02 April 2015
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NAC donates 6 motor cycle ambulances to Malawi Prison Services


Prison Officers captured during a public function - File Photo Lilongwe, April 1: National AIDS Commission (NAC) on Tuesday donated six motor cycle ambulances to Malawi Prison Service (MPS) worthy K15 million to assist ferrying inmates who require special medical treatment in district and referral hospitals. Speaking when donating the ambulances, chairperson for NAC Board of Commissioners, Mara Kumbweza Banda said the commission was aware of the severe shortage of ambulances in prisons and that the ambulances will ease transport challenges in referring sick inmates to district and referral hospitals. Kumbweza Banda said, “NAC realizes and understands the challenges the MPS face in trying to care for the inmates more especially those that fall sick and require specialized attention at the district and any referral hospitals.” She said the commission observes that in some instances prisoners have to carry their sick colleagues on stretchers and travel long distances to reach district hospitals for special treatment.  “These ambulances are appropriate because they are cost effective in terms of maintenance, running costs and they are also fit to travel even in areas with difficult road infrastructure and terrain,” she explained.   Kumbweza Banda urged MPS officials to make good use of the ambulances and not to divert them for other uses. Chief Commissioner of the Malawi Prisons Service, Kennedy Nkhoma said the ambulances will be given to prison stations where there are no ambulances. ”Most prison stations have no reliable transport to take sick inmates to district and referral hospitals and the distances are also long,” explained Nkhoma adding that the donation will enhance delivery of health services. He assured NAC officials that the ambulances will be properly taken care of and only be used for intended purposes and he warned MPS officials that disciplinary measures will be taken for those found using the ambulances for their own use. Nkhoma expressed his worries on the ceased funding from Global Fund to NAC saying that this will paralyse some of their works at MPS as they work together with NAC to address HIV and AIDS in the country’s prisons. He then asked NAC to continue giving them grants with the assistance they get from other donors. MPS is one of the organizations who have been receiving grants from NAC. The Motor Cycle Ambulances were purchased by NAC in collaboration with MPS.


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BT man sentenced to 6 yrs IHL for selling uterus

Blantyre, April 1: The Senior Resident Magistrates Court in Blantyre on Monday sentenced 24 year-old Charles Nyasulu six years imprisonment with hard labour for possessing and trying to sell human body tissues. He was charged with selling and possessing body tissues contrary to section 16(a) of the Anatomy Act. Blantyre Police Spokesperson Constable Elizabeth Divala said Nyasulu was arrested last week as he tried sell the uterus to traditional doctor Steven Pensulo, who tipped- off the law enforcers. “He pleaded guilty and the court sentenced him to six years imprisonment with hard labour so that others should learn,” said Divala. According to Divala, it remains unclear on where Nyasulu got the uterus. Senior Resident Magistrate Chikondi Mandala presided over the case. Nyasulu comes from Namalima village, Traditional Authority Chikowi in Zomba. Section 16 of the Anatomy Act prohibits people from selling or buying the body of a deceased person or a tissue removed from the body of a deceased or living person; or for gain or profit, supplies to any person for educational, scientific, research, therapeutic or diagnostic purposes, or any other purpose whatsoever, tissue removed from the body of a deceased or living person.


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Power transmission line project to affect 3278 households


Transmission lines Ntcheu, April 1: An Electric power transmission line Infrastructure Development Project which is being financed by Millennium Challenge Cooperation (MCC) of the United States Government through Millennium Challenge Account- Malawi is expected to affect about 3278 households in Ntcheu, Dedza and Lilongwe districts. This was disclosed Tuesday by Millennium Challenge Account Resettlement Specialist, Edith Maseya when she briefed traditional authorities and members of District Resettlement and Grievance Management Committee in Ntcheu on a 173 kilometer Electric power transmission line which will run from Phombeya in Balaka to Nkhoma in Lilongwe. “According to our assessment, it has been established that about 3278 households (about a population of 11,000) and 54 dwelling houses will be affected by the 400 kilovolts electric power transmission line project,” said Maseya. Maseya said the project has put in place compensation mechanisms for the households whose dwelling houses would be affected. “In this compensation schedule, the affected households are at liberty to choose whether they like to be given money equivalent to their property or to be provided with a permanent house at an area of their choice,” she said. Maseya added that 17 per cent of the affected people are the elderly, widows, disabled who are also poverty stricken. She said for the poverty stricken households, the project will devise ways and means of improving the households’ economic status by providing them with funds for small scale income generating activities. “During implementation of any construction project, grievances from both the contractor and the affected communities are eminent, hence the establishment of District Resettlement and Grievance Management Committees in the concerned districts,” she said. She said the committees will be mandated to handle and settle the project’s related grievances to ensure smooth implementation of the project.
The US$350.7 million project commenced with preparatory  ground works in September 2013 and it is expected to run up to 2018.


