Sunday 18 February 2018
( 07/31/13)
NAIROBI- Twelve years after African governments pledged in the Abuja Declaration to allocate at least 15 percent of their annual budgets to healthcare by 2015, just six countries have met this goal. Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Rwanda, Togo and Zambia have met the target, and five other countries are spending at least 13 percent of their annual budgets on health, according to data compiled by the UN World Health OrganiSation (WHO). While on aggregate spending on health has increased – up to 10.6 percent from 8.8 – about a quarter of African Union (AU) member-states have regressed and are now spending less on health than they were in 2001, adds the WHO data. Recently, the AU held another special summit on...
(CNN 07/31/13)
(CNN) -- A decade after Angola emerged from devastating civil war, the sea front road that winds around the bay of its capital, Luanda, is now dotted with multi-million dollar condominiums, exclusive clubs, and boutique stores catering for the country's elite. Most of Luanda's population, however, live in the nearby slums, where health facilities are non-existent and children must work, not study, to survive. Africa's natural resource wealth has certainly fueled a decade of rapid growth, but most Africans have still not seen the benefits. More urgently, rapid population growth combined with deepening inequality could one day prove explosive. It does not have to be this way, of course. Botswana successfully used its diamond wealth to develop quickly, growing from...
(Zodiak Online 07/30/13)
Former US President Bill Clinton arrives in Malawi Wednesday for a two day visit. He is expected to tour projects his foundation the Clinton Development Initiative (CDI) is supporting in the southern African country. “The visit by President Clinton, who will be accompanied by his daughter Chelsea, will highlight his Foundation’s work in health access and economic growth and empowerment in Malawi, “indicates a statement issued by Government. The statement further indicates during the visit President Clinton will also meet with President Joyce Banda and other senior government officials in the health and agriculture sectors to discuss development stride of the country. President Clinton will also tour the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) clinic at Kamuzu Central Hospital in Lilongwe...
(In2 East Africa 07/30/13)
Mwanza — Strong possibilities of finding crude oil and natural gas deposits under Lake Nyasa has steadily increased tensions between Malawi and Tanzania. The two countries are caught up in a bitter dispute over ownership rights to the elongated lake that is a natural frontier. Malawi claims all of it, while Tanzania says half of the lake is rightly theirs. A mediation effort is underway under the auspices of the African Union. In October 2011, the then Malawi government awarded a contract to British Surestream Petroleum to start gas and oil exploration on the eastern part of the lake. A second licence was issued in December 2012 to a subsidiary of South African firm, SacOil. Calls by the Tanzanian government...
(The Malawi Democrat 07/30/13)
The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has cried foul that United Democratic Front (UDF) 2014 torch bearer Atupele Muluzi is going to the venues visited by DPP president professor Peter Mutharika. DPP spokesman Nicholous Dausi said the whistle-stop programme by Atupele is affecting the support of Mutharika as he is converting some of DPP supporters after their rallies. Last week, Mutharika was on a week-long whistle stop tour in the lower shire where he drew large crowds in all his rallies and barely two days after winding up, the young Muluzi has also arranged a series of similar rallies this week. On Sunday, Atupele stormed Mwanza .where he encouraged the people to register with the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) to be...
(The Malawi Democrat 07/30/13)
The ruling People’s Party(PP) President Joyce Banda is playing her cards close to the chest on the running mate issue with Vice president Khumbo Kachali left in the cold, according to reports on Nyasa Times. President Banda is reportedly to be shuffling her cards carefully to pick the running mate in the much touted 2014 tripartite elections. But Kachali has been left out after some of her advisers spoke against the vice president because of the scandals the Veep has been involved in since appointed to the position last year. Banda’s options include Minister of Lands Henry Phoya, pp Vice president for the centre Cassim Chilumpha and Minister of Transport Sidik Mia. However, Henry Phoya according to the source is...
(Zodiak Online 07/30/13)
London and Washington have expressed concern over what they have called “worrisome conduct of political parties in the run up to the 2014 elections” in Malawi. In a statement signed by British High Commissioner to Malawi, Michael Nevin and US Ambassador to Malawi, Jeanine Jackson the two have appealed to political parties to play their part by campaigning responsibly, and adhering to the electoral code of conduct. “We are disturbed by recent reported inflammatory and derogatory public comments from some senior individuals, and their supporters, of a number of political parties,” reads part of the statement. “Such rhetoric risks stoking violence and threatens the stability that Malawi is known for,” cautions the statement adding: “We urge all parties, candidates and...
