Road To 2019: Abida Mia Storms Chikwawa…Says Dr Chakwera Deserves A Resounding Victory Next Year

Abida Mia: Working hard for MCP

Abida Mia, wife to Malawi Congress Party (MCP) vice president Sidik Mia, is this weekend set to pound Chikwawa Mkombezi constituency with a second round of whistle-stop tour.

Last weekend, Adona as Abida Mia is fondly known among her admirers, and a highly powered regional team led by the Southern region Chairperson for the party Peter Simbi and a charismatic Member of Parliament for Chikwawa South East constituency, Elias Karim, sieged part of Chikwawa Mkombezi constituency where they encouraged the people to rally behind the party.

During the whistle-stop, Abida Mia is expected to clarify her position regarding the request the people of Chikwawa Mkombezi constituency have made to have her contest as their Member of Parliament in 2019.

However, the theme message of this whistle-stop will be to encourage the people to go and register en masse given the fact that voters’ registration exercise is currently underway in the district.

According to the released programe, the MCP team will on Saturday storm Msinja School in Saopa Ward in the morning and in the afternoon, the team will be at Mchenga School in Makande Ward.

On Sunday, a rally will be at Singano School in Therere Ward in the morning and in the afternoon, the rally will be at Jombo School in Jombo Ward.

The main speakers will be Abida Mia herself, the party’s Regional Chairman (South), Hon. Peter Simbi, the Deputy Director of Research & MP for Chikwawa South Constituency, Elias Karim, the Deputy District Chairman for Chikwawa, Graciam Chilonga and the Constituency Chairman for Chikwawa Nkombezi Constituency, Boniface Katandika.

“It my resolve to help grow and strengthen the party and I know that the starting point to achieve that is to interact with the people right at their base.

“Dr Lazarus Chakwera deserves a resounding victory next year. We can achieve this kind of victory if we all participate in our own unique ways in convincing the people on why Dr Chakwera and Dr Chakwera only deserves to lead this country in 2019,” wrote Abida Mia on her official Facebook page.

Kwachaa: All Set For MCP Primaries

Mia and his two VPs

Main opposition, the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) say party primary elections for aspiring members of parliament and councilors will take place from next week after aspiring MPs held a silent protest.

 The party initially postponed the August primary elections until further notice to monitor how the newly launched United Transformation Movement will conduct its primary elections.

MCP publicity secretary Maurice Munthali said the primary elections were put on hold because of the voter registration exercise in some parts of the central region.

“Voter registration is very important and crucial for the elections this is why we had to withhold the primary elections to pave way for the voter registration exercise,” said Munthali.

He could however not say the exact date when the primary elections would be held, saying the secretariat would communicate the exact and areas.

Political analyst George Phiri advised the MCP not to impose candidates on the people saying this could be a recipe for disastrous parliamentary election results.

Some MCP aspiring candidates accused the party secretary general Eisenhower Mkaka of making unilateral decision to postpone the primary elections after some aspirants invested a lot in campaign

Road To 2019: Mia Splashes K1million To Nchalo’s St Mathews Catholic Church

Mia speaks to the media after the donation

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) Vice-president, Sidik Mia has donated K1 million towards the project for the construction of store rooms being done by St. Matthews Catholic  Parish in Chikwawa Central.

Mia told the Parish that he decided to assist after learning of the project because he is deep rooted into the philosophy of sharing.

The political guru in Chikwawa and Nsanje, Mia was accompanied by former minister of information Moses Kunkuyu, Salim Bagus, Kondi Msungama and others and he said sharing is one of important doctrine that needs to be emulated by everyone.

Mia talking to people outside the Parish after making the donation

He pledged to continue assisting the Parish at any stage of the K4 million project.

In his remarks, Father Malata thanked Mia for the donation describing it as timely as the money will go a long way in buying of construction materials and other expenses in relation to the project.

It is not the first time for Mia to help the church and not just in Chikwawa and Nsanje. Of late he has been going countrywide assisting churches, needy people and other organisations.

