23 September 2018
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Ministry of Information staff drilled in fire safety precautions

Lilongwe, September 21, 2018: Department of Information (DoI) staff members in Lilongwe have been drilled on how to take appropriate and effective safety precautions during a fire outbreak. Speaking in an interview with the Malawi News Agency (Mana) on Friday at DoI offices, DoI administrative officer, Benjamin Mkandawire, said their department decided to call fire fighters to train their staff in order for them to be knowledgeable on how to handle fire in case of emergencies to prevent more damages. “The Ministry of Information has an obligation to make sure that all their staff are conversant with firefighting skills,” said Mkandawire.
He added that the two day training was crucial to the DoI staff because the knowledge they have gained will be applied at the office as well as their homes when fire erupts. He therefore encouraged organizations both in the public and private sector in the country to conduct firefighting trainings for their employees noting that they are very crucial in as far as fire incidences are concerned. He said most of the homes and offices have had their properties burnt down to ashes because their occupants did not have basic knowledge in firefighting. One of the firefighting officers from Lilongwe City Council, Raphael Chiwanda commended DoI authorities for inviting them to sensitize their employees on how they can reduce fire risks at their work place and homes. “As firefighters, we commend DoI for inviting us to drill their workers in firefighting, as fire accidents are preventable only that most people are not aware on how to prevent them. If people were willing to have this kind of training, we could greatly reduce fire incidences in the country,” Chiwanda said.   He therefore advised the general public to get their emergency numbers so that they should call the fire department whenever fire erupts in their homes, and if they need training they should contact them for further guidance. Some of the key topics that were discussed during the training included methods on how to prevent fire at the work places and homes, types of firefighting equipment such as types of fire extinguishers used to retain the fire and steps in firefighting. The training was patronized by 52 DoI staff from different sections which include Malawi News Agency, Publications, Technical, Photography, E-Media and Film Unit.


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Mwanamvekha hails record achievement: 4 million FISP coupons arrive in Malawi

Lilongwe, September 21, 2018: Government, through the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development has set October 8, 2018 as the day for the official launch of this year’s distribution exercise of Farm Input Subsidy Program (FISP) coupons in Mangochi District. Speaking to the press Friday after receiving four million (4, 000, 000) coupons at Kamuzu International Airport in Lilongwe, the portfolio’s minister, Joseph Mwanamvekha described the development a record achievement. “This is a record achievement because it is the first time we have received all the coupons at once and earlier than in the previous years,” said Mwanamvekha, adding that the record needs to be maintained. The minister said government, through the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development has set next month (October 8) as the day it will launch the distribution exercise of the coupons in Mangochi District. In the previous years, including last growing season (2017/18), coupons were arriving in the country in batches with the last lot coming in November or December, according to the minister. This resulted in delayed distribution of the coupons and application of fertilizer in the maize crop in some parts of the country. About one million (1,000,000) needy Malawians will benefit from this year’s FISP with an individual receiving four coupons, 2 coupons for two-50Kg bags of fertilizer (NPK and Urea), one coupon for cereals and another for maize seed. This year’s figure of FISP beneficiaries (one million) reflects an increase by 100,000 from last year’s figure of 900,000 beneficiaries. However, last year’s season was marred by dry spells and outbreak of Fall Army Worms in most parts of the country including Mangochi where this year’s coupon distribution will be launched. This resulted into reduced crop yield, especially maize. Responding to a question on how government would arrest incidences of corruption during the program implementation, Mwanamvekha said there was already a mechanism in place to that effect. “We have a free toll number 60606 for people to use if they want to give information on any malpractices concerning the program,” he said while conceding that monitoring such practices is difficult as the act takes place between two or a few people. The minister, however, added that government would also use community radios to announce names of beneficiaries in different areas of the country to enhance transparency. For security reasons, he could not disclose where the coupons have been printed but assured that the security features put on them are not easy to copy or reproduce. K41.5 billion was budgeted for the 2018/19 FISP in the financial year.


