kasiya commended the head teachers and the communities for their hard work and participation to achieve this development.

“I want to take this opportunity to appreciate all chiefs, head teachers and all people in the different communities in Kasungu for their generous support and hard work towards helping in providing meals to the learners for a better education,” the Coordinator acknowledged.

Afikepo Project District Coordinator, Teresa Mlangali said that the health of a child matters for the development of the country.

“The health of a child matters most for the development of the education in the country, whereby if the child is healthy, he or she will be able to concentrate in class. This leads to a satisfying performance from the learner and after that, the learner will grow up to be an educated citizen who will be very useful in the development of the country,” she said

Started in 2016, the Afikepo project aims at enhancing food security in the country by increasing the availability of high quality food stuffs for preparation of school meals with funding from European Union (EU) and the German government through GIZ.

Through this project, the learners are given different meals each day in accordance to the school menu at the schools. The meals include nsima, porridge and nkhowe, just to mention a few.

This has helped in decreasing cases concerning malnutrition and other deficiency diseases that occur in children.

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