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DPP trampled media freedom - Kunkuyu

20/06/12

Blantyrec

Government has accused the former ruling Democratic Progressive Party, DPP led administration of trampling on the rights of the media.


Minister of Information and Civic Education Mosses Kunkuyu made the accusation today when he toured one of the country’s privately-owned radio stations.


Kunkuyu observed that the DPP led administration did not respect the rights of journalists as well as media houses in the country arguing journalists were being victimized during the DPP regime.


The minister cited the case of  July 20 Demonstrations in which he observed that some journalists who were covering the demonstrations were beaten up by the police and some radio stations put off air by the Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority Macra.


Kunkuyu therefore pledged the Peoples Party led government’s commitment to protecting and promoting media freedom in the country.

Mosses Kunkuyu explains........


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Roll out or lose licenses - MACRA

18/06/12

Blantyre

Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority - MACRA has given newly licensed radio stations until August this year to start broadcasting or have their licenses revoked.


MACRA Public Relations Officer Zadziko Mankhambo made the announcement in an interview with MIJ FM today.


In May  Last year MACRA issued radio, television as well as mobile phone network service provider licences  to over applicants but only Galaxy Radio Station owned by former president late Bingu Wa Mutharika has far rolled out.


But speaking in an interview with MIJ FM, Mankhambo said MACRA has been carrying out inspection tours on the preparations the licensees are making ahead of their rolling out and said the authority is impressed with the response from the licensees.


He added that the Authority has given radio licences up to August this year to launch their radio stations while television stations that were given   licenses have been advised to start their operations before December this year.


Mankhambo however dismissed allegations that the licence awarding process was done unprofessionally arguing that applicants that were left out in during the initial awarding process will be considered during the second phase of the process which MACRA said will be conducted soon.


There was a huge outcry from some of the applicants who were not awarded licenses who criticized MACRA of being influenced by political decisions when issuing the licenceses.

Some of the licensees that raised eyebrows include the Mulhakho wa Alomwe radio and Galaxy radio and television stations

Zadziko Mankhambo explains........


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DPP is Malawi’s Paul the Apostle – Dausi

 

14/06/12

Lilongwe

Democratic Progressive Party-DPP has taken a Biblical stand in defending its decision to ask speaker of National assembly to invoke section 65 of the country’s constitution.


The DPP has come under fire from some sections of the society who have accused the party of being hypocritical by petitioning the speaker to invoke the section now when the party frustrated the same in 2007 when it had members of parliament from other political parties.


The development follows revelations that the Party has petitioned speaker of the house to declare vacant seats of 45 former legislators of the party who have joined the ruling PP.


But speaking in an interview with MIJ FM, DPP Publist Nicholas Dausi said the DPP has repented the sin it committed in preventing the application of the section in 2007 saying the party now wants to start respecting the rule of law.


Dausi likened the DPP to the Biblical Paul the Apostle who he said turned from being a persecutor of Christians to a prominent man of God. 


The new spokesperson then called on Malawians to accept the party’s confession on the matter and help the party in the upholding of the country’s constitution by supporting the speaker of parliament to invoke section 65 on defecting legislators. 

Hon Nicholas Dausi explains........

 

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Fuming Mini-bus owners dates Minister of Finance tomorrow

18/06/12

Blantyre

A high level meeting between ministry of finance top brass and the Mini-bus Owners Association of Malawi MOAM over the remarks made by Dr. Lipenga Lipenga during the presentation of the 2012/2013 national budget statement has been scheduled for tomorrow in Blantyre.

The meeting is aimed at ironing out the differences that emanated from his statement that government has maintained duty on minibuses as one way of controlling road accidents he said are rampant among minibuses.

In the budget government has waived duty on busses carrying above 45 passengers.

But the sentiments did not go down well with MOAM, whose leaders had threatened to hold vigils at the New Parliament Building if Finance minister Dr Ken Lipenga will not grant them an audience tomorrow.

 

Dr Ken Lipenga explains........


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Roll out or lose licenses - MACRA

18/06/12

Blantyre

Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority - MACRA has given newly licensed radio stations until August this year to start broadcasting or have their licenses revoked.


MACRA Public Relations Officer Zadziko Mankhambo made the announcement in an interview with MIJ FM today.


In May  Last year MACRA issued radio, television as well as mobile phone network service provider licences  to over applicants but only Galaxy Radio Station owned by former president late Bingu Wa Mutharika has far rolled out.


But speaking in an interview with MIJ FM, Mankhambo said MACRA has been carrying out inspection tours on the preparations the licensees are making ahead of their rolling out and said the authority is impressed with the response from the licensees.


He added that the Authority has given radio licences up to August this year to launch their radio stations while television stations that were given   licenses have been advised to start their operations before December this year.


Mankhambo however dismissed allegations that the licence awarding process was done unprofessionally arguing that applicants that were left out in during the initial awarding process will be considered during the second phase of the process which MACRA said will be conducted soon.


There was a huge outcry from some of the applicants who were not awarded licenses who criticized MACRA of being influenced by political decisions when issuing the licenceses.

Some of the licensees that raised eyebrows include the Mulhakho wa Alomwe radio and Galaxy radio and television stations

Zadziko Mankhambo explains........


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DPP is Malawi’s Paul the Apostle – Dausi

 

14/06/12

Lilongwe

Democratic Progressive Party-DPP has taken a Biblical stand in defending its decision to ask speaker of National assembly to invoke section 65 of the country’s constitution.


The DPP has come under fire from some sections of the society who have accused the party of being hypocritical by petitioning the speaker to invoke the section now when the party frustrated the same in 2007 when it had members of parliament from other political parties.


The development follows revelations that the Party has petitioned speaker of the house to declare vacant seats of 45 former legislators of the party who have joined the ruling PP.


But speaking in an interview with MIJ FM, DPP Publist Nicholas Dausi said the DPP has repented the sin it committed in preventing the application of the section in 2007 saying the party now wants to start respecting the rule of law.


Dausi likened the DPP to the Biblical Paul the Apostle who he said turned from being a persecutor of Christians to a prominent man of God. 


The new spokesperson then called on Malawians to accept the party’s confession on the matter and help the party in the upholding of the country’s constitution by supporting the speaker of parliament to invoke section 65 on defecting legislators. 

Hon Nicholas Dausi explains........

 

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Students petition parliament to review the 1999 Tevet Act

14/06/12

Blantyre

Students studying under Technical Enterprenuership and Vocational Education Training TEVET enforced programme have petitioned speaker of parliament calling him to ask the house to review the 1999 Tevet Act.  


Students from Soche Technical Training College told the MIJ FM in an interview that a review of the act would help in addressing some of the challenges the students under the Tevet programme are currently facing.

Thomas Kachere explains........


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3 prodigal ‘MP’s’ return to DPP in fear of section 65

14/06/12

Lilongwe

Three members of parliament for the ruling People’s Party have ditched the party, a few weeks after joining it.

The three are Otiria Jere Moyo for Kasungu West, Dr. Bofomo Nyirenda of Mzimba Luwerezi, as well as Godfrey Mukhondiya of Chitipa Wenya.

The three joined the party a few weeks ago following the death of former President Bingu wa Mutharika on April 5.

The development therefore follow the petitions that speaker of the National assembly Henry Chimunthu Banda has sent to 45 parliamentarians who are deemed to have crossed the floor in the house.

The Democratic Progressive Party-DPP wants the seats of the defecting MPs to be declared vacant, as stipulated in section 65.

The section provides that seats of all members of parliament who have joined other parties other than those which ushered them to office must be declared vacant.

Announcing the defection from the PP in the national assembly today, the Jere argued that they have made the decision following consultations they had with their constituents.

 

Hon Otiria Jere Moyo explains........


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DPP is Malawi’s Paul the Apostle – Dausi

 

14/06/12

Lilongwe

Democratic Progressive Party-DPP has taken a Biblical stand in defending its decision to ask speaker of National assembly to invoke section 65 of the country’s constitution.


The DPP has come under fire from some sections of the society who have accused the party of being hypocritical by petitioning the speaker to invoke the section now when the party frustrated the same in 2007 when it had members of parliament from other political parties.


The development follows revelations that the Party has petitioned speaker of the house to declare vacant seats of 45 former legislators of the party who have joined the ruling PP.


But speaking in an interview with MIJ FM, DPP Publist Nicholas Dausi said the DPP has repented the sin it committed in preventing the application of the section in 2007 saying the party now wants to start respecting the rule of law.


Dausi likened the DPP to the Biblical Paul the Apostle who he said turned from being a persecutor of Christians to a prominent man of God. 


The new spokesperson then called on Malawians to accept the party’s confession on the matter and help the party in the upholding of the country’s constitution by supporting the speaker of parliament to invoke section 65 on defecting legislators. 

Hon Nicholas Dausi explains........

 

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MP’s propose a review of ‘Subsidy’

12/06/12

Lilongwe

Members of parliament have suggested alternative ways of making the farm input subsidy programme more effective and less corrupt.


Speaking in house today some parliamentarians feel it is important to allow farmers to be paying money at the time of getting coupons other than when procuring the inputs as is the presently the case.


Other members think farmers have to establish clubs through which they should be getting the fertilizer.
At present, farmers pay the five hundred kwacha price when purchasing the fertilizer in Admarc depots.

Grace Kantchentche explains........


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MZUNI students call for the resignation of the management

12/06/12

Mzuzu

Mzuzu University Students have called for the immediate resignation of the university’s management over what the students have described as failure by the management to run the university effectively.


The students are currently demonstrating in the city to force management to open the University which has been closed for close to three months now.


In an interview with MIJ FM this morning Mzuzu University Students Union President Mosses Chalera accused the university’s management of failing to open the college although government pledged to release funds to help the university addresses challenges which have been blocking the re- opening of the college.


Chalera added that students at the learning institution want the university to permanently fill the university’s top management positions which are being held by temporary bearers.


Moses Chalera explains........


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GOVT condemns parents who force physically challenged children to beg for alms

 

13/06/12

Lilongwe

Government has condemned the tendency of some parents who send physically challenged children into the streets to beg for alms.


 Principal Secretary in the ministry of gender, women, children and social welfare, Dr Mary Shawa   made the condemnation during a media briefing which the ministry organized ahead of the forthcoming African day of the Child on June 16.


 Shawa noted that that the malpractice does not only deny the concerned children their right to education as they are kept out of school, but also corrupt their mind as it perpetuates a dependency syndrome on the part of the children.


 The Principal Secretary called on the parents to refrain from begging for alms saying the act cannot help them achieve economic independence.


This year’s African Day of the child will be commemorated under the theme: The right of Children with Disabilities, the duty to protect, respect, promote and fulfill.

The main event of the commemoration of the event will take place at Ekwendeni primary school grounds in Mzimba where vice president Khumbo Kachali is expected to grace the occasio

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MP’s propose a review of ‘Subsidy’

12/06/12

Lilongwe

Members of parliament have suggested alternative ways of making the farm input subsidy programme more effective and less corrupt.


Speaking in house today some parliamentarians feel it is important to allow farmers to be paying money at the time of getting coupons other than when procuring the inputs as is the presently the case.


Other members think farmers have to establish clubs through which they should be getting the fertilizer.
At present, farmers pay the five hundred kwacha price when purchasing the fertilizer in Admarc depots.

Grace Kantchentche explains........


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MZUNI students call for the resignation of the management

12/06/12

Mzuzu

Mzuzu University Students have called for the immediate resignation of the university’s management over what the students have described as failure by the management to run the university effectively.


The students are currently demonstrating in the city to force management to open the University which has been closed for close to three months now.


In an interview with MIJ FM this morning Mzuzu University Students Union President Mosses Chalera accused the university’s management of failing to open the college although government pledged to release funds to help the university addresses challenges which have been blocking the re- opening of the college.


Chalera added that students at the learning institution want the university to permanently fill the university’s top management positions which are being held by temporary bearers.


Moses Chalera explains........


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Tobacco generate US$85 million

 

11/06/12

Lilongwe

Malawi has managed to generate over 85 million United States dollars in the ongoing tobacco market for this season.
 
Tobacco control commission-TCC, Executive director Bruce Munthali disclosed the development in an interview with MIJ FM today.


Munthali revealed that the development is a major improvement from the 33 million dollars which the tobacco market had generated this time last year.

The Executive Director attributed the jump in the sales to stiff competition as well as high quality of the leaf on the market.

He added that the high quality tobacco has led to buyers offering competitive prices for the country’s major forex earner.

He noted that during the last market season, the market was coupled with misunderstandings between farmers and buyers following low prices buyers were offering due to the low quality of the leaf.


Munthali urged farmers to start preparing for the forthcoming season as the current market draws to a close.  

Bruce Munthali explains........

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Section 65 haunts PP

11/06/12

Lilongwe

The ruling People’s Party leadership in parliament is expected to meet 45 former Democratic Progress Party-DPP parliamentarians who have been petitioned over section 65 of the country’s constitution.

According to reports, government through the justice minister and attorney general Ralph Kasambara has already obtained an injunction restraining the speaker from invoking the section

Joseph Mwale explains........


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GOVT yet to decide on AU summit attendance

11/06/12

Lilongwe

Government is yet to decide on whether to send its representatives to the African Union – AU summit slated for next month in Adis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Minister of Information and Civic Education Moses Kunkuyu disclosed this in an interview with MIJ FM this morning.

Kunkuyu said the cabinet is yet to meet and make a decision on the same. He was however quick to point out that Malawi still remains a committed member of the AU saying that nothing can stop the country from attending to such an important meeting.

Malawi's former leader, Bingu wa Mutharika, who died while holding office in April, had defied calls to apprehend Bashir in a move which did not go down well with the country’s financial partners.

Since Mutharika’s death, his successor President Joyce Banda has taken steps to appease the country’s estranged donors with a series of reforms.

On Thursday last week, Sudan asked the AU to move the meeting to its headquarters in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, after Malawi had said Bashir would not be welcome for the summit.


Moses Kunkuyu explains........


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Tobacco generate US$85 million

 

11/06/12

Lilongwe

Malawi has managed to generate over 85 million United States dollars in the ongoing tobacco market for this season.
 
Tobacco control commission-TCC, Executive director Bruce Munthali disclosed the development in an interview with MIJ FM today.


Munthali revealed that the development is a major improvement from the 33 million dollars which the tobacco market had generated this time last year.

The Executive Director attributed the jump in the sales to stiff competition as well as high quality of the leaf on the market.

He added that the high quality tobacco has led to buyers offering competitive prices for the country’s major forex earner.

He noted that during the last market season, the market was coupled with misunderstandings between farmers and buyers following low prices buyers were offering due to the low quality of the leaf.


Munthali urged farmers to start preparing for the forthcoming season as the current market draws to a close.  

Bruce Munthali explains........

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Psychiatric patients need proper care

6/06/12

Blantyre

Stakeholders have pleaded with government to re-introduce the scheme that was aimed at taking-out psychiatric patients from the community.

The call comes in the wake of a recent killing of psychiatric patient, Lemison Kampambe, who was killed by an angry mob in Dowa District.

Kampambe’s killing followed the death of six other people who were killed by the psychiatric patient.

MIJF’s Thomas Kachere explains........


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EU to provide budgetary support

7/06/12

Lilongwe

European Union-EU has unveiled plans to provide budgetary support to Malawi.

The development follows the successful completion of talks between government and the international monitory Fund- IMF that has seen the later providing Malawi with a 3-year, 157 million dollar package to support the country’s troubled economy.

Under the new set-up, the IMF will also cancel a 79.4 pound million facility approved in 2010 that was suspended due to problems with Mutharika.

Speaking in an interview with MIJ FM, the EU’s head of delegation to Malawi, Ambassador Alexander Baum gave assurances that countries in the EU block will work on a new financial programme for Malawi.

 

Ambassador Alexander Baum explains........


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90 MPs threatens to pull out their support from the Joyce Banda’s led GOVT

 

6/06/12

Lilongwe

Vice president Khumbo Kachali has vowed to embark on a fire fighting regional meetings with people's party regional leadership in order to resolve the differences that have erupted on the government side in parliament.

This is a last resolution from a four and half hour long emergency meeting the party’s leadership convened last night in the capital Lilongwe.

The meeting followed threats by over 90 parliamentarians who defected from the former ruling Democratic Progressive Party, DPP and other parties.

The parliamentarians threatened to pull out their support from the Joyce Banda’s led government due pronouncements and conduct of the PP leadership outside parliament.

The MPs are bitter with remarks and conduct of PP founding members who they alleged were accusing new members of the party of eying top positions at the expense of the party’s old guards.

 

MIJ FM’s Sylvester Namiwa explains........

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Machinga last a month without HIV test-kits

5/06/12

Machinga

The fight against HIV-Aids has been dealt a blow in Machinga as the district has been without HIV test-kits for a month.


Test-kits play a crucial role for people service providers to be better placed in administering HIV-Aids related infections.


As way of ensuring availability of the facilities a health provider non-governmental organisation has asked government to speed-up the process of purchasing the kits.


Executive Director for the NGO - Youth Impact Chipiliro Phiri, made the call during an interview with MIJ FM’s reporter Aubrey Kusakala.

Chipiliro Phiri explains........


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Vendors to re-allocate

 

10/05/12

Ntcheu

Ntcheu district assembly is planning to re-allocate vendors who ply their trade along the M1 road, to curb fatal road accidents.


District Commissioner Mcloud Kadam’manja disclosed this to MIJ fm. He said this will ease congestion that is being caused by vendors, who sell their wares along the road.


According to Kadam’manja, vendors from Kampepuza and Lizulu markets, are among those to be re-allocated. He added that the assembly will soon finish the construction of the designated market.

District Commissioner Mcloud Kadam’manja explains........

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South Africa funds African Union summit in Malawi

5/06/12

Lilongwe

Government has disclosed that the South African government will provide a huge amount of support towards the African Union – AU summit scheduled for next month.


The disclosure comes amidst growing concerns that Malawi was not ready to host such a high profile gathering like the AU summit.


Amongst others observers have raised infrastructural, communication, accommodation and security concerns saying Malawi was falling short of these to ably host the summit.


But in an interview with MIJ FM, chairperson for the ministerial committee on the Summit, Sidik Mia revealed the rain-bow nation  has pledged to support the summit with transport and security.


To this effect Mia said the South Africa government has assured the country that it would provide all security necessities and a total of 102 limousine vehicles.

Sidik Mia explains........


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Machinga last a month without HIV test-kits

5/06/12

Machinga

The fight against HIV-Aids has been dealt a blow in Machinga as the district has been without HIV test-kits for a month.


Test-kits play a crucial role for people service providers to be better placed in administering HIV-Aids related infections.


As way of ensuring availability of the facilities a health provider non-governmental organisation has asked government to speed-up the process of purchasing the kits.


Executive Director for the NGO - Youth Impact Chipiliro Phiri, made the call during an interview with MIJ FM’s reporter Aubrey Kusakala.

Chipiliro Phiri explains........


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Vendors to re-allocate

 

10/05/12

Ntcheu

Ntcheu district assembly is planning to re-allocate vendors who ply their trade along the M1 road, to curb fatal road accidents.


District Commissioner Mcloud Kadam’manja disclosed this to MIJ fm. He said this will ease congestion that is being caused by vendors, who sell their wares along the road.


According to Kadam’manja, vendors from Kampepuza and Lizulu markets, are among those to be re-allocated. He added that the assembly will soon finish the construction of the designated market.

District Commissioner Mcloud Kadam’manja explains........

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Thorough consultations necessary before presenting budget – Jumbe

4/06/12

Blantyre

Economic experts have made a special appeal to government to make thorough consultations before it presents the 2012/2013 national budget to parliament.

The call comes as finance minister Ken Lipenga is holding budgetary consultations with various stakeholders - both local and international.

Last week Lipenga told MIJ FM that presentation of the national budget was awaiting discussions currently underway with the International Monetary Fund – IMF.


But in an interview with MIJ FM, former finance minister Friday Jumbe said government needed not to rush with the implementation of the budget.

The Former finance minister observed that government can adopt a provisional budget that can run for ninety days, awaiting the completion of the budgetary consultations.

Friday Jumbe explains........


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Support Access to Information Bill – MISA

4/06/12

Blantyre

Local media watchdogs have called for support in a bid to see the Access to Information Bill passed in the national assembly.

The call from the Media Institute for Southern Africa – Malawi chapter’s chairperson-Antony Kasunda follows indications that the bill could be taken to the national assembly soon.

Kasunda observed that the bill is not only for the media, but rather for the general public and all stakeholders.

In an interview with MIJ FM, the MISA Malawi chapter chairperson said the instsitute is currently pleased with strides his body has made in advancing the bill, citing a series of consultative meetings with stake holders aimed at soliciting their input.

 

Anthony Kasunda explains........


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Vendors to re-allocate

 

10/05/12

Ntcheu

Ntcheu district assembly is planning to re-allocate vendors who ply their trade along the M1 road, to curb fatal road accidents.


District Commissioner Mcloud Kadam’manja disclosed this to MIJ fm. He said this will ease congestion that is being caused by vendors, who sell their wares along the road.


According to Kadam’manja, vendors from Kampepuza and Lizulu markets, are among those to be re-allocated. He added that the assembly will soon finish the construction of the designated market.

District Commissioner Mcloud Kadam’manja explains........

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President Banda institute a committee to investigate zero deficit budget

16/05/12

Lilongwe

A special committee has been instituted to investigate reports that the Democratic Progressive Party-DPP led government borrowed money to paint a rosy picture of the infamous zero-deficit budget.


President Mrs. Joyce Banda disclosed the development during a press briefing that has been underway in the capital Lilongwe.


The committee which comprises the country’s vice President Khumbo Kachali, Minister of defence Ken Kandodo, and Honorable Ritchie Muheya among other members is expected to come up with its findings within a week.


The institution of the committee follows pressure from members of the civil society and others from the country’s opposition political parties who have been calling for the resignation and firing of minister of finance Ken Lipenga on grounds that Malawians have lost trust in him.


But speaking at a media briefing in Lilongwe the country’s president Joyce Banda said she cannot make a decision in the absence of a report from a special committee.

President Joyce Banda explains........


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MANEB warn exam cheaters

16/05/12

Zomba

Students, who were planning to cheat during this year’s standard eight examinations, better think twice, because the Malawi national Examinations Board- MANEB has vowed to deal with all those who will be involved in the malpractice.


The warning comes as this year’s Primary school leaving Certificate Examinations are underway across the country.


Almost two hundred and thirty four thousand students are sitting for this year’s PSLCE examinations that are being administered in over one thousand three hundred cluster centers across the country.


This is an increase of thirty thousand students comparing to last year’s figure.
Speaking in an interview with MIJ Fm, Director of Research and Test Development-Gerald Chiunda said the board will ensure there are no cases of cheating during the examinations.

Gerald Chiunda explains........


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Vendors to re-allocate

 

10/05/12

Ntcheu

Ntcheu district assembly is planning to re-allocate vendors who ply their trade along the M1 road, to curb fatal road accidents.


District Commissioner Mcloud Kadam’manja disclosed this to MIJ fm. He said this will ease congestion that is being caused by vendors, who sell their wares along the road.


According to Kadam’manja, vendors from Kampepuza and Lizulu markets, are among those to be re-allocated. He added that the assembly will soon finish the construction of the designated market.

District Commissioner Mcloud Kadam’manja explains........

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Riots in Lilongwe

……as angry students descend on foreigners

10/05/12

Lilongwe

Angry students from Athens Secondary School in Lilongwe densely populated township of Area 23 this morning engaged in running battles with the Police, protesting against the dismissal of their teacher.


It transpired that the school’s management fired one of the teachers at the school for unknown reasons.


And in protests, the students went on a rampage, smashing shops and hawkers belonging to Burundians and Congolese nationals around the area. The development, resulted in the coming of the police, to quell the situation


Anthony Masamba explains........



Last week, hell broke loose in Mponela, Dowa when angry Malawians launched xenophobia attacks on foreigners, especially Burundians accusing them of monopolizing small scale businesses.


The angry residents demolished and ransacked shops plus smashing vehicles belonging to the Burundians, in an attempt to force them to go back to refugee camps.


Such attacks are not entirely new in Malawi as more often local residents accuse Burundians and the Chinese of killing businesses for locals.


In most townships especially in the central region, Burundians have flourishing shops when compared to shops belonging to Malawians, a development that has always fueled anger between the two traders

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GOVT purchase three cotton ginning machines

10/05/12

Blantyre

Friday Jumbe has applauded government for procuring three more cotton ginning machines in order to boost the cotton industry in the country.


Friday Jumbe who is also former finance minister told MIJ fm in an interview, the procurement of the machines has come at a right time when cotton farmers in the country are facing many challenges.


The machines will be used by the Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation in Malawi-ADMARC to process cotton and will also give private farmers a chance to have their cotton processed at the corporation.

Friday Jumbe explains........


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Vendors to re-allocate

 

10/05/12

Ntcheu

Ntcheu district assembly is planning to re-allocate vendors who ply their trade along the M1 road, to curb fatal road accidents.


District Commissioner Mcloud Kadam’manja disclosed this to MIJ fm. He said this will ease congestion that is being caused by vendors, who sell their wares along the road.


According to Kadam’manja, vendors from Kampepuza and Lizulu markets, are among those to be re-allocated. He added that the assembly will soon finish the construction of the designated market.

District Commissioner Mcloud Kadam’manja explains........

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Buyers panic

….as kwacha devalues

8/05/12

Blantyre

Shoppers in Malawi have been scrambling to buy basic goods, fearing huge price rises after the currency was devalued by 49%.


Many shops had run out of staple foods such as sugar, cooking oil and bread by the end of Monday. Goods such as rice, maize flour and orange squash are running short in Blantyre.


Spot checks by MIJ fm have established that the same panic-buying is also happening in Malawi's main towns. The scramble comes despite economists saying they did not expect the devaluation to immediately lead to higher prices, as many businesses were expecting the move and were already using the new exchange rate.


The central bank announced that one dollar would now be worth 250 kwacha, up from 168, while the peg to the US currency would be scrapped. The kwacha was devalued as part of moves by the new government to restore donor funding.


The former government had rejected International Monetary Fund’s-IMF calls to devalue the currency, fearing it would increase inflation. But new President Joyce Banda is trying to improve relations with donors and get aid restored.

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MCTU to push for wage increase

8/05/12

Lilongwe

Malawi Congress of Trade Unions-MCTU is expected to engage authorities to further revise the minimum wage, following a 49 percent devaluation of the Malawi Kwacha.


In its proposal presented to government before the devaluation, MCTU wanted the minimum wage to jump 660 percent to K40, 000 from the current K5, 280 per month.


The Reserve Bank of Malawi on Monday devalued the kwacha exchange rate from 168 to 250 kwacha per United States dollar. Announcing the news in Lilongwe, new RBM governor, Charles Chuka hinted that at 250 per dollar, the kwacha exchange rate is fully adjusted and believes that the black market rate will be substantially undervalued given the extent of the scarcity of foreign exchange.


But governor Chuka was optimistic that the devaluation will not lead to price hikes because the cost of goods is already high, as reflected on the black market rate.

And in his reaction, MCTU secretary General, Robert Mkwezalamba disclosed that authorities forced them to submit the minimum wage proposals recently because they first wanted to see the rate at which the kwacha would be devalued.


Following the devaluation, Mkwezalamba hinted that they have already booked audience with authorities to revise the 660 percent hike on minimum wage so that they accommodate the 49 percent rate in devaluation.


He asked employers in the country to stop dismissing their workers on the premise that they cannot afford to pay them.

Mkwezalamba also asked employees in the country to hold their breath until MCTU resolves the issue with relevant authorities.

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Malawi commemorates Red Cross day

 

8/05/12

Blantyre

Malawi today joins the rest of the international community in commemorating the world Red Cross day.


As part of the commemorations locally, the Malawi Red Cross Society organized a big walk aimed at raising funds to help families affected with natural disasters.

Malawi Red Cross Society Chairperson of the Blantyre division, Timothy Kanjuchi said the body is facing a lot of challenges in terms of financial support as such appealed to well wishers and other stakeholders to render their different support.

 

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Kwacha devalued by 50%

7/05/12

Lilongwe

The Reserve Bank of Malawi-RBM today devalued the kwacha exchange rate from 168 to 250 to a US dollar.


Announcing the devaluation in Lilongwe today, new RBM governor, Charles Chuka hinted that at 250 per dollar, the kwacha exchange rate is fully adjusted and believes the black market rate will be substantially undervalued given the extent of the scarcity of foreign exchange.


Chuka added that with the devaluation the bank has taken some steps aimed at allowing the kwacha exchange rate to be determined by market forces, as well as improving the availability of forex on the market.


Governor Chuka was optimistic that the devaluation will not lead to price hikes as the cost of many goods is already reflected on the black market rate where most suppliers have been sourcing forex.

Joseph Mwale explains........

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Arrest Al Bashir - YADEMA

7/05/12

Lilongwe

The Youth Association on Development in Malawi–YADEMA has made fresh threats to arrest Sudanese president Omar al Bashir, if he attends the African Union-AU Summit to be hosted by Malawi.


According to media reports, Bashir is set to be part of the July summit despite indications that the Malawi government is not ready to host him.


Al Bashir was indicted by the International Criminal Court- ICC in The Hague on crimes against humanity and murder charges among others.


Bashir’s visit to Malawi for a COMESA summit last October, sparked controversy with the ICC reporting Lilongwe to the United Nations Security Council.


But in an interview with MIJ fm, YADEMA’s chairperson Wapona Kita says his organization is not backtracking on its earlier stand.

Wapona Kita explains........


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5000 vendors scrambles for a poorly-conditioned toilet at Chirimba Market

 

7/05/12

Special Report

Blantyre

The report that was first broadcast on MIJ fm on Friday the 9th of March, uncovered a pathetic tale of how over five thousand vendors were scrambling for a poorly-conditioned toilet at Chirimba Market in the commercial city of Blantyre.


Barely two weeks after this report was broadcast, government was forced to embark on a project that aimed at constructing decent toilets at the market.


The report has been awarded as the best electronic media report of the year on water, Sanitation, and hygiene at the Media Institute of Southern Africa-MISA gala dinner and award presentation ceremony.

The Report was produced by Jonnah Pankuku........

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Malawi needs 1 billion USD for economic recovery – President Banda

4/05/12

Lilongwe

President Joyce Banda has disclosed that the country needs one billion billion US dollars to stabilize its ailing economy.

President Banda disclosed this during a media briefing which took place in Lilongwe.

Malawi has been going through various economic challenges ranging from foreign exchange unavailability, fuel shortages, and drug shortages among others.

Before ascending to the country’s top position, donors and other countries that have been rendering their financial support to Malawi pulled out their aid due to what they described as poor governance issues.

But soon after ascending to power, president Banda has won the hearts of various donors including the UK whose ambassador Fergus Cochraine Dyet was expelled from the country last year.

President Banda explains........

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The body of Polytechnic student to be buried in Mangochi on Sunday

5/05/12

Blantyre

The body of a Polytechnic student who died yesterday in a road accident along the Chipembere Highway at the Polytechnic is expected to be taken to the student’s home district in Mpondasi in Mangochi today for burial.

The student, who has been identified as Thokozani Chalemera and was pursuing Human Resource studies at the Polytechnic Management Centre, was involved in the accident with a truck carrying quarry stones as she was trying to cross the road at around 4 o’clock in the evening.

Chalemera was pronounced dead upon arrival at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital where she was rushed for medical attention.


A press release released today by the Polytechnic Registrar says burial for the late Chalemera will take place on Sunday the 6th of May.

The statement says another student Mphatso Chipala who was also involved in the accident is still receiving treatment at the hospital after sustaining serious injuries.


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Airtel introduce 20 kwacha scratch calling cards

 

5/05/12

Lilongwe

In an effort to avert the current economic challenges facing Malawians, one of the country’s leading mobile phone service provider Airtel has introduced 20 kwacha scratch calling cards.

Airtel Malawi marketing director Enwell Kadango said the move would allow customers to make calls even when they are economically pressed.

With a 20 kwacha calling card a subscriber would get a minute free calling time and an SMS.

Before the introduction of the 20 kwacha scratch card Airtel had a 50 kwacha card as its lowest scratch card.

Enwell Kadango explains........

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Give Chief Justice a chance - Dr Kanyongolo

3/05/12

Zomba

Legal experts have criticized some sections of society who are calling for the immediate resignation of Chief Justice Lovemore Munlo following his alleged involvement in a coup plot against Joyce Banda’s ascendancy to the presidency.

The calls for Munlo’s resignation follow some recently published reports that linked the Chief Justice to a coup plot which wanted to block President Banda from becoming the country’s president following the death of former president late Bingu Wa Mutharika.

President Banda was recently quoted by United Kingdom Based publication-Guardian that Munlo was ready to swear in late president Bingu Wa Mutharika’s younger brother Peter as the country’s president.

According to Banda, the plan was foiled following a call from an undisclosed cabinet minister who informed the alleged coup plotters that the country’s military was backing Banda’s ascendancy to the presidency.

The president’s revelations have attracted mixed reactions from various legal experts and commentators who are calling for Munlo’s resignation.

But speaking in an interview with MIJ FM Chancellor College legal expert Dr Edge Kanyong’olo urged that it is unfair to call for the resignation of the Chief Justice before hearing his side on the matter.

Kanyong’olo said the laws of the country gives a person a right to be heard before making a judgment on every case.

He, however, admitted that the revelations of the Chief Justice’s involvement in the coup plot may comprise the credibility of the office of Chief Justice.

Dr Edge Kanyong’olo explains........

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Mining revenue to publicised

3/05/12

Lilongwe

Authorities have given assurances that government will make public, revenue that it collects from all mining activities taking place in the country.

Minister of energy and mining Dr. Cassim Chilumpha gave the assurance in an interview with MIJ fm.

His comments come following remarks from some sections of society, that government has been secretive on how much revenue is generated in mining activities in the country.

According to Dr. Chilumpha, the mining sector has the potential to help generate foreign currency, to replace tobacco which is currently not doing well on the market.

He disclosed that government will make sure that all matters of revenue collection and generation are publicized, as they are of public interest.

Dr. Cassim Chilumpha explains........


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Woman dumps two week-old baby

 

3/05/12

Mzuzu

The Police are looking for a woman who has dumped a two- week-old baby girl in the city.

The baby, according to the Mzuzu Police Public spokesperson, Edward Longwe was found by Security Guards working at Mwiza Lodge in the city in the early hours of Tuesday.

Longwe told MIJ FM that the guards heard the baby crying behind the fence of the lodge and took it to the Mzuzu Police who handed it to Mzuzu Central Hospital.


Longwe has therefore asked residents in the city to report to any Police station if they are suspicious of any woman believed to have just delivered.


Mwiza Lodge is surrounded by townships such as Katawa, Chasefu, Chimaliro and St. John’s Hospital

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No one is bitter - PP

2/05/12

Blantyre

The ruling People’s Party – PP secretariat has refuted reports that top members of its national executive committee are bitter that they have not been incorporated into the newly appointed cabinet.

Speaking in an interview with MIJ FM, PP’s Deputy Publicity Secretary Ken Nsonda disclosed that President Joyce Banda approached the party’s NEC before appointing the new ministers and their deputies.

