UTM sets elective convention for Dec

Vice-President Saulos Chilima has said the country’s newest registered political party, UTM, will hold its first elective convention next month.

Chilima, whom UTM has been promoting his presidential candidature in the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections since ditching the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in June, made the announcement at Nsalula Primary School ground in Salima yesterday where he was the main speaker.

The announcement came two days after UTM, which faced legal impediments to
register with the registrar of political parties simply using the abbreviation ‘UTM’ instead of the full name United Transformation Movement, got registered following a court order. Chilima showcased a framed copy of the registration certificate to the audience during the rally.

He said: “I would like to state that following the successful registration of the party, we are going to have the convention next month. We are going to announce soon a list of positions that will be up for a grab. Every position will be contested for.”


UTM interim publicity secretary Joseph Chidanti Malunga said the party is still instituting a committee which will be responsible for managing the convention.

He said there are also a number of things the party is considering before setting up the date for the convention, citing the requirement to give a 21 day notice to aspirants as one of the conditions which the interim party leadership wants to meet.

Said Malunga: “Our constitution says that we have to give a 21-day notice to enable aspirants prepare.”

But University of Livingstonia (Unilia) political scientist George Phiri tipped delegates to elect office bearers sharing a common vision with Chilima owing to the fact that those leaders who will be elected will be given the mandate to lead followers of the party.

The new Political Parties Act to roll out on December 1 this year bars any leader from contesting for the presidency if not elected through the convention.

In a telephone interview yesterday with The Nation Newspaper, political analyst Humphreys Mvula said the convention which the party has slated for next month will be done just to legitimise the national executive membership because there are a lot of processes that UTM needs to go through before setting the date.

Findings of a survey conducted by Zomba-based Institute of Public Opinion and Research (Ipor) released last week showed that UTM and its leader are the third most popular grouping after DPP and opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP).

The survey report, dated October 28 2018, was conducted between August and September—barely weeks after UTM was launched—to assess the political environment in the country with 10 months to the elections and give an understanding of the political and economic environment in the country.

Previously, several other groups have faced registration hurdles before they were saved by the courts.

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Masters Security end Big Bullet’s unbeaten run; TNM Super League



DEDZA-Masters Security FC  on Saturday became the first team to end Nyasa Big Bullets’ unbeaten run in the TNM Super League as they beat the league leaders 1-0 at Dedza Stadium.

It was Bullets’ first league loss of the season having played 26 games. Masters are slowly becoming Bullets’ nightmare after the Lilongwe-based side also defeated the giants 4-3 on post-match penalties in the Carlsberg Cup semifinals.

Francis Mkonda scored for Masters from a rebound after Enerst Kakhobwe had earlier saved Adeboye Babatunde’s attempt just minutes into the second-half.

This is Kalisto Pasuwa’s first loss since he took over the reigns at Bullets.

But Bullets still have the advantage of winning the league as they are at the summit of the table with 61points from 26 games whereas Masters are still fifth with 38 points from 27 games.

Both sides had chances throughout the game but Masters were more determined to claim the famous win.

Bullets’ Nelson Kangunje was guilty of missing a clear chance in the first-half as he fired wide to the disappointment of Bullets fans.

It was a bad day for Bullets as they were second on the ball for the better part of the game.

The People’s Team finished the game with 10 men after Sankhani Mkandawire was red-carded after a second booking.

Masters Coach Abasi Makawa said it felt good to end Bullets’ record: “It is quite amazing and I am very pleased with the players. We were determined and we deserved the victory.”

In other games played yesterday, Be Forward Wanderers came from behind to thrash relegated Nchalo United 6-1 at Kamuzu Stadium to dislodge Silver Strikers from second position on goal difference.

The match was shrouded in controversy following a fight involving supporters, one of whom collapsed at half time.

Commotion ensued at the open stands as police and stewards embarked on a manhunt while St John’s Ambulance personnel offered first aid to the injured who appeared motionless.

Nchalo went ahead in the sixth minute through a Eddie Chanyuka strike before Zicco Mkanda equalised on the dot of half-time.

In the second half, Mkanda completed his hat-trick whereas defender Stanley Sanudi, Yamikani Chester and Precious Sambani also scored a goal each.

Wanderers and Silver are now tied on 52 points but the Central Bankers have the chance to recover with a win or draw as the face TN Stars at Kasungu Stadium today.

In Mzuzu, Moyale worsened Mafco’s relegation woes after beating them 1-0 at Mzuzu Stadium courtesy of Gastin Simkonda’s goal whereas Kamuzu Barracks and Red Lions shared points in a barren draw at Civo Stadium.

