01 August 2015
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Mutharika, Lungu applaud each other

Mutharika (l) and Lungu at the banquet - Pic by Papiya Mwahara Lusaka, August 1, 2015: The Presidents of Malawi and Zambia have commended each other for the timely support they render to each other during times of need, saying this is a true spirit of togetherness and development.  This was expressed Friday at State Banquet held in honor of President Professor Mutharika’s visit to Zambia. Speaking at the start of the banquet and making a toast to his Zambian counterpart, President Mutharika eulogized  the death of his brother late  professor Bingu wa Mutharika saying Zambia was one of the first countries that came to assist Malawi during the sad moment by donating 30 thousand liters of fuel to assist in transportation logistics. Moreover, Mutharika earlier also commended Zambia for coming to the rescue of Malawi with 3,000 tons of maize after witnessing devastating floods early this year. Mutharika said Malawi has never experienced such floods and was taken by surprise with thousands of households being left destitute with no food and even homeless. On his part, Lungu commended Mutharika for accepting his invitation saying this was Mutharika’s first state visit to Zambia since taking the high office in 2014 adding that Malawi is a democratic country that follows democratic tendencies which have to be commended. “Zambia commends the government of Malawi for its commitment to the tenets of democracy and good governance as demonstrated in the 2014 elections which were held in accordance with the SADC principles and guidelines governing democratic tendencies,” said Lungu. Moreover, Lungu commended Malawi for the continued demonstration of peace and stability that is currently being exhibited between the two countries.


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Malawi, Zambia leaders discuss Regional Integration

The two Presidents in discussions - Pic by Papiya Mwahara Lusaka, August 1, 2015: The Presidents of Malawi and Zambia Friday discussed pertinent issues meant to strengthen the two counties bilateral relationship including the African continent’s integration.  The discussion which focused on bilateral relations was held in camera at the State House in Zambia by the two African leaders. Making his statement during the talks, President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika said the two country’s mutual relationship dates as far back as the colonial period, hence it was paramount for the two countries to continue working together, strengthening their relationship. Furthermore, Mutharika said Zambia was a country that had made some strides in a number of areas such as mining and Malawi could benefit from her experience and technical knowhow. “As you are aware, Malawi is moving into the mining sector and Zambia has been in this field for a while, hence they can help us in a number of ways,” said President Mutharika adding that Zambia has also come to Malawi’s rescue by donating 3,000 metric tons of maize to the Southern African country that was hit hard by floods early this year. Moreover, Mutharika said the two countries were also keen to look into issues of infrastructure, road and rail transport among other things. “We are looking into the issue of having a dry port in Liwonde, but we also have the Nsanje World Inland Port Project which concerns our two countries and the African Continent as a whole, so we want these projects to be effected as another way of promoting regional integration.” On his part, the Zambian President Edgar Lungu acknowledged the two country’s bilateral relationship being deeply rooted and there being a need to further strengthen such a relationship adding that the two countries’ membership to regional bodies such as the African Union (AU), Southern African Development Community (SADC), Non Aligned Movement and Commonwealth further cements their bilateral relationship and regional integration. He added that it is the Zambian Government’s wish for Malawi and Zambia to continue collaborating in areas of economic growth and politics. After the talks, Mutharika signed the visitor’s book at State House and was later treated to a State Banquet by the Zambian Leader at Taji Pamodzi. Whilst in Zambia, Mutharika will be engaged in a number of activities including presiding over Zambia’s 89th Agriculture and Commercial Show, as guest of honor. The show is conducted to showcase agricultural produce, equipment and manufactured goods. According to the Malawi Minister of Agriculture and Food Security Dr Allan Chiyembekeza, Malawi is earmarked to learn a thing or two from the fair that is graced by local and international exhibitors. An earlier visit to the Agriculture Show’s venue by the Malawi News Agency (Mana) revealed that Zambia had indeed made significant strides in their Agriculture Sector venturing into mechanized farming and forming numerous international trade relationships that have seen experts transfer rare agriculture skills that aim at boosting the country’s agriculture.