The development follows reports that the party’s top brass is not amused with the move taken by the president in appointing member of various opposition political parties including those from the former ruling Democratic Progressive party – DPP.

Ken Nsonda explains........

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MACOHA sound SOS!

30/04/12

Blantyre

Malawi Council for the Handicapped - MACOHA has called for government’s intervention in its quest to revamp the operations of its Bangwe weaving Factory situated in Blantyre.

Centre Manager for Bangwe weaving factory Henderson Nyondo told MIJ FM that following to the fire that gutted the factory over a decade ago its operations are still in tatters.


Nyondo made the call in the wake of reports that the factory will close down if it fails to source a sum of 15 million Kwacha.

He also added that low-priced materials from other neighboring countries have contributed to factory’s downfall.

Henderson Nyondo explains........


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Work on critical areas before devaluing kwacha – MCTU

 

2/05/12

Lilongwe

The Malawi Congress of Trade Union’s is asking the country’s leadership to work on the most critical areas first before it devalues the country’s currency with forty Percent as this could cause a lot of misery on the workers.

MCTU’s Secretary General Robert Mkwezalamba said this in an interview with MIJ fm, following reports that government is ready to devalue the kwacha.

A few weeks ago MCTU expressed worry over the recent coast of living that has hit the country a situation that led to a number of sit in and strikes in various work places.

But speaking to this radio Mkwezalamba said if government will not do its home work well workers in the country could be affected with the devaluation.

Robert Mkwezalamba explains........


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An abort for Agenda Change Campaign by Muluzi, disappoints supporters

30/04/12

Blantyre

Political analysts have highlighted the surprise move take by the Machinga North East constituency parliamentarian Atupele Muluzi to abort his agenda for change campaign is a huge disappointment to his supporters. 

Atupele, who has been appointed as minister of Economic Planning, has in the recent past been advancing his ‘agenda for change’ policy, as the main theme of his presidential campaign.

But speaking in an interview with MIJ FM yesterday the younger Muluzi, who is the son of the former head of state Dr. Bakili Muluzi, said he never told Malawians that he will contest for the country’s top job but he was rather fighting for the change of how affairs were run in the country.


Atupele Muluzi explains........

But speaking in an interview, Chancellor College’s Political Scientist Associate Professor Dr. Blessings Chinsinga said the stance taken by the legislator is a major disappointment to some of the United Democratic Front – UDF’s followers.

Dr. Chinsinga added that the agenda for change generated a pull of supporters especially the youth who wanted Atupele to take a goal at the presidency and the sudden change of mind is huge disappointment. 

Associate Professor Dr. Blessings Chinsinga explains........

 

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MACOHA sound SOS!

30/04/12

Blantyre

Malawi Council for the Handicapped - MACOHA has called for government’s intervention in its quest to revamp the operations of its Bangwe weaving Factory situated in Blantyre.

Centre Manager for Bangwe weaving factory Henderson Nyondo told MIJ FM that following to the fire that gutted the factory over a decade ago its operations are still in tatters.


Nyondo made the call in the wake of reports that the factory will close down if it fails to source a sum of 15 million Kwacha.

He also added that low-priced materials from other neighboring countries have contributed to factory’s downfall.

Henderson Nyondo explains........


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Cotton farmers disappointed with prices

 

30/04/12

Machinga

Cotton farmers in Machinga district have cried foul play over this year’s decrease in prices of the commodity.


The prices of the commodity have gone down by 50 percent. The farmers voiced their concerns in an interview with MIJ FM.

Clever Singano explains........


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UDF meet to decide on the MP’s who have been drafted in cabinet

27/04/12

Blantyre

The United Democratic Front-UDF this afternoon held a caucus to discuss the way forward for its two members of parliament who have been appointed as cabinet ministers.


President Joyce Banda has appointed Atupele Muluzi as Minister of Economic Planning and Development and leader of UDF in parliament Ibrahim Matola as Deputy Minister of Environment and Climate change.


But when called for comment following his appointment as a member of cabinet, Matola said he cannot say anything on whether or not he is going to remain in the UDF while serving saving as a Deputy Minister.

As such Matola said the former ruling party is going to meet to discuss on the way forward.

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UNPFA appeals for more family planning awareness

27/04/12

Zomba

United Nations Population Fund-UNFPA has appealed for increased awareness on family planning as a development issue necessary for population control.


UNFPA Program Manager for Population and Development Dr. Thomas Munthali disclosed this on the sidelines of a daylong media sensitization workshop in Zomba.


This is ahead of a national leaders conference on Family Planning, Population and Development to be held in Lilongwe next month.


Dr. Munthali said family planning is a cross cutting issue which should not be limited to health alone.

Dr. Thomas Munthali explains........


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President Joyce Banda will promote women and girl child in the country - Kaliya

 

27/04/12

Blantyre

Gender Coordination Network says it is very optimistic that the ascension of Joyce Banda to the presidency will bring in policies that will promote women and girl child in the country.


Gender Coordination Network Chairperson Emma Kaliya told MIJ fm that despite numerous organizations, women and girl child have been oppressed and treated as second class citizens.


Kaliya made the remarks following the consultative meeting with the president on African Women Decade which took place at Robins Park in Blantyre.


It has been revealed that 3 million women die each year as a result of gender based violence.

Emma Kaliya explains........


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GOVT challenges telecom service providers

 

26/04/12

Lilongwe

Government has challenged telecommunications service providers, to improve their services ahead of the African Union-AU summit in July this year.

The call has been made by second Secretary for Ministry of Trade and Industry, Nebert Nyirenda.

He was speaking in Lilongwe today, when he officially launched Yabooka promotion by Airtel Malawi Limited.

According to Nyirenda, telecommunication will be very vital during the summit, therefore improved services, should be the priority of the service providers at all times.

Nyirenda has since commended mobile phone service providers in the country, for providing quality services, during the state funeral, of former president, late Bingu wa Mutharika

Nebert Nyirenda explains........

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Family Planning a key to social-economic development

25/04/12

Lilongwe

Family Planning is a crucial tool in promoting the country’s social-economic development.

Chief Economist in the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning, Dalitso Kalimba, has disclosed this at press briefing in Lilongwe this morning.

This comes ahead of Leaders Conference on Family Planning, Population and Development slated for next month.

The high level conference seeks to lobby for financial support from government on family planning activities.

Dalitso Kalimba explains........


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GOVT warned against rushing into implementing a new secondary school curriculum

 

20/04/12

Lilongwe

Education stakeholders are warning government, against rushing into implementing a new secondary school curriculum reform, set for the 2012/13 academic session.

Independent Schools Association of Malawi-ISAMA President Joseph Patel, sounded the warning, in an interview with MIJ FM in Lilongwe.

This comes following news that the ministry of education, through the Malawi Institute of Education-MIE, is reviewing the 1995 secondary school curriculum.

According to authorities, the new curriculum, will be put into effect, in the 2012/13 academic calendar by form ones.

Patel has since advised the ministry to first of all deal with problems identified in the Primary School Curriculum Review-PECAR, which he argued, is putting a lot of pressure, on the Malawi Examinations Board-MANEB examinations format.

Joseph Patel explains........


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President Joyce Banda meets traditional leaders

 

25/04/12

Blantyre

Agenda for a high level meeting between President Joyce Banda and the country’s traditional leaders this morning remains unclear.

President Banda was meeting the leaders at Mount Soche in Blantyre.

Information and Civic Education Minister, Moses Kunkuyu confirmed the meeting but could not give details of the meeting.

However, sources say the president has discouraged the chiefs from engaging in active politics.

Late President Bingu Wa Mutharika drew the public anger when he consulted the traditional leaders on the viability of further devaluing the kwacha.

He was accused of manipulating the chiefs to create a false impression that Malawi’s economy was on track.

Following this, the chiefs were paraded on the state-controlled Malawi Broadcasting Corporation-MBC supporting late President Mutharika’s questionable policies and decisions.

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Family Planning a key to social-economic development

25/04/12

Lilongwe

Family Planning is a crucial tool in promoting the country’s social-economic development.

Chief Economist in the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning, Dalitso Kalimba, has disclosed this at press briefing in Lilongwe this morning.

This comes ahead of Leaders Conference on Family Planning, Population and Development slated for next month.

The high level conference seeks to lobby for financial support from government on family planning activities.

Dalitso Kalimba explains........


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GOVT warned against rushing into implementing a new secondary school curriculum

 

20/04/12

Lilongwe

Education stakeholders are warning government, against rushing into implementing a new secondary school curriculum reform, set for the 2012/13 academic session.

Independent Schools Association of Malawi-ISAMA President Joseph Patel, sounded the warning, in an interview with MIJ FM in Lilongwe.

This comes following news that the ministry of education, through the Malawi Institute of Education-MIE, is reviewing the 1995 secondary school curriculum.

According to authorities, the new curriculum, will be put into effect, in the 2012/13 academic calendar by form ones.

Patel has since advised the ministry to first of all deal with problems identified in the Primary School Curriculum Review-PECAR, which he argued, is putting a lot of pressure, on the Malawi Examinations Board-MANEB examinations format.

Joseph Patel explains........


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No regrets for making a public apology – DPP Secretary General

 

24/04/12

Lilongwe

Secretary General for the former ruling Democratic Progressive Party-DPP Wakuda Kamanga has revealed that he has no regrets on what he said during president Bingu wa Mutharika’s burial ceremony on Monday, at Ndata farm in Thyolo.


In his eulogy, Kamanga apologized to President Joyce Banda for the insults and ridicule she suffered when the party expelled her.


In 2010 after the party fired Banda who was then vice President, party officials took turns to castigate her some declaring that Malawi was not ready for a female President.


But on Monday, the party through Kamanga publicly apologized saying everything bad said about her should be buried together with President Mutharika.


Wakuda Kamanga explains........


However, soon after making the sentiment some DPP faithful were heard murmuring arguing whatever Kamanga said did not have the blessings of other party members.


But in an interview with this radio today, Kamanga maintained whatever he said yesterday was for the sake of the country’s peace.

Wakuda Kamanga explains........

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Chaona’s postmortem results delays

24/04/12

Zomba

Doctors are yet to release postmortem results conducted on the body of former Chief Commissioner of the Malawi Prison Service late MacDonald Chaona.


Chaona was found dead last Friday night at his residence in Zomba, hours after he led senior Prison officers in paying last respects to former president Bingu wa Mutharika at the Sanjika Palace.


On Saturday, officials from the Malawi Prison Service-MPS took the remains of late Chaona to College of Medicine for a postmortem to ascertain the cause of his sudden death.


However, speaking in an interview with MIJ fm today, Malawi Prison Service spokesperson Evans Phiri disclosed that the results are not yet out but specimens have been taken for further examination.


But this is contrary to what Phiri earlier told this radio that an autopsy into Chaona’s death will be out anytime soon.

Evans Phiri explains........


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Thousands of Blantyre residents pay their last respects to Bingu

 

20/04/12

Blantyre

Thousands of Malawians are lining up along the road to Sanjika Palace to pay their last respects to late president Bingu wa Mutharika.

Viewing of the body of late president began this morning at the state residence, led by President Joyce Banda.

The body of the late president, arrived in Blantyre from Mzuzu yesterday, for two days of final viewing.

Residents of Blantyre and surrounding areas will pay their final respects for the body from today up to tomorrow and the remains will be taken to Ndata farm in Thyolo for burial on Monday next week.

Aubrey Kusakala explains........

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Political analyst advise President Joyce Banda against admitting Al-Bashir for the AU summit

20/04/12

Zomba

Political analysts have continued to advise government, not to admit Sudanese president, Omar Hassan al-Bashir, during the forthcoming African Union-AU summit.

There is growing debate in the country, over al-Bashir’s impending attendance to the summit, which Lilongwe will host in July this year.

His visit to the country last year, at the Common Markets for Eastern and Southern Africa-COMESA summit, sparked controversy, as he is indicted by the International Criminal Court-ICC, for crimes against humanity.

Member states which are signatories to the Rome statues are expected by the ICC, to arrest the Sudanese president, should he visit their countries.

An arrested warrant for the Sudanese leader was issued in 2009, by the ICC, for his role in the Darfur region war, but since then, no country has been bold enough, to apprehend him.

It is widely expected, that al-Bashir will attend the AU summit this July, but the Malawi government, is yet to make an official statement, on whether or not he will be invited.

Various sections of society are advising President Joyce Banda, against inviting the leader, saying doing so, would attract the wrath of the international community including donors.

And adding his voice to the many calls, Associate professor Mustapha Hussein, of the Chancellor College, said admitting the Sudanese leader would be suicidal to the country’s international relations.

 

Associate Professor Mustapha Hussein explains........


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President Joyce Banda summons Illovo officials over shortage of sugar

 

19/04/12

Blantyre

President Joyce Banda this morning summoned officials from Illovo Sugar Company in Malawi and South Africa to establish real reasons behind the continued erratic sugar supplies across the country.

The commodity has been in short supply; a situation that continues subjecting consumers to high prices.

Gloria Masanza explains........

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EU awaits IMF before fully supporting the new regime

19/04/12

Lilongwe

European Union-EU is awaiting resumption of the International Monetary Fund-IMF’s suspended Extended Credit Facility Programmee to Malawi before fully supporting President’s Joyce Banda’s new policies.

Malawi went off-track on the IMF’s programmee last year amid concerns over late President Bingu Wa Mutharika’s poor economic policies and failure to address governance concerns.

For resumption of the programmee, the IMF has for the past months insisted that the country further devalues the kwacha and correct some economic shortfalls.

The EU and countries under Common Approach to Budgetary Support-CABs also bemoaned Malawi’s adoption of the infamous zero-deficit budget.

And in an interview with MIJ FM this morning, Head of the EU Delegation to Malawi, Ambassador Alexander Baum, maintains they will fully resume their support to the country if President Banda’s regime shows commitment to get on track with the IMF’s programmee.

 

Ambassador Alexander Baum explains........


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Strong winds renders 1000 families homeless

 

18/04/12

Machinga

Over 1000 families have been rendered homeless following the destruction of up to 200 houses by strong winds and strong winds in Machinga.

District Commissioner for Machinga James Jones Kanyangalazi confirmed.

Clever Singano explains........


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Malawians in the northern region to begin viewing the body of the late president Bingu

 

18/04/12

Mzuzu

The body of late president lies in Mzuzu at the Mzuzu State Lodge, where people of all walks of life in the region, will be allowed to view it from this afternoon until tomorrow.

The body was flown to Mzuzu this morning after two days of public viewing at the New Parliament Building in Lilongwe.

Mutharika died of cardiac arrest on 5th April this year.

Notable citizens who lead the funeral procession include, vice president, Khumbo Kachali and his wife, Former first lady, Callista Mutharika, Chief Justice Lovemore Munlo and Democratic Progressive Party-DPP officials.

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GOVT to release a report on energy saved since it started distributing energy server bulbs

18/04/12

Lilongwe

Authorities will release a report, next week, on how much energy the country has managed to save, since the distribution of energy server bulbs started in the country.

Principal Secretary in the ministry of natural resources, energy and the environment, Ben Botolo revealed this to MIJ fm.

Distribution of the energy saver bulbs started in March this year, in Ndirande in Blantyre, with the hope of supplying the bulbs, to almost all homes which use electricity.

The Lighting Efficient Energy Programme (EELP), is a joint initiative, between Malawi and the Department for International Development-DfID.

The British aid agency procured two million bulbs at 3 million pounds, out of which 1.3 million, were expected to be distributed for free, to residential customers, small enterprises and public buildings, while 700 000 sold to commercial and industrial customers.

It was hoped, that the programme, would save up to 20% of peak demand for electricity, while government puts in place plans, to increase the country’s generation capacity.

So far most areas in the commercial city of Blantyre have already received their bulbs.

In an interview, Botolo said government is yet to receive a report from the Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi-ESCOM, on how much power the country has saved.

Ben Botolo explains........


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Strong winds renders 1000 families homeless

 

18/04/12

Machinga

Over 1000 families have been rendered homeless following the destruction of up to 200 houses by strong winds and strong winds in Machinga.

District Commissioner for Machinga James Jones Kanyangalazi confirmed.

Clever Singano explains........


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Presidential Contact and Dialogue Group to meet President JB

 

17/04/12

Lilongwe

A high-level meeting is being arranged between Members of the Presidential Contact and Dialogue Group-PCDG are planning to meet President Joyce Banda, to map the way forward, on their role, in engaging various sections of the society on important issues affecting the country.

The group was formed by late president Bingu wa Mutharika, after last year’s July 20 demonstrations, to engage the civil society on socio-economic challenges affecting Malawi.

Despite resolving all issues on the 20 point petition the civil society presented to late Mutharika, there still remained monitoring of implementation, of the agreed solutions.

And in an interview with MIJ fm, PCGD chairperson, Arch Bishop Bernard Malango, disclosed that they are planning to meet president Banda, after the burial of late Mutharika on the 23rd this month.

Malango observed, that it was imperative for them, to have an audience with the president so as to be advised on the way forward.

Since the death of Mutharika, there have been claims by some quarters, that the PCGD ought to seize operating.

Civil society leaders have already presented their grievances to president Banda, and it is widely expected, that they might not be engaged by the PCDG anymore.

Civil society leader to the talks, Voice Mhone, was not immediately available for comment.


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Lack of fuel delays the opening of Mzuzu Auction Floors

17/04/12

Mzuzu

Mzuzu tobacco auction floors is yet to open for this year’s sales because the required number of bales is yet to be met.

This has been revealed by the chief executive officer for the tobacco control commission-TCC Bruce Munthali, in an interview with MIJ fm.

Reports are indicating the country will produce 151 million kilograms of tobacco, as compared to previous years, when the country was able to produce over 200 million kilograms.

Two days after the Limbe Auction floors was opened, it was closed, as buyers could not get the required stocks of tobacco.

But in an interview with MIJ fm, Dr. Munthali said there are a number of factors that have led to the reduction in the number of bales of tobacco being brought to the markets.

He said chief among them is lack of transportation to the markets, due to lack of fuel.

 

Dr. Bruce Munthali explains........


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Mzuzu pastors to support President JB

 

13/04/12

Mzuzu

The Mzuzu Pastors Fraternity has pledged its support to President Joyce Banda’s Peoples Party-PP led government, arguing that her leadership is from God.


Speaking to MIJ FM after presenting a message of condolence to President Joyce Banda and the Mutharika family, Chairperson of the Fraternity Reverend Connex Kaduma said Pastors in Mzuzu are ready to support the PP government because the new president fears God.

Representing over 60 Pastors in the city, Reverend Kaduma said religious leaders ought to support the current government because they serve the people from different political parties but with one president.

Reverend Kaduma then asked the president to consider first dealing with the economic hardships the country is going through, before working on political issues and good governance.

The Mzuzu Pastors Fraternity is a grouping of more than 60 Pastors, with objectives of promoting fellowship of interdenominational leaders and speaks for the voiceless to the government.

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President Joyce Banda meets civil society leaders

 

16/04/12

Lilongwe

President Joyce Banda met members of the civil society at Mtunthama in Lilongwe. The meeting took place in camera.


Details about the meeting are not immediately available but according to our reporter Sylvester Namiwa, the non-governmental organizations were expected to hold a media briefing at the end of the meeting.


Sylevester Namiwa explains........


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Life goes on! - DPP

13/04/12

Lilongwe

The Democratic Progressive Party - DPP has expressed optimism that life will go on in the former ruling party even if some of its key members are resigning.


The Party’s Secretary General Wakuda Kamanga said this in an interview with MIJ fm following the resignation of the Frank Mwenefumbo who was the regional governor of the party in the Northern region and the Director of the Youth.

This also follows reports that some DPP Cabinet Ministers and Members of Parliament are planning to dump the party to join President Joyce Banda’s People’s Party - PP.

Speaking in an interview Kamanga said DPP is not a party for an individual so the resignation of other members like Mwenefumbo will not have any impact.

Wakuda Kamanga explains........


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Mzuzu pastors to support President JB

 

13/04/12

Mzuzu

The Mzuzu Pastors Fraternity has pledged its support to President Joyce Banda’s Peoples Party-PP led government, arguing that her leadership is from God.


Speaking to MIJ FM after presenting a message of condolence to President Joyce Banda and the Mutharika family, Chairperson of the Fraternity Reverend Connex Kaduma said Pastors in Mzuzu are ready to support the PP government because the new president fears God.

Representing over 60 Pastors in the city, Reverend Kaduma said religious leaders ought to support the current government because they serve the people from different political parties but with one president.

Reverend Kaduma then asked the president to consider first dealing with the economic hardships the country is going through, before working on political issues and good governance.

The Mzuzu Pastors Fraternity is a grouping of more than 60 Pastors, with objectives of promoting fellowship of interdenominational leaders and speaks for the voiceless to the government.

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Khumbo Kachali sworn in as the country’s VP

 

13/04/12

Lilongwe

Khumbo Hastings Kachali has been sworn as the country’s vice president at the Mtunthama State residence in the capital Lilongwe.

President Joyce Banda and other top political party leaders including leader of opposition John Tembo were in attendance.

Kachali, was appointed as Vice President of the Republic of Malawi, effective Wednesday, April 11, by president Joyce Banda.

The appointment was largely expected considering that Kachali was also Vice President in People’s Party-PP, now the ruling party.

Kachali, lawmaker for Mzimba South West since 2004, held a number of cabinet positions in the Bingu wa Mutharika regime, with his latest position being Minister of Transport before he was fired in August 2010. In December same year, he was expelled from the ruling party alongside President Banda.

In UDF, he served as Treasurer General from 2002 to 2004. In 2005 he was appointed second Vice-President of the Democratic Progressive Party-DPP.

 Meanwhile the country’s former vice president Cassim Chilumpha has advised Malawians not to live in the past where it was believed that the president and their vices cannot cordially work together.

Since 1999 the country top two citizens have failed to work cordially as a result vice presidents have been victimized in one way or the other.

Among other victimized vice presidents are the incumbent President Joyce Banda who was been sidelined by the former president Bingu wa Mutharika and Chilumpha who is also answering treason charges and Justin Malewezi who was ridiculed in public by former President Bakili Muluzi.

But in an interview with MIJ fm Chilumpha said the relationship between the president and her vice president will depend on the prayers from the general public and believes the past is over.

Cassim Chilumpha explains........


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Life goes on! - DPP

12/04/12

Lilongwe

The Democratic Progressive Party - DPP has expressed optimism that life will go on in the former ruling party even if some of its key members are resigning.


The Party’s Secretary General Wakuda Kamanga said this in an interview with MIJ fm following the resignation of the Frank Mwenefumbo who was the regional governor of the party in the Northern region and the Director of the Youth.

This also follows reports that some DPP Cabinet Ministers and Members of Parliament are planning to dump the party to join President Joyce Banda’s People’s Party - PP.

Speaking in an interview Kamanga said DPP is not a party for an individual so the resignation of other members like Mwenefumbo will not have any impact.

Wakuda Kamanga explains........


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Mzuzu pastors to support President JB

 

13/04/12

Mzuzu

The Mzuzu Pastors Fraternity has pledged its support to President Joyce Banda’s Peoples Party-PP led government, arguing that her leadership is from God.


Speaking to MIJ FM after presenting a message of condolence to President Joyce Banda and the Mutharika family, Chairperson of the Fraternity Reverend Connex Kaduma said Pastors in Mzuzu are ready to support the PP government because the new president fears God.

Representing over 60 Pastors in the city, Reverend Kaduma said religious leaders ought to support the current government because they serve the people from different political parties but with one president.

Reverend Kaduma then asked the president to consider first dealing with the economic hardships the country is going through, before working on political issues and good governance.

The Mzuzu Pastors Fraternity is a grouping of more than 60 Pastors, with objectives of promoting fellowship of interdenominational leaders and speaks for the voiceless to the government.

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President should tread carefully on termination of running contracts – MLS

 

12/04/12

Blantyre

Legal experts are warning President Joyce Banda’s People’s Party-PP-led administration to tread carefully when terminating running contracts of different individuals because the tax payers will pay in the long run.

Currently, the new administration is making some changes within the civil service in a bid to improve the service delivery.

Some of the notable people who have been fired so far are Bright Malopa who was the director general for the Malawi Broadcasting Corporation and Joseph Mwanamveka who was the secretary to the treasury.

But in an interview with MIJ fm, General Secretary for the Malawi Law Society Bright Thewu said government should handle the contracts with care.

Bright Thewu explains........


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The old style of appointing authorities in DPP will lead it to a briefcase party

12/04/12

Lilongwe

Analysts have predicted that the Democratic Progressive Party-DPP risk turning into a briefcase party with only one or two legislators if it doesn’t change its style of appointing authorities.

DPP, which a week ago had a majority in parliament, has seen a number of its legislators expressing interest to join Peoples Party-PP of president Joyce Banda following the death of Bingu Wa Mutharika.

The defectors have already been branded opportunists. Even president Banda who also leads PP, has asked them to hold their breaths.

Already, the DPP has appointed Professor Peter Mutharika as its president, taking over from his late brother.


In view of this, Chancellor College based political scientist, Joseph Chunga is predicting doom for the DPP, adding that it might face what parties like Alliance for Democracy-Aford are going through today.

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CHANCO academic union welcomes Chasowa inquiry

 

11/04/12

Zomba

Chancellor College Academic Staff Union-CCASU has welcomed President Joyce Banda’s institution of a new commission of inquiry into the mysterious death of Polytechnic student, Robert Chasowa.

This follows growing calls from various quarters of the society for the former inspector general of police Peter Mukhitho and other Democratic Progressive Party-DPP officials to provide a detailed account on the death of Chasowa.

Chasowa was found dead mysteriously on 24th September last year at the college’s campus.

Mukhitho was also accused of not acting on police officers, who shot dead 20 people, during the July 20 demonstrations last year.

Since then, government has not set up a commission of inquiry to establish the death of the student.

Mukhitho was also blamed for the protracted struggle for academic freedom at the Chancellor College last year, when the college remained closed for over 7 months.

Speaking in reaction to Mukhitho’s firing, acting president of the Chancellor College Academic Staff Union-CCASU, Jessie Kabwila-Kapasula said his firing was long overdue.

Dr Kabwila-Kapasula said it is high time; the former inspector general faced the law on whether he played any role in the death of the 20 people during the demonstrations, or the death of Chasowa.

Dr. Jessie Kabwila-Kapasula explains........


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President JB meets IMF

 

11/04/12

Lilongwe

Members of the general public are anxious to hear results of a high level meeting between President Joyce Banda and International Monetary Fund-IMF officials over Malawi’s stalled economy.

President Banda was scheduled to meet the IMF yesterday evening.

One of the contentious issues is demands by the institution for Lilongwe to further devalue the kwacha.

This is in a bid to take Malawi back on track with the suspended Extended Credit Facility Programme.

The IMF withheld their funds following concerns over President Bingu Wa Mutharika’s poor macro and micro economic policies.

But Banda could not indicate directly whether Malawi would be ready to succumb to devaluation calls.

She has since revealed donors and development partners have expressed interest to resume their financial aid to Malawi.

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CSTU feels sorry for Mwanamveka

11/04/12

Lilongwe

The Civil Servants Trade Union-CSTU says it feels sorry for Joseph Mwanamvekha who has been fired as secretary to the treasury.


Mwanamveka received the boot yesterday and was replaced by Radson Mwadiwa who served in the same capacity before him.

The labour union institution recently tried to force government to have Mwanamveka sacked for what they claimed lack of proper leadership from the treasury secretary.

But reacting to the removal of Mwanamvekha, CSTU boss, Eliya Kamphinda Banda told MIJ FM that he feels sorry for Mwanamvekha.

And as if it was a blessing in disguise, President Joyce Banda yesterday relieved him of his duties.

Brenda Kawonga explains........


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CHANCO academic union welcomes Chasowa inquiry

 

11/04/12

Zomba

Chancellor College Academic Staff Union-CCASU has welcomed President Joyce Banda’s institution of a new commission of inquiry into the mysterious death of Polytechnic student, Robert Chasowa.

This follows growing calls from various quarters of the society for the former inspector general of police Peter Mukhitho and other Democratic Progressive Party-DPP officials to provide a detailed account on the death of Chasowa.

Chasowa was found dead mysteriously on 24th September last year at the college’s campus.

Mukhitho was also accused of not acting on police officers, who shot dead 20 people, during the July 20 demonstrations last year.

Since then, government has not set up a commission of inquiry to establish the death of the student.

Mukhitho was also blamed for the protracted struggle for academic freedom at the Chancellor College last year, when the college remained closed for over 7 months.

Speaking in reaction to Mukhitho’s firing, acting president of the Chancellor College Academic Staff Union-CCASU, Jessie Kabwila-Kapasula said his firing was long overdue.

Dr Kabwila-Kapasula said it is high time; the former inspector general faced the law on whether he played any role in the death of the 20 people during the demonstrations, or the death of Chasowa.

Dr. Jessie Kabwila-Kapasula explains........


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GOVT cautioned to stop mixing issues of businesses and the economy with politics

 

10/04/12

Zomba

Economic experts have cautioned government to stop mixing issues of businesses and the economy with politics in a bid to allow the country’s economy to recover and grow.


This comes following observations that some business ventures gets a boost while others die a natural death whenever there is change of government.


The remarks have been made by a Zomba based economists Dr. Collen Kaluwa in an interview with MIJ fm.


Since president Banda assumed power some top entrepreneurs and other cabinet ministers have come out to offer their support to newly sworn in President a move that most commentators believe is a way of gaining business favors.


Collen Kaluwa explains........


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PP is now a ruling party – Dr Kanyongolo

10/04/12

Zomba

Constitutional law expert Dr. Edge Kanyongolo has hinted that the rise of People’s Party – PP leader Joyce Banda to presidency makes her grouping an automatic ruling party.

Kanyongolo highlighted that the constitution does not worry about the position of the ruling party or the opposition party but rather concentrates on the leadership.

This follows a shift in a balance of power with the ascension to power of President Banda and her People’s Party which few days ago was an opposition party but now it’s a ruling party with the former ruling DPP now being pushed to the opposition with the demise of its leader Dr Bingu Wa Mutharika.

 

Dr Kanyongolo told MIJ FM that unlike in a parliamentary system of government where the emphasis is on the ruling party during power succession, Malawi follows the presidential system of government with the emphasis on the office of the president and not his political party.

Dr. Edge Kanyongolo explains........


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Kaliati replaced by Kunkuyu

 

10/04/12

Lilongwe

Patricia Kaliati has become the latest victim of President Joyce Banda’s government.
Kaliati who was serving a minister of information and civic education has since been replaced by hope alliance leader Moses Kunkuyu.   


An announcement by the Malawi Broadcasting Corporation has also indicated that, the Reserve Bank governor, Dr. Perks Ligoya has also been fired and replaced by his deputy Mary Nkosi.

Secretary to the treasury Joseph Mwanamvekha has also been fired and his replacement is Radson Mwadiwa

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A high-level cabinet is meeting this afternoon to strategize on the country’s befallen President Bingu’s funeral arrangements

 

7/04/12

Lilongwe

Vice president Joyce Banda is this afternoon expected to convene a cabinet meeting to strategize on how to the country’s befallen president Bingu Wa Mutharika who passed on Thursday.


Banda also stressed that the late Mutharika had not violated the constitution in any way hence the need for Malawians to respect the rule of law.

Right honorable Joyce Banda explains........


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Citizens who are not accepting Joyce Banda as the country’s president risk facing prosecution with treason charges – MLS

7/04/12

Blantyre

The Malawi law society has warned the country’s citizens who are not accepting Joyce Banda as the country’s president that they can be persecuted on treason charges.


 The remarks have been made by the law society’s secretary Bright Theu during a press Briefing that was held in Blantyre today following remarks by honorable Patricia Kaliati that Joyce Banda was not eligible to assume the country’s presidency.


According to MLS, the press conference held by Kaliati and her colleagues was illegal and that any person who undermines the president’s authority would be dragged to court for treason

Concurring with Theu is former speaker of the national Assembly Sam Mpasu.

Sam Mpasu explains........


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Birth Registration a key to socio economic development – Dausi

 

28/03/12

Lilongwe

Government says birth registration in hospitals is a milestone towards attaining socio-economic development of the country.


Deputy Minister in the office of the president and cabinet Nicolas Dausi said this in Lilongwe yesterday during the launch of Birth Registration in Hospitals and Health Facilities in Malawi.


Dausi said, the program is in line with section 23 subsection 2 of the constitution of the Republic of Malawi which gives every child the right to be given name and also nationality.


The Deputy Minister also thanked UNICEF and PLAN Malawi International for working hand in hand with government, in the promotion of child rights in the country.

He explained that registration of birth in hospitals and health facilities will help address challenges like child theft, child trafficking, child labour, early marriages, illegal adoption, child prostitution and many others that children in the country continue to face

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Withdraw of 60 days ultimatum against Bingu unfortunate – Kasambara

 

29/03/12

Blantyre

Commentators have described as unfortunate a decision by the Public Affairs Committee-PAC to withdraw its ultimatum to president Bingu wa Mutharika for him to resign within 60 days.


The remarks have been made by renowned lawyer, Ralph Kasambara, who is also president of the Congress for Democrats-CODE.


After PAC’s all inclusive meeting two weeks ago, delegates to the March 14th and 15th meeting, agreed to ask the president to resign on the understanding that his administration has failed to address the country’s political and economic challenges.


They also proposed that should he not resign, the President should call for a referendum within 90 days, to seek a fresh mandate from the electorate. And earlier on, PAC said it will not, in its final statement, remove any recommendation made at the meeting.


But a final communiqué, which MIJ has in its possession, shows that the decision to have the president resign has been removed from the list of the resolutions, to be presented to State House.


In an interview with MIJ FM, Kasambara said it is disappointing to note that PAC has made a decision to remove some of the resolutions made by delegates at the two day meeting last month, despite the religious grouping earlier saying it will not remove or add anything to the determinations to be made.


Ralph Kasambara explains........


Meanwhile, the PAC says the 60 days ultimatum was in conflict with some recommendations delegates came up with at the conference and that it was waging an unnecessary war on the president.


Reverend Maurice Munthali explains........


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Nation Publications Limited launches Talking Elections Supplement

29/03/12

Blantyre

Nation Publications Limited-NPL through its Weekend Nation has launched a supplement called talking elections a head of the forth coming proposed tripartite polls.


NPL, publishers of Nation Newspaper, Nation on Sunday and Weekend Nation, will be running the supplement on a monthly basis, through its Saturday paper.


In an interview with MIJ fm, Weekend Nation Editor, George Kasakula said the decision has been necessitated by the fact that during the previous Malawi elections, there was a huge figure of null and void votes, which he said could be reduced in the 2014 elections, if the media will play its rightful role.

George Kasakula explains........


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Birth Registration a key to socio economic development – Dausi

 

28/03/12

Lilongwe

Government says birth registration in hospitals is a milestone towards attaining socio-economic development of the country.


Deputy Minister in the office of the president and cabinet Nicolas Dausi said this in Lilongwe yesterday during the launch of Birth Registration in Hospitals and Health Facilities in Malawi.


