| Africatime
Friday 24 March 2017
(Malawi News Now 12/14/16)
Standard Bank says its role in the recent recapitalization of property firm MPICO through the Malawi Stock Exchange (MSE) demonstrates the bank’s position as a major player in the country’s capital markets. The bank’s Head of Investment Banking Shakil Satar said success of the deal is an indicator in the market that funding requirements do not always need to be met with a debt solution. “There lie alternatives to capital-raising. The MPICO transaction has led to a shift in views around capital raising, opening up an opportunity for the bank to work with a broad range of Malawian companies to restructure their balance sheets through equity funding especially in a prevailing high interest rates environment,” he said. The Investment Head...
(AFP (eng) 12/14/16)
Family planning helps people in Africa to be healthier and wealthier, as women without contraceptives become locked in "a cycle of poverty," Melinda Gates told AFP as a conference on the topic was held in Ivory Coast. "When a woman has access to contraceptives she can lift herself out of poverty, and if she doesn't have access to contraceptives, it locks her inside a cycle of poverty for the rest of her life," said the wife of Microsoft co-founder and billionaire Bill Gates, whose foundation is very active in the field. Family planning has "huge health benefits for the woman and for her children, and it has economic benefits," Gates told AFP by telephone from the Ivorian economic capital Abidjan...
(Nyasa Times 12/13/16)
Firebrand Peoples Party (PP) vice president Kamlepo Kalua has blamed Malawians themselves for the raw deal and poor public services they get from the government, saying they fail to rise up and use lawful means to protest. "Malawians are timid, very passive. They are able to rise up against abortion and same sex laws but not critical issues that affect them every day," he said. He said Malawians should have organised themselves for massive protests against poor public services, corruption and high maize prices in Admarc depots. "We just blame failed leadership, we are just talking on failed leadership but this is just a talk, we cannot do any action and the leadership get away with that," he said. Leader...
(Nyasa Times 12/13/16)
Opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) publicist Jessie Kabwila has accused the ruling Democratic Progressive Party(DPP) operatives of petrol bombing her Fortuner vehicle, saying this is the very reason why the police are failing to trace those behind it five months after the car was torced. However, DPP spokesman has denied the allegations of his party being behind mafia gang. The vehicle was petrol bombed at Lilongwe Golf Club where Kabwila had gone for a meeting. "It is the DPP that petrol bombed my vehicle. This is why the police are failing to investigate the issue," Kabwila said. Kabwila said she has always gone to the police to find out progress on the investigations but the law enforcers are always elusive...
(Nyasa Times 12/13/16)
First born daughter to former president Bakili Muluzi, Mrs Esme Muluzi-Malisita has been killed by lightning while at her farm at Mpemba in Blantyre, a relation Dr Ishamel Chioko has confirmed. Muluzi-Malisita died when lightning struck her and a friend Hazel Busile while the two were helping out in fertiliser application at a garden in Mpemba. She was rushed to Mwaiwathu Private Hospital where she was pronounced dead. The former president is reportedly devastated with the death of his first born child who was also sister to Minister of Lands Housing and Urban Development Atupele Muluzi. Chioko said the family are "heartbroken". Muluzi-Malisita, who was married to Dr Ken Malisita, was until her death one of the directors for Joy...
(AFP (eng) 12/13/16)
The cocktails keep flowing by the pool on the tourist strip, but in The Gambia's markets many African migrant traders are packing up their businesses and heading home. The international community is piling pressure on President Yahya Jammeh to leave power after 22 years and hand over to opposition leader Adama Barrow, who won an election two weeks ago only for Jammeh to later reverse his original concession of defeat. Of the economy's two main sources of investment from abroad, tourism appears to be weathering the country's political storm far better than the thousands of petty traders who move to The Gambia from the rest of west Africa. President-elect Barrow told AFP on Monday claims that tourist numbers could be...
(AFP (eng) 12/09/16)
Malawian police on Thursday said they had arrested a Rwandan who was convicted of genocide crimes back home but has been living in the country for 13 years. "Yes, we effected the arrest of Vincent Murekezi today on instructions from the director of public prosecutions," police chief spokesman James Kadazera told AFP. Murekezi was sentenced to life imprisonment in absentia after being found guilty of genocide, according to a Rwandan official source cited by the Malawian media on Thursday. Kadazera confirmed that Murekezi, who has been living in Malawi since 2003 and holds a Malawian passport, was wanted in Rwanda on "genocide issues". The 1994 Rwandan genocide was a four-month slaughter that left 800,000 people dead. It was triggered by...