There are two more matches today with Mzuni hosting Mafco at Mzuzu Stadium while Civil Sporting Club and Dwangwa United are in action at Civo.

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Anti-gay crackdown squad launched in Tanzania

A Tanzanian governor has announced the creation of a surveillance squad dedicated to hunting down gay people.

Paul Makonda, governor of the economic capital Dar es Salaam, told reporters round-ups would begin next week.

The team will scrutinise social media in order to track down and arrest people in same sex couples, he added.

Homosexual acts are illegal in Tanzania, where anti-gay rhetoric has been on the rise since President John Magufuli’s election in 2015.

Many gay, lesbian and transgender people are forced to hide their sexuality as a result.

Last year, the country’s deputy health minister defended a threat to publish a list of gay people.

‘Give me their names’
Mr Makonda – a staunch ally of the president – said he expected international criticism for the move, but added: “I prefer to anger those countries than to anger God.”

“Give me their names,” Mr Makonda was quoted as saying by AFP news agency.

“My ad hoc team will begin to get their hands on them next Monday.”

According to Mr Makonda, the 17-member team would comprise of state officials from the Tanzania Communications Authority, the police and media practitioners.

He also warned people to delete any naked photos on their mobile phones and promised strong measures against pornography.

Meanwhile, HIV clinics have also been forced to close after being accused of promoting homosexuality.

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Malawi down on governance index ranking

The 2018 Mo Ibrahim Index of African Governance (IIAG) has ranked Malawi 19th with an average score of 55.8 percent out of 54 countries, representing a deteriorating governance trend of -1.4 points between 2008 and 2017.

The declining trend of negative 1.4 points explains how Malawi has moved from position 18 last year when it had an overall governance stagnation of 0.00 per year for over a decade.

The Mo Ibrahim report comes after the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Human Development Indext (HDI) reported that the country’s value for 2017 stood at 0.477— which put the country in the low human development category—and positioning it at 171 out of 189 countries and territories.

Key shortfalls in the 2018 IIAG are on transparency and accountability where Malawi has scored 38.3 percent, ranking 24, with a deteriorating trend of -5.1 points. This category measures access to public and legislative information, access to records of State-owned companies, accountability of government and public employees, sanctions for abuse of office, absence of corruption in government branches and public sector and anti-corruption mechanisms.

It confirms a recent declaration by the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) that all government ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs),

especially those that provide services to the citizenry are rotten with stinking corruption.

Malawi is also among five countries that deteriorated over the decade on reliability of electricity supply, which it stresses is crucial to Africa’s development and the ability of countries to provide sustainable economic opportunity.

Reads in part the report: “Of the 43 countries for which there is data, 25 have improved in the indicator Reliability of Electricity Supply over the decade. Chad has been the only country to experience year-on-year improvement since the beginning of the time series.

“On the other hand, the five largest deteriorations over the decade have been those of Libya, Mauritania, Malawi, Sierra Leone and Gambia [-38.9, -23.9, -23.0, -21.0 and -20.9, respectively].”

Probably, the poor ranking on transparency and accountability and access to electricity, has also resulted in poor ranking on sustainable economic activity on which the country is rated at 42.8 percent sitting at position 30. This looks at business environment, infrastructure, and rural life.

Malawi has  however achieved its highest score in national security (95.4), rule of law (75.8), health (68.4) and participation and human rights (64.5) and scored poorly on rural sector (49.5), business environment (41.6) and infrastructure (35.3).

The country registered its biggest score improvement in 2013 when it was ranked 16th out of 52 nations after it jumped one step from position 17 in 2011 and 2012. Its worst performance was in 2009 when it was on position 23 out of 53.

Reacting to the report, governance expert Rafiq Hajat of the Institute for Policy Interaction (IPI) told The Nation Newspaper that the ranking  was a true reflection of the goings on in Malawi.

He said Malawi’s challenge has been lack of leadership and vision, selfishness, dishonesty, lack of accountability and integrity and practising democracy in a disguised autocracy.

“It requires a complete rethink of the environment. If you look at the level of corruption in Malawi, billions of kwacha being lost in Cashgate and all the successive ‘gates’, it makes me think that if

that money had been used to provide quality education to our young children, we would be assured of a vibrant future,” said Hajati

Opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) publicity secretary the Reverend  Maurice Munthali has also said the report calls for visionary, corrupt free and servant leadership to turn things around.

He said: “One would have expected a responsible government to do away with perpetual blackouts, improve education standards, including access to tertiary education, among other endeavours.

