More Tobacco Projected Against Trade Initial Requirements

By Sylvester Kumwenda-MANA The initial projection of tobacco estimates for the 2018 – 2019 growing season indicates that Malawi will produce 206 million kilograms of the crop, which is 54 million kilograms more than the current trade requirement of 152 million. The actual licensed volume is however at 166.8 million kilograms. Tobacco Control Commission (TCC) Chief Executive Officer, Kaisi Sadala, on Tuesday told journalists from Media Network on tobacco (MNT) that estimates also indicate there has been slight reduction…

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Mutharika Calls For A Consorted Effort In Ending Albino Attacks

By Patrick Ndawala & Robert Nayeja-MANA President Prof. Peter Mutharika has reiterated the need for concerted efforts from all stakeholders to find ways of stopping abductions and killings of persons with albinism in the country. He made the observation on Monday after commissioning the multi-million Kamuzu Barrage and Bridge at Liwonde Community Ground in Machinga. Mutharika asked Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), religious, traditional and political leaders to stop politicizing violence against people with albinism. “It is sad that other…

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Not all of the nine candidates shall participate in the presidential debates

By Duncan Mlanjira For all the nine candidates to be accorded the opportunity participate in the forthcoming presidential debates, they will be required to meet a set of criteria that has been developed by multi-stakeholder taskforce, which is organizing the event, to held at the Bingu International Convention Centre (BICC) in Lilongwe on March 29 and April 5, 2019.  A statement signed by Teresa Ndanga, chairperson of the Taskforce on Presidential Debate, says in developing the participation criteria, the…

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President Mutharika commissions Kamuzu Barrage in Liwonde

The 2014 project to rehabilitate the Kamuzu Barrage in Liwonde is finally over and was commissioned on Monday by President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika. “I am delighted to be here with you to commission the New Kamuzu Barrage,” Mutharika said. “This barrage has two functions; it controls waterflow for us to generate electricity for our homes and businesses. This barrage is also a bridge for everyone. “The first barrage which Dr Kamuzu Banda built was old and risky to…

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Mzuzu Youthful Artists Sing Against Albino Killings

By Rose Mahorya & Macdonald Ziba-MANA Three youthful Mzuzu based artists have produced a song condemning increased albino attacks and pleading for more action from government and all Malawians. The trio, Yona Mlakatuli Gondwe, Blessings Bwanali popularly known as Ril B, and Atusaye Chirwa, known in the music circles as A Square, expresses disappointment with the country’s justice system. They argue that the system fails to protect lives of people with albinism despite the constitution calling for right to…

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Karonga NGO courts traditional and church leaders on 50:50 campaign

By Jordan Simeon-Phiri, MEC Stringer Karonga-based non-governmental organization (NGO), Foundation for Community Support Services (FOCUS), has appealed to traditional and church leaders in Karonga South and Nyungwe constituencies to garner support for female shadow Members of Parliament and Ward Councillors for the forthcoming general elections. FOCUS made the appeal on Friday when it took the 50:50 campaign to the district’’s two constituencies where it unveiled female candidates for the two areas who successfully submitted their nomination papers to Malawi…

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Kamuzu Academy Alumni offer government MK1m towards reward fund to entice public to offer information towards albino killings

  By Duncan Mlanjira  Kamuzu Academy Alumni Association (KAAA) has added its own voice on the public outcry condemning the barbaric and heinous acts being perpetrated against people with albinism in Malawi and have issued an open press statement addressed to the State President and the Government. The grouping has made several proposals to President Arthur Peter Mutharika and one of them is that the government should set up meaningful rewards to entice members of the public who may…

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‘National Action Plan offers solutions on Persons with Albinism if seriously implemented’

  By Duncan Mlanjira Stakeholders are being asked to go beyond just making public rhetoric but to seriously implement the National Action Plan on Persons with Albinism that was developed last year in consultation with various stakeholders from the public and private sectors intending to guide national efforts to promote and protect rights of persons with albinism in Malawi. This follows lots of public response and criticism towards recent cases that targeted persons with albinism in which some concerned…

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People urged to set up the agenda for change and not rely on politicians

By Juliet Mlowoka Chirwa, MEC Stringer As the countdown to May 21 tripartite elections continues, Evangelical Association of Malawi (EAM) has urged all stakeholders in the country to set up the agenda for change and not rely on politicians and to refrain from being used as tools for violence during the campaign period. Speaking at the end of a three-day training which the organization held in Nkhotakota, EAM advocacy coordinator Matchona Phiri said most times people are receptive to…

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Woman Facing Manslaughter Charges

By Brian Wasili-MANA The High Court sitting in Mwanza has found Edina Mtuwati, 48, with a case of manslaughter to answer for unlawful acts that caused the death of her husband’s first wife. The state lawyer, Samuel Chisanga told the court that the accused, Mtuwati is married as a second wife to Elonimo Mtuwati both from Mtuwati Village in the area of Traditional Authority Govati in Mwanza. The marriage which started some years ago was not approved by Elita…

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