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Men Developing Breasts from ARV’s Effects?

The National Aids Commission says is planning to engaging science experts for an explanation on why some men on Anti-Retroviral Therapy in the country are developing feminine-like physical structures. The

Cashgate Suspects told to Surrender

The government of the Republic of Malawi Government has called on all individuals involved in the massive looting of public funds dubbed ‘Cashgate Scandal’ to hand themselves over to responsible

Police Officers Beat up Journalist

Malawi Police in action

By Jennifer Mpango-Members of the Malawi Police Service (MPS) have reportedly beaten up and arrested Blantyre Newspapers Limited (BNL) journalist, Archibald Kasakura. According to an eye witness, his only sin

Botswana General Elections: JB to Head AU Observer Mission

President Joyce Banda

Former State President of the Republic of Malawi Dr Joyce Banda, will be leading the African Union (AU) observer mission for Botswana’s general elections on October 24, 2014 Friday. According

ACB Nets Makande Over Cashgate Scandal

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The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has arrested politician and former ruling People’s Party Spokesperson Hophmally Makande, on charges related to the Cashgate scandal which led to the widespread looting of public

Men Developing Breasts from ARV’s Effects?

HIV-AIDSThe National Aids Commission says is planning to engaging science experts for an explanation on why some men on Anti-Retroviral Therapy in the country are developing feminine-like physical structures.

The matter has arisen following an incident in Mangochi in which a man on ART is said to have developed female breasts and people suspect the development may be linked to the treatment.

This comes after Digitas International of Mangochi and Machinga district hospitals HIV coordinator Christopher Kandionamaso told journalists that there are strong suspicions that the physical changes taking place in men on ART could be a side effect of the therapy regime they are receiving.

Chairperson of the NAC Ms Mara Kumbweza Banda told the local media that the current developments and suspicions about the ART require a scientific investigation and subsequent explanation.

“As a commission we have taken on board the concerns by the organizations. We are going to present the matter to scientists to determine what is really happening,” said Ms Banda.

However, Mangochi District Health Officer Dr. William Peno was non-committal on the matter saying, although he has personally seen a deformed male on ART, he would not link that to the ART.

“We are not the only district that is administering the new regimen of Anti Retrovirals…so it is better to wait until something scientifically concrete comes out on the same,” said Dr. Peno.

According to Kandionamaso, about 20 males on the new regime of ART have been affected in this way.

Mc Loud Piringu, HIV/Aids coordinator for Mangochi district hospital says he knows of three such cases of males on the new ART regimen which is composed of three drugs.

“The patients take Tenofovir, Lamivudine and Favirnz, it is Favirnz, that is causing men to grow female breasts, but once we observe that, we remove Favirnz and replace it with Neverapine,” he said.—Zodiak Online

Cashgate Suspects told to Surrender

joyce bandaThe government of the Republic of Malawi Government has called on all individuals involved in the massive looting of public funds dubbed ‘Cashgate Scandal’ to hand themselves over to responsible authorities.

The call comes at a time when Peoples Party (PP) top official Hophmally Makande handed himself over to police raising eye brows on who may be next in the party.

According to a government statement, Malawi’s former State President Dr Joyce Banda is also being called from abroad where she is with her sons.

The statement clearly pointed out that all suspects outside the country must come back as government is closing in on them.

Involvement of Oswald Lutepo, a former PP top official, gave some clue of JB’s masterminding the siphoning of the public coffers.

So far, former Principal Secretary Senzani Namathanga is the only person convicted on Cashgate charges.

Notable individuals arrested in connection to Cashgate include the former budget director Paul Mphwiyo and his wife Thandi, director of the office of Public Officer’s Asserts Declaration Christopher Tukula, lawyer Ishmael Chioko, business tycoon Lutepo, Pika Manondo, former Minister of Justice and Attorney General Ralph Kasambara.Allafrica.com

Police Officers Beat up Journalist

Malawi Police in action

Malawi Police in action

Malawi Police in action

Malawi Police in action

Malawi Police in action

By Jennifer Mpango-Members of the Malawi Police Service (MPS) have reportedly beaten up and arrested Blantyre Newspapers Limited (BNL) journalist, Archibald Kasakura.

According to an eye witness, his only sin was taking pictures of the police officers chasing vendors in Limbe when they were chasing vendors from the streets.

Meanwhile reports say, Kasakura has since been granted bail through lawyer Innocent Kalua
Local media reports indicates that Kasakura has been charged with “obstructing a police officer on duty”

The Media Institute for Southern Africa (Misa) has since condemned the action by the Malawi Police and has promised to get to the bottom of the matter.

Botswana General Elections: JB to Head AU Observer Mission

President Joyce Banda

President Joyce Banda

President Joyce Banda

Former State President of the Republic of Malawi Dr Joyce Banda, will be leading the African Union (AU) observer mission for Botswana’s general elections on October 24, 2014 Friday.

According to AU, they aim to find Long-Term Observers for election and expect Botswana to live up to their reputation of holding transparent, credible, free and fair elections.

