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Farmers Union drills agri-business women in value addition

  Mzimba, May 4, 2016: Farmers Union of Malawi (FUM) has stressed on the need for agri-business women in Mzimba to consider adding value to their farm-produce if they are to yield more profits in their businesses.
Gender Coordinator at Farmers Union of Malawi, Roseberry Namagowa said this in Mzimba during three-day training with agri-business women drawn from Mzimba South.
Namagowa said FUM noted that most of the women engaging in agri-business were lacking skills in business management, marketing, value addition among others. “Most of produce sold on the market come in raw form and we are training these women such that they can be adding value to their produce to attract more customers and for them yield high profits. “Farmers Union through women empowerment module we are trying to make the women to be independent by looking at economic empowerment of a woman because we believe that if a woman is empowered economically she will be able to stand and help others in the fight against poverty,” said Namagowa The gender coordinator said she believes that after the training the women would be assisted and they will excel in their agri-business. Among other areas, the women were trained in entrepreneurship, business management, market research, costing and pricing, and value addition. One of the participants, Mbanandi Chirwa from Lunjika cooperative in Traditional Authority Kampingo Sibande said the women experience a number of challenges when it comes to marketing because every season they are duped by the vendors who always come and offer low prices for their produce. Chirwa thanked Farmers Union for the training saying it has helped to unlock potential areas to work on as they carry on with their agri-business.


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Kelvin wins 2016 E-Wallet competition

  Lilongwe, 3 May 2016: The moment of truth finally came for E-Wallet contestants as joy and sadness filled the Capital Hotel Marquee on Sunday evening.  It was the grand finale and Blantyre based Kelvin Zalimba emerged victorious after beating Eunice and Shanice in the top three. But it was not easy for the 23 year old who faced a tie after voting. The Judges had 50 percent, the public had 30 percent and contestants had 20 percent of the voting power to split the tie. In his short speech, the excited Kelvin described the journey as educative. “The E-Wallet journey has been educative for me. I have learnt a lot from the judges and from my fellow contestants as well. To be honest, I didn’t see this coming because the competition had talented singers and it was tough,” explained the 2016 E-Wallet winner. Before the winner was announced, judges were given a chance to pick their favorites. Marvin Hanke chose Eunice, Rudo Chakwera chose Shanice while Dumisani Mfune chose Kelvin. At the end of the night, it was Kelvin who had the last laugh and also won the grand price Nissan Tiida. In his remarks, E-Wallet Executive Director Felix Njawala thanked the corporate world for sponsorship and the public for the support and criticism. “I am excited that we have come to end of this long journey. Thanks to the public for being with us. Thanks for all the feedback and criticism. It is your support that has built this show and made it a success. “However, I feel like as a nation we can do better on sponsorship. We have the capacity to take this show to greater heights. Our friends have done it, we can make it too,” he decried.
The finale had performances by Dan Lu and Faith Mussa. It was reported that Patience Namadingo had fallen ill hence did not make it to the show.


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TNM Super League minors Wizards stun Red Lions

  Blantyre, May 3, 2016: Red Lions suffered a shock defeat at the hands of Wizards FC on Monday in the elite TNM Super League in an entertaining encounter at the Kamuzu Stadium.
Patrick Phiri struck 13 minutes after recess when he snaked through forest of Red Lions players before releasing a thunderous shot outside the box to send ganyu fans on cloud nine as they chanted, “Wizard! Wizard. The cold afternoon had begun badly for the visitors when Wizards dominated in all the departments.  In the 25th minute, Dillo for Wizards tested Jacob Ngwira with a header and it proved a sign of things to come. Pint-sized Patrick Phiri excelled again in the 38th minute when he came out on top in a one-on-one with Ngwira but his shot was too weak to break the drought for goals.  Unstoppable Wizards were at it again in the 40th minute, when Blessings Phiri elegantly dribbled past several defenders before unleashing a beautiful right-footed shot which went over the bar. At recess it was 0-0. In the second half, Red Lions tried all their tricks to secure a goal but Wizards defense was too strong to be dismantled. Innocent Bokosi and Boniface Kaulesi were tamed well by Wizards defenders.  In the 10th minute, Loti Chawinga exchanged passes with Kaulesi but his last effort was in vain as his shot kissed the bar. After the last whistle, there were jubilations for Wizards, as players went straight to ganyu fans to celebrate their victory. In post match interviews, Wizards Coach Peter Mponda was on cloud nine, as he praised his charges for their victory. Mponda said hard work and dedication paid them good results. “I am very thankful to my players for their hard working spirit. We outplayed Red Lions in all the departments and l am very happy,” said Mponda. However, Red Lions refused to speak to the press. In another encounter on Sunday, Max Bullets were walloped 5-3 by visiting Blue Eagles at the same venue. As it stands on the log table, it’s Blue Eagles on the summit of the table with 12 points followed by Mzuni FC. Mighty Be-Forward Wanderers are coming third after a 1-1 draw with their bitter rivals, Nyasa Big Bullets on Saturday. In Lilongwe, after losing their two games, Silver Strikers resurrected on Sunday with a1-0 victory against Civo United.


