Joyce Banda Elected Peoples party leader says ready to contest 2019 polls

Joyce Banda
Former Malawi President Joyce Banda: returns home on 18 February, 2017

Blantyre (MaraviPost) –  Malawi’s First Female President Joyce Banda  and first  incumbent to lose elections after multiparty system says she is ready to compete for the position once again in 2019 after being nominated as torch bearer  her party People’s Party.

Joyce Banda, who recently returned home after four years of self-imposed exile, was on Thursday elected as her People’s Party’s (PP) to lead it into next year’s national elections.

People’s party delegates from around the country converged in the commercial capital of Blantyre to give Madam Joyce Banda the nod to attempt to wrestle power from President Peter Mutharika’s Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), to whom she lost badly in the 2014 elections.

Banda garnered 1,183 party votes against her little-known opponent Leonard Mphidza who only got 23 votes

In her victory speech, Joyce Banda said she is geared up to lead the party she founded to the polls and will defeat incumbent President Peter Mutharika her nemesis.

“I accept the task you have placed in my hands and I am grateful for the faith you have placed in me,” she told the assembled party delegates.

“I am ready to work hard because the mandate has come from you. I am more rejuvenated because poverty has become worse since the PP left office,” she added.

Former President Joyce Banda laid out her manifesto, promising to restore electricity, education standards, to build a mining industry, to restore the fledging economy, provide affordable housing to the poorest and to provide health care for all.

“It is our right to get proper treatment,” she said.

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Melania Trump’s Parents Become U.S. Citizens, Using ‘Chain Migration’

Viktor and Amalija Knavs, the parents of first lady Melania Trump
First lady Melania Trump’s parents gain U.S. citizenship through process opposed by Donald Trump

Melania’s Husband United States President Trump has repeatedly and vehemently denounced this policy which he has referred to as “chain migration,” in which adult American citizens can obtain residency for their relatives.

However there was no tweeting from President Trump On Thursday as his Slovenian in-laws, Viktor and Amalija Knavs, became United States citizens in a private ceremony in Manhattan by taking advantage of that same family-based immigration program.

Asked if the Knavses had obtained citizenship through “chain migration,” their lawyer, Michael Wildes, said, “I suppose.”

He said chain migration is a “dirtier” way of characterizing what he called “a bedrock of our immigration process when it comes to family reunification.”

I guess in this case what’s good for the goose is NOT good for the gander. the word hypocrite in chief does come to mind

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Melania Trump’s Parents Become U.S. Citizens, Using ‘Chain Migration’

Viktor and Amalija Knavs, the parents of first lady Melania Trump
First lady Melania Trump’s parents gain U.S. citizenship through process opposed by Donald Trump

Melania’s Husband United States President Trump has repeatedly and vehemently denounced this policy which he has referred to as “chain migration,” in which adult American citizens can obtain residency for their relatives.

However there was no tweeting from President Trump On Thursday as his Slovenian in-laws, Viktor and Amalija Knavs, became United States citizens in a private ceremony in Manhattan by taking advantage of that same family-based immigration program.

Asked if the Knavses had obtained citizenship through “chain migration,” their lawyer, Michael Wildes, said, “I suppose.”

He said chain migration is a “dirtier” way of characterizing what he called “a bedrock of our immigration process when it comes to family reunification.”

I guess in this case what’s good for the goose is NOT good for the gander. the word hypocrite in chief does come to mind

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Rooming plot to arrest’ Chilima for threatens to reveal more rot in DPP administration

LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-The ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) are pushing for the arrest  of their new bitter political competition, Vice-President Saulosi Chilima who has  launched his United Transformation Movement  (UTM)  ahead of next year’s watershed elections, Nyasa Times understands.
Chilima: Marked for arrest
Reliable sources privy to the plot say the DPP strategists working with deputy police chief  Duncan Mwapasa, are convinced that the arrest  on trumped up charges would severely weaken Chilima.
Head of Criminal Investigations Department  (CID), Stain Chaima, who is deputy commissioner of police  has prepared a dummy docket  and is consulting with the DPP  strategist on  the matter.
Chaima has been meeting Vilera Liwonde an investigator at Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) to compare notes on the docket  so that charges can be slapped  on on allegations of corruption.
But the crime buster refused to comment when contacted.
UTM spokesman Chidanti Malunga, MP said they have been tipped of the plot to arrest Chilima on “ trumped up charges” politically motivated.
He said the idea is to get the Vice-President in Police cell and  the regime could then  administer  a poison with intent to inflict grievous bodily harm to Chilima.
Chilima, who has been accusing the DPP–led government of perpetuating corruption and saying his movement is ready to usher in the change Malawi needs, is on record  to have denied t been involved in corruption, but hinted at an attempt to smear his name by his political rivals.
The Vice-President also hit back at critics who have accused him of sitting and watching corruption since 2014.
On the contrary, he said  he took several steps to prevent certain corrupt dealings including discussions with his boss, President Peter Mutharika.
Chilima  has not only been speaking on corruption after launching UTM, he has been openly talking about it even before he resigned from DPP.
While he was still in DPP,  Chilima gave a public lecture to students at Chancellor College’s Department of Philosophy titled ‘Addressing Moral Decadence: Towards an Effective Compliance and Ethic Programme’ in which he said  Malawi will continue to pay huge economic costs of moral decadence unless citizens work together towards transformation.
Chilima observed that moral decay, including corruption, accelerates conflict between ethics and the law in all sectors of the economy.
“Adherence to ethical standards or moral conduct is the norm not the exception. But despite this full realisation, we still find ourselves caught in this trap such that these malpractices take the shape of normalcy and become a way of life.
“Individuals that are appointed to hold senior positions of influence eventually lose control over the organisations they represent because they are obsessed with external attachments.” he said.
Threats of arrest comes at a time when  Chilima has warned that he will soon spill the beans about shady deals the current administration is allegedly involved in, including in the procurement of Escom generators.
He said UTM was formed to clear the mess created by the current administration which continues to plunder public resources when the majority of the citizenry were living in abject poverty

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Malawi and USA into US$90 million secondary school construction’s pact to contain HIV and AIDS

LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-Malawi and the USA on Tuesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to expand existing secondary schools and install new secondary schools throughout Malawi under the U.S. government’s new Secondary Education Expansion for Development (SEED) initiative.
U.S. Ambassador to Malawi Virginia Palmer, Malawi’s Minister of Education, Science and Technology Bright Msaka, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Affairs Emmanuel Fabiano, and USAID Mission Director Littleton Tazewell represented their governments at the ceremony.
As part of its efforts to combat HIV, the United States intends to provide up to US$90 million (MK 65.4 billion) to build secondary schools across Malawi and additional funding to provide youth friendly health services.
In the MOU, government committed to fund training and provide salaries for teachers, maintain the new structures; support the provision of youth friendly health services near secondary schools; incorporate comprehensive sex education in the national curriculum to keep young people HIV-free; and to enact a phased-in reduction of secondary school tuition fees.
“Through this commitment, the USA and Malawi will ensure more adolescent girls attend secondary school, which will better keep them HIV free. Studies have shown that for every year a girl who attends secondary school her risk of contracting HIV throughout her lifetime decreases,” the statement read in part
Palmer said Malawi’s program will demonstrate the critical link between girls’ education and public health for the rest of Africa and the world, and provide important benefits for Malawi’s development.
Minister of Education, Science and Technology Bright Msaka thanked the USA for showing interest in helping to improve the lives of many young Malawians.
“I am very excited to sign this Memorandum of Understanding on the expansion of secondary education. We are confident that this increased access to education will reduce the transmission of HIV to Malawi’s youth and help us break the back of the HIV epidemic,” Msaka said.
Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Affairs Emmanuel Fabiano concurred, saying: “Education is the most important asset a parent can give to a child and a government to its citizens. It is therefore most gratifying for Malawi to have the US Government to partner with the Malawi Government in empowering the youth with education. This will contribute to the sustainable socio-economic development of Malawi.”