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Major political parties fail to meet the 50:50 requirement in their NECs

Lilongwe, September 20, 2018: Main political parties in the country are failing to meet the 50:50- requirement of men and women in political positions as shown by results from their conventions. Malawi Congress Party (MCP), Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), United Democratic Front (UDF) and Peoples Party (PP) have all held their conventions but none have achieved equal number of women and men in their respective national executive committees (NECs). Malawi Congress Party spokesperson, Maurice Munthali, said as of now their NEC constitutes 78 members and only 17 are women. This represents 35 per cent of women that are in the MCP National Executive Committee. On its part, UDF, the first ruling party in the multiparty era which had its national convention last month (August), has also not met the 50:50-requirement. Speaking to Malawi News Agency on Tuesday, UDF Secretary General Kandi Padambo said following the party’s constitutional reforms, it has a smaller NEC with self-directed (independent) women and youth wings. “The mother party has currently a National Executive Committee of 40 members, six of which are women. “Please note that women can compete for positions in the mother party executive in addition to those in the Women’s Wing which is exclusively for women,” he said. According to People’s Party (PP)’s publicity secretary, Ackson Kalaile Banda, the party’s NEC is made up of 60 members, of which 25 are women. This represents 42 per cent of women that are in the NEC.          For several attempts, this reporter tried to contact DPP responsible officials (Secretary General and Publicity Secretary) on their NEC’s composition but were not picking up the calls. Commenting on the 50:50 campaign-progress in the Views Triangle on Zodiak Radio held on Sunday, September 9, 2018 which was aired from 8:10pm, NGO Gender Coordinating Network Chairperson, Emma Kaliya, urged politicians to change their mindset if they are to meet the 50:50 desired requirement in the forthcoming elections. In the same program, a renowned lawyer, Chrispine Sibande, collaborated with Kaliya by proposing the re-designing of the 50:50 campaign strategies so that Malawi can make strides in the campaign. “The 50:50 Campaign should be abandoned and redesigned. There is more time before the coming elections. Let’s empower women by giving them resources in order to campaign,” he said. Sibande observed that in most cases, political party members fear their leaders in the country, saying the tendency is common in all the parties. The 50:50- Campaign -Initiative was officially launched by the Minister of Gender, Disabilities and Social Welfare, Jean Kalirani, on May 3, 2018 at Masintha in Lilongwe. The consortium of civil society organizations running the campaign has received K1.1 billion financial support from Royal Norwegian Embassy for the cause. The launch attracted women from the country’s different political parties. The purpose of the campaign is to lobby for more women into politics ahead of the forthcoming 2019 general elections.  


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Tablets usage improves efficiency in data collection during PHC

Mzimba, September 19,2018: District Census Supervisor for Mzimba South, Previous Kamtsitsi observed that the use of tablets has managed to significantly contribute to the improved data collection in the 2018 Population and Housing Census (PHC). He said this Tuesday when he briefed officials from visiting delegation of government officials and development partners at Jenda Trading Centre in Mzimba. Kamtsitsi noted that the tabulation of data using the tablets during the exercise improved the work rate among most enumerators as was the case before. “At first some enumerators were able to collect data within 20 minute on average and later they improved to 18 minutes. The use of tablets motivated them and encouraged them to work extra hard within their enumeration areas,” he pointed out. The Supervisor said although there were some challenges in map allocation but the digital maps the enumerators were using providing the accurate allocation of households and some physically features like offices and schools. He said the paper maps were sometimes overlapping in the enumeration areas but the use of the digital maps helped a lot to resolve some of the boundary challenges. NSO Supervisor for Mzimba, Alex Nkhata said Mzimba south had 594 enumeration area and 507 have been concluded. He said the remaining 87 areas are expected to be though by Thursday morning, September 20, 2018 “by now we could have concluded by some areas have calls backs and they need to revisit the areas to collect data for those households,” Nkhata explained. He appealed to government that it should consider raising their allowances taking into account the amount of work the enumerators were being subjected to.   Nkhata said remittance of their allowances need to improve as one of the cases there were some delays were having negative impact to the exercise. The PHC commenced on September 3, 2018 and is expected to end on September 23, 2018 with the hope that every person and household will be counted.


