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Multitude celebrates killing of alleged notorious criminal in Chinsapo


Barabas body paraded naked by scores of people as they look forward to his torching - Pic by Stanley Nkhondoyachepa Lilongwe, July 23, 2017: In an apparently strange deviation from cultural norms and tradition of respecting a dead body, residents of Chinsapo, Likuni and Chigwirizano townships on Sunday burst into wild celebrations after news broke out that a suspected notorious criminal nicknamed Baraba has been killed by some people. Thousands of people came out of their houses, carrying tree branches and joined a group of people carrying the fallen criminal on a makeshift stretcher, on their way to an unknown destination, allegedly on a mission to set his body on fire, according to eyewitnesses. Luckily, police arrived before the ‘cremation’ mission was accomplished, one eyewitness said.
One of the people who was in the group told Malawi News Agency(Mana) at the scene that the deceased was a criminal who did not deserve to live. “He terrorized many people here, he had no regard for human life and dignity, and did not even fear the police,” he said. Another eyewitness, who refused to be identified, looked so excited and said no person in his sound mind would be concerned with the death of Baraba (Barnabas), an apparent reference to the biblical Barnabas who was crucified alongside Jesus for murder charges because he robbed and killed people without mercy. “Just yesterday, he beat up a minibus caller boy and nearly left him dead. He had on many occasions been involved in gun battles with the police although he was not armed himself. He had all along been using magic such that no bullet could penetrate his body. Sometimes he would dodge bullets fired by police making it difficult for them to apprehend him” he said. Several other people interviewed at the scene corroborated the earlier statement and expressed a sigh of relief seeing the man lying in state. “You could not go out from 6pm for fear of him because he would rob you of your money; in worse circumstances he would kill you.  His friend was killed last year and we were only waiting for this day”, said another man, who also refused to be identified. Many people interviewed also alleged that police gave them a go ahead to hunt and bring the notorious criminal to them, dead or alive, when they had gone to report about his alleged criminal activities the previous day. Lilongwe police spokesman inspector Kingsley Dandaula was not aware of the incident but promised to find out and come back with details later in the day.


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President Mutharika dismisses rumours of nepotism


President Peter Mutharika speaks to people during the stop over at Katoto in Mzuzu - Pic by Stanley Makuti  Mzuzu, July 23, 2017: President Arthur Peter Mutharika has dismissed rumours that his government practises nepotism saying the inclusion of northerners in his cabinet and crucial positions in the civil service is an indication that he is not nepotistic. “There are some politicians who are saying the President sidelines the north; this is a lie. They are saying I practice nepotisms and I favour people from the southern region,” he said. The President was speaking Saturday at Katoto Roundabout during a whistle-stop tour on his way to the northern region. “Let me tell you that in my cabinet, I have four ministers from the north. “Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development Goodal Gondwe, Minister of Transport and Public Works Jappie Mhango, Minister of Home Affairs and Internal Security Grace Obama Chiumia and Deputy Minister of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare Clement Mukumbwa,” the President said. He also said the Attorney General Charles Mhango who is “one of the best lawyers in this country” is also from the region and that he chose him on merit. “Let me tell you; I come from Thyolo and in my cabinet there is no single minister from Thyolo,” he said. He added that at Malawi Defence Force most senior positions are held by northerners including the post of deputy army commander and legal adviser. At Malawi Police Service, the president said, he has promoted Commissioner John Nyondo and others from the north. He added that Chief Justice Nyirenda is from Nkhata Bay and that Director of the Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) is also from the same district. Mutharika added that in civil service, out of 225 positions from grade E to A that a president appoints, 83 are from the north. He said while the population of the north is nine per cent of the country’s population, it has 33 per cent of the positions in the civil service. “I’m saying this to show the people who spare time talking about nepotism and tribalism that they are wrong,” he said. The President told the gathering that his government has a lot of development activities taking shape in the region. He said soon government will open Mombela University as ground work has already started.
Mutharika then said finally money for new Mzuzu Airport has been found and his government will build an international standard airport in the city. He also said his government is fulfilling its promises to rehabilitate Mzuzu-Nkhata Bay Road and city roads.  On his way from Lilongwe, President Mutharika stopped over at Champhira in Mzimba South where he addressed people who gathered there. Speaking at Champhira, Inkosi ya Makosi M'mbelwa V thanked the President for taking time to visit the region. He assured the President that chiefs from the northern region are in support of government as it has always been the trend for chiefs to support government of the day. President Mutharika is in the northern region to undertake various development activities including Commissioning of Kalenge Water Project in Chitipa District.


