13 Govt Vehicles Grow Wings, Disappear In Nkhotakota

Thirteen goverment vehicles have disappeared from Nkhotakota district.

Members of Parliament (MPs) have since ordered the
council elect to call for an extraordinary full council meeting by Friday October 19 to discuss the matter.

Malawi News Agency (Mana) has seen a letter signed by five chiefs and two MPs calling for the emergency meeting to discuss the matter plus seven others.

“Council secretariat should explain the disappearance of these government vehicles or simply bring them
back for visible council use, a) under DHO: MG 520 AD, MG 1229, MG 554, BL 3437, BM 8179, MG
134, MG 1376, MG 378, MG 700, MG 1344 and MG 836, b) under District Commissioner: BM 9029 and
a Nissan Patrol which we have not captured its details.

“We also need to know the allocation of council market plots so that we understand why some individuals
started erecting structures on the public plots.

“Again, we want to understand the management of District
Development Fund (DDF) funded projects with focus of our council chamber which is taking time before
it finishes despite being allocated more funds,” reads part of the letter.

The letter dated October 12, 2018 which started by congratulating councillor Gaziel Chimzere for being
elected council chairperson also highlights that the secretariat needs to explain the disappearance of
MK67.5million boreholes money for 2017/2018 financial year.

The legislators and traditional leaders also indicated inefficient and selective processing of Constituency
Development Fund (CDF) and way forward of the welfare of chiefs in the district as issues that needed
immediate attention.

The document also outlines the handling of Sitima Inn (Kaliba house) lease contracts which they say
they fear the current occupants may take full ownership of the property.

“Given the urgency of these matters, we would expect you to call for an extraordinary full council meeting
on these matters and that notice of this meeting should be issued in the next seven days. The meeting
itself should take place before the end of this month, October 2018.

“Convening of this meeting will prevent escalation of the misunderstandings. We wish you well as you weigh the importance of this communication,” concludes the letter.

Acting District Commissioner (DC) for Nkhotakota Greystone Alindiamao who received the letter on
Friday afternoon said he would call for the meeting.

“I will do as advised. However, some of these issues are currently in court and we need not to tackle
them now. Meanwhile, we need to deal with the root cause and not symptoms,” he said.

The council chairperson said during phone interview on Tuesday that he had not seen the letter, “I am
travelling but I will come back to you as soon as I see it.”

On Friday, the authors of the letter walked out of elective full council meeting after some council
members including the immediate past chairperson Thomas Kasache denied them chance to add issues
on the agenda.

The document was signed by Senior Chief Mwadzama, Chiefs Mphonde, Mwansambo and Makuta, Sub
Chiefs Nkhanga and Kalimanjira as well as legislators Peter Mazizi of Nkhotakota Central and Makowa
Mwale of Nkhotakota South East.
By Anjoya Mwanza/ Mana

First Couple Mourns DPP Cadet, As First Lady Attends Burial Ceremony

The First Lady Her Excellency Prof. Gertrude Mutharika on Tuesday attended the funeral service and burial ceremony of a member of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Charles Chawanda in Likuni in Lilongwe.

Chawanda died during a road accident that also claimed life of Graciano Tsumba, a technician at the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology who died upon arrival at Kamuzu Central hospital. Tsumba has been buried today in Mchinji.

The accident, which involved a Toyota pickup belonging to the party with registration number BP 8384 happened on Sunday in Chapuwala village near Kasese at Bua along the Lilongwe-Kasungu M1 road.

And on Monday, President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika cheered four victims of the accident at the Kamuzu Central Hospital.

Mutharika also expressed sincere condolences to the deceased families.

The President said he and the First Lady ‘ learnt with great shock and sadness about the loss of those lives and those injured.

According to Mponela Police Station report, the driver of the vehicle, Samuel Rajab, was avoiding a head on collision when he was overtaking another vehicle.