Brendan Now In Chiradzulu, Reaches Mulanje Tomorrow

Brendan at Nsipe in Ntcheu on his way from Lilongwe to Blantyre
Brendan running through Ntcheu
Time for lunch
Preparing dinner
Time for supper
Brendan on his way from Lilongwe to Blantyre
Brendan running through Ntcheu to Blantyre
Blantyre here we come
Running through Lunzu
Mulanje here we come
A photo with Emmanuel
A run to Mulanje
Running through Mulanje
Running through Nguludi to Mulanje

Msowoya Humiliates Chakwera At Brother’s Funeral…Recognises DPP, UTM, UDF

Chakwera at the funeral

Main opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president Lazarus Chakwera and some of the party’s senior members on Friday were shocked when they were not given a chance to speak at the funeral of the brother of its former vice President Richard Msowoya who is also the Speaker of Parliament despite other parties given a slot to give their eulogies.

The burial ceremony of Mwembe Msowoya [brother to Richard Msowoya] which occurred in his home area of Nyungwe in Karonga attracted different political parties and politicians such as the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), United Transformation Movement (UTM), MCP, former vice President Khumbo Kachali and deputy speaker of Parliament Dr Clement Chiwaya of United Democratic Front (UDF_.

DPP was headed by Minister of Transport Jappie Mhango, Chidanti Malunga UTM, Chakwera of MCP, Chiwaya  of UDF and tiny Freedom Party  of Kachali.

However, out of all parties and politicians, only MCP was not given a chance to speak despite the party’s leader presence being recognized.

Lundu Warns Politicians Against Using Lengwe As Campaign Tool

Kumchedwa presenting cheque to Lundu (c) franked by Gweta...Pic
Kumchedwa presenting cheque to Lundu (c) franked by Gweta…Pic by Steve Chirombo, MANA

Paramount Chief Lundu has sent a strong warning to politicians in the district against using Lengwe National Pak as a campaign tool.

Lundu made the remarks on Thursday during the launch of Lengwe Revenue Sharing Scheme between the park and communities that surround it.

He said there was a growing tendency by some aspiring candidates to lie to communities that once voted into power they will force powers that be to release part of the park to communities for farming and settlement.

“Lengwe National Park is a government property which aims at helping every Malawian. When we have different animal species in it, more visitors are attracted to visit the park and in the process a lot of money is raised,” he said.

The Paramount Chief added it was sad to note that some parts of the park were turned into grazing, farming as well as settlement areas resulting into the disappearance of more animal species.

Kumchedwa in an interview

He then called on the communities to work with law enforcers in protecting the park so as to restore it to its former glory.

During the event, Lengwe Wildlife Association, a grouping of people from communities surrounding the park received MK500,000 as a 25 percent share from profits realized from the protected area.

Chairperson for the association, Sifoliano Gweta said the event was one way of ensuring communities around the park know and appreciate their status as owners of the park.

He therefore said the money received, would be used to implement various development projects.

“As an association, we will continue sensitizing communities to conserve Lengwe National Park so that we are able to do away with the current challenges the park is facing and strive to restore its dignity,” he said.

Lengwe Wildlife Association members pose with their dummy cheque.Pic by Steve Chirombo, MANA

Director in the Ministry of Natural Resources, Brighton Kumchedwa in his speech warned some game rangers against conniving with poachers saying once caught they will lose their jobs in the process.

The director said it was sad to note that the park was no longer attractive due to loss of animal species, a situation he said makes Majete Game Reserve under African Parks a preference for most tourists.

“Some communities have invaded the park and are busy conducting illegal activities. For instance there is heavy charcoal burning. As such I would like to request our chiefs to apply an extra gear of sensitizing communities on the importance of the park,” said Kumchedwa.

Lengwe National Park is surrounded by four Traditional Authorities namely; Paramount Chief Lundu, Senior Chiefs Chapananga and Ngabu as well as TA Ndakwera.

