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Lack of composure on goal worries Karonga United coach

    Karonga, June 24: Northern Region based super league side Karonga United have attributed their barren spell in front of goal to lack of self-confidence and maturity among the players. The Crocodiles of Karonga have only found the net once in their eight outings so far in the league, the lowest in Malawi’s four major league divisions. Speaking to Malawi News Agency (Mana) in an interview, the team’s tactician, Kondwani Mwalweni, said lack of enough preparation on matches has affected coordination among the players, hence lack of self-belief in front of goal. “It’s my responsibility as a coach to bring self-confidence and belief, knowing that it’s vital when playing football and I’m doing that through extra training and shooting practices,” he said. Mwalweni said with the extra training he organizes for the players, he will be working on the midfield and striking force, saying these are the key areas in the field. The Crocodile’s coach bemoaned the creation of several chances by his boys, saying the chances, however, always just end up being fluffed, which he described as the biggest challenge for his team. But he sounded confident that his players have what it takes to survive in the country’s major league. According to a soccer pundit, David Katete, Karonga United have good players. He advised the fans to be patient because ‘good results’ are around the corner for the young boys. “I know people in Karonga are not patient enough but with this young team, they have to be. It’s only a matter of time before the players click together and when they do, they will shock big teams,” he said. Karonga United are at the bottom of a sixteen-member league with only three points from their eight matches played so far. This coming Sunday, the Crocodiles of Karonga will welcome super league champions Nyasa Big Bullets at Mzuzu Stadium. 


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Karonga Stadium on track for completion

      Karonga, June 24: Authorities at Karonga District Council insist construction work of the multi-million Karonga Community Stadium is in progress despite apparent lack of activity at the site. The statement of hope comes amid outcries on the delays of the 20,000 capacity stadium. Recently, a group calling itself Concerned Citizens and Member of Parliament for Karonga North West Constituency sought an explanation from the contractor and the district council on the delays. In view of the construction work which commenced last October (2015) which was scheduled to be completed in September, 2016, close watchers observe that little has been done on the construction site, resulting into continued disagreements amongst the general public, the council and the contractor. Speaking to Malawi News Agency in an interview, the District Physical and Planning Officer, Philemon Maseko, disclosed the delays were due to lack of commitment from the labour force and heavy rains that fell in the previous months in the district. Ironically, while the rains have stopped, the construction machines are still visibly parked idle inside the uncompleted stadium fence, but Maseko insists work is in progress at the site. “As of today the boundary wall is almost 80 per cent done, we have also completed two kiosks and two ticketing rooms,” he said. However, he conceded that construction of the first phase of the stadium will not be completed in the scheduled period. He said due to the delays, the first phase will be completed mid-October, a month later than the scheduled time. “Karonga will have a stadium of its own, people just need to be calm. Whenever something is being constructed, there are always delays and challenges, some foreseen and others unforeseeable,” he said. In the construction agreement with the council, it is reported that the contractor was given 52 weeks to complete construction of the stadium, but 37 weeks down the line, less than 50 per cent of work has been done.


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Stakeholders commend Water for People for holding review

      Blantyre, June 24: Stakeholders in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) have commended Water for People for holding a stakeholder review forum which creates deeper insight into nonprofit activity, fund distribution and impact. Regional Irrigation and Water Development Officer for Southern Region, Phideria Moyo has said the forum is important as it will help in reviewing what is being done in the project areas as well as map the way forward on meeting the set target dates. “The project aims at having access to potable water for people in Blantyre and Chikwawa, so we are reviewing what has been done so that we are able to reach the targets which are 2018 and 2020 in Blantyre and Chikwawa respectively,” said Moyo. Director of Health and Social Services at Blantyre City Council, Emmanuel Kanjunjunju described the meeting as important as it will guide them on next steps to be taken in a quest to provide water and sanitation and how they can make a vision of providing water and sanitation for everyone a reality. Chief of Programmes for Water for People, Nick Burn said the reality of fulfilling goal number 6 of ensuring access to water and sanitation for all, demands collaboration such that forums like this enable them to share an understanding on what is working and not working which will bring them all to achieving the ultimate goal. Burn said that it is their hope that in the next five years significant improvements will be made in Blantyre and Chikwawa such that people will substantially be more satisfied with the services they are receiving. According to Country Director for Water for People, Kate Harawa, the forum provides an interactive space for funders, peer NGOs and other governments to understand and critique the organization's progress and outcomes while allowing for analysis and review of initiatives for programmatic improvements in Water for People's target areas of Blantyre and Chikwawa. “We expect our partners and key stakeholders will attend this forum as it will provide an opportunity, not just to review and critique our programmes, but it will also help build mutual trust and openness which will help strengthen institutional relationship and networks and sustainability of our interventions,” she said.


