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BCC closes Masauko Chipembere Highway for rehabilitation

    The Highway has been closed for rehabilitation work Blantyre, May 28, 2015: Blantyre City Council (BCC) on Wednesday announced the closure of Masauko Chipembere Highway from Yiannaks Roundabout to Standard Bank in Limbe with effect from Thursday, 28th May 2015 in order to pave way for smooth rehabilitation works currently underway. In a statement sourced by the Malawi News Agency, BCC Public Relations Officer, Anthony Kasunda said the closure follows the congestion of vehicles along the segment that had been negatively affecting the progress of the road under construction. “The congestion and the parking of the vehicles along this segment is affecting the progress of the work as the contractor is failing to bring heavy machinery on the site. “As such the contractor has expressed fears that any continued disturbances would delay the completion of the project hence the decision to take such measures which we are fully aware that it may inconvenience a lot of people,” said Kasunda. He added that following the complete closure of the Highway segment, the Churchill Road, (from Standard Bank to Illovo roundabout) would be opened to two way traffic and that there are some changes that have been made to ease traffic flow. “Harper Road that runs from Mpingwe via Bangwe (Namatapa) to Mnthandizi will be fully utilized by light vehicles going and leaving Limbe (optional) while trucks from Mulanje via both Bangwe and Chigumula will proceed to and leave Limbe as usual. “Upon reaching Illovo roundabout, vehicles will have to take Chiwembe/Raiply road and take a right turn to go into the earth road leading to Limbe Police Station to proceed into Dalton Road or Market Street to Standard Bank. In this case, it will be one-way traffic on both Limbe Police Station earth road and Market Street to Standard Bank,” he said. Kasunda then advised motorists to desist from parking their vehicles in the construction area and that anybody found parking a vehicle in the area would be prosecuted by the Council. He therefore appealed to the members of the public and motorists to strictly observe the road signs and directions. Masauko Chipembere Highway Rehabilitation Project Phase 111 which is being done by the World Kaihatsu Kogyo Company Limited, is expected to be completed by November this year.


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61 children withdrawn from child labour in Dowa

Child labour prevents children from getting educated Dowa,  May 28, 2015: Barely 9 months after the launch of child labour awareness campaign, Plan Malawi has managed to pull out 61 children from different child labour activities in Dzaleka Refugee Camp.
Speaking in an interview with Mana, Plan Malawi Child Protection and Community Development Facilitator, (CP-CDF) Aaron Nsona, said a number of players were involved in the process. The child protection team comprised of community, church leaders and the youth themselves to end this malpractice. “We leant that some of the children in the camp were forced to mold and carry molded bricks, draw water, keep animals and on a sad development it was also leant that some were doing prostitution during school time,” said Nsona. The Community Development Facilitator, further said, the children went through a rehabilitation process then were returned to school. He then emphasized that people should not take children as an income generating material. “Most of the children here at the camp have foster parents, so at times these parents tend to abuse the children by sending them to do prostitution and other dirty job,” said Nsona. Plan Malawi, Community Development Facilitator (SGBV-CDF), Muriel Ilunga, urged people surrounding Dzaleka to work together with Plan Malawi, as this is not an issue of their organization alone. “As Plan we offer a safer environment that the children and we expect people to refrain from giving children heavy loads that is not of their size,” said Ilunga. Plan Malawi Dzaleka has three focused project on Child protection, Human Rights and Gender Based Violence, the organization upon realizing the commercial, sexual exploitation of children at the camp launched a campaign in September 2014 to end child labour in the camp and surrounding areas.


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Dedza hospital mortuary cold rooms down

Hospital officials are trying to fix the problem
Dedza, May 28, 2015: Dedza District Hospital mortuary cold rooms have developed a mechanical fault which has led the hospital into a situation where they cannot keep dead bodies to avoid decomposition.
This situation has forced people who have lost their loved ones while seeking for medical assistances at the hospital worry, some as they have to carry the dead bodies the same day to their respective homes. According to Dedza districts hospital spokesperson, Arnold Ndalira the hospital noted the problem on Monday 25 may 2015. “We are aware about the problem and the hospital authorities are trying their best to electrify the cold rooms,” said Ndalira. He however did not disclose when the hospital is expected to fix the cold rooms because the problem is very big which requires some time.