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Bwaila Lions Club launches girls remain in school initiative


Lion Chisomo Gunda inducts First Lady Getrude Mutharika into Bwaila Lions club on Saturday in Lilongwe - Pic by govati Nyirenda Lilongwe, July 23, 2017: Bwaila Lions Club on Saturday rolled out a K14.7 million project named Girls remain in school initiative. Speaking at the launch of the project at a dinner dance held at Crossroads Hotel in Lilongwe, guest of honour First Lady Dr Gertrude Mutharika said the Girls remain in school initiative is a good move to make sure that girls overcome the challenge of failing to complete their education in the country. “This initiative is of high importance as it reminds everybody of the collective responsibility to bring our girls back to school and ensure that they complete their education,” Madam Mutharika said. She said it is an open secret that women in the country are mostly the least educated and that few girls are completing school. "It breaks my heart when I read the newspapers, listen to radios or watch on television the alarming number of girls dropping out of school due to child marriages and early pregnancies. "When I travel, I see many girls roaming around markets and other places selling merchandise during class time," Dr. Mutharika said. She added that it is very unfortunate that in this day and age, some families and communities continue to enforce practices that hamper girl child education. "We need to bring back and keep our girls in school, it is the education of girls that will make women empowerment a reality. "We cannot be thinking of achieving gender equality, ending violence against women and meaningful development if we continue to allow our girls to stay out of school," Mutharika said. She commended Bwaila Lions Club for taking such a significant step and assured the club that it is alone in this noble cause. "As first lady of the country, I will support the vision and goals of the Lions club to help those in need.
Malawi will hear all of you lionesses as you roar with a mighty voice to bring our girls back to school under the girls remain in school initiative program," Mutharika said. In her remarks, second vice District Governor Lion Chisomo Gunda said the project is targeting needy and vulnerable girls to promote education of the girl child. "We are putting much effort to the great future female lions and leaders of our nation," Gunda said
She further said that they have a bursary program to cover for needy girl child. "We are going to be paying school fees, buying them school uniforms and reusable sanitary pads and other utensils so that they can remain in school without any disturbances to their education," Gunda said. She added that they have also created a mentoring platform for the girl child to be guided through career development by female professionals including female members of the lions club. "We will be mentoring and motivating the girl child to achieve more in her life," Gunda said. The project, which will run for three years starting from 2017 to 2020, will target three schools in Lilongwe namely; Mwenyekondo Community Day Secondary School (CDSS)l, Mtsiliza CDSS and Chinsapo Secondary School. The dinner dance, organized by female Lions of Bwaila, also saw the induction of First Lady Dr. Mutharika as new member of the Club. The International Association of Lions, to which Bwaila Lions Club and other Lions club of the country belong, is an organization that provides humanitarian service.