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Attacks on albinos linked to elections-APAM

The Association of People with Albinism in Malawi (Apam) has expressed fear that attacks on people with albinism will continue as the country approaches the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections.
In 2015, Ikponwosa Ero, who is United Nations’ (UN) first Human Rights Expert on Albinism, was quoted by Reuters as saying some politicians in Africa use body parts of people with albinism as charms to widen their chances of winning elections.
Ero said attacks on people with albinism were on the rise in 2015, linking the development to a growing demand from political hopefuls for body parts which are prized in black magic in the run-up to elections.
“Persons with albinism are among the most vulnerable persons in the region. I am deeply concerned at the highly disturbing pattern of [the] increase in [cases of] attacks when elections occur,” Ero was quoted as saying.
And now, Apam president Overstone Kondowe has said people with albinism are panicking due to increased cases of attacks on people with albinism as Malawi, Zimbabwe and Mozambique prepare for national elections.
People in Zimbabwe will go to the polls on July 30 while Malawi and neighbouring Mozambique are expected to hold their national elections in May and October next year.
Kondowe said increased cases of abductions and killings of people with albinism in this period are worrisome, especially in the wake of what he described as a lukewarm approach by authorities to address the problem.
“The report by the UN expert on rights of people with albinism said there is a correlation between elections and attacks on people with albinism. As Malawi and its neighbours are conducting their elections, we are seeing an increase in the attacks and that is worrying us,” he said.
Kondowe has raised the concerns while the body of 12-year-old boy with albinism Joseph Kachingwe from Traditional Authority Jenala in Phalombe District remains missing.
So far, police have arrested eight people in connection with the missing of the boy.

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UTM SG Patricia Kaliati attacks government on fuel price hike; says wrong timing

LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-The United Transformation Movement (UTM) secretary general, Patricia Kaliati, on Tuesaday condemned the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP)-led administration for raising
prices of petroleum products without addressing economic challenges Malawians are facing.

Kaliati said it is sad that President Peter Mutharika’s government is making life difficult for the majority poor by hiking prices of essential commodities.

She was speaking in Lilongwe when the movement welcomed into its fold former regional and district chairpersons of Malawi Congress Party (MCP).

“It would have made sense if government was hiking fuel prices to raise money for financing the ailing health sector. The health sector, particularly maternity wings, have become an insult to women.

“But instead of raising fuel prices to resuscitate the health sector, government is raising the prices so that they can steal more. Otherwise, how do you explain where the whole President gets gifts from, through the Ministry of Home Affairs, someone involved in a fraudulent deal [with the Malawi Police]?” she said.

Kaliati also took on the Malawi Electoral Commission (Mec) for allegedly trying to frustrate the much-needed change through its use of malfunctioning equipment in the voter registration exercise.

She said it is high time Mec stopped sympathising with a certain section of the political divide at the expense of the majority.

“Nkhani ya chisankho siyachibale [Elections are not a platform for advancing or promoting family friendships/relationships]. Mec should demonstrate that it is neutral by giving people adequate time to register for the 2019 tripartite elections. We won’t accept anything less than that,” she said.

UTM national chairperson, Noel Masangwi, said Vice-President Saulos Chilima offers the only hope for a renewed nation.

Masangwi urged the defectors to advance the Chilima agenda beyond their areas, districts and regions.
Former MCP deputy secretary general, Chatonda Kaunda, said they have structures on the ground to fight for the Chilima cause.

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Mangochi three men arrested for murdering Greek farmer

The Malawi Police in Mangochi have arrested three people suspected to have a hand in the murder of Harry Yiannakis, a Greek farmer, in May this year.

In an interview, Mangochi Police Station spokesperson Rodrick Maida said the three were arrested on separate occasions, last month and this month, with the help of community members.

He said the three have, however, cooperated with the police in providing useful information that may lead to the arrest of the other two suspects.

“However, for fear of jeopardising our investigations, we cannot mention the names of the suspects, but we are tracing the two suspects. We are optimistic that we will find them no matter what it takes,” said Maida.

The officer said details of the case will be put together once all the suspects have been arrested.

Yiannakis, 62, was the owner of Tambala Estate in Masuku, Traditional Authority (T.A)Bwananyambi in the district. He was attacked by five armed men who also stole K14 million.

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A Facebook bug changed suggested sharing settings to ‘public’ for up to 14 million users

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Facebook isn’t a “community”. It’s a dangerous tool, especially in the wrong hands

The bug was active from May 18 to May 27 and changed users’ privacy settings without them knowing.The company said the problem has been fixed, and Facebook will notify the 14 million users who could have been affected starting Thursday.