(Zodiak Online 07/29/13)
Some candidates voting for the Malawi Congress Party MCP presidency will find themselves out of the race now that the party has confirmed it wants to trim the number from 12 to three or four. MCP President John Tembo confirmed to Zodiak Online that party's executive committee agreed that the contenders are too many hence the need to trim. The Malawi Congress Party President said at one point he himself volunteered to bow out but the majority of the executive committee refused. "I was the first to volunteer to stand down as one way of triming the number but the majority of the executive commitee members insisted that I stand," said Tembo in an exclusive interview on Zodiak's award winning...
(Actusen 07/29/13)
Malawi government food policies have failed to bail most Malawians out of food insecurity, a latest United Nations report has said. UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food Mr. Oliver De Schutter said benefits of programmes like the heavily funded Farm Input Subsidy (FISP) are not trickling down to poor Malawians. “FISP has a number of problems; it is clouding out other very important policies that need to be better financed, it is very expensive for the country and the cost of fertilizers will be increasing in the next few years,” said De Schutter. In the 2113/14 budget, FISP was given a whooping K60 billion, an amount a local analyst said was “too much for the programme.” “While the...
(The Malawi Democrat 07/29/13)
MWANZA (Malawi Democrat)— The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has cried foul that United Democratic Front (UDF) 2014 torch bearer Atupele Muluzi is going to the venues visited by DPP president professor Peter Mutharika. DPP spokesman Nicholous Dausi said the whistle-stop programme by Atupele is affecting the support of Mutharika as he is converting some of DPP supporters after their rallies. Last week, Mutharika was on a week-long whistle stop tour in the lower shire where he drew large crowds in all his rallies and barely two days after winding up, the young Muluzi has also arranged a series of similar rallies this week. On Sunday, Atupele stormed Mwanza .where he encouraged the people to register with the Malawi Electoral Commission...
(Reuters 07/29/13)
LILONGWE, Malawi (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Misguided policies threaten to make Malawi’s much-lauded surge in maize production a fleeting rather than a lasting phenomenon, a top U.N. expert has warned. Inadequate taxation of large businesses and ill-timed subsidies for agricultural inputs, as well as worsening weather, mean the boost in food production the country enjoyed between 2005 and 2009 could level off, according to Olivier De Schutter, the United Nations’ special rapporteur on the right to food. “Malawi is often held up as an example of how hunger can be tackled by subsidising inputs for farmers. However, considerable challenges remain,” De Schutter told journalists in Lilongwe last week, after an 11-day assessment of the country’s realisation of the right to...
(The Nation 07/29/13)
Yeremiah Chihana, an evaluator of the deceased estate of former president the late Bingu wa Mutharika, has said the wealth of the estate is expected to go beyond K61 billion (about $152m) after full assessment. Chihana was reacting to the story in the Weekend Nation that quoted lawyers representing the Estate Commissioner, Lusungu Gondwe, and lawyer representing Mutharika’s daughters, Kalekeni Kaphale, confirming the drop of the initial estimate of K61 billion to K51 billion. Though the drop to K51 billion (about $127m) appears on some court documents prepared and filed, according to the lawyers, Chihana said that did not come from his evaluation and could be a fruit of miscalculation. He said recent discoveries show that Mutharika had houses in...
(AFP (eng) 07/28/13)
PARIS, July 28, 2013 (AFP) - Disappointment over the lack of democratic progress in Egypt, Tunisia and Libya is understandable, but the so-called Arab Spring of 2011 will take time to mature, analysts say, warning that the process will be chaotic. "We have to stop using seasonal metaphors. We are in a revolutionary process that will take at least a decade," says Karim Emile Bitar, an expert on Arab affairs at the Paris-based Institute of International and Strategic Relations. "And 'revolutionary process' means revolution, counter-revolution, efforts to fix the revolution, and that's exactly what is happening," he added. In Egypt, the army ousted democratically elected president Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood; Tunisia has seen sometimes violent demonstrations against the...