Rest in peace: The First Lady lays a wreath

APM Receives Letters Of Credence From EU, Norway

EU Ambassador presents letters of credence to the Malawi leader

The European Union (EU) has reaffirmed its commitment to its continued implementation of strategic priorities of the cooperation that exist between the EU and Malawi.

The strategic priorities are outlined in the 11th European Development Fund (EDF) Program for Malawi which among others focuses on supporting governance and accountability, supporting growth and jobs and supporting the most vulnerable through social cash transfer and secondary education.

European Union ambassador to Malawi, Sandra Paesen told journalists in Lilongwe on Tuesday when she presented her Letters of Credence to President Prof Arthur Peter Mutharika at Kamuzu Palace that the EU will continue working with the Malawi Government in order to achieve its potential.

She said she is looking forward to maintaining and strengthening the good working relationship with the Malawi government including regular political dialogue on Malawi’s ambitions, regional SADC issues and cooperation between EU and Malawi.

However, Paesen said the return of EU’s investment to Malawi depends on having a sound policy framework.

“Beyond our cooperation, we value the dialogue and engagement with Malawi government on the various areas we work on and we appreciate the government’s commitment to dialogue on various issues,” she said.

APM receives letters of credence from Norwegian Ambassador

She said her private discussion with President Mutharika touched on domestic political agenda, the economy and trade and investment agenda, development cooperation and governance, issues relating to elections, the EU external investment plan among other things.

Norwegian Ambassador to Malawi Steinar Egil Hagen also presented his Letters of Credence to Mutharika.

He told journalists that his government is committed to investing in Malawi saying it is one of the priority countries in its development cooperation.

He said both his government and president Mutharika are of the view that there is need for private sector involvement.

“The president also said that we need more private sector involvement in Malawi and as such the embassy will work with that to stimulate and get private companies from Norway involved in investment in Malawi,” he said.

The Norwegian ambassador to Malawi said his country is expanding its main sectors of health, education, agriculture and good governance issues cooperation and put them in line with Malawi government’s policy to ensure that they are in line with Norwegian development cooperation priorities so that “we can reach the Sustainable Development Goals.”

EU and Malawi relations date back to 1978 while that with Norway dates back to 1965 but the Norwegian embassy was established in Malawi in 1999.

APM interacts with the EU Ambassador after receiving the letters
APM interacts with the Norwegian Ambassador

UNIMA Closed Again: Support Staff Demands 10 Percent Salary Increment With Arrears

Sit-in in progress

University of Malawi support Staff in all colleges have begun a sit-in where they are pressing the University Council to implement 10percent salary increment with arrears from 2017 and 2018 financial year.

In the 2017/2018 financial year, Government allocated a 10percent increment to public institution workers. However, the Clerical and technical supporting staff in the University of Malawi did not receive any increment although salaries for both Academic and Administrative staff were increased.

 Most offices, classrooms, the library and the clinic have been closed at Chancellor College since the beginning of the sit-in on Tuesday morning. This has disturbed most classes andprovision of essential services at the college.

 “We are fighting for that 10 percent increment of 2017 to 2018 financial year with arrears. This has been long overdueSaid Thokozani Bodza Mbewe, General Secretary for Chancellor College Workers Union in an interview

 It is not known if the normal operation of essential services atChancellor College such as classes and

 

clinic will resume soon following a stalemate earlier in the day where workersrejected management appeal to have those essential servicesoperational.

