By Jennifer Mpango-Vice President of the Republic of Malawi Saulos Chilima has called upon people in Blantyre North and Thyolo East to cast their votes for Democratic Progressive Party (DPP)
By Richard Chinansi-Big Bullets Assistant Coach Lloyd Nkhwazi has insisted that their chances are still open to lift the TNM Super League although the race has reached at boiling point
Authorities in Malawi are stepping up efforts to crack down on criminal syndicates that are aiding influx of illegal immigrants from Burundi, Rwanda, Somalia and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
It never rains but pours for Might Wanderers against their bitter rivals Bullets Football Club. Bullets FC has maintained its unbeaten record against its long time arch rivals, Mighty Wanderers
By Jennifer Mpango-Vice President of the Republic of Malawi Saulos Chilima has called upon people in Blantyre North and Thyolo East to cast their votes for Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) candidates in the forthcoming October 7 bye- elections.
He was speaking when he conducted a whistle-stop tour of the two constituencies where he campaigned for the party candidate Francis Phiso in Blantyre North and Greyson Solomoni who will represent the party in Thyolo East Constituency.
Among other things, Chilima explained that apart from offering people affordable iron sheets and cement as earlier pledged during the campaign before the May 20 polls, the DPP led administration will also construct 100,000 houses for the less-privileged in all the parts of the country.
“We will construct 100 houses per constituency. This means that we shall construct 19,300 houses in all the constituencies during this financial year.
“The houses are meant to improve the living standards of Malawians, “ he explained Chilima adding that this means that by the end of the DPP 5year term, 100,000 houses will have been constructed.
He also said that the Community Colleges initiative is on the right track and that they would start in due course.
The Veep’s tour took him to Lomola, Milonga and Goliati in Thyolo Easty Constituency while in Blantyre North he addressed thousands of party supporters at Mdeka, Lirangwe among other places.
By Richard Chinansi-Big Bullets Assistant Coach Lloyd Nkhwazi has insisted that their chances are still open to lift the TNM Super League although the race has reached at boiling point with Moyale Barracks still topping the 14-team table.
Speaking in an interview with Maravi Express, the coach admitted that competition was tough among the top four games adding that it is too early to judge who grabs the crown.
“I still believe that we have all the chances to win the title but it is going to be tough going by the way the top four teams are doing it on the pitch.
“League leaders Moyale Barracks will face us at our backyard and that I believe will give us a chance to get to the top. We have got about 9 games to wind up the season so you can see that there is still room to get to the top of the table and hopefully win the title.
“The boys are also doing very well this season unlike last season when we struggled to get the much positive needed results,”
Asked to comment on the team’s lack of spark upfront as observed by analysts that their strikers have only helped the team to win a number of games with small margins, Nkwazi described this as a problem rocking the whole nation including the Malwi National Team, the Flames.
“This is a general problem to both clubs and the Flames. However it is our duty (Coaches) to make efforts so that we can overcome this and see more goals being scored to entertain our supporters,” explained Nkwazi.
Moyale Barracks, Big Bullets, Blue Eagles and Red Lions are the teams that are currently enjoying a comfortable run on the top four of the TNM Super League season.
While Malawi shares borders with Zambia, Mozambique, police records indicate many illegal immigrants find their way into the country through uncharted routes through the hills of northern Karonga district, which borders Tanzania.
“Normally, every two days we arrest these illegal immigrants entering into Malawi through Tanzania,” said Almakio Daka, station officer at Karonga police station.
“Last Friday, we arrested 12 Somalis; on Sunday, we arrested three Burundians, and the day before yesterday, we arrested another three Rwandese,” he said. “As I am talking now, [officers are] arresting about four Rwandese.”
Although many of those arrested claim to be seeking refuge from social and economic problems at home, some say the influx of unscreened illegal immigrants threatens Malawi’s security and could introduce the Ebola virus within its borders.
Regardless of the plights of individual immigrants, Daka says large-scale illegal immigration is enabled by international criminal syndicates that involve locals.
“There are Malawians who do not love their country,” he said, referring to locals who draw income by agreeing to shelter the illegal aliens in their homes. “Some are given court bail, which means they are still aiding these illegal immigrants.”
