14 February 2016
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Third Eye impresses in international collaborative song

    Mandela Mwanza AKA Third Eye Lilongwe, 13 February 2016: Malawian rapper–cum–writer Mandela Mwanza popularly known by his moniker “Third Eye” has once again impressed in an international collaborative song proving that he is one of the heavyweights in both local and international rap industry. The song “I AM” released on 9 February, was done by American rapper Awkword and it features nine artists from four continents including: ModeNine (Nigeria), Wakazi (Tanzania), Holstar (Zambia), The Assembly (South Africa) and Third Eye (Malawi). Reacting to the news via Facebook, on Friday Third Eye wrote, “Proud to represent Malawi on a global song both MTV Base and The Source Magazine have already written articles about. Truly, truly I say unto you, some of my life long dreams are coming true.” In an interview with Malawi News Agency on Saturday, Third Eye said through the collaborative song he expects bigger doors to open. “I don’t do collabos expecting anything except that bigger doors will open. I’m surrounded by legends on that song and these days I’ve been feeling like one too. So yeah, it’s all good,” Third Eye disclosed. Commenting on recent articles that have been published on well known international entertainment news outlets like MTV Base and HipHopDX, the Malawian rapper explained, “I have always had a great relationship with MTV Base since my days living in Nairobi so I’m really happy that they shed more light on my brother Awkword’s efforts to use hip hop for a higher effort.” In the song, Third Eye is heard rapping, “The warm heart of Africa, there's never no war/But then we fight against the odds just to even the score/But in Malawi what's war, is adding up all these votes/For these fat politicians never knowing the score... “…The floods are coming up, because the rain is going down/Thought I was coming up, until the floods came around/Malawi's named after a flame, so just imagine/A flame standing over the flood, and then he drown.” According to Awkword, “I AM” features 9 emcee sharing truths about their lives in their respective home countries across Africa, the Caribbean and the United States. “The song will appear on my 2016 EP “Mid-Flight”. All proceeds from the sale of the song will go towards financing the production of its music video so that all the artists featured can truly show who they are and where they’re from,” He said on his Bandcamp page. Awkword connected with Nigerian born Canadian producer, Teck-Zilla, Nigerian songstress Maka and French DJ J Hart to recruit an all-star cast of emcees to join him on the “I AM” global posse cut. Apart from the African artists, other artists featured on the song are Latasha Alcindor (USA) and Five Steez (Jamaica). The song is available at http://awkword.bandcamp.com/track/i-am-ft-modenine-five-steez-holstar-latasha-alcindor-third-eye-wakazi-the-assembly-maka-dj-j-hart-prod-by-teck-zilla


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First Lady urges people to take care of trees

  Madam Gertrude Mutharika plants trees at Chitukula Community Day Secondary School in the Area of Traditional Authority Chitukula in Lilongwe (C) Stanley Makuti Lilongwe, February 13: First Lady Madame Gertrude Mutharika on Friday appealed to people in the country to plant and take care of  trees. Speaking during a tree planting exercise she conducted for Beautify Malawi (BEAM)Trust at Chitukula Community Day Secondary School in Lilongwe district, Mutharika observed that planting trees is one thing and taking care of them is another. “Planting more trees would be meaningless if we fail to take care of them. We need to make sure that most of the trees that we plant should survive by taking good care of them,” she said.   A total of two hundred trees have been planted at Chitukula CDSS by BEAM. She said her organisation will continue providing tree seedlings to people upon request. Madame Mutharika said the importance of trees to the environment cannot be over emphasized as they help in soil conservation, as play a big role in improving the rainfall pattern among others. The First Lady also commended people of Chitukula area for their efforts in beautifying their homes and surroundings, school premises and other institutions in the area in line with BEAM’s objectives. Apart from planting the trees, the organization has also donated books which were sourced from the National Library Service, wheel barrows, shovels and buckets. BEAM Trust is also paying school fees for seven students at the school, five of whom are girls and has since pledged to drill a borehole to ease up water problems the students and members of the community are facing.


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Use of stabilized blocks to curb further deforestation

    Some of the structures of the newly opened Usisya Marke.  Pic by Aliko Munde, Mana Nkhata Bay, February 13:  The introduction of stabilized blocks in structures built with Local Development Fund (LDF) has been touted as a good step towards reduction of deforestation besides adding beauty to the community. During the official opening of Usisya newly constructed market in the area, Senior Chief M’bwana acknowledged the new outlook to the area, saying the market looked magnificent. We did not have decent infrastructure as we have today at Usisya. The market has added beauty to the area,” he said. The chief, however, faultedLDF for introducing stabilized blocks at a time communities have already destroyed the forest. But he observed the innovation will prevent further deforestation as use of burnt bricks, which requires firewood, will no longer be there. “Clay extraction increases soil erosion and degradation. Trees are cut down to burn bricks, which contribute to deforestation and air pollution. But the introduction of stabilized blocks will curb deforestation,” said Senior Chief M’bwana. There are also plans to build a bus depot in the area (Usisya) among other projects. M’bwana said if that is done, along with construction of the tarmac road between Mzuzu and the area, the latter will open up for business opportunities, especially in the tourism sector. Speaking in an interview after opening the market, LDF Urban Development Director, Mike Moyo, said LDF promotes the use of soil stabilized blocks to curb deforestation and mitigate the effects of climate change. “It is pertinent that we don’t use the so-called red bricks because they require that once molded they have to be burnt. For them to be burnt it means you have to cut trees,” explained Moyo. He then revealed that LDF is distributing brick molding machines to almost all district councils in the country as a way of discouraging communities from using red bricks to restore forest cover.


