Bushiri and wife Mary in court for fraud: Churchgoers show support

By Greg Nicolson, Daily Maverick Months ago, Enlightened Christian Gathering leader ‘prophet’ Shepherd Bushiri was mocked for his prophecy that 2020 would be a ‘great year’. Bushiri and his wife Mary appeared in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court on charges related to fraud and money laundering worth R102-million on Wednesday, the couple’s second court appearance in two weeks. In an interview published on Enlightened Christian Gathering’s (ECG) website, church leader Shepherd Bushiri says men of God “who have been blessed…

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Relaxing on COVID-19 preventive measures risky at this point as one new COVID-19 related death is recorded

By Duncan Mlanjira In the past weeks, the country has not been recording any new COVID-19 related death but some new cases kept creeping in as local and imported transmissions, prompting co-chairperson of the presidential task force on COVID-19, Dr. John Phuka to plead with the public not to relax in the adherence to the preventive measures that are legally still in place. Following the new case of one new death from the 223 COVID-19 tests that were conducted…

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Prophet Bushiri and his wife Mary arrested in SA over investment scheme

Maravi Express South Africa-based Malawian preacher, Shepherd Bushiri Prophet who ministers the Enlightened Christian Gathering (ECG), is reported by the that country’s media that he and his wife Mary have been arrested by fiscal police, the Hawks over an investment scheme called Rising Estate. A report by sundayworld.co.za quotes a statement issued by the church, that the couple was asked to present themselves to the Hawks offices on Monday night in Pretoria accompanied by their lawyers to discuss an…

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Offer for DNA paternity test by Malawian scientist attracts fierce debate on social media

By Duncan Mlanjira A post on Facebook that Malawian scientist, Dr. Kingdom Kwapata of Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR), is offering DNA test to Malawians wishing to do so on their children to determine true paternity, attracted fierce mixed reactions. Most believe that the service might break some marriages of some women, who might be keeping secrets on the true paternity of their children. According to the post on Facebook, Kwapata — based at LUANAR Campus…

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Malawian Nyovani Madise amongst 15 scientists appointed to draft 2nd quadrennial Global Sustainable Development Report

By Duncan Mlanjira Malawian Nyovani Janet Madise is amongst 15 independent eminent scientists appointed by the UN Secretary-General António Guterres to draft the 2023 Global Sustainable Development Report. A statement from the UN posted on Monday on sdgs.un.org, says as mandated by Member States, this independent group of scientists and their Report will inform the follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development and the Sustainable Development Goals. “The Report aims to strengthen the science-policy interface and…

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The slow motion race for a TB vaccine in Africa

By Amy Green, Spotlight (Cape Town) If the world had forgotten the importance of vaccines, COVID-19 has served as a stark reminder. Less than a year after the emergence of SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19), over a hundred vaccine candidates are under development and several large clinical trials are already under way, including some in South Africa. It is plausible that a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine will be available within the next year or two, although only time…

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South Africa’s Health Minister Mkhize announces he and his wife test COVID-19 positive

By Duncan Mlanjira As South Africa continue to have the African country with most reported cases, its Minister of Health, Dr. Zwelini Mkhize has announced that on Monday, October 19, he and his wife, Dr. May Mkhize have tested positive for COVID-19. In a government statement, Mkhize said he decided to go for a test on Sunday when he started showing mild symptoms. “I was feeling abnormally exhausted and as the day progressed, I started losing appetite,” he said…

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Tragedy in Mzimba; 3 siblings die after being buried by sand

By Aliko Munde, MANA The Zimba family of Kadaleka Zimba Village, Traditional Authority (TA) Mzukukuzu in Mzimba is in deep sorrow following the death of its three children, who were buried by sand on Saturday while playing and were only disco red the next day. The children, who were Kavyeyo Primary School learners are Hendrex (9), Chifundo (8) and Cosmas (6) and were in standards four, three and two respectively. Speaking in an interview, Ephangweni Primary Education Advisor Blessings…

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UN Human Rights Council satisfied with Malawi human rights record — Justice Minister

By Aisha Amidu Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Titus Mvalo said Malawi has been elected into the United Nations Human Rights Council after securing 180 out of 190 votes. Addressing the media on Monday, Minister Mvalo said this new development is justification that the UN Human Rights Council is satisfied with Malawi’s human rights record. He reported that the Council is expected to review the 2015-2020 report on human rights during the first week of November this year….

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President Chakwera commits to reverse environmental flaws

By Fostina Mkandawire, MANA President Lazarus Chakwera has said it is time to start implementing the National Resilient Strategy to ensure a systematic approach to environmental restoration — underpinning the need to implement environmental resilient interventions in order to tackle its related shocks. Chakwera made the remarks on Monday at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe during his weekly brief which focused on the environment. He was in the company of Minister of Forestry and Natural Resources, Nancy Tembo and Minister…

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