27 February 2015
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Mulanje eyeing 90 percent pass rate in 2015 PSLCE


Councillor Bambala presents gifts to the  winning zone Mulanje, February 26: The District Education Office in Mulanje is eying a 90 percent pass rate during this year's Primary School Leaving Certificate Examinations-PLSCE, and authorities have already introduced and intensified various strategies to achieve that goal.  Mulanje District Education Manager Gossam Mafuta made public the ambition on Tuesday during the district's 2014 Best Schools Performance Award ceremony at the Boma. During the event, primary schools that did well in the previous PSLC Examinations were rewarded. Schools considered were those that registered a 100 percent pass rate. And Mafuta said the event also encouraged schools that did not do well to pull up their socks and do well in the coming examinations. “We started holding this event in 2011 so that we could honor schools that performed well in the past examinations, but also we wanted to inspire the rest to emulate the example and if all schools reach the intended 90% pass rate we would just hold a party for all the schools across the district celebrating that they all have done well,” explained Mafuta. Chairperson for Mulanje District Council, Councilor Manuel Bambala commended education authorities in the district for the initiative, expressing optimism that it would promote education standards in Mulanje. “This event which I assume is the first of its kind in the country, will not only benefit those that have succeeded today, but it will benefit all the schools that are ready to compete with others for the next awards, and at a higher level it will benefit Mulanje as a district especially when our students succeed in their exams,” said Bambala. Councilor Bambala noted that the initiative was in line with government’s Civil Service Reforms Programme. The awards were divided in three categories-schools that have improved in pass rates over the past examinations, top three schools in pass rates and top three education zones. Most improved schools were rewarded with wall clocks and bundles of exercise books for the institution, and a wrist watch for the Head teacher, while schools in the top three received electric fans, complete solar units, wall clocks for the institution, and wall clocks and wrist watches for the Head teacher. Dyanyama Education Zone emerged the best in pass rate and students’ selection to public secondary schools. It sent 64 pupils to government boarding schools across the country. The zone was rewarded with a trophy worth MK80, 000.00, a deep freezer, a complete solar unit, an electric fan and two wall clocks. According to the District Education Office, the prizes amounted to K2 Million, money which it got from an annual Education Grant.


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Minister applauds carbon re-investment project in Balaka


Chitetezo mbaula charging phones Balaka, February 26: Minister of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining, Atupele Muluzi has commended the carbon re-investment project facilitated by Concern Universal in Balaka, noting that it has increased access to energy in the district.  Muluzi was speaking during the launch of the project at Mchenga village, T/A Msamala in Balaka on Wednesday. He also officially opened an under five shelter clinic constructed from revenues generated from the Msamala Sustainable Energy Project-MSEP through Concern Universal. “This initiative will go a long way in addressing the energy challenges and high level of deforestation prevalent in the country by increasing the number of energy sources in the country,” noted Muluzi. Muluzi and Kaliati officially open the clinic The project, being funded by Irish Aid uses carbon finances to generate additional revenues from improved cook stoves (Chitetezo Mbaula) projects that can be reinvested back into the communities through group village level projects. “What is unique and significant about this initiative is the communities are able to conserve the environment while at the same time directly benefiting from utilizing the cook stoves,” added Muluzi. Concern Universal Country Director, Heather Campbell noted that ‘chitetezo Mbaula’ were only environmental friendly, but also cheaper. “A solar PV unit has been installed to the cook stoves allowing for income to be generated through the provision of a mobile phone charging service as well as radios and LCD lights,” explained Campbell. The efficient low cost cook stove uses a single a single thermo electric generator to create electricity which is then cooled by a specialized fan-heat. Irish ambassador to Malawi Aine Hearns concurred with Campbell, stating that by producing and using cook stoves, the community has reduced its use of firewood by 40 percent which in turn has helped in protecting the environment by reducing Carbon emissions and deforestation. And Minister of Gender, Children and Social Welfare Patricia Kaliati who was also present at the event bought 30 cook stoves to be distributed to needy households in the area. “This project is helping empower women economically through the profits made from the cook stoves sales while narrowing the gender gap between men and women,” said Kaliati.