About 14 million Facebook users who thought they were posting a message just to friends or smaller groups may have actually been sharing it widely with the general public due to a software bug, the company said Thursday.

A Facebook user’s post typically defaults to a pres-elected privacy setting. However, a bug that was active from May 18 to May 27 changed posts to automatically be public.

The posts were clearly marked as public, but users who were used to their privacy settings could have easily overlooked the public designation.

The company said it went back and recategorized the affected posts to the user’s default setting before the bug, and the problem has been fixed. In addition, Facebook will notify the 14 million users who could have been affected starting Thursday with an alert in their notifications.

“Starting today we are letting everyone affected know and asking them to review any posts they made during that time,” chief privacy officer Erin Egan said in a statement.

“We’d like to apologize for this mistake,” Egan said.

It’s another misstep in Facebook’s ongoing data privacy issues, spurred by revelations of a data leak that affected as many as 87 million users.

The issue resulted from Facebook’s efforts to allow users to highlight items on their profiles, such as photos, the company said.

The featured items defaulted to public settings, which inadvertently made all posts by the user during the affected time period also default to public.

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Malawi police shot dead another thug in Lilongwe.

LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-The Malawi police in the capital Lilongwe on Sunday shot dead the 30 year-old Goodson Gift Banda after tempting to run away when escorting the police to his accomplice of theft.

According to Kanengo police report the deceased who was the prime suspect in connection to the spate of Robberies that have been happening within Lilongwe city and Salima in particular including kanengo policing area such as Lilongwe Plastic and Packaging Limited where 4 Indian Nationals were severely assaulted and various models of Laptops, Cellphones and Millions of Kwacha Cash were stolen.

DMI campus opposite Central poultry along Lilongwe-Kasungu road where 5 Nunes (Catholic Sisters) and several university students were heavily attacked and in the process stole K4,000,000.00 Cash , 10 various models of Laptops, assorted cellphones.

In the line of investigations, the deceased was arrested and the following items have been recovered, 4 plasma TV screens, 7 Laptops, assorted cellphones.

Upon interviewing him, he was at liberty to lead us to his co-accused at the said village.

The deceased then began to run away as he was leading the team in small chattered route, to the house of his friend.

In order to stop him for further coverage of distance, the investigation team fired a warning bullet in the air but he didn’t stop.

Finally, a stray bullet landed on him and was quickly taken to Kamuzu Central Hospital for treatment but was pronounced dead before medical attention.

The body is lying dead at KCH mortuary pending identification.

The recovered items are yet to be identified by various complainants as stated above and further follow ups are still underway to arrest the remaining suspects.

The late Vge, Liwonde T/A Kadewere Distr. Chiradzulu but was operating from Area 50.

Brief facts surrounding the matter are that, the deceased who was the prime suspect in connection to the spate of Robberies that have been happening within Lilongwe city and Salima in particular including kanengo policing area such as Lilongwe Plastic and Packaging Limited where 4 Indian Nationals were severely assaulted and various models of Laptops, Cellphones and Millions of Kwacha Cash were stolen.

DMI campus opposite Central poultry along Lilongwe-Kasungu road where 5 Nunes ( Catholic Sisters) and several university students were heavily attacked and in the process stole K4,000,000.00 Cash , 10 various models of Laptops, assorted cellphones.

In the line of investigations, the deceased was arrested and the following items have been recovered, 4 plasma TV screens, 7 Laptops, assorted cellphones.

Upon interviewing him, he was at liberty to lead us to his co-accused at the said village.

He then began to run away as he was leading the team in small chattered route, to the house of his friend.

In order to stop him for further coverage of distance, the investigation team fired a warning bullet in the air but he didn’t stop.

Finally, a stray bullet landed on him and was quickly taken to Kamuzu Central Hospital for treatment but was pronounced dead before medical attention.

The body is lying dead at KCH mortuary pending identification.

The recovered items are yet to be identified by various complainants as stated above and further follow ups are still underway to arrest the remaining suspects.

The deceased Banda hailed from Liwonde village, Traditional Authority (T.A) Kadewere in Chiradzulu but was operating from Area 50.

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