Mia ‘seals’ Shire Valley, says won’t contest as MP; DPP aspirant in Nsanje North defects to MCP

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) Vice President Sidik Mia disclosed that he has identified influential candidates to contest on his MCP ticket in the Shire Valley where he comes from.

Mia was speaking during a press conference he conducted on Monday afternoon in Blantyre where he was welcoming a Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) shadow Member of Parliament for Nsanje North Constituency, Enock Chazuzu.

Chizuzu said had decided to dump the ruling DPP after receiving pressure from chiefs and his people to join forces with the Lower shire baron, Mia, if his dream of going to Parliament in 2019 is to be realized.

“They told me to join MCP if I am to win in 2019 and who am I to say no to the people’s wish,” said Chazuzu who was accompanied by his Constituency Chairperson, three other executive members of the constituency and the Area Development Committee Chairperson.

Taking his turn, Mia said was courting Chazuzu for a long time and was pleased that he has finally joined MCP.

“He is a quality candidate and so far a frontrunner in the constituency and I am glad that he has joined MCP,” said Mia adding that he has now “sealed” the shire valley with his joining MCP—meaning that there is now no vacancy in terms of aspirant(s)in any constituency in the two districts of Nsanje and Chikwawa.

In an interview, the members of the press asked him to explain on a number of issues facing the party in the southern region.

Put to him if he will contest in any constituency in the country as MP following the announcement by his wife Abida Mia that she will contest in Chikwawa Mkombezi, a Constituency he has been MP for a decade, Mia was unequivocal in his response saying he will not contest in any constituency in the country as he is and will be too busy criss-crossing the country to canvass support and garner votes for MCP Presidential candidate Dr Lazarus Chakwera.

According to Mia, his mission is to help push Dr.  Chakwera to be Malawi president in 2019 and observed therefore that he would do the people of Chikwawa Mkombezi constituency “a great injustice” to be their member of parliament when he knows that he will not be fully dedicated to them.

“They need someone who will be committed to them 100% and Abida Mia who has been helping me run the constituency when I was MP for the area, is in my view, the right person for the job. Interestingly, she has been endorsed by Chiefs and many people in our constituency, so let her try her luck,” said Mia.

Quizzed on when primary elections will commence in the southern region, the vice president said the exercise will commence in 14 days’ time and he assured the media that all aspirants will undergo the exercise saying that his party elects its leaders across the board democratically.

“You know even our own  president Dr Chakwera underwent primary elections in his constituency, so no one will be spared of this exercise—even if there is no challenger, primary elections will still be conducted,” said Mia.

Put to him to gauge the strength of the party in the southern region about a year now since he joined the party, Mia said the party is now visible, competitive and attractive not only in southern region but also in the northern region, not to mention central region.

Mia then disclosed that MCP will feature all the 193 parliamentary candidates in 2019 including ward councilors candidates as well.

He mentioned Mangochi central region where he said the party has about 6 shadow MPs who want to contest under the MCP ticket as a sign of the attractiveness of the party. Mia also cited the case of Blantyre where he said there are about three to more contestants in almost each of the constituency where they preparing to battle it out during the primary elections—a true indicator of the party’s strength, competitiveness   and attractiveness.

Vice President Sidik Mia, an excellent orator and an experienced politician, whom many political commentators, have credited him of revamping MCP in the populous southern region thereby boosting the MCP’s chances of making it to state house in 2019, is widely seen as the defacto running mate to the party’s presidential candidate, Dr Lazarus Chakwera.

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Nigeria’s Afropop star Davido campaigns for opposition PDP

Nigeria’s Afropop sensation, Davido is causing political shockwaves in home sate of Osun where he is campaigning for the candidate of the opposition People’s Development Party (PDP) in the race to be governor.
Billboards in the state also show pictures of the singer in traditional dress, leaning on an empty black leather chair next to the Nigerian flag.
“I, Davido, support Senator Nurudeen Ademola Adeleke as governor of Osun State,” the roadside advertisements read.
Adeleke, dubbed “the dancing senator” because of his penchant for dancing in public, must be hoping his high-profile nephew can win him as many voters as he has music fans.
The 58-year-old politician is running for the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) against Gboyega Oyetola of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Candidates from no fewer than 48 parties are vying to replace APC Governor Rauf Aregbesola, who is stepping down after a maximum of two four-year terms.
Saturday’s poll is the final major electoral test before Nigerians vote for a new president, parliament, governors and state legislatures in February and March next year.

