| Africatime
Thursday 27 April 2017
(The New York Times 03/26/13)
BEIJING — As President Xi Jinping of China continues his first overseas trip as his country’s leader, arriving in South Africa late on Monday after Russia and Tanzania, he meets with much goodwill – but also some concern among Africans that China may be a “new colonial power,” extracting resources and selling manufactured goods, as I reported on Sunday. China knows it. In a speech in Tanzania, Mr. Xi sought to calm the concerns, as my colleagues Chris Buckley and Jeffrey Gettleman reported. “China frankly faces up to the new circumstances and new problems in Sino-African relations,” Mr. Xi told an audience of Tanzanian politicians and officials in Dar es Salaam, the country’s economic hub and a center of government,...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/14/13)
Catholics in Africa and Asia on Thursday greeted the election of Pope Francis from Argentina as a historic breakthrough that would pump the developing world's vital energy into a struggling Church and amplify the voice of the planet's poor. While there was disappointment that Pope Benedict's successor did not come from the African or Asian continents, Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio's Third World origins spurred hopes of a kindred spirit among Catholics from Manila to Maputo. Argentina, in Latin America's southern cone, is as far from Africa and Asia as Europe, the prime source of previous pontiffs. But these rapidly developing southern continents of the globe, where poverty still looms large, are now home to the world's fastest growing Catholic communities. African...
(BBC News Africa 03/14/13)
A court in Malawi has given bail to 11 high-profile figures charged with treason, including the brother of former President Bingu wa Mutharika. The court ordered each of the accused to pay a cash bond of around $625 (£416), surrender their passports and report to police fortnightly. Their arrests on Monday sparked violent protests in the main city, Blantyre. Peter Mutharika and his co-accused are alleged to have plotted a coup after his brother's death last April. They have not yet been asked to file a plea in court. 'Just take over' Lead defence lawyer Kalekeni Kaphale welcomed the High Court's decision to grant them bail. "Justice has prevailed," AFP news agency quoted him as saying. Malawi's President Joyce Banda...
(Xinhuanet 03/14/13)
Malawi police early on Monday arrested former ministers and former President Mutharika's Guard Commander over their alleged involvement in issues surrounding Muthrika's death and transition of power. Those arrested include former Information Minister, Patricia Kaliati, former Local Government Minister, Henry Mussa, former Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister, Kondwani Nankhumwa, and former Mutharika's Guard Commander, Duncan Mwapatsa. Malawi Police spokesperson Rhoda Manjolo confirmed the arrests to local media but she could not shade more light on the charges the ex-officials face. Meanwhile, confirmed reports say the Police have also issued warrant of arrest for former Foreign Affairs Minister, Peter Mutharika, brother to late President Mutharika and Acting President for Mutharika's Democratic Progressive Party (DPP). Peter Mutharika's Personal Assistant, Ben Phiri, confirmed the...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/14/13)
Four former Malawian cabinet ministers and other ex-officials arrested this week on suspicion of plotting to overthrow the government after the death of President Bingu wa Mutharika last year were freed on bail on Thursday, lawyers said. Judge Ivy Kamanga at the High Court in the capital Lilongwe granted bail for the 11 detainees, who included the late Mutharika's younger brother, Peter. They were taken into custody on Monday, accused by an official inquiry of trying to prevent then vice-president Joyce Banda from assuming the presidency, as stipulated in the constitution, after the surprise death of Mutharika in April. Banda took over the impoverished southern African nation from Mutharika, who spent his last years in office cracking down on opponents...
(Malawi today 03/04/13)
Malawi has expressed its displeasure that the executive secretary of the Forum for Former Heads of State, which is currently mediating the Lake Malawi border dispute with Tanzania, is a Tanzanian national. Foreign Affairs minister Ephraim Mganda Chiume told reporters in Lilongwe on Saturday that submissions Malawi presented to chairman of the Forum, former Mozambican president Joachim Chissano, that it had observed the presence of a Tanzanian national, Professor John Tesia, as executive secretary of the Forum. "We expressed the same to the forum. We were also concerned about the security of our submissions considering that the executive secretary is Tanzanian. As to whether he should remain executive secretary or recuse himself, is a matter for the forum to decide,"...