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TNM Contributes K10m Towards ICAM Lakeshore Conference


Thank you: Gondwe(R) receiving cheque from Kadzitche

Malawi’s integrated mobile network and ICT service provider TNM Plc has contributed K10 million to the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Malawi (ICAM) for the financial gatekeepers’ Lakeshore conference slated from September 20 to 22, 2018 at Nkopola in Mangochi.

Speaking during the cheque presentation, TNM’s Chief Finance Officer Peter Kadzitche said TNM Plc is a long-term partner of the ICAM, which has the critical role of safeguarding the accountancy profession.

He said accountancy profession is a critical input in economic development growth efforts in Malawi.

“As a truly Malawian company, we felt obliged to support this conference because TNM appreciates and values the role ICAM plays in enhancing financial literacy and ethical & professional conduct which in turn fosters economic growth of the country,” said Kadzitche.

Kadzitche observed that apart from engineers, accountants constitute a big population of TNM’s workforce, hence one of the key drivers to the business.

“TNM always believes that gatherings like the ICAM annual conference provides a platform for professionals to discuss issues for the common good of our business and economic growth for Malawi and by contributing towards the conference we are supporting the nation to have an accountable society. We are among companies, which employee large number of accountants,” he said.

Receiving the donation, ICAM Chief Executive Officer Dr Francis Gondwe thanked TNM for the support towards the hosting of the lakeshore conference.

“ICAM is very humbled with this contribution from TNM this is not a small amount and it will go a long way to help us to host this important conference and meet the expenses. TNM has been a strong partner of ICAM for many years,” said Gondwe.

The conference will be held under the theme Towards achieving sustainable economic gains-The Malawi approach

The conference is expected to attract over 700 delegates and local and international renowned speakers will lead deliberations.

For further inquiries;

Limbani Nsapato, Senior Manager, Business Services

+265 888 893483

limbani.nsapato@tnm.co.mw

Thank you: Gondwe(R) receiving cheque from Kadzitche

Time Has Come For Women To Rule-UN Women

The United Nations Women says that they want more women to contest for the various positions in the 2019 Tripartite Elections because time is ripe for women to be in decision making positions.

In an interview on Thursday in Nsanje, Pamela Mkwamba Matumbi, Head of Programs at UN Women, bemoaned violence, name calling as some vices that detract women not to participate actively in political affairs.

She said it was important for the communities to support women who are willing to contest because women know very small issues that make a community move unlike their male counterparts.

“As UN women we are rallying behind each other to find mechanisms where they can be assisted to contest for such positions, building their capacity to articulate issues, and networking to share experiences to open up some doors,” said Matumbi.

The UN Women programs manager downplayed the sentiments that some quarters advance that the UN Women are trying just to make noise for the sake of it. She said that what they are doing is simply to ensure that women ideals are understood and that are put in right places for development.

Speaking on challenges that women face in male dominated circles, Rose Makiyi, the only female councilor in Nsanje, out of 10 councilors the council has, said it is not easy to convince men who already have negative stereotypes against women.

“Sometimes you try to put forward a relevant issue that may help uplift the welfare of the grassroots, but in the end they look at who is speaking and not necessarily what you are speaking simply just because you are female,” said Makiyi.

Makiyi added that it is difficult to advance issue that affect women in the district because her voice, weighed against many of her male counterparts, is rarely regarded as voice of reason.

She advised more women to come forward and take positions such as that of a council chair, and also asked UN Women to woo and support more women to contest.

Currently, 30 women have shown interest to contest in various electoral positions in Nsanje district.

 

Attached is a photograph of Pamela Matumbi, UN Women Programs Manager

Mpamba Offers Discount On Lake of Stars Tickets

Sobhuza Ngwenya: We are committed to contributing to a successful festival

TNM Plc, official telecoms partner for the Lake of Stars (LOS) today proudly announces the roll-out of ticket sales through Mpamba at a discount of 13.5%.

