02 September 2014
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Zero-aid budget a sign of maturity - Commentators

Blantyre, September 1: One of the business and economic commentators in the country, Henry Kachaje has said the use of a zero-aid budget is a sign of maturity for Malawi. Kachaje said this in an interview with the Malawi News Agency (Mana) on Monday when asked to comment on what Malawians should expect from the budget due for presentation tomorrow. He said with donors not showing any willingness of pumping in money, it was indeed proper for the country to have a budget funded by its own resources. He however, said much as the move is a good development, Malawians should expect tough times ahead saying forex will be in short supply because of this. “When donors give aid to a country, it normally comes in form of foreign currency. Now with this situation, it means the country should anticipate forex shortages,” he said. Kachaje explained that it is this foreign currency that reduces deficit of balance of payment (BOP) adding that the budget is therefore expected to be a tough one. He nonetheless gave the Finance Minister, Goodall Gondwe a benefit of doubt saying people should wait and see how the budget has been formulated after it is presented Tuesday. During a rally held at Njamba Freedom Park in Blantyre on Sunday, President Professor Peter Mutharika said Malawi will be using a zero-aid budget in the 2014/2015 fiscal year. The Minister of finance, Goodall Gondwe is expected to present the budget pegged at about K700 billion tomorrow, Tuesday. This will be the second time for Malawi to run a zero-deficit budget. The first one was in the 2011/2012 fiscal year initiated by late President Professor Bingu wa Mutharika.


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Malawi first country to put HIV positive pregnant women on ARVs - APM

Blantyre, September 1: President Arthur Peter Mutharika says Malawi was the first country to adopt a policy of putting all HIV positive pregnant and breast feeding women on anti-retroviral (ARV) drugs regardless of their CD4 Count. Mutharika said this at Sanjika Palace in Blantyre recently during the signing of the Protect the Goal Campaign as a sign of commitment to the fight against HIV and Aids. The President said with respect to prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV, Malawi was the first country to adopt the policy. “With respect to prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV, Malawi was the first country to adopt a policy of putting all HIV positive pregnant and breast feeding women on ARVs regardless of their CD4 Count. “This has significantly reduced the number of children born with HIV and has taken Malawi closer to the door steps of an HIV free generation.  “Malawi has come a long way in the fight against HIV and Aids. As a country, we have continued to scale up interventions that work. Already more than seven million people almost half of the population of this country have been tested for HIV and have received their results. “Nearly half a million people have been put on life-prolonging ARVs. Today all AntiretroviralTreatment(ART) clients are on a better treatment regimen, with less side effects as recommended by the World Health Organisation,” said Mutharika. The Malawi leader said Malawi has reduced the national HIV prevalence rate from 16 percent recorded in 2004 to 10.3 percent in 2013 and that the country has also reduced the number of new HIV infections from 130,000 recorded in 1994 to 34, 000 in 2013. The President added that the number of annual Aids related deaths has also declined from 94, 000 recorded in 2004 to 46, 000 in 2013. “Despite these achievements, you will agree with me that the rate of new HIV infections in Malawi is very high by any standard and is a serious threat to the national response to HIV and Aids. “The other challenge is that the HIV prevalence rate among young people aged between 15 and 24 years is at 3.6 percent with highest rates registered among girls at 5.2 percent and today 310,000 of our young people are living with HIV,” added the Malawi leader.


