16 April 2014
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Dowa District Council performs poorly in planning

Dowa April 16: Dowa District Council’s Director of Planning and Development, Emmanuel Burukutu, has expressed concern over the council’s poor performance in issues of governance, service delivery and planning. Speaking at a District Executive Committee meeting held at the Boma on Wednesday, Burukutu said the district was rated number 28 out of the 54, according to the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development assessment performance report. Burukutu said the district has failed miserably in the planning area, attributing it to lack of coordination with the local NGO’s on what they are doing in the areas they operate. “The council does not know what activities are being run by MAICC, World Vision, Action Aid and others. We have to work together for the benefit of the people of Dowa,” said Burukutu. The DPD said the Council need to formulate vision for planning by making sure that it orients extension workers in the District Development Committees and training for village Development Committees. He appealed to the local NGO’s operating in the district to fully support the council’s visions in planning development projects of the district.


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King Chambiecco releases “Ndizamugogoda”

Lilongwe, April 16: Newly signed Prime Time dancehall musician King Chambiecco has released his first single ‘Ndizamugogoda.” Barely a month since his move to prime time record label, the Kasungu-based artist has shown that he is in the music industry to stay. The song which was released on Monday April 14 and is already on Malawi Music.com available for downloads. “Ndizamugogoda” is a song which basically talks about people who try pull each other down and need to be dealt with. In an interview with Malawi News Agency, Prime Time Manager, Edward Kankhomba described the song as one of the best and heaviest dancehall songs to be released this year. He said that, prime Time is growing at fast pace and that it has been a good year for them as all the signed artists have released songs this year. “This year has been very good ad exciting to our label, all the three artists we have managed to released singles which are already doing very well on air play as well as downloads,” said Kankhomba. The song is already enjoying air on MBC radio two, FM 101 and Star Radio. King Chambiecco has been signed to Prime Time Media last month and he has joined Nes Nes and Gwamba. He is well known for his song “Pakamodzi”.


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Malawi gets 530 solar mobile systems from China

Lilongwe, April 16: Chinese Government Wednesday handed over 226 solar powered street lighting systems to Malawi government and donated 533 solar mobile systems to Ministry of Health through Ministry of Energy. Speaking at the handover ceremony held at ministry of energy headquarters in Lilongwe, Energy Minister Ibrahim Matola said the 226 solar street lighting systems have already been installed at Capital Hill under the Chinese company of ZTE Corporation following the agreement signed in 2012. He said it is the Government policy to promote renewable energy technologies including solar in order to mitigate greenhouse gas emission among other reasons. Matola disclosed that Malawi Government is working towards achieving the target set by the United Nations under the Sustainable Energy for All Initiative which is to increase the contribution of renewable energy in the energy mix to 30 percent by the year 2013. He said the project has come at a better time when security at Capital Hill has elapsed and vandalism mostly occurs during the night. “This will add the beauty to Capital Hill especially at night, the solar street lights will contribute towards enhancing security here at this place which is the seat of the government of Malawi,” said the minister. Matola said walking or driving around Capital Hill at night will be nice due to the presence of the street lights because they can be seen far as area 18, 10 and city centre. They have indeed added beauty to capital city of Malawi. He, therefore, said this is in line with aspirations of the United Nations and indeed of the Malawi government as stipulated in National Energy Policy of 2003. Chinese Ambassador Pan Heyjun thanked the Malawi government for the cooperation and support during the time ZTE was installing the solar lights at the Capital Hill. He said, “The project will not only help those working at Capital Hill but the nation as a whole.” He said the Chinese government will in the next coming few years invest more in the energy sector. In his turn, Deputy Minister for Health Chikumbutso Hiwa commended the Chinese government for the donation as it will go long way in assisting those who are in remote areas. He said the solar mobile systems will be installed in those health centres where there is no electricity for important uses such as storage of vaccines. “This has demonstrated the cordial relationship between the two governments, we really appreciate the support the Chinese government has given us,” said Hiwa. He said all the solar mobile systems will be sent to the rural health centres soon to help improve the working situations for the health personnel.


