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Blantyre Social Welfare intensifies child protection initiatives

Blantyre, May 18, 2018: Blantyre District Social Welfare Officer, Triphonia Limbani has said child protection workers need to constantly engage parents to ensure that no single guardian violates children’s dignity and rights. In an interview on Friday with Malawi News Agency (Mana) in Balntyre, she said her office has intensified raising awareness campaigns and meetings with guardians and its key stakeholders in protecting child rights. Limbani said the child protection partners have also significantly played a very vital role in repatriation efforts as well as re-integration programmes, whereby vulnerable children are rehabilitated through vocational skills development institutions like Samaritan Trust and Chisomo Children’s Club in the district. “We ensure that life skills education forums are routinely carried out so that all vulnerable children’s rights do not continue to be violated in line with the legal framework and set sound strategic plans. “A number of proactive other than reactive interventions are being carried out including the aforementioned campaigns and civic education sessions; parenting education; where skills and knowledge are imparted to guardians on how best to raise and protect child rights right from the household level and beyond,” the District Social Welfare Officer pointed out. She bemoaned the tendency of certain selfish guardians who discourage their wards from attending daily academic activities, but instead ‘force’ them to be engaged in income generating activities (IGAs) for their personal economic gains. Limbani warned that such economic exploitations imposed on innocent children must stop forthwith, noting that perpetrators of the crime would face the wrath of the law through the social welfare sector alongside its key child protection partners. She said child vulnerability is categorized depending on the activities in which children are engaged, including children asking for alms in streets, children selling commodities, children in labour and those who accompany parents with physical disabilities.


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MRA splashes prizes to 105 winners in ‘Lisiti Langa’ competition

Blantyre, May 18, 2018:  At least 105 people have emerged winners of different prizes in the first draw of ‘Lisiti Langa’ promotion being run by Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA). The promotion seeks to encourage consumers to demand an Electronic Fiscal Device (EFD) generated receipt whenever they buy taxable items from Valued Added Tax (VAT) registered shops. Speaking after conducting the first draw on Friday in Blantyre, MRA Head of Corporate Affairs, Steven Kapoloma said it is pleasing to note that the promotion continues to receive overwhelming response as evidenced by the number of people participating in the competition across the country. “For the first week, we have seen 6800 entries in this draw and out of which 105 have won different prizes such as cash, bicycles, solar lamps, blankets, branded T/shirts, cell phones, airtime and other miscellaneous prizes. This is a landmark in as far as this draw is concerned. “As MRA, we will continue running this promotion as well as conducting weekly draws because we would like to create a culture within Malawian society of demanding an EFD receipt to prove that one has purchased a particular item and that the taxes that the person has paid have gone to government, in so doing increasing revenue collection by the authority,” he said. On VAT collected so far through the promotion Kapoloma said: “We will do an analysis in the coming weeks to see how much MRA has collected within the ‘Lisiti Langa’ promotion campaign.” During the draw, six lucky winners walked away with K50, 000 each, whilst six people won bicycles each. Four became winners of cell phones and six other participants won blankets, among other prizes. To qualify for weekly draws, one needs to demand an original EFD receipt from any taxable goods and dial *915*5# on Airtel or TNM to enter serial and receipt number then send. The promotion runs from May 11 to July 27, 2018.   During the final draw slated for July 27, 2018, the grand prize will be K2, 000, 000 while second prize will K500, 000 and Television screen. The last prize in the final draw will be K200, 000 and upright refrigerator.


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Chikwawa single mothers form back to school initiative