The former British colony conducted its maiden multiparty elections in 1965 before independence in 1966 and had had uninterrupted democratic elections since then.

ACB Nets Makande Over Cashgate Scandal

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handcuffsThe Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has arrested politician and former ruling People’s Party Spokesperson Hophmally Makande, on charges related to the Cashgate scandal which led to the widespread looting of public coffers at the Capital Hill in the Capital, Lilongwe.

According to the local media reports, the ACB, has said that Makande will face charges of conspiracy to defraud government in relation to Section 35 of the Corrupt Practices Act.

Mr. Makande, who was being hunted down by the law enforcement agency, handed himself in to the Malawi Police in Lilongwe.

ACB has been brazing hot, making numerous arrests directly related to the on-going investigations into the plunder of public funds under the cashgate scandal.

Former Budget Director Paul Mphwiyo together with his wife were also arrested last Friday.
Another high level figure, Chris Tukula, who was recently appointed Director of Assets declaration of public officers was also arrested last week.

Before joining the People’s Party, Makande also served the United Democratic Front (UDF) when it was in the opposition during the late State President of the Republic of Malawi’s DPP rule by Professor Bingu wa Mutharika. All Africa.com

Cashgate Scandal: Mphwiyo , Wife in the Cooler

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handcuffsChancellor College Political Commentator, Dr. Boniface Dulani has described as a gateway to the truth as well as a sign the Cashgate scandal was a network following the arrest of Former budget director Paul Mphwiyo together with his wife.

Mphwiyo and wife were arrested by the Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) over the weekend bordering money laundering, theft and conspiracy to defeat the course of justice.

Mphwiyo’s wife Thandie, however, has been charged with theft and money laundering.

But according to Dulani, in speaking to Zodiak Broadcast Station’s (ZBS), Tiuzeni Zoona Program, the arrest of the two is just a tiny part towards the capturing of the people involved in the cashgate scandal.

“It was not one person who did that. There are possibly a lot of people involved. Government money passes through a lot of people to channel itself out in which numerous people are involved.
Dulani also believed that the tracing of the stolen MK 92 Billion seems hit saying there are ‘ a lot of people’ ready to suppress the investigations.

“Its possible for corruption to be eliminated and its better for it to be dealt with now. What is needed is for the ACB to do its work entirely including on those people holding big positions in government.

People continue indulging themselves in corruption because they see that there are a few chances for them to be caught and if the big fish are not caught, they will give strength to the young looters” said Dulani.
Dulani then urged all Malawians holding various government positions to desist from corruption saying it will reflect how patriotic people are to the nation.The two’s arrest came barely hours after ACB also netted the newly appointed Director of the Public Officers’ Assets Declaration- lawyer Christopher Tukula.

Mphwiyo has been under ACB investigations over his alleged role in the infamous cash-gate scam.
Earlier ACB deputy Director, Reyneck Matemba said further details on the development will be communicated later and has since said the arrests have nothing to do with the Cashgate report.
His shooting in September last year was followed by revelations of massive plunder of government resource.

Since its taking centre stage in 2013, Cashgate has seen more than 70 people arrested and only one former Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism, Trezza Namathanga Senzani sentenced to three years and nine months for money laundering and theft.

The ACB recently pegged the amount lost during the scandal at around MK 20.3 Billion an increase from the previous said amount of MK13 Billion by British Audit Firm, Baker Tilly whose report is yet to be made public. All Africa.com

Technobrain Automates Fleet Management System At Malawi’s Ministry of Agriculture

TechnoBrain has started operating an Automated Fleet Management Information System at Malawi’s Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development.

According to faceofmalawi.com, the fleet management system becomes the first of its kind in the public service in Malawi.

The system has been described by Minister Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development, Malawi, Mr Allan Chiyembekeza as ‘historic’ considering that the sector plays a very critical role in the national economy.

“The Automated Fleet Management System is expected to improve the management and efficiency of the ministry’s fleet operations,” he said.

He said he believes that the ministry’s deliberate effort to develop and operationalise the system should be comforting enough on the part of their development partners on their resolve to prudently manage resources at their disposal.

Chiyembekeza said the system will ensure that the ministry is prudent in use of government as well as donor resources in delivery of its programmes in the sector.

Currently, the ministry accounts for approximately 30 percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), employs about 80 percent of the workforce and contributes 80 percent of all export earnings and provides a livelihood for 70 percent of the population that rely on agriculture,” he said.

“There are also operational expenses in the process related to internal travel and this is very important for this sector as we increase interface with farmers to disseminate various technologies and messages as well as supervise and monitor implementation of the activities,” he said.

Though the system is currently being implemented at Agriculture Headquarters they plan to roll-out the automated system to the districts, agricultural development divisions and all research stations.In addition to having the Automated Fleet Management System, the ministry has also developed the Fleet Management Policy which aims at guiding the way we have to manage the transport system.