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48 per cent stunting rate in Nkhata Bay worries World Vision Malawi


Eating all groups of food fights stunted growth - File Photo Nkhata Bay, April 1: Despite Nkhata Bay District being abundantly blessed with a variety of food stuffs, almost half of the district’s population are stunted people, a situation World Vision Malawi has described as worrisome. According to a survey that the Nkhata Bay Scaling-Up Nutrition (SUN) district team conducted, stunting rate in the district is pegged at 48 per cent. During a week-long sensitization campaign that World Vision Malawi embarked last week, the organization’s district Maternal New born and Child Health facilitator, Nellia Galeta, said the rate of stunted growth is worrisome, considering that the district has plenty of food stuffs. “Nkhata Bay is one of the districts that have a lot of food stocks, but when you look at the current stunting rate figures, you will see that it’s a big percentage. “It is for this reason that we have embarked on this campaign to sensitize people on good dietary habits since it’s the only way to salvage the situation,” said Galeta. She said perhaps the high stunting rate in the district is as a result of poor food preparatory practices, hence the need to educate people on the preparatory practices so that the district regains the status of a healthy community. According to Galeta, one way of scaling up nutrition is to encourage people to eat the recommended six food groups which are all found within their localities in the district. “People should know that all the required six groups are found even in their localities and it does not even require one to have a lot of resources to access them. “We have some local food stocks which, if hygienically well prepared, one can get the best possible nutritious values from them,” she advised. World Vision Programme Manager for Nkhata Bay, Prince Nkhata, said it was imperative that the communities be informed on some things that affect their daily lives. “Of particular interest is that we have put much emphasis on child health in these campaigns since we know that it is where all things start, and World Vision Malawi will always commit itself to bankrolling such programs that put children’s health as a priority,” said Nkhata. Among some areas targeted for sensitization campaign on nutrition are Sanga, Chikwina and Mzenga all in Nkhata Bay District.


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Agriculture performance suffering in the absence of working national policy

L Kumwembe speaks with the press after opening the meeting - Pic by Brian Itai ilongwe, April 1: The absence of a working National Agriculture Policy (NAP) has led to the underperformance of the sector in terms of resource use, both human and financial causing the rise in duplication of efforts. Principal Secretary II in the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development Bright Kumwembe said this during the opening of the National Agriculture Consultation meeting in Lilongwe on Tuesday.   Kumwembe said the sector was forced to operate using sub-sector policies which were at times incoherent and misaligned, a thing which posed a challenge to different actors to effectively implement programmes in the agriculture sector. “Therefore, the sector requires putting in place a coherent policy that should guide its programming to effectively contribute to achieving economic growth and development for our country. “Agriculture will remain an important sector to the country’s economy in terms of its contribution to the Gross Domestic Product, employment, foreign exchange earnings, food security and nutrition for the foreseeable future,” said Kumwembe. The government through the ministry of agriculture is in the process of soliciting input from stakeholders and partners in the agricultural sector which will be incorporated in the National Agriculture Policy that the ministry is developing. The ministry, with support from multi-donor fund has conducted about 10 meetings country-wide which have included the participation of leading stakeholders at district level. One of the partners which has in the past taken a leading role in advocating for the formulation of the NAP is the Civil Society Agriculture Network (CISANET) who have expressed their delight at government’s resumption in the process of developing the policy. Board Chairperson for CISANET Rex Chapota said they are aware of the challenges that government has been facing in the process of working on the policy but it is pleasing to note that the process is now drawing to a close. “We have had an interest in the NAP process since it started some years ago as we understand the enormous importance of this policy document to the sector. It had therefore been frustrating at times when datelines in the NAP development were being missed,” said Chapota. He said as CISANET, they believe that a conducive policy environment with sound implementation strategies is a prerequisite for agriculture development which needs to be accompanied by a political will and effective allocation of resources. “Malawi has a lot of good policy documents in livestock, irrigation, extension and other areas but a lot needs to be done beyond having good policies for these subsectors to tick. The NAP will therefore just be another document if there will not be a genuine desire to implement its content,” he said. In the past two years CISANET has organised a number of dialogue meetings for members of the civil society and the general public to make their contribution to the NAP. Some notable meetings include the CISANET national conference and policy dialogue meeting in 2013 where speakers explored the political economy of agriculture policy in Malawi.


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NAC donates 6 motor cycle ambulances to Malawi Prison Services

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Power transmission line project to affect 3278 households

48 per cent stunting rate in Nkhata Bay worries World Vision Malawi

Agriculture performance suffering in the absence of working national policy

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NAC donates 6 motor cycle ambulances to Malawi Prison Services

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Prison Officers captured during a public function - File Photo Lilongwe, April 1: National AIDS Commission (NAC) on Tuesday donated six motor cycle ambulances to Malawi Prison Service (MPS) worthy K15 million to assist ferrying inmates w...

48 per cent stunting rate in Nkhata Bay worries World Vision Malawi

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Eating all groups of food fights stunted growth - File Photo Nkhata Bay, April 1: Despite Nkhata Bay District being abundantly blessed with a variety of food stuffs, almost half of the district’s population are stunted people, a situatio...

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Agriculture performance suffering in the absence of working national policy

Written By Brian Itai on Wednesday, 01 April 2015 19:28
Agriculture performance suffering in the absence of working national policy

L Kumwembe speaks with the press after opening the meeting - Pic by Brian Itai ilongwe, April 1: The absence of a working National Agriculture Policy (NAP) has led to the underperformance of the sector in terms of resource use, both human...

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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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