Presidents of Malawi, Uganda and Zambia call for accelerated action to end child marriage in Africa

On the margins of the 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly, the governments of Zambia and Canada, with support from UN Women, UNICEF, UNFPA and the African Union Commission, hosted a high-level side event for global leaders to renew their commitments and accelerate efforts to end child marriage in Africa by 2030. “Girls who marry young are often denied their rights,” said President of Zambia Edgar Lungu. “Ending child marriage by 2030 will require a range of action,…

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Its Ralph Nedi at Chanco as Norman Kumwenda takes Speakership

Raphael Nedi, a third year political science student at Chancellor College has been voted into office as the new president for the college’s students union (SUCC) replacing Sylvester Ayuba James. Nedi won with 1019 votes in an election which took place on Friday, 15th September. His rival, Kondwani Tembo scooped 831 votes in the highly contested election which saw new faces being ushered in various positions. In an interview with Nyasa Times, Nedi promised to continue putting at heart…

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Airtel shoots Nkhoma hospital in the arm

Nkhoma referral hospital in Lilongwe has become one of the beneficiaries of the Airtel Malawi Touching Lives Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Initiative after it received a consignment of medical items worth MK 2 million on Tuesday. The medicine and medical equipment that it received among them include digital blood pressure machines, glucose test strips, latex gloves, cotton wool, gause rolls, amoxicillin, and paracetamol. Speaking when making the donation Airtel Malawi’s Corporate Communications and CSR Manager Norah Chavula-Chirwa said as…

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T/A Nkalo of Chiradzulu elevated to Senior Chief

Government has elevated Traditional Authority (T/A) Nkalo of Chiradzulu District to Senior Chief. According to a recent statement issued by the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, the position is with effect from August 26, 2017. T/A Nkalo whose real name is Amadu Ali succeeded Labana Sumaili on  May 29, 1997 after his death in 1992. Traditionally, T/A Nkalo oversees an area stretching from Namulenga to Thuchila Rivers. His chieftainship is Yao and shares brotherly relationship with Nthiramanja…

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MEC approves 19 candidates for October by-elections

The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has approved names of 19 candidates who submitted their nomination papers to contest in the upcoming October 17 by-elections. According to recent press statement issued by MEC and signed by Harris Potani for the Chief Elections Officer, the commission received a total of 19 nominations of which 15 where men and four were women from all the six areas where the by-elections will take place. “Having gone through all the nomination papers and supporting…

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Malawi High Commissioner to India presents his letters of credence to Indian President

His Excellency Mr. George Crytone Mkondiwa, High Commissioner of the Republic of Malawi to India presented his Letters of Credence to the President of India, His Excellency, Shri Ram Nath Kovind at Rashtrapati Bhavan (State House) in New Delhi, (the capital city of India) today, 23rd August 2017. In his talks with the President, the Malawi envoy conveyed a Goodwill message from the President of Malawi, His Excellency Prof. Arthur Peter Mutharika, Government and People of Malawi to His…

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FAO links smallholder farmers with agro-processors in maiden market symposium

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) organized the first ever market symposium in Malawi aimed at providing a platform for farmers’ organizations to interface with other value chain players including buyers, processors and input dealers. Representatives of 32 farmer organizations, drawn from Kasungu and Mzimba districts, where FAO in collaboration with the Government of Malawi is implementing a Market Capacity Building Project for Smallholder Farmers, took part in the three-day event (26-28 June 2017) at Lisasadzi…

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Chaponda’s lawyers want arrest warrant cancelled

Lawyers for former minister of agriculture and water development George Chaponda have applied for the cancellation of warrant of arrest for the accused. Making the application at Blantyre Chief Magistrate Court, Chaponda through his lawyers Jai Banda and Madalitso M’meta argued that the state through the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) blatantly, flagrantly and defiantly disobeyed the terms and prescriptions contained in the warrant. The defence team said: “ACB has refused, neglected, ignored or otherwise deliberately failed to comply with the…

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Slavery in African football, says FIFPRO
Theo Van Seggelen

In a shocking turn of events, the International Federation of Professional Footballers, FIFPro, has revealed that 41% of African footballers receive their salaries late or are not paid at all. According to the Secretary General of the international players union, FIFPro, Theo Van Seggelen, a labour market research of 14,000 players in 54 African countries found that 41% of football professionals do not get a salary and 45% earn less than $1,000 a month. Theo van Seggelen revealed this…

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Mass registration for national IDs underway

The mass registration exercise, launched on May 24th this year, is estimated to have, by end of June, registered over one million Malawians to receive national identity cards. With support from the United Nations and other development partners, Malawi Government, through the National Registration Bureau (NRB), is conducting the mass registration exercise as part of operationalizing the country’s National Registration and Identification System (NRIS). Speaking at the launch of the exercise in Mchinji district, Minister of Home Affairs and…

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