Thursday 19 October 2017
(The Maravi Post 07/05/13)
President Dr Joyce Banda on Thursday held round table discussions at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe, with leaders of opposition parties in the country over the ongoing border dispute with the neighbouring Tanzania. The talks were held behind closed doors. Being a matter of national importance the President took it upon herself to invite leaders of the opposition parties to bring them on a round table to discuss the issue which has seen Tanzania claiming ownership of a part of Lake Malawi. “It has pleased me to invite you all to come here so that we can talk about matters of national importance. Even if our political views may differ, but at the centre of all this there is this little...
(Voice of America 07/05/13)
LONDON — A new satellite system was launched into orbit last week that aims to bring high-speed Internet to remote communities across the globe. Its backers say it could have a big impact in rural parts of Africa by speeding up economic and social development. Others argue the huge amounts of money, however, should be spent on more basic needs. Lift-off for the O3b - or "Other 3 Billion" - satellite system occurred last week in French Guiana. The system goes "live" later this year when eight satellites will enter a lower orbit to provide a faster connection. Its backers include Google and the Development Bank of Southern Africa, among others. Founder Greg Wyler said the "Other 3 Billion" are...
(Ips News 07/04/13)
Charity Salima, 54, has helped to deliver over 4,000 babies in her maternity clinic in Area 23 – one of Malawi’s poorest and most populous townships – and has yet to record a single pregnancy-related death. In Malawi, the lifetime risk of a woman dying in pregnancy or childbirth is one in 36, compared to one in 4,600 in the United Kingdom, according to the Malawi Safe Motherhood Programme, an initiative to reduce maternal mortality in this southern African nation.“I used to witness pregnant women scramble for public transport or hitchhike for a lift just to reach a hospital. In most cases, some would die or lose their babies or develop post-delivery complications that could have been avoided if they...
(Malawi News Agency 07/04/13)
Government has commended the British Government through Department for International Development (DfID) for supporting its water and sanitation delivery services by funding Malawi Integrated Water Supply, Sanitation, Hygiene Promotion and Capacity Building Programme to the tune of K10.75 billion. The commendation was made Wednesday by Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Water Development and Irrigation, Sandram Maweru during the launch of Malawi Integrated Water Supply, Sanitation, Hygiene Promotion and Capacity Building Programme at Matale Primary School in the area of Traditional Authority Phambala in Ntcheu. Maweru said the current Malawi's water supply coverage is at 79 per cent, saying the challenge is on poor hygiene practices which, he said, if checked could contribute towards the reduction of water borne diseases...
( 07/04/13)
Near the northern Malawian town of Mzimba there is a vast crater hewn by hand with rudimentary tools, where miners earn US$1.50 a day “cropping” rose quartz from dawn until dusk. They live for months at a time in makeshift camps built from branches and plastic sheeting, where water is drawn from the bottom of the open caste pit and there is no sanitation. Yet this mine is seen as an example of the kind of venture that can help reduce Malawi’s high poverty rates. Edwin Banda, 32, is a 15-year veteran of small-scale mining; he has spent two years at the rose quartz mine about 20km east of Mzimba. It can take up to six months for his team...
(News Day 07/04/13)
MALAWI President Joyce Banda has described as “malicious” Facebook shadow character Baba Jukwa’s accusations that she is engineering a Zanu PF poll rigging plot, sparking criticism from ordinary Zimbabweans. Posting on her official Facebook page titled Her Excellency Dr Joyce Banda, she said: “These are malicious allegations only meant to destroy someone’s reputation. We will never meddle with the affairs of another country.” This followed a post by Baba Jukwa directed at Banda alleging that Zimbabweans were aware that she had signed an agreement with Zanu PF to rig elections. Malawi takes over the rotational Sadc chairmanship position next month which Banda would likely use to influence the regional bloc’s decisions on Zimbabwe. Banda’s post appeared to have incited several...
(The New Times 07/04/13)
Mushikiwabo was speaking yesterday in Kigali as a panelist at a national symposium that featured discussions about 50 years of Africa’s independence, Rwanda’s 19 years since the Liberation War, and the role of Africa’s unity in the economic development of the continent. Mushikiwabo said that Africans will have to end rampant corruption, insecurity, and reliance on too much of foreign intervention if they are to record better achievements in their freedom and economic status. “Colonialism has hampered our ability to think for ourselves,” the minister said as she highlighted some of the reasons behind the continent’s ills. She encouraged all Africans to strive to tell their own story if they are to succeed in developing themselves because the current situation...