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Government signs new UNDAF for 2019-2023

Lilongwe, September 20, 2018. The Government of Malawi has signed a new United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) for 2019-2023, aimed at enhancing sustainable development in the country.  Speaking on Wednesday during the signing ceremony at the Ministry of Finance, Economic Planning and Development Conference room in Lilongwe, United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Resident Representative, Maria Jose Torres said the new development framework which Malawi Government has signed with UN is a continuation of the development plan which was started previously in the country. “The new UNDAF which we are signing today will succeed the UNDAF which ran from 2012 to 2016 and was extended for two more years to cover 2017 and 2018 development agenda,” said Torres. She added that, the new UNDAF is based on overarching principle called ‘leaving no one behind’ which unifies United Nations (UN) programs, policy and advocacy efforts in line with the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) agenda which cover social and economic development issues including poverty, hunger and education. According to her, ‘leave no one behind’ principle translates into the commitment of the UN to addressing the multidimensional causes of poverty, inequalities and discrimination among people in society. She also said that UN intends to work in joint relationship with the Government of Malawi in its development programs and she says that the new UNDAF will focus on three pillars which include peace, inclusion and effective institutions. However, she said working jointly requires a coherent division of expertise and the pooling of resources saying that working under the UNDAF three pillars would take the integrated approach to address the root causes of underdevelopment in Malawi. In his remarks, Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development, Goodall Gondwe commended UN for the support which it renders in different sectors in the country.
“On behalf of the Government and people of Malawi, I appreciate the assistance which the UN is rendering to Malawi Government. “With support from the UN, Malawi has made significant progress in health, agriculture, education, gender and the development effectiveness agenda,” said Gondwe.
He said the new UNDFA which the government has signed will help achieve development aspirations of the people in the country.


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Ministry of Information staff drilled in fire safety precautions

Mwanamvekha hails record achievement: 4 million FISP coupons arrive in Malawi

Major political parties fail to meet the 50:50 requirement in their NECs

Tablets usage improves efficiency in data collection during PHC

Government signs new UNDAF for 2019-2023

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Government signs new UNDAF for 2019-2023

Government signs new UNDAF for 2019-2023

Lilongwe, September 20, 2018. The Government of Malawi has signed a new United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) for 2019-2023, aimed a...

UNGA opens

UNGA opens

New York, USA, September 18, 2018: This year’s United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) opened in New York on Tuesday with President Peter Mutharika exp...

President Mutharika leaves Friday for UNGA

President Mutharika leaves Friday for UNGA

Lilongwe, September 17, 2018: President Prof. Arthur Peter Mutharika leaves Friday for the 73rd United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York in ...

Political News

Major political parties fail to meet the 50:50 requirement in their NECs

Major political parties fail to meet the 50:50 requirement in their NECs

Lilongwe, September 20, 2018: Main political parties in the country are failing to meet the 50:50- requirement of men and women in political positions...

Tablets usage improves efficiency in data collection during PHC

Tablets usage improves efficiency in data collection during PHC

Mzimba, September 19,2018: District Census Supervisor for Mzimba South, Previous Kamtsitsi observed that the use of tablets has managed to significant...

Scramble for Lilongwe Mpenu Constituency gets hot

Scramble for Lilongwe Mpenu Constituency gets hot

Lilongwe, September 20, 2018. As the countdown to the 2019 elections approaches, Malawi Congress Party followers for Lilongwe Mpenu will on Saturday, ...

Health News

Muluzi talks tough on drug theft

 Muluzi talks tough on drug theft

Mangochi, September 18: Minister of Health and Population, Atupele Muluzi has warned that anyone who would be found stealing government medical drugs from the country’s health facilities would face the long arm of the law. The minister gav...

40 year-old man hangs himself over positive HIV test results

40 year-old man hangs himself over positive HIV test results

BLANTYRE, September 17, 2018: A 40-year-old man on Sunday committed suicide by hanging in his bedroom over his HIV results at Ntopwa area in Bangwe Township in Blantyre.  Limbe Police Deputy Publicist, Widson Nhlane who identified the dece...

Sports News

Controversy plagues on Rainbow Paints rivals

Controversy plagues on Rainbow Paints rivals

Blantyre, September 18: There was drama at Blantyre Youth Centre on Sunday in the Rainbow Paints Blantyre District Netball League when Kukoma Diamonds were awarded maximum points despite Tigresses being available at the venue. The bone of ...

