27 August 2015
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New LL arts group in early marriage fight

Violet Kamange from Nkhotakota went back to school after ealry pregnancy - File Photo Lilongwe, August 27, 2015: Newly-formed Lilongwe-based performing arts group Mbumba Theatre Company will on September 5 2015 launch a campaign against early marriages at Don Bosco Hall in the Capital City's Area 23.  Theme play for the campaign is a play titled 'They sold my sister' taken from a short story by Kenya's Leteipa Ole Sunkuli's, according to the group's Creative Director Brian Anafi. In the short story, the Kenyan author tells a story of a young girl called Nyamalo who is forced by her parents to marry a man from a rich family while she is in her first year of junior secondary school. Nyamalo's father argues that there is no reason for her to continue with school when a man has come for her hand in marriage adding it is proper for a Maasai girl of her age to have her own house. Nyamalo's brother Tumuka is against the arrangement. The wedding takes place, anyway, and Nyamalo goes to live with her husband where she suffers in silence unable to speak out for of her father's wrath. She later learns to love her husband. The story ends with narrator and Nyamalo's younger sister, a character called Naliki who at 12 years overhears her father and a male visitor setting up her wedding. Unlike her sister, Naliki plans to run away from the home. Anafi told Malawi News Agency (Mana) in a recent interview that the short story inspired his group to turn it into a play and use it as theme play for the upcoming campaign. “When I was at Natural Resources College, I went for attachments in Zomba where I saw these things happening; girls being married off instead of going to school. It made me realize that early marriages are for real not only in Kenya but also in Malawi,” he said. He disclosed that the group has identified a 16-year-old girl who was once married off but is now willing to go back to school. “The funds which will be raised at the launch will be used to pay school fees for the girl to start her form one. “We intend to assist her until she finishes her Secondary education and the only help we are asking from the public is to come for the launch,” he appealed. The theme for the campaign is 'Be a tool to fight against early marriages in our nation and beyond'. According to Anafi the group plans to embark on a tour of various schools across the country to sensitise girls against early marriages using drama as a tool. They Sold My Sister is being used in the country's English Literature for Secondary School.


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Wolrec awards NU community volunteer journalists

Ponseponse receiving her award from Senior Chief Makwangwala - Pic by George Bulombola Ntcheu, August 27, 2015: Women Legal Resource Centre (Wolrec) through Concern Universal’s Enhancing Quality, Inclusiveness in Public Service (Equips) project Tuesday awarded best performing community volunteer journalists whose stories were published in Pfuko News Paper.  Speaking at Bilira in Ntcheu during the award presentation ceremony, Senior Chief Makwangwala commended the journalists for their hard working spirit as volunteers. “These journalists through their stories have managed to put the district on the map and create awareness of development issues affecting the district to various duty bearers and policy makers,” said Makwangwala. He said community journalism is a catalyst for mass awareness on various issues such as gender based violence, child abuse and general development. He commended Wolrec for spearheading the initiative. “This initiative has also empowered community members and their local leaderships in understanding how government service providers are expected to serve them,” he said. He said because of community journalists government heads of departments were being pressured to interact with community members during interface meetings through which the public service providers responded to development concerns raised by community members. Said Makwangwala: “Communities in Ntcheu now have the knowledge on how each government department operates and what communities should expect from government and in the long run this would contribute towards transparency and accountability among development stakeholders,” Earlier, Wolrec District Project Officer for Ntcheu, Patience Molosoni said the project among other objectives aimed at facilitating good governance in spearheading development in the district. Elube Ponseponse and Bitoni Magwaya were honored as best community volunteer journalists and were each awarded a radio receiver and a four-meter cloth whilst four others each went away with wall clocks and a two-meter cloth. Wolrec through Concern Universal has for the past four years been implementing Enhancing Quality, Inclusiveness in Public Service (Equips) project in Ntcheu with funding from Tilitonse Fund.


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Airport officials in Mzuzu using hand-held device to direct aircrafts

  The remains of what was once an aircraft signaling device  at Luwinga - Pic by Yohane Chideya Mzuzu, August 27, 2015: The Department of Civil Aviation in Mzuzu has to wait until the airport is relocated to another area to purchase a new aircraft signaling device to replace the old one which was disassembled by unknown vandals a decade ago.  Mzuzu Airport Commandant, Oscar Chihana, told Malawi News Agency (Mana) in an interview Tuesday the malfunctioning of the device, situated at Luwinga Township (three Kilometres North of the airfield), has made the airport's operations difficult. According to Chihana, the device, which stopped working in 2005, was used to assist approaching aircrafts to know the direction of the airport as well as distance to the landing area. He said the airport officials have been and are currently relying on hand-held devices as a long term tentative solution to direct aircrafts to the landing field as purchasing a fixed aircraft signaling device is very expensive. “The fact that the planes have been landing safely throughout the period, even in the absence of fixed signaling equipment, does not mean it is not of great importance. What makes it so special is that it was able to send signals to aircrafts hundreds of miles further than the instruments we are currently using [can do]. “The current state of the [fixed signaling] device is beyond repair. The only solution is to purchase a new one, but it is very expensive. Since there are plans to relocate the airport to another location, we will wait until it is done for us to buy another fixed aircraft signaling equipment,” said Chihana. He added that lack of funding is what has been delaying the progress of relocating the airport to another location away from the city. The Mzuzu Airport boss however insisted that the land where the vandalized fixed signaling device was installed will remain property of the Department of Civil Aviation even when the airport is relocated to another area, but he could not state what it will be used for. Government's plan to relocate Mzuzu Airport is a very old one but it has not yet identified the funds for the long-awaited project.