Head of Marketing Sobhuza Ngwenya said customers who buy their tickets to the three-day festival through the TNM mobile money service will pay K 32,000.00, down from K37,000.00 saving K5,000.

“TNM Mpamba has made access to the Lake of Stars festival easily affordable as customers who buy tickets get to save K5,000 to enter at Kabumba Hotel in Salima where the event will take place and have a three day of full fun from September 28th – 30th   while enjoying TNM services,” said Ngwenya.

Ngwenya said to benefit from the offer, TNM customers are requested to dial *444#, Select 4 for payments, Select 6 for Lake of Stars, Select 1 for amount to be paid (K32,000), Enter PIN number and receive a confirmation SMS (SMS should be kept with reference number as proof of payment).

“This package is one of the many exciting activities that TNM has lined up as we count down to the 28-30 September  festival. This offer has been designed to provide convenience to our customers and will help them save both time and money at once,” he said.

The Head of Marketing said as official mobile telecoms partner of Lake of Stars, TNM is committed to contributing to a successful festival through provision of innovative mobile telecoms solutions such as Mpamba, among others.

Lake of Stars Founder Will Jameson, said the festival was very pleased with the level of convenience brought about by the partnership with Mpamba as it positively enhanced the festival goers experience,

Sauti Sol: Set to thrill patrons during the event

“We are excited to be working with Malawi’s leading telecoms company and our festival partner TNM to bring this exclusive offer to LOS customers.  The Mpamba ticket offer will not only make ticket buying easier for our guests but also gives them a huge discount to the  festival,” said Jameson.

The festival’s Country Coordinator, Yolanda Ng’oma echoed Jameson’s sentiments by emphasizing the LOS’ commitment to continuously improving the services available to festival goers.

“We are living in a fast-paced world where people are increasingly looking for simpler and more secure ways to complete their money transactions, We have seen this through the increased usage of mobile money and online banking services. Our goal was to provide our customers with a platform that was not only convenient for them but cost saving as well. Mpamba is definitely the perfect solution for this.” said Ng’oma

The three-day festival will host a fusion of local and international music acts, poetry, dance theatre, and arts among others on the beaches of Kabumba Hotel, on the fringes of Lake Malawi in Salima.

A number of acts will come from Europe, including Germany group, Makatumbe Band and Scotland’s Michael Pedersen, with more to be announced.

This year marks the 15th anniversary of the critically acclaimed festival since its inception and promises to be a mix of local and international talent, a bevy of holiday fun by the lake and a relaxing getaway on the beach.

For further inquiries;

Limbani Nsapato, Manager, Public Relations

0888 893483

limbani.nsapato@tnm.co.mw

Bringing Satellite TV Closer To The Rural Masses: 500 Villages Receive Satellite TV Access

Isaac Damian of Chokola 1 village in traditional authority Tengani in Nsanje district and his family are speechless at what President Peter Mutharika and his government have done for them.

For the first time in their life, they have access to satellite television right from their house deep in Nsanje district.

“I can watch over 20 television channels from my house. These are on satellite television. My entire family is excited. We do not even envy those who stay in the city. We are better off here in the village with the coming of these decoders and dishes,” says who has already started enjoying the fruits of the project under Mutharika administration.

Damian says the coming of the satellite television has brought closeness and unity of the family as all members are now usually glued to the TV. The family usually takes meals together unlike in the past.

“Before this TV, my children used to go and watch video shows at the trading centre. They would usually ask for money. They would spend a lot of time there sometimes up to late hours in the night. The family was disjointed,” says Damian.

Damian is one of the Malawian households in 500 villages that are receiving free satellite decoders and dishes from the Chinese government to Malawi government under the “10 000 African Villages Satellite TV Project”.

Another beneficiary, Patuma Nanjanga, who is involved in small medium enterprise, says is excited to have the satellite TV because it has saved her resoures.

“I was planning to buy a TV set and now those resources are saved,” says Nanjanga.

