31 August 2014
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LL election stakeholders propose review on ward demarcation formula

Lilongwe, August 31: Lilongwe City and District Council election stakeholders Saturday proposed that Parliament should review ward demarcation formula which Malawi Election Commission (MEC) uses at the moment. They said the ward demarcation formula states that there should be two wards per constituency and only emphasizes on population size rather than also considering ward size and geographical features. The stakeholders said applying same formula across the board puts huge constituencies at a disadvantage. The stakeholders observed, merely dividing some wards into two means some ward councilors will have very huge wards, a development which will compromise their efficiency. They also proposed that in future, the ward demarcation exercise should be done jointly with chiefs and be allocated more funds so that surveyors, MEC and council officials physically check their sizes. In their group work presentations, participants to the meeting said involvement of chiefs was vital because some chiefs were mistaking ward demarcation for reducing their area of control.   But MEC Commissioner Gloria Chingota who presided over the 2014 tripartite election review meeting at Lilongwe district council chamber said, “Wards demarcation are not based on chiefs jurisdiction. It’s not chieftainship.” District Civic Education Officer for National Civic Education Office (NICE) Lilongwe urban Hajirah Ali told the meeting that there was need to educate the chiefs so that they understand the reasons behind ward demarcation. Earlier Commissioner Gloria Chingota challenged the election stakeholders to mention anything that did not go well during the 2014 tripartite elections that does not create “a fertile ground for its repetition in the 2019 elections or any election that might be held in between.” She said, “The Commission has adopted an electoral cycle approach to elections. This means that preparations for 2019 elections will start now and not in 2018 with just a year to go. We are also encouraging our stakeholders and structures to embrace the same approach.” In the past elections, she recalled, election review meetings were conducted at national level, a development which denied an opportunity to get reflections at the local or council level. She thanked the European Union Democratic Governance Programme (EU DGP) for providing the financial resources that enabled the Commission to hold the post-elections review meetings in Lilongwe and all other councils across the country. “The EU DGP has been a very good partner in that is has supported the capacity building of the Commission staff and partners through trainings. The EU DGP also supported the Commission in developing of its current Strategic Plan and the Civic and Voter Education Strategy,” she disclosed. Attending the review meeting were members of the district elections supervisory team (DEST), multiparty liaison committee (MPLC), traditional leaders and civil society organizations (CSOs) that took part in the   tripartite elections. Other suggestions the stakeholders made were wards should be within a constituency, MEC should provide ballots and booths for polling demonstration during civic education, civic education should be given more time, party monitors should be those that read and write, stick to time of opening and closing of polling centres, during trainings constituency returning officers )CROs) should have materials to facilitate practical rather than theoretical training with polling staff.


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MEC to pay Polling Staff in Councils

Dowa,  August 31: Logistical problems that happened in the polling centers of the May 20 Tripartite Elections has delayed payment of allowances to the Polling staff. Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) Commissioner, Gloria Chingota said in an interview with Mana just after receiving communication from United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on polling staff allowances. Commissioner Chingota said the polling staff will now be paid their dues in their respective district councils than through the banks as it was previously arranged. “UNDP with Standard Bank will soon be going to respective district councils for payment of polling staff who are yet to receive their money,” said Chingota. Chingota said communication will be sent the concerned centres and persons who are to be represented by their presiding Officers as evidence that they indeed worked. The commissioner said it is a worrisome development that some centres had more polling staff than the recommended 6 per stream, saying this forced UNDP to be suspicious of the payment. The MEC official said the commission has also noted with concern that some people are claiming to have worked but they didn’t, mentioning an example of Police officers who tend to receive half payment before working but failed to report for duty, in their place, some new officers were sent who later are claiming for full payment. Commissioner Chingota also emphasized that come 2019 elections, teachers will not be automatically enrolled as polling staff, but MEC will release vacancies open to who is capable for delivery of service as constituency returning officers (CROs), presiding officers and clerks. The Commissioner said MEC is a listening and non-partisan body and will try to address most the challenges mate during 2014 tripartite Election to ensure that 2019 elections be more successful than ever.


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Vice President Saulos Chilima calls on all tribes to promote their culture

