Wednesday 21 February 2018
(Xinhuanet 07/17/17)
Africa is making progress towards the establishment of a trade zone by Oct. 30 that will cover approximately half of the continent's member states. The Common Market for the Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) Director of Trade and Customs, Francis Mangeni, said in a commentary published in the Star Newspaper on Monday that so far 19 of the 26 countries involved have signed the agreement. "Three outstanding annexes had meant the tripartite agreement was not complete and this was advanced by some countries as the reason they could not sign or ratify the agreement. However their adoption represented a milestone in the negotiation, as it removed the last obstacle to signing and ratifying the agreement," Mangeni said. The tripartite free...
(Malawi 24 07/14/17)
Malawi’s lake wrangle with neighbouring country Tanzania will not end soon as the High Level Mediation Team on the issue has proposed that heads of the two countries are to give guidance on the resolutions made in Pretoria, South Africa. The development follows mediation talks that Malawi had with Tanzania on the lake issue as the two differ on ownership; Tanzania claims that part of Lake Malawi belongs to it while Malawi says it owns the whole lake. The mediation team led by former Mozambican head of state Joaquim Chissano has suggested to have the two presidents being briefed before a verdict is made. Spokesperson for Malawi’s ministry of foreign affairs and international cooperation Rejoice Shumba said the resolutions are...
(Malawi 24 07/14/17)
A political scientist in the country has reiterated the need for government to take tough action against Members of Parliament (MPs) who are suspected to have mismanaged Constituency Development Fund (CDF). This is coming at a time when the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has announced that it will start its investigations on the Members of Parliament suspected to have misused CDF funds. During parliamentary meeting last month, minister of finance Goodall Gondwe revealed that 20 MPs misused CDF amounting to K80 million. Speaking in an interview with Malawi24, one of the political scientists in the country Wonderful Mkhutche said there is need for government to do more so that it deals with corruption in the country. “We may commend government for...
(Malawi News Agency 07/14/17)
Rumphi — Senior Chief Mwankhunikira of Rumphi District has asked government to ban taking of beer and other alcoholic substances during morning hours saying the practice has negative impact on productivity. Mwankhunikira made the call Wednesday during a Rumphi Police Station Executive Committee (SEC) meeting. He said the country needs to learn from neighbouring Tanzania where drinking joints are not allowed to operate during morning hours. "As a nation, let's borrow a leaf from Tanzania where drinking during morning hours is outlawed. "The culture of drinking during morning hours is killing our nation. Those involved are not working and cannot farm to bring income to their households," the senior chief said. He added that drinking beer during morning hours promotes...
(Malawi 24 07/13/17)
Though Wednesday was set to be the last day for the fourth witness to give evidence for the K2.4 billion cashgate case involving former budget director Paul Mphwiyo and eighteen others, the trial continues today as defence lawyer for the third accused Auscious Mwale objected that his client received reconciliatory documents from Reserve Bank of Malawi (RBM). During court proceedings on Wednesday, witness Francis Juwawo told the court that Mwale got an email from RBM for the documents that the court needed as evidence for the case. But the defense lawyer Powell Mkhutabasa objected that his client received the email, a development that forced Judge Esmie Chombo to adjourn the case to Thursday. Mkhutabasa stressed on the need to have...
(CNN 07/13/17)
It was a family affair on Tuesday when Madonna opened a children's hospital in Malawi. The superstar presided over the opening of the Mercy James Institute for Pediatric Surgery and Intensive Care at the Queen Central Hospital. Named for one of Madonna's adopted daughters, Mercy James, it's the first center of its kind in the African country and was funded by the singer's Raising Malawi charity, which she founded in 2006, the same year she adopted an infant son David Banda, now 11, from the country. Madonna adopted Mercy James in 2009 and earlier this year added twins Esther and Stella Mwale to her family. Madonna also has two older children, daughter Lourdes and son Rocco, from previous relationships. The...