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Unsustainable natural resource consumption worries government

Mangani speaks to the media - Pic by Stanley Makuti Lilongwe, July 31, 2015: Government says unsustainable use of the already scarce natural resources costs the country 5.3 per cent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) every year. Secretary to the Treasury, Dr Ronald Mangani expressed his worries Friday in Lilongwe during the launch of the Public Expenditure Review Report on Environment and Disaster Risk Management (DRM). Explained Mangani, “As we all know, around 85 per cent of Malawi’s population lives in rural areas, and is heavily dependent on natural resources for their livelihood and it is disheartening that our rural population continues to consume these natural resources unsustainably.” He added that allocation of funds for the country’s Disaster and Risk Management (DRM) has so far been ad-hoc and has left room for bias and unfairness. Mangani further said the review has established that there is weak coordination, of DRM programme implementation and most of the policies in Environment Disaster Risk Management (EDRM) have no financial or investment goals leading to wastage of resources. He however said as a result of the expenditure, agriculture and food security has improved, tree plantation has increased and employment has been created. “Additionally, the public expenditure has led to revenue generation from the consumptive and non-consumption use, promotion of biodiversity and improvement of the incomes of poor households,” Mangani said. He added that government has now put due emphasis on the significance of ensuring that the country’s development agenda takes into account the role of the environment and climate change, which is critical for the sustainability of the developmental outcomes. Mangani said the primary tool for the domestication of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is the medium terms development strategy as well as its long-term vision. “As the MDG ll expires in June 2016, and as vision 2020 expires in five years’ time, the Ministry of Finance is conducting reviews of these policy documents and setting the groundwork for their replacement,” he said. Mangani further said government is considering a more legally binding framework for planning and coordinating the country’s development agenda like the proposed establishment of the National Planning Commission with think-thank characteristics. He said he believed the country can do better than the progress so far made if efforts towards environmental and disaster risk management improves. United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Regional Team Leader- for Africa Climate Change-Disaster Risk Reduction-Energy Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS), Aliou Dia said they will continue to work with government in capacity building and mobilization of resources.


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Angry Dedza residents beat up CRWB boss over dry taps

Dedza, 1 August 2015: Angry residents of Dedza Township on Thursday marched to Central Region Water Board (CRWB) offices in the district to present a petition in which they expressed anger over dry taps that have persisted over the past three months.
Tiyanjane Kasambwe who witnessed the ugly scenes unfolding told Mana that the angry demonstrators burst through the gates of Central Region Water Board offices and started turning on water taps and later roughed up the center's manager, Samuel Bitoni. Dedza police Public Relations Officer, Sergeant Edward Kabango, asked for more time to confirm the incident. Kasambwe said, “They were angry saying the Water Board is having water which they use to water flower beds around their offices when people's homes are running without water for months.” Kasambwe said the infuriated mob roughed up the manager when he came out of his office to reason with them. Two other onlookers, Julius Lufeyo and Sunganani Buleya, all from Nthandizi location in Dedza Township, corroborated Kasambwe's version of events. Bitoni could not give his side of the story as he was not around the office when this reporter arrived on the scene and his phone could not be reached. One demonstrator, James Chingayipe, said hygiene at his home has been compromised because of the frequent water cuts. “What is more annoying is that the Water Board presents us with exorbitant bills when we don't use their water supplies,” he said. He said people are risking catching water borne diseases because they are drinking from unprotected water sources.


