28 April 2015
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Malawi foreign affairs minister Chaponda visits xenophobia victims in South Africa

Chaponda addresses the gathering Johannesburg, April 27: Malawi’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Dr. George Chaponda on Sunday, 26 April, 2015 visited some Malawian nationals who have been affected by the recent xenophobia attacks in South Africa. The Malawians numbering over 100 are being hosted at Mayfair Camp within the Anglican’s Christ Church premises within Johannesburg by the Gift of the Givers, an international NGO operating in South Africa. The Minister who was enroute to a SADC extraordinary Summit in Harare, Zimbabwe was tasked by President Professor Peter Mutharika to assess the current situation on the ground as the two countries aim to discuss the matter further during the SADC summit. The Minister was therefore accorded an opportunity to hear for himself the horrible instances Malawians went through when their homes were invaded and some attacked at their work places by South Africans demanding they leave South Africa immediately. In one instance, a Malawian xenophobic victim narrated how he witnessed a fellow Malawian Hassan Mohammed from Malunga Village. T/A Mponda, Mangochi district being knifed by a mob, covered by a blanket and later set ablaze whilst still alive. A lady victim speaks during the meeting Young and single parent Fatima Maulidi with her six month old baby also had a story to tell and wished was back home in Malawi. Others narrated how they spent days in the bush fearing for their life after having their homes vandalised or burnt and all their property taken away. Some of the victims had to trek down all the way from Durban into Johannesburg seeking safety at the Gift of Givers camp. They all looked traumatized despite the excellent care by the Gift of Givers and all indicated to the Minister their willingness to return to Malawi at the earliest opportunity. In response, the Minister assured the Malawians at the camp and elsewhere within South Africa, that the Government is committed to repatriate all willing Malawians back to Malawi and have them re-integrated back into their communities. Dr. Chaponda further indicated that the Malawi government has embarked on a process of creating jobs in Malawi to address the current issue of unemployment which leads most Malawians seeking for jobs in such countries like South Africa. “I know most of you come here to seek jobs. The government is in the process of setting up community technical colleges in all the constituencies across Malawi and eleven of such have been opened so far,” the Minister said. “The colleges aim at imparting entrepreneurship skills to young men with a view to creating jobs,” the Minister said much to the appreciation of the victims. The meeting in session As a step forward to the visit, Dr. Chaponda indicated the Malawi government would further engage the South African government on the issue. This as regards safe guarding the spirit of regional integration as promoted by such regional bodies like SADC, COMESA as well as the AU of which with xenophobia issues, such aspirations tend to be at risk. The Minister concluded his visit to Mayfair camp by thanking Gift of the Givers for excellently running the camp and for all the provisions being made, the Anglican Church through Rev. Eve Abrahams for opening up their premises as well as the South African government for providing all the necessary security arrangements for the camp. Meanwhile, Gift of the Givers has pledged to provide two buses to assist in repatriation of the Malawians at the camp back to Malawi within the course of the week. In addition, they will also provide food packs for the other buses which will depart for Malawi carrying the remaining victims from Durban.


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MACRA taking ICT as a driver of Malawi economy

Blantyre, April 27: The Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA) says Information Communication and Technology (ICT) services have the potential to grow the country’s economy. MACRA’s Board Chairperson for Legal and Administration Committee Chancy Gondwe made the remarks Monday morning in Blantyre during the opening of World Radio Communication (WRC) consultative meeting. The meeting is part of preparations for the forthcoming World Radio Communication (WRC) 15 Conference which will take place in Geneva, Switzerland from 2nd to 27th November 2015. Gondwe said ICT has the potential to driveeconomicgrowth, observing that most countries that are doing well on the economic front rely on ICT. “As the World economy is becoming more and more dependent on ICTs, it is pleasing to see Malawi now experiencing some progress in ICT penetration, largely contributed by the emergence of mobile communication services in terms of both voice and data. “The increasing use of mobile services translates to growth in the national economy hence the need to protect some fixed services used for the delivery of such services. “It is therefore important to hold such consultative meetings so that the contributions should focus on the ICT future where the country’s economy hinges on,” said Gondwe adding that it was important for MACRA to meet regularly with its stakeholders so that ideas can help to shape the country’s stand on international meetings. Francis Bisika, Deputy Director at MACRA said it was vital that MACRA to continue engaging with its various to confront challenges rocking the sector. Bisika said MACRA recognized the important role communication plays in economic growth. “MACRA is doing everything possible to make sure that there is efficient use of the spectrum, the very lifeline of all communication services in the country," he said. According to MACRA’s Director of Telecommunications Services Lloyd Momba, only 40 percent of the Malawi population use ICT, mainly through cell phones. Currently, Malawi is chairing the preparatory process for WRC-15 for the SADC region.  WRC-15 is expected to pass resolutions on the agreed agenda items.


