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Lilongwe, August 5, 2020: Integrated mobile network and ICT services provider TNM Plc, has partnered with KaiOS Technologies to launch the most affordable 4G KaiOS-enabled smart feature phone in Malawi.

Priced at MK 24,999 (USD 33.9[1] ), the TNM Smart 4G will come with a value of MK28,000 USD 38[2] ), worth of bonuses comprising 500 MBs, 150 SMSs and free Caller Tune every month for six months. This offer makes it the most affordable 4G device in the history of mobile internet in Malawi.

According  to TNM the phone will offer customers access to essential and popular apps such as WhatsApp, Google Assistant, Google Maps, YouTube, Facebook, and many other applications unique to KaiOS.

TNM Plc Chief Executive Officer Michiel Buitelaar said this affordable device has been designed to suit the communication needs of first-time users and people in rural areas.

“These devices will help people to entertain and educate themselves or have broadband internet,” he said.

The CEO said the 4G phone would help disseminate timely and accurate information on COVID-19 at a time when cases are escalating and the United Nations has warned of disastrous effects on the least developed countries, which include Malawi.

“The KaiOS phone comes with an easy-to-use interface, an in-house app called Life which features training and lessons related to digital literacy and other educational content. It also provides access to Google Assistant that allows first-time internet users to use voice to easily navigate and connect with the digital world, a thing which will address low digital literacy issues,” said  Buitelaar

“Smart 4G runs on a Mediatek MT6731 chipset, enabling 4G connectivity and other smartphone-like features such as Wi-Fi, GPS, and Bluetooth. It has a 2.4” display, 4GB of storage (expandable to 32GB via microSD) and boasts a powerful battery which enables extended 8 hours of talk time,” he said.

Sebastien Codeville, CEO of KaiOS Technologies, said: “As the first company to make KaiOS smart feature phones available in Malawi, the launch cements TNM’s reputation as a pioneer in offering new services that help improve the lives of the country’s people and increases economic prosperity.”

“ We will work with TNM to ensure that our devices carry content that is relevant and useful to the people of Malawi”, said Codeville

For his part, new Information Minister Gospel Kazako commended TNM Plc for its unflinching efforts towards Malawi’s economic development through investments in mobile internet technology and ICT.

“TNM Plc takes a long view. They have invested significantly in a 4G mobile internet network that has transformed the TNM network into one of the most reliable Internet service providers in Malawi,” he said.

 

KaiOS  Technologies powers an ecosystem of affordable digital products and services, and  exists to empower people around the world through technology.
Currently with its flagship product,  KaiOS, is the leading mobile operating system for smart feature phones with more than 135  million devices shipped in over  150  countries.

Kai’s mission is to  open up  new possibilities for individuals, organizations, and societies by bringing mobile connectivity to the billions of people without internet in emerging markets, as well as providing those in established markets with an alternative to smartphones. 

KaiOS  is based on HTML5 and other open web technologies, devices running on the platform require limited memory, while still offering a rich user experience through access to apps like the Google Assistant, WhatsApp, YouTube, Facebook and Google Maps.  

Blantyre, May 31, 2020:There was somber mood at Limbe Cathedral Cemetery on Saturday afternoon as the faithful lowered the casket of Rev. Fr Stanislaus Chinguo at exactly 1:05pm.

Limbe Cathedral Choir sung, "Ndigoneranji m'manda ndekha, Apapa tsalani ngakhale mundikonda Ambuye tsogoleleni ndili ndekha" as the brown casket was slowly going down to Fr Chinguo's last resting place.

Aged 51, Reverend Father Chinguo, spent 26 years in priesthood after being ordained on July 23, 1994, by the late Bishop James Chiona at Limbe Cathedral.

Father Chinguo was born on January 19, 1969, at Mlapa Village in Traditional Authority Mkanda in Mulanje District.