(Malawi 24 07/13/17)
Thursday was a historic day for Dalitso Sailesi. The 21-year-old pacey winger has completed his move from Nyasa Big Bullets to Lusaka Dynamos of Zambia by signing a five year deal worth MK21 million ($30,000). He becomes the most expensive player to have been sold outside the country from a local club after penning a five year deal with the Zambian outfit on Thursday afternoon. The former Blantyre United winger left the country on Wednesday alongside his agent Chingeni Agumbala and Bullets Chairman Noel Lipipa to seal the move having impressed the Kitwe based side during the just ended Cosafa Castle Cup in South Africa. It has also been reported that Sailesi will be earning K1.4 million in monthly salary...
(Usa Today 07/12/17)
 
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Madonna has just opened the Mercy James Institute for Pediatric Surgery and Intensive Care at the Queen Central Hospital. This is the first center of this kind in the African country of Malawi and it is being named after one of her adopted daughters
(The Maravi Post 07/12/17)
Malawi government has started registering mobile phone Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) cards compulsorily, Maravi Post can reveal. The development started on 1 June, 2017 without usual mass sensitization campaign. Confirming the development in an interview, Minister of Information, Communication and ICT Nicholas Dausi said this will help the service providers to know its customers than was in the past. “Service providers are mandated to know its customers apart from tracing their location. Therefore SIM cards will not be sold anyhow without registration,” said Dausi. According to Dausi, everyone who will want to have a telephone number will be forced to register with the service providers as per Communications Act. Dausi who is also government spokesperson said this will among other...
(Nyasa Times 07/12/17)
A first-year Chancellor College student, Enerico Chrispine, 20, has sounded a Save Our Souls (SOS) as he risks withdrawal if he fails to source money to pay for his Bachelors Degree of Science in Statistics. Chrispine from Sande Village in Traditional Authority (T/A) Maseya in Chikwawa District scored 12 points during his 2016 Malawi School Certificate of Education Exams (MSCE) which he sat for at Ngabu Secondary School in Chikwawa. He managed to get distinctions in all science subjects. According to his admission letter from the college dated 3 April, 2017 and signed by the University's Registrar, Francis Machado, Chrispine has been offered admission into the four-year program as a generic and non residential undergraduate student for the 2017/2018 academic...
(Face of Malawi 07/12/17)
Blantyre Water Board (BWB) has warned that in the next 12-months it will start a water disconnection campaign to all its customers who still have longstanding bills. From the time being, the board has given a chance to some of its customers who are willing to pay before the grace period ends saying those that won’t pay within 12 months will face permanent disconnection. “Blantyre Water Board is hoping to collect debts which have not been accumulated for a long period,” said the board`s spokesperson, Priscilla Mateyu. Mateyu continued to say that the board introduced prepaid metres in some areas in Blantyre city as a way of collecting longstanding debts. The board is said to have projects coming ahead which...
(Cnbc Africa 07/12/17)
"Africa is an awakening giant," according to the former South African President Frederik Willem de Klerk speaking at the World Petroleum Congress in Istanbul. The leader who oversaw the transition of his country's power to Nelson Mandela said Tuesday that the future looks bright for a continent previously blighted by war, famine and a lack of infrastructure. "I believe Africa is an awakening giant and, yes, it is not performing according to what we expected soon enough, but it will perform," he said. De Klerk believes that African countries are primed to take advantage of the world's growing size. "If we look at food shortages for the rest of the world with a growing population, Africa is the solution," he...
(AFP (eng) 07/11/17)
US pop superstar Madonna was due Tuesday to formally open a children's hospital wing that her charity has built in Malawi and which is named after one of her four adopted Malawian children. The Mercy James paediatric hospital unit in Blantyre, the country's second city, has taken two years to build and includes three operating theatres and a 50-bed ward. It is the first specialist health unit for children in the poor southern African nation, doubling the capacity for paediatric care at the Queen Elizabeth hospital. Government officials confirmed Madonna, 58, was in Blantyre for Tuesday's scheduled opening ceremony, which is also due to be attended by President Peter Mutharika. Earlier this year Madonna adopted twin girls from an orphanage...
