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House breaking earns man three years in jail

Mangochi, July 28: Mangochi First Grade Magistrates Court has convicted and sentenced a man to serve three years imprisonment with hard labour for breaking into a building and committing a crime therein. The offence of breaking into a building and committing a felony therein which is contrary to section 311 of the penal code attracts a maximum punishment of 14 years imprisonment. Earlier, the court heard that the accused Mapiko Nkalanjika committed the crime during the night of July 14, 2016 when he broke the door of Norman Car Cottage and stole a travelling bag with various personal effects. Police prosecution witness, Sub Inspector Laston Sabola told the court that the bag which the accused stole contained such valuables like a digital camera, a smart phone tablet and assorted clothes valued at K350, 000. “Your worship, the accused was arrested at Monkey Bay Trading Centre when the police received a tip from suspicious people that the items he was selling should have been stolen,” Sabola told the court. Nkalanjika pleaded guilty and admitted to the charge of breaking into a building where he stole the aforementioned items. He, therefore, asked the court to exercise leniency when passing sentence on grounds that he has a family which solely looks up to him for their daily survival. However, passing sentence First Grade Magistrate, Ronald Mbwana said the conduct displayed by the convict was counterproductive since it hinders growth of the tourism industry by scaring away tourists. “The court has taken into consideration that the convict is both young and a first offender. But the court has arrived at the custodial punishment because the conduct by the convict, if left unchecked, has the potential of frustrating government efforts of promoting tourism in the country,” Mbwana said. Mbwana, therefore, sentenced Nkalanjika to serve 36 months imprisonment with hard labour, saying the penalty was meant to serve as a lesson to the convict while deterring others from committing similar offences. Nkalanjika, 30, hails from Nakoma Village in the area of Traditional Authority Nankumba in Mangochi.


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One person dies in Mangochi road accident

Mangochi, July 28: One person has died while several other passengers have sustained injuries of different degrees when the vehicle they were travelling in was involved in an accident in Mangochi. Mangochi Police Public Relations Officer, Inspector Rodrick Maida told the Malawi News Agency that the accident occurred at Bwadabwa Bridge along the Mangochi — Makanjira road on Tuesday. Maida said an Isuzu 3 tonne lorry was being driven by Yamikani Smart, 24, from the direction of Mangochi towards Makanjira while loaded with goods and several passengers. “The accident happened on July 26 at around 8pm. The vehicle was coming from Mangochi heading to Makanjira loaded with goods and several passengers on top of the goods when it got involved in the accident. “Upon arrival at Bwadabwa Bridge the driver lost control of the vehicle and it started reversing on the descent as a result it overturned once and plunged into the dry river,” Maida said. Maida added that following the impact one passenger broke his neck and died on the spot. The police publicist said seven other passengers who sustained serious injuries have been admitted to Mangochi District Hospital while six others escaped the accident with minor injuries. Maida identified the deceased as Issa Wasili, 24, who hailed from Masale Village in the area of Traditional Authority Makanjira in Mangochi.


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KCH Director hails pediatrics staff for hard work

Lilongwe, July 28: The Director for Kamuzu Central Hospital (KCH), Dr. Jonathan Ngoma Tuesday described his staff working in the pediatrics department as a committed and hard working team. Ngoma made the remarks when he received, on behalf of the hospital, a donation of mattresses, wheel chairs, suction machines, drugs and other medical items worth MK3.5m from State House Women’s Social Welfare to the hospital’s pediatrics department. Having thanked the State House women for the donation which he said was timely; Ngoma said he was very proud of the team of staff working in the department for its commitment and hard work. Said Ngoma: “I’m happy to say that despite all the challenges we face here at KCH in terms of resources, we have a very hard working staff in the pediatrics department and I’m sure it’s their commitment to work that motivates well-wishers such as the State House women to help.” He said it was, again, due to such commitment to work that the mortality rate in the section remained low despite the pressure of admissions the section receives on daily basis. He assured the State House Women Social Welfare that the donated items would be used for the intended purpose and that as KCH Director he would be vigilant to ensure that. Turning to the staff, the director warned them against any temptation to abuse the donated items but rather use them prudently to help safe lives of children. The pediatrics is the largest department at KCH with a bed capacity of 250 but it admits up to 500 patients during Malaria season. According to information sourced from the referral health facility’s website, the department has had a departmental specific case fatality rate of 3 percent from 6 percent following “tremendous reorganization” the department has undergone.


