30 August 2016
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ECD policy under review

  Lilongwe, August 30: Government is currently reviewing the Early Childhood Development (ECD) policy which was approved in 2006 to see how it has been implemented and what improvements can be made. Speaking at the closing of a two-week Integrated Early Childhood Development Course for caregivers and early mentors in Lilongwe over the weekend, Director for Child Affairs in the Ministry of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare, McKnight Kalanda said among the issues to be looked into are incentives for caregivers. According to Kalanda there are a total of 34,000 caregivers all working on voluntary basis in 11,105 Community Based Child Care Centres (CBCCs) across the country. “There are new developments that have taken place since the policy was approved in 2006, one of them being incentives for caregivers. If government approves that they be entitled to an honoraria, then there will be a proper structure for employing caregivers put in place,” He said Kalanda disclosed that there was no specific academic minimum qualification in the current crop of caregivers. He urged the caregivers especially those with primary school level qualifications to consider upgrading so that they are taken on board when government decides to put them on payroll.     Added Kalanda: “We have already consulted principal secretaries and the policy will soon be taken to Cabinet Committee on Social and Community Affairs and later to full cabinet.” He said the review of the policy signifies government’s commitment in promoting ECD in the country adding since 2011, ECD is being given much priority in the country because government has realized the important role it plays in child development unlike in the past. One of the participants, Rhinos Chatha from Mawane CBCC in Traditional Authority (T/A) Chimutu’s area in the district described the training as an eye opener saying it will help him perform even better.   Organised by Action Aid Malawi with funding from the Roger Federer Foundation, the training brought together caregivers from 48 CBCCs in Lilongwe district. Action Aid is supporting ECD in six districts namely Chitipa, Rumphi, Lilongwe, Machinga, Nsanje and Ntchisi districts according to the organisation’s ECD Officer, Richard Mvula.


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Wanderers’ winger, Kaliati out for eight weeks due to knee injury

Blantyre, August 29: Be-Forward Wanderers’ misfortunes over the past week cannot get any worse than news that right winger Isaac Kaliati will miss a couple of games in the second round of the TNM Super League. The versatile midfielder told The Malawi News Agency (MANA) Sunday that he would be out for eight weeks after an x-ray scan at Beit Cure Hospital where it was discovered that he picked up a knee injury. The former Azam Tigers player picked up the injury last month during a friendly match against their reserve side at Sure Stream Stadium. The news is a further blow to the Nomads who have a series of other injured players like Rafiq Mussa, Peter Nselema, Patrick Gunde, Peter Munthali and Nenani Juwayo. This means Kaliati is also out of the Carlsberg Cup Finals against Silver Strikers on 10 September 10, 2016 at Kamuzu Stadium. However, the good news is that their striker Jabulani Linje is finally fit after three months out with a groin injury, but he is unlikely to feature in Monday’s league showdown against Red Lions in Zomba. Instead, the former Civo United skillful hit-man is expected to make his comeback a week later against Silver Strikers in the Carlsberg Cup Finals.


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Mouth watering fixtures, as TNM League second round kick-offs on Sept 3

Blantyre, August 29: The Super League of Malawi (Sulom) has announced the start of the second round of the 2016 TNM Super League with some mouth-watering fixtures on the cards.   Sulom General Secretary, Williams Banda confirmed the second round kick-off date as September 3 emphasizing that some games have been shifted to Monday due to the Flames African Cup of Nations game on September 4 2016 against Swaziland at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre.   Blue Eagles, who are basking comfortably on the summit table, will travel to the northern region where they will face Mzuni FC at the Mzuzu Stadium. This will be a stern test for the area 30 cops based on the fact that it is difficult to beat Mzuni at their own back yard. The students are also beaming with confidence having shocked Be Forward Wanderers with a 4-2 demolition in their last League encounter in Blantyre.   Another setback to the cops will be the absence of their goal poacher Maxwell Salambula who is with the Flames in Camp.   However, Blue Eagles coach Deklerk Nsakakuona has enough arsenal to gun down the students with the likes of John Malidadi Junior and Victor Nyirenda still available for selection.   Down in the lower shire, Azam Tigers will have a date against Moyale Barracks at Kalulu Stadium.   The Kau-Kau boys, finished the first round with a 1-1 draw against Nyasa Big Bullets, and they will be hoping for maximum points, but the Kaning’ina soldiers are a huge mountain to climb. They were superb in the first round since the coming in of their finisher Gastin Simkonda from official duties in DRC. All in all, fire will explode at Kalulu Stadium between Tigers and Moyale.   On the same Saturday, people in the capital city will have a chance to watch a Lilongwe derby involving ‘limping’ Civo United against Epac FC. The ‘civil servants,’ who had a headache during the first round will be hoping for an improvement in this round. However, they are aware what the unpredictable Epac side can do to any side.   Games will continue on Monday, September 5 with Nyasa Big Bullets hosting Premier Bet Wizards FC at Kamuzu Stadium, while Be-Forward Wanderers will travel to the old capital city to face Red Lions at the Zomba Community Centre Ground. Another fixture will involve Karonga United and Dwangwa United at the Mzuzu Stadium, while Kamuzu Barracks has to sort it out with Mafco FC at Civo Stadium.   The last game will be between Silver Strikers and MTV Max Bullets at the Silver Stadium.


