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

The Good Side of Walter Nyamilandu

Nyamilandu: Has overstayed at FAM but…

All right framed Malawians even those of button size brain agree that Malawi football team – Flames is amongst entity that drains taxpayers money with no brainy why continue having it.

We cannot proceed to manage football affairs with cold indifference when the levels of play are swelling and being perpetrated by those who are expected to be the solution.

Incase you have been living under the cave for several moons. Here is brief history for you to catch light.

The man at the helm running football affairs in the country – Football Association of Malawi (FAM) is Walter Nyamilandu.

It’s a known fact Nyamilandu has overstayed at FAM as President and efforts to topple him failed in recent gone months.

Good side of Walter

Under his administration, FAM is well organized like a limited company.

If you happen to visit their Chiwembe – Blantyre offices, you will see well furnished offices with nice desks, painted walls, Sofa sets, couch, carpets, computers etc.

Yes, you’re assured to be given chill bottled water, cup of hot Mzuzu coffee and pipes are able to provide you with water anytime.

Yes, am talking of well groomed staff always smiling, ready to attend to you.

You no longer see FAM staff deserting their office premises running away from Katapila boys as they had borrowed and not able to repay.

Under Walter Nyamilandu’s watch, every FAM staff is granted official external travel.

Did you know that Walter, his calendar is always full JAN – DEC with international travels on football matters?

Opposed to many found in other sectors of industry, Nyamilandu delegates his subordinates to forums.

Giving them opportunities, exposure and empowering their pockets – who doesn’t need money?

No wonder FAM officials are able to order whole contents of bar fridge, mercenaries are free to imbibe without contributing a penny.

Yes, FAM hot blooded officials, their pockets empowers them even to snatch you, your night queens.

Here is the guy called Walter Nyamilundu, despite your louder cries to have him removed from FAM, his people loves him. And it is these people who have the voting powers.

Football players Financial prudence

Under Nyamilandu, standard 6 dropouts playing for Flames have been empowered of finance saving culture.

These days you can hardly spot a football player bringing huge sums of money to be spent one night at Pa-Kamba, Pa-Sequency, Paris, Matchasi, Bwandiro.

Yes, am talking of football players, these days hardly you can point of any marrying more than one woman because their pockets empowers to do so not the manpower.

Players who always surprises you when with the ball on their feet, whether under pressure or on the offensive defining the beauty in the game, symbolizing football artistry, making maximum use of football brain while dressing shabby outside the ground are nowhere to be seen these days.

Players these days are able to sit behind the wheels pushing around nice cars in town.

Soccer men are living in descent houses in Chitawiri, Nyambadwe, Area 18, Chimaliro.

Under Walter’s leadership, FAM officials with brainy to continue with their studies are doing so.

Under Nyamilandu, FAM has well qualified personnel ranging from Academician, Doctors, IT, Journalists, Chefs, Bar attendees, landscapers, security etc.

Granted, the past twenty years Walter has been calling shots at FAM, we have not seen anything different. But the guy has the golden side of himself.

It has been one sad story of poor performance by the Flames but that has not spared Nyamilandu outshining.

The opposition force against Walter will be fool-hardy to think that by merely attacking him, then bingo! Come some day Nyamilandu will be out from FAM is a joke.

Every team Flames play against, punishes them. We witnessed recently in Cameroon and the Yaounde boys are yet to travel to Malawi to whip Flames once more on their home soil.

Despite Walter failure giving hope for respite since 2000 his administration has a reputation for flying kites in our faces. They just might be taking us for fools.

In his narrow view, with RVG – the tourist cum soccer coach Flames is playing like Barcelona FC.

The FAM president is indeed out of touch with reality but his people loves him.

Leadership Crisis In UTM: Minutes Of Mponela Meeting

Callista: Chaired the meeting

This meeting took place on Thursday, 11th October 2018 at Mponela in Dowa. It was co-chaired by Calista Chimombo and Andrew Kamlopa.

A total of 26 people attended the meeting. The people attending included Noel Masangwi, Louis Ngalande, Calista Chimombo, Ben Chidyaonga, Andrew Kamlopa, Chris Kamlopa, Mrs Makuta, Richard Makondi, Newton Kambala and others.

The meeting started on the dot of 11:30 am.

The main agenda item was to hear a report from a delegation that had been sent to Soulos to discuss with him to stop his drunkeness habit because it is damaging his image and the image of the UTM.

The people that went to Chilima were Kambala, Makondi and Makuta.

Masangwi: Attended the meeting

It was decided to send the delegation because Chilima is not listening to advice. Several attempts were made to speak to his wife Mary Chilima to speak to his husband. But often says “I drink because I am stressed. I also drink when I go public rallies because I am shy and I cannot say the things I say when I am sobber.” The meeting heard the three people went to talk to Chilima as a last resort because he is not listening to anyone, not even his wife.