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Inkosi Gomani V calls for fair development distribution

Ntcheu, September 1: Paramount Chief Gomani V has advised Government to ensure that development projects are distributed fairly across the country.  The chief was speaking recently at Mkolimbo Village in the area of Senior Chief Kwataine in Ntcheu during the Umhlangano Wa Maseko Ngoni Cultural Day which was presided over by Malawi's Vice President, Saulos Chilima. “As the Maseko Ngoni we have the passion to develop our area and the country as a whole and we appeal to government to be supporting our development agendas which include, education, culture, tree planting, crop and livestock production among others,” said Paramount Chief Gomani V. He therefore, advised government to priotize less developed districts in allocating development projects to ensure that all parts of the country are at par in terms of development levels. Paramount Chief Gomani V then asked government to consider elevation of Ntcheu Boma to the status of town council. Commenting on the ceremony which is held annually, he described the ceremony as a function which gears at strengthening unity amongst the Ngoni and other tribes in and outside Malawi. The ceremony is held at Mkolimbo Village where there is a Chikuse Gomani memorial monument. It is believed that Chikuse Gomani was killed at the scene by the British and the Portuguese in 1891 which resulted over the scramble by the British and the Portuguese to create a protectorate over the Ngoni's jurisdiction and wipe away the Ngoni Chieftaincy.


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2014/2015 Financial Budget to be presented Tuesday afternoon

Lilongwe, September 1:  The Budget Statement for the 2014/2015 financial year will be presented in Parliament on Tuesday afternoon, Speaker of Parliament Richard Msowoya announced on Monday afternoon after the House reconvened for the second meeting of the 45th session of parliament.   Government’s operations were currently running on a provisional budget which parliament approved in the 1st meeting of parliament after the Finance Minister Goodall Gondwe asked for ample time to come up with the financial blueprint. And speaking when the house started sitting in Lilongwe on Monday afternoon, Msowoya said the Ministry of Finance is now ready with the budget and it will be presented in the house on Tuesday afternoon. After its presentation, the budget will undergo the process of scrutiny for a period of five days starting from Wednesday to Thursday next week in an exercise which will be led by nine parliamentary committees which have been clustered. And during the first day of the sitting, the Minister of Health Dr. Jean Kalilani presented a ministerial statement to the house on the status of the Ebola threat and the level of government preparedness on the same. The Minister of Health once again assured the nation that as a ministry they are on top of things in as far as the Ebola threat is concerned and appealed for calm among the country’s citizenry as they are doing anything in their power to ensure the safety of the nation. Dr Kalilani said they have lined up a number of interventions which include offering training to health workers on how to handle Ebola cases and also increasing public awareness on the virus itself. At the moment the Health Ministry has set aside a budget worthy 280 million Kwacha as part of its emergency response plan. The budget has since been submitted to Treasury for funding consideration. According to the minister, Ebola outbreak occurred first in 1976 simultaneously in two countries in Sudan and in Democratic Republic of Congo near a River called Ebola and hence the name Ebola disease. It is an acute viral illness often characterized by the sudden onset of fever, intense weakness, muscle pain, headache and sore throat. This is followed by vomiting, diarrhoea, rash, impaired kidney and liver function, and in some cases, both internal and external bleeding. However, the minister warned people against panicking when they see such signs on their bodies because they apply to other diseases. “Let me add here that these signs are common with other illnesses so please do not panic when you have any one of these.”  The incubation period for Ebola, meaning the time interval from infection to onset of symptoms, Kalilani said, is about two days to a maximum of 21 days. At present there is currently no specific treatment to cure the disease. Some patients will recover with the appropriate medical care. She told the august house however that severely ill patients require intensive supportive care. “Patients are frequently dehydrated and require oral rehydration with solutions that contain electrolyte salts or intravenous fluids.” The Minister advised that nation to avoid direct contact with fluids and secretions from infected persons and environment, the means by which the disease spreads. The current sitting of parliament will last for a period of five weeks with the house expected to rise on 5th October.


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Crocodile claims another victim in Mangochi

Mangochi, September 1: Barely a week after a crocodile attacked and killed a 40 year old man in Lake Malombe in Mangochi District another one has this week also killed a 43 year old man. This time around in Lake Malawi, Police have confirmed. Mangochi Police Public Relations Officer, Inspector Rodrick Maida who identified the deceased as Cedrick Gama employed in the fishing industry as a diver went on routine duties on the night of Sunday. Maida said Gama went on the fishing excursion at Kholowere Fishing Beach in Lake Malawi together with his colleagues before meeting his fate. “While in the process of fishing the deceased was attacked by a crocodile which bit him in the right arm leaving him severely injured,” Maida said adding that Gama died a few minutes after the attack. According to Maida, a postmortem conducted at Monkey – Bay Community Hospital revealed that death was due to profuse loss of blood. Gama hailed from Mpinganjira Village in the area of Senior Chief Mponda in the district.