Chikwawa, May 18, 2018: Single mothers in Chikwawa have formed an initiative called ‘Go Girls’ which aims at empowering the mothers to either go back to school or engage economic enterprises to mitigate the effects of growing poverty levels in the district. In an interview with Malawi News Agency (Mana) Friday, Chairperson for the ‘Go Girls’ Campaign, Maria Betala said through the initiative, they intend to inspire single mothers most of whom stay idle to go back to school or engage in various small-scale businesses such as the Village Savings and Loans (VSLs). She pointed out single mothers came up with the idea following the challenges they face once they are abandoned or divorced by their husbands leaving them destitute with children and other responsibilities to take care of. ‘‘I was impregnated when I was in Standard 7 and I dropped out of school. Following the challenges, I faced, I thought of going back to school and now I am in a secondary school at Chikwawa night secondary school,”  Betala stated. She added that the challenges made her associate with several single mothers around Chikwawa and formed the initiative in which they share ideas concerning their future and also encouraging one another to avoid being impregnated again by some irresponsible men. ‘‘We know that a lot of girls make mistakes not intentionally but rather out of poverty and desperation. A lot of girls live in poverty and the situation makes some crooked men to take advantage of the girls’ vulnerability,’’ the chairperson explained. Betala disclosed that the initiative has so far registered over 40 girls, 25 of whom have since gone back to school while others are embarking on entrepreneurial activities through money lending groups.
She said the initiative would also ensure that all issues that negatively affect the single mothers in the district were addressed. ‘‘We need to be united and encourage one another so that every single mother should have a chance to go back to school or engage in various small scale businesses. We will approach other single mothers across the district so that they are able to go back to school,’’ Betala observed. She pleaded for support from other well-wishers to support the initiative by paying fees for other members lacking that kind of support as well as boost their financial base in some of their entrepreneurial activities. ‘‘We would like to plead with government and other non-governmental organisations to give us the kind of support they can manage which can likely help us prepare the future that is ahead of us,” Betala viewed. “Right now we are partially assisted by Development Initiative Network (DIN) Malawi, but we still need more resources in order to reach out to more single mothers,” she added. The Go Girls initiative comprises of two clubs of Tikondane Go Girls Club and Limbikani Go Girls Club both from the area of Traditional Authority (TA) Mulilima in the district.


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One robber shot dead in gunfire exchange; Stolen vehicle recovered

Lilongwe, May 18, 2018:  One robber was shot dead by the police while the otherone managed to escape in a dramatic exchange of fire with the robbers a few minutes after a report of a stolen vehicle which the police managed to recover. It all happened on Wednesday afternoon when the Police received a call that unknown two thugs have robbed off a car, Toyota Sienta registration number LL 8511 at Four Seasons in Area 12. The car belongs to Albon Mataula, 31 from Katimbiri village, Traditional Authority Kanyenda, Nkhotakota.
 
in an interview with Malawi News Agency (MANA) in Lilongwe, Central Region Public Relations Officer, Superintendent, Nolliettie Chimala said, upon the receipt of the information, the Anti-Motor Vehicle Theft Unit at Central Region Police Headquarters maneuvered strategically to round up the robbers who had taken a route heading for Biwi triangle using Chidzanja road. They were intercepted head-on along the same Chidzanja road.
 
“The robbers who were armed with unidentified short guns started firing at the Police but the police never retreated. As a result, there was a fierce exchange of fire between the law enforcers and the robbers,” she added. Chimala explained that fearing that they were about to be defeated, the robbers diverted to a nearby dust road in an effort to escape but the police were close after them. Due to high speeding, the thugs lost control of the vehicle and thereafter run into a brick fence. As fires were being exchanged, one robber was shot dead while the other one managed to escape.
 
The robbers are yet to be identified but the body of the robber who was shot dead is being kept at Kamuzu Central Hospital (KCH) mortuary.
 
Police are appealing to any person with information which might lead to the identification and arrest of the robber to come forward. Police say they will treat such information with prudence and professionalism.


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Kondowe not moved by recent social media reports