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VP attends lawyer Kumwembe's funeral

Chilima joined by his wife lays a wreath - Pic by Abel Ikiloni Lilongwe, August 27, 2015: The Malawi Law Society (MLS) on Wednesday described departed lawyer, Mark Kumwembe, as courageous and hard working. Kumwembe died in the wee hours of Monday at Kamuzu Central Hospital (KCH) after a long illness. Vice President Dr. Saulos Chilima was also present at the funeral to bid farewell to his long time friend. Speaking at the funeral in Lilongwe, MLS president, John Banda, said losing young lawyers like Kumwembe was pathetic as there were only 400 lawyers in the country against a population of 16 million. He noted that the future of the country was in democracy as well as in the laws of the country and that the laws could not be respected if young, dedicated and courageous lawyers were lost. Said Banda; “Last week Mark called me saying he wanted to renew his membership as a lawyer and start practicing again. I asked him how he was feeling and he assured me that he was well. “I assured him that I would see him this week only to see him in this casket today.” According to the MLS president, fellow lawyers worked tirelessly to save the life of Kumwembe when he was sick. “We made sure that our colleague received all the necessary assistance he required when he was sick. I remember when he went to India for his kidney transplant he wrote a joking status on face book ‘my wife has cooked for me kidneys.’ “As much as we all laughed at the status and commented a lot, I tell you that Mark was in great pain and it was courage that made him write that,” said Banda. He added, “As we bid farewell to him today, let us all imitate the courageous spirit that he had.” Representative of the bereaved family Dr. George Chapola thanked Kumwembe’s friends, workmates and well wishers for donating money for their son’s trip to Indian. “On our own as a family we could not have managed to send him to India for the kidney transplant, but with the assistance that different people gave, he went even though things did not work out the way we expected. Chapola also hailed the Vice President, Dr. Chilima for sparing his time to bid farewell to his friend, Kumwembe. According to him, Mark’s illness dated back to 2014 when he just had his wedding. Born on 5th September, 1981, late Mark Kumwembe hailed from Chimaponda Village Traditional Authority (T/A) Tsabango in Lilongwe and he is survived by a wife, Ekari.


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Macra forms an ICT consumer rights forum in the central region

  Lilongwe, August 27, 2015: Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA) Wednesday, formed an Information Communication Technology forum in the Central Region among other things the forum will help Macra in sensitizing the public in terms of awareness.
Deputy Director for legal services at Macra Thoko Chimbe, said there was much that needed to be done in awareness, adding that basic communications services, especially telecommunications, are a basic right of any person. She said communication is no longer just a communication device but a tool for development where almost all other services can be provided from devices and services such as the internet, mobile money, insurance and payment of bills. “This grouping that has been formed is vital to us as Macra because we cannot do everything on our own because we have included people of different profession in the forum so that it is broad and with a variety,” she said. Chimbe emphasized on the right of consumers to have high quality and reliable communication services, this is the right to services that meet appropriate clearly defined conditions and regularly monitored quality of services benchmarks and standards. “I would like to ask you to remind consumers out there to take time to read all terms and conditions that accompany the products and services purchased on the market, let us encourage consumers to exercise due care when making decisions in the market place. Consumers should not be duped into buying substandard communication gadgets that will only last a few weeks.’’ She explained. National Secretary for Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP) Chris Chisoni who has been elected as the interim chairman for the forum said they will effectively work with Macra to sensitize the public on their rights as consumers. “We will act as a voice for the voiceless consumer out there because many of them do not know where to take their grievances even though they might experience bad services and when they do they still keep quiet, it is our duty to help them in taking their grievances to Macra.”  Chisoni explained. Consumer Rights include full disclosure of the services conditions which means the right to receive clear conspicuous and complete information about rates, terms and conditions for available and proposed products and services from the regulator or service provider as the case may be and be charged by the service provider.


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New LL arts group in early marriage fight

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VP attends lawyer Kumwembe's funeral

Macra forms an ICT consumer rights forum in the central region

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