Mbewe:We are fighting for the 10 percent increment

“We cannot let them have access to these facilities, this is a total shutdown” shouted one of the workers when the union representatives were briefing the staff about the meeting they had with the management regarding the operations of theessential services

 The college management discussed with the union regarding the sit-in and other issues arising within the sit in. But, from what we are getting from the members of the support staffhere at Chancellor college, we are not going to accept themanagement request until we consult our lawyer. This is because this sit-in is happening in all University of Malawi colleges; that is Polytechnic, College of Medicine andKamuzu College of Nursing. Said Mbewe

Meanwhile, the office of the speaker for the Students Union of Chancellor College (SUCC) has condemned “the tendency of not resolving grievances through contact and dialogue” in time.
“As union, we find this behavior as very much misplaced, retrogressive and uncalled for” reads the statement co-signed by Norman Martin Nthendazakana Kumwenda, SUCC speaker and his deputy Innocent Adha Chirwa
The statement was quick to indicate that the union without condemning either party, is keen to see that the interests of students “are safeguarded all day every day”

DPP Primaries: Noel Lipipa, Owen Chomanika, Joy Wa Chitsulo, Alex Chimwala Sail Through

Chitsulo: To represent DPP in Mwanza West

The ruling DPP primaries reached a climax stage today with four candidates sailing through after outclassing their opponents with a landslide.

In Blantyre City South, Noel Lipipa is the official candidate for DPP. He won with 1597 against the opponent’s 26. The incumbent MP is Allan Ngumuya. Lipipa is prominent businessperson and also a board member of Nyasa Bullets Football club.

Nchalo United founder and renowned businessman Owen Chomanika will represent Chikwawa North Constituency after outclassing two other contestants with a landslide.

In Mwanza West, Joy wa Chitsulo emerged victorious with 887 votes after defeating Kachikuwo and Gama who pocketed 247 and 14 votes respectively.

In Blantyre City East, Alex Chimwala emerged winner and becomes the DPP Parliamentary Candidate beating Ada Chris Manda with 1790 to 21 votes. This is where Noel Masangwi is incumbent.

Lipipa: To represent DPP in Blantyre City South Constituency
Owen: To represent DPP in Chikwawa North Constituency

DPP Primaries: Noel Lipipa, Owen Chomanika, Joy Wa Chitsulo, Alex Chimwala Sail Through

Chitsulo: To represent DPP in Mwanza West

The ruling DPP primaries reached a climax stage today with four candidates sailing through after outclassing their opponents with a landslide.

In Blantyre City South, Noel Lipipa is the official candidate for DPP. He won with 1597 against the opponent’s 26. The incumbent MP is Allan Ngumuya. Lipipa is prominent businessperson and also a board member of Nyasa Bullets Football club.

Nchalo United founder and renowned businessman Owen Chomanika will represent Chikwawa North Constituency after outclassing two other contestants with a landslide.

In Mwanza West, Joy wa Chitsulo emerged victorious with 887 votes after defeating Kachikuwo and Gama who pocketed 247 and 14 votes respectively.

In Blantyre City East, Alex Chimwala emerged winner and becomes the DPP Parliamentary Candidate beating Ada Chris Manda with 1790 to 21 votes. This is where Noel Masangwi is incumbent.

Lipipa: To represent DPP in Blantyre City South Constituency
Owen: To represent DPP in Chikwawa North Constituency

Oops!MCP Candidate Dishes Out K6million To Central Region Prosecutions Team…Releases Rwandan Murder Suspect

Bango: Campaigning using blood money

Central region police prosecution team had an early Christmas last week after it pocketed K6 million to release a Rwandan national Emanuel Sekanawo on police bail, our investigative desk can reveal.

The mood is frenzy as one the prosecutions team member Sergeant Modester Mwangosi has disposed off the old furniture and kitchen ware in her house and replaced it with the brand new-ones, thanks to Malawi Congress Party (MCP) Kasungu North shadow member of Parliament Mike Bango, who played a father Christmas.

Bango who got the money from the suspect’s elder brother Joseph, a business person in Salima has succeeded to buy freedom for his ‘friend’ thereby dodging committal to Maula prison where he was designated for remand pending trial.

According to Lilongwe Police Station occurrence book (OB) Sekanawo 33, hails from Thiwatiwa Village Traditional Authority Kalonga in Salima was arrested on Thursday October 4.2018.He was set free on Thursday October 11,2018.

