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Police commend community policing

Salima, May 26: The Malawi Police Services have hailed community police groups and the general public for their contribution in stopping crimes. Officer –In-charge responsible for Community Policing (CP) Lovemore Mwabumba made the call at Salima Community Centre ground during a CP open day. In an interview with Mana, Mwabumba said that reports from community policing groups and tips from the general public contributed to 70 percent of arrests which the Police make every year across the country. “I am pleased that since the inception of community policing and the start of increased engagement between police and the general public there have been good relationships and this has contributed positively to our efforts to stop crime,” said Mwabumba. Mwabumba further said that although there are some members of the general public not ready to work with Police, there is hope that their numbers will fall as many come to understand the concept of community policing. He noted that Police still faces challenges in terms of resources such as vehicles and fuel, but further commended some well wishers in some areas such as Salima who offer support to their police in times of need.


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Malawi needs significant amount of money to recover from floods - Chilima

Chilima speaking when he opened the lessons learnt workshop in Blantyre - Pic by Francis Mphweya Blantyre, May 26: Vice President Saulosi Chilima has said Malawi needs a significant amount of money to recover from the January floods that badly bruised the country's economy.  Chilima made the remarks in Blantyre, Monday morning during the opening of a three day World Vision Malawi Lessons Learnt workshop. It is aimed at reflecting on how various stakeholders responded to the floods that affected 15 districts. Chilima said the Post Disaster Needs Assessment preliminary results have revealed that the floods caused substantial damage and losses in the productive, public infrastructure and social service sectors, including private and community assets. “This is an indication that the impact of the floods badly bruised our economy and that government of Malawi cannot manage to deal with this alone without the support from our development partners to recover from the flood disaster as well as reconstruct the damaged infrastructure and people's livelihoods. “It is a fact that we cannot stop natural disasters but if we can arm ourselves with knowledge, many lives wouldn't have been lost if there was enough disaster preparedness. “This learning event is, therefore, very important as it will enable stakeholders who were involved in the floods response to share successes, challenges, lessons learnt and recommendations which will be useful for the implementation of future response operations,” said Chilima. Chilima said Government was thankful to both the local and international community for providing assistance towards the flood response operations and in particular, United Nations through the United Nations Resident Coordinator for the assistance provided to government, through the Department of Disaster Management Affairs. Deputy National Director for World Vision Malawi Fordson Kafweku commended Lilongwe through President Peter Mutharika for the support rendered to World Vision such as duty waivers and provision of vehicles and warehousing. “As a Christian Organization, World Vision will be reflecting on a number of questions during this meeting and that include is there anything we could have done better than we did not do? “We shall also look our meeting biblically, like the bible says we are watchmen, did we do our job right as watchmen? We shall also look at transparency, is there anything we can learn from the Christian perspectives as a country?” said Kafweku. Meanwhile, Director of Disaster Risk Reduction in the Department of Disaster Management Affairs, James Chiusiwa has said government will next week conduct a floods response review meeting with stakeholders. Chiusiwa said World Vision's learning event is, therefore important as it will enable stakeholders involved in the flood response to share successes, challenges, lessons learnt and recommendations which will be useful for the implementation of future response operations.


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Malawi Government aims to achieve 1: 60 Teacher - Pupil Ratio by 2017

