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M'mbelwa District Council receives K243 million for development projects

Officials urged to focus on projects that will benefit the community Mzimba, July 29, 2015: There was a heated debate among ward councilors, chiefs and Parliamentarians of M'mbelwa District Council on Monday during an emergency full council meeting on how the first K243, 774,697 development budget for the district should be used. The debate started soon after Mzimba District Commissioner, Thomas Chirwa, announced that government has allocated K243, 774, 697 to the council to enable it implement various development projects in the district. “In the past, councils only received [Other Recurrent Transactions fund] ORT which was used for fuel among others. For the first time, government has provided development budget to councils,” Chirwa said. Before calling for the Emergency meeting, M'mbelwa District Council Director of Planning and Development, Tamanya Harawa, sent council secretariat officers to all chiefs' headquarters to collect names of projects to be considered for funding from Area Development Committee (ADC) members. But during the meeting, most ward councilors said there was need to distribute the funds to the 22 wards in the district. In his remarks, Councilor for Khosolo North Ward, Brian Manda, said there was no need for the resources to be distributed at constituency or traditional authority (TA) level, saying some wards would be neglected in the process. “The funds should go straight to the wards,” Manda told the house amid hand-clapping from fellow councilors. Of the K243, 774, 697, twenty per cent would be used for administration costs. K195, 019, 758 would be used for projects. Each councilor was expecting K8, 864,534 to be sued in his/her ward. In his remarks, Mzimba Solola MP, Jacob Hara, said it was unfortunate that some members think of implementing small projects in their wards instead of thinking about major projects for the whole district. “Mzimba North and Mzimba South are one. Let's think of bigger projects that can improve the face of our district,” he advised. But most councilors said there was need for the members to vote instead of wasting time discussing the matter. There are 22 councilors, 11 MPs and 10 chiefs in the district. Speaking later, Paramount Chief M'mbelwa V, advised members to stop politicking and focus on development. “I know some of you want to use these funds for drumming up support to win again in 2019 elections, that's why you think of implementing small projects at ward level. What can you do with eight million Kwacha in a ward?” he asked. The council Chairperson, Councilor Dan Nkosi then asked the Director of Planning and Development (DPD) to meet the development committee during break for them to come up with major projects to be implemented in the district. Before meeting the development committee, the DPD asked selected District Executive Committee (DEC) members to meet outside the hall to assist him come up with major projects. Some of the projects they came up with were M'mbelwa District Council office complex and Chimkusa Stadium. When the Development Committee presented the projects after break, members questioned the council secretariat as to why they earlier consulted ADC members when they already knew that DEC members could choose projects for the people.


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Malawi Police Service to bring back public trust

Dowa, July 29, 2015: The Deputy Commissioner of Police Headquarters, who is the head of professional standards unit, Esther Wandale, has said the current administration in the Malawi Police Service, expects high standards of professionalism and objectivity in dealing with corruption among Police officers in the country. Wandale said the fight against corruption within the Malawi Police Service will be enhanced to bring back and increase the lost public trust in the Police and criminal justice system as a whole. Speaking during a-day long orientation training of Dowa Police station officers in Anti-corruption Policy, Wandale said policing in democratic community requires the institutionalization of mechanisms that make it possible for individual law enforcement officers to be called to account for their actions. She said Malawians like to see Police officers that respect universal principles of democracy, human rights, and rule of law, transparency and accountability. In his remarks, Dowa Police Officer-in-Charge, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Tedson Mwamulu, urged members of the community not to pay any police officer for police bail, saying it is free. Mwamulu appealed to all police officers and community policing forums in the district to love their job rather than money to ensure that the district registers zero corruption. The Anti-Corruption Bureau's, Corruption Prevention officer, Ezilon Kasoka, urged members of the general public to work together in reporting and arresting people involved in corrupt practices saying the battle to fight corruption does not rest in ACB alone. The Malawi police Anti- Corruption policy is a tool that will be used to implement service-wide efforts against corruption within the Malawi Police officers. The orientation training was organized with funds from the European Union through NAO support unit.