(Huffingtonpost 07/27/13)
South Africa's failure to successfully engage some of Africa's most troublesome conflict zones has undermined the country's credibility and cast doubt about whether South Africa should be perceived as the continent's regional military and political leader. Ineffectual leadership is at the heart of the matter. President Zuma has made some dubious decisions regarding South Africa's regional foreign policy, and his inability to meaningfully address the plethora of domestic problems facing the country raises question about its suitability as Africa's de facto leader. Attempts to promote human rights -- a trademark of South Africa's foreign policy for the past 20 years -- have resulted in the adoption of some erratic policy decisions. For example, the South African government has numerous times...
(The Malawi Democrat 07/26/13)
LILONGWE (Malawi Democrat)-United Nations (UN) special rapporteur on the Right to Food Olivier de Schutter has said the Kayelekera Uranium Mine in Karonga is one of the investments through which Malawi is losing a lot of its resources, saying Malawi may lose close to US$281 million (K92 billion) over the 13- year lifespan of the mine. De Schutter told journalists in Lilongwe on Monday that the lost resources could have made a difference in food security and other pro-poor initiatives. He said revenue losses from special tax incentives to Paladin Africa Mining which runs the Kayelekera mine are estimated at almost K67 billion ($205 million) since the mine started its operations and could reach almost K92 billion ($281 million) over...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/26/13)
NAIROBI — Tanzania said on Thursday its armed forces were ready to protect the country against any foreign threat to its territory, raising the stakes in an escalating border dispute with Malawi. Tanzania is embroiled in a territorial wrangle with Malawi over the ownership of Lake Nyasa, which is known as Lake Malawi in the neighboring country. Malawi, which sits to the west of Africa's third-largest lake, claims the entire northern half of the lake while Tanzania, to the east, says it owns half of the northern area. The southern half is shared between Malawi and Mozambique. “Anyone who tries to provoke our country will face consequences ... Our country is safe and the army is strong and ready to...
(Zodiak Online 07/26/13)
The top leadership of the Malawi Congress Party has agreed to hold the party’s much-anticipated national convention from 9 to 11 August this year at the Natural Resources College in Lilongwe. Insiders have confided in Zodiak Online, however that delegates to the National Executive Committee meeting that met for over five hours on Thursday did not finalize on vetting the candidates to compete on various positions including that of president. “I can confirm that the MCP National Executive Committee has finally resolved to hold the convention from 9th to 11th August in Lilongwe at the Natural Resources Collage. “But not everything is meant for the public consumption. On who and who will contest on the party presidency, may the public...
(Zodiak Online 07/26/13)
RUMPHI: Communities around Vwaza Game Reserve in Rumphi, northern Malawi, have petitioned President Joyce Banda over continued destruction of crops and threats posed by marauding elephants from the reserve. In the petition, the communities want government to revise the Game and National Parks Act so that people injured or whose property is destroyed by wild animals get compensated. Rumphi District Director of Finance Mr. Humphreys Phiri acknowledged receipt of the petition on behalf of the DC. Presenting the petition to the DC’s office the concerned communities said failure by game officials to erect a fence around the area has seen the protected animals plundering their crops. The petition states that government should construct a fence to restrain the elephants from...
( 07/26/13)
Successful elections in Zimbabwe are crucial both for that country's own socio-economic development and for improved security in the southern African region, says South African Deputy International Relations Minister Ebrahim Ebrahim. Speaking to journalists in Pretoria on Thursday, Ebrahim said the South African government welcomed the fact that the overall atmosphere in Zimbabwe remained calm ahead of next week's elections, with no major instances of violence or intimidation having been reported so far. Ebrahim added that South Africa hoped there wouldn't be a repeat of Zimbabwe's previous election in 2008, when the announcement of the results had been delayed, stoking concerns about poll rigging. Over six-million Zimbabweans who have registered to vote will go to the polls next Wednesday to...
(Business Daily 07/26/13)
Global food prices fell by 2 per cent in the latest four-month period, marking the third straight period of declines, as declining imports in the Middle East and North Africa, and lower demand pushed prices down 12 per cent from their August 2012 peak, the World Bank said on Thursday. The World Bank's Food Price Index showed international prices of wheat fell by 2 per cent, sugar by 6 per cent, soybean oil by 11 per cent, and maize, or corn, by 1 per cent during the four-month period between February and June. The index, which weighs export prices of food, fats and oils, grains, and other foods in nominal U.S. dollars, fell by 2 per cent. Improved weather conditions...

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