(The Maravi Post 07/03/13)
Irate Zimbabweans today inundated Malawi President Joyce Banda’s official Facebook page, charging that they have evidence that the Malawi leader signed an agreement with Zanu PF party to help tin pot dictator, Robert Mugabe rig the impending elections. A man called Baba Jukwa, who the angry Zimbabweans claim is privileged with sensitive information charged; “We are aware as Zimbabweans that as you are about to take the SADC chairperson, you have signed an agreement with Evil people from my country Zanu PF, you agreed that as SADC chair you shall make sure Mugabe wins the next election in exchange for Zimbabwe’s Diamonds. As Zimbabweans, we cannot be denied our right to choose who to lead us by corrupt leaders like...
(The Maravi Post 07/03/13)
President Dr. Joyce Banda on Tuesday described housing as a one of the catalysts that Malawi needed to develop. Banda said lack of adequate housing compromises development and that at some point leads to the escalation of many social ills. While laying a foundation stone for the construction of 10,000 houses for the low and middle income Malawians under the co-jointed project between the Malawi Housing Cooperation (MHC) and Henan Guijo Development Company of China at area 49 in Lilongwe, the President said for many years, Malawians have had no access to decent houses. This, President Banda said disabled Malawians to contribute positively to the development of the country as most of their good time was spent in trying to...
(Newstime Africa 07/03/13)
Today the Government of Malawi announced that it is joining the Better Than Cash Alliance committing to transition government cash payments to electronic disbursements. Malawi’s primary goals in shifting to e-money are to increase transparency, decrease costs, accelerate economic growth, and address poverty by increasing financial inclusion for all Malawians. “We have tried many different cash payment modalities in Malawi but these have proved both expensive and subject to risk and fraud,” said Minister of Finance Ken Lipenga, whose country will focus its initial phase of the transition on social welfare and salary payments. “Our aim at this point is to begin by reaching 21,000 people with payments of $3 million. Of course, we already know that transitioning isn’t easy...
(Ventures-Africa 07/03/13)
VENTURES AFRICA – The African Development Bank (AfDB) on Tuesday said it has earmarked up to $3 billion for Africa’s power sector over the next 5 years. AfDB President, Donald Kaberuka, speaking from Dar Es Salaam, said the bank’s interventions will include investment loans, reforms, advisory and guarantees in the energy sector. This is part of the bank’s backing for President Barack Obama’s $7 billion Power Africa plan which Obama unveiled on Saturday in Cape Town, South Africa. The US-led power plan will pay more attention to advancing more access to power in Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria and Tanzania. Blue chip companies including General Electric and Symbion Power will also invest an additional $9 billion. Kaberuka said AfDB will...
(Zodiak Online 07/02/13)
The Electoral Commission says it hopes to significantly reduce the number of missing names and other irregularities in the voter register for next year’s polls. There were about one million missing voter names and other registration irregularities in the 2009 general elections. MEC Chairman Justice Maxon Mbendera told participants at a quality control managers training in Lilongwe that the previous elections had various errors including missing names despite the voters having voter IDs. To curb the problem, the commission has for the first time engaged quality control managers to oversee the voter registration process. According to Justice Mbendera, out of the 6.5 million registered voters in 2009, about 5.9 were verified, with the other 1 million missing on the list...
(Zodiak Online 07/02/13)
A grouping of more than 50 civil society organizations in Malawi suspects that late president Bingu wa Mutharika's close political allies had a hand in his controversial accumulation of K61 billion wealth, with some benefiting from the same. The group has since pressed the Joyce Banda government to investigate cabinet ministers and other top state officials who served under late Mutharika's administration on corruption. Chairperson for the grouping, National Integrity Platform, Moses Mkandawire, told journalists in the northern region city of Mzuzu Monday that some of the top government officials may be linked to the wealth the former head of state accumulated in his tenure office. Mkandawire said, "Honestly, an individual cannot amass such wealth single-handedly. "If those who were...
