Salima District Council launches mass cleaning campaign

By Peter Chilongo, MANA Scores of people in Salima, including Salima Centre MP Gerald Kapiseni and traditional leaders joined the mass cleaning campaign which District Council launched on Wednesday. The exercise included sweeping and removing all garbage deposited along the streets of Kamuzu Road and market places around the area. Public relations officer for Salima District Council, Grace Kapatuka said the exercise was meant to demonstrate to people plying their trade and living around the area on the importance…

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Street sale of puppies condemned

By Alice Chunga, MANA An organisation concerned with the protection of animals — ALLCREATURES Animal Welfare has criticised the selling and buying of puppies and other pets on roadsides and streets, saying the malpractice infringes on animal rights. The organisation’s communications and programs officer, Chippo Chiwala said those in the habit do not follow right procedures for animal welfare. “Selling animals on the roadside is not right because they do not follow right actions to promote and improve the…

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Composer of 1972 AFCON anthem Manu Dibango succumbs to Coronavirus

By Angu Lesley & Melody Chironda, allAfrica.com Veteran jazz singer and saxophone player, Emmanuel N’djoke Dibango, aka Manu Dibango, who composed the 1972 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) anthem died in France on Tuesday, aged 86 after contracting the Coronavirus (COVID-19) disease. Close associates had last week confirmed that he had been taken to a French hospital for an unrelated illness when he was diagnosed of COVID-19. Dibango becomes one of the first worldwide stars to die as a result…

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Africa fight on Coronavirus: Time to invest in universal public health

Opinion by Isabel Ortiz & Thomas Stubbs, allAfrica.com Austerity policies pushed by international financial institutions have weakened public health systems, despite current financial support packages, condemning many people to die. As health systems of East Asia, Europe and the Americas buckle under the strain of Coronavirus, developing countries are expecting an even higher human toll.  Decades of austerity promoted by international financial institutions (IFIs) such as the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Bank and regional development banks have…

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COSAFA to initiate a two-month COVID-19 awareness campaign

Maravi Express Confederation of Southern Africa Football Associations (COSAFA), has announced that it will initiate a two-month Coronavirus (COVID-19 awareness campaign that will offer practical, potentially life-saving advice to citizens across in the wake of the deadly epidemic. A statement from COSAFA Media says this will include messages of support from football personalities to drive the campaign initiatives, which is to try and reach as many fans as possible to educate them as to the dos and don’ts around…

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Mnangagwa bans beerhall drinking as COVID-19 measures

  By Idah Mhetu, New Zimbabwe On top of other measures to counter the spread of Coronavirus (COVID19) which include banning on “inessential travel” outside the country by locals, Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa has issued a further ban of alcohol inside bars. Zimbabwe has recorded two positive cases of the virus which claimed its first victim on Monday in Zororo Makamba, son to top businessman and politician James Makamba. Addressing the media at State House Monday evening, Mnangagwa also…

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Japan Olympic Games rescheduled to a date beyond 2020

By Duncan Mlanjira In the present circumstances and based on the information provided by the World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday that the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is “accelerating”, the International Olympic Committee IOC has announced that Games of the XXXII Olympiad in Tokyo must be rescheduled to a date beyond 2020 but not later than summer 2021. A joint statement from IOC and the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee, including the Prime Minister of Japan, says the decision is to…

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MultiChoice expands information and entertainment offering and reach

By Duncan Mlanjira In observance of the preventive measures following the Coronavirus (COVID-19), which the World Health Organisation has declared as a pandemic, many countries across the African continent — including Malawi — are encouraged to adjust to new ways of living and working that includes self isolation and quarantine in homes. In cognizance of this development that many are required to spend more time at home with their loved ones, MultiChoice Group says it remains committed to supporting…

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Government bans UTM, MCP from their intended Coronavirus sensitization tours

By Duncan Mlanjira The Malawi Government has ordered UTM Party and Malawi Congress Party (MCP) to cancel the Coronavirus (COVID-19) sensitization tours which the two parties that are in the fresh presidential election alliance intend to carry out. Through the Ministry of Information, Civic Education & Information Technology, the government says the two parties should give room to the Ministry of Health officials to take lead because they have been specially trained for it. “Government would like to remind…

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ICAM encourages online communication models in observance of Coronavirus prevention measures

  By Duncan Mlanjira In line with the social distancing recommendations, as recommended by Government directives in the Coronavirus (COVID-19) prevention measures, Institute of Chartered Accountants in Malawi (ICAM) is encouraging its members to use online communication models to get in touch with ICAM staff for assistance. The Institute is also recommends less interaction with members at its office and request that wherever possible all communication to be made through emails and phone calls until further notice. In a public statement issued…

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