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NEPAD, Ministry of Gender holds roundtable meeting on climate change

Lilongwe, July 28: New Partnership for Africans Development (NEPAD) and the Ministry of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare on Wednesday held a roundtable meeting aimed at finding ways on how they can support women in their agricultural business. The meeting targeted women who are under the NEPAD Gender Climate Change project. Among others, the project seeks to identify and fill the gaps that exist in the gender roles and climate change adverse effects on women small holder farmers, policy and institutional gaps that are un-favorable to the vulnerable groups. Speaking during the meeting, NEPAD Agency Programme Officer, Edna Kalima said women farmers face a lot of challenges and are rarely supported. Kalima said the objective of the project is therefore to mainstream gender issues into the national policies and plans while at the same time enhance participation of women in decision making processes. “We found that the impact that climate change is having on women in the agriculture sector is not theoretical, it is not something that we just read about and forget that it is a real. “ The project  among others seek to improve access of women to livelihood assets, agricultural input and rural infrastructure and build capacity of women farmers and relevant public institutions,” explained Kalima. “The partnership with the Ministry of Gender will thus help to have an effective and more equitable participation of Malawian women small holder farmers, the youth and the vulnerable groups in climate-smart agricultural practices that in turn will boost food security in the face of climate change and variability,” she said. Kalima noted that for Africa to achieve its full potential in agriculture and development, women have to be supported, encouraged and empowered through favorable policies, platforms and various mechanisms. According to Kalima about 60 percent of Smallholder farmers are women and 60 to 80 percent of the food in Africa is produced by them (women) and they are responsible for half of the world’s total food production. “This programme of (GCCASP) is one opportunity and through Ministry of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare of the Republic of Malawi, we can coordinate, support and deliver as one,” said Kalima. Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare Dr Mary Shawa acknowledged the impact that women were making to the country’s agricultural sector. She also described lack of support as one major challenge affecting their growth and the much needed contribution. Shawa noted that the GCCASP which has been designed to facilitate the implementation at regional and country level intend to empower rural women and in a particular smallholder women. She said this would indeed enhance their flexibility to better cope with potential adverse impacts of climate change and variability. “It is our hope that this project will improve women economic empowerment and participation in the agriculture sector,” Dr Shawa explained. The NEPAD Agency was established 2012 with financial support from NORAD.


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Man arrested for plotting to abduct girl with albinism

Lilongwe, July 28: Police in Lilongwe are keeping in custody a 24-year-old man suspected of plotting to abduct an eight-year-old girl with albinism at Ndevu village in Traditional Authority (T/A) Kalolo’s area. Lilongwe Police Public Relation Officer Inspector Kingsley Dandaula identified the suspect as Alick Moses. Dandaula told Malawi News Agency (Mana) Wednesday that the suspect initially met a brother (name withheld) to the girl and tried to persuade him to allow him abduct her. “The suspect was trying to persuade the brother of the girl with albinism to allow him abduct her. This surprised him and he reported the matter to his parents,” he said. He further said the suspect, on July 20 2016, went to the house of Alinefi Develiaus (34), mother to the children, to follow up on the negotiations with the brother. That is when Develiaus took the matter seriously and later reported to Namitete Police Station. According to Dandaula, the suspect will appear in court soon to answer charges of causing breach of peace which is contrary to section 181 of the penal code.


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House breaking earns man three years in jail

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KCH Director hails pediatrics staff for hard work

NEPAD, Ministry of Gender holds roundtable meeting on climate change

Man arrested for plotting to abduct girl with albinism

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House breaking earns man three years in jail

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Mangochi, July 28: Mangochi First Grade Magistrates Court has convicted and sentenced a man to serve three years imprisonment with hard labour for breaking into a building and committing a crime therein. The offence of breaking i...

One person dies in Mangochi road accident

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