25 September 2017
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Man arrested for defiling one year old stepdaughter


Machinga, September 24, 2017: Police in Machinga have arrested a 36 year old man for allegedly defiling his one year old stepdaughter.  Machinga Police Public Relations Officer (PRO), Constable Davie Sulumba, confirmed the arrest on Friday identifying the suspect as Kabichi Botomu. Sulumba said the suspect married the baby’s mother, Patuma Lakesi, 25, in August this year. “Botomu married Patuma when she already had three children including the victim who has a twin sister. Two weeks ago, the mother went to draw water from a borehole in the morning with one of the twins leaving the other with her husband,” said Sulumba. Upon returning from the borehole, the mother was surprised to find her daughter crying in pain with blood oozing from her private parts. Patuma is said to have reported the matter to Mangamba Police Unit after her husband failed to explain what happened and the police recommended that a medical examination be done which later revealed that indeed the child was defiled. Botomu who is currently in police custody and answering defilement charges hails from Kalonga Village in the area of Traditional Authority Chowe in Mangochi.


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Taming a generation of alcoholics and chamba smokers


Liquor in plastic bottles displayed for sale at one of the markets in Blantyre - Pic by Francis Mphweya Blantyre, September 22, 2017: Tiyese Landirani (not her real name), a Blantyre resident living in Chirimba Township is a worried mother. Her 23-year-old son started taking liquor at the age of 15 when he was in Form 2. “I did not expect it until the time when my son started smelling of alcohol each time he came back home in the evenings. As a parent, I confronted him and did all I could to stop him but he could not change,” Landirani says. Due to alcoholism, his performance at school gradually dwindled. No wonder he failed his Junior Certificate Examinations that year. “I persuaded him to go back to school which he did at long last but did not stop his drinking habits which eventually led him to drop out of school when he reached Form 3. “Today his life is dependent on alcohol such that he can’t do anything productive because he spends most of his time and money on alcohol. I feel bad as a parent because most of his friends are educated and earning a living,” Landirani laments. Alcohol and substance abuse has become a major problem in Malawi. Many youths are drinking spirits and smoking marijuana which is forecasting a bad future for the country. Malawi News Agency (Mana) observes that substances such as marijuana, locally known as chamba, are easily accessed by the youth.            Even spirits packaged in plastic bottles are still available on the markets despite government ban. They are sold at lower prices than the usual stuff which makes them affordable to the youth. Saint John of God House of Hospitality Clinical Director, Michael Nyirenda says the mental health hospital in Mzuzu has recorded extreme cases of clients who abuse the substances. He says about 7 to 8 percent of those who obtained services at the hospital’s out–patient department in 2016 had serious problems resulting from chamba smoking and alcohol abuse. “We used to have people starting to abuse substances late in their adolescence. But now we receive children as young as 12 and 15 years; most of whom, are in secondary school. This should be a concern for the nation. It only shows how big the problem is on the ground,” Nyirenda says. “In 2016, an average of 12 clients attended our Addiction Recovery Programme every month and this number only applies to only those on the rehabilitation programme which runs for four weeks each session,” he explains. Nyirenda adds that the number of clients who come for the rehabilitation programme at the hospital increases every day with many others on a waiting list. “Most of these clients are assisted at our out–patient department and psychosocial centre without being admitted to the hospital for rehabilitation. Some attend our addiction rehabilitation services that run for four weeks,” Nyirenda says. A recent study report by a 2016 graduating student from Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR) Chimwemwe Ngoma indicates that over 50 percent of students at Bunda College are involved in drug abuse. The situation does not only threaten the future of those indulging in the illicit substances but also the country’s image. Nyirenda says people who abuse alcohol and substances may develop serious health problems like malnutrition, cardiac complications, kidney and liver failure. “Other health conditions include hypertension and lung cancer; additionally, alcoholics may be susceptible to sexually transmitted infections (STIs),” he says. In fact, Nyirenda warns that if alcohol and drug abuse is left unchecked, the next generation may end up being illiterate since most of them may drop out of school leading to a vicious cycle of poverty. “Consequently, the nation may harbor more criminals and high prevalence of HIV and Aids plus other STIs which are directly linked to alcohol and substance abuse,” Nyirenda says. A Global Drug Report of 2016 says 247 million people in the world used drugs in 2015. Out of them, 29 million suffered from drug use disorders and only one in six people is receiving treatment.            The report also says Africa trailed America in production and consumption of chamba. Precisely, Africa accounted for 14 percent of all illicit herb seizures. Malawi Police Service Public Relations Officer James Kadadzera says police have seized a lot of chamba on roadblocks as well as in homes through tip offs from well wishers. He says if not confiscated such chamba most often find its way to teenagers. Drug Fight Malawi Executive Director Nelson Zakeyu says the increase in alcohol and drug abuse calls for players to collaborate and strategize on how the youths can be bailed out of the situation. However, Zakeyu whose organization aims at reducing the harm from intake of the illicit substances claims the institution is failing to reach out to many youths due to inadequate funds. “Financial problem in the control of drugs and substances is an issue because drug abuse is never mentioned in government development strategies such as the Malawi Growth Development Strategy. This, as a result, limits development partners to come in with their support. “Despite the challenges, Drug Fight Malawi is working tirelessly to mobilize resources that would help in reaching out to the youths with evidence–based information on the dangers of marijuana, alcohol and other habit–forming drugs,” he adds. Again, there seems to be light at the end of the tunnel as Sustainable Development Goal 3 advocates for good health for all people and calls for prevention and treatment of substance and alcohol abuse cases. It is against this backdrop, therefore, that the Drug Fight Malawi draws its inspiration. Policy makers in government will now start aligning various developmental strategies to the Sustainable Development Goals. Indeed, in respect to the Sustainable Development Goal 3, Malawi Government recently launched the National Alcohol Policy whose primary objective is to ensure reduced consumption of alcohol through sound regulations. On their part, the police say they have embarked on an outreach programme to teach and sensitize the youth on the dangers of alcohol abuse and chamba smoking. “It is a known fact that most of the crimes that are alcohol and marijuana related involve teenagers and those in their early 20s. “We have a special programme to help the youth not to be in conflict with the law because of alcohol and drug abuse,” Kadadzera says.  Senior Chief Kachindamoto of Dedza, popular for dissolving over 850 child marriages in her area, has since called for a ban on spirits production and selling in the country. “I am always dismayed to see young people who drink spirits because it is affecting their health. Evidently, most of them now have deformed faces because of the spirits,” she bemoans. The hard-line Ngoni chief, therefore, calls on government to punish companies that continue to produce such spirits saying they were killing the country’s future that lies in today’s youths. So, true to Kachindamoto’s assertions, it is not the responsibility of government only but every Malawian to ensure that the country’s young generation is protected from the jaws of alcohol and habit-forming drugs.        


