27 August 2014
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Churches of Christ urge Women to be development architects

Mangochi, August 27: Gowa Synod Churches of Christ in Malawi minister in Ntcheu, Reverend Tendance Suya has urged women of the Church across the country to take a leading role in spearheading various development activities for the growth of the nation. Reverend Suya made the call Sunday when he closed a week–long women’s national convention held at Kafucheche Churches of Christ in Mangochi. Speaking as a guest of honour during the convention, Suya observed that women can play a very crucial role in the development of the country considering that they were in majority hence the potential to influence change. Suya encouraged women in the church to borrow a leaf from the Book of Esther who in the Bible was enterprising and always ready to provide for her kinsmen. “I always look at women not only in the Churches of Christ alone but in the country in general as an avalanche of development because together in unity they have the potential to transform this country,” Suya said. He added that there was need for women to rise up to the challenge of taking decision making positions in order to realize the dream of improving the socio–economic status of people in their respective communities. Chairperson of the Convention’s Organising Committee, Chimwemwe Pakhale said the meeting was convened to bring together women from different congregations across the country to share ideas on how to better the life of a person, family as well as the nation. “The five day meeting centred on how as women we can use our skills and talents to improve our own individual lives, that of our families and the general welfare of people in the country,” Pakhale said. According to Pakhale, the convention also focused on the benefits of educating the girl child, the role of parents in the spiritual growth of their children and taking responsibility of people in need. “We discussed at length various aspects on how to help the girl child better. We also looked at the issue of offerings and tithes as a way to attaining economic independence,” she said. “More importantly, we discussed an emerging development of ailments like BP, diabetes and cancer.” At the end of the convention, the women cheered and donated various items to patients at Mangochi District Hospital’s female and maternity wards. The items which included such things like laundry and bath soap, salt, sugar and plastic buckets were valued at K150,000. Team leader of the group who visited the hospital, Elizabeth Kaludzu while commending the women for their commitment and selfless spirit, said charity was part of the church’s teaching adding that it was also the responsibility of every Christian as espoused in John Chapter 10.


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Machinga Council to enforce thin plastic paper clean up exercise

  Machinga, August 27: Machinga District Council will start a clean-up campaign on thin plastic papers in its markets as a way of implementing Government ban on the use of thin plastic papers. District Commissioner, Reignhard Chavula disclosed this in an interview with the Malawi News Agency. She said the council started cleaning up its premises to ensure a thin plastic free environment. The District Commissioner said the campaign will involve revenue collectors of all the markets in the district who shall promote the clean up at grassroots level as the other way of promoting market sanitation. She however, added that the campaign will also depend on how urgently producers of thin plastic papers will abide by the government ban on the use of the same. Chavula therefore called on people in the district to stop littering thin plastic papers around to make markets and public places clean. To ensure that the campaign is successful and sustainable, she said the council will collaborate with market based environmental committees. “Pick up plastic paper wherever you are,” is Chavula’s message to people of Machinga.


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Bits and Bytes wins ICT Award

Lilongwe, August 27, Mana: Bits and Bytes Limited has won ICT award from Cyberoam during a function held at Sun City Hotel in South Africa on Sunday this week. In an interview with Malawi News Agency (Mana), Executive Director for Bits and Bytes Limited, Ahmed Osman, said the award would motivate the company to providing better services to the customers in order to retain it next year.  “Cyberoam is a big ICT company in the world and giving us this award is not a mean achievement as people will now recognize Malawi as great player in the IT industry. “There were many countries that could have won the award, but we successfully represented Malawi and the award has put our country on the map,” Osman said. Osman also explained that the coming in of Cyberoam to Malawi would benefit the nation in improving the sector, saying government has prioritized ICT as one of the tools to spur socio-economic development of the country.   He further said the company’s efforts in partnering with other international companies is aimed at ensuring that there is easy access to ICT services among Malawians.   Cyberoam offers IT solutions for varied needs of enterprises including network security.   “Government in its Malawi Growth and Development Strategy (MGDS) has put ICT development as one of the priorities that can spur the socio-economic development of the country. “The partnership between us and Cyberoam will complement government’s efforts to improve the ICT sector for the betterment of the citizenry,” he explained. Established in 2008, Bits and Bytes Limited provides sustainable ICT solutions to the business community and government as well as ensuring that Malawians have access to ICT services at all levels. Cyberoam, headquartered in New Jersey in United States of America, is an award winning global IT Security Company that operates in over 125 countries across the world. It offers IT solutions for varied needs of enterprises including network security.