The three reported that they went and met Chilima. They told Chilima that the UTM group has become frustrated and demoralised because his public and continuous drunkeness is giving his leadership and the whole group a negative picture of lack of seriousness.

The three people reported to the meeting that they didn’t expect the reaction they got from Chilima. Chilima shouted at them and told them off.

Ngalande: Was also there

Chilima told the group that “You can’t come here to tell me how and when to drink. That is being childish. I am an adult. I know what I am doing.”

Chilima also digressed and told Newton Kambala that “You come here to tell me how to drink. The same you are sitting in secret groups plotting to topple me. And yet want me to make you a Runningmate. That is childish.”

When the meeting heard this report there was anger, frustration and confusion in the room. The unanimous agreement was that “Chilima is not going to help us. We need to change leadership.”

Louis Ngalande told the meeting that “Actually the problem is not just drunkeness. Chilima is a thief. This man is receiving funds but this money is not reaching us for activities on the ground. There is a lot of money that went into an account whose funds were mobilised by bishops. Instead Chilima is buying a hotel in Zambia. This man is a thief.”

Ngalande concluded that Chilima cannot be a leader. “I propose that we are better off being led by Patricia Kaliati. She is courageous. And she is a woman, many women can vote for her.”

Kambala: Also attended the Mponela meeting

As soon as Ngalande finished, Calista responded to block the proposal for Kaliati. Calista said “Let us be serious. Kaliati cannot lead. Her education is little. She speaks before she thinks. She has a short temper.”

The debate went on for sometime but the group agreed to meet again to examine the leadership problem carefully because Chilima was a disappointment.

The next item was UTM Registration. The item was reported by a phone call from Ralph Kasambara who told the group that “We should forget about registration of UTM”. Kasambara repeated the full report which he gave to the Wednesday meeting at Njamba.

What followed was everybody speaking out their frustrations.

Richard Makondi said “Ife ndiye Satana watikhalira basi” (The devil has condemned and blocked us).

Calista lamented “Koma a DPP… Akufuna tisalembetse UTM zoona? A DPP amudziwe Yesu ndithu”. (DPP people must know Jesus Christ)

Chilima: Bone of contention

Shannil Muluzi said the techniques which DPP is using to finish UTM were once used by her former busband Bakili Muluzi when he was dealing with Brown Mpinganjira’s National Democratic Party (NDA). Shannil concluded Bakili Muluzi is working with DPP on strategy.

But Noel Masangwi shouted Shannil down, “Zimene tikukana za chizimayizo muno ndiye zimenezo.” (That is the woman talk that we are refusing here.”

The meeting ended in confusion.

Dr. Bruce Munthali Trashes UTM Propaganda: My Loyalty Remains to APM, DPP

Munthali:DPP is a vast political system

Former Tobacco Control Commission (TCC) boss Bruce Munthali has dismissed allegations that he is joining the United Transformation Movement (UTM).

Following his loss to Rosemary Mkandawire during Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) primaries in Mzimba North, UTM propagandists spread an allegation that Munthali was destined for UTM out of protest.

But in an interview, the former TCC CEO trashed the rumours saying his loyalty remains to President Peter Mutharika and the DPP.

“I did not just wake up and contest to represent DPP. I have been loyal to the party and its leadership since its birth and this can’t just change because of a mere loss at a primary elections.

“DPP is a vast political system and I do not have to represent it in Parliament for me to remain in this party,” said Dr. Munthali.

He added that the primary elections were now water under the bridge.

“With all the shortfalls that characterised the elections, I have accepted the results, congratulated Dr. Mkandawire and moved on. I am now looking forward to helping the party winning the tripartite elections with landslide in 2019,” said Munthali.

Lonje at it again, ‘I win’ wins him a spot on Maluso’s Trending artists rank

Lonje doing what he knows best

Exactly seven days after it’s release, I win by Lonje gains him a trending artists on one of the music streaming and sharing site, maluso.com.

Lonje’s consistency this year is paying off, getting himself a spot in public domain, with his music now making rounds in all radio stations and music sharing websites.

He recently released Wandizungulira ft Ulemu and the song is now on position 1 on E I Radio Experience weekly Top Countdown, airing every Sunday morning on Zomba based YFM.

“It’s a great year and to God be the glory. The message that He has given us must be spread and I thank God for giving me this opportunity to share the gospel through music” Lonje said.

He said people should expect an album during the first quarter of 2019.

“I am still working on a few logistical arrangements with my team, we are set to drop an album, 2019 is almost here, what has been cooking is finally ready so be on the lookout.”.

Lonje’s masterpieces this year alone include amazing love, Wandizungulira, Ankanena ndani all featuring Ulemu and this latest release, I win, promises to be steadily rising hit song.

Will this be his last single this year? We wait and see as we look forward to the album.

Lonje: People should expect an album during the first quarter of 2019
Lonje: Manning the keyboard