23 November 2017
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Illiteracy levels affecting Meteorological Services

Nkhotakota, November 23, 2017: Department of Climate Change and Meteorological Services has attributed its information communication dissemination challenge to high illiteracy levels in the country, saying people fail to instantly understand the information they present at once.  Amos Ntonya, a Meteorologist in the Department of Climate Change and Meteorological Services said this on Tuesday during a meeting organised to sensitise Nkhotakota District Executive Committee on ‘Saving Lives and Protecting Agriculture-based Livelihoods in Malawi: Scaling up the Use of Modernised Climate Information and Early Warning Systems (M-CLIMES)’ Project. Ntonya said the level of understanding due to high illiteracy levels in Malawi has made it a challenge to package the information so that people around the country understand it at same time and interpret easily the climatic weather conditions at hand. He said it has also been difficult for people to interpret the message with reference to their areas. Ntonya explained that the topography and communication networks of the country make it difficult for the department to spread the messages widely and timely. “Malawi is largely rural, that makes it difficult to reach some communities with weather and climate information. We have been relying heavily on the use of radio and phones. In some cases, we have been visiting districts so that people interpret it into their area for the expected impact. Our role in this project is therefore to improve or expand the observation network by installing more weather stations so that we have more sources of weather and climate information,” he said. He added that there is need for all sectors to spell out what they want in terms of climate and weather forecasts to address the existing gap in information dissemination so that the information is user-friendly. “Stakeholders should tell us what they want. It will be important for us to understand our user so that we provide what they want. “The department understands that different sectors need different information on weather and climate change, therefore, being specific on the needs will simplify the information dissemination process,” he said. The Meteorologist emphasized that the department will generate weather and climate change information to make sure that adaptation and development plans are well informed in terms of climate change and related weather hazards. He echoed that the department wants to address people’s concerns that weather forecast information is too general. “We have to make the information simple by highlighting specific time and area of focus. Through that is the case, we can design and package information for them,” said Ntonya. In his presentation, Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DoDMA) representative, Samuel Gama, said the six years project which is budgeted at $16, 264,585 (about MK12.4bn) will reach two million beneficiaries in 21 districts in the country. He explained that the project aims at expanding networks that generate climate related data to serve lives as well as strengthen communities’ capacities for the use of early warning signs in preparation for response to climate related disasters. “M-CLIMES will help to reduce vulnerability to climate change impacts on lives and livelihoods, particularly of women, from extreme weather events and climate change. Besides, it will focus on development and dissemination of products and platforms for climate related information,” he said.


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Heavy storm kills girl, injures 3 others in Nkhotakota

Nkhotakota, November 23, 2017: A 13 year old girl, Zione Kaole has died while three others got injured after a house they were living in collapsed due to heavy storm experienced in Malemia Village in Nkhotakota. The District’s Acting Desk Officer for Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DoDMA), Victor Chithabwa, confirmed the incident with Malawi News Agency (Mana) saying that several houses collapsed due to the impact. Chithabwa added that as of Monday September 20, 100 households in the affected areas were rendered homeless. The desk officer explained that the number for affected households is expected to rise since the assessment was still going on. “The number of affected households is expected to rise because some houses are still collapsing from the impact. The team is on the ground assessing the immediate needs and to have a detailed report. Out of the three that got injured, two have been treated as outpatients while the third one is being observed at Nkhotakota District Hospital,” he said. He explained that the disaster has so far affected Malemia, Tandwe, Sani and Mpamantha areas in Senior Chief Malengachanzi and SubTraditional Authority Kalimanjira.


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Chiradzulu to have the first commercial bank

Chiradzulu, November 23, 2017: People in Chiradzulu have expressed excitement with the construction of FDH Bank in the district, saying once the facility is completed and opened for business it would be both, time saving and cost effective.  Speaking in an interview with Malawi News Agency (Mana), one of the businessmen at Chiradzulu Boma, Kingsley Njala, said the construction of the Bank would contribute towards various socio – economic activities in the district. “The distance covered and time spent to seek banking services in Limbe-Blantyre will be shortened as we would be accessing the services close to our homes. This will assist us in time management and money saving,” said Njala who owns a maize mill and welding workshop. He added that as an entrepreneur, he expects the bank to provide soft loans to its customers for them to boost their businesses and engage in various activities meant to uplift the socio – economic profile of the district. “Today’s business is on and off such that we rely on bank loans. If FDH Bank- Chiradzulu Branch will consider us in that aspect, we will greatly appreciate the gesture,” said Njala. Njala, however, added that it would also be imperative for the bank to be transparent in terms of products on offer so that people could make informed choices on the type of bank accounts to open. Speaking in a separate interview, Water Monitoring Assistant for Chiradzulu, Patrick Malango, said the establishment of the bank at the Boma would assist him and fellow civil servants in saving their money, unlike in the past when they had to travel to Blantyre to access such services. “It is good that we will soon have a bank in Chiradzulu closer to our working places because we were forced to withdraw all the money in the account during month end to save money for transport to Blantyre,” Malango said. He said it was extremely difficult to save money kept in homes, noting that once the bank was officially opened for business in the district; most civil servants would withdraw money only when they need it. Meanwhile, efforts by MANA to get details about the construction project from FDH’s Marketing Manager Victoria Mbewe proved futile as she asked for more time before she could divulge the information. However, several attempts to get hold of her on phone were unsuccessful at the time of going to bed. 
Chiradzulu District has had no single commercial bank since Malawi attained independence in 1964 such that FDH Bank would be the first to operate at Chiradzulu Boma.


