16 April 2014
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Malawi gets 530 solar mobile systems from China

Lilongwe, April 16: Chinese Government Wednesday handed over 226 solar powered street lighting systems to Malawi government and donated 533 solar mobile systems to Ministry of Health through Ministry of Energy. Speaking at the handover ceremony held at ministry of energy headquarters in Lilongwe, Energy Minister Ibrahim Matola said the 226 solar street lighting systems have already been installed at Capital Hill under the Chinese company of ZTE Corporation following the agreement signed in 2012. He said it is the Government policy to promote renewable energy technologies including solar in order to mitigate greenhouse gas emission among other reasons. Matola disclosed that Malawi Government is working towards achieving the target set by the United Nations under the Sustainable Energy for All Initiative which is to increase the contribution of renewable energy in the energy mix to 30 percent by the year 2013. He said the project has come at a better time when security at Capital Hill has elapsed and vandalism mostly occurs during the night. “This will add the beauty to Capital Hill especially at night, the solar street lights will contribute towards enhancing security here at this place which is the seat of the government of Malawi,” said the minister. Matola said walking or driving around Capital Hill at night will be nice due to the presence of the street lights because they can be seen far as area 18, 10 and city centre. They have indeed added beauty to capital city of Malawi. He, therefore, said this is in line with aspirations of the United Nations and indeed of the Malawi government as stipulated in National Energy Policy of 2003. Chinese Ambassador Pan Heyjun thanked the Malawi government for the cooperation and support during the time ZTE was installing the solar lights at the Capital Hill. He said, “The project will not only help those working at Capital Hill but the nation as a whole.” He said the Chinese government will in the next coming few years invest more in the energy sector. In his turn, Deputy Minister for Health Chikumbutso Hiwa commended the Chinese government for the donation as it will go long way in assisting those who are in remote areas. He said the solar mobile systems will be installed in those health centres where there is no electricity for important uses such as storage of vaccines. “This has demonstrated the cordial relationship between the two governments, we really appreciate the support the Chinese government has given us,” said Hiwa. He said all the solar mobile systems will be sent to the rural health centres soon to help improve the working situations for the health personnel.


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Malawi Red Cross to distribute 6, 720 blankets to the needy

Mzimba, April 16: Malawi Red Cross says it will this year distribute a total of 6, 720 blankets worth K53 million to the most vulnerable people in 17 districts of the country, courtesy of Japanese Blanket for Africa campaign. Malawi Red Cross President Levison Changole made the disclosure during the national launch for the distribution exercise held at Mzimba Boma on Tuesday. Changole said that blanket distribution exercise is one the activities the organization is mandated to undertake in complementing government’s duty of proving basic needs to citizens especially those in need. “Red Cross Malawi came into being through the Malawi Parliament and its sole purpose is to assist the poorest. One of the activities we carry out is this one of distributing blankets annually to the poorest people across the country,” he said. He thanked Japanese Blanket for Africa campaign for supporting Malawi Red Cross  for 20 years now, saying a total of 230, 000 blankets have so far been distributed to the poorest. Traditional Authority Kampingo Sibande hailed Red Cross Malawi for maintaining a good relationship with Japanese Blanket for Africa over the years. He said the relationship has consequently enabled the needy to alleviate some of their day to day challenges. He, however, urged people in the district to consider assisting each other during times of trouble saying Red Cross may not always be there with support.


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Plan Malawi support child labour fight in KU

Kasungu, April 16: As one way of showing commitment to eliminate child labour in the tobacco growing district of Kasungu, Plan Malawi has supported the District’s Child Labour Committee (DCLC) with K5 million. The Money was part of 20 Million Kwacha Plan Malawi pledged to give the DCLC and this was the last chunk after the committee already got K15million. DCLC Chairperson Yolamu Chiwanda thanked Plan Malawi for living up to its promise of supporting the committee in eliminating child labour. Chiwanda said the money from Plan Malawi has assisted in implementing activities towards the elimination of child labour. “Without Plan we couldn’t have made any efforts in eliminating child labour which was a big problem in the district due to its tobacco farming, “The Kasungu DCLC has done a lot, a thing which couldn’t have happened if we didn’t got any support from Plan Malawi,” said Chiwanda. District Labour Officer Olive Panyanja said the entire success story in eliminating child labour is there because there are funds to do the job and thanked Plan Malawi for being there. “We cannot fight this malpractice without funds and I am grateful for what Plan has done. I urge Plan Malawi to continue supporting the DCLC because we are on the map with our efforts because of Plan Malawi,” said Panyanja. Plan Malawi Area Manager for Kasungu Herbert Chidaya hailed the 4 year partnership that has been there between Plan Malawi and Kasungu DCLC. Chidaya said he appreciates the work of the DCLC a thing which has made Kasungu’s child protection structures to be recognized. “Child protection is the foundation of Plan Malawi and children have rights which fall under child protection. As Plan Malawi we can’t do everything alone that is why there was that need to work with the DCLC in the area of child protection,” said Chidaya. Chidaya said dealing with Child Labour has to be a continuous process and as Plan Malawi they will sit down to see what can be done to help the DCLC saying he expects to continue working with the committee. Plan Malawi committed K20 million in 2010 to help the DCLC’s initiatives in which it was giving in chunks over the four year period.


