Traditional leaders key to fight against gbv in Malawi- MANASO

By Lusekero Mhango

Malawi Network of AIDS  Services (MANASO) has underscored the importance of involving traditional leaders in the fight against Gender Based Violence (gbv) saying their involvement is key to eliminating the vice in karonga.

Manaso made the call on  Wednesday during a stakeholders meeting that the NGO organized that was aimed at briefing various stakeholders on their just rolled out project in the district dubbed community led elimination of violence against women and girls.

Speaking in an interview following the interface meeting MANASO program manager Grace Massah, emphasized the importance of involving traditional leaders in the battle against gbv. Saying their role is vital in reducing the rampant gbv cases in the district.

She said, as chiefs are the custodians of culture it was crucial that they were fully engaged in taking a proactive role in censetizing their subjects on some of the harmful cultural practices that are fuelling the increase of gbv in  karonga.

“Chiefs are the custodian of culture and when they are seen speaking out against certain norms and beliefs that has lead to violence towards woman or girls in their respective communities somebody will be able to say no let’s change as our leaders are telling us we shouldn’t do these things,” Massah said.

She further added, among others the project aims at the transformation of social norms and cultural norms that are affecting women, girls and  minority groups in communities hence chiefs have been brought on board to achieve the main purpose of the project.

“A lot has been done on gbv but the component of culture and norms has not been captured as people are still holding norms against specific group of people due to age or gender hence our focus to eliminate such norms and beliefs,” she articulated.

Group village headman Benson Malema of Malema 1, expressed gratitude to MANASO for involving chiefs and local leaders in the fight to eliminate gender based violence in karonga.

“As chiefs and local leaders we should be exemplary in taking a leading role to sensitise our subjects on issues of GBV and the harmful cultural norms that are fuelling violence in our communities,” he said.

According to karonga police officer in charge deputy commissioner Brenant Chitanda the police is ready to support the project.

Saying they are ready to lend assistance  if issues arise within the project and will deal with cases in a professional manner.

With financial assistance from UN women MANASO has implemented the gender based violence project in 3 districts across the country Mulanje, Salima and Karonga where the project is being implemented in principle group village headman Katolola.

According to statistics from karonga police station on gender based violence, sexual and physical cases from January to May this year the police have registered a total of 26 GBV cases that include 13 defilement cases, 3 rape cases and 6 pregnancy denial cases.

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Three men arrested for allegedly passing fake cheque

Men Arrested For Allegedly
Passing fake Cheque – Police Recover 37 Million Kwacha Property.

The Anti-Motor Vehicle Theft Unit in Blantyre has arrested three men for allegedly passing valueless cheque contrary to section 319(D) and obtaining goods by false pretences contrary to section 319 of the Penal Code. Property worth over thirty seven million kwacha recovered.

The unit received a report on 28th March 2018 from Mr. Funani Yesani 50 of Nkando village traditional authority Juma in Mulanje a Parts Manager at John Deere LONAGRO Malawi Limited that a John Deere Farm Tractor green in colour chassis number 1PY5075ECHO44380, engine number PY3029T259713 valued MK20,720,000.00 had been stolen by unknown criminals who had passed a valueless cheque to the company as potential buyers.

However, the cheque could not be accepted by the banks and the three could not be traced.

The Anti – Motor Theft Unit embarked on an intensive investigation into the matter.

On 14th August, 2018 the three were cornered namely Francis Lumbe 33 of Mapunje village traditional authority Kunthembwe in Blantyre, Reuben Chimpanzi 24 of Mtokoma traditional authority Kwataine in Ntcheu and Wasi Khimba 24 of Kachenga village traditional authority Kalembo in Balaka.

The three led a team of investigators to Kasungu where the Farm Tractor and other equipments were recovered.

Other recovered equipment include a CAT diesel generator serial number GBYO1771 valued MK12, 123, 041.00 (twelve million, one hundred twenty three thousand and fourty one kwacha) which was stolen from Barloworld Equipment through same means in December 2017 and a Baldan ARHO4 Plough chassis number 00615187004001valued MK5, 378, 572.00 (five million, three seventy eight thousand, five hundred seventy two kwacha) stolen from Farming and Engineering Services (FES) on 17/01/2018.

All the equipment were recovered from Geoffrey Daison 43 of Kulima village traditional authority Ngabu in Chikwawa a transporter who runs Malinga Transport.

Companies and individuals who might have lost their valuable property through such means are being advised to report such cases to Police through the Anti – Motor Vehicle Theft Unit for assistance.

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Prepare for electoral humiliation, Nankhumwa tells Malawi opposition: Whips up DPP,  Mutharika support in Mulanje

Local Government and Rural Development Minister Kondwani ‘Mkoko’ Nankhumwa on Sunday, July 29, 2018, stormed Nkhonya Trading Centre in his Mulanje Central constituency to whip up support for his governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and...

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Mulanje becoming one of volatile districts ahead of Malawi watershed 2019 polls

Mulanje is becoming one of the volatile districts in the country, joining the league of previously listed high volatile districts of Mangochi, Kasungu and Karonga. District Commissioner for Mulanje, Charles Makanga has has warned. Makanga...

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Malawi CSOs want nomination feeshalved for youth aspirants

Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), under the project YouthDecide2019, are proposing that nomination fees for youthful candidates in next year’s tripartite elections should be slashed by fifty-percent, arguing that the current fees are too exorbitant for the majority of the aspirants who live in rural areas.

The youth CSO—Network for Youth Development (NfYD), Young Politicians Union (YPU), Youth Network and Counseling (Yoneco) and Youth and Society (YAS)—have said the project is a campaign focused on expanding youth participation in decision making positions and influencing development discourse in Malawi through the 2019 elections and beyond.

YouthDecide2019 campaign team leader, Charles Kajoloweka, of YAS, said youth aged between 18 and 35 are underrepresented in parliament and other key decision-making positions.

“If MEC [the Malawi Electoral Commission] and its stakeholders adopt the idea, more youths will appear on the 2019 tripartite elections ballot paper,” said Kajoloweka.

He added: “Looking at the population of the country, we find that the youth are in majority. Unfortunately, most of them are poor. We want young people to be given an opportunity to contest for positions in the next tripartite elections.”

During the 2014 Tripartite Elections, parliamentary aspirants were asked to pay K200 000 as nomination fees which, according to Kajoloweka, was too much for poor youths in rural areas who largely depend on social cash transfers.

And, MEC chairperson Jane Ansah said the electoral body always works with stakeholders on issues concerning elections and that it is likely to consider the issue if the concerned party can table it at the stakeholders meeting.

She said: “Normally we have stakeholders meetings where we discuss issues. If they feel youths should be exempted, let them come and engage us.”

Williams Thumba, a youthful aspirant for Mulanje North Constituency, said in an interview yesterday that young people are underrepresented in political leadership because most of them do not have funds to run for elected positions.

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Rabies kill 22 in Mulanje

Twenty two people have died of rabies in Mulanje as the government needs K17 million to buy vaccines for dogs and cats.

Taurayi Mbengo from veterinary office in Mulanje said the deaths have occured from July last year.

He said 1600 people had dog bites and were infected with rabies.

Mbengo said 74 dogs died of rabies within the same period.

He said the government would need K63 million to treat the rabies patients, saying each dog and cat needs K9000 while the cost of treating a patient stands at K15000.

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