28 April 2017
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Maseko Ngoni to launch Isi Zulu school

Lilongwe, April 28, 2017: The Maseko Ngoni of Lilongwe chapter will launch Isi Zulu school on 30 April at Chinsapo Township which is aiming at promoting culture among the Ngoni youth. Speaking in an interview with Malawi News Agency (MANA) President of the Maseko Ngoni Andrew Kamlopa Chisale said they have thought of introducing the school because they were missing the traditional culture of their grandparents. “We have lost our identity mainly through language so we need to revamp our culture the way our grandparents were doing in the past,” Kamlopa said. He further said they are targeting the youth because it is easy for kids to learn or understand a thing at their age. “If we keep teaching our kids about our culture values it will show our identification and people will start to understand the Ngoni tribe,” Kamlopa said. He added that the school programme has been taken to the six zones (area36, 23, 25, 49, Chinsapo and Kaliyeka) to accommodate all the Ngoni youth from different areas, moving away from  Lilongwe Government School which was a hub of all the learners. “We are implementing these schools in all our Ngoni zones and we have set up a committee which comprises teachers who know Ngoni language to teach the kids,” Kamlopa said. Kamlopa said to make sure that they will not be any disturbance to the kids with their education; they have set the class to be conducted during weekends and holidays when they are not attending school. He asked people in the country to teach their children about their culture so that they must understand where they are coming from. “Let us teach our children about our culture, that’s the only way they can grow up with good manners that they can respect the elders. We like copying other countries cultures and this has bad effect on them,” He said. In her remarks, Chairperson for the school program, Chrissie Kamwana said everything to do with preparation and planning is well set which will make things easier to both the children and elders who want to learn about Ngoni culture and language. “We are geared to take this language school far. Let me say that adding language to our well known attires will be very great and that we turn ourselves to real Ngonis,” Kamwana said. To make sure that the program materializes they have engaged Chalira Ntchezi as the Head teacher and each zone has been given at least two teachers. “We have already engaged seven teachers with vast experience in Isi Zulu and they have promised to walk with us through to the end,” Kamwana added. She further explained that youth are being targeted because apart from being fast learners and posses high memory, they want also to equip them to be genuine future culture custodian. “The language is simple to learn. Following the example of the bible which say teach the children because there is a lot of unwritten space in mind next generation of the Ngoni will learn from them,” said Kamwana. Kamwana asked parents to allow their children fully participate in the Ngoni language school to allow them among other things learn Ngoni songs, way of living dressing and other key issues. “Experts in knitting Ngoni regalia and other cultural materials are also identified so at break time our Ngoni youngster shall be drilled in that,” She pointed out.


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DHO tips Malawians on cervical cancer

Blantyre, April 28, 2017: Blantyre District Health Officer (DHO) Medson Matchaya says time has come for Malawians to be conversant with issues surrounding cervical cancer highlighting that that the disease is caused by a virus that is transmitted from one person to another. In an interview with Malawi News Agency, (MANA) on Thursday, Matchaya said the virus is called Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). Matchaya said there are several ways through which the virus can be transmitted from one person to another like; if a woman engages herself in sexual intercourse with a man who is positive, there are high chances of contracting the disease   because inside the blood of the second party, there is high prevalence of the Human Papilloma Virus. He further expalined that if a man is not circumcised; the woman can also be affected with the disease because the male sexual organ sometimes becomes contaminated with germs due to low levels of hygiene, hence transmitting the virus to the other party. “Low interventions by hospital departments also contribute to high chances of cervical cancer since they are the ones responsible for sensitizing people on the causes of cervical cancer,” he said. The DHO stressed that it is the duty of the youth to go for counselling at the hospital and be tested for cancer especially for those who engage in sexual behaviors at tender ages because this assists in the provision of early treatment unlike a late diagnosis which sometimes brings about complications. “Last year we had 13, 000 women who went for cancer screening and 269 women were found with suspected cases of cancer,” said Matchaya. Matchaya added that cervical cancer is the number one cancer in Malawi which is prevalent among women. He said currently, they are working hand in hand with other partners such as; MSF-France and Dream Center to minimize the problem. In one of their recent cervical cancer campaigns with the DREAM Center, 7 women were discovered with suspected cancer cases from a total of 2,369 women that were screened. According to a 2010 research by the World Health Organization (WHO) HPV Center, it is estimated that every year, over 2,300 women develop cervical cancer and over 1, 600 die from the disease around the world.    


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Commonwealth SG lauds Mutharika for youth, women empowerment

