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Blantyre, June 26, 2020: Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) Chairperson, Chifundo Kachale has attributed the absence of international observers in the Fresh Presidential Election to travel ban restrictions across the world due to coronavirus (COVID-19).

Speaking during a press briefing at the National Tally Centre in Blantyre on Thursday, Kachale said in preparation for the Fresh Presidential Election, MEC sent out invitation letters to various international election observers, including the European Union (EU).

“We invited international observers to come during this Fresh Presidential Election and I wish the media would stop misinforming the public.

“The EU will come out on its own to clarify on the media reports that it was not invited to observe the election,” he said.

“The discussion around the absence of international observers should also not pay a blind eye to the effects of travel bans due to COVIDd-19.

“Being international guests, it meant the observers would have been subjected to a two-week quarantine or self-isolation period, so we can safely assume their absence is attributed to COVID-19 pandemic,” Kachale further explained.

He observed that some missions in Malawi such as EU, the Danish Church Aid, United Nations Development Programme, US Embassy, Zimbabwe High Commission, Zambia High Commission, Tanzania High Commission, Mozambique High Commission and the Japanese Embassy were on the ground monitoring the situation.

Nkhata Bay, March 19, 2020: Member of Parliament for Nkhata Bay Central, Simon Vuwa Kaunda Saturday held a rally in his constituency to enhance the alliance between Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and United Democratic Front (UDF) members in the district.

This follows an agreement DPP and UDF leaders, President Arthur Peter Mutharika and Atupele Muluzi respectively, made to enter into an alliance ahead of the fresh presidential election, after constitutional court in Lilongwe nullified the one held on May 21, 2019.

Kaunda urged DPP and UDF supporters to work hand in hand towards the election, saying the parties have worked together before.

“DPP as a party has always been in a relationship with UDF, Most of the DPP cabinet members came from UDF.

“The union gives us enough confidence and we are ready even if it means going back to elections,” Kaunda added.

In his speech, UDF Nkhata Bay District Director of Youth, Iman Nkhata said the party members are excited to partner with DPP.

“We have witnessed the progress in development in our district under the DPP rule and so far we are impressed and looking forward to achieving more together,” said Nkhata.

Northern Region Governor for DPP, Keneth Sanga said President Mutharika has worked tirelessly to bring development to Nkhata Bay and the region at large.

He cited Nkhata Bay – Mzuzu Road, Nkhata Bay Market, water projects in Nkhata Bay, Karonga and Mzimba among others,

Friday, 02 August 2019 06:27

We will put a smile on Malawians Faces

Blantyre, August 2, 2019: We will put a smile on the faces of Malawian people, says She-Flames Coach, Abel Mkandawire.

Mkandawire told Malawi News Agency (Mana) on Monday before the team’s departure for the Cosafa Women Championship in South Africa.

He said the team will do better and insist they are ready for the competition.

“We need to do better than we did last year, if we can reach the finals that will be good for us. All what we want is to put a smile on Malawian faces,” he said.

Mkandawire also said despite the absence of their two foreign based players, Tabitha and Temwa Chawinga they will not be affected because there are other players to fill the gaps.

He pointed out that they have other strikers like Linda Kasenda and Sabina Thom who are well experienced and set to lead the team.

One of the experienced players, who is part of the squad, Towera Vinkhumbo spoke on FAM Website that they are determined to do well at the tournament and asked for support from all the stakeholders.

“Our past two outings were not successful as we failed to go past the group stages. Last year we lost 6-0 against South Africa and we are meeting them again. We want to do better this time around.

“Our target is to reach the semi-finals. Malawians should have trust in us and support us,” said Vinkhumbo.

The COSAFA Women’s Championship will be held in Port Elizabeth between July 31 and August 11 and Malawi are in Group A together with South Africa, Comoros and Madagascar.

Lilongwe, April 30, 2019: The 50:50 Campaign Management Agency has engaged the Association of Women in Media (AWOME) to enlighten women journalists on the need to report on the aspirations of young women who are contesting in the forthcoming general elections.

 

Making the remarks in Lilongwe Tuesday during the 50:50 Campaign Media Engagement,
AWOME Central Region Chapter Chairperson, Suzgo Khunga, hailed the initiative, saying it would go a long way in boosting young women aspirants, not only in the forthcoming elections but also beyond that.

 

“It is important that us as women, we are able to report on the aspirations of other women as well and it also helps that we understand why women are contesting and the right questions to ask them,” she said.

 

She observed that women feel safer to speak to fellow women and it is for that reason that the grouping thought of listening to what the Campaign Management Agency had to say.

 

She said what had been shared would enable members of the grouping to go out there and improve on what they have been doing.

 

Khunga appealed to fellow women journalists to understand the role they have to play in the forthcoming elections, saying it is up to them to present the balanced picture of what is happening during the campaign period.

 

“As such it is also crucial that we are able to isolate certain candidates that are taking part in the elections and this is young women,” she said.

 

The 50:50 Campaign Management Agency has also ensured that women journalists go back to what they have been doing and isolate the young women and report on them effectively.

 

She further said the media is there for the young women candidates and it has been there for both female and male candidates, disabled as well as youth because they have been all coming to the media.

 

50:50-Campaign Management Agency Media Consultant, Wisdom Chimgwede, said as the agency, they believed engagement with the media was critical in ensuring that they create a cadre of voters who are going to understand issues.

 

He said the female journalists are critical because there is a lot of talk of women not supporting each other and as such they thought narrative could change by engaging female journalists.

 

 The female journalists, it is believed, can understand the issues and be able to report positively about the female aspirants.

 

This, therefore, would disprove that long-held belief that there is a lot of fudging amongst women and that they cannot help and develop each other.

 

“We think there is a responsibility to change the narrative with good partnerships. We have a strong conviction that we are going to increase the numbers (of women) in parliament and councils because, already, we have much more candidates now than it was in 2014,” he said.

 

Women remain seriously underrepresented in Malawi’s political sphere despite the commitment expressed by a broad spectrum of political and civil society leaders to encourage their greater political participation through the 50:50 Campaign.

 

As a way to increase women representation in public offices, the Royal Norwegian Embassy in liaison with the Ministry of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare provided funding through a consortium to manage the 50:50 Campaign programme.

 

The goal for the 50:50 Campaign is to achieve improved participation and representation of women in leadership and decision-making positions in Malawi.

Mzuzu, April 5, 2019: Gospel artist, Eliza Mponya is set to release a single titled “Kadyerere” based on a Bible story about the prodigal son in the Book of Luke, who claimed a share of his wealth from his father and squandered it.

In an interview with Malawi News Agency (Mana) on Tuesday, Mponya said the song is in reference to what is happening nowadays.

“Some of us are living and enjoying in this world just as the prodigal son, forgetting that there is judgment ahead of us,” Mponya said.

She said the single also talks about pastors and prophets who are busy gaining wealth in the name of Jesus, yet they are fake.

“These are pastors and prophets that are not operating with the powers of God, but using charms in the name of Jesus.

Pemax Entertainment Program Manager, Peter Chasanga said there were no shortcuts in the production of the song.

“The track is in both audio and video and will be released on April 6, 2019. It was produced by Andy Mponya Records. The video will be done later, probably Monday, 8 April, by VJ Ken.

“We were strict on quality which we feel has been achieved and we then engaged. I am sure people will love the production in making,” Chasanga said.

Chasanga also said he believed the new song would bring out new lessons of life and that the people would appreciate it, adding it would bless them with the strong message in it.

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