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President Mutharika applauds Nkhoma Synod’s developmental support to Government


Preident Mutharika and the Nkhoma clergy in dicusion - Pic by Stanley Makuti Lilongwe, February 26: President Prof. Arthur Peter Mutharika has applauded the role Nkhoma Synod is playing in areas of health, education and social welfare. The President said this Wednesday when he held audience with the leadership of Nkhoma Synod at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe. Mutharika said the church plays a very important role in the running of government affairs as in it provides feedback pertaining to how the government machinery was running its operations. “The church is closer to people and knows the challenges Malawians are facing as such there is need to work together to find ways of eradicating problems that are affecting our societies,’’ explained Mutharika. He informed the church that it is its responsibility to always inform the government of the needs of the people. Mutharika challenged the church that as long as he leads the country he expects and is open to receive guidance on issues concerning the nation especially where government was not doing well. However, the President cautioned that as religious people they must avoid being destructive in all what they do, and that anything they do should aim at building the great nation Malawi. He said, “As church leaders you must maintain and develop the tradition of good relations among various religious communities in the country and to be united with other religious groupings. This will be a sign of peace for the country and beyond, for good relations and fruitful cooperation are truly possible among men and women of different religions.” Nkhoma synod has 12 health centres with Nkhoma Hospital as the main health facility which has 200 beds. The church also has Primary and secondary schools and Nkhoma University that has started with four Faculties- Nursing, Theology, Education and Commerce. CCAP Nkhoma Synod has a membership of about 1.5 million people in its 180 congregations across the central region.


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Nsanje registers cholera outbreak

L A Volunteer Doctor treats kid suffering from cholera - File Photo Lilongwe, February 26: The Ministry of Health has confirmed a cholera outbreak has been reported in Nsanje district.  According to Ministry of Health Publicist, Henry Chimbali the sample taken from one person, female aged 60 from Nikisi Village, Traditional Authority Ndamera has confirmed that vibrio cholera, abacterium that causes cholera was identified on Thursday, 12th February 2015 at their laboratory at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital. Said Chimbali; “At present, there are 16 reported cholera cases from the district with one death. According to Chimbali the Nsanje district health office in collaboration with the Epidemiology Unit of the Ministry of Health has already visited the site to assess and establish a treatment centre. Other partners are also being courted to assist the DHO. As of now, the patients are being managed at Ndamera, Nkhande and Rurwe health facilities. Meanwhile the Ministry of Health is making every effort to contain the outbreak to ensure that it does not spread to other areas in the district according to the ministry of health publicist.


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All set for MUMA Awards on Friday


Nominated: Gwamba (r) in black pictured with Blakjak - File Photo Lilongwe, February 26: The organisers of the annual Music Malawi (MUMA) Awards, MediaCorp Limited and Trocadero Consulting in partnership with the Musicians Union of Malawi (MUM) said preparations have been finalized for this year’s event. Public relations and communications manager, Bright Sonani said this in an interview with Malawi News Agency (Mana) on Thursday adding that television personality Geoffrey ‘Mr. Splash’ Kapusa will host this year’s second edition. Sonani said organisers believe that with Mr. Splash hosting this magnificent event, it would bring the glamour and dynamism that the awards deserve. This is also to recognize the effort Kapusa has put in promoting and developing Malawi music through the years that he has been hosting Music Splash. “Apart from the fifteen (15) categories which are open for voting covering different genre and artists/groups that have made an impact on the local music scene in the 2014 season and also has a special Life Time Achiever accolade that would be bestowed on Michael Fredrick Paul Sauka, the composer of the country’s National Anthem,” said Sonani. He added that going by the theme of the Awards “Celebrating Malawi Music At 50” which is in tandem with Malawi’s 50 Years of Independence, a selected panel of Judges have decided to give this converted award of Life Time Achiever to Michael-Fredrick Paul Sauka, the composer of the country’s National Anthem, which has been Malawi’s heart and soul for the last 50 years. Bright further said, “The award will be given to Michael-Fredrick Paul Sauka (1934 –1990) posthumously. He died on August 15th 1990, and never got his deserved recognition for his contribution to the struggle for political and social emancipation through the arts. The Life Time Achiever is the only category in the Annual MUMA Awards, which unlike the rest of the categories is not put forward for public voting.” The mission for the MUMA Awards is to positively impact on the growth of the local music industry through recognizing, encouraging, nurturing and supporting overall professional excellence and the best of Malawi’s local talent. The second edition of the MUMA Awards will be held at the Bingu international Conference Centre (BICC) in Lilongwe on Friday February 27, 2015.


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Mulanje eyeing 90 percent pass rate in 2015 PSLCE

Minister applauds carbon re-investment project in Balaka

President Mutharika applauds Nkhoma Synod’s developmental support to Government

Nsanje registers cholera outbreak

All set for MUMA Awards on Friday

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Councillor Bambala presents gifts to the  winning zone Mulanje, February 26: The District Education Office in Mulanje is eying a 90 percent pass rate during this year's Primary School Leaving Certificate Examinations-PLSCE, and...

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PAC analyses Audit Reports

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ECAM to award best companies and businesses Friday

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All set for MUMA Awards on Friday

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Dedza Potato traders challenged to retain quality of the product

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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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