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Bwaila Psychiatric, TB unit receives K300 000 donation

Lilongwe, July 23, 2017: The Bwaila Psychiatric unit and the Tuberculosis ward at Bwaila hospital on Saturday received assorted items valued close to K300 000 from the St. Clara Mphakati of Kagwa Catholic Parish at Area 49 in Lilongwe. The items included sugar, salt, soap and toilet paper and were donated with the aim of improving the health of the targeted patients and the sanitation of their environment, according Jeffrey Kamende, Catholic Development Commission (Cadecom) chairperson for St Clara Mphakati. “The gesture was made to ease some of the challenges patients at the two facilities are facing,” Kamende said. He added that it was important if the general public was made aware of the various challenges people in different circles including hospitals face. “Most people do not know what is happening in hospitals. There is a lot of suffering and challenges that our friends are facing. “Our coming here is to help these patients but also to particularly give a message to everyone out there that they should make some time to come, visit and assist people at the hospitals in any way they can, no matter how small,” Kamende said. He further said that facilitation for the donation followed the groups’ strategic plan, which calls for charity works not only during festive seasons, but rather at any particular time of the year. Matron for Bwaila Psychiatric unit Joyce Mtonga said patients under her care face various challenges as most of them do not have guardians. She said this is because most of them are picked from roadsides by the police and brought to the hospital for care. According to her, the donation from St Clara Mphakati is a very welcome development.
She asked other individuals and stakeholders to follow suit and downplayed fears of violence and assault against visitors associated with the psychiatric unit. “I am asking people to come because the patients here are always under our care and would never be a threat to anyone. Some people out there have this negative attitude towards people with mental challenges saying they have nothing to offer. “What we should know is that anyone has slight traces of madness and can be affected. People are seen normal because they have not been exposed to the factors that can ignite that madness in them,” Mtonga said.


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Man’s life ends at 40 in fight over a woman

Chitipa, July 23, 2017: The adage that ‘life begins at 40’ was proved wrong in Chitipa District Thursday when a 40-year- old man  allegedly killed his 40-year-old colleague in a fight over a woman the two were dating. Flyson Simengwa, 40, killed Teckson Sikwese, 40, when the two collided at Flora Ulambo’s house near Rufita Trading Centre in the area of Chief Mwaulambia. Confirming the incident, Chitipa Police Detective Sub Inspector Abel Mkandawire said Ulambo, 32, a divorced woman, fell in love with both Sikwese and Simengwa without the two gentlemen knowing they were being double-crossed. Mkandawire said the woman’s crookedness ended Thursday night when the two men crashed in her house. “The two men exchanged tough words before a fight broke out, with the woman siding with Sikwese, in sorting out Simengwa, who eventually ran away. “Simengwa then waylaid Sikwese at the bush and attacked him in his way from the woman’s house
“Sikwese, who died at the spot, sustained very deep cut in the head, which showed the suspect used sharp objects to assault the deceased,” Mkandawire said. An eyewitness, who refused to be named, said a big crowd which rushed to the scene descended on Simengwa and severely beat him up and was rescued by alert members of community policing forum. “Another group of people severely beat the woman, who, together with the suspect, was rushed to Chitipa District Hospital where they were admitted,” he said. Another eye witness said an angry mob went on rampage, Friday, to the extent of pulling down the houses of the woman and the murder suspect. “They used poles and metal bars to bring down the houses before cutting all the iron sheets with axes and machetes,” the eye witness said. She added that the crowd also looted all the food items, such as maize and beans which were later served as meals during burial ceremony of the deceased. Meanwhile, detective Mkandawire said the suspect was arrested soon after he was discharged from the hospital and charged with murder. “We have also advised the woman to stay with her relatives at Chitipa Boma, for her safety, since people want her dead too,” Mkandawire said. The woman has been rendered destitute as she has nothing as a property, except for the only clothes she is putting on following the loot. Simemgwa and Ulambo come from Yamba Village while Sikwese hails from Chimeto Village in Chief Mwaulambia’s area.


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Multitude celebrates killing of alleged notorious criminal in Chinsapo

President Mutharika dismisses rumours of nepotism

Bwaila Lions Club launches girls remain in school initiative

Bwaila Psychiatric, TB unit receives K300 000 donation

Man’s life ends at 40 in fight over a woman

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