(Xinhuanet 12/09/16)
Survivors of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda under their Umbrella association 'Ibuka' have called on the Malawian government to immediately deport genocide fugitive Vincent Murekezi to Rwanda to answer charges. Murekezi was arrested on Thursday in the southern African country by the Malawian authority following weeks of controversy surrounding his recent arrest and release under unclear circumstances. It was reported last month that Murekezi had managed to acquire a Malawian citizenship despite an outstanding indictment containing details of his role in the genocide, which killed close to 1 million Rwandans. Speaking to reporters on Friday, Jean-Pierre Dusingizemungu, president of Ibuka, called on the Malawian government to respect the genocide victims and survivors and deport Murekezi to Rwanda to face trial...
(Le Monde 12/09/16)
Dozens of politicians, diplomats, military and intelligence chiefs, members of the opposition and leading business figures were wiretapped across the continent. This rare overview of modern satellite espionage could hardly be less technical and abstract, for it not only names the victims of intercepts but also reveals the scale of a surveillance operation spanning an entire continent. That continent is Africa. New documents shown to Le Monde, in collaboration with The Intercept, from the data cache of the former NSA (National Security Agency) operative Edward Snowden, originally given to Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras, offer unprecedented insight into information on twenty African countries collected by GCHQ, the British intelligence service, between 2009 and 2010. Dozens of lists of intercepts examined...
(APA 12/08/16)
The police in Malawi on Thursday arrested a1994 Rwandan genocide suspect, Vincent Murekezi, following calls from the Rwandan government to send him back to answer charges on genocide. National police spokesperson, James Kadadzera, confirmed that the police was keeping in custody the suspect who will soon be sent back to his home. “Officials from Malawi and the Rwandan government are preparing documents to repatriate the suspect to his home for genocide trials,” he said. The suspect has been hiding and operating as a businessperson in Malawi since 2009. However, Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Dalitso Kabambe said his office has been receiving calls from Rwanda including the National Prosecution
(Voice of America 12/07/16)
Members of various religious groups in Malawi held street protests Tuesday against a proposed law that would expand women’s ability to terminate a pregnancy. The country's existing law allows only pregnant mothers whose lives are in danger to obtain an abortion. More than 20,000 people including schoolchildren, medical personnel and members of a Rastafarian sect marched to the parliament in Lilongwe to protest the bill. Among the placards they carried were signs that read, "A nation that kills its children is a nation without hope," "No life, rights," and "Thank you, mother, for not aborting me."
(APA 12/07/16)
Malawi through its Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DODMA) has set up several measures to prepare for the anticipated La Nina weather conditions in all disaster risk prone districts of the country. DODMA Principal Mitigation Officer, Veronica Mhango told enviromental journalists in the commercial city of Blantyre on Tuesday that the government in partnership with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) has put in place short and long-term interventions such as emergency operation centres in all regions, early warning messages, building capacity of communities through small grants to enhance resilience as well as reviewing national contingency plan, among others. “These measures will definitely help the country respond to the disasters mainly floods which might come during the season when we...
(Reuters (Eng) 12/07/16)
As the darkness falls on the plains around Bunambiyu, a remote village in Tanzania's northern Shinyanga region, Elizabeth Julius switches on her solar lantern to finish sewing clothes for her customers. Not long ago, nightfall would have forced her to close her tailoring shop, or use a smoky kerosene lamp. But with the solar-powered lamp, Julius can now sew for as long as she wants. "Solar energy has entirely changed my life. I use it at work and at home, yet it doesn't cost me anything," said the 29-year-old entrepreneur and mother of two. "I often wake up at night to work because I need the money to support my family," she said. Julius and her husband, Zablon, used to...
