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MRCS to equip Covid-19 treatment centres

Mzimba, June 1, 2020: Malawi Red Cross Society (MRCS) plans to equip Covid-19 treatment and care emergency treatment units in Mzimba and Mangochi districts.   This was disclosed Saturday by MRCS Response and Recovery Specialist, Chisomo Teputepu at Mzimba Boma during a stakeholders meeting on the renovation of a Covid-19 treatment centre at Mzimba District Hospital.   He said the initiative would be implemented under the organization’s Covid-19 Prevention, Preparedness and Response Project.   The renovation works are being funded by Agricultural Transformation Initiatives (ATI).   Teputepu said MRCS would provide the treatment centres with tents and medical equipment once renovation works are completed.   "We have the mandate to assist vulnerable people and in this current scenario, Covid-19 patients are regarded as vulnerable as well and we will implement this project in Mzimba and Mangochi districts as they are deemed to be at high risk of the pandemic,” he said.   Teputepu added that, "We want to improve quality and capacity of health services in of support Covid-19 prevention and control activities in these districts."   M'mbelwa District Council Chairperson, Dan Nkosi commended MRCS for the project, especially that the district is registering high number of returnees from South Africa.   "Looking at high numbers of returnees from South Africa is from Mzimba the renovation of the building will assist a lot to treat covid-19 patients," he said.


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Muluzi donates maize flour and soap to the needy in Mzuzu

Mzuzu, June 1, 2020: Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and United Democratic Front (UDF) Alliance running mate for the forthcoming fresh Presidential election, Atupele Muluzi has donated maize flour to 400 needy households in Mzuzu. Speaking Sunday at Katoto Secondary Ground when he led DPP and UDF leaders in a charity initiative during which he distributed maize flour to the needy, Muluzi called for the need for Malawians to be united. He said he was sent by the President, Prof. Peter Mutharika to deliver the donation on his behalf and that noting the high turnout of the needy. Muluzi pledged that he would on Tuesday district 10,000 tablets of soap and maize flour bags respectively.  “I want to ask fellow politicians to make sure that they take a leading role in encouraging their supporters to live peacefully and assist each other in times of need so as to promote development in the country,” he said.  Since last year, the country has been going through difficult times as evidenced by protests and demonstrations which in most cases turned violent leading to destruction of both public and private property. “Many businesses came to a halt as a result of such demonstrations which is negatively affected and continue to affect the country’s economy. It was for this reason that I am in Mzuzu to provide the little that I have to cushion people’s livelihoods which were disturbed by following the demonstrations. We are one Malawi and despite having different political views, we need to co-exist peacefully for the good of our country,” Muluzi said. DPP Regional Governor for the North, Christopher Mzomera Ngwira said the people in the region suffered heavily during the 12 months demonstrations which were being staged by Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) and opposition parties. “As a region, we experienced heavy damage of property and businesses and I believe it would take long to recover from such damages mainly at household levels. Each of the beneficiaries who were all not in any party regalia went away with 25 kilogramme of flour and tablets of soap.  


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A final ray of hope

Lilongwe, June 1, 2020: Every morning, Pemphero Willard, wakes up in a desolate state of despair, as the sun emerges from the horizon so do her fears as a person with albinism in a hostile environment. Stuck between a rock and a hard, she strives to find piece works in order to provide for her nine year old daughter who inherited her condition of albinism.   Willard struggles to earn a living as she is openly discriminated in her village in Dedza. Time and again, she laments seeing her fellow women finding opportunities as she gets sidelined. “I find it difficult to get money because most of people in the village refuse to give me piece work,” she said.  '"For instance, to do farm work or gardening, they refuse to give me the work because they believe their plants will not grow because of my condition,” Willard narrated. To avoid recurrence of this unbearable humiliation, she stays idle at home and laments that it only makes her life harder because she only depends on her husband for support. Willard is of the view that much as women in general face a lot of challenges, the situation is worse to all women with albinism condition like her. "This is the harsh reality on the ground. I have a sister who was born with albinism, she has two daughters and we face the same problems,” she said. Willard is amongst the 134,586 Persons with Albinism (PWA) in the country that are facing difficulties in societies which among others include exclusion from social economic activities, killings and abductions. These atrocities are being fostered mainly because of ignorance and beliefs that are amongst our societies. This year alone, an old woman with albinism was attacked in Mzimba which led to her losing her two toes and just recently a grave of a person with albinism was exhumed in Mulanje. As it stands now the number of attacks against persons with albinism in the country has risen to 168 cases. Many non-governmental organisations in partnership with government have come up with a number of initiatives and strategies to assist in the protection and promotion of persons with albinism. National Coordinator for Association of Persons with Albinism (APAM), Overstone Kondowe bemoaned that the initiatives and strategies have not dealt with deep rooted problems faced by PWA. “Most societies still have beliefs that continue to put the life of a person with albinism in danger,” he said. From this background, APAM, with funding from Government has embarked on a process of developing a National Policy on security and welfare of PWA that will specifically help to promote and protect the lives of persons with albinism. The development of the policy is in the first stages and once the policy is finalised within three years. It is the hope of the Association that it will address the root causes that are driving human rights of violations that Willard and others are subjected to. Kondowe was optimistic of great changes in the lives of PWA since there would be proper procedures and principle that would be followed by government as well as other stakeholders who are promoting the lives of persons with albinism. “The kind of response we have been getting so far is that one that deals with a particular issue at that moment but the policy will help to give direction on how we can come up with responses and solutions that are long lasting,” he said. The Coordinator said these would be well established procedures because they would be research based. He added that issues to deal with persons with albinism are included in other policies but do not have a wider coverage. "The National Policy on equalisation of opportunities for persons with disabilities which was launched in 2006 has a little coverage on the rights of persons with disabilities as such our own policy will help us a lot," Kondowe pointed out. He stated that the 2012 disability act which is under review does not say anything on the rights of persons with albinism. Among other things, the national policy will improve protection and security of the rights of PWA as well as increase their opportunities in their day to day activities. Contents in the policy will encompass views from different stakeholders across the country and these views will form the basis of how issues concerning persons with albinism will be handled. Upon completion, Malawi will be the second country in Africa after Nigeria to have such policy. Kondowe revealed that government would take the front role in dissemination of the policy using different channels of communication as well through the social welfare office. One of the organisations which fight for the rights of children with disabilities Parents of Disabled Children Association of Malawi (PODCAM) believes that the policy will assist a lot in changing the livelihood of people with disabilities. Amongst the children with disabilities that the organisation fights are children who are born with albinism other disabilities. Project Officer for PODCAM, Msenga Mulungu said that as of now there is no document that was specifically protecting persons with albinism as such this would be a living tool for the country to have.  “There are some communities whereby new born babies with albinism or any disability are dying in their infancy because such communities believe that those children cannot grow into productive citizens as such they are killed when they are born," he said. Mulungu said it would remove all myths around persons with disabilities and albinism that lead to their vulnerability and the nation would learn that that once a child is born is no longer belongs to an individual but the state. To Willard and other persons with albinism the development of this policy is a ray of a hope.