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Police to intensify security during Easter

Lilongwe, April 16: Police in the country have said in strongest terms that they are geared to intensify security in the country come Easter holiday. Festive seasons like Easter, Christmas are characterised with high crime rate, accidents, excessive beer drinking just to mention a few. Speaking to Malawi news Agency (Mana), National Police public relations officer, Rhoda Manjolo said the country faces many challenges such as high crime rate, accidents because of the excitement which is always instilled in the people more especially the youth.  “We have increased intelligence collection, just to make sure that we are aware of any possible crime. “We will also engage members of the community through the community policing just to make sure that no crimes happen in the local areas,” Manjolo explained. Manjolo further added that patrols will be both on motor vehicles as well as foot patrols. “Having patrols will work hand in hand with members of the general public including journalists to sensitise people about the goodness of security. “We are also pleading with well wishers to report immediately to police on any malpractice that may occur in the absence of the police so that police interventions should be given accordingly,” she said. On the issue of punishing suspects during the Easter season, Manjolo said it is still against the rule of Malawi for people to punish suspected thieves own their own. Said Manjolo, “It is not advisable for people to be punishing suspected thieves, saying doing so will hinder investigations. “It is proper for people to report to the police when they have caught a suspect for they are the only ones who have the mandate to arrest and investigate further to avoid future occurrence of the same kind of robber,”


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Zomba Court fines Youngman K30, 000 cash for registering twice

Zomba, April 16: Zomba Chief Resident Magistrate Court Friday fined 20 year old  Mphatso Likaka   K30,000 cash for registering twice contrary to the Malawi Electoral Laws. Zomba Police Deputy Publicist, Constable Emmanuel Kachingwe told the Malawi News Agency Wednesday the police found the two voter registration Identity Cards (IDs) when they went to search Likaka’s house who was answering to the offence of theft. Kachingwe said it was an electoral offence to obtain registration in more than one registration areas contrary to section 98 subsection (3)a of the Malawi Electoral Laws. The Police Deputy Public Relations Officer further said the suspect appeared before court Friday and Assistant Superintendent Josophine Chigawa who is a police prosecutor told the court that Likaka got the first voter registration ID on 21st September, 2013, where the date of birth was indicated as 1st January, 1991 at Malonje registration center. He also went further to get the second registration at Chinamwali registration centre on 22nd September where he claimed to have born on 24th   September, 1983. Kachingwe said Chief Resident Magistrate, Jean Kayira ruled when passing judgment Likaka ought to be given a stiff punishment since the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) made it clear that registration is done once and the suspect did that out of evil intention. “In mitigation Likaka pleaded with the court that he was an orphan and has two children who will need support if given a jail sentence. He therefore, asked for community service sentence,” the police publicist said. However, Kachingwe said Chief Resident Magistrate Kayira ordered the suspect to pay a fine of K30, 000.00 cash or else serve a one month imprisonment with hard labour in order to deter others from doing the same during registration period in future elections. The police spokesperson further warned that it is also an electoral offence to dare voting twice at two different centres or more as it is prohibited to register twice or more adding it was also unacceptable to keep someone’s voter registration card or taking the details because the cards remain the property of the Malawi Electoral Commission. He therefore appealed to all registered voters in the district to keep their voter registration cards safe until the voting day and report anyone in possession of two voter registration cards or collecting the voter cards from people to the police or any authorities in the community such as chiefs. Malawians are going to vote for the President, Members of Parliament, and Councilors on May 20 this year according to MEC calendar and a voter registration identity card is a very important document in as far as identification of a person is concerned at a polling station. Kachingwe said Likaka hails from Kazembe village, Traditional Authority Kuntumanje in Zomba and has been sent to Zomba Maximum Prison since he has failed to pay the fine according to the judgment.


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Malawi gets 530 solar mobile systems from China

Malawi Red Cross to distribute 6, 720 blankets to the needy

Plan Malawi support child labour fight in KU

Police to intensify security during Easter

Zomba Court fines Youngman K30, 000 cash for registering twice

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Zomba Court fines Youngman K30, 000 cash for registering twice

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Malawi gets 530 solar mobile systems from China

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Lilongwe, April 16: Chinese Government Wednesday handed over 226 solar powered street lighting systems to Malawi government and donated 533 solar mobile systems to Ministry of Health through Ministry of Energy. Speaking at the handover cer...

Malawian Airlines slashes domestic flights fares by 25 percent

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JB promises to supply food stuffs to avert hunger in KA

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MP Kandodo says not afraid of Section 65

Kasungu, July 11, 2012, Mana: Kasungu Central Member of Parliament Ken Kandodo said recently he is not afraid of Section 65 challenging that he will maintain his seat should Speaker of

Parliament Henry Chimunthu Banda invoke the anti-defection law.

 

Kandodo who is also Malawi’s Defence Minister is among former ruling Democratic Progressive

Party (DPP) MPs who ditched their party following death of President Bingu wa Mutharika and

announced their allegiance to President Joyce Banda and her now ruling People’s Party (PP).

 

Speaker Chimunthu Banda is yet to act on a petition by DPP to have seats of all its former MPs

who are now on government side declared vacant for allegedly crossing the floor.

 

However, Kandodo told a development rally at Lisasadzi in the district that he is confident of retaining his Kasungu Central seat in a by-election in the event that it is declared vacant.

 

“Even if elections are held today or next week, I’ll still go back to parliament. As an MP I’m still

enjoying support from the constituency and the general public,” he declared.

 

Quizzed if by declaring allegiance to PP-led government means he has effectively joined

the party Kandodo insisted that he is an independent member of parliament but supporting government.

 

 

 

He was on the other hand non-committal on possibilities of joining the party in future or running on its ticket in 2014 general elections only saying “politics is dynamic, you never know what will

 

happen tomorrow.” He said the nation will be advised when time comes.

 

 

 

“I am an independent MP but supporting government, that is my official status in parliament

 

now,” he clarified.

 

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