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Mutharika assures construction of Neno road

      Neno, June 24: President of the Republic of Malawi, Professor Arthur Peter Muthalika says his government will make sure that the Neno- Tsangano road is constructed the soonest to change the face of Neno district as it is crucial to the development of the district. The president said this on Thursday when he officially opened the Neno rural growth centre where a stadium, bus depot, library and a modern hospital was constructed. He said the road was among priority projects of his government and that talks were already underway with the Chinese government to fund the project. Mutharika said the district had received very little development since independence and he wants to change the story by bringing more development projects to the district. “As DPP government, we decided to bring a Rural Growth Centre in order to bring infrastructure to Neno. I want rural areas to become engines of economic growth, my predecessors brought us democracy brought power to the people now I want us to take development to the people. “And let me make this promise, we are not yet done with Neno. Neno is still work in progress because development is a long process,” Mutharika said. The Malawi leader said development could only be achieved if rural areas were not marginalized because you talk of development of a country when development is spread out and that the Integrated Rural Development was one way of achieving the goals. Minister of Local government and Rural Development, Kondwani Nankhumwa said Integrated Rural Development would reduce urban migration as people will find most things they find in town in their locality. “This is a clear strategy by the government to curb the problem of urbanization because at the rate we are going, we will not be able to handle the situation as currently we are at five or so percent. “People should be able to get employment and business opportunities in their rural settings,” Nankhumwa said. Neno was declared a district in 2002 breaking away from Mwanza but with a few structures befitting a district headquarters. In addition to the infrastructure, the district has also seen piped water being connected as well as the coming in of power through the project. Other rural growth centers in the country include Nthalire in Chitipa, Jenda in Mzimba, Malomo in Ntchisi in completed state while those in progress include Nambuma in Dowa, Monkey bay in Mangochi, Chapananga in Chikwawa, Mkanda in Mchinji and Chitekesa in Phalombe.


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Malawi Oilseeds Sector Transformation launches agricultural innovation event

  Lilongwe, June 23, 2016: The Malawi Oilseeds Sector Transformation (Most) on Thursday launched an initiative in agricultural innovations from a farmer perspective as one way of promoting productivity in the oilseed sector. Speaking at the launching ceremony held at Crossroads Hotel in Lilongwe, MOST Interventions Manager Towera Jalakasi said the event aims at bringing together different stakeholders in the agricultural sector and market to showcase their innovations. “There are several stakeholders in the agricultural sector which are inventing a number of things that would benefit the sector. But the problem is that most of them are working in isolation. So this event initiative will help to bring such stakeholders together and be able to showcase those innovations and explain why they think it is an innovation,” Jalakasi said. She further said this initiative is different from traditional agricultural trade fairs as it will showcase things that are changing their lives and that of the general society in achieving maximum productivity efficiently. “In trade fairs, stakeholders showcase only what they are doing. But in this event, we want to promote the showcasing of innovations or things that are changing the lives of individuals and the society for the better “By innovation, we are talking of those things that make any agricultural activity to be done better, faster and in a cheaper than other traditional means. So by innovation, we are looking at the balance between these three,” she said. Jalakasi further said that her organization thinks that in the next five years, the country should have a number of innovations lying in people’s homes and in their organizations. “We want people to these innovations out and be able to point out how such innovations have taken Malawi forward and influenced everybody to use them,” Jalakasi said. The agricultural innovation event was epitomized by the launch of a machine for threshing and shelling different farm produce. The machine called Damasso Thresher, developed by a Mponela-based commercial farmer Tomas Damasso, is billed as one of best innovation as it is better and faster than manual labour in shelling and threshing crops like rice, soya beans, sunflower and pigeon peas. Director of Crop Development in the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development  Dr Godfrey Ching’oma lauded the introduction of this innovation approach saying it will help to advance farm mechanization which this country need most in improving its social and economic development. Ching’oma said the event comes at a right time when the government and particularly the ministry are supporting promoting innovations in the economic growth of the country. “It is only innovation that will move agriculture forward, make us competitive in the world market and create opportunities for all Malawians. If we do not become innovative in agriculture, we risk losing our market share to other countries that are innovative,” Ching’oma said. MOST, a programme supported by the Department for International Development (DFID) is engaged in a number of interventions to boost productivity in the oilseed sector and its value chains. According to MOST, this newly launched agricultural innovation from a farmer’s perspective event will be conducted annually.


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    Karonga, June 24: Northern Region based super league side Karonga United have attributed their barren spell in front of goal to lack of self-confidence and maturity among the players. The Crocodiles of Karonga have only fou...

Karonga Stadium on track for completion

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      Karonga, June 24: Authorities at Karonga District Council insist construction work of the multi-million Karonga Community Stadium is in progress despite apparent lack of activity at the site. The statement of hope comes ...

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Lack of composure on goal worries Karonga United coach

Lack of composure on goal worries Karonga United coach

    Karonga, June 24: Northern Region based super league side Karonga United have attributed their barren spell in front of goal to lack of self-confidence and maturity among the players. The Crocodiles of Karonga have only found the net...

Karonga Stadium on track for completion

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      Karonga, June 24: Authorities at Karonga District Council insist construction work of the multi-million Karonga Community Stadium is in progress despite apparent lack of activity at the site. The statement of hope comes amid outcr...

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Malawi Oilseeds Sector Transformation launches agricultural innovation event

Written By Macneil Kalowekamo on Saturday, 25 June 2016 10:21
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  Lilongwe, June 23, 2016: The Malawi Oilseeds Sector Transformation (Most) on Thursday launched an initiative in agricultural innovations from a farmer perspective as one way of promoting productivity in the oilseed sector. Speaking at t...

Mwanza farmers urged to adopt best land practices

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