Ntcheu, August 30: Vice President Saulos Chilima has called on all tribes in Malawi to spearhead activities and ceremonies which can contribute towards the promotion of culture to maintain the country’s and their tribes’ identities respectively. Chilima was speaking Saturday at Mkolimbo Village in the area of Senior Chief Kwataine in Ntcheu at Umhlangano wa Maseko Ngoni Cultural Day. “Every nation and tribe is recognized by its cultural values and practices, hence the need for Malawians to be in the forefront in promoting their culture in respect to their tribes,” said Chilima. He said government can only support initiatives by tribes in the promotion of their cultural values but chiefs have to motivate their subjects at all levels not to tolerate copying foreign cultural practices which demonstrate immorality and lack of politeness. “Of late, I have noted a lot of people copying foreign dressing in some cases youths show their underwear that is uncalled for in Malawi, that practice would in the long run ruin Malawian cultural values and practices,” he said. Chilima also advised Malawians to have keen interest in teaching children their mother languages as one of the means of promoting their identity. The Vice President then took advantage to advise Malawians to develop self independence syndrome by working hard on their own to improve their livelihoods, saying most of the donor countries have developed a system of attaching conditions to their aid, saying donor dependency cannot contribute to sustainable development of the country. “Some donors attach conditions to their aid because they also have problems in their countries, so we must learn to develop self dependency spirit if this country is to develop. In his remarks, Minister of Information, Tourism and Culture, Kondwani Nankhumwa said cultural values and practices if well preserved can contribute towards the promotion of tourism in the country. “We have seen a lot of Ngoni artifacts and these can attract tourists into the country,” he said. Speaking earlier, Paramount Chief Gomani V advised chiefs of the Maseko Ngoni to priotize the promotion of education, tree planting, modern agricultural practices among others for the country’s sustainable development. The Vice President earlier in the day laid wreaths at Chikuse Gomani Memorial Tomb before touring display stands of the Ngoni artifacts. The Umhlangano Wa Maseko Ngoni which was attended by Ngoni Chiefs from other parts of the country, South Africa and Mozambique is an annual cultural festival which involves paying homage to the Ngoni Maseko Ancestral spirits and sacrifices are offered at the Gomani Chikuse tombstone as thanks giving and asking for peace and prosperity and it is held annually.


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Government, Stakeholders continue supporting mentally and physically challenged

Lilongwe, August 30: Government, development partners says will continue supporting children with intellectual disability in building capacity through sporting and promoting their health and education in the country. Speaking in an interview with Malawi News Agency (Mana) on Friday the Deputy Director for disability programmes in Ministry of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare, Felix Sapala said that Government is promoting special programmes such as of Special Olympics by mainstreaming the program so that organisations should participate in promoting the welfare of the intellectually challenged children in the country. “… as government we are mainstreaming the special programmes, however we are commending stakeholders and other non-governmental organisations who are bringing forth their programmes to support intellectual challenged children. What these children need is support from the society; they face a lot of discrimination which most of the times leads to stigma,” said Sapala. Special Olympics Malawi Board Chair, Peter Mazunda applauded the Standard Bank for the support it rendered to the Special Olympics by donating footballs, cones and medals worthy K1 million  to assist the children during this years’ Special Olympics games preparations which would help select a team of athletes to represent Malawi at Los Angeles, United States of America in July next. “We are thankful to the Standard Bank’s gesture, we struggled to organize such games to help these children but we are grateful for the support the bank has given to Special Olympics Malawi,” Peter Mazunda said. The Standard Bank Chief Financial Officer, Temwani Simwaka said the bank believes in the youths development which makes it to be part of the community. “As a bank we believe in youth so, we have supported Special Olympics Malawi with some footballs, cones, and medals to bring joy and smile on the faces of these intellectual disabled children as they prepare for the next years’ Special Olympic Games,” Simwaka said. Special Olmpics provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.


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Three men in custody over illicit medical drugs

Zomba, August 30:  Zomba police have arrested three suspects for being found with medical drugs without proper documents believed to have been stolen from government hospitals. According to Zomba Police Deputy Publicist, Constable Patricia Supiliyano, Police are keeping in custody Moses Mbeta aged 28, Godfrey Chilupsya 31 and Joseph Chizalo 34 on the charge of illegal possession of medical drugs contrary to section 35 of Pharmacy Act of Medicines and Poisons Board. “Officers of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) were on duty at Sunuzu Trading Centre when they found the three suspects offering for sale assorted medical drugs. When they were asked for documentation, they failed to produce relevant papers. Eventually the police officers arrested them,” Supiliyano explained. She further said the consignment comprised prestigious medicines such as, Lumefantrine Artemether (LA), Panado, Aspirin, Depo, Bactrim, Amoxilin Cotrim, Indocid believed to have been stolen from government hospital. “We would like to ask the general public that they must avoid buying such medical drugs because they are kept in places in which they can expire easily and become hazardous to their health. Secondly, they are not prescribed to them by medical practitioners,” the police spokesperson urged. Media reports have persistently indicated shortage of drugs in government hospitals in the country since 2011, yet, there have been mushrooming of private hospitals most of which have constant supply of medical drugs.


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LL election stakeholders propose review on ward demarcation formula

MEC to pay Polling Staff in Councils

Vice President Saulos Chilima calls on all tribes to promote their culture

Government, Stakeholders continue supporting mentally and physically challenged

Three men in custody over illicit medical drugs

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Vice President Saulos Chilima calls on all tribes to promote their culture

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LL election stakeholders propose review on ward demarcation formula

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MEC to pay Polling Staff in Councils

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Government, Stakeholders continue supporting mentally and physically challenged

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