Malawi President Chakwera voted as SADC’s incoming chairperson

By Duncan Mlanjira During the 40th Ordinary Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), which was held virtually on Monday, August 17, elected President of the Republic of Mozambique, Filipe Jacinto Nyusi as chairperson and shall be replaced by Malawi President Dr. Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera for the next tenure of office. President Nyusi takes over from Zimbabwe President Dr. Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa. The Summit also elected President of the Republic of…

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Breakthrough in COVID-19 fight; Healthcare professionals welcome UK company develops protein-based treatment

  By Dr Ahmed Mohiuddin Siddiqui A United Kingdom (UK) based biotech company, Synairgen has declared positive “breakthrough” results from a clinical trial of a protein-based treatment for COVID-19, which ‘greatly’ reduced patients requiring intensive care. Synairgen said its SNG001 formulation uses a protein called interferon beta, which the body produces when it gets a viral infection. It is inhaled directly into the lungs of patients with coronavirus, using a nebuliser, which will stimulate an immune response. According to…

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Former Tanzania President Mkapa dies aged 81

Aljazeera.com Tanzania’s former President Benjamin Mkapa, who served from 1995 to 2005, died in the early hours of Friday, July 24 aged 81, President John Magufuli said in a statement. Mkapa, the East African nation’s third president who led several regional peace mediation efforts in office and afterwards, died while receiving treatment at a hospital in Dar es Salaam, Magufuli said without giving more details. “I will remember him for his great love for the nation, his piety, had…

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Prophet Bushiri’s ECG Church set to celebrate Global ECG Day on July 25

Maravi Express Enlightened Christian Gathering (ECG) Church will on July 26 celebrate its celebrate Global ECG Day which showcases what the church stands for — Salvation and Philanthropy. According to a press statement from the church’s communications department posted on ecgnews.online Global ECG Day, set aside by leader and founder Prophet Shepherd Bushiri, inspires every member of the church to be proud to belong in this great family through reaching out and touching, at least, to three non-ECG members….

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In the fight against COVID-19, Africa is the unsung  continent

  By Solomon Zewdu, allAfrica.com Two months ago, when the peak of the pandemic passed in China and moved to the United States and Western Europe, epidemiologists tried to predict where COVID-19 would hit next — and hit hardest.  Many thought Africa would become the next high-risk area, but when COVID-19 eventually arrived on the continent, most of the dire predictions were way off. Today, the continent is the least impacted region in the world according to the World…

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Over 3.4 million COVID-19 tests performed in Africa as total cases reach 133,344

  allAfrica.com Over 3.4 million COVID-19 tests have been performed in Africa since the outbreak of the pandemic and as of Wednesday, there were was a total of 259,110 from 55 countries with reported deaths at 7,017 and recoveries at 118,747. So far there are 133,344 active cases across the continent while South Africa has the most reported cases — 76,334, with deaths numbering 1,625.  Other most-affected countries include Egypt (47,856 cases), Nigeria (17,148), Algeria (11,147), and Ghana (12,193). The…

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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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World law professors and academics join condemnation on Malawi Executive’s assault on judiciary

By Duncan Mlanjira Law professors and academics from around the world, including Malawi, have joined the condemnation sorrounding the decision to force Chief Justice Andrew Nyirenda and Justice of Appeal Edward Twea to go on mandatory leave pending retirement. The professors and academics, 74 in total, say they are deeply concerned about coordinated attempts by the government to undermine the judiciary, including statements by President Peter Mutharika falsely accusing the judiciary of having staged a coup against his government…

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Southern African Chief Justices’ Forum joins condemnation of action against Justice Nyirenda

By Duncan Mlanjira Southern African Chief Justices’ Forum (SACJF) has added voice in the condemnation of the action by the Malawi Government to force Chief Justice Andrew Nyirenda and Justice of Appeal Edward Twea to go on mandatory leave pending retirement. In a statement issued on Monday, June 15, SACJF says it is deeply concerned about the recent developments in Malawi which appear to undermine the independence of the judiciary and individual Judges. SACJF joins concerned African legal and…

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