Ghambi presents a certificate to to one of the graduating teachers at Maryam Girls Teachers Training Colleg - Pic Arnold Namanja Mangochi, May 26: Deputy Minister of Education, Science and Technology, Vincent Ghambi has reiterated Government's commitment towards achieving the 1:60 teacher to pupil ratio by 2017 as one way of improving education standards in the country.  Ghambi reaffirmed the commitment last Saturday during the graduation of 504 primary school teachers at Maryam Girls Teachers Training College in Mangochi. “It has in the 2015/2016 national budget some resources for hiring of 10, 500 teachers as one demonstrating its commitment to improving quality of education standards in the country,” Ghambi said, adding that one of the ways of attaining that feat is to ensure that the teacher/pupil ratio is reduced to 1:60 by 2017. The deputy minister said government was planning to build more teachers' training colleges to achieve the ratio and that two such colleges have already been completed in Phalombe and Chiradzulu. They will be opened in September this year. “Government is constructing additional teachers colleges to beef up to existing ones, let me hasten to mention that construction of two such colleges has been completed in Phalombe and Chiradzulu. They will be opened as the new school calendar starts in September,” Ghambi said. He then disclosed plans by government to erect two more teachers' training colleges in Rumphi and Chikwawa. Ghambi, therefore, commended faith based organizations for complementing government's efforts in improving education standards in the country, especially through training of primary school teachers. Principal of Maryam Girls Teachers Training College Elsayed Noureldin said the college, which was established in 2005 with only 67 students, has been growing in enrollment on a year to year basis. “Currently we have 190 students at the college while 170 other are out to the field on a teaching practice exercise. So far eight Initial Primary Teacher Education (IPTEs) cohorts have graduated totaling to 908 teachers,” Noureldin said. “We have 170 student teachers who may complete their course in July bringing the total number to 1078 graduates. We are really very proud of this achievement,” boasted Noureldin.


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CRECOM, MIE in joint project to reduce illiteracy

Primary School pupils share ideas - File Photo Dedza, May  26: Creative Centre for Community Mobilization (CRECOM) in collaboration with Malawi Institute of Education (MIE) have introduced a three year project aimed at improving reading skills among early grade primary school learners in Dedza, Mchinji and Chiradzulu.
The project, titled Strengthening Early Grade Reading in Malawi (SEGREM), is targeting all the 519 primary schools in the three districts. CRECOM Coordinator for Dedza, Edezio Msagwa, said the three districts were sampled based on their low literacy levels. “Despite Malawi achieving an increase in enrollment at primary school since free primary education policy was introduced in 1994, over half of standard one to standard four learners are not functionally literate. The three districts we have chosen have some of the lowest literacy levels,” Msagwa said. He said one of the challenges affecting learners’ attainment of literacy skills include lack of parental and community participation in educating children. “SEGREM is focusing on building capacity of school management committees, community leaders, mother groups, volunteer literacy assistants, teachers and other stakeholders to facilitate reading activities outside the school environment” he said. The project is being funded by United States Aid.


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CSOs asks Government not to politicize development projects

  A Caterpillar works at a project construction site - File Photo Salima, May 26: Members of Civil Society Organizations from Salima have asked the country leadership not to politicize development projects which are being implemented by the current administration. Representative of the groups made the remarks on Friday in Salima when they engaged in around table discussions with presidential advisor on Civil Society Mabvuto Bamusi. The CSO’s argued that by depoliticizing developments projects allows all Malawians to freely participate and utilize the developments regardless which party or ideology they support. Commenting on the issue of community colleges, the representative of Salima CSO’s unanimously welcomed the development and said they support the idea saying it is good for the nation but warned against politicizing it. “The Community Technical Colleges is a good idea and has a potential to give educational opportunity to many youths if it is not politicized both in its administration and operations,” said Archangel Munthali of Malawi Lake Basin Program (MLBP). “We would want the selection and the presentation of the projects to be free from any political influence so that not only one section of people benefits from these projects,” said Munthali. In his response Bamusi said that the current government is against politicizing any development projects and assured the CSOs that the community colleges will reach out to all Malawians regardless of their political ideologies. “I am here to have an open discussions with the civil society as a way of enhancing engagement between the state our partners and in so doing we are able to hear their views as to various things going on in the country,” said Bamusi. “On depoliticizing development, I assure you that this administration is focusing on ensuring that every Malawian enjoys equally on development projects and be sure that the community colleges are for all Malawians,” said Bamusi. Bamusi further appealed to the CSOs to utilize his office and dialogue with government when they see things going wrong and not to wait for situations to deteriorate.


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Police commend community policing

Malawi needs significant amount of money to recover from floods - Chilima

Malawi Government aims to achieve 1: 60 Teacher - Pupil Ratio by 2017

CRECOM, MIE in joint project to reduce illiteracy

CSOs asks Government not to politicize development projects

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Malawi needs significant amount of money to recover from floods - Chilima

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Malawi Government to increase salaries of junior public servants

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COMSIP to improve the socioeconomic wellbeing of local population

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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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