28 February 2015
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USA interested in Investing in Malawi says new Ambassador


President Mutharika and Ambassador Palmer after presenting letters of credence at Kamuzu Palace - Pic by Stanley Makuti Lilongwe, February 28:  The new United States (USA) Ambassador to Malawi, Virgin Palmer has disclosed that her Government has more interest to invest in different sectors of the country. She disclosed this on Friday, at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe after presenting her letters of credence to President Arthur Peter Mutharika. Palmers said USA and Malawi have very strong ties that date back to the 60’s, which she described as fruitful years. US Ambassador to Malawi Virginia Palmer - Pic by Stanley Makuti "My Government and the Malawian government have come a long way and with the presentation of my papers symbolizes more support and good fruit years ahead. This time around with more interest in trade and investment,” She said. According to the Ambassador her Government has also pledged continued support in public sector reform, health, education and governance. Virginia Palmer arrived in the country on January 27, 2015 to assume her responsibilities replacing Jeanine Jackson who finished her term last year. She served in a similar post at the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi, Vietnam. The total U.S Assistance to Malawi in 2014 in health, economic growth and agriculture, education and democratic governance and security amounted to US$260 million (about MK 125 billion).


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APM leaves for Zambia to attend Ngoni’s N’cwala Ceremony


President Mutharika inspects a guard of honour on departure at Kamuzu Palace - Pic by Stanley Makuti Lilongwe, February 28: President Professor Peter Mutharika left the country Saturday morning for Zambia to attend the N’cwala ceremony at Mutengula village in Chipata Province. Speaking on departure at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe, Mutharika said this is a very important trip as the Ngoni people cerebrate the first harvests of the year especially the N’cwala tradition. “There will be Ngonis’ from Mozambique, Malawi and Zambia. Inkosi Gomani from Ntcheu will be there, Inkosi Zulu of Mchinji and Ngoni chiefs from Mzimba,” said Mutharika. He said Mozambican new President Filipe Nyusi will also attend the ceremony and that he is looking forward into the program that the two of them have a talk and see how the two countries can cooperate. President Mutharika takes leave of the Army Commader - Pic by Stanley Makuti "As you know the two countries are really reconnected in terms of tribe connections, ethnic connection and also by geography like Shire Zambezi and Nacala road,” said the President. The N’cwala Traditional Ceremony is held in February each year by the Ngoni people in the Chipata district and they cerebrate the first harvests of the year. When the crops ripe at the end of February, the first fruits are given to Chief Mpezeni as a sacramental meal and thanksgiving to God and the ancestors. And this is the essence of the ceremony. After the fresh fruits have been presented to the King, he takes them into his palace and prepares for the long journey from his palace in the Luangeni hill to Mutengula.


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Lilongwe blind man electrocuted to death


Lilongwe, February 27: An unidentified man with visual impairment was electrocuted to death late Friday afternoon in Lilongwe when he stepped on a loose live wire on his way home. There were heavy rains in the city from around 15:00hrs to around 17:00hrs, local time, and according to eyewitnesses, a tree had fallen on a concrete street pole along Likuni Road just opposite the Lilongwe Police Station causing an electric wire to snap and lie loose on the ground. “The man stepped right on the loose wire and was electrocuted and he died on spot,” explained the eyewitness. Lilongwe Police confirmed the accident but they had no full details of the deceased. “It happened after the rains had let up and when everyone was returning to their respective homes,” explained Kingsley Dandaula, Lilongwe Police publicist. “We are yet to establish his particulars but the body has been taken to Kamuzu Central Hospital.” Dandaula said from the look of things, the man had no guide and was walking alone when he met his death. The body was taken to KCH by Escom personnel who had rushed to the scene to establish what had happened, according to Dandaula.


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Government ready to use CIRMS Machine


Nankhumwa briefs members of the press - File Photo Lilongwe, February 27: Government Thursday said it is ready to use the Consolidated ICT Regulatory Management System (CIRMS) and Malawians should expect quality telecom services. Minister of Information, Tourism and Culture, Kondwani Nankhumwa said during a press briefing in Lilongwe that government has completed all the required processes and that come February end the machine will have started operating. Nakhumwa said government has invested about US$13.9 million in upgrading the system as it required fast speed as well as enough memory for data storage. “We are here to tell the nation that government is now ready to start using the CIRMS machine which others referred to as “spy machine.” However, let me make it clear that the purpose of the machine is not to tap people’s information, but rather to monitor the pricing mechanism and also the day to day operations of the telecommunication companies,” explained Nankhumwa. He added contrary to the opinion of the telecommunication operators who proposed against the establishment of the system, once rolled out, it will monitor traffic, the quality of service being provided and revenue collected by the telecom companies while also reducing complaints from the general public. Apart from working to the advantage of the public, government will save about US$50,000 which is said to be lost on a daily basis as a result of not using the machine. Andrew Kumbatira, Director General for Malawi Communication Regulatory Authority (MACRA) said the regulatory body will now have the capacity to verify complaints made by the people about the quality of services being provided by the telecommunication and take a rightful action. “As you may be aware the process of rolling out the operation of the system started in 2010 however it was halted by the court order. However, following an order from the appeal court, I am pleased to inform you that all the procurement requirement have been finalised and once we complete drafting agreement with the supplier we will start the operations,” Kumbatira said. He appealed to the public to trust the machine while at the same time expect high quality services. On another development, government promised to bring in more telecommunication companies once the Communication Act is adopted by parliament.   Nankhumwa said the current Act limit players in the industry as they have to wait for MACRA to advertise in the media something that is not accommodated in the reviewed Act.


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K2billion for rehabilitation of damaged roads


A road submerged in Chikwawa during the recent floods - File Photo Lilongwe, February 27: Minister of Transport and Public Works Francis Kasaila on Thursday revealed that the tentative budget for rehabilitation of damaged roads in flood stricken areas was K2billion. According to Kasaila his ministry is depending on donors to raise some of the money and the rest will come from Government in the next financial year. “We are discussing with donors to help us raise the K2billion to rehabilitate the roads were made impassable due to the floods.”He said. He said World Bank is among the known donors that will help in raising the money although he did not mention what amount of money the World Bank would pump into the project. Kasaila said most of the roads that were damaged by the floods are now passable except for one road from Bangula to Mawona which is so due to the overflowing of the Shire River. Some of the Districts that were affected by the floods include Chiradzulu, Thyolo, Mulanje, Balaka, Machinga, Mangochi, and Salima. He also revealed that during the next budget sitting the money for rehabilitation of the roads will be discussed separately from the allocation that will go to his ministry. “The money for the rehabilitation of the roads will be a separate allocation because we do not want it to crash with other developmental allocations for our ministry.” Kasaila Explained. He further said that the money will also include the bridges that were washed away as they will make the rehabilitation complete.


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USA interested in Investing in Malawi says new Ambassador

APM leaves for Zambia to attend Ngoni’s N’cwala Ceremony

Lilongwe blind man electrocuted to death

Government ready to use CIRMS Machine

K2billion for rehabilitation of damaged roads

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USA interested in Investing in Malawi says new Ambassador

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President Mutharika and Ambassador Palmer after presenting letters of credence at Kamuzu Palace - Pic by Stanley Makuti Lilongwe, February 28:  The new United States (USA) Ambassador to Malawi, Virgin Palmer has disclosed that ...

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