| Africatime
Monday 27 February 2017
(Reuters (Eng) 02/27/17)
Malawi's maize production may rise a third in 2017 to 3.2 million tonnes despite damage inflicted by the fall armyworm, an alien South American pest that has invaded corn fields from Congo to South Africa. Malawi's maize crop, the staple grain, was devastated last year by a regional drought triggered by an El Nino weather pattern. About 6.5 million Malawians, more than a third of the population, are dependent on food aid until this year's harvest in March, according to the United Nations' World Food Programme. The armyworm outbreak raised concerns about this year's harvest in Malawi
(Malawi 24 02/27/17)
Malawi President Peter Mutharika faces yet another tough time in office with a concerned grouping baying for his blood. In a petition, 36 500 Malawians from Mzuzu want Mutharika to step down saying he has failed and also for contempt of court for delegating former Minister George Chaponda to official duties when court a standing court injunction declared him (Chaponda) not a Minister in the wake of the maize gate scandal . The residents have written the petition to lawmaker Leonard Njikho to bring to parliament a motion to impeach Mutharika. The petition has given Njikho dates from 24 February and 4 March to move the motion in the August House. Njikho has since indicated the demands by the residents...
(Malawi 24 02/27/17)
Malawi’s rising population is a serious cause for worry for the country’s socio-development, economy and environment, an analyst has said. According to statistics from the 2015-16 Malawi Demographic and Health Survey) (MDHS) conducted by the National Statistical Office (NSO), the country’s population stands at 17,749,826. This statistic shows an increase of the population by 3.11 % from a similar survey carried out in 2010 whose rise was at 2.99% from the preceding survey. According to Economist Dalitso Kubalasa, this poses...
(AFP (eng) 02/27/17)
An African road movie about four women wowed its audience Sunday as it kicked off the Panafrican cinema and television festival (Fespaco), a showcase for the continent's burgeoning film industry. "Borders" ("Frontieres") directed by Apolline Traore, a Fespaco laureate in 2013, sweeps across Africa as its protagonists journey through Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso and Benin on their way to Nigeria. Along the way the women -- Ivorian, Senegalese, Burkinabe and Nigerian actresses -- are spared nothing as they are beset...
(AFP (eng) 02/23/17)
For the first time in Africa, researchers said Wednesday they have detected a malaria parasite that is partially resistant to the top anti-malaria drug, artemisinin, raising concern about efforts to fight a disease that sickens hundreds of millions of people each year. The discovery means that Africa now joins southeast Asia in hosting such drug-resistant forms of the mosquito-borne disease. Malaria infected more than 200 million people and killed some 438,000 people worldwide in 2015, most of them children in...
(AFP (eng) 02/22/17)
Malawi's President Peter Mutharika on Wednesday fired the country's agriculture minister who is alleged to have profited from a $35 million deal to import maize from Zambia. George Chaponda, seen as a close ally and potential successor of Mutharika, was dismissed from his post a day after investigators raided his home where they reportedly found $223,000 (212,000 euros) in cash. In a statement, Mutharika's office said he had decided "to relieve George Chaponda of his responsibilities as minister of agriculture with immediate effect" without saying why. His sacking follows pressure on the government in parliament over its controversial purchase of 100,000 tonnes of maize at high rates from neighbouring Zambia
(Reuters (Eng) 02/22/17)
Malawi's President Peter Mutharika has dismissed the agriculture minister after an investigation into maize procurement, the southern African nation's information minister said on Wednesday. Mutharika ordered an investigation last month into a $34.5 million government maize purchase from Zambia after allegations that the price had been inflated. "The President has removed from Cabinet Hon George Chaponda as agriculture minister with immediate effect following after he was found with millions of money at his residence yesterday," Minister of Information Nicolaus Saudi...
(Xinhuanet 02/22/17)
Africa Energy Indaba, the continent's premier energy event, kicked off in Johannesburg on Monday with the aim of finding solutions to the continent's energy future. The three-day conference is being attended by the governments' representatives, business and funders. The meeting seeks to unleash the continent's potential by coming up with an energy mix to develop Africa. Dr. Garth Strachan, Deputy Director General and Head of Gas Industrialization Unit in South Africa's Department of Trade and Industry said the recent discoveries...
(Bloomberg 02/21/17)
Ashish Thakkar, who co-founded Africa banking conglomerate Atlas Mara Ltd. with ex-Barclays Plc head Bob Diamond, lost a ruling over the ownership of family assets in a London divorce case, with a judge questioning Thakkar’s truthfulness. Judge Philip Moor ruled that Thakkar, and not his mother and sister, was the owner of disputed assets in the divorce. He found that the 35-year-old owned 100 percent of Mara Group Holdings Ltd. and other corporate entities. The result will have ramifications in...