Lilongwe, April 28, 2017: The Commonwealth Secretary General (SG), Patricia Scotland, Thursday said she was very impressed with the passion President Prof. Peter Mutharika and Malawians had towards child protection, youth and women empowerment. Scotland said this at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe when she paid the President a courtesy call to brief him on Commonwealth activities in the country and throughout the Commonwealth family. She said Commonwealth Secretariat would always work together with Malawi government in a number of areas including protecting women and children from all kinds of abuses. “I’ve been impressed by the passion put into this by the President and all Malawians including traditional leaders. Malawi has been exemplary and it is one of the best countries I can think of. The rights of women and girls have to be seriously protected if we are to succeed,” said the Commonwealth SG. She added that her secretariat looked forward to working with Malawi in ‘Peace in the Home Campaign,’ about to be launched in May to ensure a peaceful Commonwealth family. In his speech earlier, President Mutharika said his leadership believed that the concern of Malawi and Africa was the youth and that it was for that reason he was the Champion for he had proposed the ‘Youth Empowerment’ theme for the African Union in 2017. The President said his government had also achieved a lot in empowering women by giving them various opportunities in the society citing the 5 commissioners out of the 9 in Malawi Electoral Commission as an example. “We have achieved a lot in empowering women – in fact, people may not know but Malawi is number 3 in Africa on women empowerment,” said Mutharika. He added that his government would continue to fight gender and domestic violence, and cultural issues involving women. The two also discussed climate change and trade among other issues concerning the Commonwealth family. On climate change, Mutharika said the country was still healing from the dry spell and floods that prevailed the past two years, adding that the pulling out of donor-budget support coupled with the climate change effects was a big challenge. “The pulling out of budget support was untimely; not that we need to depend on donors all the time, but we needed more time until we could say ‘we’re ready to go’,” said Mutharika.


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Veteran journalist Gospel Mwalwanda bids farewell to MANA

Lilongwe, April 27, 2017: The long serving and renowned journalist for Malawi News Agency (Mana) Gospel Mwalwanda, Thursday bid farewell to the Ministry of Information, Communications and Technology family having reached his retirement age. It is was a day of mixed reaction, sorrow and joy  for staff members from the Department of Information as they finally got separated with one of the greatest Journalist in the country having being together for the past 33years. Speaking at the farewell party, Director of Information in the Ministry of Information and  Communications Technology, Gideon Munthali, said Mwalwanda has inspired many journalists in the media industry because of his writing skills and dedication to work. “To be successful in life it is the choices we make and let this be the lessons to all of us gathered here. MANA is the hub of all media houses in the country and has shaped a lot of journalist and Mwalwanda is one of those people who have helped in developing MANA,” Munthali said. He said there were a lot of challenges on the line of duty some being lack of resources and that, that should not limit people from working hard. “We know they are challenges in our day to day duties but let us do whatever we can and together find solutions to those challenges that affect us,” Munthali pointed out. In his remarks, former Mana Editor, Mwalwanda said he was leaving MANA as a happy person and thanked his colleagues for the support and love showed to him. “It is my moment of joy but at the same time sorrow as am leaving you people in the sense that it was great working with you as a united family,” he noted. Mwalwanda advised colleagues especially those in media sector to have passion of their work for them to succeed. “I have written more than 500 feature articles publishable because I always dedicate myself to my work no matter how the situation it is,” Mwalwanda recalled. The organizing committee Chairperson for the farewell party, Edison Mwamvani said it was sad that Mwalwanda was leaving the Ministry of information.  He said a great resource will be lost forever. “I have known Mwalwanda for about 32 years now, he is one of the best writers the country has produced and we hope will still be knocking to his door anytime we feel like we need assistance from him,” Mwamvani said. Mwalwanda was well known for his feature writing skills. He is one of the greatest if not the only best feature writer.


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Two in custody for ivory possession

Lilongwe, April 27, 2017: Two people are in police custodyfor being found in possession of ivory pieces at Chigwirizano Township in Lilongwe. Lilongwe Police Station Spokesperson, Inspector Kingsley Dandaula identified the suspects as Samson Banda 29, from M’manja village in the area of Traditional Authority (TA) Malili in Lilongwe and Wilson Mbewe 60, from Mbeya village, TA Nankumba in Mangochi. He told the Malawi News Agency (Mana) Thursday that the police and wildlife officials were working on a tip from well wishers that the two were offering ivory for sale at Chigwirizano in Lilongwe. “Lilongwe Police together with Lilongwe wildlife officers followed the issue and successfully managed to arrest the two people with two pieces of ivory (set),” Dandaula said. Meanwhile, the suspects are expected to be charged for illegal possession of specimen of protected species contrary to the Wildlife Act and will appear before the Lilongwe Magistrate Court soon. The Department of National Parks and Wildlife in the Ministry of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining recently said it has noted with grave concern about the recent seizures of both ivory and rhino horn in Asia (Thailand, China and Vietnam) between January and March 2017 originating from Malawi. The Director of Parks and Wildlife Brighton Kumchedwa expressed the concern through a Press Release in the NATION newspaper of April, 12,2017. “The general public is hereby informed that all the contraband in the three cases is not from Malawi, but probably from other countries. In this particular case, Malawi is simply being used as a conduit for the contraband. This trend of events is indeed worrisome as it continues to dent the good image of Malawi internationally,” he said. Kumchedwa informed members of the public that the department of parks and wildlife is seriously engaging all security institutions at Kamuzu International Airport to get to the bottom of the matter as investigations are at an advanced stage. He reaffirmed Government’s position to fight illegal trafficking through the enhanced penalties in the amended National Parks and Wildlife Act No.11 of 2017. The Director urged all Malawians of good standing to resist getting involved in illegal wildlife trafficking in any way such as aiding these transnational criminals or poachers instead report all the suspects to law enforcement agencies.


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Maseko Ngoni to launch Isi Zulu school

DHO tips Malawians on cervical cancer

Commonwealth SG lauds Mutharika for youth, women empowerment

Veteran journalist Gospel Mwalwanda bids farewell to MANA

Two in custody for ivory possession

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