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Man, 65, gets 14 years for defiling 6 and 9 year-old girls

    Machinga, February 13: Gringo Binda, 65 has been sentenced to 14 year imprisonment with hard labour for defiling six and nine year-old girls. Police say he gave the girls K50 each to keep their mouths shut. Police Prosecutor, Sub Inspector, Rodrick Kamuona told Lilondwe First Grade Magistrates Court that Binda defiled the two girls on 28th January this . Kamuona added that one of the victimized girl’s mother saw her daughter with a K50 note and upon questioning her the girl said Binda gave her the K50 after defiling them. Binda was questioned and he admitted that he indeed gave the girls that amount but denied having sex with them. The matter was referred to Mposa Health Center where medical examination proved the two girls were defiled, according to Kamuona. The prosecutor said Binda was arrested on 28th January this year after it was also learnt that he defiled the two girls several times. He pleaded not guilty to defilement charge which is contrary to Section 138 of the Penal Code. Five witnesses testified against Binda and Sub Inspector Kamuona asked the court to give Binda stiffer punishment considering that defilement is a serious offence. , First Grade Magistrate Esther Phiri found him guilty of defiling the two little girls and sentenced him to 14 years IHL. The magistrate said defilement is a serious offence hence Binda deserved a custodial sentence. Binda comes from Nusheka Village, Traditional Authority Chikowi in Zomba while the two girls (who are not sisters) are from Traditional Authority Mposa in Machinga.


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Over 30,000 people to receive Oral Cholera Vaccine in Zomba

    Oral cholera vaccine Zomba, February 13: The Ministry of Health in collaboration with Zomba District Health Office (DHO) will start giving oral cholera vaccine to people in Zomba as one way of protecting them from infection. The vaccination is targeting over 30,000 people from one year and above in areas around Lake Chirwa where the DHO believes to be the source of cholera outbreaks in three districts of Machinga Phalombe and Zomba. Making the presentation at an extraordinary stakeholders meeting in Zomba, Zomba District Health Office (DHO) Representative Michael Luhanga said government proposed to conduct the cholera vaccination campaign to protect people at risk of getting the disease which affects communities without access to good water, sanitation and hygiene. In his presentation, Luhanga said the campaign would be carried out in five days including two days of mop up starting from 16 to 22 February during the first round. "The campaign is expected to be carried out in two rounds from February 16 to February 22 and the second round starting from 9 to 14 March this year," explained Luhanga. He added that the vaccine is prequalified by World Health Organisation for two doses administered in two weeks apart. "The cholera vaccine, known as Shankol is said to be very well tolerated and effective if taken in two doses per individual," he said. In his remarks, District Commissioner for Zomba, Bennet Nkasala urged chiefs and other local leaders including councilors who were present to take the message seriously to people in rural areas where the campaign will be conducted. Nkasala said, "Chiefs and all local leaders who are present today have a great role to play in disseminating this message to rural people to understand the main purpose of the vaccine.’’ He added that sometimes people may have negative attitudes towards such messages not knowing that they are intended to protect them. Group Village Headman Nsoni from the cholera prone area of Lungazi commended Zomba DHO for the commitment shown during the outbreak to protect lives of people. He appealed to the DHO to continue their commitment in all areas across the district in order to combat the cholera outbreak and other related diseases. District Health Officer Dr. Gift Kawalazira assured people that his office is trying its best to take care of people who have been affected by the disease and put measures in place to avoid further spread of the disease to other areas. He however, asked all stakeholders to join efforts in addressing the cholera issues in the district noting that the number one vaccine of cholera is hygiene. According to Zomba District Health Office, areas to be vaccinated include Kachulu,   Mchenga, Magwere,  Jalasi,  Chilipaine, Mtolongo, Chipengule, Chiphanga, Nkuba,  Katanda,  Muhamadu, Namombe, Lundu, Chidyamphiri Island, Chisi Island, Thongwe Island, Chinguma, Lungazi, Ngotangota and the floating homes (Zimbowera) which will reach to over 30, 000 people. This is the second time the Ministry of Health is conducting Oral Cholera Vaccination after Nsanje and Chikwawa districts last year where it has shown the effectiveness of the vaccine. The Ministry Of Health said the two districts have not yet registered any cholera case since the rains started early 2015. Officials from the ministry said the vaccine works for five years and but has no immediate plans to roll out to other areas in the district.


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Third Eye impresses in international collaborative song

First Lady urges people to take care of trees

Use of stabilized blocks to curb further deforestation

Man, 65, gets 14 years for defiling 6 and 9 year-old girls

Over 30,000 people to receive Oral Cholera Vaccine in Zomba

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