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President Mutharika departs for Zambia: 'Relations need nourishment'

  President Mutharika is welcomed by Vice President Saulos Chilima at the airport - Pic by Stanley Makuti Lilongwe, July 31, 2015: President Professor Peter Mutharika has said the relationship between Malawi and Zambia needs to be improved and nourished for the benefit of both countries’ economic growth. The President said this on Friday, when he was departing for Zambia for a three day official visit. He said Malawi and Zambia share a lot in common and it was very important to make use of the similarities to bring the people of the two countries together. President Mutharika also disclosed that he will make use of the visit to hold bilateral talks on investment and cross border trade. “As you are aware, the Zambian President was in the country during this years’ 51 celebrations and we signed the ‘Malawi-Zambia Transfontier Conservation Area Treaty’, which was the first step to making good relations in the promotion and management of Wildlife,” Said Mutharika. Apart from the bilateral talks the President is also expected to grace Zambia’s Agriculture Fair.


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Mutharika, Lungu applaud each other

Malawi, Zambia leaders discuss Regional Integration

Unsustainable natural resource consumption worries government

Angry Dedza residents beat up CRWB boss over dry taps

President Mutharika departs for Zambia: 'Relations need nourishment'

National News

Mutharika, Lungu applaud each other

Mutharika, Lungu applaud each other

Mutharika (l) and Lungu at the banquet - Pic by Papiya Mwahara Lusaka, August 1, 2015: The Presidents of Malawi and Zambia have commended each othe...

Malawi, Zambia leaders discuss Regional Integration

Malawi, Zambia leaders discuss Regional Integration

The two Presidents in discussions - Pic by Papiya Mwahara Lusaka, August 1, 2015: The Presidents of Malawi and Zambia Friday discussed pertinent is...

President Mutharika departs for Zambia: 'Relations need nourishment'

President Mutharika departs for Zambia: 'Relations need nourishment'

  President Mutharika is welcomed by Vice President Saulos Chilima at the airport - Pic by Stanley Makuti Lilongwe, July 31, 2015: President Profess...

Political News

M'mbelwa District Council receives K243 million for development projects

M'mbelwa District Council receives K243 million for development projects

Officials urged to focus on projects that will benefit the community Mzimba, July 29, 2015: There was a heated debate among ward councilors, chiefs...

By-elections Campaign period commences

By-elections Campaign period commences

Wellington Mangulenje an independent candidate for Msikisi Ward arrives at Mangochi Town Council Chamber Hall to present his nomination papers - Pic...

Six hopefuls present nomination papers for Msikisi Ward

Six hopefuls present nomination papers for Msikisi Ward

  Mangulenje, 'an independent candidate' in DPP scarf dancing with his supporters after presenting his nomination papers - Pic by Sellah Singini Man...

Health News

Malawi achieves MDG4 first among neighbouring countries

Malawi achieves MDG4 first among neighbouring countries

  Kalirani: Malawi is the first adopter, first achiever of MDG4 - Pic by Kondwani Magombo Lilongwe, July 28, 2015: Malawi is the first country among her neighbours to achieve the Millennium Development Goal 4 which is aimed at reducing ...

UNFPA says Malawi on permanent GBV protection clusters

UNFPA says Malawi on permanent GBV protection clusters

Fighter against GBV: Minister of Gender Patricia Kaliati Nsanje, July 28, 2015: The United Nations Population Fund-UNFPA has urged Lilongwe to establish permanent Gender Based Violence-GBV sub-clusters at district level for Malawi to eff...

Sports News

Malawi land Tanzania in 2018 World Cup qualifying draw

Malawi land Tanzania in 2018 World Cup qualifying draw

Flames players line up before a game at Kamuzu Stadium - File Photo Lilongwe, July 25: The draw for the preliminary stages of the 2018 World Cup has taken place and Malawi faces Tanzania in the preliminary stages with the winner facing A...

Silver Strikers fans boo coach and players after Wizards draw

Silver Strikers fans boo coach and players after Wizards draw

Silver strikers (in white) battle it out against Big Bullets - File Photo Blantyre, July 21:  Silver Strikers fans had to boo their coach Stain Chirwa and players after being disappointed with the team's performance at the end of their m...