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President Mutharika to sign Golden Ball reaffirming commitment to prevent HIV in Malawi

Lilongwe, August 27, 2014, Mana: State President Prof. Peter Mutharika will on Thursday sign a Golden Ball committing himself to HIV prevention. Mutharika will join Fifteen Heads of State who have so far signed the ball which will be arriving in the country alongside the Ghanaian Football Captain, Asamoah Gyan. The ceremony is expected to take place at Sanjika Palace in Blantyre. According to a Press Statement, a visit by Gyan is one of the series that National Aids Commission (NAC) UNIADS and other partners are undertaking to reinvigorate HIV prevention in the country, particularly among the young people.  The campaign also seeks contribute to the three zero new infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDs-related death and in particular the drive towards zero infection through the galvanizing power of football. Other planned activities during the campaign include interactive “Protect the Goal’’ information session with young people, media interviews and radio talk show. The Ghanaian captain is also during the three day visit expected to grace the standard Bank football cup final game between silver strikers and Azam Tigers at Civo stadium in Lilongwe. In another important development, President Prof. Peter Mutharika will early in the day officially open the 11th National Agriculture Fair at Trade Fair Grounds in Blantyre. According to press statement from State House authored by presidential press secretary, Fredrick Ndala and made available at Malawi News Agency says, ‘’President Mutharika is expected to arrive at the venue at 9.00 am.’’  This years’s agriculture fair is being held under the theme, ‘’ Agriculture: A Basis for Inclusive Economic Growth,’’ says part of the statement.


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CCJP to improve local governance in Malawi

Dowa, August 27, 2014, Mana: Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP-Lilongwe) has embarked upon capacity building campaign on issues of local governance in Malawi. CCJP project Manager, Mwai Sandramu said on Monday they organized an interface meeting at Traditional Dzoole Headquarters to meet chiefs, Members of Parliament, Councillors and members from the District Council to address issues affecting local governance. Sandram, however said he was saddened that councilors who were to be central to the meeting shunned it. “This is worrisome development as the people we were targeting did not come despite receiving invitations, but we will organize another meeting,” said Sandram.  He said CCJP with funds from Tilitonse and Danish Church Aid has trained teachers on their duty and responsibility and those of the authorities on local governance. Sandram also said CCJP wants to make sure that all the problems and questions that people have be addressed through such forums as the teachers who will take the complaints and suggestions made by people and report them to responsible personnel for answers. Community Based Educator (CBE) Thomas Kaundama lamented over the failure of VDCs in many areas saying they are only operational during FISP-coupons activities and that the VDCs ADCs were supposed to a bridge the gap on developmental issues. Group Village headman Dzoole said this project will help them know how best to work with the council and other stakeholders but expressed concern over the absence of councilors at the meeting. The project “Collaborative Action of FBOs and CSOs in strengthening Local Governance in selected districts in Malawi” is to help improving local governance that includes, being responsive and accountable to the interests and needs of the poor and marginalized people in the country.


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Churches of Christ urge Women to be development architects

Machinga Council to enforce thin plastic paper clean up exercise

Bits and Bytes wins ICT Award

President Mutharika to sign Golden Ball reaffirming commitment to prevent HIV in Malawi

CCJP to improve local governance in Malawi

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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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