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Nomads, Tigers share points in entertaining draw

Part of the action during the match - Pic by Arkangel Tembo Blantyre, April 27: A stalemate at Kamuzu Stadium on Saturday between Mighty Be Forward Wanderers and Azam Tigers provided a perfect demonstration of the technical contrast between coaches Elijah Kananji and Gerald Phiri of Wanderers and Tigers respectively. While Kananji  continued with a slightly ramshackle formation designed to include all his on-form attacking players like Luka Milanzi, Sparrow Msowoya, Muhamad Sulumba and Jimmy Zakazaka and chased the game with positive substitutions, Phiri started without two  strikers, focused heavily upon getting men behind the ball and gradually killed the game efficiently. Diverson Chilemba instead led Tigers striking force in the first half. While hardly a classic centre-forward, the former Nomads ran the channels and dangerously sprinted in behind the Wanderers back line, twice prompting Nomads defence to play under pressure. Chilemba also combined effectively with his compatriots Benard Harawa on the right flank, both at their best on the counterattack. However, Tigers midfield was surprisingly quiet, contributing little in possession and guilty of letting the Nomads heart beat which was orchestrated by Rafiq Mussa sprint over it. Tigers were more offensive through Yamikani Chester, who held the key forcing Nomads defenders to press the panic button whenever he possessed the ball.  Chester attempted 11 open-play crosses between them while the Nomads entire side managed only two. After a brilliant second half, the Nomads scored two quick goals through Sparrow Msowoya and Muhamad Sulumba sending their fans into cloud nine to chant, “ Olire Manoma.” However, their game plan was disturbed after midfielder Rafiq Mussa was shown marching orders after being shown two yellow cards. Cuthbert Sinetre was called on duty in his place. Tigers utilized this opportunity by equalizing through Peter Kansonga and Dan Kumwenda, forcing Kananji to made double substitution. Sinetre was pushed forward into a more advanced role, with Msowoya switching right and Ngwira narrowing to play alongside Kondwani Kumwenda. In truth, this changed little – and while Isaac Kaliati drifted across the pitch in search of service, the Nomads struggled to find him. Towards the end of the match, Tigers versatile midfielder Yamikani Chester provided an extra penalty area presence, and they came close to scoring when he could not quite connect with Kansonga, who was already inside the danger zone. Kananji’s sides were now light in midfield and exposed to Tigers counterattacks. The lack of a true defensive midfielder was also spotted as Ngwira failed to stop marauding Tigers.


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Of nurturing criminals ‘11 Bongos’ pride