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Lets emulate Nelson Mandela-Malawi President Mutharika tells Peace Summit

NEW YORK-(MaraviPost)-The Malawi President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika has started his official duties in the United State Of America, where he is attending the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly .
Mutharika first engagement was   attending the opening meeting of  the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit in the  UN General Assembly Hall at  the UN Headquarters where he delivered a powerful statement.
The Malawi leader addressed the gathering of world leaders for three minutes and he urged leaders across the globe to emulate the example which Mandela set by preaching peace as a key to the success of a national, regional block and the entire world to develop.
The focus of the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit is on Global Peace in honor of the centenary of the birth of Nelson Mandela.
This Peace Summit offers the opportunity for world leaders to renew their commitment to global peace, conflict prevention, conflict resolution, peace building, promotion and protection of human rights and long-term development initiatives as called for by the Secretary-General.
The Peace Summit will also adopt a political declaration, which will reaffirm the values of Nelson Mandela.

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TNM: 5 fans win tickets to Lake of Stars festival

NM's Chimwemwe Mganga( R) presenting ticket to Mwanja
Always with you-TNM’s Chimwemwe Mganga( R) presenting ticket to Mwanja

Blantyre, September 24, 2018—TNM Plc, mobile telecoms and ICT partner of the Lake of Stars Festival is proud to announce the five lucky winners in the just ended social media competition ahead of the arts and culture event.

To stand a chance of winning, fans and festival lovers were asked to post “Like” on TNM’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.

For Facebook (TelekomNetworksMalawi), users were required to answer a question on “Which TNM product allows them to cash out from your bank even when there is no ATM around” whilst for Twitter, fans were  asked to “post a video of them singing the most popular Sauti Sol Song with caption #IssaFestivoo.

For Instangram (@alwayswithyoumw ) TNM simply asked fans to post their best photo having fun in the sun with the hashtag #IssaFestivoo.

Speaking during tickets presentation in Blantyre Public Relations Manager Limbani Nsapato said the promotion received overwhelming response from the fans and TNM was excited to offer five tickets to lucky winners.

“TNM has decided to extend the Lake of Stars Festival buzz and fever to its customers on social media as one way of appreciating their love of music and tourism, which the festival delivers on one platform. As the festival gets underway from September 28, these five winners will be there to enjoy the music, beauty and sun-bath which the festival offers to fans and TNM will be there to share the fun with them,” Nsapato said.

Apart from giving out free tickets, TNM Plc is also offering a 13.5 % ticket discount to the festival for customers who buy tickets through TNM’s mobile money service Mpamba by September 27, 2018.

“Through this limited offer, TNM has made it possible for many people to buy tickets at an affordable price and convenient means. Festival goers will pay K32,000.00, down from K37,000.00 saving K5,000 if they buy the tickets on Mpamba.  Our hope is that this will help increase patronage to the concert and the bigger the audience, the better for the good of Malawi’s arts and tourism,” he said.

One of the lucky tickets winners Justin Mwanja from Lilongwe thanked TNM for making it possible for social media fans to be part of this year’s festival.

Other lucky tickets winners Grant Victor , Danny DaSilva, Karen Tembo and Manuel Joze Serafim Da Silva. Other 15 winners went away with various TNM goodies.

The three-day festival will host a fusion of local and international music acts, food, technology, and wellness on the beaches of Kabumba Hotel, on the fringes of Lake Malawi in Salima, Central Malawi.

A number of acts will come from Europe, including Germany group, Makatumbe Band and Scotland’s Michael Pedersen. Sauti Sol from Kenya and Major Lazer Sound System from USA are also part of the headliners.

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. Ends#

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DPP settles for rapper Tay Grin as candidate against MP Bisnowaty in Lilongwe City Central; Road to 2019

LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-The governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Secretary General Gresder Jeffrey wa Jeffery on Sunday unveiled rapper Limbani Kalilani (known as Tay Grin) as parliamentary candidate for the party in Lilongwe City Centre constituency, whose incumbent law maker is David Bisnowaty.
And Bisnowaty, who was elected as an independent Member of Parliament (MP) four years ago but joined DPP, didn’t know of this development as he is outside the country.
The development has sent tongues wagging on what will happen to the incumbent parliamentarian Bisnowaty.
Speaking during a political rally at Mgona Community Ground in Lilongwe, Wa Jeffrey said DPP will not impose any candidate on the people.
“We will not impose any candidate because DPP is a democratic party but we have only received the name of Limbani Kalilani as an aspiring member,” she said.
DPP’s Organising Secretary Chimwemwe Chipungu told the rally also that constituents chose wrongly in 2014 hence no meaningful development.
Chipungu who also failed during the 2014 elections as DPP Parliamentary candidate denounced Bisnowaty saying a new person needs to represent the party.
When contacted Maravi Post on Sunday evening, Bisnowaty expressed surprise at the development, saying he was with his Jewish people who in the month of September celebrate Yom Kippur and Sukott; also known as the Day of Atonement, which is the holiest day of the year in Judaism.
The MP said, central themes for these celebrations are atonement and repentance and the Jewish people traditionally observe this holy day with an approximate 25-hour period of fasting and intensive prayer, often spending most of the day in synagogue services.
“These are very important holidays hence I am spending time with family and friends outside Malawi,” Bisnowaty said. “If the DPP had a rally in Mgona in my constituency today and that’s fine.
“[But] I have done a lot of development projects in that area and the largest was a concrete bridge worth over MK100 million.”
He also cited tarmac roads from Chenicheni Nchiti to Senti in Area 18 as one of the projects he initiated.
Recently, people in the Lilongwe City Centre constituency accused Bisnowaty of relocating to Blantyre leaving the people who voted him alone but Bisnowaty trashed down the accusation as untrue.
On his part, Tay Grin whose mother Jean Kalirani is Minister of Gender in President Peter Mutharika’s Cabinet, said he has launched his campaign to be the MP in the area.
Main opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) has picked Alfred Jiya – son of the soil – as their parliamentary candidate in the constituency.
MP Bisnowaty is yet to announce his next political path head of 2019 general elections.

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Malawi’s President Mutharika to deliver his speech at UNGA on Tuesday

NEW YORK-(MaraviPost)-Malawi’s President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika  is expected to make his statement on Tuesday, September 25,  73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York, in the United States of America
The Malawi leader arrived on Saturday in New York for UNGA that opened last Tuesday, September 18.
Upon his arrival in the US President Mutharika was welcomed by Ambassador Dr. Perks Ligoya and Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Emmanuel Fabiano.
Upon arrival at his lodging place in Midtown Manhattan he was welcomed by Minister of Gender Dr. Jean Kalilani, Minister of Labour Francis Kasaila, Minister of Health Atupere Muluzi, Minister of Home Affairs Cecilia Chazama, Deputy Minister of defence Everton Chimulirenji, Ambassador Edward Sawelengera, deputy Ambassador Lot Dzonzi and State House Director General Peter Mukhito among others.
President Mutharika is accompanied by the First Lady Madam Professor Gertrude Mutharika.
President Mutharika is expected to address the world leaders on Tuesday September 25, 2018.
The Malawi leader will be the second world leader to deliver a statement after the official opening of the General Debate of the 73rd UNGA on September 25.

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Mzuzu City Mayor Mkandawire loses MCP primary elections

By Falles Kamanga
Mzuzu City Mayor William Mkandawire has lost the primary elections in the main opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP).
Mkandawire got 352 votes while the winner, a well-known businessman Bonnex Mwandira amassed 805 votes.
Other contestants Alfred Mwenefumbo and Chilimunthowa Mlotha got four votes each.
While accepting defeat, Mkandawire accused the retaining officers of having a hand in his defeat, saying they allowed other people who were not eligible to vote.
Elsewhere, MCP Vice President for the North Harry Mkandawire won the Mzimba West primary election by a landslide victory.
Mkandawire got 494 votes against Charles Shonga who got 63 votes.

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Riots in Zambia after Chinese shots 17 year old girl

KITWE-(MaraviPost)-Roydah Mumba, 17, was shot and wounded on her right ankle by a Chinese national identified as by Gao Em Ming, 42, sparking protests in the township.
Zambia Police Service Spokesperson Esther Mwaata Katongo confirmed the development, according to Mwebantu.
“There was a shooting incident which occurred 21st September, 2018 around 18:00 hours at Yuchen Investments Limited at a Chinese shop at Spur Shopping Centre in Chimwemwe Township in Kitwe in which Female Nelia Mumba, aged 38 of Chimwemwe Township, Kitwe reported that her daughter Roydah Mumba, aged 17, a shopkeeper at the above shop was shot and wounded on her right ankle by Gao Em Ming, 42, a Chinese National of Lubambe Centre, Parklands in Kitwe, using a 9mm Glock Pistol, Serial number BFZN 775.
“The incident happened when the Chinese National who was at the Counter selling in the shop started playing with his Pistol which in the process fired and the bullet wounded the Zambian worker who was standing within the shop”, Katongo said.
The victim was rushed to Kitwe Teaching Hospital where she has been admitted for observation.
“After word went round that a Chinese National had killed a Zambian, residents of Chimwemwe Township got infuriated and started throwing stones and looted the Chinese shop” Katongo narrated.
Police quickly moved in and dispersed the mob and kept vigil. Between 20:00 hours and 21:00hours, the angry mob moved to another Chinese shop, Xingmei Supermarket in Nakadoli Market in Chimwemwe TownShip which was still open and owned by Female Aimi Yan, aged 45 of Chimwemwe, Kitwe, where the mob damaged the front metal door and four windows, before looting property whose value is not yet ascertained.
Two suspects namely Racheal Mpundu, aged 16 of unknown house number in Chimwemwe was apprehended with a table, duvet, and onother man suspected to have been drunk at the time and refused to give his names, who was found with plastic dishes, a duvet was also arrested.
The Chinese national who shot the worker is currently detained at Riverside Police Station yet to be charged and a pistol with no rounds has been recovered. Scene visited and docket of case opened.