According to Wavisanga Silungwe, chairperson of the “Karonga Business Community,” an organization that has been described as an activist group by some Malawi media outlets, security officers are the ones largely responsible for the proliferation of the syndicates.
“My brother, don’t be cheated. We have got evidence whereby some of police officers have been involved in this kind of a deal,” he said, citing the May 2014 Mzuzu city arrest of four officers for allegedly aiding the illegal entry of 25 Ethiopians into Karonga.
On September 4, the state-run Malawi News Agency reported the arrest of an army officer for allegedly aiding the illegal entry of 12 Ethiopians.
“There was a police officer inside that vehicle, [too],” he said. “Are we going to blame a driver just because he is a business person? No.”
Lawyer George Kadzipatike, who has represented some of those accused of aiding illegal immigrants, says Malawi’s overly lenient anti-immigration are to blame.
“When one has been convicted of aiding and abetting the illegal immigrants, the maximum fine is MK25, 000.00 [about $60],” he said, adding that people concerned about illegal immigration should lobby parliament for stiffer penalties.
Deputy national police spokesperson Mable Nsefula says officers have undertaken daily patrols along routes used by the criminal syndicates, resulting in the arrest of 123 illegal immigrants over the past three months.
Last week, Beston Chisamila, a top official within the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Public Security, announced plans to place more border posts between Malawi and Tanzania – a move he said would help seal all routes used by the illegal immigrants.
It never rains but pours for Might Wanderers against their bitter rivals Bullets Football Club. Bullets FC has maintained its unbeaten record against its long time arch rivals, Mighty Wanderers after a 1-0 victory in a Blantyre super league derby played Saturday at Kamuzu stadium on Saturday.
Bullet’s striker Pilirani Zonda, scored the lone goal of the game in the 15th minute of the first half.
Wanderers looked timid throughout the match and could not match their rivals who had better coordination and sense of purpose.
Wanderers coach Gerald Phiri blamed it all on an early goal his boys conceded within the first fifteen minutes of the game. .
“The early goal we conceded affected our performance during the whole game. This is our fifth consecutive loss against our arch rivals, and that means we have to do something about it,” he said.
Police in Blantyre have assured soccer loving fans that security at Kamuzu Stadium will be intact when the two giants in football Mighty Wanderers and Big Bullets meet each other on Saturday afternoon in the TNM Super League.
Police spokesperson for the Southern Region Nicolas Gondwa confirmed the development to the national broadcaster MBC on Friday morning.
“We have to assure the soccer loving fans that we will tighten the security before and after the match. We all know what happens when these two teams are meeting, tempos are always high among the fans so we are well prepared to handle the security at the stadium,” he explained.
Mighty Wanderers and Big Bullets are the biggest teams in Malawi and when they meet each other, they attract thousands of fans from all the three regions
The secretary general of the United Nations, Ban-Ki-Moon has applauded Malawi for a number of achievements it has made in the running of its affairs.
He made the commendation after having an audience with the State President of Malawi Peter Mutharika at the United Nations Headquarters in New York Thursday ahead of the commencement of general debate of the 69th Session of the UN general assembly.
“I am pleased to say that Malawi is the first country that was selected to meet the secretary general of all the countries present here and that is a great honour to us.
“Among other things the secretary general commended us for the peaceful transition of power which took place in our country,” said Mutharika when he briefed the Malawi media after his audience with the general secretary.
Mutharika said Malawi was also applauded for the efforts it is making in mitigating effects of climate change.
As one of the heads of State scheduled to make key note address at the UN Assembly Mutharika disclosed the Secretary General had requested the Malawi leader to market Africa to the business community.
“He encouraged me as one of the key note speakers to put Africa’s case to the business community in terms of funding and other resources,” he explained.
Mutharika said Malawi was also commended for the wonderful work its peace keepers have done and are still doing in the DRC (Congo), Sudan and other parts of Africa.
On his schedule of activities while in New York, President Peter Mutharika has accepted an invitation to make a presentation at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) – the largest stock exchange in the world – on the trade and investment opportunities that exist in Malawi which international investors can exploit.