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Government dismisses rumours of deliberate Coronavirus disease importation

Blantyre, May 31, 2020:Government on Saturday brushed off rumours that COVID-19 cases are deliberately being imported to achieve a hidden agenda.  COVID-19 Presidential Task Force Co-chairperson, Dr John Phuka told the media in Blantyre when he announced new six confirmed cases recorded in the past 24 hours. Phuka said Malawian citizens who are living abroad were free to come back home regardless of the country's situation as this [country] is the place they call home. "If you are a citizen of any country, that is your home because you belong to that country. So in this case, no one can be denied their right to come back home despite the condition they are in. "What needs to be done is to know who is coming so that they are tested and necessary precautions are taken to avoid putting communities at risk," said Phuka. He then announced that Malawi now has 279 cumulative cases since the first COVID-19 case was recorded in April this year. A Blantyre District Health Office (DHO) worker, a Mzuzu residence and two Malawian deportees from South Africa are some of the people who have tested positive to the pandemic in the latest results. So far, Blantyre has recorded six COVID-19 cases among health workers.


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New customary land Law to address land disputes

Nkhotakota, May 31, 2020:Traditional Authority (TA) Mwansambo of Nkhotakota has described the implementation of the new customary land law as a key weapon to address land disputes in the country. He said this Saturday during a Media tour where the area is implementing pilot land reform programme in Denje Village Development Committee (VDC). Mwansambo said land jurisdiction in an area helps communities have ownership of their land. “The new customary land law empowers traditional leaders to ensure that cases of land disputes have been minimized. Every individual and families will have the rightful ownership of their land with proper issued documents,” he said. The Chiefs pointed out that the exercise would help to provide security of land to communities whereby issues of property grabbing particularly land would be reduced drastically. “ when the issues was first introduced to us, we thought government wants to reduced powers of the Chiefs and they want to take control of land issues in our areas but these fears and misconceptions  have been cleared,” Mwansambo added. He said every tradition leader in the area need to adhere to the implementation of the new customary land law so that everybody’s right to own land should be respected all the time. Land Surveyor and GIS Specialists, Land Reforms Implementation Unit, Masida Mbano has hailed communities of Denje VDC for understanding and adopting the new concept of customary land. He said the sensitization meetings which were conducted in the area before the implementation of the programme helped them to appreciation the new arrangement. “Denje has land community which was duly elected to oversee the implementation of the land jurisdiction exercise in the area. We will be conducting a capacity building programme for them to be empowered to do their work effectively,” Mbano disclosed. He said the exercise would help communities to own their land with proper valid government documentation and that this could help a surety to any institution. Mbano said land clerk was already working with traditional leaders to make sure the implementation of the programme was supported by all stakeholders so that rightful owners register their land. “We have successfully conducted similar exercises in TA’s Nazombe in Phalombe and Lukwa in Kasungu. Both traditional leaders and communities have appreciated that their land parcels have been protected by law,” Land Surveyor pointed out.   Senior Group Village Headman, Denje who is Chairperson of Land Committee in the area said the committee would not allow corrupt practices to be used during the exercise. He warned that any one found to be doing that would be brought to them for action and traditional   leaders in the areas are encouraged to guard against this malpractice.


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Government dismisses rumours of deliberate Coronavirus disease importation

New customary land Law to address land disputes

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MRCS to equip Covid-19 treatment centres

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Muluzi donates maize flour and soap to the needy in Mzuzu

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