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Malawi Red Cross to distribute 6, 720 blankets to the needy

Mzimba, April 16: Malawi Red Cross says it will this year distribute a total of 6, 720 blankets worth K53 million to the most vulnerable people in 17 districts of the country, courtesy of Japanese Blanket for Africa campaign. Malawi Red Cross President Levison Changole made the disclosure during the national launch for the distribution exercise held at Mzimba Boma on Tuesday. Changole said that blanket distribution exercise is one the activities the organization is mandated to undertake in complementing government’s duty of proving basic needs to citizens especially those in need. “Red Cross Malawi came into being through the Malawi Parliament and its sole purpose is to assist the poorest. One of the activities we carry out is this one of distributing blankets annually to the poorest people across the country,” he said. He thanked Japanese Blanket for Africa campaign for supporting Malawi Red Cross  for 20 years now, saying a total of 230, 000 blankets have so far been distributed to the poorest. Traditional Authority Kampingo Sibande hailed Red Cross Malawi for maintaining a good relationship with Japanese Blanket for Africa over the years. He said the relationship has consequently enabled the needy to alleviate some of their day to day challenges. He, however, urged people in the district to consider assisting each other during times of trouble saying Red Cross may not always be there with support.


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Plan Malawi support child labour fight in KU

Kasungu, April 16: As one way of showing commitment to eliminate child labour in the tobacco growing district of Kasungu, Plan Malawi has supported the District’s Child Labour Committee (DCLC) with K5 million. The Money was part of 20 Million Kwacha Plan Malawi pledged to give the DCLC and this was the last chunk after the committee already got K15million. DCLC Chairperson Yolamu Chiwanda thanked Plan Malawi for living up to its promise of supporting the committee in eliminating child labour. Chiwanda said the money from Plan Malawi has assisted in implementing activities towards the elimination of child labour. “Without Plan we couldn’t have made any efforts in eliminating child labour which was a big problem in the district due to its tobacco farming, “The Kasungu DCLC has done a lot, a thing which couldn’t have happened if we didn’t got any support from Plan Malawi,” said Chiwanda. District Labour Officer Olive Panyanja said the entire success story in eliminating child labour is there because there are funds to do the job and thanked Plan Malawi for being there. “We cannot fight this malpractice without funds and I am grateful for what Plan has done. I urge Plan Malawi to continue supporting the DCLC because we are on the map with our efforts because of Plan Malawi,” said Panyanja. Plan Malawi Area Manager for Kasungu Herbert Chidaya hailed the 4 year partnership that has been there between Plan Malawi and Kasungu DCLC. Chidaya said he appreciates the work of the DCLC a thing which has made Kasungu’s child protection structures to be recognized. “Child protection is the foundation of Plan Malawi and children have rights which fall under child protection. As Plan Malawi we can’t do everything alone that is why there was that need to work with the DCLC in the area of child protection,” said Chidaya. Chidaya said dealing with Child Labour has to be a continuous process and as Plan Malawi they will sit down to see what can be done to help the DCLC saying he expects to continue working with the committee. Plan Malawi committed K20 million in 2010 to help the DCLC’s initiatives in which it was giving in chunks over the four year period.


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Dowa District Council performs poorly in planning

King Chambiecco releases “Ndizamugogoda”

Malawi gets 530 solar mobile systems from China

Malawi Red Cross to distribute 6, 720 blankets to the needy

Plan Malawi support child labour fight in KU

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Dowa District Council performs poorly in planning

Dowa District Council performs poorly in planning

Dowa April 16: Dowa District Council’s Director of Planning and Development, Emmanuel Burukutu, has expressed concern over the council’s poor performance in issues of governance, service delivery and planning. Speaking at a District Execut...

Malawi gets 530 solar mobile systems from China

Malawi gets 530 solar mobile systems from China

Lilongwe, April 16: Chinese Government Wednesday handed over 226 solar powered street lighting systems to Malawi government and donated 533 solar mobile systems to Ministry of Health through Ministry of Energy. Speaking at the handover cer...

Entertainment News

King Chambiecco releases “Ndizamugogoda”

King Chambiecco releases “Ndizamugogoda”

Lilongwe, April 16: Newly signed Prime Time dancehall musician King Chambiecco has released his first single ‘Ndizamugogoda.” Barely a month since his move to prime time record label, the Kasungu-based artist has shown that he is in the mu...

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JB promises to supply food stuffs to avert hunger in KA

Written By Cosmas Chimaliro on Tuesday, 15 April 2014 12:26
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