(AFP (eng) 12/06/16)
Thousands of mainly Christian protesters marched through two cities in Malawi on Tuesday to demonstrate against proposals to legalise abortion and homosexuality, in the first event of its kind. The peaceful marches were organised by Catholic and evangelical churches in Malawi, where sex and homosexuality are largely taboo subjects. About 2,000 people marched in Blantyre, the commercial centre, and 1,000 in Lilongwe, the administrative capital, AFP reporters witnessed. Organisers presented petitions to government officials denouncing abortion and homosexuality.
(APA 12/06/16)
Malawi on Monday launched its first-ever Climate Change Management Policy to guide the implementation of priority areas for climate change management in the country. Speaking during the Launching ceremony held in the capital Lilongwe, Minister of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining, Bright Msaka, said the policy will serve as an overarching reference document for policy makers in government, private sector, civil society and development partners concering climate change as a development issue. “It will feed into the sector wide approaches to inform strategic government programming including programming the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s), he said. Malawi’s vulnerability to climate change is exacerbated by the country’s social-economic and demographic factors such as narrow economic base, increased population growth and over-dependence...
(APA 12/06/16)
The Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) says Africa can yield benefits from commodity-based industrialization and agro-alliance with new policy approaches, according to a statement issued here Tuesday. The ECA has on many editions of its annual Economic Report made a push for the developmental state and a return to planning, arguing that the strong role of the state is key to fostering Africa’s structural transformation. The acting ECA Executive Secretary Abdalla Hamdok spoke on the need for new policy approaches to incentivize agricultural production in activities and sectors with higher returns. In his remarks at the opening of the African Economic Conference on the theme, Feeding Africa: Towards Agro-Allied Industrialization for Inclusive Growth, Hamdok said: “Our desire for structural transformation...
(AfricaNews 12/05/16)
Cameroon’s Indomitable Lionesses failed to use home advantage and revenge in the final of the Women African Cup of Nations (AWCON 2016) losing by a goal to Nigeria’s Super Falcons. The Super Falcons thus successfully defended the title they won in 2014 by defeating Cameroon in Namibia. The hosts entered the final aiming to win their first title and avenge two previous defeats by Nigeria. But a late goal by Oparanozie Desire dashed hopes and sent disappointment through the teeming home fans. Desire slotted in from close range after a beautiful lob from team mate Ngozi Okobi hit a Cameroonian defender and fell on her path with six minutes to the end of the game. The remaining duration and three...
(Voice of America 12/02/16)
Activists are using the women's Africa Cup of Nations tournament in Cameroon to campaign for the protection of the continent's forests and animal species. The campaign, called “Sports for Nature," is spearheaded by conservationist groups who say some of Africa's natural resources are on the verge of going extinct. In Yaounde, birds sing at a makeshift park near the Ahmadou Ahidjo stadium, one of the sites of the 2016 women's football African Cup of Nations. Conservationist Nevielle Tanyi points toward a crocodile walking nearby and describes the danger it poses to workers trying to maintain a pond. "When we provoke the crocodile to leave the pond area, it goes toward the side where there is no water and it normally...
(Voice of America 11/30/16)
The European Union has pledged its continued support towards vulnerable communities facing food shortages in Malawi. An EU commissioner made the pledge at the end of his three day visit to Malawi. Nearly half of Malawi's population is facing the worst hunger situation in a decade. This is largely because of the El Nino weather phenomenon, which caused flooding and then drought, leaving 6.7 million Malawians in need of food aid. During his visit to Chikwawa district over the weekend, EU commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides told people how much the EU has already helped Malawi. “Since El Nino started affecting Malawi the European Union has allocated nearly 16 million euros [$17 million] in emergency assistance...
(Nyasa Times 11/30/16)
Malawi's debt situation is worrying after Ministry of Finance spokesperson Nations Msowoya confirmed that the country is owing foreign institutions $1.9 billion (about K1.31 trillion) while domestic borrowing is at K0.7 trillion. The development is worrying as a significant amount of the budget and foreign currency is shipped out of Malawi to repay the foreign debts owed to multilateral and bilateral creditors when such resources should have been reinvested in the country while shoring up its balance of payment position. Parliamentary Committee on Budget and Finance, Rhino Chiphiko, expressed concern especially about the Chinese and Indian loans because Malawi government was not transparent on how they were contracted. "These loans were approved as a blanket by the then Parliament. They...

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