Dausi said, the program is in line with section 23 subsection 2 of the constitution of the Republic of Malawi which gives every child the right to be given name and also nationality.


The Deputy Minister also thanked UNICEF and PLAN Malawi International for working hand in hand with government, in the promotion of child rights in the country.

He explained that registration of birth in hospitals and health facilities will help address challenges like child theft, child trafficking, child labour, early marriages, illegal adoption, child prostitution and many others that children in the country continue to face

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July 20 Presidential inquiry report to be released in May

 

28/03/12

Blantyre

The Presidential Commission of inquiry into what happened during and after the July 20 mass demonstrations says it will present its findings in May this year.


During the civil society organizations led anti government demonstrations, about 20 people in the country’s major cities and towns died, while various shops were looted by angry Malawians.


The aim of the mass protests was to present a petition to president Bingu wa Mutharika on the numerous challenges the country continues to face.


And in an interview with MIJ fm, Vice chairperson for the inquiry, Apostle Timothy Khoviwa, said currently they are compiling a report on their findings, which will be ready by May month end.

Apostle Timothy Khoviwa explains........


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Ban on opposition political rallies rumors, nonsense – GOVT

28/03/12

Lilongwe

Authorities have described as nonsense rumors making rounds in the country that government has banned opposition political parties from conducting public rallies.


Recently, the media has been flooded with reports that government has issued a ban on opposition political rallies, citing the current political situation as a reason behind the ban.


But speaking in an interview with MIJ fm, President Bingu wa Mutharika’s spokesperson Dr. Hetherwick Ntaba said there is nothing wrong with the police and district Commissioners to promote the upholding of rule of law.

Dr. Hetherwick Ntaba explains........


However, one of the country’s political commentators Dr. Henry Chingaipe has described the ban as an indirect declaration of a state of emergency.


Chingaipe said if the ban is indeed true, the country will reflect badly on the international community in terms of the upholding of human rights and rule of law.

Dr. Henry Chingaipe explains........


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Birth Registration a key to socio economic development – Dausi

 

28/03/12

Lilongwe

Government says birth registration in hospitals is a milestone towards attaining socio-economic development of the country.


Deputy Minister in the office of the president and cabinet Nicolas Dausi said this in Lilongwe yesterday during the launch of Birth Registration in Hospitals and Health Facilities in Malawi.


Dausi said, the program is in line with section 23 subsection 2 of the constitution of the Republic of Malawi which gives every child the right to be given name and also nationality.


The Deputy Minister also thanked UNICEF and PLAN Malawi International for working hand in hand with government, in the promotion of child rights in the country.

He explained that registration of birth in hospitals and health facilities will help address challenges like child theft, child trafficking, child labour, early marriages, illegal adoption, child prostitution and many others that children in the country continue to face

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Bingu will not outline solutions to Malawi’s current socio-economic problems

 

27/03/12

Lilongwe

President Bingu wa Mutharika will not address Malawians to outline solutions to the current socio-economic problems affecting the country, before the budget sitting in June as he earlier promised.


In his opening speech during the 2011/2012 midyear budget review on 3rd February, President Mutharika promised that he would make a national address in which he would outline solutions his government has put in place, to arrest challenges facing the country.


But since 3rd February, the state house has remained mum on when people in the country should expect to hear the president outlining the solutions.


The challenges range from forex shortages, erratic fuel supply to deteriorating donor relations especially Lilongwe’s former colonial master, Britain.

And in an interview today, presidential spokesperson, Dr. Hetherwick Ntaba disclosed that Mutharika will outline the solutions in his opening speech of the 2012/2013 budget session.


Grace Kantchentche explains........


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NedBank sponsors Basketball

22/03/12

Blantyre

Nedbank Malawi is bankrolling the over 35-years old Basket-Ball tournament which is scheduled to take off in April.

The tournament which is pegged at K620, 000 will be administered by the Basket-Ball Association of Malawi- BASMAL.

According to Managing Director for Nedbank, Andy Kulugomba, this is one of the ways the bank is giving back to its customers, who have been supporting it through the years.

Meanwhile, Basket-Ball Association of Malawi- BASMAL president, Raymond Banda, says the association is pleased with Nedbank’s initiative, in sponsoring the game of basketball in the country.


The sponsorship comes at a time when various sporting activities are facing a drought of sponsorship, due to what the corporate world describes as economic hardship, the country is currently going through.

Raymond Banda explains........


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CSTU yet to get official communication from authorities on pay rise

 

27/03/12

Lilongwe

Civil Servants Trade Union-CSTU says it is awaiting an official communication from authorities on the decision by government to review salaries for civil servants in the country.


CSTU Eliya Kamphinda Banda disclosed this to MIJ fm following news that government will review salaries for civil servants by 1st July.


This comes amidst talks between government and the CSTU regarding the seven percent increment authorities gave civil servants in the country, in the 2011/2012 zero deficit budget.


Kamphinda said as of today, they have not received any official communication from government on the same.

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Judiciary workers yet to resume work

 

26/03/12

Blantyre

Judiciary workers in the country have not resumed their duties, despite signing an agreement with government to end their one and half months industrial action.


Over the weekend, the striking workers signed an agreement with government, which brought a sigh of relief among many Malawians that justice will now be accessible.


Junior staff at the judiciary began an indefinite strike on January 9, to force government implement their new conditions of service as approved by parliament in 2006.


But a communiqué signed by Chief Secretary in the Office of the President and Cabinet Bright Msaka on behalf of government and Justice Atanazia Tembo, Chairperson of Special Working Committee on Conditions of Service from Malawi Judiciary states the courts will start functioning today.


In the agreement government has pledged to raise their salaries and pay them all arrears owed.
However, a visit by MIJ fm to the Blantyre Magistrates court found workers loitering around with some in the offices but not working.


Currently, judicial authorities are locked in a closed door meeting with the workers.

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NedBank sponsors Basketball

22/03/12

Blantyre

Nedbank Malawi is bankrolling the over 35-years old Basket-Ball tournament which is scheduled to take off in April.

The tournament which is pegged at K620, 000 will be administered by the Basket-Ball Association of Malawi- BASMAL.

According to Managing Director for Nedbank, Andy Kulugomba, this is one of the ways the bank is giving back to its customers, who have been supporting it through the years.

Meanwhile, Basket-Ball Association of Malawi- BASMAL president, Raymond Banda, says the association is pleased with Nedbank’s initiative, in sponsoring the game of basketball in the country.


The sponsorship comes at a time when various sporting activities are facing a drought of sponsorship, due to what the corporate world describes as economic hardship, the country is currently going through.

Raymond Banda explains........


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MACRA prepares for WRC conference

 

22/03/12

Blantyre

Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority-MACRA will soon start holding consultative meetings, leading to the upcoming world radio communication conference – WRC, to develop the information communication technology industry in the country.

The meetings, follow a WRC meeting, that was held in Geneva in January.

MACRA’s Director General, Charles Nsaliwa, told MIJ fm during a stakeholder’s consultative meeting in Blantyre.

According to Nsaliwa, Malawi will specifically benefit on utilization of management of the radio spectrum which is an important and scarce natural resource.

Charles Nsaliwa explains........

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Peace returns to LL, after yesterday’s clashes between the police and supporters of Muluzi

 

22/03/12

Lilongwe

Peace has returned in the city, after tension engulfed some parts of the capital yesterday as some youth were involved in running battles with the police.

The youth, together with supporters of the arrested parliamentarian for Machinga North East, Atupele Muluzi, were protesting against his continued detention.

Muluzi was charged with an offence of inciting violence, for allegedly turning down an order, by the Lilongwe City Council, for him not to hold his planned whistle stop tour.

Spot checks conducted by MIJ fm in the capital show that sanity has returned to the city, despite some shops remaining closed.

Anthony Masamba explains........


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NedBank sponsors Basketball

22/03/12

Blantyre

Nedbank Malawi is bankrolling the over 35-years old Basket-Ball tournament which is scheduled to take off in April.

The tournament which is pegged at K620, 000 will be administered by the Basket-Ball Association of Malawi- BASMAL.

According to Managing Director for Nedbank, Andy Kulugomba, this is one of the ways the bank is giving back to its customers, who have been supporting it through the years.

Meanwhile, Basket-Ball Association of Malawi- BASMAL president, Raymond Banda, says the association is pleased with Nedbank’s initiative, in sponsoring the game of basketball in the country.


The sponsorship comes at a time when various sporting activities are facing a drought of sponsorship, due to what the corporate world describes as economic hardship, the country is currently going through.

Raymond Banda explains........


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MACRA prepares for WRC conference

 

22/03/12

Blantyre

Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority-MACRA will soon start holding consultative meetings, leading to the upcoming world radio communication conference – WRC, to develop the information communication technology industry in the country.

The meetings, follow a WRC meeting, that was held in Geneva in January.

MACRA’s Director General, Charles Nsaliwa, told MIJ fm during a stakeholder’s consultative meeting in Blantyre.

According to Nsaliwa, Malawi will specifically benefit on utilization of management of the radio spectrum which is an important and scarce natural resource.

Charles Nsaliwa explains........

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Constitutional experts back the PAC’s move to call for the resignation of Bingu

 

20/03/12

Zomba

Constitutional experts have pronounced that there is nothing wrong for the Public Affairs Committee-PAC to call for the resignation of the country’s president Bingu Wa Mutharika.

Last week, an all-inclusive stakeholders PAC conference made several resolutions which included the resignation of President Mutharika arguing he has failed to run the affairs of the country.

Following the resolutions, different schools of thought have emerged.
Civil society organizations and the country’s opposition gave the president up to sixty days to resign or face mass action.


However, in an interview with MIJ fm, one of the country’s renowned constitutional experts, Associate Professor, Edge Kanyongolo maintains there is nothing wrong with PAC’s stand arguing it reflects freedom of expression.

Associate Professor, Edge Kanyongolo explains........


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Malawi Union of the Blind appeals for inclusive education

19/03/12

Phalombe

The Malawi Union of the Blind-MUB has appealed to government to train more teachers in the area of special needs education, in order to effectively deal with challenges currently being faced by pupils born with physical disabilities.

MUB’s National coordinator for inclusive education, Grace Mhango made the appeal in Phalombe, during the launch of the special needs education project at Mambala primary school in the district.

She observed that inclusive education is critical towards ensuring that many physically challenged pupils succeed in their education adding that is also necessary towards achieving education goals under the Millennium Development Goals-MDGs.

Mhango further bemoaned the continued delays by government through the national assembly to enact the much- anticipated disability bill, which among others, seeks to standardize all facilities like buildings to ensure access to resources such as education by Malawians with physical challenges.

MUB is implementing the project at Mambala Primary school in Phalombe with financial assistance from Norway.

The organisation is working with its partners such as Chisombezi deaf blind and Parents of children with disabilities-PODCAM, among other organizations.

 

Grace Mhango explains........


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Government hopeful to achieve goal number one of the UN MDGs

 

20/03/12

Lilongwe

Government is hopeful to achieve goal number one of the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals- MDGs which is eradicating extreme poverty and hunger by 2015.

Sara Tione Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and water Development spokesperson said this in an interview with MIJ FM ahead of this year’s World Water Day commemorations which falls on 22nd March.

Tione said through various initiatives like the Greenbelt the Ministry is currently running, it is possible for the country to achieve food security by 2015.

She added that her Ministry is also encouraging farmers not to rely much on rain fed farming but rather use irrigation to avert hunger.

Sara Tione explains........

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Masangwi challenges a defamation lawsuit by VP Joyce Banda

 

19/03/12

Blantyre

Democratic Progressive Party regional governor for the south Noel Masangwi has engaged a lawyer in an attempt to challenge a defamation lawsuit by vice president Joyce Banda.


Last week, Banda through her lawyer, Ralph Kasambara gave a 7-day ultimatum to Masangwi over his remarks that she was plotting to overthrow president Bingu wa Mutharika’s administration.

  
Masangwi publicly alleged at one of Mutharika’s official engagements that the vice president was conspiring with the Public Affairs Committee-PAC to bring about regime change in the country.


As a result, Banda demanded K100 million in damages and a written apology from the DPP governor on the matter within 7 days.


And speaking in an interview with MIJ FM, Kasambara disclosed that Masangwi has engaged the services of lawyer Kalekeni kaphale to defend him in the issue.He added that they are now proceeding with the matter to court.

Ralph Kasambara explains........


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POLY students’ and the college’s management meet over slashed stationery allowances

 

19/03/12

Blantyre

A high level meeting between Malawi Polytechnic students’ leadership and the college’s management over slashed stationery allowances is currently underway at the campus.

The students are frustrated by Malawi Savings Bank-MSB officials for alleged reduction of their book allowances. They claim the bank is disbursing the loans in different amounts to the students.


Since this morning, the students are gathered at the college singing and burning tyres in a bid to force management and education officials address their concerns.
Random interviews by MIJ FM have established that the students are also dissatisfied by lack of some essential amenities at the campus.


Polytechnic Students Union-PSU president, Noel Mwenye, could not comment on the matter is he was reportedly rocked up in a meeting.


Three weeks ago, the former President of University of Malawi Students Union-UMSU, Emmanuel Banda, expressed worry that they tried in vain to seek an audience with President Bingu Wa Mutharika, who is their Chancellor.

The students have repeatedly accused the ministry officials of politicizing the matter while pushing for change of the bank to handle their loans.

Emmanuel Banda explains........


However, spokesperson for the Ministry of Education, Lindiwe Chide, has on several occasions blamed the students for being impatient maintaining the bank officials are examining the issue.

Lindiwe Chide explains........

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Legal experts demand balance of powers

 

15/03/12

Blantyre

The country’s legal experts are calling for balance of powers in the country’s three arms of government in a bid to close on the existing constitutional gaps leading to the current political situation.

This has come clearly at the on-going high level and all-inclusive Public Affairs Committee-PAC’s meeting currently underway at Limbe Cathedral in Blantyre.

In its second and last day, the place is still under heavy anti-gear riot police presence.

In his presentation, Chancellor College Associate Professor of Law, Edge Kanyongolo, stressed need for the electorate to have trust in the leadership.

Innocent Mphongolo explains........


Meanwhile, government has accused delegates at the conference of simply trying to confuse Malawians.


Information and Civic Education Minister, Patricia Kaliati, said this at an emergency media briefing in Lilongwe this morning.


Patricia Kaliati explains........

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Tough times lie ahead of Malawians as electricity load-shedding continues

15/03/12

Blantyre

Malawians should brace themselves for more hard times ahead as the country’s sole electricity supplier-Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi-ESCOM has revealed the worsening load-shedding exercise will continue to unspecified timeframe.

Escom’s Public Relations Officer, Kitty Chingota, has revealed this in an interview with MIJ FM.

This is contrary to what Escom told this radio last year that the exercise would end this month.

Dapper Chapalapata, the then Director of Power Generation, attributed the development to rehabilitation works at Tedzani and Nkula.

Dapper Chapalapata explains........

And in the latest interview, Chinseu attributes the prolonged load-shedding exercise to inadequate generation capacity.

Malawians continue facing persistent power outages despite repeated assurances from Escom that the situation would normalize soon.

Kitty Chingota explains........


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Carlsberg launches "Why pay more" Campaign

 

15/03/12

Blantyre

Carlsberg Malawi has embarked on a campaign to stop price disparities on its products across the country.

Dubbed Why pay more, the campaign involves all beverages under the company.

Chief Executive Officer for Carlsberg Malawi, Abel Chanje, told MIJ FM the move follows a public outcry on the price variations on their products vendors in different markets.

Chanje indicated the company has put in place measures that will make the campaign a success.

 

Abel Chanje explains........

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CSO meets to decide on UN facilitated dialogue with GOVT

1/03/12

Lilongwe

Civil society leaders are expected to meet today to decide on whether they should return to the United Nations mediated talks which they abandoned recently.
They are however upbeat that they will go back to the discussion table.

The CSO leaders walked away of the talks recently on three grounds. They demanded an immediate release without conditions of lawyer, cum human rights activist, Ralph Kasambara and that the discussions must be concluded by 28th of this month.

They also demanded a stop to harassment and intimidation of human rights defenders in the country.

And after several failed attempts by Kasambara’s attorneys to get a court bail, the police finally bulged.


Kasambara’s detention was one major issue that the CSO’s cited as reason for pulling out of the discussions.

Brenda Kawonga explains........


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MP’s urged to vigorously monitor GOVT’s external borrowing

 

1/03/12

Lilongwe

Social economists in the country have appealed to Members of Parliament to come up with measures that will monitor government’s external borrowing.

This, they say, will help government minimize the trend of borrowing from external monetary institutions and in turn reduce debts.

The remarks by social economist Mavuto Bamusi, comes as the 1st sitting of the 43rd session of the National Assembly, rises tomorrow.

During the meeting, government presented three monetary bills, which have since been passed by the house.

In the bills, government intends to borrow money from international money lending institutions for various development initiatives.

However, the tendency has been rebuked by the Malawi Congress Party-MCP, which argues that the development is not healthy for the growth of the country’s economy, as government already has about 150 billion kwacha debt to pay off.

But in his reaction to the way parliament has conducted itself, Bamusi argued that parliamentarians have a huge role to play to prevent government from over-borrowing.

 

Mavuto Bamusi explains........

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Mystery still surrounds Bingu's whereabouts

 

29/02/12

Lilongwe

There is still mystery surrounding the whereabouts of President Bingu Wa Mutharika who is reportedly out of the country.


Unconfirmed reports indicate that President Mutharika flew out of the country silently through the Kamuzu International Airport-KIA in Lilongwe yesterday.


He is reported to have left KIA at about 5.15 am in a convoy comprising three Land Rovers and three Mercedes Benz vehicles.


But government’s spokesperson, Patricia Kaliati, is quoted by today’s Nation newspaper claiming the president is still in the country.


And Dr. Hetherwick Ntaba, who speaks for the president maintains he has no knowledge of the head of state’s whereabouts.

But in an interview with MIJ fm, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Kondwani Nankhumwa, could not be drawn to comment on the matter as he was reportedly just arriving from some duties abroad.

He has promised since to provide an explanation to MIJ FM at 2 O’clock this afternoon as he wants to cross-check facts with state house.

 

Dr Hetherwick Ntaba explains........

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Police arrest 2 for being found in possession of medical drugs without license

29/02/12

Blantyre

Police in Blantyre have arrested two people for being found in possession of medical drugs.


Deputy public relations for southern region, Beatrice Bwanali confirmed the development in an interview with MIJ FM.


Bwanali said the people were arrested yesterday in Ndirande Township.

This is happening at a time when the country is facing serious acute shortages of drugs in several health facilities.


Recently, it has been reported in the media that HIV/AIDS patients in Chitipa district were going to neighbouring country, Tanzania to access Ant-Retroviral Treatment-ART, because the district had run short of drugs.

Beatrice Bwanali explains........


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CSTU to meet GOVT to clear misunderstandings that exist between the two sides

 

28/02/12

Lilongwe

The Civil servants Trade Union-CSTU has disclosed that they are meeting government officials to find a remedy on misunderstandings that exist between union and government.

The CSTU wants the Secretary to the treasury, Joseph Mwanamvekha fired.

President of CSTU, Eliya Kamphinda Banda disclosed to MIJ FM that the meeting is scheduled for Friday.

The union claim Mwanamvekha is not plying his job professionally. Kamphinda said the meeting will discuss this matter and other concerns raised by the civil servants.

Eliya Kamphinda Banda explains........

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Bingu under fire for allegedly flouting procedures in appointing new board to monitor NGO’s

 

28/02/12

Lilongwe

Civil society organizations have faulted President Bingu Wa Mutharika’s decision of establishing a board to monitor and coordinate operations of local Non-Governmental Organizations.


The NGO’s accuse the Malawi Leader of overlooking critical procedures before officially announcing the appointments of the board’s members.


But government claims the president consulted all the necessary stakeholders before the appointments.


The move comes a few weeks after President Mutharika publicly attacked the NGO’s for allegedly receiving external funding to topple his administration.  He also stressed the need for a legislation to check against abuse of donor funds by the local NGO’s.


But in an interview with MIJ FM, Chairperson of the Council for Non-Governmental Organizations in Malawi-CONGOMA, Voice Mhone alleged the president did not exhaust all the required normal procedures.


Mhone questioned the appointments’ timing claiming the move seeks to de-register NGO’s critical of the current administration.

Voice Mhone explains........


However, presidential spokesperson, Dr. Hetherwick Ntaba, argues the president appointed the board members in line with the required act.


Ntaba has also bashed the NGO’s for allegedly being lawless in their operations.

Reports indicate that Mavuto Bamusi and legal practitioner, Trouble Kalua are some of the board members.

Dr. Hetherwick Ntaba explains........

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Veep’s party asks Bingu to call for early elections

 

28/02/12

Mzuzu

Opposition Peoples Party -PP has asked President Bingu wa Mutharika to call for early elections, claiming his Democratic Progressive Party –DPP led government collapsed on 9th January, 2012.

Deputy Publicity Secretary for the party Reverend Levart Mfune made the call in Mzuzu when the northern provincial was receiving Deputy District governor for AFORD, Ipyana Nthakomwa to PP.


Mfune believes the judiciary strike symbolizes how the DPP-led government has collapsed. He also condemned the president for insulting civil society groups that they don’t have jobs apart from trashing his government.

He then emphasized that the civil society represent the people and what the president is doing is the same as insulting voters whom his party will need during the 2014 general elections.

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CSTU to meet GOVT to clear misunderstandings that exist between the two sides

 

28/02/12

Lilongwe

The Civil servants Trade Union-CSTU has disclosed that they are meeting government officials to find a remedy on misunderstandings that exist between union and government.

The CSTU wants the Secretary to the treasury, Joseph Mwanamvekha fired.

President of CSTU, Eliya Kamphinda Banda disclosed to MIJ FM that the meeting is scheduled for Friday.

The union claim Mwanamvekha is not plying his job professionally. Kamphinda said the meeting will discuss this matter and other concerns raised by the civil servants.

Eliya Kamphinda Banda explains........

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Delays in appointing MEC commissioners worries Tembo

 

27/02/12

Lilongwe

Leader of the opposition has expressed worry over president Bingu Wa Mutharika’s delay to start consulting opposition political parties and other electoral stakeholders towards the appointment of Malawi Electoral Commission Commissioners.

The country’s electoral body is currently running without commissioners as their mandate expired last month.

President Mutharika came under heavy criticism last time when he appointed MEC commissioners without consulting the opposition a situation that led to speculations that government wanted to rig elections.

But in an interview with MIJ fm, Leader of opposition John Tembo demanded for the appointment of the commissioners arguing time is running out.

 

John Tembo explains........

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GOVT yet to institute a commission of inquiry over the death of Chasowa

 

27/02/12

Lilongwe

Government is yet to institute a commission of inquiry to investigate the mysterious death of a polytechnic engineering student Robert Chasowa.

Chasowa was found dead on 24th September last year at the Polytechnic campus and is thought to have been murdered by unknown assailants.

He was a vice chairperson of a student activist group called Youth for Democracy.

 The grouping was reportedly responsible of printing a weekly publication which was anti-government.

However, president Bingu wa Mutharika told the nation in October 2011 that his government was going to institute an inquiry to investigate the death of the fallen student.
Almost four months down the line, nothing seems to be taking shape as government officials keep on tossing the matter from one department to the other.

Surprisingly, in an interview with MIJ FM this morning, Presidential Spokesperson, Hertherwick Ntaba, disclosed that Mutharika’s office has no information on the matter.

Hertherwick Ntaba explains........


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120, 000 bags of maize rots at ADMARC

 

27/02/12

Lilongwe

About 120, 000 bags of maize which Agriculture Development and Marketing Corporation-ADMARC had in its stock are reportedly rotten.


This is another heavy blow to poor following the recent price hike for the country’s staple food.


Investigations by this radio have revealed the development is due to poor storage management by the parastatal.

But ADMARC’s spokesperson, Agnes Chikoko refuted the growing reports.

She described as normal for the parastatal to monitor the maize in a bid to remove foreign materials


Sylvester Namiwa explains........

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Legislators rejects financial reduction to the national assembly

 

24/02/12

Lilongwe

Legislators have unanimously refused to reduce this year’s financial allocation to the national assembly.

Finance minister Ken Lipenga has since deferred the vote, in order to allow for a review of the allocation.

In the vote, government wanted to reduce funding to the august house, by about 95 million kwacha.

Malawi Congress Party-MCP Parliamentarian for Lilongwe Nsinja South, Lington Berekanyama championed the protest, calling for support from the government side.

This is the first time the two sides have agreed on an issue.

Sylvester Namiwa explains........

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Conquerors Band conquers at 2012 regional Crossroads competition in Mozambique

 

23/02/12

Blantyre

Malawi music industry is said to be capable of performing wonders on the international scene, if supported with various resources.


Director of Music Crossroads in Malawi Mathews Mfune made the remarks in an interview with MIJ fm, after the country’s Conquerors Band emerged winners of this year’s regional Crossroads competition, held on Saturday in Mozambique.


Mfune said since the inception of the competition, Malawi has won four times, a development which means the country can do better, if given full support.

Tinkhu vibrations, Mafilika and Body, Mind and Soul are the other bands which have also previously won the regional competition.

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Mathews Mfune, explains........


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Traditional leaders in Chitipa and Karonga have vowed never to change the name Bingu highway

 

22/02/12

Chitipa

Traditional leaders in Chitipa have vowed never to change the name Bingu highway which they have given to the Karonga-Chitipa road, arguing those who question their decision lack historical knowledge.

Chiefs in Karonga and Chitipa named the road Bingu highway a few weeks ago, on the premise that they want to thank the Malawi leader for constructing the road which has been neglected for many years.

But the naming has received widespread criticism, especially from opposition parties in the northern region, as well as the Livingstonia Synod of the CCAP.

The synod’s leadership argues that the chiefs made an error as they did not consult their subjects in the naming process, while opposition parties feel the road could have been named after any son or daughter of the region.

In an earlier interview, senior chief Karonga of Karonga district asked those concerned to meet the chiefs and discuss.

But Senior Chief Mwaulambya of Chitipa has told MIJ fm in an interview that those questioning their decision lack knowledge in history.

He questioned why Malawi named the commercial city as Blantyre, when in fact this is the name for the birth place of missionary Dr. David Livingstone in Scotland.

Senior Chief Mwaulambya explains........

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Electoral stakeholders request Malawi to work on its poor relationship with donors

 

23/02/12

Blantyre

The country’s electoral stakeholders are worried by Malawi’s poor relations with its donors and development partners, ahead of the 2014 general election.


Secretary for Malawi Electoral Support Network-MESN, Steve Duwa, has pressed the panic button in an interview with MIJ fm.


Donors have repeatedly stressed need for President Bingu wa Mutharika’s administration, to respect the rule of law and fundamental principles of democracy.


Last year, the former British envoy to Malawi, Fergus Cochrane Dyte described President Mutharika as fast becoming autocratic and intolerant to dissenting views.


But government continues trashing such allegations labeling them as works of people who wish the country bad.


However, in an interview with MIJ FM, Duwa believes the donors would be free to fund the 2014 general elections, only with improved governance and human rights record by the current regime.
He predicts poor elections if the opposite happens, as Malawi is currently going through economic hardships.

Steve Duwa explains........

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Police arrest a guard for an attempted robbery at FDH Bank

 

22/02/12

Limbe

Police in Limbe have arrested one of the five guards working at Crown Plaza, a building housing FDH Bank Branch, which robbers attempted to steal money.


A group of armed robbers broke into the commercial bank, in the wee hours of today, but failed to steal money apart from tampering with the system like the CCTV.


And Limbe Police spokesperson Chifundo Chibwezo said the watchman has been arrested in order help the law enforcers with investigations.


According to Chibwezo, two of the guards have been admitted at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital, after they were poisoned with a fatal toxic used in killing rats, tarmec. She added that it is alleged that the robbers used a group 4 Securicor vehicle during their mission.

FDH Bank Chief Executive Officer Thom Mpinganjira explains........

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ACB claims it has received 16 complaints in connection to Kasambara’s court bail

 

22/02/12

Blantyre

The Anti Corruption Bureau-ACB maintains that the obtaining of a court bail by former Attorney General Ralph Kasambara remains questionable, as the fraud busting body received sixteen complaints in connection with the bail.


The remarks follow sentiments by the Attorney General Maxon Mbendera, who has faulted the ACB for publicly accusing the judiciary of corruption, before identifying culprits in the system.


At a press briefing which ACB held last Friday in Blantyre, ACB Director Alexious Nampota accused Kasambara of allegedly corrupting Judiciary officers.


But in his reaction to the accusation, AG Mbendera states that the judiciary is competent beyond scrutiny and such allegations might destroy people’s confidence in this arm of government.


However, in an interview with MIJ fm, Nampota refuted that he said that the Judiciary is corrupt, but that the ACB aims at preserving the integrity of the judiciary.

Alexious Nampota explains........

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Traditional leaders in Chitipa and Karonga have vowed never to change the name Bingu highway

 

22/02/12

Chitipa

Traditional leaders in Chitipa have vowed never to change the name Bingu highway which they have given to the Karonga-Chitipa road, arguing those who question their decision lack historical knowledge.

Chiefs in Karonga and Chitipa named the road Bingu highway a few weeks ago, on the premise that they want to thank the Malawi leader for constructing the road which has been neglected for many years.

But the naming has received widespread criticism, especially from opposition parties in the northern region, as well as the Livingstonia Synod of the CCAP.

The synod’s leadership argues that the chiefs made an error as they did not consult their subjects in the naming process, while opposition parties feel the road could have been named after any son or daughter of the region.

In an earlier interview, senior chief Karonga of Karonga district asked those concerned to meet the chiefs and discuss.

But Senior Chief Mwaulambya of Chitipa has told MIJ fm in an interview that those questioning their decision lack knowledge in history.

He questioned why Malawi named the commercial city as Blantyre, when in fact this is the name for the birth place of missionary Dr. David Livingstone in Scotland.

Senior Chief Mwaulambya explains........

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Malawi’s first ever five star hotel named after Bingu

 

21/02/12

Lilongwe

Malawi’s first ever five star hotel in Lilongwe has been renamed after President Bingu wa Mutharika.


The hotel is being constructed by the Chinese government.


Tourism, Wildlife and Culture Minister Daniel Liwimbi told MIJ fm the decision seeks to honor the president for severing ties with long time ally, Taiwan.


Liwimbi, was however quick to point out that it is only the International Conference Centre that has been named after the president.

Daniel Liwimbi explains........

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GOVT accuses the civil society of lacking respect of the rule of law

 

21/02/12

Lilongwe

President Bingu wa Mutharika has accused the country’s civil society of lacking respect of rule of law, for interfering into the affairs of the judiciary and the Malawi Police Service.


This follows news that some civil rights groups have reported President Mutharika to the African Union and the United Nations, for failing to release prominent lawyer and former attorney general Ralph Kasambara.


According to a statement released by the Malawi Human Rights Commissions-MHRC yesterday, the body is asking the United Nations and the African Union to intervene on the arrest and continued detention of Kasambara, despite being granted bail.


MHRC argues, Kasambara’s continued detention is a threat to the respect of rule of law.


However, speaking through his spokesperson Dr. Hetherwick Ntaba the Malawi president has accused the civil rights groups and the human rights defenders of prejudice on the matter, saying they are finding police guilt before the matter is brought before a competent court of law.

Dr. Hetherwick Ntaba explains........

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MCTU takes Shoprite case to the IRC

 

21/02/12

Lilongwe

The Malawi Congress of Trade Unions-MCTU has disclosed that it has started working on paperwork to take the case concerning 60 fired workers at Shoprite chain stores, to the Industrial Relations Court-IRC.


The 60 workers were fired following a sit in that they staged, in an effort to push their bosses in addressing their concerns relating to wages.


But MCTU accuses government of conniving with the Shoprite bosses to fire the workers, and asked for dialogue with government to find a way of helping the workers.


However, the country’s workers mother union alleges that government continues to show lack of interest in the proposed dialogue, saying if MCTU is not satisfied with government’s decision, it can take the case to the IRC.


And in an interview with MIJ fm MCTU, Secretary General Robert Mkwezalamba said the union is discussing with relevant sources to help in the procedure, to take the case to the court.

Robert Mkwezalamba explains........

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Kasambara’s Lawyer appears before ACB

 

20/02/12

Blantyre

Lawyer representing former Attorney General Ralph Kasambara has appeared before the Anti-Corruption Bureau-ACB this morning but refused to answer all the questions that were posed to him on how he obtained a bail for his client.

The ACB is investigating how Kita and his colleagues managed to obtain a court bail for Kasambara, when other inmates are failing to access judicial services.

One of Kasambara’s lawyers Jonathan Kara also appeared before the ACB on Friday.

Speaking in an interview with MIJ fm after the meeting with ACB lawyer Wapona Kita said officials from the ACB asked him questions on how he obtained a court bail for Kasambara but he refused to answer quoting section 51 of the Corrupt Practices Act which states that a lawyer is not suppose to disclose how he conducted his work .

He said there were ten questions that he was asked but he refused to answer.

Kita disclosed that later ACB officials asked him general questions on how a bail is obtained from the court.

Wapona Kita explains........

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People can still access justice - Dr Kanyongolo

 

20/02/12

Zomba

Law experts have revealed that the current strike by judiciary support cannot hinder people to access justice as the support staff does not constitute part of the Judiciary.

Judiciary support staff started observing strike two months ago asking government to implement the new conditions of services that were approved by parliament in 2006.

Following the strike, courts have not been operational rendering people desperation to access justice and eventually leading to overcrowding in the country’s prisons and police cells.

Recently the Anti corruption bureau – ACB has launched investigations on lawyers representing former attorney general Ralph Kasambara on how they managed to source a magistrate who gave Kasambara bail whilst the courts are on strike.

However in an interview with MIJ fm one of the country’s renowned law experts Dr Edge Kanyongolo said people can still access justice although the support judicial workers are on strike since the striking workers are not part of the judiciary according to the country’s constitution.

Dr. Edge Kanyongolo explains........

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GOVT challenges MCTU on Shoprite fired employees

 

20/02/12

Lilongwe

Government authorities have challenged the Malawi Congress of Trade Unions-MCTU to go to the industrial court if they feel the recent dismissal of 60 employees at Shoprite chain store was unfair.


The Labor commissioner in the ministry of labor, Elias Zilikudondo made the challenge in an interview with MIJ FM.


MCTU has been accusing government of showing no interest to resolving issues surrounding the firing of the workers.

Representatives of MCTU accused government of conniving with Shoprite bosses to fire the workers.

Shoprite management sacked the workers for allegedly demanding salary adjustments to match the rising cost of living.


Secretary General for the MCTU, Robert Mkwezalamba alleged this gave them a picture that the fate of the employees had government’s nod.

However in an interview with MIJ FM Zilikudondo said as far as government is concerned the workers were wrong to stage a sit in.

Elias Zilikudondo explains........

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UN facilitated dialogue between GOVT and the civil society resumes today

 

16/02/12

Lilongwe

The seemingly collapsed talks between government and the civil society are set to resume today after a period of dead silence.

Both sides of the dialogue have confirmed the development.