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Morocco’s foreign minister courts President Mutharika

New York, September 22, 2017: Moroccan Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Minister Nasser Bourita Friday paid a courtesy call to President Prof. Arthur Peter Mutharika at Hilton Midtown Hotel in New York, USA. Speaking after the audience, Bourita said his delegation was happy to have the privilege to be received by President Mutharika as envoys of King Muhammad VI of Morocco. “It was an opportunity for us to convey a friendship message from his majesty to his brother and also the willingness of his majesty to develop strong personal and partnership relationship between our two countries,” Bourita said. He added that the King of Morocco believes in inter-African cooperation and that between Morocco and Malawi, they can identify many areas of cooperation. Bourita confirmed that they have already identified a number of areas which include agriculture and youth employment. “For agriculture, it has a direct interest and importance to the youths. The second area is of youth employment. We are impressed by the importance His Excellency Mutharika is giving to the youth,” Bourita said. President Mutharika in discussions with Moroccan Foreign Minister - Pic by Macneil Kalowekamo He said that they have learnt a lot from President Mutharika because of his position as global champion for the youth and that the ideas he shared with Morocco are critical in issues related to the youths and employment. Another area of discussion focused on coordination at diplomatic level and on how the two countries can work together. Both President Mutharika and Bourita are attending the 72nd Session of the United General Assembly which started on 19 September and will end on 25 September, 2017.


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President Mutharika, UN Secretary General meet

New York, September 22, 2017: Malawi’s President Prof. Arthur Peter Mutharika Friday morning met the new United Nations Secretary General, António Guterres, at UN Headquarters Building in New York. President Mutharika had an audience with Guterres before signing a visitors’ book and a traditional photo shoot heads of state have with incumbent top boss for the world body. During their meeting, the two leaders discussed a number of issues related to Malawi and the UN.
According to a daily readout from the office of UN spokesperson, Guterres congratulated Malawi for “achieving fantastic progress in the area of HIV/AIDS.” “The Secretary-General welcomed Malawi’s response to HIV/AIDS and encouraged further progress. He also commended Malawi on troop contributions to UN peace operations,” reads part of the statement. President Mutharika acknowledged the strong UN response to the El Niño drought in the [southern African] region, according to the statement. The meeting between the two was the first one since Guterres became UN Secretary-General on 1 January 2017, following his formal election by the UN General Assembly on 13 October, 2016. The 68-year-old Portuguese diplomat and former prime minister of Portugal is the ninth secretary general of UN. He succeeded Ban Ki-moon, a South Korean diplomat, who served from 2007 to 2016.


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Leadership key to ending violence against women, Mutharika


President Mutharika makes an address at the launch of the HeforShe Parity Report - Pic by Macneil Kalowekamo New York, September 22, 2017: President Prof. Arthur Peter Mutharika says demonstration of political will at the highest level of leadership is key to the promotion of gender equality, women empowerment and ending gender based violence in all countries. President Mutharika said this recently at the launch of a HeForShe Impact Parity Report in New York, USA. The President said his commitment as a HeForShe champion is a testimony to how leadership can move and bring change to societies and communities. "Since I became a Global HeforShe Champion and pledged to end child marriages in 2015, I have witnessed increased enactment of various laws towards eradication of this violation. "My leadership’s commitment has been well received and approved by Members of Parliament, traditional leaders, business captains, the academia and civil society," Mutharika said. He added that this leadership has accelerated a decrease in cases of child marriages and other practices of gender based and domestic violence against women and girls. "At the time I became one of the HeforShe Impact Champions in 2015, the prevalence of child marriages in Malawi was one in every two girls, representing 50 percent. The recent Malawi Demographic and Health Survey shows that child marriages had declined by 5 percent by 2016," President Mutharika said. He attributed the positive change to the collaborative efforts between government, traditional leaders and other stakeholders. Such collaboration, the president said, has resulted in the nullification of over 3,500 child marriages with most of these children being re-admitted in school. Other fruits of his leadership commitment include the re-enactment of the 2015 Marriage Act which saw legal marriage age being raised from 16 to 18 years. It also includes the vigorous implementation of the Gender Based Violence National Action Plan (GBV NAP) and provisions of the Gender Equality Act among others. However, the President asked for financial support to address existing gaps by scaling up the campaign of ending child marriages and supporting the re-admission of girls into schools. “We need to have strong economic empowerment programmes for women and girls to end this vicious cycle of poverty and child marriages,” Mutharika said.


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