  A Nigerian youth gang - Pic from the internet Lilongwe, April 27: “I was brutally beaten up by a group of young men who thronged my house some minutes after 6 in the evening. I shouted for help to no avail,” recounts Giveness Lazoni Msumali. It was in February 2014. She suffered a ruthless beating at her house. The group of about 21 youngmen came looking for Richard Masitala, son to Msumali, who was not at home then.
People heard her cry, but no one came to her rescue. The following morning Richard found himself in the rough hands of the same group right at Kandikole Market. He was severely bludgeoned and sympathizers carried him to his mother’s house. He nursed his wounds while seeing the assailants up and about. On March 30, 2014, Msumali a resident of Area 36, a location at the hub of Lilongwe City, joyfully went out for her usual daily business at Bwalo la Njobvu to sell her merchandise. Unknown to her the day’s sunset was the last for her son. “I will weep for my boy for all my life. I think like it’s just a dream, it is an experience I’ll remember till my grave. My son died on March 30, 2014 and will clock one solid year in grave while the assailants are left scot free…,” recounted Msumali as she broke into tears. “The boy was my only hope. This sad incident happened at a time he was about to leave Malawi for South Africa to hunt for greener pastures. He died with his passport just three days in his hand,” she narrated, tears dripping her cheeks. The beating unto death locals say was a rivalry gang battle. Lilongwe police records show that the Area 36 has ‘11 Bongos’ ‘Soft boys’, ‘Ghettos’,  ‘Bad boys’ and ‘Seka unye’ ‘Zikwanje Boys’ ‘Madala Crew’, Soweto crew, ‘Pink girls’ among others. 
Why was he be so mercilessly beaten to death? Witnesses said he was a ‘Soft Boy’ and was killed by‘11 Bongos’. Sharing margins with areas 22 and Falls Estate 1 which are comparatively tranquil; Area 36 according to the police reports is believed to be territory for over ten gangs. The area had recently proved more hostile as these mobsters caused daily assaults, pick pocketing and beatings in broad day light. While Msumali still mourns, some people are suffering in silence, but the Police stretched law’s long hand to get the notorious gang masters a thing the law enforcers described as ‘uprooting the criminal from its base’, and “Amon the ‘11 Bongos’ leader was recently apprehended. According to police publicist for Lilongwe, Kingsley Dandaula, the arrest of Amoni has exposed him one of the hard core criminals in Lilongwe and records revealed that he had been nabbed several times before on numerous offences and had indeed served a handful of custodial punishments with some of his sentences escaped un finished. But Msumali still wept saying arrests of afew individuals would have little impact as the leader had planted more youngsters who were still terrorizing people. “No changes at all, gang followers are still breaching people’s peace. Unfortunately, some leaders seem to be nurturing these gangs because some have them in their own chieftaincy homes. All people and village heads should sincerely hold hands if police is to win this fight and if area 36 is to enjoy peace,” she added. Msumali who hails from Nyanga village, Traditional Authority Kaphuka in Dedza further lamented that the harassers and suspected murderers of their son were seen in the location walking scot free. “Why is there no arrest or feedback from police? Justice is folding and it pains me seeing the murder suspects of my boy free. The squad that came at my home beating me up and baying for my late boy’s blood still cause havoc,” she said wiping tears with her headgear cloth. But Lilongwe Police Publicist Kingsley Dandaula said police were amking headway citing the arrest of ‘Amoni’ who hails from Kaondo village, Senior Traditional Authority Tsabango. However, Dandaula concurred with Msumali saying, “Some village heads are shielding these gangs.  We understand some are related to the village heads. Said he, “Nonetheless, police is assuring people that the situation will change soon.” Witnesses say the terror is not limited to homes as people in markets meet the same. Most at risk are illegal markets where they collect market fees. It started immediately their leader was nabbed, another assumed command and re-organised and was in the interim collecting market fees at the illegal St. Johns market, and the boys claimed their activities were graced by the Msamba Parish which the church denied. The Church Clerk Tresford Mvula Speaking for Msamba Parish Roman Catholic under Lilongwe Diocese confirmed the presence of the gangs in the illegal market that was close to the parish. “Boys were indeed bothering people at the market. Firstly they used church’s name that it had sent them to collect the market fees so that proceeds are equally shared between us. It a cooked story,” Mvula said. “Chiefs of this area are aware of these deviant crews. Why do they sink heads in the sand? The church is concerned with the problems these boys are causing. They are known by everyone and some are tired of reporting them to police believing that less is being done to halt their barbaric acts, ” he said adding ‘11 bongos’ crew was spoiling church’s image. But the second in command has also been nabbed and it brings a flicker of hope to many. Police say he is charged with murder. But previous reports also indicated that he killed his first wife. “We are still investigating on the issues linking to the death of his first wife,” says Dandaula confirming that, the battles between the ‘Soft Boys’ crew and ‘11 Bongos’ cost the life of Richard Masitala. However the police spokesperson said currently police have intensified day and night police patrols and community policing in Area 36 and Lilongwe in general to stifle further sprouting of the gang crews and terror. He said, “The 11 Bongos second in command Tiyese James is arrested on murder charges. He is suspected of leading the murdering of Richard Masitala in a fight between Soft boys and 11 Bongos gangs. It’s now two ring leaders in police custody with more arrests to follow.” Recently police in Mchinji also arrested about 17 young boys who called themselves ‘Boko Haram’ aged between 14 to 16 years of age that bullied school going children.           However, police have issued a fresh caution to parents to monitor their children against forming and joining gangs saying nobody will escape from police long hand and that once arrested they would face the law.


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NAC releases K45 million to Chiradzulu CBOs


Chiradzulu, April 27: The Chiradzulu District Council has received K45 million from National Aids Commission (NAC) to enable Community Based Organizations (CBOs) in the district carry out HIV/AIDS related activities. District Aids Coordinator (DAC) for Chiradzulu Chriss Nawata disclosed the development last week Wednesday during a District Executive Committee-DEC meeting at the Boma. Nawata said 31 CBOs whose proposals were successful are expected to benefit from the package. “The funds will mostly be used for awareness campaigns and capacity building. This is in line with NAC advocacy policy which emphasizes on fostering behavior change among the people,” said Nawata. On this note, Nawata advised the CBOs to use the funds for the intended purposes, reminding them they were subject to auditing by the Local Authority and Central Government. Nawata also called on members of District Aids Coordinating Committee (DACC) to continue monitoring CBO activities. “CBOs will be active and produce quality work on the ground if district officials monitor their activities regularly,” stressed Nawata.


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Malawi foreign affairs minister Chaponda visits xenophobia victims in South Africa

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Nomads, Tigers share points in entertaining draw

Of nurturing criminals ‘11 Bongos’ pride

NAC releases K45 million to Chiradzulu CBOs

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NAC releases K45 million to Chiradzulu CBOs

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Nomads, Tigers share points in entertaining draw

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MACRA taking ICT as a driver of Malawi economy

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Government, AICC upbeat on Malawi’s vibrant agriculture

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MP Kandodo says not afraid of Section 65

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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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Of nurturing criminals ‘11 Bongos’ pride

Of nurturing criminals ‘11 Bongos’ pride

  A Nigerian youth gang - Pic from the internet Lilongwe, April 27: “I was brutally beaten up by a group of young men who thronged my house some minutes after 6 in the evening. I shouted for help to no avail,” recounts Giveness Lazoni Msumali. It was in February 2014. She suffered a ruthless beat...

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