“The MCP government will revive and improve education standards, generate and supply enough power for local consumption and for investors. We need a nation that can pride herself of a tangible development agenda whose fruits will be enjoyed by all the citizenry and that above all, we should be ranked alongside big African economies.”

Minister of Information and Communication Technology Nicholas Dausi could not be reached for comment on Tuesday, but speaking during the opening of the 3rd meeting in the 47th Session of Parliament and 2018/2019 budget meeting, President Peter Mutharika said his government continues to promote integrity and accountability.

Published since 2007, the IIAG was created to provide a quantifiable tool to measure and monitor governance performance in African countries, to assess their progress over time and to support the development of effective and responsive policy solutions

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Malawi College of Health Sciences students storm OPC over lecturers’ strike

About 80 students from three campuses of Malawi College of Health Sciences (MCHS) on  Monday stormed Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC) over the on-going strike by their lecturers and other staff.

Workers at MCHS have entered the second week of their strike.

They are pressing management and the government to effect a new salary structure, remit pension funds as well as put them on life group cover.

But the students requested authorities to resolve the issues with expedience as the sit-in is affecting studies and welfare of the students.

“We want the Office [of the President and Cabinet] to help us by addressing the concerns of our lecturers and the entire staff and re-opening our college.

“Since the strike, we have had no food, no classes and our security threatened. We came last Friday and we were told we would get responses by Monday [yesterday],” one of the students  told The Daily Times.

The group also said it is getting threats from some school authorities to the effect that they would be punished if they remain on school campus.

However, OPC Secretary responsible for Administration, Cliff Chiunda, said it is news to him that the students engaged the OPC.

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Real Madrid sack manager Julen Lopetegui

European champions Real Madrid have decided to part ways with manager Julen Lopetegui, a day after the club were thrashed 5-1 by arch rivals Barcelona.
Lopetegui has been in charge since the start of the season but has overseen a terrible start to the league which sees them languish at the ninth spot.
Real Madrid Castilla coach and former player Santiago Solari will take charge of the team for the time being.
Real Madrid’s statement says the decision has been taken “in a bid to change the run of results that the team was in, with all the team’s season objectives still possible.”

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Bizarre: Malawi’s Dedza hospital guardian arrested for keeping snake

DEDZA-(MaraviPost)-The Malawi police in the central district of Dedza on Thursday arrested a female guardian at the boma’s hospital for keeping a snake that caused scare at the facility.
According to sources the arrest after a commotion erupted at Dedza district hospital guardian shelter t
“The shelter is out side the hospital and it is located at msika wanjala.  There was a woman who was a guardian and had left a big snake at home.
“Her son took that snake in a sack bag and went to the market where guardian shelter is there. He was telling people to pay him Mk 500 for people to view the snake,” said the source.
The source added, “His mother saw him and went there and got that snake. Many people had  come and commotion was there as every one was surprised with the practice.
“They called police and was taken to station where police said she has no case to answer as we don’t believe in witch craft”.
Meanwhile she has been released from police and the snake has been given back to her.
Other hospital guardians have requested that the woman should not be at the guardian shelter.

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Nomads through to round-of-16 in Fisd Challenge Cup

On a blue afternoon that had revenge plastered all over Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre Tuesday, vengeful Be Forward Wanderers finally mastered the art of defeating 10- man Masters Security FC.
Nomads gave Masters, who hardly mustered a shot on target in the first-half, a bitter taste of their own medicine after trouncing them 4-0 Tuesday in the Fisd Challenge Cup round-of-32 match.
It was a perfect revenge for Wanderers—three days after the visitors denied them the Carlsberg Cup at the same venue—as they date minnows Dwangwa Town Hammers in the round-of-16.
Not only did the Nomads reshuffle their playing squad but also slipped into the traditional blue colours on an afternoon that saw Peter Wadabwa net a double in the third and 11th minutes before Mike Kaziputa added the third goal three minutes later.
Attacker Yamikani Chester netted the fourth goal in the 69th minute.
The emphatic win was all due to the Nomads Coach Bob Mpinganjira’s tactical switch, restoring winger Kaziputa, defender Lucky Malata, midfielder Rafik Namwera and striker Wadabwa to the starting line-up in place of Isaac Kaliyati, Bongani Kayipa, Joseph Kamwendo and Precious Sambani, respectively.
Hopes of the Carlsberg Cup kings crawling back into the game vanished as Kaziputa volleyed into the net the third goal after Masters’ defence had clearly poorly Chester’s shot.
Things turned from bad to worse for Masters as Juba sent Masters defender Richard Chande for an early shower following his open-stud lunge on Namwera who was driven off the stadium for treatment following a leg injury.
There was more drama as, minutes after Namwera’s injury, Juba flashed mistakenly a red card to Masters Captain Francis Mkonda before rescinding his decision to give him a yellow card.
In the second-half, Masters towering forward striker Babatunde Adebare threatened to drag the visitors back into the game but despite making several attempts, including a header that bounced off the post, he was heavily guarded by Malata, Kaziputa and Alfred Manyozo Junior.
At half-time, Football Association of Malawi and sponsors Fisd company conducted a round-of-16 draw that also saw Kamuzu Barracks being paired against Maka FC, Silver Strikers date Civil Sporting Club whereas Mafco, Zamani FC, Bullets Reserve, Airborne Rangers and Bloomfield meet Chitipa United, Nyasa Big Bullets, Blue Eagles, Ipota Shooting Stars and Moyale Barracks, respectively.