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Malawi human rights activist Mayaya chickens out of live ZBS debate

By Nenenji Mlangeni
LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-The self claimed human rights activist Billy Mayaya stunned Zodiak Broadcasting Station  (ZBS) Television viewers  on Sunday evening, as he faced the embarrassment  of his life when he ran away from a live hot debate on  talk show program “‘The Views Triangle’.
The debate was on “The Relevance or Irrelevance of CSOs and Demonstrations.”
 Mayaya was taken foot-to-foot by President Peter Mutharika’s aide Mavuto Bamusi.
The anchor of the program, Chancy Muloza Banda asked whether the CSOs had aligned themselves to opposition parties when they allowed Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president Lazarus  Chakwera to join and address the marchers, and by allowing the demonstrators to put on t-shirts that carried hate messges from vice president’s United Transformation Movement.
Mayaya was given a technical knock out when Bamusi insisted that the CSOs had sold themselves out to MCP, UTM, and Peoples Party who gave them a raw deal through the pitifully low turn out of marchers, and through the abuse of the demonstrations as a platform for hurling insults and hate speech.
Mayaya gave his final bow and prematurely walked out of the debate before time when Bamusi cornered him that the CSOs are no longer human rights defenders as they are now busy defending opposition political interests.
This turn of events left Zodiak with no choice but to end the program ten minutes before time as Bamusi could not go on to debate alone.

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Cultural practices driving violence against women

By Madalitso Kateta – MEC Stringer

The Malawi Network of AIDS Service Orgnisations (MANASO) says women in the country are suffering from all forms of violence targeted because of cultural practices that discriminate against women.

MANASO has since said it is sad that the developments are happening at a time the government has made huge investiments in the gender equality drive.

Grace Massah, Programmes Officer at MANASO recently made the remarks in Mulanje during a briefing session of the three year Tikhale Tcheru project which the orgnisation is implementing in three districts of Mulanje, Karonga and Salima with financial support from UN Women.

“The project is a community transformation initiative where communities will look at and address cultures that perpetuate violence against women, when we are silent on traditions that drive violence against women then we are not going to end the gender based violence that  women are suffering,” said Massah.

She said as a result of some rooted cultural norms, young girls were being married off to men that were very old a development that exposed them to the risk of HIV.

“We were recently in Karonga where arranged marriages are still a cultural norm, but when we asked participants to the meetings of their knowledge on the practice they all expressed ignorance of the
existence of such marriages while their chiefs accepted that some parents were still practicing the culture of arranged marriages,” said  Massah adding, “research shows that a lot of violence targeted at
women is happening in our areas and sadly this violence is driven by our cultural values”.

Mulanje district is one of the districts having a high rate in child marriages, and according to Paul Magulula chairperson of MANASO funded Community Based Orgnisations (CBOs) in Mulanje the Tikhale Tcheru project will assist in addressing these child marriage problems.

“As a district we have been trying to track underage girls that go into marriage either because of poverty in their homes or merely due to the peer pressure to get into marriage which some traditions
promote and we believe that this project will push the work we have already been doing,” said Magulula.

MANASO started its operations in 1996 at the peak of the HIV and AIDS epidemic, and currently the network has over 1000 member CBOs across the country.

Meanwhile, according to Massah, the orgnisation has shifted its focus from HIV and AIDS to other human rights issues following the rollout of a national Anti-retroviral medication programme that made HIV and AIDS lose its serious public health concern status.

“HIV and AIDS are no longer that serious public health concern the seasons of HIV and AIDS have changed and we are now focusing on violence and other rights abuses that could drive new infections,”
said Massah.

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