Development News

Malawi film industry lacks platform to grow

Malawi film industry lacks platform to grow

Egypt Ambassador to Malawi Maher El-Adawy pose for a photo with Nkhonjera Lilongwe, April 23: Founder and Director of Dikamawoko Arts Tawonga Taddja Nkhonjera says the film industry in Malawi lacks the capacity to grow because it lacks a platform to showcase ideas. In an exclusive interview with Malawi News Agency, Nkhonjera...

Business News

DA Council adopts MK 208 million development budget in absence of 6 MPs

DA Council adopts MK 208 million development budget in absence of 6 MPs

  Borehole: Among the approved projects Dowa, July 29, 2015: Dowa District Council has finally, in the absence of six parliamentarians, adopted the priority projects to benefit from the MK 208 million development budget for the district a...

Government says Digital Migration making good progress

Government says Digital Migration making good progress

Saidi speaks to the press after touring the Digital Migration Offices in Lilongwe - Pic by Abel Ikiloni Lilongwe, July 29, 2015: Principal Secretary for Ministry of Information, Tourism and Culture, Justin Saidi says he is impressed with...

Entertainment News

Maximum Sentence rapper marries on Saturday

Maximum Sentence rapper marries on Saturday

    Kel Kenish and Nadine Pic. courtesy of Kel Kenish Lilongwe, July 27, 2015: Wedding bells have rung for Kelvin “Kel Kenish” Tewesa, member of Blantyre based Hip Hop group Maximum Sentence who is marrying his long time German girlfrien...

Mphande - Another force to reckon with in fashion

Mphande - Another force to reckon with in fashion

    Rhoda in Yellow posing with models in Australia Lilongwe, July 24, 2015: At a time when fashion is taking over Malawi by storm, here comes Rhoda Kate Mphande simply known as Rhoda, a Malawian born but Australian based entrepreneur,...

Agriculture News

Kachindamoto urges Government, NGOs to do more on irrigation farming

Written By Mphatso Nkuonera on Tuesday, 28 July 2015 17:04
Kachindamoto urges Government, NGOs to do more on irrigation farming

An irrigation field - Pic from the internet Lilongwe, July 28, 2015: As a measure to fight hunger in her area Senior Inkosi Kachindamoto of Dedza has asked Government and non-governmental organizations to invest more in irrigation farmin...

Features

Allegations on the President's Inteference in the procurement in the procurement Process at the Central Medical Stores Trust

Allegations on the President's Inteference in the procurement in the procurement Process at the Central Medical Stores Trust

Viola The State House has noted with concern the damaging allegations being propagated by some disgruntled individuals aimed at damaging the image and integrity of the State President ,His Excellency Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika, to the effect that the President through Mr Ben Phiri interfere...

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    Pres. Mutharika conferring with VP Chilima during funeral Mass of Bishop Zuza at St Peters Cathedral in Mzuzu.

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Education News

Parents urged to send their children to early schools

Parents urged to send their children to early schools

    Lilongwe, July 27, 2015: Parents in the country have been urged to send their children to pre-schools for a better and prosperous future. Leticia Giacobone, Managing Director for ABC fun House Schools in Area 25, Lilongwe said Sund...

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Angry Dedza residents beat up CRWB boss over dry taps

Angry Dedza residents beat up CRWB boss over dry taps

Dedza, 1 August 2015: Angry residents of Dedza Township on Thursday marched to Central Region Water Board (CRWB) offices in the district to present ...

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Unsustainable natural resource consumption worries government

Unsustainable natural resource consumption worries government

Mangani speaks to the media - Pic by Stanley Makuti Lilongwe, July 31, 2015: Government says unsustainable use of the already scarce natural resour...

Religion News

Never stop spreading the gospel to Mozambique-Rev Saka

Never stop spreading the gospel to Mozambique-Rev Saka

    Queen Mattress gift to Rev Saka Lilongwe July 27, 2015: The outgoing Kapita CCAP congregation Reverend Arnold Kalemba Saka, Sunday challenged...