During this meeting, delegates to the United Nations facilitated dialogue seek to provide lasting solutions to the remaining seventeen sticky issues raised in the July 20, 2011.

Resumption of the talks comes amid threats of another round of grand demonstrations by the country’s civil society organizations. They believe this is the effective way of pressurizing President Bingu Wa Mutharika to address the raised concerns.

They have since given him up to next month to respond positively or face another sea of red.

In an interview with MIJ FM earlier this week, Leader of the civil society dialogue team, Voice Mhone, expressed optimism on the future of the talks as they resume today.

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Chimunthu Banda condemns conduct of some MP's

 

16/02/12

Lilongwe

Speaker of Parliament, Henry Chimunthu Banda has condemned conduct of some Members of Parliament in the house.

His remarks follow a boycott by the opposition legislators on Tuesday.

It all started when Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development, Margarate Loka Mawuwa, made a statement on how the Farm Input Subsidy Programme that irked the opposition MPs.

The speaker also rebuked the MPs for failing to stand when deputy speaker, Juliana Mphande was entering the house.

Chimunthu Banda took a swipe again at the unnecessary jeering by some MPs.

 

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Disability bill to be tabled during the current parliamentary session

 

16/02/12

Lilongwe

Government says the disability bill could be tabled during the current parliamentary session.

In an interview with MIJ FM, Principle Secretary for Gender, Women and Child Development George Kondiwa said his Ministry had finalized all the consultations on the bill sometime back.

He revealed the bill is at the cabinet level awaiting submission to parliament.

According to Kondiwa, the bill has taken so long to be tabled in parliament as it was undergoing some close examination by various stakeholders.

 

 George Kondiwa explains........

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British GOVT to send another High Commissioner to Malawi

 

15/02/12

Lilongwe

British government is working on paperwork, to send another High Commissioner to Malawi, after the expulsion of Fergus Cochrane-Dyet last year.

This was disclosed by Mr. Mark Lawcock, Permanent Secretary for the Department for International Development-DFID, in an exclusive interview with MIJ FM.

The new high commissioner will be sent to strengthen bilateral relations between Malawi and Britain.

Lilongwe deported Mr. Cochrane Dyet, over a leaked cable, in which he described President Mutharika, as displaying dictatorial tendencies and not listening to dissenting views.

Britain reiterated by expelling Malawi’s representative to the UK, Flossie Chidyaonga.

Despite withhold some of its budgetary support, last year Malawi benefitted from 78 million pounds in aid, and this year, according to Mr. Lawcock, the UK intends to increase the aid, to about 80 million pounds.

During his visit recently, Mr. Lawcock met government officials, including Foreign Affairs Minister Peter Mutharika, Finance Minister Dr. Ken Lipenga and the Energy and Mining Minister Goodall Gondwe.

Speaking to MIJ fm, Lawcock said currently his government is in the process of consulting and making the necessary paperwork, which will necessitate the arrival of the new British high commissioner.

He however said this may take some time, because the process is too long.

Mark Lawcock explains........

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People converge at the entrance of Chichiri prison, in support of Kasambara

 

15/02/12

Blantyre

There was heavy presence of police, at Chichiri Prison in Blantyre, where lawyer Ralph Kasambara is being kept, as he awaits authorization, from the Criminal Investigations Department-CID to be released on bail.

Besides the police, politicians, lawyers and other well-wishers are also at the prison premises, some were singing songs, appealing to the police to release the prominent lawyer.

Despite being granted bail by Principal Magistrate Innocent Nebi yesterday, the police, led by head of the CID Lexa Chalera continued to detain the former attorney general, on claims that they have to search his house and offices.

Kasambara was arrested on Monday this week, for allegedly assaulting suspected thugs, who has reportedly stormed his office baying for his blood.

 

MIJ FM reporter Brenda Kawonga spoke to Kasambara lawyer Wapona Kita.

 

Wapona Kita explains........


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Police blocks MZUNI demonstrations

 

15/02/12

Mzuzu

Police in Mzuzu constructed a heavy human-shield to stop student of Mzuzu University-MZUNI, from holding demonstrations.

Mzuni Students Union president, Moses Chalera confirmed this in an interview with MIJ fm.

According to Chalera, the students are demonstrating against the University Management’s decision, to expel all students, who have outstanding balances on tuition fees.

Over 200 hundred student, were not approved by government, to get student allowances for stationery, and are to be sent home by the school management.

According to Chalera, most of the students fled the institution, as the police fired teargas to disperse the demonstrators.

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My arrest is politically motivated – Kasambara

 

14/02/12

Blantyre

Private practicing lawyer Ralph Kasambara, who is in police custody since yesterday says his arrest, is politically motivated.

Kasambara was arrested in Blantyre, on allegations that he assaulted thugs who ransacked his office, with an intention of attacking him.

Speaking this morning to Kamuzu Chibambo, president of the People’s Transformation Party-PETRA, who is also a lawyer by profession, Kasambara maintained that he is sure, that his stay in police hands, has nothing to do with the assault on the thugs, who wanted to attack him, at his office.

Chibambo disclosed of his meeting with Kasambara, at a press briefing.

Innocent Mphongolo explains........

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Chilobwe Vocational Centre will contribute to the economic growth of the country

 

14/02/12

Blantyre

Officials of the Blantyre City Council-BCC said the construction of the Chilobwe Vocational Centre, will help train young unemployed people in the city, in vocational skills.

The remarks were made by BCC Chief Executive Officer, Ted Nandolo during the ground breaking ceremony, for the commencement of the second phase of construction at the centre in Blantyre.

The centre, currently under construction in Chilobwe Township in Blantyre, is being financed by the Hannover city in Germany.

Some of the skills expected to be offered beginning next year, when the centre officially opens, shall include carpentry, bricklaying, tinsmith, tailoring and designing. 

Nandolo said the city has many young and unemployed people, most of whom are orphans and vulnerable, who will require such skills, for them to be economically independent.

He said this would also in the long run, enable them to grow into responsible citizens, who can contribute to the economic growth of the country.


Ted Nandolo explains........

In her remarks, the city’s Educational Officer, Ruth Samati Kambali applauded the city authorities for the construction of the centre, saying when completed, will enroll, school-dropouts, who, due to various reasons, may not have been able to continue with their secondary education.

 

Ruth Samati Kambali explains........


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Why are journalists failing to get employment after graduating?

 

10/02/12

Special Report

MIJ fm brings to light, continued lack of employment, among people, who have trained as journalists, in various training institutions.

Some of them have failed to secure employment, for the past three or four years.

Desperate for a job, others choose to be misemployed. But where is the problem?

Aubrey Kusakala is trying to answer this question and others, in the report......

 


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UN-mediated dialogue needs a deadline - Mhone

 

13/02/12

Lilongwe

Members of the civil society have trashed president Bingu wa Mutharika’s pronouncements, that the country’s rights organisations have no mandate, to give his government deadlines, on the discussions, between the presidential contact and Dialogue Group and the NGO’s.

The talks, which began in September last year, following pressure from the organisations for the government to resolve some of the country’s socio-economic and political challenges, are being facilitated by the United Nations.

However the talks have been moving on a snail’s pace as observed by some of the participants, claiming lack of commitment on the part of government.

The civil society has since threatened to abandon the dialogue and hold a Grand National demonstration, should nothing happen by 21st March this year.

President Bingu wa Mutharika has in recent times questioned the civil society, on whether or not they have the authority to give him a deadline on the talks.

But speaking to MIJ Fm, Voice Mhone, chairperson of the Council for Non Governmental Organisations in Malawi-CONGOMA said the country’s civil society is giving deadlines, for proper planning on its part.

He also said this would help to ensure that government is responding to people’s calls in time.


Voice Mhone explains........

Meanwhile the next round of talks, between the Civil Society and the Presidential Contact and Dialogue group, is expected to resume on 16 February.

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Political parties to respond to the mid-year budget review report

 

13/02/12

Lilongwe

Parliament resumes this afternoon, with finance spokespersons of political parties represented in the house, expected to officially respond to the mid-year budget review report, presented by Finance and Economic Planning, Minister Ken Lipenga.

Lipenga presented the report last Friday in the National assembly.

In his presentation, Lipenga defended the Zero Deficit Budget, saying it has performed beyond expectations.

While making a rare admission that the first half of the 2011/2012 fiscal year has been a difficult one, he expressed hope, that life will return to normal, very soon.

But in his immediate reaction to the statement, last Friday, the opposition United Democratic Front–UDF Chief-Whip, Clement Chiwaya, accused government of causing a lot of pain to Malawians, following the multiple taxation policies, fixed in the Budget.


Clement Chiwaya explains........

Alliance For Democracy–AFORD leader in the house, Khwauli Msiska described Lipenga’s report as a document, falling short of addressing challenges, facing Malawians.

 

Khwauli Msiska explains........


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Why are journalists failing to get employment after graduating?

 

10/02/12

Special Report

MIJ fm brings to light, continued lack of employment, among people, who have trained as journalists, in various training institutions.

Some of them have failed to secure employment, for the past three or four years.

Desperate for a job, others choose to be misemployed. But where is the problem?

Aubrey Kusakala is trying to answer this question and others, in the report......

 


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On-going judiciary strike doubles number of suspects in prisons

 

10/02/12

Lilongwe

The number of suspects in the country’s prisons, has doubled, since the commencement of the judiciary strike.

Executive Director of the Center for Human Rights Education, Advice and Assistance-CHREAA, Victor Mhango, has confirmed the sad development, in an interview with MIJ FM.

The strike is now in its second month.

Recently, police also pressed a panic button, with congestion in its cells, that has reached crisis levels.

The striking workers are pushing government, to implement their conditions of service, as approved by parliament, in 2006.

Mhango disclosed that the situation has left Chichiri Prison keeping almost two thousand in-mates, instead of the recommended 800.

 

Victor Mhango explains........

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GOVT consult on Infomation Bill

 

10/02/12

Lilongwe

Government has revealed it is making significant strides, in the formulation and subsequent passing, of the long awaited, access to information bill.

Information and Civic Education Minister, Patricia Kaliati, made the revelation in an interview with MIJ FM.

The minister was speaking this on the sidelines of a high level taskforce meeting, on the access to information policy and bill, currently underway in Lilongwe.

Kaliati also fore-warned the media, against using the piece of legislation, to intrude on other people’s privacy.

Patricia Kaliati explains........

Reacting to the development, MISA Malawi Chairperson, Anthony Kasunda, said the absence of the legislation, is greatly affecting the poor, as they cannot access relevant information.

He indicated that lack of the bill, has led to growing reports, of missing files, at the Administrator General’s office, among other important service providers.

 

Anthony Kasunda explains........


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Why are journalists failing to get employment after graduating?

 

10/02/12

Special Report

MIJ fm brings to light, continued lack of employment, among people, who have trained as journalists, in various training institutions.

Some of them have failed to secure employment, for the past three or four years.

Desperate for a job, others choose to be misemployed. But where is the problem?

Aubrey Kusakala is trying to answer this question and others, in the report......

 


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Anti-government demonstrations fever delays rehabilitation of vandalised traffic lights in Mzuzu

 

9/02/12

Mzuzu

Fear of another round of anti-government demonstrations, is delaying rehabilitation works, of vandalized traffic lights in Mzuzu.

Chief Executive Officer for Mzuzu City Counsel, Richard Hara, confirmed this, in an interview with MIJ FM.

Angry Malawians destroyed the streets lights, during the July 20, 2011 pro-democracy protests, to pressurize government, to address various economic and political challenges.

Hara claimed funds for the rehabilitation works are already available.

But he disclosed the work will not start anytime soon, in the face of growing reports, that Civil Society Organizations, are planning other demonstrations next month.

The Mzuzu City Chief says the project will cost about half a million kwacha.

 Last year, protesters vandalized traffic lights, along the M1 Road, Opposite Mzuzu Health Centre.

Motorists and pedestrians continue expressing concern that the absence of the traffic lights is threatening their lives.

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Energy server bulbs distribution delays

 

8/02/12

Lilongwe

Authorities have revealed that they are currently absorbed in paperwork before distribution exercise of energy server bulbs commences anytime soon.


Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Natural Resources, Environment and Energy, Ben Botolo, has confirmed this in an interview with MIJ FM this morning.


This comes a week after the launch of the bulbs in Blantyre. The distribution process was initially scheduled to roll out some months ago.


But Botolo says the process will start as soon they finalize the paperwork that is currently at an advanced stage.

Ben Botolo explains........


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Veep calls Bingu to give powers to Malawians

 

9/02/12

Machinga

Vice President, Joyce Banda, is calling on President Bingu Wa Mutharika’s Democratic Progressive Party-DPP-led government, to give powers to Malawians, if the country is to develop, economically.

Banda, made the call in an interview with MIJ fm, after addressing a mass rally, her People’s Party-PP, held at Mlomba in Machinga district.

The vice president said it is only when people are socially empowered, that they can contribute, to the country’s social development.

She hinted that people have sense of ownership, when incorporated in various social-developmental activities.

 

Joyce Banda explains........


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Bingu describes calls for a national referendum as senseless

 

8/02/12

Lilongwe

President Bingu Wa Mutharika has branded repeated calls by the country’s opposition for a national referendum in the next three months as unconstitutional.


Speaking with MIJ fm through his spokesperson, Dr Hetherwick Ntaba, the president claims the constitution of the land does not provide room a referendum.


This is in reaction to a suggestion for a referendum by Alliance for Democracy-AFORD’s Rumphi Central Parliamentarian, Enoch Chihana.


In an interview with MIJ FM, Chihana argued referendum was the only viable way of bailing Malawians out of the myriad economic challenges.


He therefore said it was imperative for the DPP-led-government to seek fresh mandate from Malawians.


Enoch Chihana explains ........


But Dr. Ntaba has rubbished the calls while telling the opposition to wait until 2014 when the country shall hold general elections.

Dr Hetherwick Ntaba explains ........

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Energy server bulbs distribution delays

 

8/02/12

Lilongwe

Authorities have revealed that they are currently absorbed in paperwork before distribution exercise of energy server bulbs commences anytime soon.


Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Natural Resources, Environment and Energy, Ben Botolo, has confirmed this in an interview with MIJ FM this morning.


This comes a week after the launch of the bulbs in Blantyre. The distribution process was initially scheduled to roll out some months ago.


But Botolo says the process will start as soon they finalize the paperwork that is currently at an advanced stage.

Ben Botolo explains........


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Airtel Malawi reduces tariffs

 

8/02/12

Lilongwe

Airtel Malawi has reduced its tariffs and calling time zone to make them more convenient.


The company’s officials revealed this during the 9th draw of Kufewetsa Moyo Promotion held in Lilongwe.


This seeks to uplift mobile communication while making them affordable to its customers.


Marketing Director for Airtel, Enwell Kadango, said they want to give people the freedom to communicate and interact in their various communities.


Kadango said they have now introduced most affordable Chezani bundles. In this promotion, customers will now communicate with their loved ones and friends at a rate of K 5 per minute when they call Airtel to Airtel.


During the draw, Robert Mataka, a motor cycle mechanic in Salima District, was declared winner for the K250, 000 prize money.


The company also presented a cheque of K250, 000 to the last week’s winner Joshua Nthakoma.

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Malawi misses on the top 100 universities in Africa

 

7/02/12

Lilongwe

The 2012 report released by the World University International, indicates that Malawi is not among the top 100 universities on the continent.

Previously, World University Web Ranking and Colleges in Africa, ranked Malawi on position 99.

South Africa tops the list with Kenya on position 11, Namibia stands on number 14, while Zimbabwe and Zambia are on positions 36 and 37, respectively.

The list also contains many universities and colleges, from east west and Africa.

Reacting to the report, Education activists have called for the complete overhaul of the country’s tertiary education system, in order to restore its efficiency.

National Coordinator of the Civil Society Education Coalition, Benedicto Kondowe notes that the academic freedom saga, which led to the closure of Chancellor College and the Malawi polytechnic for over seven months, may have significantly contributed to the regression.

He has since appealed for increased political will, by government, in a bid to restore the country’s tertiary education system.

Benedicto Kondowe explains ........

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The country’s problems need sober approach – Rev Chingota

 

6/02/12

Blantyre

Members of the clergy are calling on Malawians to unite for prevalence of peace in the country.


Interim Co-moderator for the CCAP, Reverend Dr. Felix Chingota, made the call when he officially inaugurated a Manse at Mount Pleasant in Blantyre.


Presently, there are continued misunderstandings between government and the civil society as well as the opposition on governance issues.


Reverend Dr. Chingota stressed that God can positively intervene in Malawi’s on-going economic and political challenges if the nation works towards uniting Malawi.

Reverend Dr Felix Chingota explains........


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GOVT silent on Mzuzu youth centre construction

 

6/02/12

Blantyre

Mzuzu Youth Association is worried by what it describes as government’s silence on the construction of a youth centre in the district.


In the 2010-2011 zero-deficit, Parliament allocated 30 Million Kwacha to the Ministry of Youth Development and Welfare for the construction of the centre.


In the current fiscal year, about 20 Million Kwacha was also set aside to cater for the same.


In an interview with this radio, Chairperson of Mzuzu Youth Association, Wilfred Nyirongo, claimed having twice written the responsible ministry demanding a convincing explanation on the project’s delays. Nyirongo claims the ministry has not yet responded.

Authorities were not immediately available for a quick comment on the matter.

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The CSO’s are very responsible - Rev Munthali

 

6/02/12

Lilongwe

The Public Affairs Committee-PAC has trashed reports, that it is masterminding the move, to topple the ruling Democratic Progressive Party–DPP led government. 

In an interview with MIJ FM this morning, PAC’s Publicity Secretary, Reverend Maurice Munthali, described the president’s accusations as unfair claiming no civil society group is receiving donor money to overthrow his administration.

The Malawi Leader used parliament as a forum to make his allegations.

He emphasized that the organizations are conniving with external forces to accomplish their mission.

President Bingu Wa Mutharika explains ........

However, Reverend Munthali argues the CSO’s are very responsible and reputable in manning the welfare of Malawians. He therefore can’t imagine that the CSO’s doing what the Head of State claimed.

Reverend Maurice Munthali explains ........

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The country’s problems need sober approach – Rev Chingota

 

6/02/12

Blantyre

Members of the clergy are calling on Malawians to unite for prevalence of peace in the country.


Interim Co-moderator for the CCAP, Reverend Dr. Felix Chingota, made the call when he officially inaugurated a Manse at Mount Pleasant in Blantyre.


Presently, there are continued misunderstandings between government and the civil society as well as the opposition on governance issues.


Reverend Dr. Chingota stressed that God can positively intervene in Malawi’s on-going economic and political challenges if the nation works towards uniting Malawi.

Reverend Dr Felix Chingota explains........


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GOVT silent on Mzuzu youth centre construction

 

6/02/12

Blantyre

Mzuzu Youth Association is worried by what it describes as government’s silence on the construction of a youth centre in the district.


In the 2010-2011 zero-deficit, Parliament allocated 30 Million Kwacha to the Ministry of Youth Development and Welfare for the construction of the centre.


In the current fiscal year, about 20 Million Kwacha was also set aside to cater for the same.


In an interview with this radio, Chairperson of Mzuzu Youth Association, Wilfred Nyirongo, claimed having twice written the responsible ministry demanding a convincing explanation on the project’s delays. Nyirongo claims the ministry has not yet responded.

Authorities were not immediately available for a quick comment on the matter.

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Bingu defends zero deficit budget

 

3/02/12

Lilongwe

President Bingu wa Mutharika has strongly defended the mid-year review performance of the heavily criticized zero deficit budget implemented by his government mid last year, describing it as a success towards real economic independence.


The Malawi Leader revealed this during the official opening of the first sitting of the 43rd session of parliament in Lilongwe this morning.


Amid cheers from the ruling Democratic Progressive Party-DPP members of Parliament, President Mutharika teased critics of the budget of being ignorant of the true concept behind it.


Leaving out sticky issues like the on-going judiciary strike that is almost in its second month; Mutharika filled the house with repeated past developmental stories under his leadership.

President Bingu Wa Mutharika explains ........


However, Leader of the Opposition in Parliament, John Tembo, has described President Mutharika’s national address as disappointing.


Tembo also faults President Mutharika’s challenge that donors and the International Monetary Fund-IMF should give his government three years to come up with local prudent policies to recover Malawi’s pathetic economy.


John Tembo explains ........

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Malawi should not host AU – former VP

 

3/02/12

Lilongwe

Various sections of society continue piling pressure on the Malawi government not to allow hosting an African Union-AU summit this June.


Malawi will in June host an AU summit which will hold a run-off election of the pan African body’s executive commission’s chairperson.


African Union leaders failed in a vote Monday to choose a new chairman, who is the administrative head of the 54 member bloc.


Neither incumbent Jean Ping from Gabon nor South Africa’s Home Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma managed to secure the two-thirds of votes needed to become commission chairperson.


The heads of state and government of the African Union on Tuesday agreed to hold the 19th Ordinary Session in Lilongwe, Malawi, from June 23 to 30, 2012, to among others elect the bloc's influential executive Commission.


However, former Vice president Dr. Cassim Chilumpha who also served as Finance Minister in the United Democratic Front-UDF government says Malawians are going through various problems which need immediate solution, therefore money programmed to be spent on the AU summit should be channeled towards addressing Malawi’s problems.


Dr. Chilumpha said government should not take a further burden by hosting an international conference which will not benefit local Malawians.

Dr. Cassim Chilumpha explains........


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Special report on World Cancer day

 

3/02/12

Blantyre

One of the diseases claiming thousands of lives in the country is Cancer.


The situation has been worsened by the country’s lack of equipment that can help treat people diagnosed with Cancer.


MIJ fm is bringing to light social economic challenges that have come with Cancer, as the country joins the rest of the world in commemorating the Cancer day tomorrow.


The World Cancer Day is marked on February 4 every year to raise awareness of the disease and to encourage its prevention, detection, and treatment.


The day targets the public through global communications, and encourages policy makers to make Cancer a political priority.


The report has been produced and read Grace Kanthentche........


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GOVT should be clear on tripartite elections – Duwa

 

1/02/12

Blantyre

Electoral stakeholders in the country have asked government to be clear on a bill, which seeks to change the country’s electoral laws to provide for tripartite elections.


The first sitting of the 43rd session of parliament resumes at the New Parliament in Lilongwe, to among other things review the 2011/2012 budget.


Authorities also say the sitting will debate two bills including a constitutional amendment, which if approved by the house, will see Malawi holding first ever tripartite elections in 2014.


President Bingu wa Mutharika is scheduled to open the sitting tomorrow with a state of the nation address.


However, speaking to MIJ fm in an interview, secretary for the Malawi Electoral Support Network-MESN Steve Duwa, said government should come out clearly on the new provision, as the current law gives power to the president to call for local government elections.

Steve Duwa explains ........

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Parliament should address high unemployment rate among the youth – Msowoya

 

2/02/12

Lilongwe

The Malawi Human Rights Youth Network-MHRYN has challenged members of parliament to rise above party politics and move towards repealing all draconian laws, that have ended up worsening the country’s relationship with its traditional donors such as Britain


MHRYN Acting National Coordinator Weston Msowoya has since challenged parliament to force government to drop the infamous zero deficit budget.


Msowoya has also asked young parliamentarians to take advantage of the midterm budget review meeting starting tomorrow, to formulate a youth employment program that would address high employment rate among the youth.

Weston Msowoya explains........


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Veteran journalist George Dambula dead

 

2/02/12

Lilongwe

The Malawi media fraternity has been dealt with a blow following the passing of veteran journalist George Dambula.


Dambula, who until his death was the Programmes Officer for the Public Affairs Committee-PAC, died early this morning, at Partners of Hope Clinic in Lilongwe. His career dates back to early 1990s when he joined Malawi News Agency-MANA as a Photographic Assistant in the old Capital, Zomba.


He also worked with state-owned Malawi Broadcasting Corporation-MBC where he contributed positively as a seasoned journalist. Thereafter, Dambula was very active in advocacy work from a rights perspective, as evidenced through his contributions at PAC whilst serving Media Council of Malawi-MCM as acting Executive Director.


MCM Board Chair Reverend Patrick Semphere the Malawi media fraternity has lost a pillar due to the expertise he had.


In its eulogy, the Media Institute for Southern-MISA Malawi said Dambula will be remembered for his contributions in the media industry.


According to relatives, Dambula will be laid to rest tomorrow in Kawale, Lilongwe.

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Minibus accident claims life of Adams family band member

 

1/02/12

Blantyre

Details are continuing to emerge on the minibus accident that occurred in Blantyre this morning.
The accident which involved a minibus and a National Bus Company bus along the Makata road, has claimed three lives including that of gospel artist, Jonathan Gopani.


Gopani who was driving the minibus involved in the accident, was a member of one of the country’s well-known gospel outfits, Adams family.


Speaking to MIJ fm, a member of the Adams Family Ken Manana, who is also related to the deceased, said Gopani has died after sustaining multiple injuries.


According to witnesses, it took time for rescuers to pull Gopani who was stuck in the wreckage.
Late Gopani last performed for Adams Family on Sunday at Robins Park during the launch of Kumwamba Medley By Mixed Voices.


Manana added that burial details for the artist who hailed from Mbulumbudzi in Chiradzulu district will be announced later. Gopani was born in 1971 and is survived by a 3 year old daughter and expectant wife.


Meanwhile police say the late rush hour accident happened as the bus driver was trying to avoid a drunkard who walking on the road.


The Regional Traffic Officer in the SouthSuperintendent Khembo Gumbo is and he explains ........

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UDF to unite – Mpasu

 

1/02/12

Lilongwe

United Democratic Front-UDF Vice president Sam Mpasu has expressed optimism that the current squabbles rocking the former ruling party would soon normalize.


Mpasu told MIJ fm in an interview that the two warring factions currently at loggerheads, will soon come together as one unit saying those who were not conversant with the party’s constitution now understand the concepts of the once mighty party.


He made the remarks after addressing a mammoth crowd at Chikuli ground in the area of Traditional Authority Kunthembwe in Blantyre.

Sam Mpasu explains........


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Malawians to blame for deterioration of freedoms and rights – Chisinga

 

1/02/12

Zomba

Political analysts have blamed the docile attitude by Malawians as a contributing factor to the deterioration of different freedoms and rights in the country.


This is comes following reports that Malawi continues to fall on critical human rights and governance indicators on the globe.


Late last week, a report by reporters without boarders revealed that Malawi has dropped with over sixty places on press freedom and access to information index.
A few months ago the transparency international and the Mo Ibrahim reports, showed that Malawi has dropped from various indexes.


However, in an interview with MIJ fm a Chancellor College based political analyst Associate Professor Blessings Chinsinga believes leadership alone cannot be entirely blamed for the worsening freedoms and rights record in the country saying Malawians like watching when things go wrong instead of acting.

Associate Professor Blessings Chinsinga explains........

 


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Malawi risk plunging into a final economic crisis

 

30/01/12

Lilongwe

Malawi risk plunging into a final and terrible economic crisis, if the country continues facing industrial strikes.


For the past few weeks, Malawi has been dogged with sit-ins both from the public and private sector, emanating from disagreements between employees and employers.


A judiciary support staff strike is in its fourth week, after the workers failed to reach a consensus with government, regarding their demand that it should implement new conditions of service approved by parliament in 2006.


On the other hand, workers from one of Africa’s leading chain stores; Shoprite, last week held a sit-in in Blantyre and Lilongwe over salary disagreements with their authorities.


Malawi Congress of Trade Unions-MCTU has threatened a nationwide strike over the general conduct of government on issues people in the country while the Civil Servants Trade Union-CSTU is closely observing what is happening in relation to the judiciary strike, with a keen interest on how government will respond to the sit-in.


Reports show that if government bulges to demands by the judiciary staff, who are pressing for an increase in monthly salaries, the public workforce body will mobilize its members in the country to down tools.


A nation-wide strike is also in the offing, under the organisation of the Malawi Law Society-MLS, in support of the sit-in by support staff of the judiciary.


Commenting on the development, social analyst Mavuto Bamusi says the trend where the country is continuously facing industrial action with others in the offing, has got negative effects on the county both economically and politically.


According to Bamusi, if government does not move in and act swiftly on the matter by among others establishing economic empowerment policies, Malawi risks falling into a final crisis.

Mavuto Bamusi explains ........

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GOVT to table two bills in Parliament

 

31/01/12

Lilongwe

Leader of government business in the National Assembly has announced that parliament will discuss two bills during the forthcoming 43rd session.


The first sitting of the 43RD session of the assembly starts meeting on Friday, 3Rd February, to among others review the performance of the 2011/2012 zero deficit budget.


President Bingu wa Mutharika is scheduled to grace the sitting with a state of the nation address.


In an interview with MIJ fm, Leader of the House Dr. George Chaponda disclosed that apart from the midterm budget review, parliament will discuss the Labour Relations Bill among other law proposals.


According Dr. Chaponda, all the bills were no tabled during the last sitting of parliament will not be tabled in the new sitting.

Dr. George Chaponda explains........


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NBM relocates to new headquarters

 

31/01/12

Blantyre

National Bank of Malawi - NBM has hailed the relocation of its headquarters to its new 7.4 billion kwacha magnificent building.  


The bank’s Chief Executive Officer George Patridge made the sentiment during a press briefing which was held in Blantyre yesterday.  


Patridge disclosed that the project which commenced in 2003 was initially slated to be completed in 2006, but due to some logistical problems the building which is also known as The Twin Towers has been occupied by the  banks nine sections late last year.


According to the CEO, the bank kept aside a budget of 3.5 billion kwacha for the construction of the building but the amount doubling due to the current socio-economic meltdown.

George Patridge explains........

 


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Malawi risk plunging into a final economic crisis

 

30/01/12

Lilongwe

Malawi risk plunging into a final and terrible economic crisis, if the country continues facing industrial strikes.


For the past few weeks, Malawi has been dogged with sit-ins both from the public and private sector, emanating from disagreements between employees and employers.


A judiciary support staff strike is in its fourth week, after the workers failed to reach a consensus with government, regarding their demand that it should implement new conditions of service approved by parliament in 2006.


On the other hand, workers from one of Africa’s leading chain stores; Shoprite, last week held a sit-in in Blantyre and Lilongwe over salary disagreements with their authorities.


Malawi Congress of Trade Unions-MCTU has threatened a nationwide strike over the general conduct of government on issues people in the country while the Civil Servants Trade Union-CSTU is closely observing what is happening in relation to the judiciary strike, with a keen interest on how government will respond to the sit-in.


Reports show that if government bulges to demands by the judiciary staff, who are pressing for an increase in monthly salaries, the public workforce body will mobilize its members in the country to down tools.


A nation-wide strike is also in the offing, under the organisation of the Malawi Law Society-MLS, in support of the sit-in by support staff of the judiciary.


Commenting on the development, social analyst Mavuto Bamusi says the trend where the country is continuously facing industrial action with others in the offing, has got negative effects on the county both economically and politically.


According to Bamusi, if government does not move in and act swiftly on the matter by among others establishing economic empowerment policies, Malawi risks falling into a final crisis.

Mavuto Bamusi explains ........

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SA and Malawi Police working on paperwork to extradite Misozi Chanthunya

 

30/01/12

Lilongwe

The Police are working with their South African counterparts to extradite fugitive Misozi Chanthunya who was arrested in Rustenburg, South Africa North West Province.


Chanthunya, who was arrested last week Tuesday, made headlines in September 2010 when he skipped Malawi borders after his 25-year-old Zimbabwean girlfriend, Linda Gasa, went missing for almost a month.


The Malawi College of Accountancy student was later found entombed in the -34-year-old Blantyre businessman's private cottage in Mangochi.


The married Chanthunya reportedly went to Mangochi to discuss with Gasa, his secret lover, about her five-months-old pregnancy. He wanted her to abort but she refused.


That was the last the two were seen together before the businessman eluded police to skip the borders and the accountancy student was found entombed in the bathroom, decomposing.


An international manhunt was launched with false sightings in South Africa, the United States and Cuba.


Currently, police officials say they are making arrangements with South Africa police to extradite him so he can face justice here.


Davie Chingwalu, who is the National Police Spokesperson, stated Chanthunya already made a formal court appearance in South Africa and what remains is a process between the two countries for the suspect to be extradited.

Davie Chingwalu explains........


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TNM Super League season  to end in style – Chalulu

 

27/01/12

Blantyre

As the 2011, 2012 Tnm Super League comes to an end this Saturday, the sponsors of the league have set 10th February as a day for the prize presentation.


Speaking in an interview with MIJ Fm Tnm’s Marketing and public relations officer Wilma Chululu said talks are underway with the Super League of Malawi about the venue that will host the colorful function.


Chalulu also highlighted that her company has set aside various activities in all the football grounds hosting final games of the season as one way of interacting with their customers.

Wilma Chalulu explains........

 


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Malawi has enough maize – GOVT

 

27/01/12

Lilongwe

Government has challenged Malawians, not to panic, claiming it has enough stocks of maize, to cater for all vulnerable families, across the country.

Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Food Security, Kingsley Namakhwa, has down-played the food shortage reports, mainly from the Southern Region, in an interview with MIJ FM, this morning.

Namakhwa admits that the staple food may not be available in all Agriculture Development and Marketing Corporation- ADMARC depots, but says government reserves have enough stocks.  

He also parries away fears, that the current rationing of maize in ADMARC depots, is a clear indication, that the commodity, is becoming scarce in the country.

A snap survey by MIJ FM in various ADMARC depots across the country, revealed that most consumers, are only allowed to purchase 20 to 25 kilograms of maize, per household.

Namakhwa said, this is a deliberate measure, to prevent other traders from accessing maize, with intentions of re-selling at exorbitant prices.

 

Kingsley Namakhwa explains ........

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Nsonda's appointment at PP, political appeasement – Mbowela

 

27/01/12

Lilongwe

Political commentators have labeled the recent appointment of Ken Nsonda as a deputy spokesperson for the Peoples’ Party – PP mere political appeasement.

Nsonda, who served the former ruling, United Democratic Front- UDF since 1993, joined Joyce Banda’s PP two weeks ago.

He dumped the UDF, that is currently marred, by leadership wrangles.

Speaking in an interview with MIJ FM, one of the country’s political commentators, Noel Mbowela claimed the new appointment aims at appeasing the politician, who has largely been used by the UDF, to interact with the media.

However, Mbowela stated this will not bear any fruits in the newly formed party.

But in a separate interview, Nsonda described his appointment as a very positive development, and hopes this will help the PP, in its quest to ascend to power, in 2014.

 

Ken Nsonda explains........


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TNM Super League season  to end in style – Chalulu

 

27/01/12

Blantyre

As the 2011, 2012 Tnm Super League comes to an end this Saturday, the sponsors of the league have set 10th February as a day for the prize presentation.


Speaking in an interview with MIJ Fm Tnm’s Marketing and public relations officer Wilma Chululu said talks are underway with the Super League of Malawi about the venue that will host the colorful function.


Chalulu also highlighted that her company has set aside various activities in all the football grounds hosting final games of the season as one way of interacting with their customers.

Wilma Chalulu explains........

