31 October 2014
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Kamwendo optimistic of Flames' victory in Algeria

Blantyre, October 14, 2014: The team lost to Algeria 2-0 at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre last Saturday, and many soccer lovers may already have ruled out any victory in Algeria, but Captain Joseph Kamwendo is optimistic the Flames will upset the tables in Algiers on Wednesday. The DRC based midfielder expressed his optimism in an exclusive interview with Malawi News Agency on Sunday at Chileka Airport before the team departed for Algeria. Kamwendo urged Flames' fans to forget Saturday's woes and look forwards to an interesting second leg of the AFCON 2015 qualifiers against the Desert Foxes on Wednesday. "Our squad is strong enough to produce the desired results and the players are keen to shine on Wednesday. “I think we have the squad which is capable of delivering,” Kamwendo said. “Now with the news that Mali won to Ethiopia everyone is willing to
prove a point,” he added. South Africa based defender Harry Nyirenda, insisted the Flames had the talent to prove their critics wrong. “I’m very optimistic that we are going to deliver. I can’t think of anything else, but a win. We have a squad and the talent which is capable of winning," he said. The players looked smart in their new umbro tracksuits and green golf shirts. Some of the players on the trip are Robert Ng'ambi, Joseph Kamwendo, Francis Mlimbika, John Lanjesi, Frank Banda, Gastin Simkonda, Chiukepo Msowoya, Bashir Maunde, Mecium Mhone, Richard Chipuwa, Robin Ngalande, Chimango Kayira, Philip Masiye, and Mac Donald Harawa. The Desert Foxes of Algeria are basking comfortably on the summit of group B  with 9 points. Mali's Eagles are second with 6 points; The Flames are third with 3 points and the table is anchored by Ethiopia's Walias who have neither won nor drawn a game.


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Stake holders for quick adoption of DRRM policy

Salima, October 13, 2014, Mana: Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs) implementing Disaster Risk Reduction Management (DRRM) interventions in disaster prone districts have appealed to government to quickly adopt the National DRRM policy. Speaking in Karonga district on Friday during the panel discussions prior to the International DRRM day celebrations Catholic Development Commission in Malawi (Cadecom) officer for Karonga, Franklin Msiska said that the absence of the policy has affected coordination and direction in implementing DRRM interventions. “It is good that government speed up the process of adopting the draft policy so that it is put in use and give guidance and direction to stakeholders,” said Msiska.
Msiska said currently NGOs and other stake holders are just implementing their interventions as they wish. “If the policy is adopted we will be able to easily see the impact of our efforts as the policy will clearly state the roles of different stake holders,” said Msiska. Responding to the call Deputy Director for Disaster, Gift Chilenga Mafuleka admitted that the sector is facing some problems because of lack of the DRRM policy. “Indeed the absence of the policy document is affecting coordination among players in the sector, but I can assure you that the draft policy is in draft form awaiting cabinet approval,” said Mafuleka. Mafuleka said that her department is pushing for the mainstreaming of DRRM in organizations, government departments and other stake holders. Mafuleke also revealed that they are planning to start devolving resources to district council by 2015, as one way of increasing capacity to implementing some activities. She also said that her officers will soon employ 28 DRRM officers at a higher grade to be stationed in all the 28 districts in the country.


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Family Planning Association of Malawi to train 130 health surveillance assistants in family planning