During the requiem mass outside Limbe Cathedral, relatives, nuns, priests, and believers joined in to celebrate the life of a man who gave hope and deliverance to Christians.

Notable Bishops who attended the requiem mass included Bishop Peter Musikuwa of Chikwawa Diocese, Bishop George Tambala of Zomba Diocese and Bishop Montfort Stima of Mangochi Diocese.

Archbishop Luke Thomas Msusa of Blantyre Archdiocese, who led the Mass, praised the deceased as an extraordinary priest who had love for his sheep, development and education.

“Rev Fr Chinguo was a self-driven priest who has been a role model to many priests, his love for his duty as a Shepherd and for children, especially seeing them attend school, is beyond human description,” His Lordship Msusa said.

Archbishop Msusa further said while the deceased was serving at Pius XII Seminary, he helped many seminarians because he was very brilliant in English.

“His contribution is vividly evident in every area he served,” Archbishop Msusa said.

He added that at the time of his sickness, Father Chinguo always remembered God as he used to spend much of his time in the Chapel.

Reverend Father Frank Mwinganyama, the Blantyre Archdiocese Communications Officer, said at the time of his death, the late Father Chinguo had been battling kidney failure, diabetes and high blood pressure for three years.

“He has been battling with diabetes, high blood pressure and Kidney failure for three years and was sent to India for further treatment.

“He continued to serve as usual but later on he retired after his health deteriorated and was staying at Limbe Cathedral,” Fr Mwinganyama said.

Reverend Father Benedicto Masuwa who was staying with the late priest, said Father Chinguo was a darling to serving God because even after the sickness, he continued to show interest in serving the Lord.

“Although he was in pain, one would hardly know due to his resilience and hard work while performing his duties.

“Most priests would doubt his condition. One day, someone asked me whether he was really sick because he would ably move around his house and do various kinds of work without aid,” Reverend Father Masuwa said.

He said the deceased’s pride was in helping the needy and serving God.

Reverend Father Stanislaus Chinguo did his early primary education at Mulanje L.E.A, Zomba Government (Bwaila), Namulenga and Montfort Demonstration School before joining Pius XII Minor Seminary in 1981.

In 1988 he went to Kachebere Major Seminary where he did Philosophy up to 1990.

He later went to St. Peters Major Seminary to study Theology from 1990 up to 1994.

Reverend Father Chinguo also did a Masters in Moral Theology in Kenya from 1999 to 2002.

The late Father has been a priest for 26 years and served in various parishes before breathing his last on Thursday.

After his ordination on July 23, 1994, Father Chinguo had served at Pius X11 Minor Seminary from 1994 to 1997, Nthawira Parish from 1997-98. He was Parish Priest at Bangwe from 1998-99 before going to Kenya in 1999-2002 to study Moral Theology..

The late Reverend Father Chinguo also served in the following parishes, Nguludi, Njuli, Mwanga, Lunzu and Nthawira Parish.

During his sickness, he retired and was staying at St. James Rectory in Limbe Cathedral until his last day on earth on 28 May, 2020 at Mwaiwathu Private Hospital in Blantyre.

Likoma, May 26, 2020: Business community in Likoma has blamed Chiefs’ laxity to control illegal boat commuters ferrying Mozambicans and Tanzanians at night.

Despite closure of borders saying the malpractice has huge impacts amid the rising number of Covid-19 cases in the neighbouring countries.

One business lady, Lisungu Sonjo said the Chiefs in the district have relaxed evidenced by several reports about some village headmen who are in the forefront aiding and habouring the Mozambicans and Tanzanians coming by boats at night, saying this puts the islanders at risk of Covid-19.

“We have on several occasions reported these issues to chiefs and immigration, but we have seen no action being taken. Still we see boats operating illegally at night bringing in Mozambicans as well as Tanzanians.

“It is not pleasing to see some boats operating daily, while our boats are grounded to comply with the Covid-19 measures set by the district council. I wish the District Commissioner and security officials should help us on this," she said.

