October, 2013

Cut out international medical service privileges for govt officials – MP

Posted on 30 Oct 2013 at 12:09pm

Member of Parliament for Lilongwe City Centre, Shadreck Jonas, has demanded that senior government officials lose their privileges of being referred to hospitals outside Malawi when in critical health condition.

He said this in Parliament on the afternoon of Tuesday, in reference to a succession of predicaments that has been hitting Kamuzu Central Hospital recently where, among others, the hospital had been administering expired drugs to patients.

He argued that this privilege made the government officials disregard the serious problems that the local hospitals were facing.

“How can…

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Two Malawians held with 31kg of drugs at an Indian airport

Posted on 21 Oct 2013 at 4:20am

In one of the biggest drugs haul ever, customs officials on Sunday caught two foreign nationals at Sardar Vallabhbhai international airport with over 31 kg of drugs. The two foreigners, a man and a woman, were in their early 20s. They were caught illegally carrying ephedrine hydrochloride (known as a ‘party drug’ ) worth Rs 25-30 lakh, almost us$60,000. In December last year, customs officials had seized 7 kg of ketamine.

The arrested persons, Fraser (22) and Maria (23), belong to Malawi in south-east Africa. They were scheduled to board an Emirates flight to…

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ACB arrests government Chief Tourism Officer in “Cashgate Scandal”

Posted on 19 Oct 2013 at 12:52pm

The Anti-corruption Bureau (ACB) has arrested Leonard Kalonga, Chief Tourism Officer in the Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife on suspicion that he connived with different people to defraud the Malawi Government.

ACB’s Senior Public Relations Officer, Egrita Ndala said in August, 2013, the Anti-Corruption Bureau received a complaint alleging that the suspect was conniving with different people to defraud the Malawi Government.

Ndala said following the tip, the Bureau immediately instituted investigations where it was found that Leonard Kalonga had corruptly acquired the services of various people owning companies and defrauded the Malawi Government of large sums of money.

“On…

Malawi opens business centre in India

Posted on 18 Oct 2013 at 6:35pm

Malawi’s High Commissioner to India, Dr. Perks Ligoya, on 16 October, inaugurated the Malawi business corner in the city of Surat in Gujarat, India.

According to a press release made available to Malawi News Agency (Mana), the city of Surat is one of the most vibrant and fast growing city in India and it was therefore important to establish links with the state.

“This business corner will…

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Ministry of Agriculture official in for defiling step daughter

Posted on 18 Oct 2013 at 6:27pm

Police in Ntcheu have arrested Sapita Banda, an animal handler in the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security based at Bilira Extension Planning Area (EPA) for impregnating his 15-year-old step daughter.

According to Ntcheu Public Relations Officer, Gift Matewere, the victim went to her home village where her aunts suspected her of being pregnant.

He said the girl was then taken to hospital with the aunts where it was established that she was expectant.

Matewere said after quizzing her, the girl mentioned her step father as the one who was responsible for the pregnancy saying he has been defiling her…

Here is the full list of President Joyce Banda’s Cabinet

Posted on 15 Oct 2013 at 9:58pm

CABINET LIST

Her Excellency Dr. Joyce Banda, President of the Republic of Malawi, Commander-in-Chief of the Malawi Defence Force and the Malawi Police Service, Minister Responsible for Statutory Corporations, Civil Service Administration, Nutrition, HIV and AIDS, National Registration Programme, and the Green Belt Initiative.

Right Honourable Khumbo Kachali, Vice President of the Republic of Malawi and Responsible for National Relief and Disaster Management,National Public Events Office, Central Government Stores, and Department of Printing Services.

Honourable Sosten Gwengwe, M.P. – Minister of Industry and Trade

Honourable Dr. Maxwell Mkwezalamba, – Minister of Finance

Honourable Fahad Assani – Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs

Honourable…

Malawi: “Retire child bearing at 35”

Posted on 15 Oct 2013 at 2:40am

Nkhotakota, October 12: Presidential Initiative on Maternal Health and Safe Motherhood officials have said both men and women must retire child bearing at the age of 35 years or stand a risk of having a child with motivation deficiency disorder.

The initiative’s Community Mobilization Coordinator, Timothy Bonyonga, said this during Nkhotakota consultative meeting emphasizing that there are many complications that develop on children when they are born to parents after their production age period.

“One of such issues is increase in maternal death. When a woman is old, her organs grow weaker such that the body does not…

President Banda urges church support for government, She also donates K1.5m and 200 cement bags

Posted on 14 Oct 2013 at 5:07pm

Blantyre, October 13: President Dr. Joyce Banda has called on the religious fraternity to continue supporting and advising political leaders when necessary in order to ensure that good governance prevails in the country.

The President made the call when she presided over 80th Anniversary of St Columbus CCAP church, a branch of Blantyre synod to which the Malawi leader is a member.

“I urge the church leaders to support government if we are to achieve tremendous socio-economic development of the country.

“Advise me whenever it is necessary…

Chakwera Shaking Up Things In Opposition MCP; Full NEC (National Executive Committee) List

Posted on 11 Oct 2013 at 2:50pm

1. PRESIDENT: Rt. Hon Dr. Lazarus Chakwera 2. 1st VICE PRESIDENT: Hon. Richard Msowoya 3. 2nd VICE PRESIDENT: Hon. Mcdonald Lombola 4. SECRETARY GENERAL: Hon. Chris Daza 5. TREASURER GENERAL: Hon. Tony Kandiero 6. LEGAL ADVISOR: Hon. Mrs. Irene Chikapa 7. PUBLICITY SECRETARY: Hon. Dr. Jessie Kabwila 8. NORTH-NORTH CHAIRMAN: Hon. Stowel Gondwe 9. NORTH-SOUTH CHAIRMAN: Hon. James Baza Kaunda 10. CENTRE CHAIRMAN: Hon. Daniel Mlomo 11. LAKESHORE CHAIRMAN: Hon. Bauleni Wellington E Mkweza 12. EASTERN CHAIRMAN: Hon Abbi Jana 13. SOUTH CHAIRMAN: Hon Dennis Nanthumba 14. DIRECTOR OF POLITICAL AFFAIRS: Hon. Jean Sendeza MP 15. DIRECTOR OF WOMEN: Hon. Mai Dorothy Chirambo 16. DIRECTOR OF YOUTH: Hon. Lobin Lowe, MP 17. DIRECTOR OF…

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Around 800 people arrested in Lilongwe, criminals and illegal immigrants.

Posted on 04 Oct 2013 at 12:47pm

by rebeccachimjeka

Over 800 hundred people have been arrested in Malawi’s administrative capital, Lilongwe in a joint operation between the Malawi Defense Forces and the Malawi Police Service.

Deputy Police Public Relations Officer for the Center, Kingsily Dandaula has confirmed the operations and the arrests. He disclosed those arrested are being kept in various police cells around the capital.

According to Dandaula the operation which started Thursday night is aimed at cleansing the city off criminals, stolen items and illegal immigrants.

When he was asked if the operation was…

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