25 April 2015
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Malawi’s new Customary Land Law to protect widows, widowers

LandNet Malawi's land bill awareness meeting at Mpherembe  in Mzimba District - Pic by McCarthy Mwalwimba Mzimba, April 25: LandNet Malawi says land grabbing from widows and widowers will be a thing of the past once Malawi Parliament passes the new Customary Land Bill into law.  Speaking recently at Mpherembe in Mzimba District during an awareness meeting for the new land law, Projects Officer Joseph Gausi bemoaned that most women in the northern region lose control of land once their husbands die. “Due to patrilineal culture here in Mzimba and the rest of northern region, land ownership is mainly in the hands of men. Women are not regarded as owners because they are married to a man’s village,” he said. He added that men in the southern region and other areas where they practice matrilineal culture face similar predicament when their wives die. “The situation renders most widows and widowers destitute due to lack of land for agricultural activity. “Once the Customary Land Law is enacted, the husband and the wife who will be required to jointly register their customary land. This means when the husband dies, the wife will not have a threat of loss of land which is normally the case now,” Gausi said. He, however, said the widow or widower loses control of the land if she or he chooses to remarry. Gausi said LandNet Malawi expects that the new customary land bill will be tabled in Malawi Parliament during the next sitting in June so that people can start enjoying their rights. The awareness meeting was attended by various members of the community, including Area Development Committee (ADC), Community Based Organisations (CBOs) and faith based organisations. One of the participants Charity Chinula hailed the new law for empowering women to have right to land tenancy.  “Many women have been losing ownership of land when their husbands die. They are left with nowhere to farm thereby perpetrating their poverty. I am glad that this law will put such incidences to an end,” she said. During the meeting participants were also briefed on the universal voluntary guidelines on responsible governance of land tenure. The guidelines were developed by Food and Agriculture Organisation of the UN to serve as a guide in development of land policies laws. The awareness meeting was funded by International Land Coalition. Apart from Mzimba, other targeted districts include are Salima, Ntcheu, Dedza, Phalombe and Kasungu.


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UNIMA to engage PPPC to end accommodation woes

UNIMA's Chancellor College in Zomba Mzuzu, April 25: As University of Malawi (UNIMA) will be celebrating 50 years of existence, the university plans to use public private partnership (PPP) arrangement to build infrastructure in its constituent colleges. Briefing members of the press at Mzuzu Hotel on Friday ahead of its golden jubilee slated for September 29 this year (2015), UNIMA Pro-Vice Chancellor, Professor Alfred Mtenje, said the university will engage private operators to construct hostels and classroom blocks in its drive to expand and take on board more students. He said inadequate infrastructure at its campuses deters the university from enrolling more equally deserving students who qualify for the university’s colleges because of space. “About 14,000 students apply for admission into our colleges each year, but we only enroll less than 2,000 because of space,” he said, adding that many promising young Malawians who also qualify are left behind. Mtenje said it is for this reason that the university will engage Public Private Partnership Commission (PPPC) to advertise for private operators to construct hostels in its colleges to take more students on board. On the golden jubilee anniversary, he said UNIMA has lined up a number of activities to raise funds for the celebrations budgeted at K200 million of which K65 million has been raised from government subvention, meaning there is a deficit of K135 million . The Pro-Vice Chancellor said to raise the remaining amount of money, UNIMA has organized two golf tournaments to take place in Lilongwe and Blantyre, and gala dinners also to be held in the same cities. He added the university alumni will also be asked to contribute towards the cause. Apart from fundraising activities, the university has engaged the services of artists to compose a UNIMA Anthem and design a flag just like the rest of international universities have. “UNIMA has got no anthem and flag. As you know, an anthem is a symbol of an institution or organization’s identity; we want to have one just like the rest of international universities,” he said.
In international universities, he added, it is the flag that greets people when they enter their premises. The senior academician also disclosed that on the last week of September, there will be an international conference which will be attended by all the university’s alumni including those from the diaspora. About 40, 000 people have passed through the corridors of UNIMA since its establishment in 1965.