(Zodiak Online 07/02/13)
Economic think tanks, the Economics Association Malawi –ECAMA-has warned that the Malawi kwacha which has been appreciating in the recent past will start losing its grip in the short to medium term. his comes as the Malawi’s agro-based economy, enters into a lean period. Market for Malawi’s major forex earner tobacco is expected to end next month with possibility of a drop in the flow of foreign currencies into the country. On the other side, as the new financial year commenced on July 1, Malawi Government’s spending of forex is also projected to go up as exports are to increase. These factors would prompt a depreciation of the local currency according to Economics Association of Malawi-ECAMA-Executive Director Mr Nelson Mkandawire...
(Voice of America 07/02/13)
President Obama is on the last leg of his three-nation tour of Africa, aimed at promoting U.S. trade with the continent. As Washington turns a fresh eye toward a continent that Obama describes as about to “take off," U.S. government officials and investors alike will find that geopolitical rival China has already made huge strides there. China’s footprint in Africa is huge. The 20-story African Union tower (in Addis Ababa, the capital city of Ethiopia) which Beijing donated to the continental group is a testament to the size of Beijing’s ambition. “Every country, as it achieves global greatness, seeks to leave behind major landmarks that become evidence of its ascendance into global power," said Wole Soboyejo. Winston Wole Soboyejo spoke...
(The Malawi Democrat 07/01/13)
LILONGWE (Nation)- Malawi government and the World Bank have clashed over Mulli Brothers Limited (MBL), with the latter accusing the Joyce Banda administration of treating the firm unfairly. At issue is Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs Ralph Kasambara’s directive last September stopping all government ministries, departments and agencies from dealing with MBL Holdings Limited. Kasambara—then doubling as Attorney General—claimed in his September 5 2012 directive that giving government business to MBL would jeopardise investigations into alleged corruption, money laundering and tax evasion charges against the company and its chairperson Leston Mulli. The letter also levels the same charges against Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) regional governor (South) and businessperson Elvis Masangwi and his Elvis Freight and Clearing Agents. Kasambara’s letter...
(The Malawi Democrat 07/01/13)
Malawi is distributing free AIDS drugs to half a million people after years of nationwide HIV tests by the poor southern African nation, President Joyce Banda said Friday. “Half of the population has so far been tested for HIV and half a million people are now on free drugs,” Banda was quoted by state television as telling the first meeting of the UNAIDS and Lancet Commission in the administrative capital Lilongwe. Malawi has an estimated 15 million citizens, of which only 5,000 people were on free drugs in 2004. Banda said her country, which depends heavily on foreign aid, has in recent years spent $722 million — bankrolled by donors and the Global Fund for HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria —...
(The Malawi Democrat 07/01/13)
We heard from DPP apologists that the 2014 will be like no other. We heard of helicopters being bought to fly their anointed candidate all over the place. We thought these guys were joking – as usual. But, no, they were seriously not. They knew they had a cool K61 billion stashed away somewhere to oil their campaign. For the record, Bingu has not been convicted of any wrong-doing – for now. But we know for sure he did not amass the K61 billion through honest means. Before Bingu became president, his brother Arthur Peter Mutharika led the quite life of a small community university professor in Washington. Teachers, by their nature, are humble, unpretentious beings. Before ‘big brother’ invited...
(Voice of America 07/01/13)
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA — U.S. President Barack Obama has outlined a new model for U.S. engagement with Africa, supporting greater economic opportunity and democracy, and African-led solutions to security. At the University of Cape Town, Mr. Obama presented a broad picture of his goals for U.S.-Africa policy, including assistance, trade and investment, health, and security cooperation. The speech was framed around the legacy Obama said former president Nelson Mandela has left for the continent. The most frequently used words and phrases in President Obama's speech in Cape Town on June 30, 2013. Courtesy of wordle.netThe most frequently used words and phrases in President Obama's speech in Cape Town on June 30, 2013. Courtesy of wordle.net. ​Earlier he and his...
(The Associated Press 06/30/13)
CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — President Barack Obama on Sunday will announce a new initiative to double access to electric power in sub-Saharan Africa, part of his effort to build on the legacy of equality and opportunity forged by his personal hero, Nelson Mandela. Obama, who flew from Johannesburg to Cape Town Sunday, will pay tribute to the ailing 94-year-old Mandela throughout the day. The president and his family will visit Robben Island, where the anti-apartheid leader spent 18 years confined to a tiny cell, including a stop of the lime quarry where Mandela toiled and developed the lung problems that are ailing him today. The White House said Obama's guide during his tour of the island will be...

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