Mutharika will make the presentation during an African Heads of State and Government Investment Working Lunch at the New York Stock Exchange on Monday.
Residents in Mangochi have hailed the recent joint security patrol operations by the country’s security agents within the central business district and its peripherals describing it as a giant leap at busting crime.
The security agents who included officers from the Malawi Defence Force, Malawi Police Service, Immigration and Prison went on a national wide sweeping exercise which did not spare the Boma and its major trading centres winning people’s hearts to call it a step in right direction.
Speaking in separate interviews with Malawi News Agency (Mana) one resident Victor Nkonde said the operation was necessary to rid the town of any possible dangerous elements in the process restoring peace and order.
“I guess we will now have peaceful nights without necessarily being worried of what will happen to our life and property,” Nkonde who owns the popular Weekends drinking joint at Mangochi Boma said.
Another resident Innocent Kalawa also welcomed the joint security exercise, saying it would bring back peace to the lakeshore district which is touted as one of the country’s potential tourist destination.
‘This will in no doubt help to restore confidence in people especially the community to do business with a peace of mind thereby helping in contributing to socio – economic development,” Kalawa added.
Kalawa appealed to the operatives to make the patrols a routine exercise so that previous events where people’s property were being robbed even during day light was a thing of the past.
In his reaction, Mangochi Police Public Relations Officer, Inspector Rodrick Maida assured people in the district that the police would not relent in its efforts of securing people’s lives and property as its core responsibility.
Maida told Mana that the three days joint operation code named ‘Gwirani’ which run through the weekend of September 12 to 14 was a huge success with at least 32 people being apprehended for being suspected of various crimes.
“Amongst the arrested, 15 were answering rogue and vagabond, seven others were found in possession of properties suspected to have been stolen, five others were found with Indian hemp and four Burundi nationals as illegal immigrants,” Maida added.
The police publicist said the joint operation also intercepted a motor vehicle Toyota Hilux pick up registration number MHG 2841 along the Mangochi – Maledco Fisheries road which was ferrying 23 goats.
According to Maida some of the items recovered during the exercise included 4, 360 liters of different fuels, 23 goats, three plasma TVs, 11 cartons and eight bricks of Laif cigarettes and 10kilogrammes of loose Indian hemp.
Meanwhile, Maida said out of the 32 suspects, 15 have since appeared before the Mangochi Second Grade Magistrate’s Court where 13 people answering to a charge of rogue and vagabond have been ordered to pay a fine of K5, 000 each.
“The other person found in possession of fuel without a licence was fined K300, 000 and the fuel has been forfeited to government. The one who was found with Chamba was ordered to pay a fine of K10, 000,” he pointed out.
Maida said the remaining 17 suspects will soon appear before the court.
An all Malawian online radio station which has its origins in the United Kingdom called Radio 247 Malawi has announced plans to establish a branch in the country.
According to the Broadcasting Manager for Radio 247 Amos Phiri, the radio has sought to increase its presence in the country as one way of catering for the interests of Malawians living in Diaspora by helping them stay in touch with events back home.
“Our radio was introduced to mainly cater for Malawians who are living in Diaspora, those that want to keep in touch with events at home, either be it news or music. We feel, to be the best and quick in delivering things that are happening in Malawi then our radio needs to have an office in Malawi,” Phiri told Malawi News Agency (Mana) in an interview.
He said due to the unique nature of their content which is mainly driven by their audience they will be able to beat off competition from other already established radio stations in the country and stake their claim in the industry.
“It is our understanding that there is a lot of competition in Malawi. However, our radio stands out as its prime audience is Malawians living in Diaspora be it in Republic of South Africa, UK or America or anywhere in the world. We are using the internet platform which makes us present globally,” he said.
The Radio 247 Malawi is targeting to record some markable growth within a period of two years of their stay in Malawi as they plan to eventually open an FM frequency both here and in UK and also revealed long term plans of establishing a television station in the country.
Ecram Mpita, a former DJ with MIJ radio who is acting as their local coordinator here, said all preparations in setting up the office are progressing steadily as they have already started the process of identifying talent to be engaged at the station once everything is set.