Ntcheu, October 13, 2014, Mana: In a bid to scale up family planning methods uptake in Ntcheu, Family Planning Association of Malawi (FPAM) through Nzatonse Project with funding from KFW-Germany has embarked on a family planning program training for 130 health surveillance assistants in the district. Speaking Monday when she opened one of training sessions at Msipe Teacher Development Center in Ntcheu, District Health Officer for Ntcheu, Dr. Nitta Nayeja said the provision of family planning services is one of the interventions in ensuring  child  and safe motherhood programmes across the country, hence the need to increase the number of family planning service providers. “Currently at Ntcheu District Hospital, a room which is meant to accommodate 42 expectant women, is accommodating 109 expectant women and this can be attributed to among other factors low contraceptive up take in the district,” Dr. Nayeja.  Dr. Nayeja however was quick to cite some of the factors which contribute to low contraceptive up take mentioning inadequate family planning methods providers, inavailability of family planning methods. “Sometimes couples do not seek family planning services due to religious beliefs which bar them from practicing family planning besides misconceptions surrounding family planning,” She said. She said contraceptive prevalence rate in Ntcheu is at 36 per cent, a development which she said needs more effort amongst stake holders to scale up awareness campaign on the importance of family planning. “Besides creating the demand through awareness campaign, stakeholders should also make sure that more personnel are trained in family planning services delivery to meet the created demand,” said Dr. Nayeja. She said Ntcheu District Hospital  faces challenges in providing long term family planning methods  such as  bilatel tubal ligation, intrauterine contraceptive devices and  lactation  amenorrhea due to lack of trained personnel, equipment and operating rooms. In his remarks, FPAM District Manager, Patrick Kavaya appealed to stakeholders to support the project’s intervention for the success of the project. “We rely on stake holders to take the message of the importance of family planning across the district,” said Kavaya and as FPAM we have set the pace by training these health workers on the provision of short term family planning methods such as Depo Provera,” said Kavaya.


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Teenage boy arrested for murder

Lilongwe, October 13, 2014, Mana: Police in Lilongwe have arrested Rogers Yasin, 17, from Nsewa Village in Traditional Authority Malili in Lilongwe for murdering a girl known only as Chifundo at Chinsapo 2 Township near Otata Bottle store in Lilongwe. According to Lilongwe Police Station Deputy Public Relations Officer (PRO) Constable Maggie Selemani, Chifundo worked as a Barmaid in one of the bars at Chinsapo and had a love affair with the suspect but had an argument on the night of the incidence. “It was on October 10, 2014 at around 11.00 pm, when the two had some argument that led into a fight and in the process the suspect pulled out a sharp object and stabbed Chifundo on the left side of her chest,” said Selemani. She said hospital reports indicated that she died due to cardiac arrest which was enhanced by the stabbed deep wound. The deputy PRO said the suspect was in Police custody and was expected to answer murder charge, contrary to section 209 of the penal code. Meanwhile the Police are therefore advising the youth and the general public not to rush into fighting but to discuss issues to avoid such incidences.


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About 9.5 million Malawians at risk; contracting blinding Trachoma

Lilongwe, October 13, 2014, Mana: Sight Savers International says over nine million Malawians, especially women are at high risk of contracting blinding Trachoma out of 229 million people globally. According to a research, the disease slowly and painfully robs people of their sight, as repeated infection turns eyelashes inwards, scraping the cornea and eventually causes irreversible blindness. Speaking Monday in Lilongwe when he addressed the press, Sight Savers Country Director Roy Hauya said in order to weaken the avoidable blindness, his organization will coordinate with the International Coalition for Trachoma Control (ICTC) and Malawi government in a five-year project. Hauya said the approximately K4.2 billion initiative, scheduled to be launched on 16th October this year in Kasungu, will run with support from The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust. The initiative is based on a large scale programme of Surgery, Antibiotic distribution to 8 million people, Facial cleanliness and Environmental improvement initiatives. “This tried and tested strategy, known as SAFE is endorsed by the World Health Organization (WHO) and has already yielded strong results in other Common Wealth countries such as Ghana,” said Hauya. He further said by 2019, the problem will be reduced to 5percent and that over 5, 900 people from 17 districts from central and southern regions in Malawi would have been provided with surgery for advanced Trachoma. This is because the current situation in as far as blinding Trachoma is concerned is only at 5% in the northern region compared to the other regions which are a bit higher in terms of percentages, according to Hauya. Assistant Director of Clinical Services in the Ministry of Health, Michael Masika said the ministry will coordinate and lead the initiative by among others, training surgeons.
He added that the project will give special attention to women and children as they are the most vulnerable. “Women are care takers of the homes which most of the times are dirty and dusty. That is why they are almost twice as likely as men to develop blinding Trachoma,” said Masika.


