19 April 2019
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Zomba City Council introduces car parking fees

Zomba, April 18, 2019: Zomba City Council has introduced car parking fees in all designated parking areas effective end of April this year (2019) at K150 per hour which is projected to generate K12 million in the next financial year. Zomba City Acting Chief Executive Officer, Mussa Mwale disclosed this during a press briefing on Wednesday at the city’s civic offices where he said introduction of the car parking fees was aimed at improving revenue collection system in line with the council’s strategic plans. “We have recruited staff that will be deployed in various points within the city to collect revenue,” said Mwale, adding the council tried the car park fees system but did not continue due to some operational challenges and ineffective monitoring systems. He however appealed to car owners to take note of the introduction of the parking fees and abide by the council’s bylaws. Mwale expressed hope that the car park fees would bring sanity in the city such that whoever fails to comply by the new system would be liable to penalties per the provisions of council’s Transport and Traffic bylaws. The city’s Revenue Investment Promotion Officer, Maurice Tsoka Banda said revenue collectors will be deployed in various areas of the city such as Upper Council Rest House road, Shoprite and Bus Depot car park areas, Zomba Mosque car parking area, and Wool Shop parking area. One Zomba City resident, Innocent Kalulu said the introduction of the parking fees was a welcome development considering that other cities, such as Blantyre, are doing the same as part of revenue mobilization. “This is a good idea provided the resources are used prudently,” Kalulu added while expressing concern that K150 is a bit higher for a start.
             


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Blantyre registers more GBV cases

Blantyre, April 18,2019. Blantyre District has registered a high number of Gender Based Violence (GBV) in the first quarter of 2019 due to the enhanced awareness of communities on the need to open up when abuses are happening. Speaking in an interview with Malawi News Agency (Mana) on Wednesday, Blantyre Police Public Relations Officer, Sub-Inspector Augustus Nkhwazi said Blantyre Police through the Victim Support Unit (VSU) has registered a total of 594 GBV cases from January to March. He said the figure were eight cases higher than that of 2018 during the same months, where 586 cases were registered. “There is a slight rise in the number of registered GBV cases because of awareness campaigns that we have been conducting in the district. People are now more willing to report to police and other relevant institutions whenever they are abused,” Nkhwazi explained. He continued to say that more registered GBV cases are caused by lack of communication between the affected parties but also the intolerance among couples. “Of the reported cases, both men and women are affected but more women are affected. As the police, we continue to encourage people to tolerate one another through good communication because issues that arise can best be resolved without one being abused. Nkwazi then urged members of the general public to report violence to police and take part in efforts aimed at fighting the vice. The police is fighting GBVs in conjunction with various religious institutions, traditional leaders and marriage counsellors.


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Govt committed to ensuring food security

Blantyre, April 18, 2019: Government has reiterated its commitment towards ensuring the country retains its food security status through irrigation farming.
                                                                                                      
Minister for Agriculture and Water Development, Joseph Mwanamvekha made the commitment on Wednesday during the official commissioning of Bwanje Irrigation Scheme in the area of Traditional Authority Nkhulambe in Phalombe. “Malawi’s economy is still agro based and as a ministry we will work hard to ensure that households are food secure hence programs such as FISP and irrigation farming so that people are able to produce enough even for export,” said Mwanamvekha. Mwanamvekha said Malawi cannot solely depend on rain fed farming as history has shown that the country experiences drought almost each and every year that affects farming as a result of climate change. “If households adopt irrigation farming they will be assured of harvesting at least twice a year that will lead to the households having food and money for household development throughout the whole year,” he added. He further said this is the reason government is working tirelessly to construct or rehabilitate irrigation schemes so that Malawians shift from depending solely on rain fed farming to irrigation even at subsistence farming level. He then described Phalombe as the food basket for the southern region all because of the 20 irrigation schemes in the district which enable farmers to cultivate throughout the whole year. Speaking earlier Traditional Authority Nkhulambe expressed gratitude to government over the irrigation scheme in her area saying it will go a long way in ensuring food security and development for her subjects. She said her area has a number of streams that are now being used to irrigate the schemes unlike in the past where the same streams were being underutilized. The Bwanje Irrigation Scheme which is 250 hectares, has been constructed with funds from World Bank and African Development Bank.