Sub-Traditional Authority (STA) Mwase said as Chiefs they are aware of the illegal boat commuters who are ferrying Mozambicans at night.

“We are aware of the malpractice and that some Chiefs are in the forefront facilitating the movement and further habouring such people. As chiefs, we have however, taken measures to end the malpractice. We summoned the chiefs and warned them about the issue so we expect change,” he said.

District Commissioner (DC) for Likoma, Eric Nema said the district was challenged in terms of controlling the border being a lake.

"Our border is too porous being the lake. There was need for collaborative efforts with both the community and security personnel to ensure we ably control the illegal entry of immigrants amid Covid-19 pandemic," he said.

Nema said very soon there would be an establishment of Public Health Emergency Management Committee to deal with issues of Covid-19, and shall create structures at village level.

Commenting on the illegal entry of immigrants, Immigration Officer for Likoma, Numeri Nation blamed local communities saying those boats ferrying Mozambicans are owned by people from Likoma.

"The challenge we have is that Likoma is too open. Those boats ferrying Mozambicans dock anywhere and it is difficult to trace them. The other challenge is that it is actually local citizens aiding the Mozambicans and that chiefs are aware," he pointed out.

Mangochi, May 18, 2020:Chaos ensued at Kera Village, Makawa Trading Centre, in Mangochi Friday evening when two little girls who had gone missing Thursday morning were found dead allegedly in a vehicle of a businessman, Idrissa Wasi.

Eyewitnesses on the scene told Malawi news Agency (MANA) that the two girls aged 5 and 6 from different families within the neighbourhood were last seen Thursday morning outside Wasi’s compound and that the families and members of the community went on a search.

On Friday evening, the bodies of the two girls were found by Wasi’s wife in one of the family’s vehicle, a saloon registration number MH 5988, according to the eyewitnesses.

“This angered the members of the community and they resorted to violence and set ablaze three houses, warehouse, and three vehicles including a minibus within Wasi’s compound,” explained one of the eyewitnesses.

Two other vehicles belonging to Wasi, including the one in which the bodies of the girls were found, were also destroyed by the angry mob.

Mangochi Police confirmed the fracas saying Wasi and his family fled the scene for their lives and that the businessman handed himself over to the law enforcers.

“We are keeping in custody the businessman, Idrissa Wasi, as investigations are underway to get to the bottom of the matter,” said Mangochi Police Spokesperson, Inspector Rodrick Maida.

Wasi is a renowned commercial fisherman at Makawa Trading Centre and he owns a number of business entities including houses. 

Dedza, April 25,2020: The German Ambassador to Malawi, Jurgen Borsch on Friday donated medical equipment and supplies to Dedza District Health Office (DHO) to help the district in the fight COVID-19.

The items included hand sanitizers, N95 face masks for health workers and support staff, gloves, disposable aprons, pulse oximeters, liquid soap dispensers, surface disinfectant, hand washing liquid soap and tapped buckets.

Speaking in an interview after donating the items, Borsch said the donation is one way of helping strengthen the health system in Malawi.

“We have started a first quick response amounting to more than MK2 billion for the COVID-19 interventions in Malawi. We are refurbishing treatment and isolation centres in different hospitals, we are giving out information materials because it is very important to let everybody in the country know what we can do and how we can fight the disease,” he said.

District Commissioner (DC) for Dedza, Emmanuel Bulukutu said the donation will ease some of the challenges the health facilities in the district have been facing as they do not have enough Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs).

In addition to the procurement of COVID-19 related equipment and supplies under the Health Services Joint Fund, together with Norway, the German government provided additional K500 million towards the Malawi-German Health Programme which GIZ it is implementing in the country.

The additional funding is intended to strengthen public awareness, training of health workers on COVID-19 screening, contact tracing, surveillance and infection prevention in Lilongwe, Dedza, Mchinji and Ntcheu.<