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Kamwendo optimistic of Flames' victory in Algeria

Stake holders for quick adoption of DRRM policy

Family Planning Association of Malawi to train 130 health surveillance assistants in family planning

Teenage boy arrested for murder

About 9.5 million Malawians at risk; contracting blinding Trachoma

National News

Slum dwellers speak out

Slum dwellers speak out

Lilongwe, October 11, 2014: Residents who live in slums of the country’s cities say it is high time Government started including them in the country’s...

Government commits to developing culture in the country

Government commits to developing culture in the country

Blantyre, October 11, 2014: Government has reiterated its commitment towards promoting positive cultural values and practices as one way of fostering ...

Mutharika urges Chiefs to work with Government

Mutharika urges Chiefs to work with Government

Thyolo, October 11, 2014,: President Professor Peter Mutharika has urged chiefs to put aside their political affiliations and work with the Democratic...

Political News

Poor by-elections turnout angers MEC chairperson

Poor by-elections turnout angers MEC chairperson

  Blantyre, October 9: The poor turnout of voters during the October 7 by-elections has disappointed the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC), with chai...

Mutharika campaigns for his 'replacement' in Thyolo East

Mutharika campaigns for his 'replacement' in Thyolo East

Thyolo, October 4: President Professor Peter Mutharika has urged people in Thyolo East Constituency to vote en masse for Democratic Progressive Party-...

DPP optimistic of winning by-elections - Mutharika

DPP optimistic of winning by-elections - Mutharika

Blantyre, October 4: The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has expressed hope that it will win the parliamentary and local by-elections scheduled on ...

Health News

Family Planning Association of Malawi to train 130 health surveillance assistants in family planning

Family Planning Association of Malawi to train 130 health surveillance assistants in family planning

Ntcheu, October 13, 2014, Mana: In a bid to scale up family planning methods uptake in Ntcheu, Family Planning Association of Malawi (FPAM) through Nzatonse Project with funding from KFW-Germany has embarked on a family planning program tra...

About 9.5 million Malawians at risk; contracting blinding Trachoma

About 9.5 million Malawians at risk; contracting blinding Trachoma

Lilongwe, October 13, 2014, Mana: Sight Savers International says over nine million Malawians, especially women are at high risk of contracting blinding Trachoma out of 229 million people globally. According to a research, the disease slow...

Sports News

Kamwendo optimistic of Flames' victory in Algeria

Kamwendo optimistic of Flames' victory in Algeria

Blantyre, October 14, 2014: The team lost to Algeria 2-0 at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre last Saturday, and many soccer lovers may already have ruled out any victory in Algeria, but Captain Joseph Kamwendo is optimistic the Flames will upset ...

Algeria clips dis-jointed Flames in Afcon Qualifiers

Algeria clips dis-jointed Flames in Afcon Qualifiers

Blantyre, October 11:  A dis-jointed Malawi National Football Team, the Flames were clipped 2-0 by visiting Algeria in the Africa Cup of Nations Qualifier encounter on Saturday at the country's Soccer Mecca, Kamuzu Stadium in front of thous...

Development News

Government calls for equality in development

Every Malawian irrespective of differences in political party allegiance is entitled to equal share of government-initiated development projects, Local Government and Rural Development Deputy Minister Augustine Mtendere made the observation Friday. Mtendere made the remarks at Zyalambe Teacher Development Centre in the area of T/A Kapelula in Kasungu on the sidelines...

Business News

Mutharika justifies his choice for an accountant to head ABC

Mutharika justifies his choice for an accountant to head ABC

Blantyre, October 10: President Professor Peter Mutharika is convinced that Lucas Kondowe, a man he has appointed director of the Anti Corruption Bureau-ACB has the acumen and technical expertise to bring immediate results on cash gate rela...