He was charged with conspiracy to commit felony contrary to section 404 of the penal code.

Ironically, Sekanawo is on bail which the Lilongwe High Court Judge Chifundo Kachale issued on November 1, 2017 on attempted murder case number 159 of 2017.

Before his re-arrest, Sekanao together with Dezire Bintuari were answering to causing grievous harm and wounding charges for allegedly shooting a businessperson Vincent Niyongira in Salima on July 10, 2017.

Nyondo: Intervened

While in custody, Bango was seen at the Lilongwe police station jumping from one office to another.

The case took a new twist after Bango dangled the 6 million kwacha to Regional Prosecutions Officer (RPO) Senior Superintendent of Police Cecelia Zangazanga.

Zangazanga used all tricks in her book to assist Sekanawo escape comitial to Maula prison.

When contacted Central Region Police Publicist Norriet Chihana could neither confirm nor deny the development, she however asked for time to look at the case file.

In interview Sekanowo confirmed the bail but declined to give details.

He nonetheless confirmed Bango’s involvement in the bail process arguing they are family friends.

“Yes am out on police bail, that’s all I can say…. Bango is your fellow journalist you know him but what you don’t know is that he is a family friend,” said Sekanawo.

The development has demoralized detectives and criminal investigators who were about to make more arrests on the same case.

“When such a scenario arisen, the suspect is taken to court in order to be committed on remand to prison, there is now way one can get a police bail while on court bail that can never happen under the laws of Malawi, we are now confused,’’ one senior police officer was overheard  lamenting.

Sekanawo was re-arrested after the police got a tip from a good citizen that he organized a gang to shot Niyongira along the Salima-Lilongwe road on his way back from the capital city where he went to order merchandizes for his shop.

Sekanawo’s elder brother Joseph who was also arrested by Salima police in the first case was dropped after Central Region Commissioner then John Nyondo ‘intervened’.

Our reporters are closely monitoring the situation on the ground and will keep you updated.

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President Mutharika Cheers Victims of Kasungu Accident at KCH, Condoles Deceased Families

President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika on Monday cheered victims of a road accident that claimed lives of two people including a Democratic Progressive Party supporter and four others with serious injuries.

The accident, which involved a Toyota pickup belonging to the party with registration number BP 8384 happened on Sunday in Chapuwala village near Kasese at Bua along the Lilongwe-Kasungu M1 road.

Mutharika also expressed sincere condolences to the deceased families.

The President said he and the First Lady ‘have learnt with great shock and sadness about the loss of a life and those injured.

The President has meanwhile instructed responsible government institutions to ‘quickly provide the necessary support to the affected families and those injured.’

According to Mponela Police Station report, the driver of the vehicle, Samuel Rajab, was avoiding a head on collision when he was overtaking another vehicle.

The vehicle overtuned several times and Charles Chawanda died on the spot while Graciano Tsumba, a technician at the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology died upon arrival at Kamuzu Central hospital.

Road To DPP Primaries: Limbani Tay Grin Kalilani paints Magwero Ward blue

Man of the people: Kalilani being welcomed in the ward

The ruling Democratic Progress Party Shadow MP for Lilongwe City Centre constituency Limbani Kalilani has asked party officials in the constituency to vote for him ahead of the party’s primary elections.

Kalilani also known asTay Grin in music circle is already mobilizing resources for several development projects for the constituency. The Nyau king has distributed party cloth, t-shirts and caps.

Speaking during the meeting, Kalilani promised to construct a bridge connecting Area 25 and Magwero primary school using his own resources.

“I’m currently mobilizing resources to ensure that the work starts as soon as possible. Youth from this area will benefit from the construction of the bridge since the workforce will come from them, “ he said.

Kalilani, who is a son to Gender minister also promised to provide business resources to people in the area. Below is the event in pictures

Time for work: Kalilani addressing his supporters
Tay Grin confers with his party team