Govt Committed to Fighting Trafficking in Persons

Government has pledged its commitment to fighting against trafficking in persons and has since called for strong partnership in curbing the vice in the country. Minister of Home Affairs and Internal Security, Cecilia Chazama said this Friday in Lilongwe at the Bingu International Convention Centre when she opened National Inter-Disciplinary Symposium on Trafficking in persons. She explained her ministry has increased issues of capacity building of investigators, prosecutors, enforcement and protection officers and sharing information and best practices in…

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Our Goal is to Reduce Preventable Deaths, Says Mutharika

Malawi’s President Professor, Arthur Peter Mutharika on Thursday reaffirmed his government’s commitment to reduce the number of preventable deaths in the country. Mutharika said the country is making illustrative progress in eradicating AIDS and towards the 90-90-90 targets with more than 70 percent of people living with AIDS now know their status, over 66 percent of people living with HIV on treatment and over 59 percent people living with HIV with their viral load suppressed. Mutharika was speaking during…

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Civic Education Minister Chiumia Calls for Multi-sectoral Approach to Adult Literacy Programmes

The Minister of Civic Education, Culture and Community Development, Grace Chiumia on Wednesday called for a multi-sectoral approach to promoting youth education and adult learning in the country. Chiumia made the call when she opened a day- long meeting for officials from her Ministry and other stakeholders at Pacific Hotel in Lilongwe. The meeting, which was organised to look at findings of the mapping exercise of youth, adult learning and education, would help government to come up with viable…

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Over 655 Illegal Immigrants Arrested in the Northern Region

Northern Region Immigration Department says it has intercepted and arrested 655 illegal immigrants, most of whom their cases have been tried in the country’s courts from January up to early December this year (2017). The 655 figure is slightly lower compared to the same period last year (2016) when a total of 674 cases of illegal immigrants were registered. In an interview with Malawi News Agency (MANA) Wednesday, Northern Region Immigration Department Publicist, Blackwell Lungu said a majority of…

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Poverty Threat to Democracy, Says First Deputy Speaker Mcheka Chilenje

First Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Esther Mcheka Chilenje has called on Members of Parliament in the country to find ways of ending poverty in Malawi, saying the scourge is a threat to democracy. Mcheka Chilenje highlighted that when people are poor, they are incapacitated as they fail to fulfill their ambitions. She made the remarks on Sunday in Mchinji when she presided over the International Day of Democracy. “As leaders we really need to encourage our people to work…

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Africa’s Richest Man Dangote to Invest in Malawi

Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote is interested in investing in the agricultural sector by establishing a fertilizer manufacturing company in Malawi, Nigerian High Commissioner Designate, retired Brigadier General Stanley Diriyai, has revealed. Diriyai disclosed Dangote’s interest on Tuesday after presenting his letters of credence to Malawi’s president Professor Peter Mutharika at the New State House in Lilongwe. Diriyai told the media after meeting president Mutharika that they discussed a number of bilateral relations including trade aimed at enhancing the…

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Artist Thoko Suya to Give Hope to the Sick

As Christians will be celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ on 25th December, Malawi’s female gospel artist, Thoko Suya, will be ministering and giving hope to the sick at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH) in Blantyre. In an interview with Malawi News Agency (MANA), Suya who is also founder of ‘Thoko Suya Ministries’ said apart from ministering to the sick, she will also donate some Christmas gifts and entertain them through a brief music performance. “I want to cheer…

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Network Service Providers on Network Quality Checks Project

The Minister of Information and Communications Technology, Nicholas Dausi told parliament Tuesday that network service providers are carrying out network quality checks in many places in the country to improve service delivery. The minister was responding to a question from Members of Parliament for Zomba Thondwe Charles Thikiwa and Lilongwe Msozi South, Vitus Dzoole Mwale who asked the ministry to engage network service providers to consider improving their services. “I would like to ask if the minister is aware…

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PAC Cancels Wednesday’s 50+1 National Wide Demos

The Public Affairs Committee(PAC) has called-off the much touted 50+1 national wide demonstration which were slated for Wednesday, 14th of December pushing parliament  to table six Electoral Reforms Bills. According to PAC’s chairperson, Reverend Dr Felix Chingota they have  agreed to cancel the demonstrations since government has shown commitment to table the bills. “We have decided to postpone the demonstrations following PAC Board of Trustees, representative of mother bodies and executive committee which met yesterday in Lilongwe to discuss…

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50+1 provision extended to MPs, Councilors

The executive arm of government has extended the 50+1 provision to the elections of Members of Parliament and Local Government. This is an extension to the original proposal that only pinned the 50+1 provision on presidential election only. Reads Subsection 5 of the Bill, MBC Online has seen: “Subject to this Act, any election, a candidate for election to the office of (a) President; (b) member of National Assembly; or (c) Councillor, who obtains the majority of more than…

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