Blantyre, May 18, 2018: Nyasa Big Bullets winger Fischer Kondowe has described recent social media reports purportedly showing him and Annie Mataka in a wedding invitation card as a waste of time. Last week social media fans especially on WhatsApp platform were bombarded with pictures of the football star and the nurse completing together a peace symbol in Rastafarianism in what was said to be the invitation card for the wedding. Kondowe has distanced himself from the reports in an interview with Malawi News Agency (MANA) on Friday from Mzuzu saying he is not moved by the actions of those who posted the pictures saying nothing could pull him back. “I only care about God for the strength and wisdom he gives. Whatever I do, I communicate with my God and works hundred percent. So I don’t care about them,” he said. The Bullets lonest servicing player pointed out that, “These people started way back. They want to tarnish my image, but the funny thing is they are not progressing while am making steps. So I encourage them to continue because the more they do that, the more God blesses me.” Kondowe said: “This is a clear indication that some people in Malawi have nothing to do. We are turning social media platforms as our business yet these platforms were not meant to tarnishing images of other people.” He refused to comment on whether he is planning to get married considering his ambitions to contest for parliamentary sit for Blantyre City South Constituency. “As of now, I can’t start talking about my life. People know who I am and the way I live. My history is not bad. I have good behavior and there is no need that I should be telling people that I want to do this or that,” Kondowe stated. Earlier this week, officials from Ministry of Information and Communication Technology, MACRA as well as the police had a meeting in Blantyre with Facebook delegation who came in the country to find ways in solving social media platform abuse. Inspector Joseph Nkuna of Fiscal and Fraud Section of Malawi Police Service said the police recently has been receiving complaints in relation to posting of misinformation as well as hacking of peoples facebook accounts. “For your information, these cases have just surfacing recently. Currently we are investigating two cases in order to bring down the perpetrators,” he said. Meanwhile, the Facebook delegation has assured government that it will bring Facebook security team into the country to work hand in hand with the police in order to curb the malpractices.


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Blantyre Social Welfare intensifies child protection initiatives

MRA splashes prizes to 105 winners in ‘Lisiti Langa’ competition

Chikwawa single mothers form back to school initiative

One robber shot dead in gunfire exchange; Stolen vehicle recovered

Kondowe not moved by recent social media reports

National News

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Manepo applauds government elderly pension scheme

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MP applauds President Mutharika for economic recovery

MP applauds President Mutharika for economic recovery

Lilongwe, May 12, 2018: Member of Parliament for Machinga Likwenu, David Lally, on Friday commended his Excellency Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika fo...

Political News

FEDOMA request political parties to give chance to aspiring persons with disabilities

FEDOMA request political parties to give chance to aspiring persons with disabilities

Lilongwe, May 18, 2018:  The Federation of Disability Organizations in Malawi (FEDOMA) has requested political parties in the country to consider supp...

MEC engages election Committees from Central and northern Region

MEC engages election Committees from Central and northern Region

Lilongwe, May 18, 2018: Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) on Thursday briefed the Multiparty Liaison Committees (MPLC) and District Elections Supervis...

Chikwawa reduces labour complaints by 44 per cent

Chikwawa reduces labour complaints by 44 per cent

Chikwawa, May 16, 2018: Chikwawa District Labour Office says labour-related complaints went down by 44 per cent in the first four months (January- Apr...

Health News

Association procure 15,000 first aid kits for schools

Association procure 15,000 first aid kits for schools

Lilongwe, May 18, 2018: Student Parent Association (SPA) has procured over 15,000 first aid kits to be distributed in primary and secondary schools throughout the country. SPA Secretary General Liwonde disclosed this Friday during a press ...

Mosquito nets mass distribution begins September

Mosquito nets mass distribution begins September

Nkhotakota, May 17, 2018: National Malaria Control Programme has said the countrywide door-to-door distribution of Long Lasting Insecticidal Nets (LLINs) begins in September this year (2018). Chairperson of the Programme’s Task force, Happ...

Sports News

Kondowe not moved by recent social media reports

Kondowe not moved by recent social media reports

Blantyre, May 18, 2018: Nyasa Big Bullets winger Fischer Kondowe has described recent social media reports purportedly showing him and Annie Mataka in a wedding invitation card as a waste of time. Last week social media fans especially on ...

Karonga United dare Mzuni FC in a league clash

Karonga United dare Mzuni FC in a league clash

Mzuzu, May 18, 2018: Rookies Karonga United Football Club (FC) have spoken tough ahead of their TNM Super League encounter against Mzuzu University FC on Sunday at Mzuzu Stadium in their debut encounter. In an interview on Friday with Mala...