 


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42nd session of parliament to discuss new bills

 

27/01/12

Lilongwe

Leader of the house in The National Assembly has revealed that all bills that failed to be discussed in the house in the 42nd session of parliament will not be re-tabled in the forth coming seating of parliament.

Parliament resumes sitting on 3rd February in its 43rd session where president Bingu Wa Mutharika is expected to preside over the opening of the session with a state of the nation address.

In an interview with MIJ FM, Leader of the House George Chaponda disclosed that all the bills that were not table in the last session will not be discussed again in the house.

Chaponda said the house will discuss some new bill from the ministry of finance.

George Chaponda explains ........

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Hunger crisis will not affect the Scaling up Nutrition Programme – Dr Shawa

 

27/01/12

Lilongwe

Government is optimistic that the hunger crisis which has hit some parts of the country will not affect the Scaling up Nutrition programme, which aims at reducing malnutrition cases by providing food support to pregnant women and newly born babies.

Among the districts affected are, Balaka, Phalombe, Nsanje, Chikhwawa and Chiradzulu.

There have been growing fears that the hunger situation in these areas would negatively impact the programme.

But speaking in an interview with MIJ FM, Principal Secretary for Nutrition and HIV/AIDS in the office of President and Cabinet Dr. Marry Shawa hinted that government will continue providing nutritious foods to expectant mothers and under five children.

Alice Msangambe explains........


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TNM Super League season  to end in style – Chalulu

 

27/01/12

Blantyre

As the 2011, 2012 Tnm Super League comes to an end this Saturday, the sponsors of the league have set 10th February as a day for the prize presentation.


Speaking in an interview with MIJ Fm Tnm’s Marketing and public relations officer Wilma Chululu said talks are underway with the Super League of Malawi about the venue that will host the colorful function.


Chalulu also highlighted that her company has set aside various activities in all the football grounds hosting final games of the season as one way of interacting with their customers.

Wilma Chalulu explains........

 


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MCTU threatens GOVT with an unspecified action over judiciary strike

 

26/01/12

Lilongwe

Malawi Congress of Trade Union-MCTU has threatened to take an unspecified action if the Office of the President and Cabinet-OPC continues forcing the judiciary striking staff to resume their work.


General Secretary of MCTU, Robert Mkwezalamba, has sounded the warning in an interview with MIJ FM this morning.


The OPC is asking the workers to go back to work describing the on-going strike as illegal.
A statement signed by Principal Secretary, Issac Ziba Bondo, alleges the striking workers did not follow right procedures before staging the strike. It claims that discussions to normalize the situation are currently under way.


However, through their spokesperson Austin Kamanga, the employees are not shaken by the directive and have since vowed not to resume work until their concerns are addressed. Kamanga maintains they exhausted all procedures before starting the strike.


And in an interview with MIJ FM, Mkwezalamba cautioned government not to dare push the employees back to work; saying that would be provoking them and grave consequences will likely follow.

Robert Mkwezalamba explains ........

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The meeting with Common Wealth secretary was fruitful – CSO

 

26/01/12

Lilongwe

Leaders of the Civil Society Organizations are optimistic that meetings they held with the Commonwealth secretary general, Karmalesh Sharma, will bear positive fruits in the long run.


Sharma was in the country on a three day visit. During his stay in Malawi, he held closed door discussions with President Bingu Wa Mutharika, Leader of Malawi’s Opposition in Parliament, John Tembo and the members of the civil society.


The commonwealth delegate pleaded with the Malawi Government to seriously engage the International Monetary Fund-IMF in a bid to shake off Malawi’s economic misfortunes.


Of late, the IMF has insisted that Malawi further devalues its currency so that it gets on track with the suspended Extended Credit Facility Programme. But President Mutharika is reluctant to implement this; fearing worsening economic consequences on poor Malawians with the possible rise in prices for basic commodities.


However, Chairperson for the Council for Non-Governmental Organisations in Malawi- CONGOMA, Voice Mhone, believes the socio-economic problems presented to Sharma will be examined by the Common Wealth.

Voice Mhone explains........


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Former Minister wins K250 000 in Airtel Kufewetsa Moyo Frenzy Promotion

 

26/01/12

Lilongwe

Airtel Malawi has indicated that Kufewetsa Moyo Frenzy Promotion has improved lives of over four thousand Malawians.


IT Director for the company, Dr Mathews Mtumbuka, said this during the seventh draw of the promotion.


Former Minister in the DPP-led government, Frank Mwenefumbo, emerged a lucky winner. He walked away with two hundred fifty thousand Kwacha. Other lucky winners also won other prizes like Sum sung phones and cash prizes.


Dr Mtumbuka said it is Airtel Malawi’s wish to empower Malawians as one way transforming their   everyday life.

Dr Mathews Mtumbuka explains........

 


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PAC predicts doom

 

24/01/12

Lilongwe

The Public Affairs Committee – PAC says Malawi is destined for doom if challenges rocking the country are not addressed in the soonest possible time.

Speaking at a news conference in Lilongwe today, PAC chairperson Reverend Macdonald Kadawati said some of the acts of violence happening in Malawi are as a result of deep rooted problems the country is going through.

Anthony Masamba explains ........

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Jumbe calls for unity in the UDF

 

24/01/12

Zomba

President of the former ruling United Democratic Front- UDF Friday Jumbe has asked both warring factions in the once mighty party to forget their differences and unite for the sake of positive progress.


Jumbe made the call in an interview with MIJ FM at the sidelines of a rally which his camp conducted in Zomba Ntonya constituency over the weekend.


He told the mammoth crowd which braved the rains on Saturday that the only way for the party to succeed is to respect the constitution of the grouping which he said is not being respected by other party leaders. 


Jumbe added that no one was bigger than the party hence the need to start moving together as a unit.

Friday Jumbe explains........


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MLS petition GOVT on judiciary strike

 

23/01/12

Blantyre/ Lilongwe

The Malawi Law Society has warned that it will mobilize Malawians to hold a public demonstration if government does not address the concerns of the judiciary support staff who are currently on strike.


This follows its meeting this morning at the High Court in Blantyre with the striking employees who have been demanding for the implementation of their revised conditions of service.


MIJ FM’s Brenda Kawonga explains........


Meanwhile, reports from Lilongwe indicate that the lawyers also presented a petition to the Lilongwe High Court.

MIJ FM’s Anthony Masamba explains........

 


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Tembo talks tough on MEC commissioners appointment

 

23/01/12

Lilongwe

Leader of opposition John Tembo has demanded president Bingu Wa Mutharika to consult key electoral stakeholders and opposition political parties before appointing new commissioners of the Malawi Electoral Commission –MEC.
 
Tembo’s remarks follow a recent communiqué from the Office of The President and Cabinet –OPC which indicates that the contracts of all MEC commissioners excluding that of its Chairperson Juctice Anastanzia Msosa have expired.

An official statement from the OPC shows that the contracts of commissioners Brown Chimphamba, Ron Nkomba, Dick Mzumara, Mary Manyusa and Georgina Chikoko expired   on the 18th of January 2012, whilst commissioner Oliver Mwenefumbo passed on in 2011 and Jean Nankwenya was posted  to a diplomatic mission in  the United States of America.


According to the country’s constitution, the president is given powers to appoint other commissioners in consultation with key electoral stakeholders and opposition political parties.


However, this was not the trend when the stated commissioners were called into office by President Bingu Wa Mutharika some four years ago. This did not go down well with the opposition parties who demanded the removal of the commissioners but their voices were not heard by government.


Tembo who is also president of the Malawi Congress Party – MCP told MIJ FM that government will face unspecified tough action if it chooses to sideline them in appointing the new commissioners.

John Tembo explains........

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Torrential rains will ease by tomorrow afternoon - Weather experts

 

23/01/12

Blantyre

The Department of Climate Change and Meteorological Services - DCCMS has disclosed that the heavy torrential rains that have been pouring in many of the country’s southern region would ease by tomorrow afternoon. The down pour emanates from Tropical Cyclone FUNSO in the Indian Ocean.


DCCMS’s Acting Director Grey Munthali disclosed this in an interview with MIJ FM.
He said the heavy rains may likely continue to trigger flooding in flood prone areas.

 
He assured residents of the southern region that the weather pattern would change with the rains drastically easing by Wednesday the 25th of January.
Munthali explains.
 

Grey Munthali explains........


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MLS petition GOVT on judiciary strike

 

23/01/12

Blantyr/ Lilongwe

The Malawi Law Society has warned that it will mobilize Malawians to hold a public demonstration if government does not address the concerns of the judiciary support staff who are currently on strike.


This follows its meeting this morning at the High Court in Blantyre with the striking employees who have been demanding for the implementation of their revised conditions of service.


MIJ FM’s Brenda Kawonga explains........


Meanwhile, reports from Lilongwe indicate that the lawyers also presented a petition to the Lilongwe High Court.

MIJ FM’s Anthony Masamba explains........

 


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Thousands of women staged a vigil to defend freedom of dressing

 

20/01/12

Blantyre

Thousands of women including Vice President Joyce Banda have thronged the Multipurpose Hall in Blantyre where they are staging a vigil demonstration to defend their right to wear pairs of trousers and miniskirts.


This comes two days after police arrested a gang of men who have been stripping off women’s pants. 

Sbusiswe Gondwe explains........

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MCP brush off Kayembe and Gengwe

 

20/01/12

Lilongwe

The Malawi Congress Party-MCP has advised members of parliament who dumped the party to concentrate on the affairs the parties they joined and must stop talking ill of it.

Dowa West legislator Abele Kayembe and Dedza South West lawmaker, Sosten Gwengwe dumped MCP and joined the ruling Democratic Progressive party after failing to convince MCP’s leadership to give up power to the youths.


Speaking earlier this week on the public media following the defection of Blantyre Rural East parliamentarian, Henry Phoya, to MCP, Kayembe described the move as unreasonable arguing that MCP was a dead party.


His colleague, Gwengwe, alleged that the MCP leader, John Tembo cannot be trusted and therefore, Phoya must not think of leading the party.


But speaking to MIJ FM today, MCP’s publicist, Nancy Tembo wondered why the two legislators were still interested in the affairs of MCP. Tembo questioned the rationale behind their statements, and asked the two to leave the party alone asking them to concentrate on the affairs of DPP.


She argued that not all people have the same mindset as theirs about MCP, and it was therefore funny for them to question Phoya’s move to the party. Tembo said MCP is still a bigger party in the country and it was therefore not immune to squabble among its members.

 MCP has of late been experiencing leadership wrangles, with the youthful members pressing on party leader John Tembo to resign from his post paving way for the youngsters.

Recently, the party suspended its secretary general, Chris Daza, who has expressed interest to contest against Tembo at the party’s convention.


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ADMARC depots empty

 

20/01/12

Special Report

MIJ fm uncovers the increasing demand for maize which is slowly becoming scarce in the country’s ADMARC depots.

Government has in recent times been making pronouncements that the staple food is in abundance in its storage facilities, and ironically, ADMARC has gone ahead to increase the prices of the maize.

The question that people have been asking is why would the authorities increase the price of maize, when the commodity is readily available?

MIJ fm’s S'busisiwe Gondwe visited several ADMARC depots where he found women, men and boys wait for days on end, to buy maize, which, ironically, was not in supply, and has compiled this report.

 


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Humanity is an effective way of restoring country's sanity – Dr Bandawe

 

19/01/12

Blantyre

A renowned psychologist has challenged people across the country to bury off their frustrations and consider humanity as an effective way of restoring the country sanity.


This is in reaction to recent spates of aggressive behavior by Malawians in the face of the worsening political and economic challenges rocking the nation.


Last year, anger and frustrations over the current leadership, pulled Malawians into the streets, where twenty people lost their lives.


Just this week, reports of women harassment have been rampant in the country’s major cities.
This follows concerns that women are poorly dressed in trousers and mini-skirts.
There is blame a game on who really is behind the sad incident though vendors are topping the list of suspects.


 But in an interview with MIJ fm, Dr Chiwoza Bandawe, a psychologist at University of Malawi’s College of Medicine, has appealed to Malawians to strive for protection and promotion of rights of others amid various challenges haunting the nation.

Dr. Chiwoza Bandawe explains........

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Electricity Crisis!

…GOVT turns to private sector for solutions

 

19/01/12

Lilongwe

Persistent power-outages have forced the Malawi Government to engage private companies that will be producing extra power to complement that of the Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi-ESCOM.


Natural Resources, Energy and Environment Minister, Goodall Gondwe has confirmed the development in an interview with MIJ FM.


Malawians continue experiencing relentless black-outs despite repeated assurances by authorities that this would soon be history.


Frustrations are also piling with the extension of the load-shedding exercise by ESCOM.


This follows news that the exercise will run up until March contrary to the December last year deadline.


Meanwhile, Airtel Malawi, one of the mobile phone service providers, has disclosed that the on-going fuel crisis and persistent power black-outs have forced it to introduce solar-powered network towers.

MIJ FM’s Sylvester Namiwa explains........


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Thindwa starts trials at Memolodi Sundowns in SA

 

19/01/12

Lilongwe

Epac FC’s and current TNM super league top goal-scorer, Ishmael Thindwa has started his trials with the South African outfit, Mamelodi Sundowns.


Administrator for Epac, Roy Mdechi, has revealed this in an interview with MIJ FM this morning.


Thindwa left the country on Tuesday to try his luck in the rainbow nation. The striker featured in a friendly game against Mpumalanga yesterday. Sundowns won the game by two goals to one.


Mdechi said he talked with Thindwa’s agent who confirmed that the striker performed well and is assured of clinching a deal if he maintains his standard of play.

Roy Mdechi explains........


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GOVT should ban importation of non-essential commodities – Kalua

 

18/01/12

Zomba

Economic experts are calling on government to impose a ban on commercial firms and individuals that import non-essential commodities into the country for trade purposes.

This, they believe, would help government revive Malawi’s forex reserves, which continue crippling the country’s social-economic development.

In an interview with MIJ FM,  a Zomba-based economist, Collen Kalua, said that some commercial firms are wasting a lot of forex on the importation of simple goods.

He cited cereals, snacks and poultry products as some of the goods that can be produced locally.

Kalua thinks this is why forex to import major essential commodities such as fuel and drugs is still in persistent shortages in Malawi.

A recent report by the Petroleum Importers Limited-PIL indicate that the forex shortage enables the country to import only half the needed fuel per month. Malawi needs about 30 million litres of fuel per month.

Collen Kalua explains........

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Police! Stop intimidation – MLS

 

18/01/12

Blantyre

The Malawi Law Society-MLS has condemned the Malawi Police for what it calls intimidation on Malawians trying to exercise their constitutional rights and freedoms.

MLS’s President, John Gift Mwakhwawa, follows the summoning of renowned lawyer, Ralph Kasambara, and seasoned politician, Humphreys Mvula, by the Southern region Police Commissioner Rodney Jose.

The police allege that the two are planning to use the current judicial strike to promote their own agenda.

But Mwakhwawa described the summoning as uncalled for and pure violations of human rights.

John Gift Mwakhwawa explains........


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PAK Foundation students back in class

 

18/01/12

Mulanje

Calm has returned at PAK Foundation in Mulanje where students held demonstrations yesterday.

The students were demonstrating in anger over the failure by the director of the institution, Information Minister, Patricia Kaliati to provide essential learning materials such as text books and laboratory equipment.

The students marched from Chonde, where the school is located, to Nkando in the district where the minister resides.

One of the parents, whose daughter is studying at the school, said the students had been complaining of lack of essential materials for the past year.

He however said the management has not been able to fix the problem.

The parent, who did not want to be named for fear of reprisals, claimed that most of the teachers are not well-qualified to teach at a secondary school.


However, Kaliati argued that the demonstrations were about the shortage of textbooks and that the matter has been resolved.

She blamed the students for not following proper channels to present their grievances, as they rushed to her, instead of directing their concerns to the headmaster of the institution.

Patricia Kaliati explains........


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We are not under pressure – MRA

 

17/01/12

Blantyre

The Malawi Revenue Authority-MRA has refuted claims that the Democratic Progressive Party-DPP-led government is pushing it to implement numerous systems of revenue collection to rescue the highly criticized 2011-2012 Zero Deficit National Budget.


Government is under pressure to consider revising some of the assumptions made before the introduction of the budget.


Opposition political parties, human rights activists and local economists blame the country’s worsening economic misfortunes haunting Malawi on the budget. They argue it has left poor Malawians miserable due to raised and introduced taxes.


This has prompted some quarters to strongly accuse the MRA of exerting pressure on Malawians; a move they allege is engineered by the government. It also comes in the wake of the new taxes extended to landlords.


Reacting to news that it is awarding licenses to several clearing agencies, MRA’s Public Relations and Education Manager, Steven Kapoloma, told MIJ FM that this has nothing to do with the shortfalls facing the Zero-deficit budget.


Steven Kapoloma explains........

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Bingu should admit failure – PPM

 

17/01/12

Lilongwe

Officials of the People’s Progressive Movement-PPM are demanding a public admission of failure by President Bingu Wa Mutharika on the country’s economic crisis instead of pretending that all is well in Malawi.


This is in reaction to President Bingu Wa Mutharika’s repeated claims that he has developed Malawi.


He blames the opposition and human rights activists for deliberately giving a blind eye to developmental projects implemented by the DPP-led government.


However, in an interview with MIJ FM, PPM’s spokesperson, Redson Munlo, said all evidence is clear that government is failing to contain the worsening economic crisis as characterized by the on-going fuel and forex shortages.

Redson Munlo explains........


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Bingu's minibus up in flames

...leaves 3 seriously injured

 

13/01/12

Blantyre

President Bingu Wa Mutharika’s minibus registration number BP 2611 has left two mechanics and a technician with serious burns and are currently admitted at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre.

Blantyre Police Assistant Public Relations Officer, Lameck Yona Thembachako, has confirmed the sad incident with MIJ FM.

The mechanics, Steven Mlenga, 65 and Wineti Kandikole 42, met their fate yesterday.

Bennie Mzungu, a technician aged 36 sustained severe burns at the back and on both hands.

Thembachako said the minibus developed a fault that led into a spark and the three were called to rectify the problem.

This caused the petrol pump to bust and the resultant fire caught the two mechanics.

Mlenga hails from Waliyala Village in the area of Traditional Authority Mlumbe in Zomba while Kandikole comes from Kamonga Village T/A Kaphuka in Dedza.

Mzungu is from Sangala Village T/A Kapichi in Thyolo

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Court fails to hear a case involving five human rights activists

 

13/01/12

Lilongwe

The Lilongwe resident Magistrates Court has today failed to proceed with hearing of a case in which five human rights activists are answering charges of holding an illegal demonstration in Lilongwe last year.

The five, Habiba Osman of the Norwegian Church Aid, Ben Chiza Mkandawire, Billy Mayaya of the Church and Society at the Nkhoma Synod, Brian Nyasulu and Comfort Chitseko were arrested in October last year.

They were picked on allegations that they held a demonstration outside a hotel in which COMESA heads of state and government were meeting.

There are being charged with holding the demonstration which authorities say was illegal, and another of sedition, for carrying placards which claimed that president Bingu wa Mutharika was a dictator.

The five were released on bail in November last year and the case was expected to resume today.

However, the case has failed to proceed, following a sit-in, which is currently being held by the junior staff of the judiciary.

Billy Mayaya, who is the programmes Manager for the Church and society at the Nkhoma Synod has confirmed this to MIJ fm’s Gloria Masanza.

 

Billy Mayaya explains........


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Judicial strike affects justice delivery

 

13/01/12

Special Report

Innocent Mphongolo is analyzing the impact of the on-going strike that is being staged by judiciary’s junior staff across the country.

The sit in has seen all the court across the country closed for a fifth day today.


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UN mediated talks between GOVT and CSO resumes on 16 January 2012

 

12/01/12

Blantyre

United Nations mediated talks between government and civil society organizations over the country’s deteriorating economy, have been shifted to Monday next week.

Chairperson of the Presidential Dialogue and Contact Group-PDCG, Archbishop Dr. Bernard Malango has disclosed this in an interview with MIJ fm.

The talks are being held to address concerns, which were raised by the civil society, during the 20th July, demonstrations.

Some of the concerns include the forex and fuel shortages, the deteriorating human rights standards and the first lady Callista Mutharika’s salary.

This is not the first time the talks have been postponed as concerns continue to grow, over the pace, at which the talks are taking.

Recently, the civil society organizations hinted that if no tangible progress would be made on the dialogue, they would organize themselves and take to the streets in March this year.

According to Malango, the talks have been postponed, because the UN envoy, Richard Dictus is not in the country.

 

Archbishop Dr. Bernard Malango explains........

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Young Politicians against March demonstrations

 

12/01/12

Lilongwe

Representatives of the Young Politicians Union-YPU have spoken against the idea by the civil society to hold another demonstration in March.

YPU is an organisation which comprises of young politicians from various political parties in the country.

Organisations calling for a national-wide demonstration include Council for Non-governmental Organizations in Malawi-CONGOMA, Human Rights Consultative Committee-HRCC, Malawi Human Rights Youth network–MHRYN and the Civil Society Education Coalition- CSEC.
 
The NGOs want the United Nations mediated talks between government and the civil society to be completed by March this year.

However, YPU's Publicity Secretary, Nyazimba Nthala, told MIJ fm, that demonstrations are a setback, to the country's development.

Nthala has therefore asked the Civil Society to be patient, and fully participate in the dialogue.

Nyazimba Nthalaexplains........


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GOVT distribute relief items to people affected by dry spell

 

11/01/12

Lilongwe

Government says the exercise of distributing relief food to over two hundred thousand households who have been affected by a dry spell that has hit some parts of the country is going on smoothly.


The Principal Secretary in the Department of Relief and Disasters Preparedness Jeffrey Kanyinji told MIJ FM in an interview that so far thousands of households from Chikhwawa, Nsanje, Phalombe and other districts have already benefited from the exercise.  


According to Kanyinji, government has 4 thousand metric tonnes surplus maize to be distributed  to the masses  affected by any kind of natural disaster such as, floods, dry spells,  earthquakes among others.


When asked to explain some o f the challenges that exercises might be encountering, the PS said meanwhile the exercise is going on smoothly.

Jeffrey Kanyinji explains........


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Phoya creates fresh divisions in the MCP barely a day after joining the party

 

11/01/12

Blantyre

The announcement by Blantyre Rural East Legislator Henry Phoya that he has joined the Malawi Congress Party – MCP has already started creating fresh divisions in the once mighty party.


MCP’s senior members confided in MIJ FM that Phoya is a threat to some of them as other reports inside the party say that the legislator wants to take over the presidency from veteran politician John Tembo

 

Meanwhile one of the country’s political scientists Dr Augustine Magolowondo says Blantyre Rural East parliamentarian Henry Phoya can face un- uphill task if he decides to compete for presidency in the Malawi Congress Party –MCP.

Magolowondo’s comments come a day after Phoya announced that he has joined the once mighty MCP.


Dr Augustine Magolowondo explains........

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MESN asks GOVT to formulate a policy on 2014 tripartite election

 

11/01/12

Lilongwe

The Malawi Electoral Support Network-MESN has asked government to speed up the process of formulating a policy that would guarantee the holding of a tripartite election in 2014.


The remark follows delays by the Democratic Progressive Party-DPP led government to establishment a piece of legislation to back president Bingu wa Mutharika’s stand to postpone local government elections that were scheduled to take place last year.


Meanwhile, MESN, which previously threatened to drag government to court following the cancellation of the polls, says it is yet to finalize the way forward on the matter.

Steve Duwa explains........


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GOVT distribute relief items to people affected by dry spell

 

11/01/12

Lilongwe

Government says the exercise of distributing relief food to over two hundred thousand households who have been affected by a dry spell that has hit some parts of the country is going on smoothly.


The Principal Secretary in the Department of Relief and Disasters Preparedness Jeffrey Kanyinji told MIJ FM in an interview that so far thousands of households from Chikhwawa, Nsanje, Phalombe and other districts have already benefited from the exercise.  


According to Kanyinji, government has 4 thousand metric tonnes surplus maize to be distributed  to the masses  affected by any kind of natural disaster such as, floods, dry spells,  earthquakes among others.


When asked to explain some o f the challenges that exercises might be encountering, the PS said meanwhile the exercise is going on smoothly.

Jeffrey Kanyinji explains........


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ESCOM forced to uproot power lines on the Mozambican soil

 

10/01/12

Blantyre

The Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi –ESCOM has succumbed to pressure from the Mozambican government’s order by uprooting power lines that were planted on the latter’s soil.

ESCOM’s Public Relations Officer Kitty Chingota confirmed this in an interview with MIJ FM. 

The poles were planted around Thambani area in Mwanza district which borders Malawi and Mozambique.

However Chingota said the exercise has no political influence adding that ESCOM unknowingly installed the Mozambican area during the time the power lines were being planted.

Kitty Chingota explains........


Malawi and Mozambique have not been in good books in the recent past following disagreement on the Shire- Zambezi water way project.


In Nsanje and Mwanza, the Mozambican government ordered Malawian farmers from cultivating across the border.

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Clergy, politicians behind the deaths of 10 people during the July 20 demonstration in the north – Police

 

10/01/12

Mzuzu

Police in Mzuzu have accused the CCAP synod of the Livingstonia and some politicians in the northern region of being behind the deaths of 10 people as well as the riots that were held on 20 July 2011.

Speaking to the Presidential Commission of the Enquiry on the 20 July demonstration, Senior Assistant commissioner of the police in the region Isaac Maluwa mentioned Rev. Mezuwa Banda, Harry Mkandawire of Peoples Party-PP, Loveness Gondwe of NARC party and Enock Chihana of the Alliance For Democracy- AFORD that they commanded the gathering to start demonstrating though they were told that there was a court injunction.

Senior Assistant Commissioner Maluwa told the commissioners that the police and the Mzuzu city assembly discussed well with the civil society groups on how to handle the demonstrations without lives being lost.

Maluwa said the civil society groups were very cooperative and that is why Moses Mkandawire told the gathering to wait for their discussions with the city assembly and the police, after realizing of a court injunction restraining them to go further with the demonstrations.

Maluwa however said the police were surprised to see Mkandawire high -jacking the responsibilities of the organizers by commanding people to start demonstrating after a prayer by Rev. Mezuwa Banda and that forced the police to interrupt the demonstrations  which was aiming to petition to City council because it was against the law.

He then admitted that CCAP synod of Livingstonia clergies were responsible for the deaths and riots in Mzuzu.


Meanwhile, The presidential Commission of enquiry into the 20th July 2011 anti-government demonstrations has asked people in the northern region to fully patronize its offices in the region in order to give evidence on events surrounding the protests.


Speaking in an interview with MIJ FM, deputy chairperson of the commission, Apostle Timothy khoviwa said so far the exercise has started on a high note, adding that so far, the response from the general public is satisfactory.

Apostle Khoviwa explains........


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Judiciary support staff on strike

 

9/01/12

Blantyre/ Lilongwe

The Judiciary support members of staff are currently staging a national-wide strike in an effort to force government to implement their improved conditions of service approved by parliament in 2006.


In Blantyre, the striking employees have converging at the High court offices at Chichiri.


According to the spokesperson of the striking employees Austin Kamanga the employees are going to be holding the strike until authorities review their salaries.

Austin Kamanga explains........


And in the capital Lilongwe the employees are also staging their sit in at the high court premises.

Anthony Masamba explains

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Bingu and Sata meet in South Africa

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From left: Hon Patricia Kaliati, President Bingu and President Sata Pic: Courtesy of Zambia Post online

9/01/12

 

Zambia’s President Michael Sata and his Malawian counterpart Bingu wa Mutharika hugged and had a friendly chat during their first meeting since the former's deportation from Lilongwe in 2007.


This happened at South Africa's governing African National Congress-ANC 100th anniversary eve dinner hosted in honour of foreign dignitaries, on Saturday night.


According to Zambia’s Post online, as President Mutharika, who arrived late for the dinner, walked past where the Zambian head of state sat at the VIP table, President Sata stood up and the duo - previously regarded as enemies - hugged, exchanged "kind words" and laughed.


After they hugged, President Sata asked Mutharika that "kumudzi kuli bwanji? and the Malawian leader responded: "kuli bwino. Nanga mubwela liti?


In his response, President Sata told Mutharika that "tizamu uzani, meaning we will tell you."


President Mutharika's government unceremoniously deported President Sata, when he was opposition leader from Malawi in 2007.


President Sata has since forgiven President Mutharika.

 

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CAMA warns GOVT on devaluation

 

6/01/12

Blantyre

Consumer’s rights body has urged government to tread carefully when disseminating information centering on the further devaluation of the Malawi Kwacha.


The advice by the Consumers Association of Malawi – CAMA comes at a time when consumers are failing to buy some products on the market due to exorbitant price hikes being fixed by sellers. 


CAMA’s Executive Director John Kapito told MIJ FM that government’s failure to inspect manufactures has contributed to increasing trends of hiding stocks in warehouses awaiting for the further devaluation of the kwacha announcement.

Kapito also stressed those issues to do with the devaluation of the country’s currency have put consumers in an awkward position.

John Kapito explains........


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Judiciary support staff on strike

 

9/01/12

Blantyre/ Lilongwe

The Judiciary support members of staff are currently staging a national-wide strike in an effort to force government to implement their improved conditions of service approved by parliament in 2006.


In Blantyre, the striking employees have converging at the High court offices at Chichiri.


According to the spokesperson of the striking employees Austin Kamanga the employees are going to be holding the strike until authorities review their salaries.

Austin Kamanga explains........


And in the capital Lilongwe the employees are also staging their sit in at the high court premises.

Anthony Masamba explains

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MHRYN for government of national unity

9/01/12

Blantyre

The Malawi Human Rights Youth network – MHRYN has asked government to swallow its pride and opt for the government of national unity or either call for a referendum alleging it has failed to man the country.


The organisation’s national Coordinator Weston Msowoya told MIJ FM that his firm has thrown its weight in support of the proposed national wide demonstrations slated for March if government fails to address the current socio-economic challenges.


Msowoya has also challenged government to put in place channels that young people should use in order to be heard by relevant authorities.


Weston Msowoya explains........

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15 MP's make a U-turn on quitting DPP

6/01/12

Blantyre

Ruling Democratic Progressive Party-DPP members of parliament have distanced themselves from media reports that they were threatening to quit from the party.


Members of a grouping of 15 parliamentarians earlier told this radio, that they are planning to defect from the party due to undemocratic tendencies that have rocked the party.


The parliamentarians who are mainly from the southern region, have been holding secret meetings and this evening were scheduled to make an official position of the matter.


However, a spokesperson for the grouping who refused to be named, told MIJ fm that their meeting was not premised on their intention to quit DPP, but rather finding ways of addressing challenges that their constituents are facing.


 

Spokesperson for the grouping explains........

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CAMA warns GOVT on devaluation

 

6/01/12

Blantyre

Consumer’s rights body has urged government to tread carefully when disseminating information centering on the further devaluation of the Malawi Kwacha.


The advice by the Consumers Association of Malawi – CAMA comes at a time when consumers are failing to buy some products on the market due to exorbitant price hikes being fixed by sellers. 


CAMA’s Executive Director John Kapito told MIJ FM that government’s failure to inspect manufactures has contributed to increasing trends of hiding stocks in warehouses awaiting for the further devaluation of the kwacha announcement.

Kapito also stressed those issues to do with the devaluation of the country’s currency have put consumers in an awkward position.

John Kapito explains........


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Vendors back in LL streets

 

6/01/12

Lilongwe

Vendors are back in the streets along the Kamuzu procession road in the capital Lilongwe, regardless of a fracas that ensued between riot police and vendors, leaving several people injured and some shops looted over the disagreements of the locality of the traders yesterday.

Sylvester Namiwa explains........

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Inter-denominational prayers shunned

6/01/12

Blantyre

Government officials, key opposition figures and members of the Civil Society Organizations have shunned the Inter-denominational prayers which are currently underway at COMESA Hall in Blantyre.


The prayers have been convened by the Malawi Council of Churches – MCC following economic, governance problems and erratic rainfall in Malawi.


However, MIJ FM’s visit at the prayers venue has discovered that the event has been poorly patronized.


According to MCC ‘s chairperson Reverend Osborne Jodah Mbewe, their group extended invitations to President Bingu wa Mutharika, Vice  president Joyce Banda, Former President Bakili Muluzi  and leader  of Opposition John Tembo.

The prayers are being held under the theme ‘Thank You Lord for taking us this far’.
 

Sibusiswe Gondwe explains........

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Vendors clash with police over street vending

5/01/12

Lilongwe

Running battles between vendors and the police has ensured in Lilongwe.

The vendors are angry that they are being removed from the streets, insisting they have clearance from government authorities, to ply their trade along the streets.

However, the police also maintain the vendors should trade within the designated flea markets, which were constructed for that purpose.

It is being reported, that the Malawi Army has been deployed to assist the police to calm the situation.

Our reporters in the Capital say the angry vendors, who have been trading their wares, along the Malangalanga and Kamuzu Procession Roads, are smashing shops and vehicles.

MIJ fm’s Sylvester Namiwa explains........

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MACRA to evaluate applications for new broadcasting licences

 

4/01/12

Blantyre

Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority-MACRA has embarked on a process to review applications, for new broadcasting licences.

This has been confirmed by MACRA’s Communications Manager, Zadziko Mankhambo.

The process is a continuation from the last exercise, through which four radio and four television licenses were awarded last year.

According to Mankhambo, the process of awarding licenses is done in phases, as such another set of applicants will be awarded with broadcasting licenses, sometime this year.

However, Mankhambo could not explain how soon new applicants will know of their fate, saying the evaluation process is timeless.

 

Zadziko Mankhambo explains........


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15 parliamentarians resign from the ruling DPP

 

5/01/12

Lilongwe

Reports reaching MIJ fm are indicating that 15 members of parliament from the ruling Democratic Progressive Party- DPP have resigned from the party.

According to one of the Parliamentarians, the fifteen are expected to finalize their discussions on their plans, tomorrow.

The parliamentarian, who asked not to be identified as yet, claimed the DPP, lacks democracy and does not tolerate dissenting views.
 

The voice of a parliamentarian for the ruling DPP

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Economist advises government to prioritize the Green Belt Initiative

3/03/12

Mzuzu

Agriculture and economic experts have advised government to seriously start implementing the Green Belt Initiative, so as to revive the agriculture sector, which is slowly losing popularity.

The sector continues to face challenges mainly due to erratic rains, which are threatening the future of the country’s economy, which is agro-based.

Government introduced the initiative to supplement rain-fed agriculture, doe to the unreliability of rains.

However, despite government allocating money to the initiative, little has taken place in the scheme.

Speaking to MIJ fm, one of the country’s renowned agricultural experts, Harrison Kalua said government should start learning from countries, like Egypt and China, which are successfully implementing the initiative.

According to Kalua, there is need for serious commitment from the top management, to enable farmers along the lake Shore and Lower Shire to participate.
 

Harrison Kalua explains........

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MACRA to evaluate applications for new broadcasting licences

 

4/02/12

Blantyre

Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority-MACRA has embarked on a process to review applications, for new broadcasting licences.

This has been confirmed by MACRA’s Communications Manager, Zadziko Mankhambo.