The UK based internet radio is the brainchild of a Malawian entrepreneur James Mbali who is based in Glasgow and it opened its doors in the UK in October last year.
President Peter Mutharika has accepted expressions of interest from Kosovo and Kazakhstan to open and forge diplomatic relations with Malawi and work is underway to actualize the contacts.
Foreign Affairs spokesperson Quent Kalichero said in an interview in New York, USA on Tuesday,16th September,2014 that Mutharika granted the two young European countries’ interests upon being briefed after his arrival in the US’s financial capital on Monday evening.
In an interview with our publication last night,Kalichero said that,”It is true that the two countries separately expressed their intention to open and forge diplomatic relations with Malawi. When we looked at their requests and briefed the Head of State about them, President Arthur Peter Mutharika has graciously granted his approval.”
With the approval sealed, she said, Malawi and the two countries will hasten to tie the loose details to complete all the processes that are necessary to get the wheels of the relationships running.
Kalichero said she needed some space of time to be able to establish the details about when exactly the relationships will start officially and whether or not they will be on resident basis.
“Those are the details that will be thrashed in the next couple of days and probably weeks,” she said.
Established on February 2, 2008 the Republic of Kosovo lies in Southeast Europe in the central part of the Balkan Peninsula.
It is bordered in Southwest with Albania, in Northwest with Montenegro, in North and Northeast with Serbia and Southeast with Macedonia.
The traditional economic driver of Kosovo has been primary industry (agriculture and forestry, mining and energy generation), with manufacturing providing a minor contribution to the generation of wealth.
Some 30% of GDP is provided by remittances from the diaspora (mainly in Germany and Switzerland) who account for 20% of Kosovo’s pre-1999 war population.
Over 65% of the working population resident within Kosovo is employed within the agricultural sector.
At 34%, plastics and wood contribute most to most of the exports, followed by metals (31%), which are almost exclusively derived from scrap.
While the Republic of Kazakhstan, is situated at the heart of Eurasia and is the world’s 9th largest country.
When Kazakhstan became independent in the unstable days of December 1991, few people gave the country a chance that it would grow as much as it did in its first 20 years.
Instead of disintegrating, Kazakhstan’s economy became one of the fastest growing in the world, and the country has built a robust political system of presidential and parliamentary democracy with its media and NGOs enjoying a growing voice and role in shaping the society.
In a short historical term – from the moment of gaining independence in 1991to date, GDP per capita has increased by 16 times – from $700 (about K294, 000) to $12 000 (about K5 million), which is a phenomenal result even in comparison with swiftly developing southeast countries – so-called “tigers”.
According to the World Bank, Kazakhstan is now among the world’s top twenty nations that are most attractive for foreign investments, and the presence of global companies such as Chevron, GE, British Gas, Samsung, Chinese National Petroleum Company and others is a vivid proof of that.
Its best known contribution to international security has been its voluntary renunciation of the world’s fourth largest nuclear arsenal inherited from the former Soviet Union.
The country, whose people had experienced the full horror of nuclear tests, shut down the world’s second largest nuclear test site onAugust 29, 1991.
Recognizing the global importance of that decision taken by President Nazarbayev, the United Nations General Assembly in December 2009 declared August 29 an International Day against Nuclear Tests
Malawi’s former head of state Joyce Banda risks two years imprisonment or get a fine of money amounting to MK500, 000 for inducing candidates in her Peoples Party (PP) to withdraw in the 7 October scheduled by- elections, Malawi24 can reveal.
One of the candidates who is on a verbal row with the party over the decison, Paul Maulidi who wants to contest in Blantyre North constituency as a legislator, seems to be in favor with the electoral laws.
Maulidi and Banda are at loggerheads over the party’s decision to withdraw from the 7 October by-elections citing poor electoral laws and incompetence by the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) as noted in massive irregularities that marred the May 20 polls.
Meanwhile, Maulidi has stood firm on participating in the by-elections and dragged Banda and the PP to court for violating his rights saying he already wasted resources including whooping amount of K72 million in preparation to the controversial May 20 tripartite elections.
Maulidi has already submitted his nomination papers to MEC and if he withdraws, his nominations fees will not be refunded according to MEC laws.