Friday 23 June 2017
(The Citizen 12/21/16)
Tanzania is among some African countries which may see a drop in development aid as the US is likely to expand fiscal stance and cut spending during Donald Trump's presidency, a new report shows. The move by the world's largest economy will affect dependent countries such as Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Nigeria and DRC according to the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) latest report released in London yesterday. In its Economic Insight: Africa Q4 2016, the accountancy and finance body points out that signs of an expansionary fiscal stance under the Trump administration coupled with spending cuts to accommodate increased infrastructure expenditure are likely to lead to the decrease in aid. "Aid is one of the main...
(AFP (eng) 12/20/16)
When Rose Kariuki first felt a lump on her left breast, the spectre of cancer -- a disease she had only heard of on television -- was the last thing on her mind. "To me, cancer was nowhere near us. It was shocking, I feared death, I feared so many things," the 46-year-old Kenyan school teacher told AFP. Rose is one of a growing number of Africans suffering from cancer, one of the lifestyle diseases -- along with diabetes and heart problems -- proving increasing deadly on the continent. A World Health Organisation (WHO) survey released Tuesday showed that most Africans had at least one risk factor for developing one of these diseases, such as smoking, a lack of exercise,...
(Voice of America 12/16/16)
Malawi's government on Thursday announced Africa's first drone air corridor to provide a controlled platform for drones to deliver needed services to communities. Alfred Mtilatila, director of the Department of Civil Aviation, said the launch of the testing corridor is largely supported by UNICEF-Malawi as a pilot project using unmanned aircraft systems, or UAS, for transporting dried blood samples for the early diagnosis of HIV in infants. "We would like to establish a designated area where we will permit different types of unmanned aerial vehicles so that we will be able to come up with the right type of vehicles which can be used for different purposes," Mtilatila said. In March, UNICEF-Malawi successfully completed its first test flight of the...
(AFP (eng) 12/16/16)
The number of migrants feared to have died this year has soared to nearly 7,200 -- a more than 20-percent increase over 2015 -- with most of the fatalities in the Mediterranean, IOM said Friday. In total, 7,189 migrants and refugees have died or remain missing on migratory routs around the world, the International Organization for Migration said. That number is already 1,449 more than in all of 2015. And since it represents an average of 20 deaths per day, another 200 to 300 people could perish by the end of the year if the trend continues, the Geneva-based IOM warned in a statement. The Mediterranean Sea routes, used so far this year by nearly 360,000 people seeking a new...
(AFP (eng) 12/15/16)
Malawi on Thursday launched Africa's first drone-testing corridor as developing countries explore how drones could be used during humanitarian crises such as floods, or to deliver blood for HIV tests. The project, which will cover up to 40 kilometres (25 miles) around the administrative capital Lilongwe, will be fully operational by April in a collaboration between Malawi and UNICEF. "Our primary purpose is to help children. (Drone) technology has many potential applications," Johannes Wedenig, a UNICEF official, told state officials at the launch in Lilongwe. UNICEF estimates that in Malawi it can take 11 days to get HIV blood samples to a laboratory -- often using motorbikes or ambulances
(Reuters (Eng) 12/15/16)
The U.N. children's agency and Malawi's government are teaming up to test whether drones could make aid delivery faster and more effective during humanitarian disasters, such as floods and droughts which affect millions of people every year. UNICEF said on Thursday that experts would investigate how drones could be used to provide aerial imagery to help governments and aid agencies pinpoint where the most urgent needs are in crises. They will also test the use of drones for making small deliveries such as emergency medical supplies, vaccines and samples for laboratory diagnosis. "This is very exciting. We believe that drones have huge potential to help us respond
(Times Live 12/15/16)
Thirty children who were smuggled into South Africa in the back of a delivery truck‚ which had no windows‚ have been sent back to Malawi. They were found near Rustenburg in the North West in July‚ after having travelled more than 2‚500km from Malawi squashed into the back the truck with adults. The vehicle had been stopped for speeding. "The children flew from (Johannesburg's) O.R Tambo airport early on Wednesday morning‚" the police's Directorate of Priority Crimes Investigation (Hawks) said. "The adults were handed over to the Department of Home Affairs two days ago for deportation and they are expected to leave the country by the end of the week‚" the Hawks stated. Police said the children were aged between...
(CNN 12/15/16)
In the sleepy, sun-blasted town of De Aar in central South Africa, a mighty force is stirring. The largest solar plant in Africa, Middle East and the Southern hemisphere was inaugurated here earlier this year, a 175-megawatt facility that spreads over almost 500 hectares. The facility is the brainchild of Solar Capital, led by hotel magnate turned solar evangelist Paschal Phelan, which ploughed $400 million into the venture. The plant supplies power to the National Grid, but when the heat is fiercest it produces far more than the Grid can use, and the excess power goes to waste. "It's like you have a Ferrari and you run a small car," says Massimiliano Salaorno, plant manager of Solar Capital De Aar...
(Malawi News Now 12/14/16)
Malawi’s first cashgate convict Treaser Namathanga Senzani died in the theatre operation at Mwaiwanthu Private Hospital in the commercial city of Blantyre on Monday monring, her family confirmed. Phalombe North lawmaker Ms Anna Kachiko who is a sister to Senzani confirmed the death. Senzani’s death comes barely three months after she was set free after serving half of her three year jail term following conviction over stealing of public funds. Upon freed in October, Namathanga avoided granting interviews to media on her new day in the free world. Senzani, the former principal secretary in the Ministry of Tourism was the first person to plead guilty to have stolen money in the infamous cash gate scandal following the 2013 Baker Tilly...
(Nyasa Times 12/14/16)
Malawi courts are getting an increase in the number of women dragging their husbands over the upkeep of children, it has been reported. The increase in the number of maintenance cases has been attributed to a number of factors among them lack of responsibility by men who abandon their families, the general economic situation and greed on the part of some women who, Mbewe said, go as far as seeking child maintenance from as many as three men at once. A majority of women who have opened maintenance cases in court were girlfriends and the "MG2's" - second wives. Mzuzu Child Court Magistrate, George Mbewe, reported that from January to November 2016, 301 cases about child maintenance have been registered,...
(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

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