The process is a continuation from the last exercise, through which four radio and four television licenses were awarded last year.

According to Mankhambo, the process of awarding licenses is done in phases, as such another set of applicants will be awarded with broadcasting licenses, sometime this year.

However, Mankhambo could not explain how soon new applicants will know of their fate, saying the evaluation process is timeless.

 

Zadziko Mankhambo explains........


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Challenges affecting the fight against child trafficking

 

3/01/12

Special Report

MIJ FM’s Innocent Mphongolo highlights challenges that have emerged, in the fight against child trafficking, due to lack of a proper piece of legislation.

 

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Economist advises government to prioritize the Green Belt Initiative

3/03/12

Mzuzu

Agriculture and economic experts have advised government to seriously start implementing the Green Belt Initiative, so as to revive the agriculture sector, which is slowly losing popularity.

The sector continues to face challenges mainly due to erratic rains, which are threatening the future of the country’s economy, which is agro-based.

Government introduced the initiative to supplement rain-fed agriculture, doe to the unreliability of rains.

However, despite government allocating money to the initiative, little has taken place in the scheme.

Speaking to MIJ fm, one of the country’s renowned agricultural experts, Harrison Kalua said government should start learning from countries, like Egypt and China, which are successfully implementing the initiative.

According to Kalua, there is need for serious commitment from the top management, to enable farmers along the lake Shore and Lower Shire to participate.
 

Harrison Kalua explains........

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Dialogue between NGO's and GOVT is a non-starter – Hajat

 

3/02/12

Blantyre

Civil rights activists have argued that the current dialogue between non-governmental organisations and government is a non-starter as it will take a lot of time to bail Malawians out of the economic hardships they are facing.

The remarks from Rafiq Hajat, executive director of the Institute for Policy Interaction-IPI comes when other members of the civil society are also complaining of the pace at which the dialogue is progressing.

The two sides have been holding talks to find lasting solutions to the country’s economic, political and human rights challenges.

The UN mediated dialogue was initiated by president Bingu wa Mutharika after the civil society planned to hold a vigil on 21st September last year, to force government to act swiftly on the problems.

However four months down the line, only three issues have been addressed, out of 20-points, which were listed in a petition presented to government by the civil society during the 20th July demonstration.

Some of the major areas that are yet to be addressed are the critical shortages of fuel and forex and essential drugs in the country’s hospitals.

But in an interview with MIJ fm, Hajat says Malawians need swift interventions, to end their miseries, as opposed to sticking to dialogue, that has no time frame.

 

Rafiq Hajat explains........


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GOVT should not ignore advice – Tembo

27/12/11

Lilongwe

The country’s opposition political parties have indicated that Malawi will continue sailing through unbearable social-political and economic challenges in the coming year unless the country’s leadership starts appreciating the role of constructive criticism.


Spokesperson for the main opposition Malawi Congress Party-MCP, Nancy Tembo made the observation in an interview with MIJ FM.


Tembo thinks President Bingu Wa Mutharika and his Democratic Progressive Party-DPP leadership portrayed arrogance and intolerance to positive criticism in 2011.


This, according MCP, gave a platform to the ruling party to implement unpopular policies most of which have contributed to the current economic crisis.


Tembo believes the current problems are a result of government’s choice to ignore words of wisdom from various sections of the society.

Nancy Tembo explains........

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Bingu installs Senior Chief Tsabango

 

27/12/11

Lilongwe

President Bingu Wa Mutharika presides over the installation of Senior Chief Tsabango in Lilongwe.


His installation brings to nine, number of senior chiefs, in the central region. At present, there are 17 senior chiefs in the southern and northern regions respectively.

This is coming barely a day after some traditional leaders complained that politicians tend to abuse them.

They claim some of their decisions are influenced by those in political positions


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Foreigners obtaining Malawi's passport

 

16/12/11

Special Report

MIJ FM's Deus Sandram exposes how Malawians struggle to obtain Passports at the department of Immigration offices when foreigners can easily obtain them sometimes, with the help of immigration officials.

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Members should adhere to their parties constitutions – Dr Hussein

23/12/11

Zomba

One of the country’s political analysts has appealed to political parties in the country to uphold the rule of law and allow democracy to settle in their groupings.

The views expressed by Dr Mustapha Hussein, a political science and administrative studies lecturer at the Chancellor College in Zomba.

His remarks come at a time when most of the country’s political parties are facing leadership wrangles, stemming from the failure to hold convention to legitimize their positions.

The Malawi Congress Party-MCP has since last year been facing a rebellion from within its ranks and file, over John Tembo’s presidency, with some of the members calling for his removal.

The former ruling United Democratic Front-UDF has also had its share of the problems since the party’s former chairman Dr Bakili Muluzi announced his exit from active politics.

The party has been embroiled in leadership squabbles, as some of the party’s top members are not happy with if some of them are their leaders.

This according to some analysts is not a healthy for democracy to flourish in political parties and the country as a whole.

According to Dr Hussein, the failure by party members to adhere to their own constitutions is the major cause of all the problems that have arisen in political groupings.

Dr Mustapha Hussein explains........

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UN mediated dialogue, to continue the second week of January

 

23/12/11

Lilongwe

Representative of the Civil Society organisation in the UN-mediated dialogue have revealed that they will meet government officials, in the second week of January, after holding a consultative meetings, other members of the non-governmental organizations.

Chairperson of council of non organisations of Malawi- CONGOM, Voice Mhone told MIJ FM, that they are trying to expedite the process, because they believe the dialogues, is moving at a slow pace.

He said meanwhile, the representatives are doing some consultative meetings within the civil society fraternity.

Voice Mhone explains........


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Former Veep spits fire on Muluzi

15/12/11

Lilongwe

Former president Cassim Chilumpha has hit at Machinga North East parliamentarian Atupele Muluzi, over his decision to contest for the party’s presidency in the United Democratic Front-UDF.

Muluzi announced two months ago, that he intends to contest for the party’s blessings to represent it in the 2014 general elections.

His announcement has sparked debate, both within and outside the UDF, as others claim that the decision is not in line, with the party’s constitution, which provides that the party’s presidential candidate, shall be voted for, a year before the general elections.

But in an interview with MIJ fm, Cassim Chilumpha, who is a founding member of the UDF, said time is not yet ripe for people in the party to start declaring their presidential aspirations, as the party needs to re-build its image first.

In a thinly veiling accusation to Muluzi, Dr Chilumpha said Malawians cannot be talking about presidency at this time, when the UDF is going through various internal wrangles.

 

Dr Cassim Chilumpha explains........

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GOVT advised to assist private Nursing training colleges

 

16/12/11

Lilongwe

Health activists have sent a strong appeal to government, to assist nursing training colleges that are struggling to operate, due to financial limitations.

The appeal comes from activist Dorothy Ngoma, Executive Director of the National Organization of Nurses and Midwives-NONM.

The Nurses and Midwives Council of Malawi-NMCM, mandated to accredit all nursing and midwifery colleges in the country, has released names of colleges, that have been accredited.

However, only twelve have been listed, while others colleges have not made it on the list of accredited colleges, having not met the criteria and standards set by the Nurses Council.

But according to Ngoma, the institutions that have not been accredited, may be struggling financially.

Ngoma said government should come in, to assist such institutions, that are failing to meet the set standards, because they are helping government to take care of its people.

 

Dorothy Ngoma explains........


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Former Veep returns to the UDF bench

15/12/11

Lilongwe

Former vice president Cassim Chilumpha has written to the Speaker of the National Assembly, informing him of his decision, to return to the former ruling United Democratic Front-UDF party.

According to the letter, which has been signed by Dr Chilumpha, dated 14th November, 2011, the former Veep, says from now onwards, he will be representing Nkhota-kota South constituency, as a member of the UDF.

Chilumpha won the seat as an independent candidate, having lost the party’s primaries to Fahad Assani, who represented the UDF, in the 2009 general elections.

He has however been taking part in activities in the UDF, including the rebuilding exercise, which the party is currently undertaking

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Irish Aid, Bunda, sign MOU on Nutrition training

 

15/12/11

Blantyre

The Irish government, through the Irish Aid has signed a memorandum of understanding-MOU with Bunda College of Agriculture that will see the government providing technical support for special training on nutrition to the students at the college.

The signing ceremony, which also included the department of HIV and Nutrition in the Office of the President and Cabinet-OPC, took place in Lilongwe this morning.

In the project, the college, the OPC and the Irish government, will work together, to provide special training on nutrition to the students and other sections of society.

MIJ fm’s Moses Mpukunya explains........


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Citizens should play a major role in decentralization program - Mussa

 

15/12/11

Lilongwe

Government have stressed the need for citizens to take a major role in the implementation of development initiatives at local government level.

The remarks have been made by minister of local government and rural development Henry Mussa.

His comments come at a time when, government is implementing the decentralization program, which among other areas, gives citizens a greater role to play in the development of their areas, through their local assemblies.

In the program, assemblies are managed by councilors, who consult with their people, on the type of developments, to be initiated in their respective wards.

However, efforts to promote the decentralization program are being hampered by the lack of councilors, since the expiry of the tenure of the last set of councilors in 2005.

Speaking to MIJ fm, Mussa said despite the absence of councilors, district councilors have to take a leading role in liaising with local people on development and other areas.

According to Mussa, despite the absence of councilors, district commissioners and chief executive officers in town councils should strive to clear mistrust between them and their people, by involving them in financial accountability.

 

Henry Mussa explains........

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Bunda students still boycotting classes

14/12/11

Lilongwe

Bunda College of Agriculture students are still boycotting classes despite being sued for going on rampage last Friday.


The students are pushing for the immediate disbursement of their book allowances. They accuse education authorities of politicizing the whole process allegedly taking advantage of their patience.


In their thinking, the Malawi Savings Bank-MSB, assigned to carry out the process, has failed them and government should consider involving another bank.


But local authorities have repeatedly told the students to remain calm as the bank is developing data base on the number of the loan beneficiaries.


Sources within the college have confided in this radio that they are still holding the vigil and would only resume classes after their petition presented to government is addressed.


The college’s Students Union, Fraction Phwitiko, could not be reached on his mobile number to confirm the latest development

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A new Miss Malawi to be crowned on December 23

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National Lottery Group CEO Allen Cheng with the current Miss Malawi Faith Chibale

13/12/11

Blantyre

17 girls will battle out for this year’s Miss Malawi whose ultimate winner will represent the country at the Miss World Beauty contest.


Organizers of Miss Malawi beauty pageant unveiled the 17 girls at a colorful ceremony held by the main sponsor of the event the National Lottery Group.


A new Miss Malawi will be crowned on December 23 at a glamorous event scheduled for Lilongwe’s Cresta Hotel. The new beauty queen will replace reigning miss Malawi Faith Chibale.


Speaking in an interview with MIJ fm creative Director for the Miss Malawi Organizing Committee, Tadala Chakhaza said the event has been given a big boost following a gesture by the National Lottery Group and other corporate organizations that have shown interest to sponsor the event.


Tadala Chakhaza explains........


During the event, National Lottery Group chief executive Officer Allen Cheng announced his firm will work with the current Miss Malawi Faith Chibale as its Brand ambassador.

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RBM in final stages of securing 200 million US Dollars from Islamic Bank of India to bail out Malawi from the fuel crisis

 

14/12/11

Lilongwe

The Reserve Bank of Malawi-RBM says it is yet to receive a loan it was authorized by parliament to borrow from the Islamic Bank of India and PTA bank.


The 200 million US dollars loan was intended to be used in normalizing the current fuel scarcity situation.


But RBM Spokesperson Ralph Tseka told MIJ fm that the central bank is yet to access the money.

Ralph Tseka explains........


Meanwhile, government has revealed that the construction of the long awaited fuel reserves will commence next year.


Minister of Natural Resources, Energy and Environment Goodal Gondwe explains........

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ICC reports Malawi to the United Nations Security Council for failing to arrest Al-Bashir

13/12/11

Lilongwe

The International Criminal Court-ICC has reported Malawi to both the United Nations Security Council and Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute, over its failure, to arrest and hand-over Sudanese President, Omar Al-Bashir to the court.

The resolution was made yesterday, at a meeting of judges, that found Malawi at fault, for failing to co-operate with the court's request, to arrest Bashir, when he visited the country in October this year.

In its response, the Malawi Government argued it could not arrest the Sudanese President, since it’s not a signatory to the ICC.

MIJ fm's Christopher Nhlane explains........

Meanwhile member states of the International Criminal Court-ICC have elected Fatou Bensouda of Gambia, as its next chief prosecutor, in part, to counter perceptions in Africa, that it unfairly targets the continent.

Bensouda, 50, will succeed the high-profile, Luis Moreno-Ocampo of Argentina, whose term of office, expires next June. She is currently his deputy.

Bensouda was elected without a vote, at a meeting, in the United Nations of the 120-nation Assembly of States Parties to the ICC, which is based at The Hague in the Netherlands. She will serve a nine-year term starting June 16.

Bensouda was named deputy prosecutor of the ICC in 2004, and previously worked as a legal adviser, and trial attorney, at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, in Arusha, Tanzania.

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GOVT is formulating a policy to reduce people’s vulnerability to natural disasters

13/12/11

Lilongwe

Malawi government is yet to set up a national disaster management policy, years after the idea was introduced, to reduce people’s vulnerability, to risks of natural disasters.

A few years ago, government expressed commitment to implement the policy, in order to mitigate the impact of natural tragedies, such as floods, which often occur in the rainy season, in the Lower Shire districts of Chikhwawa and Nsanje, and other low lying areas.

Besides that, government has appealed to Malawians living in such areas, to relocate to upper lands, to avert problems that come with floods.

However, some sections of society have accused the authorities, of taking a soft stand on the matter, adding that lack of a strict disaster management policy, is encouraging the people to continue living in flood-prone areas.

Reacting to the concerns, Acting Commissioner of disaster Preparedness in the Department of Disaster Management Affairs, James Chiusiwa said authorities are still soliciting views, on how best to implement the policy.

James Chiusiwa explains........


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Did parliament sitting met ordinary people's expectations?

 

12/12/11

Special Report

MIJ FM’s Sylvester Namiwa takes stalk of what transpired during the just ended sitting of parliament.

The report analyses whether or not the people’s expectations were met during the sitting.

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NO price increase on fuel – GOVT

12/12/11

Lilongwe

By Innocent Mphongolo

Authorities have dismissed fears that they are planning to increase prices of fuel.

Rumors have been rife since last week, that government was planning to effect another increase, in the pump prices of fuel, the second time in almost one month.

Motorists over the week had to endure four to five kilometer-long queues, to access fuel, which is currently in short supply.

Commuters have also had their fair share of the crisis, as they have to cough more to pay for bus fares, as minibus fares have gone up since fuel prices were hike three weeks ago.

However, in an interview with MIJ fm, Minister of Natural resources, Energy and the Environment, Goodall Gondwe, parried away the rumours, saying government has no intention to hike the fuel prices any time soon.

 

Dr Goodall Gondwe explains........

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Bunda Students to meet GOVT over unpaid book allowances

12/12/11

Lilongwe

By Jonna Pankuku

Bunda College of Agriculture students are this afternoon scheduled to meet government, over issues surrounding their unpaid book allowances.

President of the students’ union, Fraction Phwitiko, has confirmed the development in an interview with MIJ FM.

The students are blaming the Malawi Savings Bank-MSB, for failing to start disbursing loans to them.

They want government to consider changing the bank, claiming it has failed to honour the deal it signed.

Phwitiko hopes the meeting will bear fruits, so that normal classes, resume at the college.

Meanwhile, the frustrated students have closed Mitundu Road in Lilongwe as their vigil continues

Fraction Phwitiko explains........


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Did parliament sitting met ordinary people's expectations?

 

12/12/11

Special Report

MIJ FM’s Sylvester Namiwa takes stalk of what transpired during the just ended sitting of parliament.

The report analyses whether or not the people’s expectations were met during the sitting.

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Parliament rises today after meeting for a month

9/12/11

Lilongwe

Parliament rises this afternoon after conducting its business for a month. 

A number of issues including ministerial statements centering on various issues rocking the country have been discussed during the proceedings.


Currently legislators are summing up some business which was left aside in the past four weeks.

MIJ FM’s Moses Mpukunya explains........

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Dry spell will not affect the country’s food production - GOVT

9/12/11

Lilongwe

The Ministry of Agriculture and food security has strongly dispelled fears that the current dry spell being experienced in some parts of the southern region will have an adverse impact on the country’s food production next year.

The statement comes barely a few days after the Meteorological Department also announcement that normal rains should be expected in the southern parts of the country in the next nine days.

Some districts in the southern region like Blantyre, Chikhwawa, Balaka and Zomba are yet to experience reliable rains although many farmers in these areas have already planted their maize seeds for the 2011/2012 growing season.

The prolonged dry spell has since put many farmers in the region under intense pressure amidst reports that some crops have started withering.

Speaking in an interview with MIJ FM, Controller of Agriculture Extension and Technical Services in the ministry of agriculture and food security, Wilfred Lipita dismissed the fears, arguing that the current situation poses no serious threat on this year’s agricultural output.

Wilfred Lipita explains........


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47 villages in Chikhwawa District on hunger risk

 

9/12/11

Special Report

MIJ fm is bringing to light, a sad tale of how forty-seven hunger-stricken villages in Chikhwawa District, are risking their lives, by eating poisonous wild fruits to survive in the so-called food-sufficient Malawi.

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High Court in Lilongwe grants Kalinde an injunction

7/12/11

Lilongwe

Speaker of the National Assembly Henry Chimunthu Banda is on record to have fuelled a chaotic mood this morning when he sent out of the chamber Member of Parliament for Thyolo North, Anita Kalinde, arguing that he is yet to receive communication on the stay order from the Lilongwe High court regarding her 30 day sitting suspension.

The development comes barely a day after the Lilongwe High Court overruled a parliamentary 30-day suspension verdict on Kalinde.

However, opposition parliamentarians in the house expressed displeasure on how the speaker handled the issue, arguing that he was in contempt of court.

MIJ FM’s Nellie kanyemba explains........


Gender activists have described as pathetic the conduct of some Democratic Progressive Party-DPP female legislators on Thyolo North parliamentarian Annita Kalinde’s issue.

During a division vote, the majority of these legislators supported Kalinde’s suspension.

But Executive Director for Women’s Lobby, Faustace Chirwa, said this contradicts the much-talked-about women in decision making positions.


Faustace Chirwa explains........

Kalinde is believed to have manhandled the minister of Home affairs and internal security Aaron Sangala following a remark he had made in the house two weeks ago, about her late husband.

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DPP Hands off!

7/12/11

Lilongwe

Leaders of the civil society organizations have advised the ruling Democratic Progressive Party-DPP to absolutely stop interfering in the farm input subsidy programme.

This is in reaction to a revelation by the DPP’s secretary general, Wakuda Kamanga that the party intends to give coupons to about seventy traditional leaders.

Executive Director for Malawi Watch, Billy Banda, has accused the DPP of meddling into the affairs of government.

Banda has since advised the DPP to take off its hands on works designed for the Ministry of Agriculture.

Billy Banda explains........


However, Kamanga sees no problem in the move arguing DPP is driving the government machinery.

Wakuda Kamanga explains........


This year’s programme is marred by reported cases of corrupt acts especially by chiefs.


Over the past months, Malawians have also attributed the mess in the distribution of the subsidized farm inputs to involving of DPP officials.

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Was it neccessary to integrate disability ministry into the gender and women development ministry?

 

5/12/11

Special Report

MIJ fm analyses the impact of the absence of a ministry, responsible for people living with disabilities.

The ministry was integrated into the gender and women development ministry, during the recent reshuffle of cabinet.

The development came at a time, when the ministry was expected to table the disability bill, to improve the wellbeing of people living with disabilities in the country.

In our special report, MIJ FM’s Grace Kantchentche investigates the challenges that people with disabilities are going through, in the absence of a line ministry

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High Court in Lilongwe grants Kalinde an injunction

7/12/11

Lilongwe

The High Court in Lilongwe has granted the Thyolo North parliamentarian Anita Kalinde an injunction restraining parliament to go ahead with its decision of suspending her for 30 sitting days.

Kalinde’s lawyer Wapona Kita told MIJ FM that the court through Judge Ivy Nkamanga has granted the legislator’s leave for judicial review as well as a stay of the decision made by parliament yesterday. 

Parliament suspended, for thirty sitting days, Kalinde, on allegations that she assaulted minister of defense Aaron Sangala.

The suspension followed a heated debate that ensued in the house as members from both the government and opposition side could not agree on the way forward in handling the matter.

Kalinde is believed to have manhandled the minister following a remark he had made in the house two weeks ago, about her late husband.


Wapona Kita explains........


Earlier government expressed satisfaction by the punishment slapped at Kalinde.
 
Leader of the House, Dr George Chaponda, could not hide his excitement in an interview with MIJ FM after Kalinde’s suspension for thirty sitting days of parliament.

Chaponda argued Kalinde deserved the punishment claiming she was in the wrong for acting contrary to the way legislator needs to.

Dr George Chaponda explains........

Former speaker of parliament Sam Mpasu has described the punishment given to Kalinde as extreme.


Mpasu said the current speaker Henry Chimunthu Banda goofed by allowing the whole house to deliberate the issue.

Sam Mpasu explains........

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DPP Hands off!

7/12/11

Lilongwe

Leaders of the civil society organizations have advised the ruling Democratic Progressive Party-DPP to absolutely stop interfering in the farm input subsidy programme.

This is in reaction to a revelation by the DPP’s secretary general, Wakuda Kamanga that the party intends to give coupons to about seventy traditional leaders.

Executive Director for Malawi Watch, Billy Banda, has accused the DPP of meddling into the affairs of government.

Banda has since advised the DPP to take off its hands on works designed for the Ministry of Agriculture.

Billy Banda explains........


However, Kamanga sees no problem in the move arguing DPP is driving the government machinery.

Wakuda Kamanga explains........


This year’s programme is marred by reported cases of corrupt acts especially by chiefs.


Over the past months, Malawians have also attributed the mess in the distribution of the subsidized farm inputs to involving of DPP officials.

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Was it neccessary to integrate disability ministry into the gender and women development ministry?

 

5/12/11

Special Report

MIJ fm analyses the impact of the absence of a ministry, responsible for people living with disabilities.

The ministry was integrated into the gender and women development ministry, during the recent reshuffle of cabinet.

The development came at a time, when the ministry was expected to table the disability bill, to improve the wellbeing of people living with disabilities in the country.

In our special report, MIJ FM’s Grace Kantchentche investigates the challenges that people with disabilities are going through, in the absence of a line ministry

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Parliament to debate on Kalinde, Sangala scuffle

6/12/11

Lilongwe

Parliament has shifted to this afternoon the debate regarding the issue of Thyolo North legislator, Anita Kalinde and Defense Minister, Aaron Sangala, who had a scuffle a week ago  to.
 
During the proceedings this morning opposition parliamentarians rebuffed government’s decision to allow the house debates the issue.

Leader of the house George Chaponda moved the motion to have the issue debated at plenary.

However, the opposition protested against the decision asking the speaker of the house Henry Chimunthu Banda to go into division.

The commotion between the two ensued Thursday last week when the minister alleged that Kalinde’s late husband, Marshal the Dukes, was engaged in body parts business.

Angered by the remarks, the legislator manhandled the minister in full view of the house and some people that had come to witness the deliberations.

Anthony Masamba explains........

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Political commentators warn of hard times for the ruling DPP

6/12/11

Mzuzu

Political commentators have warned the ruling Democratic Progressive Party- DPP to brace for more difficult times ahead as its parliamentarians continue defecting from its ranks and files.

The development follows the recent announcement by a Zomba – Nsondole constituency parliamentarian Jennifer Chilunga who has defected to Joyce Banda’s Peoples Party – PP.

Speaking in an interview with MIJ FM, Noel Mbowela, a political science lecturer at the Mzuzu University said the defection signifies that all is not well in the DPP.
 
Chilunga is a third female legislator to leave the DPP after Anita Kalinde and Grace Maseko of Thyolo North and Zomba Changalume respectively.

Noel Mbowela explains........


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Was it neccessary to integrate disability ministry into the gender and women development ministry?

 

5/12/11

Special Report

MIJ fm analyses the impact of the absence of a ministry, responsible for people living with disabilities.

The ministry was integrated into the gender and women development ministry, during the recent reshuffle of cabinet.

The development came at a time, when the ministry was expected to table the disability bill, to improve the wellbeing of people living with disabilities in the country.

In our special report, MIJ FM’s Grace Kantchentche investigates the challenges that people with disabilities are going through, in the absence of a line ministry

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Bureaucracy by government departments delays the Occupy Parliament Movement’s vigil

5/12/11

Lilongwe

The clerk of parliament has refused the Forum for the Defence of Democracy- FDD permission to hold the Occupy Parliament Movement’s vigil outside the parliament building.

Spokesperson for the grouping Ben Chiza Mkandawire, however, told MIJ FM soon after their meeting with the clerk of parliament Matilda Katopola that the vigil can  take place since  the speaker of the National Assembly Henry Chimunthu Banda has stamped their letters of  notification.


Ben Chiza Mkandawire explains........

Earlier, Civil rights groups in the country warned the Malawi Government to tread carefully on how it handles the Occupy Parliament Movement’s vigil which was set to commence this morning in the capital, Lilongwe.

The movement seeks to pressurize government to provide lasting solutions to numerous political, social and economic challenges facing Malawi.

Presently, Malawi is going through hard economic times characterized by persistent power outages, forex and fuel crisis, drug shortages in public hospitals.

Economists believe the situation is worsened by the country’s poor relations with donors and development partners.

The vigil also intends to convey a message to members of parliament to beginning working for and not against people who ushered them into power.


The vigil was scheduled to happen from today until Friday when they would make a presentation to Speaker of the National Assembly.

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Kalinde, Sangala hearing continues today

5/12/11

Lilongwe

Parliament is this afternoon expected to resume hearing an assault case, involving Defence Minister Aaron Sangala and Thyolo North Member of Parliament, Anita Kalinde.

The business committee of the house last Thursday failed to reach a consensus on the matter.

The two, who picked a quarrel, over remarks the minister had made about Kalinde’s former husband, appeared before the committee for discussions.

Sangala is on record as having told the house, that Kalinde’s husband, late Marshal the Dukes, was involved in the sale of human body parts.


The allegation angered the parliamentarian, who manhandled the minister. During the previous meeting, the business committee had failed to come up with a verdict on the matter.

In turn, speaker of parliament, Henry Chimunthu Banda, left the matter to the house to decide the way forward, during which it was agreed, that an ad hoc committee be established to look into the matter.

But Malawi Congress Party-MCP and the United Democratic Front-UDF protested to having five ruling Democratic Progressive Party-DPP members and three from the opposition in the committee.

Henry Phoya, a lawyer and legislator argued the Speaker had the jurisdiction to rule on the incident.


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Was it neccessary to integrate disability ministry into the gender and women development ministry?

 

5/12/11

Special Report

MIJ fm analyses the impact of the absence of a ministry, responsible for people living with disabilities.

The ministry was integrated into the gender and women development ministry, during the recent reshuffle of cabinet.

The development came at a time, when the ministry was expected to table the disability bill, to improve the wellbeing of people living with disabilities in the country.

In our special report, MIJ FM’s Grace Kantchentche investigates the challenges that people with disabilities are going through, in the absence of a line ministry

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‘Spy Machine’ contravenes personal privacy – Opposition legislator

2/12/11

Lilongwe

Opposition parliamentarians have faulted the implementation of the Consolidated ICT Regulatory Management Systems – CIRMS which the Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority -MACRA wants to install in the country. 

The machine is aimed at monitoring the country’s phone operators who are deemed to be overcharging Malawians when rendering their services.

Salima south legislator Uladi Mussa told the house that the CIRMS machine’s presence in the country contravene section 21 of republic constitution that provides for personal privacy.

 However government has defended the implementation of the machine saying it will improve revenue collection.

Anthony Masamba explains........

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Corrupt practices derailing distribution of the farm input subsidy program - FUM

2/12/11

Lilongwe

The Farmers union of Malawi – FUM has bemoaned corrupt practices that are derailing the smooth distribution of the farm input subsidy program in the country.

FUM’s President, Felix Jumbe lamented this in an interview with MIJ.

His remarks come after government admitted that there are some challenges in the distribution of the farm inputs, mainly fertilizer.

Statistics have shown that each year the distribution of the farm inputs is marred with corruption cases.

This year alone a number of officials involved in the distribution have been arrested in different depots across the country due to corruption allegations.

They are allegedly said to have been asking beneficiaries to give an extra amount of money for the purchase of the products.

Jumbe said reports from their inspectors deployed in various districts across the country indicate that there are still some irregularities marring the exercise.

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Felix Jumbe explains


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GOVT commended for ministerial statements

1/12/11

Lilongwe

Political analysts have described the increased number of ministerial statements made so far in parliament as a positive move arguing it is the duty of the ministers to clarify on a number of issues.


Two weeks have elapsed since parliament convened and so far ministers have made almost seven ministerial statements which among others include the Robert Chasowa saga, the spy machine and the fuel crisis among many others.


Following the statements, some members of parliament have expressed concern over how ministers are responding to questions and concerns that some MP’s have raised in parliament.


Speaking in an interview with MIJ fm one of the country’s political commentators Dr Mustapha Hussein described the trend as positive and has so far asked the ministers to oblige to the requirement by providing much needed answers that members of the general public have.

Dr.Mustapha Hussein explains........

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The devastating effects that the HIV and AIDs pandemic has had on the country’s social economic development

1/12/11

Special Report

1st December was set aside with the aim of raising awareness on HIV/AIDS and to demonstrate international solidarity in the face of the pandemic. 


The report takes us back to 1981 when the ailment was first recorded in the world, the millions of people it has killed and many others it has infected and affected till date.


MIJ FM’s Aubrey Kusakala also tries to analyze the country’s HIV prevalence rate which has now been reduced from 14.4 percent to 10.6 percent.



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Malawian Journalist appointed as Southern Africa Journalists Association-SAJA

 

28/11/11

Harare

The Journalists Union of Malawi-JUMA leader, Maganizo Fly Mazeze has been appointed president of the Southern Africa Journalists Association-SAJA.


At the end of SAJA’s two-day regional congress held in the Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare, from 26-27 November, the body elected Mazeze into the position of the regional umbrella body for media related trade and workers unions for a three-year term. 


He takes over from Foster Dongozi of Zimbabwe, who has been at the helm of SAJA for the past six years.


In his acceptance speech after being elected, the new SAJA president said the challenges facing the media regarding remuneration and better working conditions in the region were similar.

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MBC boss rubbishes Atupele Muluzi’s pledge

30/11/11

Blantyre

The Malawi Broadcasting Corporation-MBC’s Director General, Bright Malopa, has rubbished Machinga North East legislator’s pledge to create about 500 000 jobs for Malawian youths if he rises to presidency in 2014 general elections.

The legislator, Atupele Muluzi, was speaking during a political rally he held in Kasungu last weekend.

Atupele openly declared to contest for the United Democratic Front-UDF’s presidency in the elections despite strong resistance from the party’s senior members who accused him of flouting the party’s constitution.


He is preaching change to the country’s approach to both political and economic issues; a move Atupele believes is crucial in bailing the nation out of the myriad problems its sailing through at present.

Currently, Malawi is facing the forex and fuel crisis, perennial water problems, persistent power outages, frequent rise in the cost of living among other challenges.

However, in his remarks during the 2011-Symposium for Malawi Polytechnic Journalism students in Blantyre, the MBC boss, who almost diverted the ceremony to Atupele, stressed that the UDF presidential aspirant should provide real solutions unlike making what he described as clatters that the country needs the youth for change.

Bright Malopa explains........

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MCP strategising on modalities to win back electorates trust and confidence

30/11/11

Lilongwe

The main Opposition Malawi Congress Party-MCP is still strategizing on modalities that can see it winning back trust and confidence of the electorate ahead of the 2014 presidential and parliamentary elections.


Dr. Chris Daza, the party’s secretary general revealed this in an interview with MIJ FM.


Battle for leadership has recently rocked the MCP where Daza has been pushing for key ideas aimed at rebranding the party.


A month ago, his stand angered the party’s president, John Tembo, who fired him after he had also declared interest to contest for the MCP’s presidency in 2014.


High Court in Lilongwe saved and ordered his re-instatement to the position of the secretary general.

In an interview with MIJ FM, Daza said plans to restructure the party’s leadership are still fresh.

Dr. Chris Daza explains.......


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RBM corrected irregularities in a contract between the Malawi GOVT and Paladin Mining Company from Australia

29/11/11

Lilongwe

The country’s central Bank has revealed it has corrected some of the irregularities that were noted in a contract between the Malawi government and Paladin mining company from Australia.


Media reports quoted the banks governor, Dr Perks Ligoya, as faulting the Malawi government for some irregularities in the contract that is believed to have cost Malawi a lot of dollars.


Paladin mining company opened what is called an offshore account outside the country, which none from the Malawi government is a signatory. This is alleged to have made monitoring of the proceeds from the mining difficult.


But in an interview with MIJ Fm, Dr Ligoya said the bank and Paladin have agreed on the way forward over an irregularity regarding the bank account and that the two parties have agreed to be the co-signatories to the account.

Dr. Perks Ligoya explains........

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UDF supporters of Atupele Muluzi camp, allegedly beat up the party’s secretary general, Kennedy Makwangwala

29/11/11

Blantyre

Rivalry between the existing two camps in the former ruling, United Democratic Front-UDF have reached crisis levels as supporters of Machinga North East legislator, Atupele Muluzi, allegedly beat up the party’s secretary general, Kennedy Makwangwala.


The whole commotion happened at the party’s head office in Limbe, Blantyre. MIJ FM’s Aubrey Kusakala rushed to the scene


MIJ FM’s Aubrey Kusakala speaking to Jonah Pankuku.........


Meanwhile, UDF’s southern Region governor, Macdonald Symon, has accused Makwangwala of disrupting a meeting they planned at the office.

Macdonald Symon explains.......


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223 million kilograms of tobacco sold, as the selling season closes

28/11/11

Lilongwe

At least 223 million kilograms of tobacco have been sold in all the countries tobacco auction floors.


This comes amid reports that government was planning to buy all the tobacco that will not find its way into the remaining markets which are expected to close this week.


Reports indicated that government pledged to buy the remaining 15 million kilograms of tobacco piled at the floors.


Irregularities and misunderstandings, emanating from poor prices and high tobacco rejection rates, marred this year’s tobacco selling season.


Interview with MIJ fm, Chief Executive Officer for the Tobacco Control Commission- TCC, Dr. Bruce Munthali, has revealed that buyers will still purchase the remaining two million tobacco bales contrary to earlier reports that government would do the task.

Dr. Bruce Munthali explains........

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MCTU warns of uncontrolled spate of strikes and sit-ins

28/11/11

Lilongwe

Malawi Congress of Trade Unions-MCTU has warned of a spate of uncontrolled strikes and sit-ins across the country if the Malawi Government and other employers fail to engage workers with the current tension emanating from the worsening increased cost of living.

Prices for basic commodities have been going up, a development local economists and consumer rights campaigners blame on the recent ten percent kwacha devaluation.