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Court gives bail to a defilement suspect

Lilongwe, May 28, 2015: Lilongwe Magistrate Court, Monday had given bail to a 25 years man who defiles two 8 years children in Area 18. According to Lilongwe Police Publicists, Kingsley Dandaula the man has been defiling the children since April this year. Dandaula identified the man as Kondwani Ulaya, from Jiya Village, Traditional Authority Nsomba in Blantyre. Dandaula explained, “On the day of the arrest one child came home late from school and had no underwear which made her elder sister to be suspicious. When she tried to enquire where she was the child run to Ulaya's house.” He added that the elder sister went to Ulaya's house where he found that he had locked himself together with the child. According to Dandaula the elder sister notified her neighbours who went to Ulaya's house and forced him to open the house and it was to the sister's amazement to found out that the child came out putting own her underwear. “When people quizzed the child, she reviewed that Ulaya was also defiling her friend and that he was giving them MK200 or MK150 when he sleeps with them,” he said. After the child's revelation, they took her and her other friend to Area 18 Health Centre for examination treatment where the results showed that the man started defiling the children in April. Meanwhile the Lilongwe Police Publicist told Malawi News Agency (Mana) that Ulaya is answering defiling charges which is contrally to section 138 of the penal code whose maximum sentence is 14 years Imprisonment with Hard Labour (IHL). The case will be back in court on 11th June 2015, according to Dandaula.


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Egypt Eastern Tobacco Company to invest in Malawi

President Mutharika receives a donation of $20,000 from Egyptian Eastern Company in Lilongwe - Pic by Stanley Makuti Lilongwe, May 28, 2015: President Professor Peter Mutharika has commended an Egyptian Eastern Tobacco Company for its interest to invest in the country. Speaking Thursday at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe after holding a brief meeting with the owners of the company, the State President said tobacco is one of the nation's largest sources of income as it contributes about 70 percent of the country's economy. However, Mutharika said apart from exporting unfinished tobacco, the crop could bring in more Forex if add value processes were done right in Malawi. The President said it would be profitable to produce cigarettes in Malawi as that could  boost  the tobacco industry. “Malawi is the largest producer of tobacco, however for years there have been little improvements in terms of value addition. Today I am pleased to sign the memorandum of understanding between the Malawi Government and the Eastern Tobacco Company of Egypt which will be involved in cigarette making. “These cigarettes will be sold either within or outside the country and this will make the country gain more foreign currency,” explained President Mutharika. He then assured the investors of their safety, saying Government would provide the necessary security to their investments. “The two things that investors get worried about are fiscal and investment security, but as Malawi Government we will make sure that we provide maximum security,” the President said. Eastern Tobacco Company Chairperson, Nabila Mohsen hailed Mutharika for a well welcome and for allowing them to invest in Malawi. He said Malawi is very famous in as far as tobacco production is concerned, it produces quality leaf and in large quantities. ‘’We therefore believe that there will be more and more benefits for both of us,” said he. He said Eastern Tobacco Company is primarily engaged in the manufacture and trade of tobacco products and accessories, agricultural marketing and expert trading as well as real estate services.
Malawi is the 12th largest producer of tobacco leaf and the 7th largest global supporter of tobacco. As of 2010, Malawi was the world's leading producer of burley leaf tobacco. With the decline of tobacco farms in the West, interest in Malawi's low-grade, high-nicotine tobacco has increased. Today, Malawian tobacco is found in blends of nearly every cigarette smoked in industrialized nations including the popular and ubiquitous Camel and Marlboro brands. Eastern Tobacco Company is expected to have a ground breaking ceremony marking the commencement of the company in the country Friday at Kanengo industrial area in Lilongwe.


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