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Gospel musician Kishombe to launch third album

Lilongwe, November 22, 2017: One of the gospel artists in the country, Walusungu Kishombe, aka ‘Balaam’ said people should expect live performances with Rowling Sounds Band and a raffle draw during the launch of his third album CD and DVD slated for new year’s day. The launch of the 11-track album will take place Sheaffer ICA Marquee in Lilongwe. Speaking in an interview with Malawi News Agency (Mana) Kishombe said the album carries a unique message of hope to people. “Through this album, I am launching my ministry with an aim of winning souls,” said Kishombe. Some of the tracks in the album include Balaam, Salichete, Moyo uzasintha, tachilowa, and satana usazivute. The album was recorded at Shalom records by Francis Chimasula. Kishombe said he is hopeful that his ministry would grow through this album launch. “I am expecting the hand of God to come down on this day. God will talk to his people through songs that I will sing on this day and people will testify to his greatness,” Kishombe said. Magic promotions and other companies are the onespromoting and organizing this mega event. Ronald Thamakera, promoter for Magic promotions, said the Kishombe’s album launch will have famous gospel supporting artists like Gwamba, Princess Chitsulo, Favoured Martha, Evance Meleka, and Norman Phiri just to mention very few. Thamakera appealed to all gospel lovers in the country to come in large number and watch the energetic performance from Kishombe. Kishombe, whose music career started way back in 2001, came up his first album in 2006 followed by the second album in 2010. The launch on new year’s day will also be spiced up by a raffle draw in which lucky winners will cart home different prices Plasma TV screens and T-shirts.


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China project to create job opportunities for Malawian youths

Lilongwe, November 22, 2017: Construction of Lilongwe Grand Business Park, a Chinese project worth around K73 billion (100 Million US dollars), would help to create 1500 direct jobs and 2000 indirect job opportunities to youths and other people in Malawi. Member of Parliament for Lilongwe City West Constituency, where the park will be constructed, Aggrey Masi said this Wednesday at Area 46, Western By-pass Road in Lilongwe. Speaking to Malawi News Agency (Mana) on the sidelines of the ground breaking ceremony that was presided over by President Prof. Arthur Peter Mutharika, Masi said the project’s investment will have a huge impact on Malawian youths and the rest of the population. “Youths who have completed their courses in different community technical colleges will find job and business opportunities. Others will be employed in the construction of this magnificent park,” he said.
Masi, who is also Minister of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining, said the multi-billion project will boost the country’s economy and change the face of the capital city. “The business park will help save foreign exchange. Most Malawians who used to travel outside to buy foreign materials will no longer do so because these products will be locally stocked,” Masi said. Mayor of Lilongwe City Dr. Desmond Bikoko said the business park, which will have a shopping complex, high class office spaces and villas, will support other facilities like a five-star hotel and conference center to be constructed nearby. “People dealing in commercial activities here will basically find everything under one roof and these structures will beautify our city more,” Bikoko said. He added that the facility will have shops selling building materials, decoration materials, furniture, and items for home use including clothing and shoes, car and auto-parts sales, electrical appliances just to mention a few. Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Malawi, Shi-Ting Wang said the China-Lilongwe Grand Holding Corporation Limited Company are the investors of the Business Park. “This year marks the 10th anniversary of China-Malawi diplomatic relations. The achievements of bilateral relations are visible and tangible, and will give more support to Malawi in future,” Wang said.


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Illiteracy levels affecting Meteorological Services

Heavy storm kills girl, injures 3 others in Nkhotakota

Chiradzulu to have the first commercial bank

Gospel musician Kishombe to launch third album

China project to create job opportunities for Malawian youths

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