The World Bank has provided the financial support through the ASWAp-SP to enable the Ministry to build its capacity in transport management where among others they have trained one officer to BSc level and four officers have been trained to certificate level in mechatronics.

Explaining after the deal Techno Brain Corporate Affairs Manager Lorraine Mopiwa first acknowledged that vehicles are expensive to buy, equip and maintain and no matter how many vehicles one has, the fleet costs probably forms a large percentage of one’s budget which includes items such as licenses, permits, fuel, maintenance, repairs, tyres, tolls, accidents and fines.

“Based on the average running cost of a vehicle, it is probable that your vehicles cost you more than they need to,” she observed.

In order to overcome this situation, Mopiwa explained that organizations are increasingly seeking a completely automated, robust and flexible solution that will help them track, manage and maintain their fleet better and also make “timely and accurate” decisions regarding usage and value of vehicles.

Smart Fleet, which the ministry has now taken on board, is a fully customized and perfect off-the shelf Fleet management solution by Techno brain which will now enables the agricultural ministry to make a proper analysis based on the vehicle maintenance done, fuel consumed against mileage.
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Senzani Lawyer Back Next Week for Bail Application

Lawyer for the former Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism, Tressa Senzani, Necton Mhura is expected to return … see more »All Africa.com

Stop Sidelining Elderly People in Reducing Disasters – Chilima

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Saulos-chilimaBy Jennifer Mpango-Vice President of the Republic of Malawi Saulos Klaus Chilima has called upon the people in the country to avoid sidelining elderly people when disasters hit the country.

The veep was speaking at Kiwe in the Northern District of Karonga during the International Day for Disaster Reduction whose theme was Resilience is for Life-the Elderly and Disasters.

Also speaking at the ceremony, Gender, Children and Social welfare Minister Patricia Kaliati disclosed that Malawi has close to 500 people.

Chief Kyungu, according to the local media fired at the District Commissioners office for failing to properly manage the donations of various goods which were donated by various well-wishers after an earthquake hit the district.

“Most of the survivors did not get what was supposed to be given for their day to day lives as some public officers took advantage of the relief items to their homes. This should not happen again in future.

“When disasters like earthquakes occur, the relevant authorities like the office of the District Commissioner has to ensure that all the donations should go towards the intended beneficiaries,” explained the Chief.

According to the DC’s office, over 4000 people were affected by the earthquake with most of them having no shelter after their houses were destroyed.

First Lady Gertrude Mutharika Commends CMST for Donation to Her Beam Trust

Malawi's First Lady: Madame Getrude Hendrina Maseko

Malawi's First Lady: Madame Getrude Hendrina Mutharika

Malawi’s First Lady: Madame Getrude Hendrina Mutharika

By Jennifer Mpango
Malawi’s First Lady Gertrude HendrinaMutharika has commended Central Medical Sores Trust over a donation of 400 wheel-chaired bins towards her Beautify Malawi Trust (BEAM) as one way of assisting the latter to make Malawi a beautiful country to live in.

“At Beam we are greatly concerned about the sorry state of sanitation in most of our local communities, both rural and urban, which exposes residents to preventable health hazards,” she was quoted as saying by thelocal media.

In her speech, CMST Board of trustees Chairperson Evelyn Itimu said the institution thought it wise to donate the bins adding that there was a need for all the people in the country to play a role in trying to reduce the challenges that the country is facing in beautifying Malawi.

“All what we are saying is that this donation of these bins has been made as one way to deal with the challenges that our country is facing to beautify our country. We need to join hands as a nation if we are going to achieve this mission,” she explained.

In a related development, Blantyre City Council Mayor Noel Chalamanda is expected to launch another initiative called Keep Blantyre Clean and Green Campaign it has been reported, “This initiative will be launched by all of us. It will be a long campaign, but we have to rise in unison to condemn lack of hygiene,” he was quoted by the local Nation newspaper.

Flames Have a Torrid Time as Team Arrives in Algeria

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robin ngalandeBy Richard Chinansi-The Malawi National team aka the Flames have arrived in Algeria for their return leg of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations tie against the desert foxes of Algeria with news that the match is not going to be all that easy for the Young Chimodzi side.

The home team failed to use homeground advantage during the first encounter which saw them being hit 2-0 at their own backyard before a filled to capacity Kamuzu Stadium in the Commercial City of Blantyre.

Local analysts have told the local press that there was a need for Head Coach Young Chimodzi to tread carefully by fielding players on merit after a number of players in his team failed to reach out to the expectations of home fans during the first leg at Kamuzu Stadium.

Among other players mentioned by the analysts that they miserably failed to perform to the expected standards include goalkeeper MacDonard Harawa and defender Bashir Maunde.

Meanwhile, Algeria coach Christian Gourcuff has told the foreign media that he expects a tough battle against the Flames in the return leg of the campaign.

He said that the Flames gave his side tough opposition during the first leg played at Kamuzu Stadium and expected the same during the second die although they will be playing at home before thousands of their supporters on Wednesday

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