31 January 2015
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Angry mob kills suspected thief in KK


Makalani: We are investigating the matter - File Photo Nkhotakota, January 30: A man identified as Petros Kamanga of Kabua Village in the area of T/A Khosolo in Mzimba has been murdered by a mob after being suspected of a thief.  Nkhunga Police Spokesperson Sub-inspector Laban Makalani said the man is alleged to have trespassed into Kazirila sugarcane field while armed with a panga knife in order to steal tyres of an irrigation pivot. “The man was confronted by three cane guards belonging to Umodzi Cane Growers Association, one of the sugarcane smallholder grower’s organisations in the area. It is alleged that the man injured the three guards with a knife before freeing into hiding. “Following the incident, villagers around the area mobilized themselves and started searching for the man until they found him. The villagers assaulted the man to death and later set him ablaze,” he said. Makalani said the three guards who had confronted the suspect sustained serious injuries and were rushed to Nkhotakota District Hospital where they have been admitted to. “One of the three guards identified as Limbikani Chinjoka aged 25 who hails from Kalikhola Village in the area of Senior Chief Kanyenda in Nkhotakota was stabbed in the abdomen to the extent that his intestines were exposed. “His two other colleagues identified as Andrew Chijozi aged 43 and Macdonald Matumbi aged 50 from Kalikhola and Gweula villages respectively were stabbed on various parts of the bodies,” Makalani said. The police publicist said the villagers are alleging to have seized a knife from the deceased. He further said police have opened a case of murder under section 309 of the Penal Code against unknown person and are warning members of the general public to desist from taking the law into their hands by punishing or killing suspects of crimes. “A suspect is supposed to be presumed not guilty until proven guilty by a court of competent jurisdiction. The police are therefore advising members of the general public to report or bring suspects of crime in order to allow justice to take its course. “Therefore, we are condemning the barbaric killing of Kamanga and that is pure murder. Currently, we are investigating the matter,” said Makalani.


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Kasungu police trains urban community policing forums


Kasungu, January 30: Members of urban community policing forums in Kasungu municipality on Thursday were mentored and imparted with knowledge that would help enhance their professionalism when carrying out their job. The training was held at Kasungu community hall and was conducted by the Kasungu Police station. Over 50 people participated, that included religious leaders, ward councilors, and block leaders who promised to bring a positive change towards this noble cause of fostering peace in their respective localities. The committees were drilled in issues of roles of local government in security, rescue mobilization, crime prevention and partnership, arrest, mob justice and communication. Furthermore, the police competently taught the members about bail and 48 hour rule and rule of law. Officer in Charge (O.C) for Kasungu police station, Senior Assistant Commissioner Sekani Tembo said their wish is to see the community policing forums being equipped with right skills in how they can professionally conduct and handle security issues in their respective wards. “We as police are few in number, but alongside such committees, Kasungu is to prevail with tight security. “We hope that the participants would also transfer the knowledge they have learnt here to other members of the society,” said Tembo. The police head further hoped that misconducts by the community policing members would decrease with regard to the intense training they have undergone. And in her remarks, Kasungu Municipality Mayor Irene Katola hailed the law enforcers for the training which had come at a time when investors are keen to invest in the fast growing golden leaf town. “Without proper security measures, no country can develop as potential investors shun from hostile environment. “With this kind of training, security has been strengthened and we hope that our district is to continue prospering,” she said. Mayor Katola who is a daughter to former politician and ex- MCP legislature Katola Phiri called on all residents of Kasungu to desist from practices that hamper peace and deter progress in the development of the municipality.


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CEYCA introduces a multi-million kwacha good governance project


TARGETED: Women among those to benefit from the project - File Photo Kasungu, January 30: Centre for Youth and Children Affairs (CEYCA), a Non Governmental Organization (NGO) working with young people and children in central region districts, has introduced a K41 million project called “Maziko a demokalase yathu.”  The one year K41 million project will be funded by the Inter-ministerial Committee on Human Rights/ Democracy Consolidation Program and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and would cover all 31 Traditional Authorities (T/As) in Kasungu. CEYCA Executive Director, Desmond Mhango when he briefed the District Executive Committee (DEC), said the project is targeting the youth, women, people with disabilities and communities of the entire Kasungu District. “The project’s main goal is to see to it that villages are progressively enjoying the right to development through demanding good governance and performance of correlative duties. “Moreover, we would like to see that the duty bearers remain responsible and that they should deliver to the best interests of people who voted for them,” highlighted Mhango. Some of the activities in the project which is expected to increase access to justice for vulnerable groups especially women and children are identification and training of 64 community based rights facilitators. Moreover, 320 Community Rights Committees (CRC) are expected to be identified and trained. The CBF would be provided with bicycles that would ease their mobility. “At the end of the day, we would like to derive changes in the target people as well as on the duty bearers systems and practices. “Furthermore, there would be enhancement of transparency, accountability and responsiveness of the duty bearers and other service providers in the discharge of their duties and responsibilities,” he said. CEYCA started working in Kasungu from 2004 and current projects in the district include child help line, child participation, child marriages, self help group approach project and Kalondolondo. The organization aims to promote and protect the rights of the children and youth in Malawi. Moreover, it also aims to empower and facilitate youth participation in the socio-economic and political development of Malawi.