Workers from various companies are demanding pay rise to match the current economic hardships facing the nation.


MCTU is pushing for a complete revision of wages, which it believes is on the lower side considering the never-ending economic woes Malawi is sailing through at present.


They are working hand in hand with leaders of the Civil Servants Trade Union-CSTU, who are also pressurizing government to review the seven percent salary increment implemented in the 2011-2012 zero-deficit national budget.


In an interview with MIJ FM, MCTU secretary general, Robert Mkwezalamba hinted that they have since organized what they describe as a social dialogue week to discuss social-economic and political challenges affecting employees.

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Malawian Journalist appointed as Southern Africa Journalists Association-SAJA

 

28/11/11

Harare

The Journalists Union of Malawi-JUMA leader, Maganizo Fly Mazeze has been appointed president of the Southern Africa Journalists Association-SAJA.


At the end of SAJA’s two-day regional congress held in the Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare, from 26-27 November, the body elected Mazeze into the position of the regional umbrella body for media related trade and workers unions for a three-year term. 


He takes over from Foster Dongozi of Zimbabwe, who has been at the helm of SAJA for the past six years.


In his acceptance speech after being elected, the new SAJA president said the challenges facing the media regarding remuneration and better working conditions in the region were similar.

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Fuel problems resurface in the commercial city of Blantyre

24/11/11

Lilongwe

Motorist in the city of Blantyre are queuing for fuel, an indication that the scarcity of petroleum has resurfaced.


A snap survey by MIJ fm has found that some filling stations are short of Petrol and only the Ginnery Corner Engen filling in the centre of the city has the commodity.


For the past two weeks, Malawians have been queuing up for Diesel, while Petrol was readily available. But in twist of events, Petrol is now ion short supply unlike diesel.


This is despite government saying its recent fuel by about 27 percent is aimed at killing the black market, which is the major contributing factor to Malawi fuel woes.


And upon returning from his annual holiday early this week, President Bingu wa Mutharika dodged a question in relation to Malawi’s fuel situation, by throwing back the question to the media.


This, according to economic experts, shows government has got no clue of ending the scarcity of fuel, which is grinding businesses to a halt

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Vendors in Mzuzu defy a city council’s order to move out of the streets

25/11/11

Mzuzu

Vendors in Mzuzu have gone back to the City’s streets defying a Council order to have them removed.


The Mzuzu City Council launched the Anti Street Vendors campaign two weeks ago, as a way of bringing sanity and reducing unnecessary road accidents as well as theft cases.

 

 

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Immigration offices are not disability friendly

 

25/11/11

Mzuzu

People living with disabilities in Mzuzu have complained of facing difficulties when processing their passports at the Immigration offices as the building is disability unfriendly.


Speaking to MIJ fm in separate interviews, four people who use wheelchairs and spoke on condition of anonymity, said since September this year, they have been waiting for their passports and failure to meet Immigration officers in their offices is a major contributing factor for them not to have their passports ready.


They said the building does not have an elevator and people use stairs to reach the Immigration offices which.


Martin Mhone is one of the people living with disabilities and explains how difficult it was for him to get his passport in 2008.


The Department of Immigration in the north has since admitted that its offices are disability unfriendly.


Northern Region Public Relations officer for the Department, Dalitso Kakhongwe told MIJ fm that the problem arises from the fact that the department is renting the offices.


Kakhongwe said, the department is in the process of asking the Department of Lands to assist it on renting good offices that will be disability friendly.

Dalitso Kakhongwe explains........

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GOVT to change the set up of presidential press conferences

24/11/11

Lilongwe

Government has assured media practitioners in the country that there are going to be some positive changes, in the set up of presidential press conferences.


The assurance has been made by Minister of Information and Civic Education Patricia Kaliati, following what transpired on Monday at Kamuzu International Airport–KIA during the arrival of President Bingu wa Mutharika from Hong-Kong, China, where he went for a three week holiday.


President Mutharika addressed members of the media where ruling Democratic Progressive Party–DPP supporters booed and threatened to beat up journalists, who went to cover the function.


The development did not please the country’s media watchdogs including the Media Institute of Southern Africa–MISA Malawi chapter, which threatened to take unspecified action against government.


But in an interview with MIJ fm during last night’s Democracy Forum Program, Kaliati who is also government spokesperson said the trend is going to change, in a bid to accord journalists the freedom they deserve when plying their trade.


Patricia Kaliati explains........

 

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Civil servants’ salary payments through banks has flopped - Nawena

24/11/11

Lilongwe

Opposition Thyolo Thava Member of Parliament Lifred Nawena says government’s policy to have all civil servants get their salaries through banks is a flop.


Speaking during question time in Parliament, Nawena told the August house, experience has shown that government abandoned its social responsibility when implementing this policy.


Nawena for example, told fellow parliamentarians that teachers abandon classes for a good number of days by going to town to access their salaries, making students suffer in the process.

MIJ fm’s reporter Anthony Masamba explains........

 

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Police arrest 2 criminal suspects who have been hiding under the ceiling of Chichiri Shopping Mall

Chichiri

Two criminal suspects after being apprehended - Picture Courtesy of Gilbert Mwanguku

24/11/11

Blantyre

Police in Blantyre have arrested two suspected criminals who have been hiding under the ceiling of the Chichiri Shopping Mall for almost a week.


The two Dennis Chikwemba and Kondwani Mwantani allegedly entered the building last Thursday, by breaking through the ceiling at the ladies toilet next to megabyte restaurant, with an intention of stealing from the shops.


Mwantani an employee of Group 4 Security company, is believed to have offered a lucrative deal to one of his colleagues on duty, who revealed the matter to appropriate authorities.


The two suspects have since confessed that they entered the ceiling with an intention of stealing.


They further said the police failed to arrest them last week because they went into hiding but now were tired and weak since they have not been taking food for a week.


Speaking in an interview with MIJ fm, Southern Region Police Spokesperson Edina Ligowe, the two suspects have been arrested today under the ceiling of carnival shop, after one of the guards at the premises tipped the police that he saw two people moving in one of the shops.


Ligowe said the police have found the suspects with two knives and money.

Edina Ligowe explains........

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Khwauli Msiska elected as a deputy chairperson of parliamentary Budget and Finance Committee

23/11/11

Lilongwe

The Budget and Finance Committee of parliament has elected Karonga Nyungwe legislator Khwauli Msiska as its deputy chairperson, making him the first opposition parliamentarian to lead a committee, since 2009.


Since the 2009 general election which gave the ruling Democratic Progressive Party-DPP government a resounding majority in parliament, no opposition politician has headed any parliamentary committee.


According to analysts, this compromised the role of providing checks and balances which the opposition side provides to government when they lead such committees.


But in a dramatic turn of events, the DPP dominated Budget and Finance Committee of parliament has today elected Alliance for Democracy-AFORD Karonga Nyungwe legislator Khwauli Msiska as its deputy Chairperson.


Msiska, replaces Mangochi Monkey bay parliamentarian Ralph Jooma who was recently drafted into cabinet.

MIJ fm’s Anthony Masamba explains........

 

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Adjustment to kwacha will be good - Dr Ligoya

23/11/11

Lilongwe

Malawi might be forced to devalue its kwacha currency further to address a thriving black market trade of the US dollar that threatens to derail an already weak economy.


The country devalued its kwacha currency by 10 percent in August but the International Monetary Fund-IMF said that was not adequate to address a crippling dollar shortage.


Reserve Bank of Malawi-RBM Governor Dr. Perks Ligoya has been quoted by the media that some adjustment to the kwacha will be probably good.


Dr. Ligoya has acknowledged that there were wide gaps between the official exchange rate and rates in the black market.


The official exchange rate is at 168 kwacha to the dollar and the black market rate is between 240 and 250 kwacha.


Dr. Ligoya said, a delegation from the IMF will arrive in Malawi on December 1, to help the country sort out its exchange rate management crisis.


He further said the team will together with Malawi prepare a report that will be definitive for Malawi to know what sort of exchange rate regime the country will adopt, so that it should do away with the parallel market which is destroying the country

 

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Two Malawian students dies in a road accident near the Tanzania-Rwanda boarder

 

23/11/11

Tanzania

Two Malawian students pursuing a Masters course at the University of Dar es Salaam have died in a road accident near the Tanzania-Rwanda boarder.


The Malawians male and female, are in group of at least 15 people died who on the spot while 13 others were seriously injured in the accident, involving a bus and a lorry in Biharamulo District, Kagera Region.


The accident occurred when the Taqwa bus travelling to Bujumbura from Dar es Salaam collided with a lorry.


Among the dead, are 6 students who were doing a Masters course at the University of Dar es Salaam under the auspices of the Eastern Africa Universities Mathematics Programme-EAUMP.


The students, according to a press statement issued by the college’s public relations office are two Malawians, two Tanzanians, one from Zambia, and one from Uganda.


The statement has identified the two as Josephine Kaleso and Chikondi Chasowa who was a lecturer at University of Malawi’s the Polytechnic.


According to the statement, the two were in a group of ten students of the University of Dar es Salaam travelling to Kigali, Rwanda, on a study mission at the Kigali Institute of Science and Technology.


Meanwhile, the remains of Chasowa will be repatriated to Malawi tomorrow

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CCASU obtains leave for judicial review against a commission of inquiry

22/11/11

Lilongwe

The Chancellor College Academic Stuff Union-CCASU has obtained leave for judicial review against President Bingu wa Mutharika and a commission of inquiry he instituted to determine the definition of academic freedom.


Days after President Mutharika reinstated four fired Chancellor College lecturers, he instituted a commission of inquiry, to define what academic freedom means.


However, CCASU and legal experts argued that such a move is irrelevant, as the definition is duly provided in the republican constitution.


And yesterday, CCASU through its legal team applied for a leave for judicial review at Lilongwe High Court, which was duly granted by Justice Esmie Chombo.


In an interview with MIJ fm, one of CCASU lawyers Bright Theu said this means that the commission has been stayed and the commissioners are restrained from acting on their given task.

 

Bright Theu explains........

 

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Post offices in poor state - Dr Chiwaya

22/11/11

Lilongwe

United Democratic front-UDF chief whip in parliament Dr. Clement Chiwaya has lamented the poor state of Malawi’s post offices. Dr. Chiwaya made the observation in parliament today during question time.


MIJ fm’s reporter Anthony Masamba attended parliament deliberations and now reports

Anthony Masamba explains........

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Subsidized farm input program on right track - Maganga

 

22/11/11

Lilongwe

Government has refuted rumors that this year’s subsidized farm input program is facing a lot of challenges.


Principal Secretary in the ministry of Agriculture and Food Security Erica Maganga told MIJ fm in an interview today that currently, there are no problems affecting the progress of the exercise.


Her remarks come amidst complaints from all districts across the country, that government is failing to provide fertilizer in almost all ADMARC depots. 


Maganga explained that hiccups like fuel scarcity and the slow coming in of imported fertilizer that were their before, have been eradicated.


However, various stakeholders have questioned the justification of the authorities’ sentiments on the same, saying the situation is very different on the ground.


Farmers Union of Malawi-FUM President Felix Jumbe was recently quoted in the media as saying the trends on how the exercise is being managed need to be improved if beneficiaries are to gain from the programme.


Government reduced the number of beneficiaries in this year’s farm subsidized program from 1.6 to 1.4 million smallholder farmers.

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ICC Judges to issue decision on Malawi

21/11/11

Lilongwe

Judges at the world's only independent, permanent tribunal with the jurisdiction to try genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes the International Criminal Court-ICC will meet soon to decide the fate of Malawi on why it failed to arrest of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir.


Fadi El Abdallah, Spokesperson and Head of Public Affairs Unit, ICC, disclosed this in an interview with MIJ fm.


On 19 October 2011, Pre-Trial Chamber I of the ICC issued a decision requesting the Republic of Malawi to submit, no later than 11 November 2011, any observations with regard to the alleged failure by the Republic of Malawi to comply with the cooperation requests issued by the Court for the arrest and surrender of genocide suspect Al Bashir.


The was after Sudanese President indicted by the ICC about two years ago, was accorded a red carpet treatment when he arrived in Lilongwe for the 15th Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa-COMESA Heads of state and government summit, last month.


This was despite numerous calls from both local and international organizations, urging Lilongwe to arrest Al Bashir and hand him over to the ICC.


The ICC Therefore asked Malawi to explain why she could not comply with a cooperation request to arrest al-Bashir.


The ICC issued an international arrest warrant for President Bashir on charges of genocide and war crimes during the Darfur conflict, but he denies the charges, saying they are politically motivated.


November 11, 2011 was the day the ICC had set as deadline for the response it expected to get from Malawi on the matter, failing which Lilongwe was to get unspecified international community punishment. The ICC said if Malawi did not respond by the said date, the matter was going to be forwarded to the United Nations Security Council, after which unspecified action was to be taken.


But the Malawi government has told the International Criminal Court-ICC that it could not arrest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir during his recent visit to Lilongwe, because he is legally entitled to immunity and privileges conferred to heads of state.


In its written response to The Hague based tribunal’s query for justifying her decision for not arresting the Sudanese president, Lilongwe said al-Bashir is entitled to immunity. In the communication, addressed to the Registry of the ICC, the Malawi government argues that as per her domestic laws, all visiting heads of state and government are guaranteed immunities and privileges which president al-Bashir was entitled to and enjoyed.


And in an email response to MIJ fm, ICC Spokesperson and Head of Public Affairs Unit Fadi El Abdallah, said judges of the Pre-Trial Chamber did not issue any decision yet with regard to the Malawi observations.


The ICC was created through the adoption of its founding statute at a Rome conference in July 1998, which Malawi ratified in 2002. All cases opened by the court so far relate to crimes committed in Africa and the United States is not one of the court's 119 state parties.

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Malawi’s economic independence in relation to Zero-Deficit Budget and absence of donor support

21/11/11

Special Report

MIJ fm’s special report assesses Malawi’s economic independence forty seven years after being weaned by its former colonial master, Britain.


Leaders compel Malawians to believe the country has made several economic strides that no longer warrant donor support for recurrent expenditures.


This is despite Malawi’s never-ending problems of civil servants’ salaries and persistent drug shortages.


MIJ FM’s Christopher Nhlane gives a critical eye on how the country is fast plunging into serious economic shambles in the pitiful face of the infamous zero-deficit budget.

Christopher Nhlane explains........

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Effects of urban poverty and climate change on urban dwellers living in slums

 

18/11/11

Lilongwe

MIJ fm’s Sylvester Namiwa brings to light, effects of urban poverty and climate change, two children, born from a marriage, between uncontrolled migration to urban areas, and the depletion of natural resources.

The problem of urbanization was brought to the fore, in a recent report which revealed that Malawi has an urbanization rate of 5.6 percent per annum; double that of the African continent.

This is perhaps the reason why 90 percent of urban dwellers live in slums.


Sylvester Namiwa explains........

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CSO’s take a break from the UN facilitated dialogue with GOVT

18/11/11

Lilongwe

 

Civil Society Organizations have taken a short break from the United Nations facilitated dialogue with government to discuss the country’s pressing emerging issues.

The dialogue team has been trying to find lasting solutions to the various political and economic challenges presented to government in the July 20 petition.

 But the civil society leaders are not happy at the pace the Malawi Government is addressing their concerns.

Following the development, they have convened a high level meeting in Lilongwe where emerging issues like looming incorporation of impeachment procedures and proposed salary hike for members of parliament are topping the agenda.

However, in an interview with MIJ FM, leader of the civil society dialogue team, Voice Mhone, said they have realized that sticking to the July 20 petition would leave more crucial issues currently facing the nation.

 

Voice Mhone explains.......

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2 criminals hide in the ceiling of Chichiri shopping mall

18/11/11

Blantyre

Business came to a standstill this morning at Chichiri shopping mall in Blantyre as two criminals are suspected to be hiding in the ceiling of the building.


The two suspected criminals managed to enter the roof of the building by breaking through the ceiling at the ladies toilet next to megabyte restaurant with an intention of stealing from the shops.

One of the criminals in hiding is believed to be a guard from a private company that is manning the premises because at exactly 9 o’clock yesterday the criminal was offering a lucrative deal to one of his colleagues on duty who revealed the matter to appropriate authorities who responded by sending police at the place.

According to security officials at the place this is not the first time such an incident has happened and it has been observed that criminals use toilets as entry points.

Station public relations officer for Blantyre police station Sergeant Beatrice Bwanali failed to disclose more details on the matter as police are still conducting their massive search.

The shops at the premises were still open for business.

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Effects of urban poverty and climate change on urban dwellers living in slums

 

18/11/11

Lilongwe

MIJ fm’s Sylvester Namiwa brings to light, effects of urban poverty and climate change, two children, born from a marriage, between uncontrolled migration to urban areas, and the depletion of natural resources.

The problem of urbanization was brought to the fore, in a recent report which revealed that Malawi has an urbanization rate of 5.6 percent per annum; double that of the African continent.

This is perhaps the reason why 90 percent of urban dwellers live in slums.


Sylvester Namiwa explains........

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Kaliati is living in a comfortable life - Banda

17/11/11

Lilongwe

 

Human Rights Activists have faulted government for failing to come to the people’s rescue, in view of the on-going economic challenges rocking the nation.

The accusation has been made by the Executive Director of Malawi Watch Billy Banda, in reaction to an interview which government spokesperson, Patricia Kaliati gave to MIJ FM today.

In the Interview Kaliati told MIJ FM that commodities like, sugar, salt and bread are not basic needs to Malawians, remarks that have irked the civil society and ordinary Malawians.


Patricia Kaliati explains.......


But in his reaction, Banda argued that the minister remarks were based on the fact that she was in a comfort zone.

Billy Banda explains.......

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UDF NEC can not resign - Mvula

15/11/11

Blantyre

The National Executive Committee-NEC for the former ruling United Democratic Front-UDF has rubbished calls by its Southern Region governor, Macdonald Simon, for it to resign immediately.

Political squabbles, emanating from battle for positions, in the party are refusing to die out.
This comes amid reports of the collapse of the much-talked-unification of the once warring two factions.

Addressing a gathering in Blantyre, Simon, who belongs to a camp headed by George Nga Ntafu, claimed the party’s senior members are putting the once mighty party in disarray.

Macdonald Simon explains.......


 
But the party’s Vice President, Humphreys Mvula, described the calls as baseless.
Mvula labeled Simon as an opportunist, suspended and ordinary fanatic of the party.

 

Humphreys Mvula explains.......

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Trade union displeased with MP's salary increment

 

17/11/11

Lilongwe

The Malawi Congress of Trade Union – MCTU has described as unfair a proposal by members of parliament to have their monthly basic salaries increased to one million kwacha.

Already many commentators have condemned the decision by the MPs arguing that it has come at a wrong time when the country is sailing through serious economic problems which have also led to rising costs of living.

Robert Nkwezalamba,  MCTU’s Secretary General, said MP's should priotise important issues affecting Malawians.

Robert Nkwezalamba explains........

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MP's salary increment, ridiculous!

16/11/11

Lilongwe

 

Economic and social activists have described as ridiculous, proposals by members of parliament to have their salaries increased to one million Kwacha.

Yesterday, the house adopted a report from the Public Appointments and Declaration of Assets Committee, which highlighted the adjustment of the legislators’ salaries.

The report indicates that the 390 thousand salary and other benefits which they currently receive are not enough and should be adjusted upwards to 1 million kwacha.

The development has however received mixed reactions from various sections of society, with most of them describing the proposal as intolerant, saying it is not sustainable in the current economic crisis.

Mavuto Bamusi, a social economic analyst, told MIJ fm, that the Malawi economy cannot stand the pressure to pay 193 parliamentarians, that amount of money every month.

He has since appealed to President Bingu Wa Mutharika not to allow such an increment, unless salaries for all civil servants are reviewed and adjusted upwards, to suit the current economic challenges also.

Mavuto Bamusi explains.......

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UDF NEC can not resign - Mvula

15/11/11

Blantyre

The National Executive Committee-NEC for the former ruling United Democratic Front-UDF has rubbished calls by its Southern Region governor, Macdonald Simon, for it to resign immediately.

Political squabbles, emanating from battle for positions, in the party are refusing to die out.
This comes amid reports of the collapse of the much-talked-unification of the once warring two factions.

Addressing a gathering in Blantyre, Simon, who belongs to a camp headed by George Nga Ntafu, claimed the party’s senior members are putting the once mighty party in disarray.

Macdonald Simon explains.......


 
But the party’s Vice President, Humphreys Mvula, described the calls as baseless.
Mvula labeled Simon as an opportunist, suspended and ordinary fanatic of the party.

 

Humphreys Mvula explains.......

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Workers at Fattani Offset Printers on strike

 

16/11/11

Blantyre

Junior workers at Fattani Offset Printers in Blantyre have entered first day of an industrial sit-in aimed at pushing their management to increase their monthly salaries.

The workers’ representatives told MIJ FM that they are demanding the salary increment with the rising cost of living.

They claimed to have worked for over three years without any form of financial motivation.
 
 This is what some of the workers told MIJ FM........


However, the company’s manager, a Mr. Irfan could not be drawn to comment on the matter.

 But personnel and administration’s manager, Wales Chabuka,   described the workers’ action as unjustifiable and illegal.

He blamed the company’s failure to effect salary increments on the country’s never-ending forex shortages.

Wales Chabuka explains........

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Trade Union and GOVT tussle over pay increase

15/11/11

Lilongwe

 
The Civil Servants Trade Union – CSTU has quashed government’s remarks that the union’s move to start boycotting duties is unjustifiable.

CSTU’s President Eliya Kamphinda Banda told MIJ FM that what the Minister of Finance Ken Lipenga said yesterday was uncalled for.

In an interview yesterday Lipenga said that the Union is flouting procedures arguing that they know where to channel their grievances. 

Ken Lipenga explains.......

Kamphinda Banda said the civil servants are justified to stage the mass strike.

Eliya Kamphinda Banda explains.......

The Union wants government to increase their perks with at least a minimum wage of 50 thousand kwacha due to rising cost of living in the country

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Malawians worried with impeachment bill

15/11/11

Blantyre

As business continues at the new parliament building in Lilongwe, various quarters of the society keep on echoing their voice in discouraging legislators to desist from deliberating the impeachment bill.


A snap survey conducted by MIJ FM, Malawians look forward to seeing their elected representatives, deliberating issues that will save them from the many economic challenges haunting the nation.


This comes after revelations by leader of government business in parliament Dr. George Chaponda that among others, the house will discuss the amendment of the current parliamentary standing orders.


According to government sources, the idea behind this proposal is to pave way for new guidelines that would allow for the impeachment of a sitting president and his or her vice.


Many observers view this as a deliberate plan by the ruling Democratic Progressive Party-DPP led government, to get rid of vice president, Joyce Banda whom it accuses of being ineffective.


Latest to comment on the development is the 63 year old Joseph Chimboto who told MIJ FM that he is a concerned citizen.

Joseph Chimboto explains.......

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CHREAA establish mobile clinics in Mulanje

 

14/11/11

Blantyre

People from Chitakale and surrounding areas in Mulanje district will benefit from a mobile clinic on domestic violence, courtesy of three Students from the United States of America.


The clinic, expected to create awareness on domestic violence starts today, and is being facilitated by Center for Human Rights Education Advice and Assistance- CHREAA.


Issues of Gender based Violence reached the climax in the country when a woman from Dowa, Marietta Samuel lost her hands after her husband chopped them.


According to available statistics, women in Malawi are mostly victims of gender based violence at times leading to loss of life, with men being perpetrators.


American student, Melinda Galoni explains........

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Bingu speaks to Malawi media from China

14/11/11

Lilongwe

President Bingu wa Mutharika who is on leave in China, has spoken to the Malawi media via mobile phone in a bid to put to rest rumors that the is sick.


The development comes barely a few hours after his young brother Peter, spoke to the media as well, where he dismissed rumors that the Malawi’s first citizen is oversees, seeking medical attention.


Speaking at Kamuzu International Airport upon arrival from a United Nations meeting in Uruguay, the young Mutharika, who is the Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Minister said Bingu wa Mutharika is in excellent health, enjoying his holiday in China. He revealed that on Saturday, President Mutharika was on a shopping errand in Hong Kong, China.


And today, ministers, their deputies and Democratic Progressive Party-DPP top officials addressed the media in the capital Lilongwe, where journalists spoke to President Mutharika through phone.


In the interview, the president expressed sadness with some Malawians are fabricating stories that he is sick with others saying he is dead.


MIJ fm’s Antony Masamba explains.......

 

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42nd Session of the Malawi National Assembly starts today

14/11/11

Mzuzu/ Lilongwe

The 6th sitting of the 42nd Session of the Malawi National Assembly starts today and officials of the opposition Peoples’ Party-PP in the north have asked legislator to prioritize issues that affect Malawians during their, meeting rather than discussing impeachment procedures.


All attention turns to the New Parliament building in Lilongwe, beginning this afternoon, where Parliament, will be meeting taking place for the next few weeks.
The session comes at a crucial time when Malawi’s economic and governance situation, seems to be moving many steps backwards.


Expectations are high among many Malawians. They look forward to seeing their elected representatives, deliberating issues that will save them from the many economic challenges haunting the nation.


Speaking to MIJ fm in Mzuzu, PP’s Director of Elections, Olivia Ndhlovu, Deputy Publicity Secretary, Reverend Mfune and Director of Social welfare said Malawians are facing a lot of problems such as fuel shortage and rising costs of goods following the recent fuel hike.


Their concern comes amid reports that government has put among its priorities a proposal to amend the current parliamentary standing orders, to allow for the impeachment of a sitting president or his or her vice.


According to some quarters, this is aimed at impeaching vice president Joyce Banda whom the DPP led government accuses of being inactive.


Sam Kalimira explains.......


Meanwhile, as preparations for the sitting are at an advance stage, MIJ fm highlights Malawi’s economic and governance path as well as sticky issues likely to take center stage as parliament sits today.

Jonah Pankuku explains.......

 

 

 

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CHREAA establish mobile clinics in Mulanje

 

14/11/11

Blantyre

People from Chitakale and surrounding areas in Mulanje district will benefit from a mobile clinic on domestic violence, courtesy of three Students from the United States of America.


The clinic, expected to create awareness on domestic violence starts today, and is being facilitated by Center for Human Rights Education Advice and Assistance- CHREAA.


Issues of Gender based Violence reached the climax in the country when a woman from Dowa, Marietta Samuel lost her hands after her husband chopped them.


According to available statistics, women in Malawi are mostly victims of gender based violence at times leading to loss of life, with men being perpetrators.


American student, Melinda Galoni explains........

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CCASU to hold Big Red day

9/11/11

Zomba

The Chancellor College Academic Staff Union-CCASU will on Friday hold activities marking the official end of the 8 month battle on academic freedom. 


Since February this year, lecturers at the college have fighting for academic freedom, after Police Inspector General Peter Mukhitho summoned for questioning their colleague Associate Professor Blessings Chinsinga, over an example he made in class.


 In one of his political science lesson, Chinsinga drew comparisons between the political situation in the country to a wave of uprisings in North African countries.


However, the police chief said the lecturer’s example poised a security risk to the nation hence questioning him, a development that irked his colleagues at Chancellor College and other constituent colleges of the University of Malawi-UNIMA.


Since then, the college has remained closed, while the UNIMA Council and the lecturers have battled in different courts. The bone of contention was the firing of four CCASU leaders namely acting president Jessie Kabwila Kapasula, Acting secretary general, Franz Amin, legal adviser associate professor Garton Kamchedzera as well as Chinsinga.


The academic freedom struggle ended about three weeks ago, when the UNIMA Chancellor; President Bingu wa Mutharika reinstated the fired lecturers and asked parties involved in the saga, to see the reopening of Chancellor College.


The schools management has since announced that classes resume on Monday, November 14.
To mark the official end of the 8 month academic freedom struggle, CCASU has organized a “big red day” on Friday this week.


According to Acting CCASU President Kabwila Kapasula, several activities will take place, aimed at recounting the academic freedom struggle, a journey of defending lecturers constitutional right.

Jessie Kabwila Kapasula explains.......

 

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Meteorological service warns people, of imminent floods due to heavy rains

9/11/11

Blantyre

Authorities have warned people living in flood prone areas to be on alert, as the country is likely going to experience flooding due to high pressure moving across the country.


Director of meteorological services, Winston Chimwaza told MIJ FM in an interview, that from Sunday the country will experience another high pressure, which will result in heavy rains.


According to Chimwaza a few days ago, most parts of the country experienced heavy rains emanating from a high pressure over Lake Chilwa, which is going to be the case the coming weekend.


He therefore advised people in flood prone areas, to move to higher ground.

Winston Cimwaza explains.......

 

 

 

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MBS warn unscrupulous traders

 

9/11/11

Blantyre

The Malawi Bureau of Standards-MBS has put in place measures aimed at dealing with the tendency of some unscrupulous of selling substandard goods.


In an interview with MIJ fm, MBS Acting Managing Director Davlin Chokazinga said the bureau is ready to strictly patronize this year’s festive season goods and commodities, so as to ensure that consumers get the best of commodities and quality goods.


Chokazinga added that currently, MBS has put in place surveillance teams across the country as well as supply check points, in all the national border posts as a means of ensuring that no substandard or expired goods get into the country.


He expressed concerns, that some unlawful retailers who sale expired items at very cheap and give away prices are a big challenge to the bureau’s efforts, as most people flood to such sellers without consideration to standards of such products.


Davlin Chokazinga explains........

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UNIMA Council Lawyers to meet their client on court cases

7/11/11

Zomba

Lawyers representing the University of Malawi-UNIMA Council, have revealed that they are yet to receive instructions from their client on several cases which have accumulated in the country’s courts.


The lawyers want direction from the council if the cases can be settled out of court. This follows a recent decision by president Bingu wa Mutharika to reinstate four Chancellor College lecturers who were fired because of leading the academic freedom struggle.


Besides the re-instatement, Mutharika also ordered that the parties involved in the stalemate resolve their issues, to pave way for the re-opening of the college.


Due to the struggle which culminated in the closure of the college in February this year, several court issues emerged between members of the Chancellor College Academic Staff Union-CCASU and the UNIMA Council.


And in an interview with MIJ fm, one of the lawyers Patrice Nkhono said he is yet to meet the council on the matter.

 

Patrice Nkhono explains.......

 

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MZUNI students gives management ultimatum

7/11/11

Mzuzu

Mzuzu University students have given the college’s management up to second semester to find lasting solutions to their outstanding concerns pertaining to tuition and stationery allowances’.


A few weeks ago, the students were involved in running battles with the police, when they were pushing the management to engage officials of the Malawi Savings Bank-MSB to release money for their tuition and stationery allowances’.


The students, were concerned that their colleagues in second year had not yet received their allowances, while others claimed were either denied or given part of their money.


However, sources within the college confided in MIJ fm, that the students have resorted to giving the management up to second semester to sort the matter, in order to pave way for examinations that are currently underway at the college.


The sources, who opted for anonymity, added the management and the bank officials have since held fruitful talks; a development that gives hope that things would normalize come next semester.


The issue of tuition and stationary allowance crop up almost every year in the country’s public universities.

 

 

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Special report on information gap between climate change experts and the rural masses

 

7/11/11

Special Report

MIJ fm exposes the information gap existing between climate change experts and the rural masses despite being worst affected by climate change effects.


As Malawi is preparing to take part in the 17Th World Climate Change Conference-COP 17 slatted for Durban, South Africa this month end, MIJ fm’s Anthony Masamba establishes that the general populace in the country is still in the dark about climate change issues.


This lack of information on effects, mitigation and adaptation measures on climate change, is coupled with the fact Malawi does not have a policy on the same.

Anthony Masamba.......

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World Bank taken to task for failing to honour its financial support to education sector

4/11/11

Lilongwe

The world’s quality education lobby groups, including those in Malawi, have taken the World Bank to task for allegedly lacking commitment to honour its financial support it pledged.


In a statement signed by the world’s top education activists, the groups bemoan the fading education standards across the globe due to lack of sound financial stand.


They attribute this to the bank’s failure to release the funds it promised to channel towards initiatives aimed at raising the quality of education across the globe.


The development comes as a recent report by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation has ranked Malawi’s education performance on number 43 in 53 African countries.


In an interview with MIJ FM National Coordinator for Civil Society Coalition for Quality Based Education, Benedicto Kondowe, said the organizations have vowed to push the World Bank to honour its pledge for the sake of lifting the education standards.

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Malawi welcomes two Pan-African caravans on their way to the 17th World Climate Summit in South Africa

4/11/11

Lilongwe

Malawi will make an important stand in the fight against the global climate changes when it welcomes two Pan-African caravans on their way to the 17th World Climate Summit-COP17 in Durban, South Africa.

The Climate Change Caravans will be putting pressure on all world leaders to act now for climate justice by presenting signed petitions to force the leaders to a fair and legally binding deal at COP 17.

The campaign consists of a global petition to world leaders who will be attending the COP17 in December; the WE HAVE FAITH representing the youth and HOPE Caravans for civil society organizations which will transverse from Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, through Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Botswana before arriving in South Africa for talks to be held in the Indian Ocean coastal city of Durban.

Upon arrival of the two caravans, there will be a mass rally on November 27 - the day before the COP17 talks start, bringing with it petitions from many African countries.

This rally will be hosted by the campaign patron, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, along with other world religious leaders and high-profile musicians and speakers.

The Archbishop will address the crowds and hand over the petitions to the world leaders.

While in the country, the two caravans will be joined by some Malawians including members of the civil society, who have a chance of voicing out concerns to the developed countries related to effects of climate change.


In an interview with MIJ, Civil Society Network on Climate Change COP 17 Coordinator Chisimphika Mphande said countries like Malawi are important on these issues that are both local and global.

Malawi has experienced the effects of the climate changes over the last few decades such as heavy rainfall, flash floods, seasonal droughts and dry spells.

Mphande, said though Malawi is only responsible for a very small amount of the global climate changes, many people - farmers and fishermen alike -are feeling the consequences of these changes.

 

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Special report on 2010-2011 tobacco selling season

 

4/11/11

Special Report

Aubrey Kusakala analyses the 2010-2011 tobacco selling season, which has been characterized by numerous challenges such as low prices. The report also tries to find solutions to such challenges.

Aubrey Kusakala.......

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July 20 petition snail pace response worries CSO

3/11/11

Blantyre

Leaders of the civil society organizations are worried about the pace at which the Malawi government is trying to resolve various political, social and economic challenges presented in the July 20 petition.

These include the fuel crisis, persistent forex shortages, perennial water problems, relentless power blackouts and the continued rise in the cost of living.

They also want government to improve its local and human rights and governance record which they believe is scaring away donors and development partners.

In response to these concerns, President Bingu Wa Mutharika conducted a public lecture in a bid to seek suggestions on how the problems could be solved.

On a positive note, President Mutharika trimmed his cabinet to reduce unnecessary expenditures and in turn save the inadequate forex in the country.

The Malawi leader has also ordered the re-instatement of the four fired Chancellor College lecturers who fought hard for academic freedom.
However, almost four months since presenting the petition to government, civil society organizations are not satisfied with government’s commitment in addressing the concerns they raised.