Macra says postal operators doing fine despite introduction of ICT

Macra says postal operators doing fine despite introduction of ICT

Blantyre, October 10: Malawi Post Corporation (MPC) Post Master General, Godfrey Itaye says the corporation does not take Information and Communications Technology (ICT) as a threat to its business but rather takes it as a thing that can im...

Entertainment News

Malawi’s MonaSinging nominated for Canadian Awards, Releases Video

Malawi’s MonaSinging nominated for Canadian Awards, Releases Video

Lilongwe, October 9: Malawian born Monalisa Ndovie popularly known as MonaSinging, has been nominated for a Canadian Award in the Best Female Artist Category slated for 12 October, 2014.   The artist confirmed the news through an e-mail w...

Jazz star, Steve Bedi, performs birthday song for Gomani V

Jazz star, Steve Bedi, performs birthday song for Gomani V

Lilongwe, October 7, 2014, Mana: Renowned Ghanaian jazz star, Steve Bedi, Saturday evening spared time to perform a birthday song before the Ngoni’s Inkosi ya Makosi Gomani V upon learning that it was the chief’s birthday. Jovial Bedi, who...

Agriculture News

NASFAM in K765 million SAIOMA project

Written By Sellah Singini on Thursday, 09 October 2014 10:07
NASFAM in K765 million SAIOMA project

Mangochi, October 8, 2014, Mana: TheNational Association of Smallholder Farmers in Malawi (NASFM) has embarked on an ambitious project to address smallholder farmers' constraints like inaccessibility to improved seeds, soil infertility and ...

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.

 

Features

Let’s preserve Dzalanyama Forest’

Let’s preserve Dzalanyama Forest’

Lilongwe, October 8, Mana: Bester Matewere, 47, an employee for Lilongwe Water Board will live to remember the rest of his life the month of July, 2014 after having clocked a decade offering service to the institution. He recalls being delegated by his supervisors to perform duties in Area 25, one ...

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  • Mutharika derivers a speech during SADC
    Prof.Mutharika delivers a speech during the handing over ceremony of SADC Chairpersonship in Zimbabwe.
  • First Lady's visit to an orphanage

    First Lady Madame Gertrude Mutharika with her fellow First Ladies of Namibia & Zimbabwe during their visit to an Orphanage.

  • Handing over the SADC Badge

    Prof.Mutharika hands over the SADC Chairpersonship barge to President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe.

  • Prize presentation
    Prof. mutharika gives a prize to  a winner of SADC Secondary School Essay competition.
  • Part of the high Table

    Delegates during the Sadc Summit listening to the National Anthem

  • First Ladys present

    Her Excellency Madame Gertrude Mutharika and other First ladies Present at the SADC Summit.

  • Group photo with awardees

    Outgoing SADC Chair pose in a group photo with award winners.

  • Mutharika Group photo Protect the Ball

    President Mutharika in a group photograph after signing the Protect The Ball signing ceremony at Sanjika palace in Blantyre.

Education News

Early marriages force 27,000 girls out of primary school

Early marriages force 27,000 girls out of primary school

Blantyre, October 11, 20014: Statistics from the Catholic Education Commission in Malawi (CECOM) indicate that at least 27,000 girls dropped out of primary school between 2010 and 2013 due to early marriages.   The revelation on Saturday ...

Readers quote

Readers are leaders. US Ex President Bill Clinton read more than 300 books during his short time at Oxford University. Some top performers read a book a day. The more you know, the less you fear.

General News

Stake holders for quick adoption of DRRM policy

Stake holders for quick adoption of DRRM policy

Salima, October 13, 2014, Mana: Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs) implementing Disaster Risk Reduction Management (DRRM) interventions in disaster...

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Religion News

Glory of God CWW Ministry donates medical equipment worth K70 million

Glory of God CWW Ministry donates medical equipment worth K70 million

Lilongwe, October 13, 2014, Mana: Glory of God Campus World Wide Ministry on Monday donated medical equipment to Kamuzu Central Hospital (KCH) in Lilo...