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Kaliati visits Mchinji woman victim of violence: Woman claims was forced to join Satanic Church

Under Police custody: Yasini Mchinji, April 25: Linda Phulani, an 18 years old woman who was beaten severely by her husband in Mchinji has revealed her husband John Yasini forced her to join a Satanic Church but she refused. Narrating her ordeal to the Minister of Gender, Children and Social Welfare Patricia Kaliati when she visited her on Friday at Mchinji District Hospital, Linda said her husband who openly smoked Marijuana (chamba) asked her to go to a satanic church near Guillime in the district but she refused. Linda also revealed that on many occasions the husband could tie her legs and hands and beat her throughout the night, while her mother in-law listened in the other room and did nothing. She alleged Yasini and his mother were engaged in Chamba (cannabis sativa) selling business and that is what brought food to their table. Linda who looks young than her age, also revealed how she got married to her husband, saying on January 26,this year, she met the man who said he loved her and asked her to follow him to his house. “I followed him yet, I did not know him and I did not tell my parents. When we reached his house he told me he wanted to marry me and I accepted and I never went back to my parents’ house despite their efforts to make me return home,’’ narrated Linda a standard seven drop out. She said she suspected Yasini used charms to lure her into marriage, because she did not understand how she could follow a man she never met before and she was forced to wear some charms in her waist amulets (Zithumwa) every day at their marital home. Linda also narrated that after being beaten by her husband leading to serious injuries; she was taken to a local witch doctor and stayed for ten days where the situation worsened and the witchdoctor alerted the police who arrested Yasini. Kaliati said she visited Linda Phulani ‘after reading media reports about the misfortune that befell the woman, and am shocked to see her deep wounds, as government we won’t sit back and watch women being tortured like animals,’ she warned. Phulani was severely beaten by her husband John Yasini with chains and steel rods sustaining deep cuts on her back at Kumbuyo village, Tembwe in T/A Mlonyeni in the district. Kaliati said all perpetrators of such type of domestic violence would be sentenced to a minimum of 10 years and 20 maximum years in jail. “I do not know what the husband was thinking beating his wife like an animal, unless he wanted to kill her, this wasn’t done out of love,” she explained. Addressing a public a meeting later at Tembwe in T/A Mlonyeni’s area in the district, Kaliati said time has come for communities including traditional leaders and local community organisations to take a stand and sensitise the communities on the evils of domestic violence. She advised women to walk out of marriage when their husbands abuse them saying persevering in the name of love is not a solution. “When a husband beats and injures you run for your dear life, alert neighbours, chiefs and marriage counsellors for help,” she said. She also advised girls not to drop out of school and get married saying education advancement in women could help reduce the burden of gender based violence on them. “When women get educated it helps them distinguish those coming to them with honest intentions from those that come to deceive them. “When you are not educated as a woman, most of the times you cannot make informed decisions hence you fall victim to domestic violence,” observed Kaliati referring to Linda 18, who dropped out of Standard 7 and eloped with her 20 year old Husband. District Commissioner for Mchinji Yamikani Chitete said Mchinji district has recorded one of the highest number of domestic violence cases, but as a council they are sensitising the public on the dangers of domestic violence. “As a council, in collaboration with the social welfare office, police and non-governmental organisations we have several programmes where we sensitise the public especially women to report any kind of abuse they face in marriage,’ she said. Meanwhile investigations into the life of Yasini by the Mchinji District Social Welfare Office and Mchinji Police has revealed that 20-year-old Yasini has married eight times and the former wives were all victims of domestic violence. Yasini is also said to have committed a cattle rustling crime but the case was solved by the concerned parties. Yasini is on remand at Maula Prison in Lilongwe pending trial, after being charged with unlawful wounding.