FAM announces Carlsberg Cup quarter venues

 FAM announces Carlsberg Cup quarter venues

Blantyre, September 17: Football Association of Malawi (FAM) on Friday released venues for the prestigious Carlsberg Cup Quarter finals Blantyre, Lilongwe and Balaka to host mouthwatering games. The venues have been confirmed by FAM's Medi...

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...

Business News

Salima Council forces vendors out of the streets

Salima Council forces vendors out of the streets

Salima, September 18, 2018: Salima District Council has embarked on a campaign to relocate street vendors to designated vending sites.  Acting Spokesperson for the council, Watson Maingo said the move is intended to keep the town clean and...

Minister calls for affordable rates in tourism sector

Minister calls for affordable rates in tourism sector

BLANTYRE, September 17, 2018: The Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism, Henry Mussa, has urged all the players and stakeholders in the tourism industry to consider putting low prices on the products and services being offered. He made t...

Entertainment News

Dzuwa arts theatre to perfume live at Lilongwe community hall

Dzuwa arts theatre to perfume live at Lilongwe community hall

Lilongwe, September 18, 2018: The Dzuwa Arts Theatre in ‘Let’s Act Again Initiative’ is set to showcase their new stage play titled ‘Four Years Later’ on September 22 at Lilongwe Community Hall in Lilongwe. Speaking in an interview with th...

ProVoice to launch debut album ‘KNOCK IT 1966’

ProVoice to launch debut album ‘KNOCK IT 1966’

BLANTYRE, September 18, 2018: A Lilongwe based Reggae Dancehall artist, Lamack Mwenebanda AKA  ProVoice will be making a huge stride in his musical career as he drops his long awaited debut  album “KNOCK IT 1966” on Saturday at Club Inferna...

Agriculture News

Mwanamvekha hails record achievement: 4 million FISP coupons arrive in Malawi

Written By Trouble Ziba on Friday, 21 September 2018 21:07
Mwanamvekha hails record achievement: 4 million FISP coupons arrive in Malawi

Lilongwe, September 21, 2018: Government, through the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development has set October 8, 2018 as the day for the official launch of this year’s distribution exercise of Farm Input Subsidy Program (F...

MEC concerned with poor showing in voter registration

Written By Maureen Murotho on Sunday, 16 September 2018 09:03
MEC concerned with poor showing in voter registration

Blantyre, September 15, 2018: Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has said very few people are coming out to register in the on-going voter registration exercise for the May 21, 2019 polls as compared to previous years. MEC Board Chairperson...

Features

Kameme’s broken marriages

Kameme’s broken marriages

Chitipa, September 18, 2018: He returned home very late at around 3 am after drinking chipumu, a strong local opaque beer popular in Chitipa.  Wielding a panga knife (machete), he asked his wife to pack her belongings and move out of the house at such an odd hour. I found Joyce (not her real name)...

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    Mchesi Primary School pupils exercise their right to education during solidarity march (C) Stanley Makuti

  • Human rights solidarity march starts from HRCC Offices

    Human rights solidarity march starts from HRCC Offices (C) Stanley Makuti

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    President Peter Mutharika confers with the former Presidet of Zambia Kenneth Kaunda during the wedding ceremony at Umodzi Park in Lilongwe (C) Stanley Makuti

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    President Mutharika and the First Lady present a gift to the newly wedded Couple (C) Stanley Makuti

Education News

New Polytechnic Annex Building to open in November

New Polytechnic Annex Building to open in November

Blanytre, September 18, 2018: The Institution of Higher Education, Science and Technology has said the Polytechnic Annex Building that has been under construction since 2016, will be completed by October 31, 2018.  Speaking to the Malawi N...

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Ministry of Information staff drilled in fire safety precautions

Ministry of Information staff drilled in fire safety precautions

Lilongwe, September 21, 2018: Department of Information (DoI) staff members in Lilongwe have been drilled on how to take appropriate and effective saf...

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Government calls for financial support to combat climate change effects

 Government calls for financial support to combat climate change effects

Lilongwe, September 18: Government has stressed the need for more funds to manage climate change effects by improving community resilience and reducin...

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