Thursday 23 November 2017
(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...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/29/13)
U.S. President Barack Obama paid tribute to anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela as he flew to South Africa on Friday but played down expectations of a meeting with the ailing black leader during an Africa tour promoting democracy and food security. White House officials hope Obama's three-nation tour of Africa - his first substantial visit to the continent since taking office in 2009 - will compensate for what some view as years of neglect by America's first black president. The health of Mandela, the 94-year-old former South African president clinging to life in a Pretoria hospital, dominated Obama's day even before he arrived in Johannesburg. "I don't need a photo op," Obama told reporters aboard Air Force One after leaving Senegal...
(AFP (eng) 06/29/13)
PRETORIA, June 29, 2013 (AFP) - US President Barack Obama will not visit his political hero Nelson Mandela in hospital, out of deference for the anti-apartheid icon's "peace and comfort," a US official said Saturday. Obama and his wife Michelle will however spend time with Mandela's family to comfort them in a difficult time, the official said, as the US leader arrived in Pretoria for talks with President Jacob Zuma. "The President and First Lady will meet privately with members of the Mandela family to offer their thoughts and prayers at this difficult time," the official said on condition of anonymity. "Out of deference to Nelson Mandela's peace and comfort and the family's wishes, they will not be visiting the...
(Malawi today 06/28/13)
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 was copied...
(The Maravi Post 06/28/13)
BLANTYRE (MaraPost)—Malawi government says it will carry out a national wide tuberculosis survey to determine the prevalence of TB in the country.The survey, expected to run from June 2013 to March 2014, will be jointly carried out by the ministry of health, Tuberculosis Control Programme and Social Research of the University of Malawi, according to Dr. Charles Mwansambo, ministry of health principal secretary. In a statement issued Monday, Mwansambo said the survey will target persons aged 15 and above and that the results will help in devising and implementation of relevance tuberculosis interventions as well as assess the country’s progress in the fight against TB."The teams from the Ministry of Health and the Centre for Social Research will be visiting...
(The Maravi Post 06/28/13)
BLANTYRE (MaraPost)—Despite the anti-tobacco lobby being championed by the World Health Organization, Malawi government says tobacco will remain the country’s key and strategic crop for years to come. Agriculture and Food Security minister, Peter Mwanza spoke when he officially opened the 25th Annual Congress of the Tobacco Association of Malawi (Tama) in Lilongwe. He therefore assured farmers that government vigorously support and sustain the industry for the betterment of the country’s economy. Mwanza also bemoaned challenges include flaws in grower registration and the existence of unscrupulous associations that exploit farmers.Tobacco production is one of the country’s largest sources of income and Malawi was, at one point, the 12th largest producer of tobacco leaves and 7th largest global supporter of tobacco...
(Malawi News Agency 06/28/13)
Lilongwe — President Dr. Joyce Banda on Thursday stressed that she will not accept any donation of Anti Viral (ARVs) drugs that would pose threat to the life of Malawians. Dr. Banda said this at Kamuzu International Airport in Lilongwe on her arrival from Nigeria where she attended a conference organized by Nigeria women. The president noted that some of the ARVs that people living positively were receiving were outdated and had enormous side effects. She said some of the people who got the drug had deformed bodies while others had strange features something that was not expected to be happening after taking the drug. "Apart from other issues, the meeting I attended discussed on how we can reduce HIV...
(Voice of America 06/28/13)
President Barack Obama says the U.S. wants ties with Africa based on trade and partnership instead of aid and assistance. Obama made his comments at a news conference with Senegal's President Macky Sall in Dakar Thursday. Senegal is the first leg of his three-nation Africa tour to promote trade, investment and democracy. The president said the reason he traveled to Africa is because the continent is rising and he does not want the U.S. to miss the opportunity to broaden and deepen its relations in the region. "All too often, the world overlooks the amazing progress that Africa is making, including progress in strengthening democracy," he said. "Many African nations have made tremendous strides in improving democratic governance and in...
(The Malawi Democrat 06/27/13)
The World Bank has agreed to help fast-track the implementation of Malawi’s $84.7-million Energy Sector Support Project, which has faced delays. The bank is funding the project, aimed at improving the operational capacity of Malawi’s hydro-based electricity sector and identifying alternative energy sources. “The project is currently procuring consultants. We, therefore, expect acceleration in disbursement in the coming year, when procurement of goods begins,” says World Bank Malawi country manager Sandra Bloemankamp. The bank says it resolved to ask the implementing agencies – the Ministry of Energy and the Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) – to fast-track the project because limi- ted procurement has taken place, which has resulted in the slow disbursement of funds. The Energy Sector Support...
(The Malawi Democrat 06/27/13)
LILONGWE (Mana) —Parliament Friday adopted the 2013/14 National Budget after passing the remaining three votes as part of the K630.5 billion allocated to various ministries and departments on the financial year starting July 1, 2013. The votes for the National Assembly, Department of Nutrition, HIV/AIDS and National Aids Commission were passed without amendments, but the vote for the Ministry of Heath attracted much debate from the House with many MPs saying K42 billion (approximately) allocated to the ministry was inadequate. Speaking to the media after the budget was passed, Finance Minister Dr. Ken Lipenga expressed satisfaction and gratitude in the maturity with which the budget has been debated since it was tabled in the House three weeks ago. “There is...