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Health Tip: Full text of Benign Prostate Hyperplasia (BPH) or Enlarged Prostate that affects men

I am here to speak with you on Prostate. The topic is misleading. Is prostate strictly for men? Yes, ONLY men have prostate and ONLY men over 40 years but the healthcare enlightenment is for everyone. There is no woman who does not know a man 40 years and above, father, uncle, brother, son, friend, neighbour, colleague…
Essentially what I will be doing today is health promotion. Responsible health promotion must provide three things:
1. Information
2. Reassurance
3. A plan of action.
Let me start with a background on prostate health.
Everyone has a pair of kidneys. The job of the kidney is to remove waste. It is the LAWMA (waste management company) of your body. Everyday your blood passes through the kidney several times to be filtered. As the blood is filtered, urine is formed and stored in a temporary storage tank called the urinary bladder.
If there were to be no urinary bladder, as a man walks on the road, urine will be dropping.
Now think of the plumbing work in your house. Think of the urinary bladder as the overhead storage tank. From the storage tank, a good plumber will run pipes to other parts of the house, including the kitchen. God in His wisdom ran pipes from our urinary bladder to the tip of the penis. The pipe is called the urethra. Just below the bladder and surrounding the urethra is a little organ called the prostate gland.
The prostate gland is the size of a walnut and weighs about 20grams. Its job is to make the seminal fluid which is stored in the seminal vesicle. During sexual intercourse, seminal fluid comes down the urethra and mixes with the sperms produced in the testicles to form the semen. So semen technically is not sperm. It is sperm + seminal fluid. The seminal fluid lubricates the sperm.
After age 40, for reasons that may be hormonal, the prostate gland begins to enlarge. From 20 grams it may grow to almost 100 grams. As it enlarges, it squeezes the urethra and the man begins to notice changes in the way he urinates.
If you have a son under 10, if he has a little mischief like we all did at that age, when he comes out to urinate, he can target the ceiling and the jet will hit target. Call his father to do same, wahala dey. His urine stream is weak, cannot travel a long distance and sometimes may come straight down on his legs. So he may need to stand in awkward position to urinate.
Not many men will be worried their urine stream cannot hit the ceiling. Toilets are on the floor and not on the ceiling. But other symptoms begin to show.
The man begins to notice that after urinating and repacking, urine still drops on his pants. This is the reason why after an older man urinates, he has to ring bell. A younger man simply delivers to the last drop and walks away. Just see an older man coming from the bathroom. Sometimes he may clutch the newspaper closely to hide the urine stains, particularly on plain colored trousers.
At this point you wait longer for the urine flow to start. There are 2 valves that must open for you to urinate – the internal and external sphincters. Both open but because of obstructions in the urethra, you wait longer for the flow to start.
You have this feeling immediately after urinating that there is still something left.
As all these things happen, the bladder begins to work harder to compensate for the obstruction in the urethra. The frequency of urination goes up. Urgency sets in. Sometimes you have to practically run into the toilet. Nocturia also becomes common. You wake up more than 2 times at night to urinate. Your wife begins to complain.
Men being men may not talk to anyone even at this point. Then the more serious complications start.
Stored urine gets infected and there may be burning sensation when urinating.
Stored urine forms crystals. Crystals come together to form stone either in the bladder or in the kidney. Stones may block the urethra.
Chronic urinary retention sets in. The bladder stores more and more urine. The size of the bladder is 40 – 60cl. A bottle of coke is 50cl. As the bladder stores more urine it can enlarge up to 300cl. An overfilled bladder may leak and this leads to wetting / urinary incontinence. Also the volume may put pressure on the kidney and may lead to kidney damage.
What may likely bring the man to hospital is acute urinary retention. He wakes up one day and he is not able to pass urine.
Everything I have described above is associated with prostate enlargement, technically called benign prostate hyperplasia.
There are other diseases of the prostate like:
1. Prostatitis – inflammation of the prostate
2. Prostate cancer – cancer of the prostate.
This discussion is on prostate enlargement.
I have bad news and good news.
The bad news is that everyman will have prostate enlargement if he lives long enough.
The good news is that there are life style changes that can help the man after 40 to maintain optimum prostate health.
Look at what you eat. 33% of all cancers, according to the US National Cancer Institute is related to what we eat.
Red meat everyday triples your chances of prostate disease. Milk everyday doubles your risk. Not taking fruits / vegetables daily quadruples your risk.
Tomatoes are very good for men. If that is the only thing your wife can present in the evening, eat it with joy. It has loads of lycopene. Lycopene is the most potent natural antioxidant.
Foods that are rich in zinc are also good for men. We recommend pumpkin seeds (ugbogulu).
Zinc is about the most essential element for male sexuality and fertility.
Men need more zinc than women. Every time a man ejaculates he loses 15mg of zinc. Zinc is also important for alcohol metabolism. Your liver needs zinc to metabolize alcohol.
As men begin to have urinary symptoms associated with prostate enlargement, it is important they look at alcohol consumption. More fluid in means more fluid out.
Drink less. Drink slowly.
Exercise helps build the muscle tone. Every man should exercise. Men over 40 should avoid high impact exercise like jogging. It puts pressure on the knees. Cycling is bad news for the prostate. We recommend brisk walking.
When we sit, two-third of our weight rests on the pelvic bones. Men who sit longer are more prone to prostate symptoms. Do not sit for long hours. Walk around as often as you can. Sit on comfortable chairs. We recommend a divided saddle chair if you must sit long hours.
Men should avoid tight underwear. It impacts circulation around the groin and heats it up a bit. While the physiological temperature is 37 degrees, the groin has an optimal temperature of about 33 degrees. Pant is a no – no for men. Wear boxers.  Wear breathable clothing.
Avoid smoking. It affects blood vessels and impact circulation around the groin.
Regular sex is good for the prostate.
Celibates are more pronenn to prostate illness. While celibacy is a moral decision, it is not a biological adaptation. Your prostate gland is designed to empty its contents regularly.
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The subject is very important Please post the message on the largest number of your acquaintances:
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Even if you are busy, you should look at this message and pass it on to others!
Hot lemons can kill cancer cells!
Cut the lemon into three pieces and place it in a cup, then pour hot water, it will become (alkaline water), drink it every day will certainly benefit everyone ..
Hot lemons can once again release an anti-cancer drug.
Hot lemon juice has an effect on cancerous tumors and
has shown treatment for all types of cancer.
Treatment with this extract will only destroy the malignant cells and will not affect healthy cells.
Second: The acids and mono-carboxylic acid in lemon juice can regulate hypertension and protect narrow arteries, adjust blood circulation and reduce blood clotting.
After reading, tell someone else and pass it on to someone you love and take care of your personal health.
Professor Chen Horin points out that anyone who has received this letter is at least guaranteed to save someone’s life … I have done my part, I hope you will help me to spread it too.