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President Mutharika back from USA, declares war on wildlife criminals

WELCOME HOME: Vice President Saulos Chilima shakes hands with President Mutharika - Pic by Abel Ikiloni Lilongwe, April 25: President Prof. Peter Mutharika has warned all perpetrators of wildlife crime that Malawi is now fully armored to combat the malpractice. Mutharika sounded out the warning Saturday at Kamuzu International Airport (KIA) in Lilongwe upon arrival from the United States of America where he attended the Congressional International Conventional Gala (ICCG). “We now have enough resources to combat crime against wildlife and I warn all poachers, ivory smugglers and those who destroy wildlife that this is now war; your time is over,” said Mutharika who has also been honoured at the gala as a gallant fighter of crime against wildlife. He however stated that the honour is not specifically his as an individual but rather for every Malawian and he has since challenged the general public to join in the fight of preserving wildlife. During his visit to U.S, President Mutharika had also delivered a keynote address in which he had stressed his commitment in the preservation of wildlife. On a different but equally important note, the Head of State disclosed that he had also engaged in bilateral and multilateral talks with leaders from other countries in efforts to enhance inter-country relations with Malawi.


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Lilongwe man arrested for threatening to make person with albinism disappear

 
Chikadza: Threatened to make a person with albinism  disappear  - Pic by Kondwani Magombo Lilongwe, April 25: A 29-year-old man is in Police custody at Kanengo for allegedly threatening a person with albinism that he (the man) would make the latter disappear one day. Kanengo Police spokesperson Esther Mkwanda identified the suspect as John Chikadza of Chigwe Village, Traditional Authority Kabudula in Lilongwe. Mkwanda alleged that Chikadza had more than once threatened the man with albinism (name withheld) that one day he would make him disappear because by having albinism, the man was worth millions. She said first Chikadza had told the man with albinism over the phone that ‘Iwe tsiku lina ndizakusowetsa chifukwa ndiwe mgodi kale (One day I’ll make you disappear because you are a mine on your own)’. Then later in the week Chikadza repeated the same threats right in the face of the man with albinism who was accompanied by his sister. These remarks, made in the wake of abduction, killing and removing of body parts of people with albinism, alerted the man with albinism’s sister who alerted the community leaders. In turn, the community leaders alerted the community policing committee in the area who apprehended Chikadza and handed him to police. Chikadza is being charged with intimidation, contrary to Section 88 of the Penal Code and he is expected to appear before court soon, according to Mkwanda.


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Malawi’s new Customary Land Law to protect widows, widowers

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Kaliati visits Mchinji woman victim of violence: Woman claims was forced to join Satanic Church

President Mutharika back from USA, declares war on wildlife criminals

Lilongwe man arrested for threatening to make person with albinism disappear

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President Mutharika back from USA, declares war on wildlife criminals

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Malawi President Peter Mutharika delivers keynote address Congressional Gala

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Malawi’s new Customary Land Law to protect widows, widowers

Malawi’s new Customary Land Law to protect widows, widowers

LandNet Malawi's land bill awareness meeting at Mpherembe  in Mzimba District - Pic by McCarthy Mwalwimba Mzimba, April 25: LandNet Malawi says land grabbing from widows and widowers will be a thing of the past once Malawi Parliament pas...

AGOA pledges to support Nsanje World Inland Port

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Kaliati visits Mchinji woman victim of violence: Woman claims was forced to join Satanic Church

Kaliati visits Mchinji woman victim of violence: Woman claims was forced to join Satanic Church

Under Police custody: Yasini Mchinji, April 25: Linda Phulani, an 18 years old woman who was beaten severely by her husband in Mchinji has revealed her husband John Yasini forced her to join a Satanic Church but she refused. Narrating her ordeal to the Minister of Gender, Children and Social Wel...

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UNIMA to engage PPPC to end accommodation woes

UNIMA's Chancellor College in Zomba Mzuzu, April 25: As University of Malawi (UNIMA) will be celebrating 50 years of existence, the university plans to use public private partnership (PPP) arrangement to build infrastructure in its const...

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