(The Malawi Democrat 06/27/13)
LILONGWE (Lydia Kalonde, Mana)- President of the People’s Republic of China, Xi Jinping expressed hope that the relations between Malawi and China would grow from strength to strength during the tenure of office of the new Malawi Ambassador to China, Ernest Makawa. The Chinese leader said this when the Malawian ambassador presented his Letters of Credence to him at the Great Hall of the People.nPresident Xi welcomed Makawa to China, saying he was looking forward to more high level exchanges between the two countries. He also thanked President Dr. Joyce Banda for her condolence message through the ambassador to the Chinese Government and its people over the loss of lives in the Lushan Earthquake which took place on April 20...
(The Maravi Post 06/27/13)
United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has given Malawi a K7.5 billion package for the country’s early education. The package will support government’s effort to improve and advance reading skills of learners in standards one to three. According to USAID Communications Specialist, Oris Chimenya, the money will support a project called Early Grade Reading Activity (Egra) that will be implemented by a contractor that will work closely with the ministry of education. The project, which intends to have 90 percent of children accessing reading materials in classroom instructions in a language they speak and understand, will be implemented in the12 districts of Mulanje, Zomba, Thyolo, Ntchisi, Mzimba, Blantyre, Rumphi, Ntcheu, Lilongwe, Machinga, Balaka and Zomba. “Egra will be implemented...
(Malawi News Agency 06/27/13)
Lilongwe — President of the People's Republic of China, Xi Jinping expressed hope that the relations between Malawi and China would grow from strength to strength during the tenure of office of the new Malawi Ambassador to China, Ernest Makawa. The Chinese leader said this when the Malawian ambassador presented his Letters of Credence to him at the Great Hall of the People. President Xi welcomed Makawa to China, saying he was looking forward to more high level exchanges between the two countries. He also thanked President Dr. Joyce Banda for her condolence message through the ambassador to the Chinese Government and its people over the loss of lives in the Lushan Earthquake which took place on April 20 this...
(The Malawi Democrat 06/27/13)
Democratic Progressive Party-DPP wishes to inform its supporters and the nation at large that it has uncovered a plot by the ruling People’s Party to scheme the arrest of its President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika on Saturday 29th June immediately Parliament rises sine die. Our sources within the government machinery have confided to us that Professor Peter Mutharika will be arrested in connection with the alleged 61 billion Kwacha Bingu estates valuations as an accomplice using the money laundering Law. We in the DPP find these assertions by the ruling elite as political witch hunt aimed at targeting individuals deemed political mountains to government. We are surprised and failing to connect Peter Mutharika to the alleged bank accounts especially when...
(AFP (eng) 06/27/13)
JOHANNESBURG, June 27, 2013 (AFP) - Nelson Mandela is on life support in hospital, a family elder said, as South Africa's president cancelled a trip abroad following a visit to the revered anti-apartheid hero's bedside. "Yes, he is using machines to breathe," Napilisi Mandela told AFP late on Wednesday after he saw the 94-year-old in the Pretoria hospital where he has been treated for a recurrent lung infection for nearly three weeks. "It is bad, but what can we do," added the elder who usually presides over family rituals and meetings. President Jacob Zuma late Wednesday abruptly cancelled a trip to neighbouring Mozambique after he visited Mandela, who has been in critical condition for several days. It is the first...
(Zodiak Online 06/26/13)
The International Monetary Fund IMF has revised downwards the country's economic growth projections from the initial 5.5 percent to 5 percent in the next fiscal year. This, the Fund says, is as a result of slightly reduced crop estimates and external factors such as fuel prices. Nonetheless a special IMF mission that has concluded its quarterly review on the economy has maintained the economy is showing signs of recovery. “A number of indicators suggest that macroeconomic policy reforms have begun to bear fruit: increased availability of foreign exchange, the recent appreciation of the Kwacha, declining inflation, and rising capacity utilization in the manufacturing sector,” says a statement released at the end of the mission Tuesday. Meanwhile, the Fund is this...
(Zodiak Online 06/26/13)
The European Union-EU-has called for prudence on how the Malawi Government is spending donor funds channelled into various development projects in the country. EU Head of Operation Milko van Gool made the call when the union and the Malawi government signed a 10 billion kwacha grant agreement to the Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene-WASH-Programme aimed at improving the country’s water sanitation. Finance Minister Dr Ken Lipenga conceded that there has been misuse of project funds in various sectors. According to the EU Charge De Affairs and Head of Operations Mr Milko van Gool Malawi Government is expected to use the donor funds within its set budget frame. “We wish that the finances be handled properly and that the money should...
(The Maravi Post 06/26/13)
BLANTYRE (MaraPost) — Parliament Monday passed the Appropriation Bill allowing the Malawi government to start spending money allocated to various ministries and departments valued at K630.5 billion. Last Friday, the House adopted all the votes allocated to all 57 government ministries and departments without amendments as suggested by some opposition legislators. The process to have the 2013/2014 national budget in place was completed on Monday as the House gave the government mandate to start using the money after three weeks of thorough scrutiny of allocations in the national budget. The 2013/14 national budget was initially presented in the House on May 24 by Finance Minister Ken Lipenga. Speaker Henry Chimunthu Banda hailed the legislators for their commitment in ensuring that...

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