ECD Coalition Engages MPs to Lobby Increased Budgetary Allocation

Early Childhood Development Coalition Friday engaged Members of Parliament (MPs) in Lilongwe at Crossroads Hotel to help them lobby for increased budgetary allocation support for successful implementation of Early Childhood Development (ECD) Programmes in the country. Chairperson for ECD Coalition in Malawi, Jaynet Kuyeli said they that have engaged the MPs so that that they should help them pass the budget for the ECD programmes during their deliberations. She said the ECD Coalition started engaging MPs in 2011 and…

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Women Blame Associating Parties With Regions for Their Failure

Associating a region with a political party is said to be the major reason why most women failed to win ward councilor elections in Kasungu. This was disclosed during a meeting which Governance, Gender and Justice Development Centre (GGJDC) held on Wednesday with women leaders from political parties, faith and the business community to highlight problems women face for them to fail to take up leadership positions. According to women who contested as ward councilors but failed, it was…

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Malawi, Mozambique to Curb Border Crimes

Governments of Malawi and Mozambique have agreed to establish committees in the border areas of Mangochi and along the Ruo River in Mulanje to amicably resolve border issues that ensue so often. The resolution was made Tuesday during the 11th session of Mozambique and Malawi Joint Permanent Commission on Defence and Security (JPCDS) held in Mangochi this week. Malawi’s Minister of Home Affairs and Internal Security, Cecilia Chazama, told journalists that the committees would also be dealing with border…

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President Mutharika Stands Firm Against Exploitation of Farmers

President Peter Mutharika says his government will end the malpractice of exploiting farmers which he said is happening due to informal exports of agricultural commodities. He made the remarks Wednesday in Lilongwe during his visit to the Auction Holdings Commodity Exchange (AHCX), which facilitates domestic and international trade, mainly grains and legumes under the concept of warehouse receipt. The president wanted to familiarize himself with what exactly happens on this structured market and facilities that are there to service…

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Govt Speaks Tough on Bid Rigging; ‘Bid Rigging Needs to be Eradicated’

Government says efficient public procurement system remains key to fostering the country’s economic development as such it (government) would continue to fight against unfair trade practices that continue to derail efforts to the country’s socio- economic growth. Principal Secretary (PS) in the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism, Ken Ndala made the remarks on Tuesday in Blantyre during the commemoration of World Competition Day which centred on bid rigging in procurement. He said government was worried with growing tendencies…

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‘We Need to Invest in ICT Structures’- Dausi

Minister of Information and Communications Technology, Nicholas Dausi on Tuesday emphasized the need for the country to invest in ICT structures. The minister made the remarks at Bingu International Convention Centre (BICC) in Lilongwe when he officially opened the 3rd Southern African Development Community (SADC) preparatory meeting for World Radio Communication Conference (WRC). Dausi added there was also need for concerted efforts towards harmonizing the ICT industry in the country. World Radio Communication conferences are held every three years…

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Muluzi Urges Parents, Care Givers to Patronize Child Health Week

Government has appealed to parents and care givers to patronize the Child Health Week by bringing their children for Vitamin A supplements and deworming campaign exercise. Minister of Health, Atupele Muluzi made the appeal Monday when he launched the second series of Child Health Days for 2017. “The biannual Child Health Days (CHDs) will help us access hard to reach groups with effective support services. The second round of the Child Health Days for 2017 will run from December…

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Malawi Lauded Over national IDs Project

Malawi government has been applauded for implementing a biometric national identity cards project. A local human rights media organization, Centre for Solutions Journalism (CSJ) has said the issuance of national IDs to 9 million eligible citizens is a great milestone. “We would like to congratulate the government and its development partners for a job well done. Offering Malawians national identity cards is a milestone,” CSJ Executive Director Brian Ligomeka said this in an interview with Mana Monday in Lilongwe….

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Nsanje Youth Demand Inclusion in Governance Structures

Youths in Nsanje have expressed worries over their continued being sidelined in development structures like Area and Village Development Committees. The call was made on Friday during an interface meeting at Nsanje Boma Chamber. The concerned youths noted that those in authorities do not include them in the committees despite the fact that they have the potential to contribute more towards community development. For example, Nyamikuta Youth Club Chairperson, Yowasi Kampira said in his area of Traditional Authority Mbenje,…

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Minister Muluzi Urges Malawi Youths to Go For HIV Test

Minister of Health and Population, Atupele Muluzi has appealed to the youth in the country to go for HIV and Aids test for them to know their sero status and perfectly plan for their future. Muluzi made the appeal Friday at Blantyre Youth Centre during the commemoration of this year’s World Aids Day. Muluzi said about 330,000 Malawians were living with HIV but were not aware of their HIV status which was negatively affecting the fight against the pandemic. The minister therefore urged all Malawians…

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