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All set for international Rotary club district conference

Lilongwe, April 18, 2019: All is set for the International Rotary club district 9210 annual conference which is set to take place in Mangochi from April 24 to April 28. This year’s conference which falls under the theme “Together we inspire” will attract countries like Northern Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Speaking with the Malawi News Agency (MANA) on Wednesday,  District Governor for Rotary Club district 9210, Hutchinson Mthinda said the conference will mainly centre on the focal areas of international Rotary Club which are health, environment, peace and conflict resolution and water and sanitation among others. “It will basically focus on how these issues affect us and the challenges that we meet in the communities as we are delivering our services and how we can overcome such challenges,” he said. He said the conference is vital because it will help them share ideas on how best Rotarians can intervene in the communities as they are delivering their services. “Through the district conference we are also able to learn from one another because our colleagues from other clubs in other countries have different experiences while the other issue that we want to tackle is how we can make our projects sustainable,” Mthinda said. “We are less and less giving handouts because we want to have projects that will last long in the communities and whatever service that we  are doing in a particular community should benefit the community for a long time and also the community should be able to help themselves fromthat service,” he added. This year’s conference will attract 350 Rotarians from the four countries and many companies have shown their support through donations.


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Choose wisely –NICE advises voters

Blantyre, April 18, 2019: National Initiative for Civic Education (NICE) Trust has urged voters to thoroughly analyse manifestoes for all aspiring candidates and vote wisely on May 21. Blantyre Rural NICE District Civic Education Officer, Rose Simfukwe made the appeal on Wednesday in Blantyre West Constituency in the area of Traditional Authority Kuntaja during a political debate for parliamentary and local government aspirants. Simfukwe said voting is an important process for the country as citizens transfer their powers to leaders who were in return supposed to transform their lives, saying it is only when voters choose wisely that the country can register sustainable socio-economic development.  “Malawians go to the polls in every five years as such our appeal is for them to make sound choices and use the vote to put into power leaders who will develop their areas and improve their well-being,” said Simfukwe. Simfukwe has since advised voters not to be carried away by handouts that some candidates were clandestinely giving out, saying the practice blindfolds the electorate from choosing good leaders. “We know that despite the presence of the political Act that bars candidates from giving handouts, some defy the law and are bribing voters with gifts. Our message remains the same, vote wisely in the May 21 elections,” she said. Commenting on the political debates, Simfukwe said candidates have an opportunity to sell themselves to voters by articulating issues and development plans they intend to do once ushered into office. Lista Masamba, one of the aspiring Member of Parliament for Blantyre West Constituency hailed NICE for organizing the debate, which she said provides an opportunity to voters to scrutinize candidates and make an informed choice. “Voters have a chance to have the candidates at one place and this improves on their decision to choose a person they feel will help them. Gone are the days when people voted into power a political party with little consideration of the characters of an individual,” Masamba said. Malawians will be going to the polls on May 21 where they will choose president, Members of Parliament and ward councillors. Therefore, as one way of helping voters make informed choices, NICE has organised debates in all the 28 districts and Blantyre is one of them.


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Zomba City Council introduces car parking fees

Blantyre registers more GBV cases

Govt committed to ensuring food security

All set for international Rotary club district conference

Choose wisely –NICE advises voters

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Zomba City Council introduces car parking fees

Zomba City Council introduces car parking fees

Zomba, April 18, 2019: Zomba City Council has introduced car parking fees in all designated parking areas effective end of April this year (2019) at K150 per hour which is projected to generate K12 million in the next financial ye...

Blantyre registers more GBV cases

Blantyre registers more GBV cases

Blantyre, April 18,2019. Blantyre District has registered a high number of Gender Based Violence (GBV) in the first quarter of 2019 due to the enhanced awareness of communities on the need to open up when abuses are happening. Sp...

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Govt committed to ensuring food security

Written By Mercy Makuwira on Thursday, 18 April 2019 11:53
Govt committed to ensuring food security

Blantyre, April 18, 2019: Government has reiterated its commitment towards ensuring the country retains its food security status through irrigation farming.                                                                                    ...

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Zomba City Council introduces car parking fees

Zomba City Council introduces car parking fees

Zomba, April 18, 2019: Zomba City Council has introduced car parking fees in all designated parking areas effective end of April this year (2019) at K...

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