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Zero-aid budget a sign of maturity - Commentators

Malawi first country to put HIV positive pregnant women on ARVs - APM

Inkosi Gomani V calls for fair development distribution

2014/2015 Financial Budget to be presented Tuesday afternoon

Crocodile claims another victim in Mangochi

National News

Inkosi Gomani V calls for fair development distribution

Inkosi Gomani V calls for fair development distribution

Ntcheu, September 1: Paramount Chief Gomani V has advised Government to ensure that development projects are distributed fairly across the country.  ...

2014/2015 Financial Budget to be presented Tuesday afternoon

2014/2015 Financial Budget to be presented Tuesday afternoon

Lilongwe, September 1:  The Budget Statement for the 2014/2015 financial year will be presented in Parliament on Tuesday afternoon, Speaker of Parliam...

APM vigilant to end crime, purchases 50 vehicles for Police

APM vigilant to end crime, purchases 50 vehicles for Police

Blantyre, September 1:  President Professor Peter Mutharika says his administration has instituted tough security measures to combat robbery and other...

Political News

'2014 election challenges rooted from inadequate transportation'

'2014 election challenges rooted from inadequate transportation'

Blantyre, September 1: The Malawi Electoral Commission has attributed the 2014 Tripartite Election challenges to inadequate transportation which led t...

NDI warns on 'exaggerated' electoral reforms

NDI warns on 'exaggerated' electoral reforms

Lilongwe, September 1: The National Democratic Institute-NDI has warned against exaggerating the degree of change needed to the country's electoral la...

President Mutharika emphasizes need for national unity

President Mutharika emphasizes need for national unity

Blantyre, August 31: State President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika has reiterated the need of Malawians to work together despite political differen...

Health News

Malawi first country to put HIV positive pregnant women on ARVs - APM

Malawi first country to put HIV positive pregnant women on ARVs - APM

Blantyre, September 1: President Arthur Peter Mutharika says Malawi was the first country to adopt a policy of putting all HIV positive pregnant and breast feeding women on anti-retroviral (ARV) drugs regardless of their CD4 Count. Muthari...

KU East Constituents get K4.2 million wheelchairs

KU East Constituents get K4.2 million wheelchairs

Kasungu, September 1: Kasungu East constituents were all smiles over the weekend when the physically challenged who had problems to walk were given wheel chairs, thanks to the efforts by their Member of Parliament(MP) and the Malawi Council...

Sports News

Big Bullets maintain winning form, as they beat Red Lions in TNM Super League

Big Bullets maintain winning form, as they beat Red Lions in TNM Super League

Blantyre, September 1: Elijah Kananji  marked  the TNM Super League second round with a second victory by watching Big Bullets produce an irresistible performance as they beat toothless  Red Lions 2-1  at the Kamuzu Stadium on Sunday. Muss...

Bankers bank Standard Bank Cup

Bankers bank Standard Bank Cup

Blantyre, August 31: Rodrick Gonani  scored in the 9th minute of the first half  as Silver Strikers  defeated Azam Tigers  1-0 in the  2014 Standard Bank Knock-Out Cup , to claim their first piece of silverware this season. The Bankers wen...

Development News

Government calls for equality in development

Every Malawian irrespective of differences in political party allegiance is entitled to equal share of government-initiated development projects, Local Government and Rural Development Deputy Minister Augustine Mtendere made the observation Friday. Mtendere made the remarks at Zyalambe Teacher Development Centre in the area of T/A Kapelula in Kasungu on the sidelines...

