19 September 2014
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Boy without hands passes PSCLE exams

Mchinji, September 19, 2014: Physically challenged Gilford Jester who was born with no hands has against all odds passed the just released Primary School leaving Certificate of Education examinations at Nkhwazi Primary School in Mchinji district.  Jester, who uses legs to write, has been selected to Magawa boarding Secondary School an achievement which he says has proved many people wrong, because of doubts they have had on him due to his physical condition.   “Ever since I was born people have always underrated me, some of them were even saying I was wasting my time by going to school, it’s only my parents and teachers who were encouraging me. “I know the results is a shock to most people, they never expected me to go any further with my education,” said the boy.
He however said that it was not easy to be in class, saying he had a lot of problems and that the environment in class was not conducive enough. “I was having problems in handing my home work to the teacher for marking because very few classmates were willing to help me, most of them had also the perception that I was wasting my time and could not pay attention to me. “Sometimes I could not attend classes for a week because of books, with my mother helping there was nothing I could do than to wait for her to source money for books, this was affecting my performance but I was always working reading hard to catch up friends,” he said. Her mother Florida Khwasa applauds the boy but says she is not ready to pay him school fees, saying she don’t have any source of income which can sustain the boy at a boarding school. “Talking about the results, am not surprised at all, he has been doing fine in school since standard 1, my only worry is where will I find the money for fees and other basic necessities? I don’t think I can manage that at the moment because am not working,” she worried. She further said that different people and organization had to promise to pay school fees for her child but none of them have come forward to help. “When he was at primary school a lot of people and organization showed interest in him, they promised us they will pay his secondary school fees should he pass the primary examination. “Now that he has passed the exams no one has come to fulfill their promise, we are just looking forward to hear from them,” said Khwasa.
The district Social welfare has since given the boy different groceries and promised to pay his fees at the school, saying he is a role model. “As an office we are very amazed with the boy, he has shown that everything is possible, we have heard and seen everything about him.
“It is very important that the boy should continue with his education, we have volunteered to pay him school fees until he finishes his secondary school, this is not because he is poor or disabled, but because he is a role model to many may people who are disabled in one way of the other, they can get inspired from him,” said Rodwel Chunga, the district Social welfare officer. Gilford Jester who aspires to be a district commissioner is amongst ten pupils who have passed PSCLE exams at Nkhwazi primary school. The school had one hundred and thirty seven pupils who sat for the exams.


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Mutharika's Community College Initiative receives a nod

New York, September 18, Mana: One of the initiatives President Professor Peter Mutharika had been promising the Malawi nation during his campaign trail was that he would establish community colleges with the view to imparting entrepreneurial skills in the youths to make them self dependent.
What might have appeared as mere rhetoric and campaign gimmick has now started to be recognized as feasible implementable initiative by some well meaning development partners  across the boarders. The development follows a meeting Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr George Chaponda had on Thursday in New York with members of a New York based organisation called 'Building Tomorrow' that should give hope to the youth of Malawi the prospects that they will soon start to benefit from the initiative. Briefing the Malawi media on what transpired during the meeting, Dr Chaponda said; "We had a meeting with the group that has been inspired by the vision of Professor Peter Mutharika of establishing community colleges in Malawi which will lead to skills development among the youth. "The group has offered that they are willing to assist government and that we have agreed on a time frame -the time frame implies that by October we will come up with an MOU (Memorandum of understanding) with them which will lead to their director coming to Malawi around February 2015 and thereafter the commencement of the construction of the colleges." Chaponda further said they had agreed with the group that to ensure ownership of the infrastructure, it was important that the communities should be involved especially in mobilizing resources such as sand as they have been doing in the past in LDF projects.


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Health Sciences on child health improvement project

Mchinji, September 18: The Malawi College of Health Sciences has promised to embark on one year Community Systems Strengthening for equitable maternal, newborn and child health (COSYST-MNCH) project to improve levels of maternal newborn and child health in communities in Mchinji district.
The project which is scheduled to start in November will be done in two districts of Mchinji and Nkhotakota. This was said on Thursday during the District Executive Committee meeting at the council’s conference hall in the district. According to Daniel Mwale a researcher at the college, high maternal mortality rate in the districts has made the college to come up with the project with an aim of reducing the same. “The college wants to achieve a better understanding of community factors underpinning maternal, newborn and child health services in the country while focusing on the health dimensions of the period between pregnancy and delivery,” he said. According to Mwale, the project will involve some activities which will help them realize their objectives. “We have outlined a number of activities which we think will help us in the project, one of them is to measure maternal, newborn and child health services utilization in selected areas, we will also develop a community system analytical framework for analyzing and understanding maternal, newborn and child health utilization and many more which will contribute to the project,” said Mwale. Asked on whether the project is repeating what other organizations are already doing, Mwale agreed saying they have different methodologies. “We know other organisation have had a project on the same note, some are currently doing it but that is goods because we all have different approaches on how to go about towards the project which I think we are supplementing one another,” he said. The project is funded by Royal College of surgeons in Ireland with Concern Universal Malawi and Concern Worldwide Dublin as supporting partners. In Mchinji the project will operate in T/A Mkanda and Mduwa