She says watching TV after the day’s hard work is good for her health. She relaxes with her family and learns what is happening from other parts of the world.

“We are now part of the global community,” she said. The project has come as part of the Chinese Government’s plan on people to people bilateral aid
to Africa.

Three years ago, at the 6th Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation in Johannesburg, President Xi Jinping undertook a commitment to implement a Satellite TV Project in 10 000 villages in 25 countries in Africa dubbed 10 000 African Villages Satellite TV Project.

Malawi has received 500 villages which are given Direct to Home television access. The project is implemented by the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology on behalf of Government. The Chinese Government identified Star Times to connect the 500 villages by supplying them with decoders, satellite dishes and solar units to power the television sets.

Members of Parliament in Malawi, regardless of their political stand, were asked to identify villages from their respective constituencies to benefit from the project.

The 500 villages will each receive a 32’ TV screen, two projector decoders, three satellite dishes and three sets of solar panels and batteries to power the TV units.

Besides, the connected decoders would also be given free signal which would include three local channels of MBC,
Times TV and Zodiak TV among other general channels. In total people will be able to access 21 channels for free.

Twenty households have been identified in the beneficiary villages to receive free decoders and
satellite dishes. However, such households need to have electricity and television sets for them to be given the free decoders and dishes.

Member of Parliament for Dedza East Juliana Lunguzi welcomes the project and says it has come at the right time when people in rural areas need information.

“People in the rural areas look for information and so this project provides greater opportunity for them to get that information,” says Lunguzi who also asks for the sustainability of the project.

Zomba Chisi Member of Parliament Mark Botomani also hails government and President Peter Mutharika for the project.

“People in my constituency will spend their time usefully. They will be informed people and therefore make informed decisions and contribute to the socioeconomic development of the country. I thank President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika for accepting the project to come to Malawi,” says Botomani.

Member of Parliament for Nkhatabay West, Grace Chiumia also welcomes the project saying it will have great impact in her mountainous constituency where people seem to be land locked.

“They will be part of the global community. We thank the President for this initiative,” says Chiumia.

So far, installation has started from Nsanje and the exercise has almost finished there. It has brought great excitement among many people.

Minister of Information and Communications Technology Nicholas Dausi feels proud of the project being implemented by his ministry which is also implementing the Access to Information Law as the two see to each other.

“The project is enabling rural people to enjoy rich and various satellite TV channels just like their counterparts in urban areas. Besides, the project will afford as many people as possible an opportunity to have access to as much information as possible thereby making the rural communities more enlightened and progressive as they effectively participate in the country’s
development and democracy,” says Dausi who also thanks the Chinese Government for the project..

He adds: “We are also happy honoured that His Excellency Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika will be launching the project any time soon.”

The project has also come at the right time when Malawi just like other African countries are in a critical period of digital transformation. All countries are facing International Telecommunication Union June 2020 deadline to switch radio and television from analogue to digital platform.

“This project is a major initiative in media cooperation between China and Africa. It is designed to popularize digital television for rural areas in Africa thus of great significance for the deep coverage of radio and television, breaking information barriers, strengthening quality oriented education of the people, and promoting social progress,” said Star Times president Pang Xinxing
when he talked about the project to delegates from Africa and China at the fourth Forum on China-Africa Media Cooperation in July this year.

With the rapid development of information technology, the global media environment and communication landscape are undergoing profound changes. African countries are actively promoting radio and television digitalization.

Despite the challenges. China commits itself further to help Africa attain full digitalization.

“We will continue to spare no effort to support media digitization and reconstruction in African countries and actively implement varying projects so as to see, for instance, digital TV services be provided to 10 000 villages in Africa,” said Minister of National Radio and Television Administration of Peoples’ Republic of China, Nie Chenxie.

Chenxie, who is also Deputy Head of the Publicity Department of the Communist Party of China, was addressing delegates at the fourth Forum on China-Africa Media Cooperation in Beijing in July this year.

Malawians are not lagging behind in this digital era.