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Malawi’s Dowa teen girl accuses cop of sexual assault in police custody

A 14-year-girl in Dowa, who was remanded at Chesepo police unit over a fight at school, is accusing a police officer at the unit of raping her while she was in custody.
Health officials at Dowa District Hospital confirmed the rape, saying the girl has since been treated for possible sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy.
According to Zodiak radio, the girl said at night, whilst in the cell alone, a man who covered his face with a cloth, opened the cell with a key and raped her.
She said she was alone.
Group head Mphangala from chief Kayembe expressed shock at the revelation and has since asked all the police officers to be transferred.
He said it was illegal for the police to put in custody the minor on the trivia charges before consulting the traditional leaders.
“It is the community which built the police unit building and we did not build it for the police to be raping our children whilst in custody,” said the group head.
But deputy police publicist for Dowa Innocent Kasungu said the girl was raped by another suspect who was in another cell.
“We have arrested the other suspect, a man, who raped her and he is currently at Ntchisi prison awaiting his case,” said Kasungu.
He could however not say how a suspect had key to open another cell.
The mother of the girl has however expressed concern that the police summoned her to query her on why she had contacted civil rights groups to pursue the matter.
“They asked me, why did you do that, you don’t think we cannot handle that matter? I just moved out of the room without saying anything,” she said.
This was after the matter was reported to Girls Empowerment Movement after the villagers suspected the senior police officers were shielding the police officer who raped the girl.

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