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UN Secretary General commends Malawi for its achievements

New York, September 18, Mana: The secretary general of the United Nations, Ban-Ki-Moon has applauded Malawi for a number of achievements it has made in the running of its affairs. He made the commendation after having an audience with the State President of Malawi Peter Mutharika at the United Nations Headquarters in New York Thursday ahead of the commencement of general debate of the 69th Session of the UN general assembly.
“I am pleased to say that Malawi is the first country that was selected to meet the secretary general of all the countries present here and that is a great honour to us.
“Among other things the secretary general commended us for the peaceful transition of power which took place in our country,” said Mutharika when he briefed the Malawi media after his audience with the general secretary.
Mutharika said Malawi was also applauded for the efforts it is making in mitigating effects of climate change.
As one of the heads of State scheduled to make key note address at the UN Assembly Mutharika disclosed the Secretary General had requested the Malawi leader to market Africa to the business community.
“He encouraged me as one of the key note speakers to put Africa’s case to the business community in terms of funding and other resources,” he explained. Mutharika said Malawi was also commended for the wonderful work its peace keepers have done and are still doing in the DRC (Congo), Sudan and other parts of Africa. On his schedule of activities while in New York, President Peter Mutharika has accepted an invitation to make a presentation at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) – the largest stock exchange in the world – on the trade and investment opportunities that exist in Malawi which international investors can exploit. Mutharika will make the presentation during an African Heads of State and Government Investment Working Lunch at the New York Stock Exchange on Monday.


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National Labour Party executive committee grabs Jumbe by the neck

Blantyre, September 18: New Labour Party (NLP) National Executive Committee (NEC) has condemned and rejected the public announcement made by the Party’s former President, Friday Jumbe on 9th September, 2014 in which he purported to have dissolved the party. Politician Friday Jumbe who also contested on the presidential ticket in the May 20 tripartite elections under New Labour Party announced the dissolution of the party, and his retirement from active politics. But in a twist of events on Wednesday, the NLP executive Committee held a press briefing in Blantyre where the party Interim President Sam Mpasu flanked by the party’s secretary General Alex Solanke and Vice President Joseph Kubwalo said the party’s NEC has noted with dismay that Friday Jumbe had discussed and agreed with only two members of the committee on this very important issue and went ahead to make public announcement. “The NEC declared the said decision and public announcement as unconstitutional, null and void and of no effect whatsoever. “We would like to assure all members of the New Labour Party and all those who are interested in its existence that the party has not been dissolved. “NLP wishes to assure all stakeholders in the national politics of Malawi like Registrar of political parties, Malawi Electoral Commission, all levels of judiciary, Malawi national assembly, among others that NLP still exist,” said Mpasu. NLP Vice President Joseph Kubwalo said the party has accepted the constructive resignation of Jumbe adding that the party cannot be dissolved without involving committees’ right from the districts. Kubwalo said NLP and its committees are fully functional and are in the process of building their structures. “The main aim of this press briefing is to tell the nation that NLP is still intact, it is only one member by the name of Friday Jumbe who has left the party,” he said. Jumbe told reporters in Blantyre that New Labour party has now been dissolved after seeing that what ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) is implementing is what NLP could have done if voted into power. He added that he has realised that their manifestos were alike after observing the performance of the ruling party within 100 days in office. But all what Jumbe said were trashed by Mpasu on Wednesday saying NLP manifesto does not contain issues to do with subsidy iron sheets therefore cannot claim that they have similar ideologies or manifestos.


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Boy without hands passes PSCLE exams

Mutharika's Community College Initiative receives a nod

Health Sciences on child health improvement project

UN Secretary General commends Malawi for its achievements

National Labour Party executive committee grabs Jumbe by the neck

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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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