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New dam for Kasungu in the offing

Water is life Kasungu, July 29, 2015: To satisfy the demand for piped water in Kasungu, the Central Region Water Board (CRWB) has plans to construct a multipurpose dam on Dwangwa River. Kasungu town which has become one of the major business hubs because of agriculture has also seen its population increasing from time to time. The CRWB anticipate that the demand for water will also increase in the coming years and it is necessary to look for other water sources to meet the demand for the safe water. CRWB Zone Manager for Kasungu Zone Moses Kalenga told Malawi News Agency (Mana) that the current dam is small while the town is growing. “Although the dam is small, at the moment, it is able to satisfy the water demand. But in future, we feel the dam will no longer be able to support the town, so we are not just sitting idle but we have long term plans, “There are plans that government will construct a dam on Dwangwa River and this will help us supply water to the ever increasing population of the town,” said Kalenga. Kalenga did not say how soon the dam, to be 20 kilometers away from the town, will be constructed but said all necessary preparations were made. Meanwhile, the water board says it will from the month of August onwards embark on catchment area conservation measures on the current dam after people complained that the dam has been neglected. The dam has been shrinking after some weeds covered most of its parts.


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DA Council adopts MK 208 million development budget in absence of 6 MPs

  Borehole: Among the approved projects Dowa, July 29, 2015: Dowa District Council has finally, in the absence of six parliamentarians, adopted the priority projects to benefit from the MK 208 million development budget for the district approved by Parliament. Earlier, the MPs and councilors failed to reach a consensus after a daylong deliberation in full council meeting on Thursday last week. The members of parliament were prioritizing on Water Hygiene and Sanitation (WASH) issues while the councilors were for the face-lifting of Dowa Boma in areas of upgrading the council rest house to a lodge, a brick wall fence for the community ground and construction of two staff houses. On Thursday, last week after the two parties failed to reach an agreement, the council's chair, councilor Martin Luka Phiri summoned the development committee to meet the following day in preparation for an adhoc full council meeting held on Monday. The members on Monday agreed to drill 4 boreholes instead of 10 proposed by MPs per constituency, construct a mini Dowa stadium, and upgrade the Boma rest house to a lodge and the Dowa Urban structure plan. There was poor representation in the house, as 6 of the MPs for the district were absent and only Harry Njoka Chipeni was present being a member of the development committee. Two traditional leaders Senior Chiefs Msakambewa and Dzoole showed up. In the last week's council meeting, the chiefs walked out of the meeting while it was in progress. Speaking after the adoption of the priority projects and the draft Social Economic Profile (SEP) and the district development plan (DDP), council chair Martin Luka urged MPs and councilors in the district to put the people of the district as the priority in the implementation of the projects. Luka thanked MPs and Councilors for practicing the spirit of tolerance in the deliberations of the priority projects saying this is a good gesture for the good of Dowa people.


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Government says Digital Migration making good progress

Saidi speaks to the press after touring the Digital Migration Offices in Lilongwe - Pic by Abel Ikiloni Lilongwe, July 29, 2015: Principal Secretary for Ministry of Information, Tourism and Culture, Justin Saidi says he is impressed with the progress made in the transition from analogue to digital broadcasting. He said the Malawi Digital Broadcasting Network (MDBN) has made tremendous progress and was convinced that by September this year the country will be fully moved to digital broadcasting. The PS said this on Tuesday during a familiarization tour of the MDBN offices and the Microwave. Saidi said he was even more pleased to learn that the country is among the only three countries in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to make such commendable transition to digital broadcasting. “I hear we are among the three countries to in the SADC region to move to digital broadcasting in such a short period of time, I think as Government we need a pat in the back for this recommendable job,” said Saidi. He expressed excitement in the transition saying that it will give them a platform to accommodate as many channels and will improve the quality of the pictures. He added that it was high time the country moved to digital broadcasting considering the fact that the world is also going digital by the day. Saidi acknowledged that there are still some hiccups in the transition but assured the public that they will be dealt with and that this thing will be a success. He said in showing commitment to the success of the transition, Government decided to subsidize the price of sate box for every Malawian to access them easily. In his remarks, Acting Chief Executive Officer of MDBN, Dennis Chirwa saying currently they have surpassed the intended covering area of 47 percent meaning that they are on the right track to moving to national digital broadcasting. According to Chirwa, they are counting between 6-8 months to have digital satellites across the country. He said they started the transition with four cities of Zomba, Blantyre, Mzuzu and Lilongwe and they are making strides to move to other areas.


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M'mbelwa District Council receives K243 million for development projects

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M'mbelwa District Council receives K243 million for development projects

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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

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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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