DPP Youth Wing preaching of violence-free campaign in Lilongwe

By Duncan Mlanjira  The Youth Wing of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), commonly known as Cadets, is on an awareness drive in Lilongwe to deter youths in the Capital City and the district as a whole from being used as instruments of violence during the campaign for the fresh presidential election. Speaking in an interview, the party’s director of the youth in Lilongwe, Dyton Mussa said they have since launched a message of peace campaign targeting his fellow…

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Analysts believe Ansah’s resignation claims could be tactical to escape being forced out

By Duncan Mlanjira Justice Jane Ansah SC announced her resignation as Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson in an interview on the state broadcaster Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) on Thursday, just eight days before Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) planned to have nationwide protests on May 28 to force her and her fellow commissioners to step down. And this is also after Vice-President Saulos Chilima planned to return to court to press President Peter Mutharika to remove Ansah and her fellow…

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Honouring Peace Chawinga-Kaluwa: The netball legend who played for Queens for two decades

By Duncan Mlanjira Malawi national netball team, the Queens are one of the most glamorous teams on the international scene having impressed at the very highest stage of the sport, whose giants are nations like New Zealand, Australia, England and Jamaica. But despite Malawi failing to break into the top five in the world of international netball, the Queens are still regarded as a strong force to reckon with and all these giants, New Zealand, Australia, England and Jamaica…

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Online network business CROWD1 membership hits 5.25m worldwide

By Duncan Mlanjira Membership for the online network business, CROWD1 Marketing, which South Africa-based football legend Kennedy Malunga brought to Malawi, has reached 5.25 million at the close of business on Thursday. Malunga, who brought Crowd1 in February through marketing seminars in Blantyre and other parts of the country, says he is impressed that many Malawians have joined the online network business and numbers are expected to go up since the members are enticing each other to join this…

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From street kid to pilot: How Prophet Bushiri changed Anthony’s life

By Sifiso Mabunda, ecgnews.online Ten years ago, Antony Kaombe, now 25, was a hopeless orphan, a street kid; but after being adopted by Prophet Bushiri, today, he is a qualified pilot, about to fly people to every corner of the world. His story of birth, though, doesn’t begin with pain and poverty. His father, a Malawian, and mother, a Zimbabwean, weren’t poor. “My mother was a police officer and my father a military soldier. I didn’t have a troubled…

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Burundi clamps down social media as it went polls

By Daniel Finnan Follow, Radio France Internationale Burundians went to the polls on Wednesday for elections to choose a new president, parliamentarians and local councillors. However, voting was marked by a social media shutdown in the country and complaints about irregularities by the opposition. Ruling party flagbearer Evariste Ndayishimiye has told journalists that the elections were taking place in a secure environment.  “Anyone wanting to disturb them will pay dearly,” he had added, speaking as he cast his ballot…

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How African countries are dealing with elections during COVID-19

Analysis by Erik Asplund & Olufunto Akinduro, allAfrica.com Five countries have gone ahead with elections. Nine have postponed. A dozen more are up in the air. Despite the risks posed by the Coronavirus, Burundi went to the polls yesterday for general elections and in the run up to this vote, the country took drastic measures to prevent the spread of the virus. Since late-April, there have been large-scale campaign events throughout the country with little social distancing.  After the…

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Mixed fortunes in tobacco market as sales hit US$28m

By Sylvester Kumwenda, MANA Four weeks after opening, the tobacco market has seen mixed trends compared to the 2019 market as so far it has realised around US$28 million, which is nine percent short of revenue generated last year in the same period.  Approximately 18 million kilograms of all types of the crop has been sold, which is 19 percent lower than figures from the initial four weeks of the 2019 market. There has also been a high rejection…

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Malawi Red Cross Society gives goats to flood survivors in Chikwawa

By Steve Chirombo & Lawrence Chilomo, MANA Malawi Red Cross Society has embarked on a goat pass-on project aimed at reaching out to survivors of the March 2019 devastating floods under its Floods Recovery Intervention Project. The development comes on the background of other already existing projects such as shelter construction as well as provision of cash transfers to the affected households. Speaking during the distribution exercise of the goats to first 10 families in Traditional Authority Maseya in…

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SA-based Malawi Afro Pop artist Kali-Chie to release an extended play

By Blessings Kaunda, MANA Malawian Afro Pop artist based in South Africa, Kali-Chie says he is set to release his Extended Play (EP) next month, whose theme is love — emanating from his life experiences. In an in interview from Blue Moon Studio in South Africa, Kali-Chie — whose real name is Aubrey Kalipinde Chibaya — said he was expected to release his EP last April but everything came to stand still due to the COVID-19 pandemic that led…

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