(Voice of America 07/11/17)
In the past five years, terrorist attacks have killed nearly 20,000 people across Africa. Two groups, Boko Haram and al-Shabab, accounted for 71 percent of reported incidents and 91 percent of fatalities. But, while these and other militant groups remain active, fatal terrorist attacks across the continent are on pace to fall for a second straight year, and the total number of attacks is running far below 2012 highs. These findings are part of VOA’s original analysis of data from ACLED, the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project. ACLED tracks political violence, protests and terrorist events across Africa. Their reports include attacks since 1997 based on data collected from local news media, government statements, non-governmental organizations and published research...
(Bloomberg 07/10/17)
Many cell phone companies are rethinking their headlong rush into the continent. Only Orange is staying the course. Back when African countries were auctioning off mobile licenses by the boatload to serve the region’s young, tech-savvy population, investing in the continent’s fast-growing economies seemed like a no-brainer. Some of the world’s biggest wireless carriers rushed in. Now they’re wondering if they made a mistake. Increasing government and regulatory scrutiny, as well as a lack of expansion opportunities in sub-Saharan Africa, are making it harder for operators such as Vodafone Group Plc, Orange SA and Bharti Airtel Ltd. to grow. Their choice: Pull back or double down. Two companies beating at least a partial retreat are Millicom International Cellular SA, which...
(AFP (eng) 07/06/17)
Seven children and one adult were killed in a stampede at Malawi's national stadium on Thursday as large crowds gathered for independence day celebrations, police said. The stampede occurred when gates were opened at the 40,000-seat Bingu stadium in the capital Lilongwe for a presidential address and football match to mark the annual holiday. "Eight people -- seven children aged around eight years old, and one adult died," national police spokesman James Kadadzera told AFP. He said 62 people had been injured and were receiving treatment at Lilongwe's main hospital. "My government will do all it can to assist the bereaved families," President Peter Mutharika said at an independence day prayer meeting. "We are mourning with you." Mutharika was due...
(AFP (eng) 07/06/17)
The African Union's new chair Moussa Faki Mahamat on Wednesday questioned US commitment to fighting terrorism on the continent after it blocked efforts to get UN funding for an anti-jihadist force in the Sahel. "This is a specific case of a certain number of African states taking the initiative to create a dedicated force to fight terrorism. So, we don't understand how the United States could hold back or not engage in the fight against terrorism," Faki said in an interview with AFP. Faki's January election as chairperson of the AU commission came days after the inauguration of US President Donald Trump, who has proposed slashing US funding for aid projects and multilateral institutions like the UN. The former Chadian...
(AFP (eng) 07/06/17)
The costs of diabetes in sub-Saharan Africa could double to almost $60 billion annually just 13 years from now, as obesity fuels an explosion of the disease, a report said Thursday. In 2015, the overall diabetes cost in the region was nearly $20 billion (18 billion euros), or 1.2 percent of total economic production, according to research published by The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology. This included medication and hospital stays, and loss of labour productivity due to illness or death. About half of all treatment costs were paid for by patients themselves.
(Voice of America 07/04/17)
GENEVA — The U.N. children’s fund warns tens of thousands of malnourished children are at great risk in Yemen, Somalia and South Sudan, which are on the brink of famine. UNICEF reports an estimated 4.7 million children in the cholera-stricken countries are malnourished. Of these, UNICEF spokesman Christofe Boulierac tells VOA, more than one million are suffering from severe acute malnutrition. “Let me remind you that a child who is suffering from severe acute malnutrition are nine times more likely to die of disease than a well-nourished child," he said. "So, having cholera and diarrhea in countries where so many children are so fragile because of malnutrition among other things because of such a bad access to safe water is...
(RFI(EN) 07/04/17)
New tax rules in Israel could leave hundreds of African migrants worse off than they are. In May, the government introduced a new deposit law, enabling the governemnt to take 20 percent of migrants' salaries each month and place it out of reach. The money can only be accessed once they leave the country. Rights groups say the policy is designed to force them out of the country. "We're not pressuring you to leave but will make your life miserable so you decide to leave," Anwar Suliman, a Darfuri refugee living in Israel since 2008, told RFI . "Every time the state makes a different law, different pressure, but we said we can't go back right now." Suliman fled Darfur...

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