ICAM CEO aggrieved by law Professor Chirwa’s assertion that his PhD is fake

By Duncan Mlanjira Institute of Chartered Accountants in Malawi (ICAM) chief executive officer (CEO), Dr Francis Chinjoka Gondwe says he is aggrieved by allegation made by Malawian law Professor Danwood Chirwa on social media that asserts that Gondwe’s doctoral degree in Business Administration obtained through Columbia Commonwealth University in 2011 is ‘fake’. Prof. Chirwa, who is Professor and Dean of Law at the University of Cape Town, posted on Facebook on Sunday alleging that Columbia Commonwealth University is a…

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Minister Kaliati bemoans rise of gender and social degradation due to COVID-19

By Lily Kampani, MANA Minister of Community Development and Social Welfare, Patricia Kaliati has expressed concern over gender based violence and child abuse which she said are on the increase since the onset of Coronavirus pandemic. Kaliati made the remarks on Thursday in Lilongwe at a press briefing to inform the general public on the ministry’s mandate and its activities, which include addressing issues regarding gender, children, disability, community development and the elderly. “The ministry has noted that closure…

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Malawi child guardians censures private schools on plan to reopening schools

  By Duncan Mlanjira Malawi child guardians, under Children Owners Association of Malawi (COAM), has asked Independent Schools Association of Malawi (ISAMA) from allowing school administrators to reopen schools on July 13 as earlier suggested, saying life cannot wait but education can. ISAMA wrote a letter on July 4 advising all private schools to open schools that were closed over four months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Last month, the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 suggested a tentative date…

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Government intensifies provision of ICT services in rural areas

  By Tikondane Vega, MANA Government on Monday said it will continue to prioritize provision of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in rural areas in order to connect all people to the globe world. Minister of Information, Civic Education and Communications Technology, Mark Botomani said this in Thyolo District during a ground breaking ceremony for the construction of Thyolo Central and Thyolo North Telecentres under the ‘Connect a Constituency Project’. Botomani said to achieve universal access to ICT in…

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Children continue to remain most vulnerable as World Vision calls for end to the iniquity

  By Tione Andsen, MANA Even though most countries have pledged to protect rights of children, observations on the ground show that, children, young women and men remain unrepresented, exposed to violence and are robbed of their childhood. This was said by World Vision Malawi (WVM) National Director, Hazel Nyathi on Tuesday during a tele-conference press briefing in Lilongwe as part of commemoration of 2020 Day of the African Child under the theme ‘Access To a Child-Friendly Justice System…

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Tanzania President Magufuli orders schools to re-open June 29

    The Citizen  Tanzania President John Magufuli has ordered that schools at all levels to re-open on June 29 after they were closed for almost three months since March due to preventive measures against COVID-19. The decision makes Tanzania the first East African country to open all schools and social gatherings that were closed due to the outbreak of the novel Coronavirus. In Malawi, the national taskforce that was entrusted to assess if education institutions can be re-opened…

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Likoma Island youths declare war on thin plastics

  By Leonard Masauli, MANA Youths on Likoma Island have declared war against thin plastics on the tourism-island saying they pollute the environment and endanger aquatic life in Lake Malawi.  The youth have engaged in handpicking of plastics surrounding markets and lakeshore premises to ensure tourism hotspot areas remain clean. Programmes manager for Nkhwazi Youth Club, Emmanuel Kapekenya said in an interview that Likoma communities rely on the water from the lake for drinking, fishing and day-to-day life and…

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Malawian athlete Chitedze and her SA colleague complete their 45km charity challenge; So far raises R4,510

By Duncan Mlanjira By midday on Monday, over R4,500 had been raised of the targeted R30,000 through the charity marathon challenge done on Sunday by Malawian long distance athlete, Gloria Chitedze together with her South African colleague Ntabaleng Tsusane. The two completed 45.5kms each on Sunday in a time of 4.59hrs in the Virtual Race of Legends challenge to raise funds to procure foodstuffs for children, whose parents have been affected by the COVID-9 lockdown due to job losses….

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Schools re-open July 13

By Ireen Kayira, MANA The national taskforce that was entrusted to assess if education institutions can be re-opened has recommended that the primary and secondary schools as well as universities and colleges should opened on July 13. In a statement released on Tuesday by the Ministry of Education Science and Technology said the taskforce has given its recommendation to the Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19 and the specific details and conditions for the re-opening shall be announced later after the…

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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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