Development News

ECAM launches Apprenticeship Network

     ECAM launches Apprenticeship Network

Blantyre, April 3, 2017: The Employers Consultative Association of Malawi (ECAM) has launched the Global Apprenticeship Network (GAN) whose aim is to promote apprenticeships with the ultimate goal of creating job opportunities for youth and ensuring skills for business. Apprenticeship is a kind of job training that involves following and studying a...

Public Works Programme enabling communities achieve food security - study

  Public Works Programme enabling communities achieve food security - study

Lilongwe, June 6, 2017: The Public Works Programme being implemented in all 28 districts of the country has resulted in a lot of people achieving food security at household level, a study conducted by the Centre for Agriculture Research and Development (CARD) of theLilongwe University for Agriculture and Natural Resources...

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MRA splashes prizes to 105 winners in ‘Lisiti Langa’ competition

MRA splashes prizes to 105 winners in ‘Lisiti Langa’ competition

Blantyre, May 18, 2018:  At least 105 people have emerged winners of different prizes in the first draw of ‘Lisiti Langa’ promotion being run by Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA). The promotion seeks to encourage consumers to demand an Electr...

International Mayors tour Likuni meadows

International Mayors tour Likuni meadows

Lilongwe, May 18, 2018: Mayors from different countries across the world who came for the Lilongwe Mayors’ Forum in Malawi on Thursday toured houses for low income people called ‘Likuni Meadows’ in Likuni, Lilongwe. The tour was one of the...

Entertainment News

Facebook to invest in ICT infrastructure in Malawi

Facebook to invest in ICT infrastructure in Malawi

Blantyre, May 17, 2018: Facebook has expressed commitment to improving Malawi Government capabilities in information and communication technology (ICT) through investment as well as addressing social media abuse. The commitment was registe...

Ma Blacks partners Entertainers Promotions for Kuimba 11

Ma Blacks partners Entertainers Promotions for Kuimba 11

Blantyre, May 12, 2018: Malawi’s celebrated reggae music giants, the Black Missionaries have teamed up with Entertainers Promotions for launch of Kuimba 11 album launch. As one way of making the launch successful and extraordinary, the Bla...

Agriculture News

Government shocked with the killing of farmer Yiannakis

Written By Tione Andsen on Friday, 18 May 2018 16:12
Government shocked with the killing of farmer Yiannakis

Lilongwe, May 18, 2018: Government Friday expressed deep regard to the ultimately death of a long time tobacco farmer in Namwera in Mangochi, who was shot at his estate on Wednesday.  Minister Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development,...

Tobacco volumes increase at Auction Floors

Written By Tione Andsen on Friday, 18 May 2018 16:07
Tobacco volumes increase at Auction Floors

Lilongwe, May 18, 2018: Government has been impressed with increased volumes of tobacco at Auction floors as compared to last year’s marketing season.  Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development, Joseph Mwanamvekha said this...

Features

2018/2019 BUDGET STATEMENT: Full Text

2018/2019 BUDGET STATEMENT: Full Text

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Chikwawa single mothers form back to school initiative

Chikwawa single mothers form back to school initiative

Chikwawa, May 18, 2018: Single mothers in Chikwawa have formed an initiative called ‘Go Girls’ which aims at empowering the mothers to either go back to school or engage economic enterprises to mitigate the effects of growing poverty levels...

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Blantyre Social Welfare intensifies child protection initiatives

Blantyre Social Welfare intensifies child protection initiatives

Blantyre, May 18, 2018: Blantyre District Social Welfare Officer, Triphonia Limbani has said child protection workers need to constantly engage parent...

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Mchinji residents complain of poor sanitation in the market

Mchinji residents complain of poor sanitation in the market

Mchinji, May 18,2018: Some residents in Mchinji have raised concerns over poor sanitary conditions at a new slaughterhouse constructed by Mchinji Dist...

Religion News

Chitipi SDA Church rescues visually impaired man

Chitipi SDA Church rescues visually impaired man

Lilongwe, May 18, 2018: Chitipi Seventh Day Adventist Church in Lilongwe District has constructed a two- bedroom house for 68-year-old visually impair...