This is despite the establishment of the United Nations-facilitated dialogue between government and the civil society aimed at lasting solutions to the challenges.

Voice Mhone, Chairperson of the Council for Non-governmental Organizations in Malawi-CONGOMA argues the continued problems haunting poor Malawians are a clear testimony that all is not rosy in the country.

Mhone, who is leader of the civil society groups to the UN-mediated dialogue, sheds more light.
He stresses need for parliament to look into some these issues.

Voice Mhone explains.......

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GOVT to respond to ICC on Al Bashir

3/11/11

Lilongwe

Reports reaching MIJ FM are indicating that the Malawi Government is in the process of drafting a response to demands by the International Criminal Court-ICC on why it failed to arrest the Sudanese President Omar-Al-Bashir.

The Sudanese president took part in the Common Market for the Eastern and southern Africa-COMESA meeting of heads of state and government.


The court requested the Malawi government to arrest Bashir to answer crimes against humanity and genocide charges.


The Malawi government ignored this arguing the ICC knew where Bashir lives.


But sources in government have confided in MIJ FM that government is drafting the response as the 11 November deadline given by the court draws closer.

Government is yet to confirm the development

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GOVT & CSO dialogue teams to release a joint communique

 

3/11/11

Lilongwe

Delegates to the United Nations facilitated dialogue between government and the civil society organizations are scheduled to release a joint communiqué on their recent resolutions this afternoon.

For some time, there has been silence on resolutions made at the talks; a development that raised fears that the dialogue might have suffered another indefinite suspension.

In an interview with MIJ FM, leader of the presidential contact and dialogue, Bishop Benard Malango, confirmed that the results of the agreements so far made would be known today.

This is coming after President Mutharika’s administration has embarked on a mission to mend its sour relations with its donors and development partners.

 

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Ntafu out of UDF reconciliation deal - Symon

2/11/11

Blantyre

Confusion continues locking the former ruling United Democratic Front-UDF following reports that the party’s treasurer general, Dr. George Nga-Ntafu, has dumped the reconciliation deal that the once warring sides effected about four months ago.

The party embarked on a unification exercise to bring together two political camps that emerged in the party following leadership squabbles between Ntafu’s camp and that headed by its interim president, Friday Jumbe.

Meanwhile, reports reaching MIJ FM indicate that Dr. Ntafu has again fallen out of grace with UDF’s National Executive Committee-NEC that is accusing him of supporting the presidential candidature of Machinga North-East parliamentarian, Atupele Muluzi in the 2014 general elections.

Muluzi openly declared his intention to contest for the party’s candidacy last month, a decision which displeased the committee and argued that the younger Muluzi contravened the party’s constitution.

But southern region governor for UDF, Macdonald Symon, claims that the party is in disarray and that Ntafu has decided to ditch the much talked unified party’s entity.

Macdonald Symon explains.......

But Dr. Ntafu could neither deny nor confirm the development when MIJ FM sought his reaction on the matter.

This is what Dr. Ntafu had to say in an interview with MIJ FM’s Christopher Nhlane........


UDF’s vice president, Sam Mpasu, admitted there is a slight confusion in the party which he claimed has resulted from Ntafu’s craving for leadership in the UDF.

Sam Mpasu explains.......

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Court grants bail to a boy possessing disfigured pictures of Bingu

2/11/11

Zomba

The Zomba magistrate court has granted bail to a boy who was arrested for being found in possession of disfigured pictures of President Bingu Wa Mutharika.

Police arrested the 16-year-old boy for allegedly keeping pictures that portrayed the Malawi leader as a Rastafarian.
 
He is answering charges of insulting the head of state and will appear before court on the 30th of this month.

In an interview with MIJ FM, Zomba Police Station spokesperson, Thomeck Nyaude, described the boy’s conduct as punishable by law.

Thomeck Nyaude explains.......


 
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Journalists equipped with climate change-related reporting skills

 

2/11/11

Liwonde

A media workshop aimed at equipping journalists with climate change-related reporting skills is underway in Liwonde.

Climate change challenges are believed to be worsening in the country; a situation that is widely blamed on high urbanization rate.

MIJ FM’s Yvonnie Sundu explains.......

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UN facilitated dialogue between GOVT and the CSO bearing fruits

1/11/11

Lilongwe

Delegates to the United Nations-facilitated-dialogue between government and the civil society organizations claim that President Bingu Wa Mutharika has assented to some of the recommendations made during their discussions.

The talks are aimed at finding lasting solutions to various challenges civil rights activists raised in the July 20 petition.

Fuel crisis, persistent forex shortages, power outages, perennial water problems and human rights and governance concerns forced Malawians to participate in a civil society organizations-led anti-government demonstrations in a bid to force authorities address the problems.

To respond to these problems, the Malawi leader set up a Presidential Contact and Dialogue Committee to critically analyze and provide solutions to the same.

The UN is facilitating the dialogue that almost collapsed over the civil society’s concerns on their security following a spate of attacks and threats on some human rights defenders.

This prompted the UN to call for a high powered official from its Nairobi office to facilitate the resumption for the talks.

But reports are rife that nothing is happening at the dialogue raising suspicions that the talks have suffered another indefinite suspension.

However, in an interview with MIJ fm, leader for the Presidential Contact and Dialogue Committee, Bishop Bernard Malango, revealed that fruitful discussions have been going on adding President Mutharika is in agreement to some of the recommendation so far made.

 

Bishop Bernard Malango explains.......

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GOVT to blame for current price increase - CAMA

1/11/11

Blantyre

Consumers Rights campaigners are accusing government on the current increase of price of commodities on the market.

This comes as prices for basic commodities continue rising on the market.

Economists and opposition political parties have attributed this to the recent kwacha devaluation effected by government.

The development has also seen minibus operators hiking fares arguing there is nothing they can do due to the recent cost of living.

But speaking in an interview with MIJ FM, Executive Director of the Consumers Association of Malawi-CAMA, John Kapito, blames the current situation for authorities’ failure to monitor market operations.

Kapito adds government is failing to provide fuel; a move he believes is forcing traders to make unnecessary adjustments to prices of goods especially in informal markets.

 

John Kapito explains.......


 
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MBC Case adjourned

 

1/11/11

Blantyre

The high court in Blantyre has today adjourned a case in which employees from the Malawi Broadcasting Corporation-MBC are seeking a court relief to stop their management from retrenching them.

They are also against redeployment to other departments of government.

The case has been adjourned waiting for a ruling to be delivered by Justice Maclean Kamwambe.

Out of 700 employs at MBC, only 413 still have jobs.

Some employs have been redeployed to Ministries of information and civic education, science and technology, departments of the Auditor general’s office and national statistical office while others have been forced to retire.

The retrenched and redeployed employees have since gone back to MBC following the high court order for the judicial review.

Meanwhile, lawyer for the complainants, Bob Chimkango, says he will prepare a notice of adjournment and seek a fresh date for the hearing.

Bob Chimkango explains.......

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NO APOLOGY - SATA

31/10/11

Blantyre

The newly elected Zambian President, Michael Sata, claims he has not yet received formal documents confirming that the Malawi government cleared and apologized him.

Two weeks ago, President Bingu Wa Mutharika released a press statement clearing Sata’s immigration status and allowing him to visit the country any time.

This followed sour relations between the country and his government over his deportation by President Mutharika’s regime in 2006 when he allegedly failed to explicitly explain his mission in the country.

But Malawi’s presidential spokesperson, Dr. Hetherwick Ntaba, reportedly dismissed apology reports claiming government had only cleared Sata’s immigration status.

In an interview with MIJ FM, the country’s lawyer for Sata, Ralph Kasambara, said his contact with the Zambian leader yesterday evening revealed there is no change in his immigration status.

 

Ralph Kasambara explains.......

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Was the battle for academic freedom worth it?

28/10/11

Special Report

MIJ fm’s Brenda Kawonga takes a closer look at the seven month-long academic freedom fight, at the University of Malawi’s Chancellor College.

The fight began technically on 27th February, after the summoning and questioning, of associate professor, Blessings Chinsinga.

Police Chief Peter Mukhitho, accused Chinsinga of teaching his students anarchy, in his public opinion class.

Brenda asks whether the fight, that has lasted about 8 months now, was it really worth the time

Brenda Kawonga.......


 
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No raise in Minibus fares

 

31/10/11

Blantyre

The Minibus Owners Association of Malawi-MOAM says it has not increased bus fares as a response to the continued fuel shortage problems hitting the country.

Many commuters have taken advantage of the shortage of fuel as well as the exorbitant prices of fuel on the black market, to increase bus fares.

However, in an interview with MIJ fm, MOAM Secretary General Coxley Kamange said there is no official bus fares hike, but what is happening is that, operators have reverted to the certified prices, which normally fall down due to fluctuation of business.

While acknowledging that the fuel scarcity has affected MOAM’s operations, Kamange called on passengers to report all minibuses who are overcharging.

Coxley Kamange explains.......

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MIJ graduates 121 students

28/10/11

Blantyre

Journalists in the country have been urged to intensify their commitment towards increasing public awareness on key issues that affect Malawians to help them make informed choices on their lives.


General Manager of Blantyre Newspapers Limited, Dr. Tikhala Chibwana made the remarks during the 2011 Malawi Institute of journalism graduation ceremony held this morning at the Malawi postal Corporation conference centre in Blantyre.


Chibwana who was guest of honour at the ceremony observed that the media plays a crucial role in entrenching efforts by government and other stakeholders aimed at improving such issues including those of human rights, health and democracy.


121 students from MIJ have graduated this year with their diploma and certificate credentials from the institutions three compasses of Blantyre, Lilongwe and Mzuzu.


The graduation ceremony was held under the theme “Enhancing the role of journalism in improving health, human rights and democracy.”



Dr. Tikhala Chibwana explains.......


Also speaking during the ceremony, Mr. martin Thawani, who represented the Malawi Institute of journalism-MIJ Board of Directors, appealed to the graduants to increase their commitment in shaping public awareness on matters of gender imbalances which are also negatively affecting the country’s development efforts.


Martin Thawani explains.......



in her remarks, Executive Director of the Malawi institute of Journalism, Dalitso Nkunika said MIJ continues to play its rightful role ole in improving Malawi’s journalism standards.

She however expressed concern that inadequate spaces in most of the local media institutions deprive new graduates of practical skills in the industry.

Dalitso Nkunika explains.......

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Was the battle for academic freedom worth it?

28/10/11

Special Report

MIJ fm’s Brenda Kawonga takes a closer look at the seven month-long academic freedom fight, at the University of Malawi’s Chancellor College.

The fight began technically on 27th February, after the summoning and questioning, of associate professor, Blessings Chinsinga.

Police Chief Peter Mukhitho, accused Chinsinga of teaching his students anarchy, in his public opinion class.

Brenda asks whether the fight, that has lasted about 8 months now, was it really worth the time

Brenda Kawonga.......


 
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Phalombe CCAP youth organise big walk

 

27/10/11

Phalombe

More than 40 youths from Phalombe CCAP youth ministry have organized a big walk in which they intend to raise over half a million kwacha.


Diverson Juta one of the organizing committee members for Phalombe CCAP youth ministry says the proceeds of the big walk are meant to  assist the needy at Phalombe health center.


On Saturday the youth will walk from Mulanje at St Andrews CCAP to Limbe CCAP a distance of about 45 kilometers.


Juta said although the distance is long they will manage it because they are energetic.

Diverson Juta explains.......

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Riot Police arrest 15 Mzuni students

27/10/11

Mzuzu

Riots that left 15 students arrested at Mzuzu University have entered a second day. The students are protesting against unapproved bursaries.


The students went on rampage and blocked the M-1 road with stones and burnt up tyres to influence Malawi Savings Bank – MSB authorities to release their loans catering for accommodation and fees.

As of now level two students have not yet received their loans for the whole year while those in fourth year have not received loans for one semester.

Speaking on conditions of anonymity, one of the students at Mzuzu University said the students are rioting because the bank has approved loans for some students while other bursaries have been approved either in halves or they have been denied completely.

Meanwhile students are running for their lives from riot police. Yesterday one student blasted a teargas while students had a meeting in the main hall.

Samuel Kalimira explains.......

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Malawians need to enjoy their right to freedom of expression

27/10/11

Blantyre

Media experts say Malawians need to enjoy being citizens of the country by exercising their right to freedom of expression through the opening up of media space by government.

Gray Mang’anda, one of the media specialists argues that Malawi is sending an image that the country is in conflict such that, people do not have the freedom to express their views.

His comments follow reports that Zambian government has gave Joy TV a broadcasting license two weeks ago.

Furthermore, Mang’anda says government should abide by the country’s constitution in providing alternative and balanced views to the public, instead of listening to one side through the public broadcaster.

 

Gray Mang’anda explains.......


 
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Phalombe CCAP youth organise big walk

 

27/10/11

Phalombe

More than 40 youths from Phalombe CCAP youth ministry have organized a big walk in which they intend to raise over half a million kwacha.


Diverson Juta one of the organizing committee members for Phalombe CCAP youth ministry says the proceeds of the big walk are meant to  assist the needy at Phalombe health center.


On Saturday the youth will walk from Mulanje at St Andrews CCAP to Limbe CCAP a distance of about 45 kilometers.


Juta said although the distance is long they will manage it because they are energetic.

Diverson Juta explains.......

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GOVT still harbor plans to implement the Malawi-Mozambique power interconnection bill

26/10/11

Lilongwe

Government says plans are still there to implement the Malawi Mozambique power interconnection bill which seeks to improve Malawi’s current energy generation by 200 Megawatts.


Minister of Natural Resources, Energy and Environment Goodall Gondwe disclosed this in an interview with MIJ FM.


In 2005, the Democratic progressive Party-DPP led government announced that it would embark on the project which also aims at connecting Malawi to the southern African Power Pool where there are also other SADC countries such as Zimbabwe and South Africa.


Initially, the World Bank committed itself to pay about 200 million dollar and stressed that the Malawi government would take over the project after three years.


Speaking in an interview with MIJ FM, Gondwe stressed that government is currently working on modalities to improve Kapichira and other electricity generation plants.

Goodall Gondwe explains.......

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Human trafficking cases shocks GOVT Minister

26/10/11

Lilongwe

Government has expressed shock with escalating cases of human trafficking within and outside the country.

Gender children and community development Minister Reen Kachere said this is rampant among women and children.

Kachere made the remarks in an interview soon after opening a three day regional human trafficking best practices conference which is currently underway in Lilongwe.

The minister has since vowed to push for the enactment of the human trafficking bill.

Reen Kachere explains.......


 
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Inter-denominational theatre group is born

 

26/10/11

Blantyre

A new theatre group is born in the country. Its name is “The Parables.”

This is the first inter-denominational theatre group in the country’s theatre history, which is founded on values of the Christian faith.

According to the group’s director, Bayana Chunga, the Parables seek to create an alternative platform to conventional evangelism.

 

Bayana Chunga explains.......

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Law expert asks GOVT to use reports and recommendations from commissions of inquiries

25/10/11

Blantyre

One of the country’s law experts has asked government to start reacting positively to reports and recommendations from the various commissions of inquiries that were instituted by President Bingu wa Mutharika.

Recently government has instituted a commission of inquiry on the circumstances that led to the death of 20 people during the 20th and 21st July demonstrations.

A few months ago government also instituted another commission of inquiry on the chancellor college stand off which is yet to come out with its findings and a report.

Apart from the said commissions of inquiries, government also instituted other bodies like the one   to do with the death of former minister Karonga Stambuli.

This has raised suspicions in the minds of many Malawians that the commissions of inquires will come out with a desired out come as they have never done that before.

However in an interview with MIJ FM Justin Dzonzi of the Justice Link said the president is justified to set such commissions but people always questions its relevance as they sometimes fail to answer the questions that people have.

 

Justine Dzonzi explains.......

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Devaluation of the Malawi Kwacha is negatively impacting the living standards of Malawians

25/10/11

Lilongwe

The Centre for Social Concern – CSC September study has revealed that the devaluation of the Malawi Kwacha is negatively impacting the living standards of Malawians.  

According to the report an average Malawian family of six needs about K60, 000 to buy food, clothing and pay rent for a month following the devaluation of the currency kwacha.


Government reduced the value of the kwacha against major currencies in a bid to boost the availability of forex on the market but the move has failed to rejuvenate consumer confidence as evidenced by the incessant fuel and foreign currency shortages.


The kwacha, which was pegged at K145 to the greenback since 2004, was seen by many analysts, including the influential International Monetary Fund -IMF as unrealistic, putting pressure on government to devalue.

But while the cost of living has jumped salaries of civil servants and workers in the private sector have remained stagnant, casting a gloomy economic atmosphere in a country operating on a zero-budget deficit .
 
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Malawi keeps registering high unemployment rates

 

25/10/11

Blantyre

Economic experts say Malawi keeps registering high unemployment rates, especially among the youth due to lack of job creation by administrations.

Meanwhile the International Vocation Education and Training Association-IVETA Conference, which Malawi will host, in August next year is aimed at creating jobs among the thousands of youths in the country.

Abel Modungwa, IVETA’s president on the preparations of the conference said this in an interview with MIJ FM.

Malawi will become the third African country, to host such a high profile gathering, on the globe, after South Africa and Mauritius

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Bingu will not attend Zambia's Independence day celebrations

24/10/11

Lilongwe/Zomba

President Bingu Wa Mutharika has revealed he will not attend the forthcoming Zambia’s 47th Independence Day Celebrations because of the Commonwealth Summit in Australia.

This follows reports that President Michael Sata has sent an invitation to the former president Dr. Bakili Muluzi and Vice president Joyce Banda to be part of the celebrations.

 The development comes almost a week after the Malawi government announced a fresh union with the Zambian leader by declaring he was free to visit Malawi at any time.

However, many people believe government was not honest in its apology to the Sata following government’s insistence that it did not apologize but simply clarified that the Zambian leader’s immigration status was cleared.

While confirming that Mutharika has not received any invitation to the celebrations, Presidential spokesperson, Dr Hetherwick Ntaba, claimed in an interview with MIJ FM that the Malawi leader would not make it even if invited due to the coming Commonwealth Summit.

Dr Hetherwick Ntaba. explains.......


Meanwhile, constitutional law experts have described Sata’s invitation of the opposition political party leaders as unusual arguing such functions are extended to the country’s president.

Edge Kanyongolo is Associate Professor of Law at the University of Malawi’s Chancellor College in Zomba and sheds more light.

Associate Professor Edge Kanyongolo, explains.......

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MESN has not aborted plans to drag GOVT to court over 2011 local polls

24/10/11

Blantyre

The Malawi Electoral Support Network-MESN has refuted reports that they have completely aborted plans to drag President Bingu Wa Mutharika’s led government to court for postponing 2011 local polls to 2014.

In April this year, President Mutharika in consultation with officials from the Malawi Electoral Commission-MEC attributed the postponement to inadequate time and insufficient funds for the elections.

This was despite commitment and pledges from the country’s donors and development partners that they would provide financial assistance to cater for the same.

MESN representatives accused the Malawi leader of continuously lacking respect to the constitution of the land and vowed to take a legal action against such the action.

However, almost half a year down the line, the electoral institution is silent; a development raising more suspicions that it has been ordered to absolutely stop pursuing the issue further.

But in an interview with MIJ FM, MESN Chairperson, Alouisious Nthenda, claimed they are giving room to the United Nations-facilitated dialogue that is also closely examining the matter.

Nthenda said they have not given up on plans to take legal action against government for postponing the polls.

Alouisious Nthenda explains.......


 
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People who killed Chasowa, will be tracked down - POLY Lectures

 

24/10/11

Blantyre

Lecturers at the Malawi Polytechnic insist they will leave no stone unturned to track down people who killed their student, Robert Chasowa.

Chasowa was found dead at the campus on September 24 last month.

And an autopsy report from renowned pathologist from the College of Medicine, Dr. Charles Dzamalala, revealed the student was murdered contrary to an earlier announcement by police that he had committed suicide.

This prompted the Malawi Human Rights Commission-MHRC to seek a court inquest to further investigate Chasowa’s death.

But speaking during the memorial ceremony of the three students who died this year, at the Malawi Polytechnic, Polytechnic Academic Staff Committee on Welfare-PASCOW president, Griffin Salima, said they will not sit back but fight on to discover why Chasowa was killed.


The ceremony was attended the college’s principal, Professor Grant Kululanga, who asked the college to simply trust in God who is in control.

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Current Academic impasse will derail the progress of education in Malawi - Masangano

21/10/11

Lilongwe

Education activists have called for authorities to deal with the academic impasse currently rocking the country in order to give room to Malawi School Certificate of Education- MSCE graduates who might be selected for further education at the University of Malawi.

Director of programmes for Link for education governance, Clement Masangano said this in an interview with MIJ FM.

His appeal comes a few days after the Malawi National Examination board-MANEB released the MSCE results with an improvement pass rate percentage of 1.5 compared to last year.

Masangano said the 1.5 pass rate percent improvement clearly shows that there has to be room for the successful candidates to further their education at the constituent colleges of the University of Malawi.

He said the current impasse will derail the progress of education for MCSE graduates.

 

Clement Masangano explains.......

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Security intensified in ADMARC depots

21/10/11

Blantyre

The police have intensified security in all Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation – ADMARC depots where the subsidized fertilizer is being sold.

Southern Region police publicist Davie Chingwalu said this in an interview with MIJ FM, following an incident that occurred at Nzedi ADMARC in Chiradzulu district yesterday where a woman got wounded in a fracas that erupted between the smallholder farmers and ADMARC security guards.

He said fragments from a pump-gun that was being used by an ADMARC guard landed on the back of a 50 year old woman called Marita Lipenga who was later taken to Chiradzulu district hospital.

 

Davie Chingwalu explains.......


 
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Its possible to eradicate Malaria

 

21/10/11

Special Report

MIJ FM examines Malawi’s chances in eradicating Malaria, regarded as the number one killer disease for pregnant women and under five children.

This follows the recent announcement of phase three of the malaria vaccine trial commonly known as RTS’s.

This is believed to reduce the risk of clinical and severe Malaria by 56 and 47 percent respectively.

RTS trials are still under way in 11 Sub Saharan African and Lilongwe in Malawi with final results expected out between 2012 and 2014.

MIJ FM’s Sylvester Namiwa closely looks at the practicality of realizing the ambitious goal of eradicating the disease.

 

 

Sylvester Namiwa.......

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Livingstonia Synod trashes media reports that it has endorsed Joyce Banda, as its presidential candidate in 2014

20/10/11

Mzuzu

The Livingstonia Synod of the CCAP has brushed aside online media allegations that it has officially endorsed Malawi’s Vice President, Joyce Banda, as its presidential candidate in the 2014 general elections.

Banda, who is also President for the People’s Party-PP was recently in Mzuzu where he persuaded the northern region legislators to meet President Bingu Wa Mutharika to force Information and Civic Education Minister, Patricia Kaliati, to apologize for allegedly making tribalistic statements.

But Kaliati trashed the vice president’s remarks arguing this was contrary to what she promised Malawians that she would not castigate personalities.

Nonetheless, reports indicate that members of the clergy in the Livingstonia CCAP synod rallied behind the PP’s leader during a church service at Zolozolo in Mzuzu, ahead of the 2014 elections.

This has received wide-spread criticisms from people who question whether they are a church or a political grouping.

However, in an interview with MIJ FM, the synod’s deputy general secretary, Maurice Munthali, rubbished the reports claiming the church simply wished Banda well.

 

Maurice Munthali explains .......

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MCTU for decent working environments

20/10/11

Lilongwe

Representatives of the Malawi Congress Trade Union-MCTU have revealed plans to launch a project aimed at creating decent work for workers in the country.

This comes amid revelations that most employers creating hostile working environments for the workers ranging from cruel payments to lack of conditions of services’ guidelines.

MCTU says the project will run for two years and seeks to improve the livelihoods of employees across the country.

The organization’s deputy chairperson responsible for education and organization Jessie Ching’oma, told MIJ FM that the project will lobby with employers, as well as giving negotiating skills for better perks.

Jessie Ching’oma explains.......


 
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OIBM tips Malawians on saving culture

 

20/10/11

Lilongwe

Officials of the Opportunity International Bank of Malawi-OIBM have tipped Malawians to start treating saving as part of their monthly budgets.

This is in line with the bank’s 14 month long promotion known as Wankhokwe Adye that intends to promote a saving culture among its customers through out the year.

OIBM chief Marketing and Research Officer, Webster Mbekeyani, said most people think that they cannot save because they do not get excess income.

 

Webster Mbekeyani explains.......

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ACB keeps a tight lid on the preliminary findings into the MHC’s scandal

19/10/11

Blantyre

Officials of the Anti-Corruption Bureau-ACB are keeping a tight lid on the preliminary findings into the Malawi Housing Corporation-MHC scandal investigations.

Top government and ruling Democratic Progressive Party-DPP officials are suspected to have purchased houses from the cooperation at give away prices leading to the loss of about 105 million kwacha.

These include, Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Minister, Peter Mutharika, who is also a brother to the country’s President, Bingu Wa Mutharika, Trade and Industry Minister, John Bande, Supreme Court Judge, Dr. Jane Ansah and DPP’s Southern regional governor, Noel Masangwi among others.

This is happening when poor Malawians are facing a daunting task to rent or let alone purchase the houses.

Following the scam, the ACB launched investigations in May this year to establish the truth behind the suspected corruption at the parastatal.

However, almost half a year since the start of the investigations, ACB officials are still mum on the real progress made on the case they describe as high profile.

The bureau’s Public Relations Officer, Egritta Ndala, told MIJ FM they are making steady progress with their investigations but refused to disclose their findings yet.

Egritta Ndala explains .......

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GOVT hospitals have enough drugs - Chimbali

19/10/11

Lilongwe

Health authorities have revealed that the country’s hospitals are registering steady improvements on the drug shortages.

The problem hit hard the country’s public hospitals in the past three months; a development that saw poor Malawians being sent back without any medication from these hospitals.

In worst cases, they were advised to purchase the essential drugs from private clinics that were too expensive.

This prompted delegates at the on-going United Nations-facilitated dialogue to ask the Malawi government to procure drugs to last for three to four months as a short term measure to ease the problem.

But in interview with MIJ FM, Ministry of Health spokesperson, Henry Chimbali, claimed that government procured drugs that are already in stock at the Central Medical Stores ready for distribution.

Chimbali attributed this to recent mechanisms by government aimed at eliminating the problem.

Henry Chimbali explains.......


 
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Economists hails COMESA on Grand Free Trade Area

 

19/10/11

Lilongwe

Economists have hailed Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa-COMESA member states for coming up with a Grand Free Trade Area-FTA encompassing the 26 countries, which is half of Africa.


The Grand FTA will see the existing trade blocs of COMESA, Southern Africa Development Community-SADC and the East African Community-EAC into one integrated market of 26 countries with a combined population of nearly 600 million people.


However, some economist have argued that Grand Free Trade Area is a bit rushed though the idea of having a harmonized trade and tariff policy across a wide range of African nations would absolutely be positive and beneficial.


Others have argued that the success of the tripartite free trade agreement hangs in limbo considering that there a lot of countries including Malawi, Tanzania and Kenya among others with dual membership with COMESA, SADC and the EAC.


In an interview with MIJ fm, Malawi Economic Justice Network-MEJN Trade and Policy Manager Richard Chiputula said the Grand FTA will ease pressure on countries at cross roads in as far making a decision as to which regional bloc they should belong to.


According to Chiputula the grand Free Trade Area and subsequent creation of one Customs Union will create one single economic space from the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa to Cairo and the Mediterranean in Egypt and Tripoli and will contribute to the realization of the African Economic Community.


Richard Chiputula explains.......

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Fuel scarcity problems to continue rocking the country

18/10/11

Lilongwe

Malawians will have to wait for some more time before the current fuel shortages could be finally over.

For over two years now, the country has faced an acute shortage of both petrol and diesel which has been largely attributed to inadequate foreign exchange reserves in the Malawi government.

Apart from this challenge, government has further attributed the current fuel scarcity to transportation challenges which are faced by local transporters from points of delivery in neighboring countries to various fuel supplying points across the country.

However, as a way of addressing the problem, president Bingu wa Mutharika told Malawians that his administration will soon establish a local petroleum firm to be called National Oil Company to provide a long term solution to the problem by among others, overseeing issues of fuel in the country.

Speaking in an interview with MIJ FM, minister of Natural Resources, Energy and Environment, Goodal Gondwe disclosed that the company has been formed but admitted that it will not roll out its operations any time soon.

Gondwe also told MIJ FM that currently government is in the process of identifying more funds to be used in the establishment of storage facilities for the company.

 

Goodal Gondwe explains .......

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Alleged UDF Taskforce members are opportunist - Ken Msonda

18/10/11

Blantyre

The former ruling United Democratic Front – UDF has refuted allegations that there’s a new taskforce which has emerged in the party with the aim of discrediting the current National Executive Committee-NEC. 

The taskforce’s chairman, James Mlenga, claimed in a recent interview with MIJ fm, that they have been holding secret meetings with Dr. Ntafu, despite the much talked about re-union of the initial two warring sides.

This comes just a few weeks after some members expressed reservations with the conduct of the NEC when it suspended Machinga North East parliamentarian, Atupele Muluzi, for allegedly flouting the party’s constitution.

The younger Muluzi met his fate, immediately after a public declaration that he would contest for the party’s presidency, during the 2014 parliamentary and presidential elections.

 The UDF NEC has accused Atupele of advancing personal interests, by rushing to print campaign materials, promoting his candidature.

But as dust and sanity is yet to prevail in the once mighty party, some members still believe Dr. George Nga Ntafu is the legitimate national chairman of UDF.

When reached for comment, UDF’s Deputy Publicity Secretary Ken Nsonda rubbished the existence of such a task force.

Nsonda who was leading the taskforce himself some 15 months ago, told MIJ FM that Mlenga is an opportunist.

Ken Nsonda explains.......


 
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Black Missionaries to hold a fundraising show for Big Bullets

 

18/10/11

Blantyre

Bullets Football officials say preparations are going on well for a fundraising show which is expected to take place this coming Sunday at the Bullets club house opposite College in Blantyre.

The peoples team is hosting the reggae outfit Black missionaries along side Anthony Makondetsa and Moda Fumulani   over the weekend.

The chairman of the Peoples team Malinda Chinyama said the team is expected to raise over 5 Million kwacha.

Chinyama highlighted that as one way of boosting the team financially there’s need to host several activities at the club house since the team is still struggling to get a potential sponsor.

He therefore asked all football fans to patronize the show accordingly and he has assured a tight security during the show.

 

Malinda Chinyama explains.......

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Taskforce does not exist in UDF - Mpasu

17/10/11

Blantyre

The former ruling United Democratic Front-UDF National Executive Committee-NEC has trashed the existence of any Taskforce in the party.

This comes as some members under the banner of the UDF Taskforce are questioning the legitimacy of the current NEC.

Chairperson of the grouping, James Mlenga, told MIJ FM that they do not recognize the current NEC and its party chairmanship.

Mlenga claimed the taskforce has been holding meetings with Dr. George Nga Ntafu whom they recognize as the party’s legitimate chairman.

The fresh differences have emerged as the leadership wrangles in the party are refusing to die following the suspension of the Machinga North East Member of Parliament, Atupele Muluzi.

But Mlenga denied any suggestions that the grouping comprises young Muluzi’s sympathizers.

However, UDF Vice President, Sam Mpasu, trashed the existence of the taskforce arguing people in the group are not bonafide members.

Mpasu said the party has constitutional procedures mandating its operations hence cannot be swerved by members he described as non-existent.

Sam Mpasu explains .......

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Malawi needs Anti human trafficking bill

17/10/11

Blantyre

Child rights groups have attributed lack of human trafficking bill that protects the country’s citizens from been transferred and been sold out side the country and within as stumbling block in the fight against the vice.

Currently the country has no legislation that protects citizens from been trafficked into various countries and industries which makes is difficult to successfully try and convict people are caught in human trafficking.

In an interview with MIJ fm, Executive Director of the eye of the child Maxwell Matewere, said the fight against human trafficking is facing a set back in the absence of the law.

He also revealed that the document is currently with the ministry of internal affairs and has however, expressed hope that the bill will be discussed in the next sitting of parliament in the month of November.

 

Maxwell Matewere explains.......


 
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Competitive mindset, an essential tool in business

 

17/10/11

Blantyre

The Indigenous Business Association of Malawi-IBAM has challenged Malawian businesses to develop a competitive mindset that can take them at par with foreign investors.

The call was made by IBAM’s Executive Director Iness Malemia in an exclusive interview with MIJ FM.

Malemia while acknowledging that most big businesses are owned by foreign investors, observed that local Malawians can come and work together in order to compete with foreign investors in securing big businesses.

 

Iness Malemia explains.......

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Senior participants to the COMESA summit arrives this afternoon

13/10/11

Lilongwe

Heads of state and government to the 15th Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa-COMESA summit will begin arriving into the country this afternoon.

According to the program, Kenyan vice president Steve Kalonzo Musyoka is expected to jet in around 12 this afternoon, followed by
Zimbabwean president, Robert Mugabe, who is expected to arrive at 4 o’clock, later in the day.

MIJ FM online reporter in Lilongwe Anthony Masamba explains .......

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Foot and Mouth disease hits Chikhwawa

13/10/11

Chikhwawa

Up to 16 cases of foot and mouth disease have been identified in Ngabu area in Chikhwawa district.

This has been confirmed by Dr Ben Chimera, who is the acting Director of Animal Health in the ministry of agriculture and food security.

Dr. Chimera said the disease is moving from the south to northern parts of the southern region, but he said the ministry is planning to control the disease at around Ngabu.

He added that government has ordered 70, 000 doses of vaccine to immunize animals, in the Lower Shire area, from the foot and mouth disease.

Last year government also conducted a vaccination exercise in the Lower Shire, however Chimera said, the affected area was not vaccinated.

Dr Ben Chimera explains.......


 
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Airtel Malawi switch on Balaka

 

13/10/11

Balaka

Airtel Malawi, has pledged commitment to providing high quality services to its customers.

The remarks were made by Airtel’s head of ICT, Dr. Mathews Mtumbuka, in Balaka yesterday, when the company launched a network tower in the district.

The company launched the tower to increase and improve network coverage in Balaka and surrounding areas.

Speaking at the ceremony in Mbera village, Mtumbuka said Airtel has budgeted a sum of 110 million US dollars, for new network installations, advancement as well as expansion.

This will be will be done in 200 areas across the country, and that Balaka-Mbera was among the newly installed network coverage areas.

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GOVT should embrace minority rights – Rev Sembereka

10/10/11

Lilongwe

Some civil society organizations have backed Britain’s decision, to stop funding developing countries which do not allow same-sex marriages.

Britain’s International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell has been quoted in the UK’s The Daily Mail of yesterday through his spokesperson, that Britain has resorted to cutting aid to African countries, that are against gay marriages, as a condition for British aid.

The British government says it has taken this measure, as one way of protecting the rights of minority groups, such as gays and bisexuals, among other certain groups of people.

The Malawi government has always insisted, that the country’s laws do not allow same sex marria