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Malawi leadership working tirelessly against early marriages - First Lady


Madame Mutharika (c) during the breakfast Addis Ababa, January 30: First Lady Gertrude Mutharika has said fighting early marriage was a big challenge in Malawi, but she was quick to point out that the Malawi leadership was tirelessly engaging political will in the drive.  Mutharika made the remarks at the meeting of the Organisation of African First Ladies (OAFLA) a grouping that is fighting against early marriages in Africa had a breakfast audience on Friday morning at AU Old building premises. Mutharika said as First Lady of Malawi, she will make sure that all girls that dropped out of school due to early marriages, rescind their decisions and think of going back to school. Malawi like other African countries of Chad, Nigeria, Kenya among others faces serious challenges in curbing the early marriage deadlock that has rocked the poor countries. Testifying the aftermath of early marriages, Fatima from Nigeria and Josephine from Kenya nearly broke the First Ladies into tears due to unbelievable or untold stories that these two girls went through after their parents " sold " them for dowry due to poverty. Josephine is now an ambassador in educating the girl child in Kenya. She said she started educating the girls after going through tough and hell. Being a high school graduate, Josephine started teaching as a Nursery School Teacher and started using her salary to pay for young girls who needed help in education. At the moment, Josephine is paying school fees for 200 girls through her Foundation. When the Gender, Women, Children and the Disability Minister Patricia Kaliati heard this story, she never believed to herself. Meanwhile Kaliati has invited Josephine to Malawi where she is expected to give motivational talks to girls who dropped out of school for early marriages. Just like the President, The First Lady is conducting various meetings to lobby for different promotions of the people of Malawi. Notable Companies to have agreed a deal with Malawi through the First Lady to be providing CD4 Count equipment in all health centers’ across Malawi is the ALERE based in USA. Alere is an organisation whose aim is to promote and empower women and young girls in the World while the George Bush Institute has earmarked 6 countries for the fight against cervical cancer in the young girls and old women. The countries are Botswana, Tanzania, Zambia, Namibia, Ethiopia and Malawi. The President of the grouping currently is the First Lady of Chad. The Malawi First Lady Madame Mutharika was accorded an honour to share the experiences of Malawi as far as early marriages are concerned with her counterparts at the meeting. OAFLA started its projects in 2004 but stopped operating in Malawi after the death of former President Bingu wa Mutharika in April 2012. Madame Mutharika has revamped the administration of OAFLA in Malawi as the First Lady.


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Helpless: Teacher loses wife, son, property in floods


Losha put on the only set of clothinh he has - Pic by Martin Chiwanda Nsanje, January 30: There are fears in Nsanje that civil servants might not be accepting deployment to such flood prone areas as those who were affected by the recent floods have not received the support they anticipated. Workers who confided in Malawi News Agency (Mana) on Wednesday said the flood situation had taught them hard lessons. They claimed there has been no special support towards affected civil servants. “It will not be possible for some of us to work in the areas which are prone to disasters such as floods. The recent floods have taught us a lesson as most of our colleagues who lost their property and their loved ones in the line of duty are yet to get meaningful support like what other countries do. “A good example of the civil servant who is yet to get real support is Mr. Tally Losha. He was a head teacher at Chikonje Primary School, Group Village Headman Osiyana in the area of Chief Mlolo. The head teacher has lost his wife, son and all the property he had including certificates.  However, government has done nothing as an employer,” the sources collaborated. The sources further indicated that Losha's situation had taken out their zeal of working in flood prone areas. “We think that government particularly Ministry of Education could have treated Mr. Losha as a special case. The man has nowhere to go, lost all his property, a wife and a son because of floods. He is seeking a refuge a Bangula Primary School head teacher house as if he is a child. This is a bad experience and no one would want to be in that,” they said. In an interview, Losha described his situation as pathetic. “I had almost everything but all is gone including a wife and a son. I have nothing to depend on I feel I could have died with my wife and son. Am telling you things are not that good for me. “Just imagine, the only thing I remained with the clothes I have put on. I have sacrificed lives of my loved ones and property because of work,” he said while shedding tears. Meanwhile, Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Education, responsible for basic and secondary education, Thokozile Chimuzu Banda said the ministry is doing everything possible to help Losha. "We are aware of the situation and he has to be assured of our support. We are meeting to see the kind of support we can give him," she promised.


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Angry mob kills suspected thief in KK

Kasungu police trains urban community policing forums

CEYCA introduces a multi-million kwacha good governance project

Malawi leadership working tirelessly against early marriages - First Lady

Helpless: Teacher loses wife, son, property in floods

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Malawi leadership working tirelessly against early marriages - First Lady

Malawi leadership working tirelessly against early marriages - First Lady

Madame Mutharika (c) during the breakfast Addis Ababa, January 30: First Lady Gertrude Mutharika has said fighting early marriage was a big challen...

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DPP Director of Women celebrates with women in Mangochi

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Mponela Rural Hospital receives K11 million medical supplies from CMST

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Female Referee Kwimbira to officiate at Algarve Cup in Portugal

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Government calls for equality in development

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Malawi, China agree economic and technical cooperation

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Kabaza Association officials arrested in Ntchisi

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'Government to avert looming hunger'

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'Government to avert looming hunger'

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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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