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Catholic workers in Mangochi urged to emulate Joseph’s example

  Mangochi, May 3, 2016: The Catholic faithful in Mangochi have been encouraged to emulate the work of St. Joseph who strived for excellence when carrying out his work. Vicar General for Mangochi Catholic Diocese, Fr. Andrew Nkhata gave the encouragement on Sunday during the commemoration of World Labour Day which the church also observes as the day for St. Joseph the patron Saint of workers. Nkhata observed that Catholic Christians were supposed to follow Joseph’s example who despite being a carpenter strived for excellence while doing his not so decent job. He said Joseph used to spread the word of God through his work. “Everyone is being called upon to propagate the good news of salvation through the work that he does be it employed or self employed. We need to advance obedience, love for justice and above all else to expunge an aroma of Christianity through our faith in the catholic teaching,” the monsignor added. Nkhata emphasized that Joseph teaches people that work is not just about earning money or a salary but that it was meant to enhance the growth of the church and the development of the country as a whole, noting that faith without good character was as good as dead. “It would be a plausible thing for members of the church to be in the lead in taking part in various development activities taking place in the church through payment of tithe and everything else the church demands from us,” he pointed out. He, therefore, encouraged the catholic flock to follow different labour related principles especially those that promote justice and equality in the labour industry to avoid disputes and oppression. He added that every kind of work was first and foremost meant to assist God to recreate and protect the world. On this note, Nkhata advised the church’s followers to thank God for the gift of employment whether employed or self – employed by demonstrating commitment to the same for their daily survival, noting that the benefits were supposed to trickle down to the less privileged. “The biggest question that we must all attempt to answer today is; how do I serve God in my capacity as a worker,” Nkhata said. In his homily, Nkhata who derived his sermon from the Gospel of John 14: 23 – 29 said Christians’ identity was supposed to be displayed through love for one another. “People will identify you as true disciples through your deeds, words, actions and more importantly on how we care for those underprivileged in our community,” Nkhata observed. Mangochi Diocese Vocations and Youth Chaplain, Fr. Christopher Sichinga said catholic workers across the country were not supposed to be motivated by earning a salary instead they were supposed to get satisfaction out of what one does. Sichinga appealed to young workers to join Young Christian Workers organization whose objective was to deepen the catholic faith among its members besides advancing the social and economic development of the country. “It is my prayer, therefore, that many young people will join YCW to serve God in that capacity,” Sichinga said, adding that YCW has a vision of promoting the Catholic Church’s values and ideologies. Sichinga indicated that work was meant to transform and improve the status of the church and that of the world in its entirety.  “My message to the rest of the Catholic fraternity is that we need to commit ourselves to whatever work we do in order to contribute to the integral development of the world,” he said.


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Chief speaks against theft and vandalism of church property

Untitled Document Blantyre, May 3, 2016: Senior Chief Kapeni has urged people living close to churches to safeguard church property against theft and vandalism.
This comes against a spate of church break-ins that have prompted churches to erect fences and other barriers.
Senior Chief Kapeni made the remarks at the launch of a perimeter fence construction project at Mpachika Church in Blantyre City Presbytery under the Blantyre Synod of the Church of Central African Presbyterian (CCAP) on Sunday.
“Churches play a vital role of teaching people about eternal life hence their properties deserve maximum protection from any kind of vandalism and theft,” said Senior Chief Kapeni. In an interview with the Malawi News Agency (Mana) Blantyre City Presbytery Vice Moderator, Reverend Davidson Moyo said the idea of erecting the fence came about because of persistent theft and vandalism of the church property by communities around the church expressing optimism that the structure would minimize the challenge once finished. “We hope once the fence is completed the place will be safeguarded from encroachers and passersby who caused havoc to our church,” said Moyo. He therefore called on Mpachika church members to contribute generously towards the project for the church to develop as one way of provoking God’s blessings. Also attending the ceremony was ward councillor for the area, Councillor Louis Ngalande who donated KI million worth of construction materials such as cement, sand and bricks for the fence project. According to Mpachika Church Clerk, Chiperere Phiri, the 355 metre running fence will cost the church K10 million and is expected to take them one year to complete the work. As one way of fundraising for the project the church which has over 3,000 members has organised a big paper Sunday this week.


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