(Nyasa Times 02/16/17)
President Peter Mutharika has hailed his Vice, Saulos Klaus Chilima for swiftly responding to floods which hit people of Mtandire in Lilongwe last Friday. Professor Mutharika said Dr Chilima's urgency and swiftness to the disaster ensured that those affected receive assistance in good time. Speaking when he visited people who were affected by the floods which hit parts of Mtandire, Area 47, 49, Nankhaka and Mgona in Lilongwe, the President said all the people who lost their property will be...
(Nyasa Times 02/16/17)
Malawi Police in Blantyre on Tuesday arrested 12 people who were moving around town begging. The arrest comes amid concerns from general public on the influx of streets kids and beggars in the country's cities and towns. Police also arrested five people on the charge of touting. "They were arrested during a sweeping exercise we conducted on Tuesday led by Station Officer, Assistance Commissioner Mercy Msonkho," explained Elizabeth Divala Blantyre police Publicist. Divala said of the arrested 12 will be...
(Nyasa Times 02/16/17)
Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has said investigations over corruption suspicion against Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development George Chaponda were underway on 'Maizegate' scandal was underway. The Presidential Commission into the investigation of the maize scam in a key report the commission presented to President Peter Mutharika at State House this morning. recommended that Chaponda be investigated for the conduct of engaging local firm Trans Globe into the Malawi's questionable procurement of maize from Zambia. And a joint committee of...
(AFP (eng) 02/15/17)
Sub-Saharan Africa, where more than a half billion people live without electricity, trails the world in government policies that promote sustainable energy, according to a new World Bank report Wednesday. Much of the rest of the world, however, has made strides toward making energy broadly available, developing renewable power sources and increasing efficiency, the inaugural Regulatory Indicators for Sustainable Energy report said. In a survey of 111 countries, the World Bank found that through 2015 nearly 80 percent had begun...
(Voice of America 02/14/17)
U.S. President Donald Trump made his first phone calls to African heads of state Monday, speaking with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari and South African President Jacob Zuma. Nigeria and South Africa said the calls were made at the request of the U.S. president, who until now has said little about Africa or African issues since assuming office last month. The Nigerian presidency said Trump and Buhari discussed issues of terrorism, and said Trump assured Buhari the United States is ready...
(Xinhuanet 02/10/17)
Floods devastated Malawi capital Lilongwe Friday morning displacing residents, forcing the Malawi Defense Force into aero-rescue response using helicopters. A number of rivers that feed into the Lilongwe River through one of the largest rivers in the city, Lingadzi River, burst their banks following heavy rains that fell on Thursday night for over six hours. The floods washed away bridges, crops and submerged homes to hundreds of residents, while children were trapped on their way to school. Eyewitnesses and local media reported that two school pupils from one of the affected
(AFP (eng) 02/10/17)
Up to 18 players at the just-completed Africa Cup of Nations could be involved in the new-look CAF Champions League when it kicks off this weekend. Among them is Georges Bokwe, one of two unused goalkeepers in the Cameroon squad that defeated Egypt in the final last Sunday in Gabon. Bokwe was kept out of the starting line-up by the consistent brilliance of Spain-based Fabrice Ondoa, who was included in the team of the tournament. But Bokwe is the first...
(Standard Digital 02/09/17)
Hundreds of business and political personalities yesterday attended a German-African economic summit in Nairobi, where German Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development Gerd Mueller talked about his “Marshall Plan” for Africa. The plan is “with Africa, not for Africa,” Mueller (pictured) said, stressing that it would be based on cooperation between equals rather than the principles of traditional development aid. The plan, which Mueller presented to the German parliament’s development committee on Wednesday, is based on fair trade conditions, investment...
(AL Jazeera 02/08/17)
The EU must espouse a transnational approach with a clear development agenda that replaces its current security policy. One year ago, 22-year-old Patrick left Douala, the largest city in Cameroon, to become a football star in Europe. A talented midfielder and an ambitious young man, Patrick felt compelled to reach Europe to help him to realise his dreams. But, as he passed through Agadez in Niger, which has become a major transit hub for migrants taking the Central Mediterranean route,...
(AFP (eng) 02/07/17)
US superstar Madonna adopted two four-year-old twin girls from Malawi on Tuesday, a court official in Lilongwe told AFP, taking the number of children she has adopted from the country to four. Just two weeks ago, the singer denied that she was involved in any adoption application in Malawi after news of her court case first emerged. "I can confirm that Madonna has been granted an adoption order for two children," judicial spokesman Mlenga Mvula told AFP, adding they were...
(AFP (eng) 02/07/17)
Malawi and its northern neighbour Tanzania have agreed to revive talks to resolve a long-running border dispute, President Peter Mutharika said Tuesday after meeting Tanzania's foreign minister in Lilongwe. The two east African neighbours are at odds over the ownership of Lake Malawi which straddles both countries with Tanzania claiming the top half of Africa's third largest freshwater lake -- a claim contested by Malawi. "The mediation efforts will be resuscitated towards a logical conclusion of the Lake Malawi border dispute," Mutharika said in a statement. Mediation to resolve the dispute has been stalled since 2012, but will be revived under the supervision of former Mozambican president Joaquim Chissano.

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