(Malawi today 03/04/13)
Government may cough millions of tax-payers' money if five aides of the late president Bingu wa Mutharika succeed in their lawsuits for unfair dismissal and administrative and labour practices. The quintet comprises Mutharika's spokesperson Hetherwick Ntaba, Advisor on Women Affairs Margaret Chiponda, Senior Political Advisor Francis Mphepo, Director General for State Residences Edward Sawerengera and Presidential Press Officer Albert Mungomo According to court documents filed with the Industrial Relations Court, the former presidential aides in their individual capacities are suing government for damages after their respective contracts were terminated prematurely on May 11 last year. In their separate claim statements, they argue that their contracts were terminated without being given any reason and that they were also not given any...
(Malawi today 03/04/13)
The European Union (EU) has said Malawi’s economic hardships resulting from donor-driven reforms would continue even if Malawians voted out the current Joyce Banda administration on the basis of high cost of living. EU Ambassador Alexander Baum and Norwegian Ambassador Asbjørn Eidhammer were reacting to a questionnaire on whether they realised that reforms they passionately advocated for have pitted the JB administration against the very citizens such reforms intended to benefit. Baum said even in Europe, governments implementing economic reforms have been voted out of power, but their successors have continued with the same “painful reforms”. He said: “We have our own experiences with overdue economic reforms in Europe. Many governments which are implementing reforms have been voted out, but...
(Malawi today 03/04/13)
The government has ordered the Attorney General (AG) to review all cases, where it agreed to pay out millions of kwacha to dismissed top government officials, Finance Minister Ken Lipenga confirmed Sunday. The move follows stinging criticism from the Malawi public including donors with one western envoy describing the payouts as "golden parachutes". In an interview, Lipenga said no official was yet to be paid the compensation despite the media reporting on several former top brasses agreeing with government through legal means on multi-million kwacha out-of-court settlements. "What we have done is to ask the office of the Attorney General to review all these cases. Then the cases will be challenged in court where government will defend each case robustly,"...
(Malawi today 03/04/13)
Three former presidents from the Sadc region, including South Africa’s Thabo Mbeki, are expected to form a panel to mediate in the Lake Malawi border dispute between Malawi and Tanzania Nation Online has learnt. The revelation has come barely one week after Tanzania submitted its position on the dispute to the Forum of Former African Heads of State and Governments, which is currently being chaired by former Mozambican president Joaquim Chissano. In an interview on Monday, Malawi’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Principal Secretary Patrick Kabambe said the forum proposed that the mediation process would be done by a panel of three former presidents comprising Chissano, Mbeki and Botswana’s Festus Mogae. Kabambe, who also confirmed that Malawi has...
( 03/04/13)
Dar es Salaam. A section of the Malawian media has intensified a war of words on the Lake Nyasa border dispute, accusing Tanzania of manipulating and lobbying the international community to sway towards its favour. In a series of editorials and reportage a section of the media has also accused Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation minister Bernard Membe of contravening a mediation agreement by talking to the Tanzanian media on the dispute. The online Nyasa Times has been at the forefront. In a ‘special editorial’ published in its edition of last Thursday it called on Malawians to stand up to ‘defend Lake Malawi from Tanzanians’. Arguing for the respect of the Anglo-German Heligoland Treaty of 1890 that placed the lake...
( 03/04/13)
Dar es Salaam. A section of the Malawian media has intensified a war of words on the Lake Nyasa border dispute, accusing Tanzania of manipulating and lobbying the international community to sway towards its favour. In a series of editorials and reportage a section of the media has also accused Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation minister Bernard Membe of contravening a mediation agreement by talking to the Tanzanian media on the dispute. The online Nyasa Times has been at the forefront. In a ‘special editorial’ published in its edition of last Thursday it called on Malawians to stand up to ‘defend Lake Malawi from Tanzanians’. Arguing for the respect of the Anglo-German Heligoland Treaty of 1890 that placed the lake...

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