Business News

Zero-aid budget a sign of maturity - Commentators

Zero-aid budget a sign of maturity - Commentators

Blantyre, September 1: One of the business and economic commentators in the country, Henry Kachaje has said the use of a zero-aid budget is a sign of maturity for Malawi. Kachaje said this in an interview with the Malawi News Agency (Mana)...

Malawi to host African Consumer Protection Dialogue

Malawi to host African Consumer Protection Dialogue

Lilongwe, September 1: Malawi is set to host an African Consumer Protection Dialogue according to the Executive Director of the Competition and Fair Trading Commission (CFTC) Wezie Malonda. Briefing members of the press in Lilongwe on Mond...

Entertainment News

Mixed reactions as Big Brother Africa’s Season 9 hits the screen on September 7

Mixed reactions as Big Brother Africa’s Season 9 hits the screen on September 7

Lilongwe, 27 August: There are mixed feelings amongst Malawian fans as the season 9 of their favourite television show Big Brother Africa will be hitting the airwaves this coming Sunday, September 7, 2014. While some people are eagerly wai...

Ethel Kamwendo storms Moyo ndi Mpamba Festival

Ethel Kamwendo storms Moyo ndi Mpamba Festival

Zomba, August 26, 2014: Thousands of music fans thronged Gynkhana grounds in Zomba Saturday for the Mpamba ndi Moyo Regional Music4Life Festival for the southern region an initiative aimed at promoting health issues through songs in the cou...

Agriculture News

Malawi to learn from Israel Irrigation - Chilima

Written By Manasse Nyirenda on Sunday, 31 August 2014 19:23
Malawi to learn from Israel Irrigation - Chilima

Lilongwe August 31: Malawi’s Vice President Saulos Chilima says Malawi will learn a lot from Israel during his visit to the country especially in the area of irrigation technology. The Vice President was briefing the media at Kamuzu Intern...

Features

Water crisis in Mchinji: A case of Gwena village

Water crisis in Mchinji: A case of Gwena village

Mchinji, August 22: The common saying goes water is life, but for some villagers in Traditional Area (TA) Mduwa area in Mchinji district it is not life as it is taken as a death trap. Since early seventies some villages in Mchinji have lived without clean water let alone to mention a safe water poi...

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    Prof.Mutharika delivers a speech during the handing over ceremony of SADC Chairpersonship in Zimbabwe.
  • First Lady's visit to an orphanage

    First Lady Madame Gertrude Mutharika with her fellow First Ladies of Namibia & Zimbabwe during their visit to an Orphanage.

  • Handing over the SADC Badge

    Prof.Mutharika hands over the SADC Chairpersonship barge to President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe.

  • Prize presentation
    Prof. mutharika gives a prize to  a winner of SADC Secondary School Essay competition.
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    Delegates during the Sadc Summit listening to the National Anthem

  • First Ladys present

    Her Excellency Madame Gertrude Mutharika and other First ladies Present at the SADC Summit.

  • Group photo with awardees

    Outgoing SADC Chair pose in a group photo with award winners.

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    President Mutharika in a group photograph after signing the Protect The Ball signing ceremony at Sanjika palace in Blantyre.

Education News

Strive for education excellence - First Lady

Strive for education excellence - First Lady

Blantyre; August 30: The Malawi First Lady, Gertrude Hendrina Mutharika has asked education providers and related authorities in the country to strive for education excellence for the country to realize meaningful development. Madam Muthar...

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General News

Crocodile claims another victim in Mangochi

Crocodile claims another victim in Mangochi

Mangochi, September 1: Barely a week after a crocodile attacked and killed a 40 year old man in Lake Malombe in Mangochi District another one has this...

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First Lady lauds the Catholic Church

First Lady lauds the Catholic Church

Thyolo, August 31:  First Lady Madam Getrude Mutharika has commended the Catholic Church in Malawi for its commitment towards improving people’s lives...