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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MINISTER OF LABOUR HON HENRY MUSSA ATTENDED THE 2017 INTERNATIONAL LABOUR CONFERENCE IN GENEVA

Malawis Minister of Labour, Youth, Sports & Manpower Development Hon Henry Mussa mp( Ntengo-wa-Minga) the 106th International labour Conference in Geneva and this years theme is ‘Building a future with a decent work. Hon Mussa was one of the speakers to the high level dialogue on Digital Skills for Jobs for Youth. In delivering His key note address to the convention on Malawis flagship Community Technical Colleges skills development program for employment creation for the youth of Malawi. His…

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Govt to keep on increasing funds for ECD programs

State President of the Republic of Malawi Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika has reiterated his government’s commitment to providing funds for Early Childhood Development (ECD) programs. Mutharika had a meeting with the World Bank on 15 June, 2017, with a promise by the bank that it will continue supporting the improvement of Early Childhood Development initiatives. Peter Mutharika Mutharika says Govt committed to support ECD Programs. Mutharika said he understands that life begins at a tender age and the only…

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Malawi to take ‘go-green’ campaign to work places

Government of Malawi has reiterated its commitment to take the g’go-green’ campaign to work places saying it’s the only transformative way to advance decent work and protect the planet earth. The commitment was made by Henry Mussa, Minister responsible for labour as he delivered his statement on Tuesday, during the 106th session of the International Labour Conference (ILC) taking place in Geneva, Switzerland. Mussa observed that climate change is an indispensable antecedent to sustainable future work outcomes in Malawi…

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Corrupt chiefs warned over national IDs 0 By Chikondi Magalasi on Jun 09, 2017 Politics Chiefs in the country have been warned against receiving bribes from foreigners in order to fraudulently facilitate their registration for national identity cards (ID). Minister of Civic Education, Culture and Community Development Cecilia Chazama has said this in reminding Malawians the significance of the IDs to this country. The minister asked local chiefs that they should protect their people by denying money from foreigners in exchange for the IDs. “We are asking chiefs that they shouldn’t be persuaded by money from foreigners for them to get these IDs,” she concluded. Chazama said currently the mass registration exercise has started in six districts where reports say things are going on very well as most people are responding by going to the registration centres. “We have started with districts which are in the borders. I am asking citizens that they should know that this is only for Malawians,” she said. Malawi is the only sub-Saharan country whose people had been without national IDs which has been giving chances to people from neighbouring countries such as Zambia, Tanzania and Mozambique to be entering in this country and be able to receive medical assistance in public hospitals without being recognised. The phase one of the mass registration project is in progress in the districts of Kasungu, Dowa, Mchinji, Nkhotakota, Salima and Ntchisi.

Chiefs in the country have been warned against receiving bribes from foreigners in order to fraudulently facilitate their registration for national identity cards (ID). Minister of Civic Education, Culture and Community Development Cecilia Chazama has said this in reminding Malawians the significance of the IDs to this country. The minister asked local chiefs that they should protect their people by denying money from foreigners in exchange for the IDs. “We are asking chiefs that they shouldn’t be persuaded by…

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PAC Deliberations Expose Regime Change Plans

BLANTYRE, MALAWI – Plans for regime change within the quasi-religious body Public Affairs Committee (PAC) have been confirmed through defiant calls by PAC Delegates to bring down President Peter Mutharika’s government at the sixth 5+1 All Inclusive Stakeholders Conference in Blantyre. Responding to Dr Garton Kamchedzera’s presentation on Governance on Wednesday, Vincent Wandale, the self-acclaimed leader of People’s Land Organisation (PLO) and Mr Billy Mayaya, a renowned human rights activist moved a motion for the resignation of government. But…

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University Student project gives women in Malawi a voice and the chance at a life changing employment

Offering women the chance to learn conversational English is a lifeline for some in Malawi; something University of Northampton International Development Student, Emma Leering realised when volunteering in  the African country, Malawi in 2014. Student Emma spent 12 months as a primary school teacher in Malawi teaching in a rural primary school, when she first came up with the idea of supporting the village women to learn English: “While I was a volunteer teacher in the Bolera Palms School,…

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