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Traditional Leaders sensitized on Marriage, Divorce and Family Relations Act

  Nsanje, August 29: Nsanje’s Kuchene Women Forum has warned traditional leaders that the current Marriage, Divorce and Family Relations Act will not spare anyone encouraging early marriages in the district. Speaking during a sensitization meeting Sunday, The Forum’s Director Gertrude Kalosi said time has come for the traditional leaders to take a leading role by ensuring that communities are able to understand what is in the new legislation to avoid being embarrassed. She noted that most duty bearers hardly know what is contained in the act and girls under the age of 18 are still getting married. “It has been discovered that duty bearers are still ignorant of the act in the District as evidenced by the number of young women less than 18 years getting married. This is the reason why this women’s forum is fighting for women rights by conducting these sensitization meetings with some of the duty bearers such as traditional authorities so that they know what is in the current act,” kalosi explained.  
“We want them to know that if they accept under 18 children to marry in their respective areas, we will facilitate their arrests because this is against the law. We want them to be ambassadors of change in their respective areas,” said added.   She also said that Kuchene Women Forum understands that for Malawi to develop, stakeholders need to realize the importance of safeguarding women considering that they form a larger percentage of the country’s population. Commenting on the matter, Senior Group Village Head (SGVH) Kanyama, in the area of Chief Ngabu said the sensitization has been an eye opener as they hardly knew what was contained in the act. “Let me confess here that we did not know what is in the so called Marriage, Divorce and Family Relations Act and I am also sure that many other traditional leaders out there are ignorant about the information that some of us have been privileged to receive today,” He said. He pointed out that before the meeting, he was not aware that marrying an under 18 year old girl was tantamount to defilement and the person involved was guilty under the laws of Malawi.


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Government officers in Mchinji urged to be accountable

Mchinji, August 25: The Principal Secretary for Good Governance in the Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC) Wezi Kayira has urged government officials in Mchinji district to be prudent in managing finances in their departments for the country to achieve sustainable economic development. Kayira was speaking in Mchinji Wednesday when he opened a budget and expenditure training for government officials from the district. “As public sector, we should be accountable of expenditure and services we want to be delivered to the people, to ensure that people get services as required,” he said. He said issues of budget expenditure are critical in development of local councils and in the decentralization structure, hence the need for officers to be trained in management of the resources. “Management of funds in government departments is not for the accounts personnel alone, everyone should be aware of how the resources should be used to ensure transparency and accountability,” he said. Kayira said when government sectors such as health, education and agriculture among others are using resources allocated to them; they should ensure that they are spending resources on an informed point of view. Speaking during the same function, Mchinji District Commissioner Richard Hara said there is need for government departments to submit financial reports to the council to ensure good implementation of budget and development planning. He said lack of submission of reports by sectors affects smooth running of services at the district level. The training was organised by Citizens for Justice through the Budget and Expenditure Transparency project with support from GIZ. The project’s primary goal is to enhance citizen participation in sound and prudent financial management in local councils.


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ECD policy under review

Wanderers’ winger, Kaliati out for eight weeks due to knee injury

Mouth watering fixtures, as TNM League second round kick-offs on Sept 3

Traditional Leaders sensitized on Marriage, Divorce and Family Relations Act

Government officers in Mchinji urged to be accountable

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