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President Michael Sata Has Died

The Fifth Republican President of Zambia Michael Chilufya Sata passed away this evening in London, as confirmed by multiple sources among the delegation. President Sata, who had been receiving medical

Concealing HIV Status Poses Challenge in HIV& Aids Fight – JB

President Dr. Joyce Banda Sunday said failure to disclose HIV status by highly ranked and well to do Malawians poses a challenge in the fight against HIV and AIDS in

Elephants Kill Seven People in Machinga

Two ruthless elephants believed to have come from Mozambique killed seven people in Machinga, Monday morning. Monitoring and Evaluation Officer for Liwonde National Park, Blessings Msikuwanga confirmed the death of

Employee in for Stealing K5.4m Worth of Goods

Alliance One employee in Lilongwe, Isaac Kambale, is in police custody on suspicions that he stole a container full of packaging cartons worth K5, 440, 400 from the company. Kanengo

Ntcheu Women Trained in Sports Management

Sports officials say gender imbalance has proven to be affecting sports development in the country. This was observed during Women Sports Management Training held in Ntcheu, which was organized by

President Michael Sata Has Died

Michael SataThe Fifth Republican President of Zambia Michael Chilufya Sata passed away this evening in London, as confirmed by multiple sources among the delegation.

President Sata, who had been receiving medical care in London for the past week, died at approximately 2100 hours local time on Tuesday night. He was 74 years old.

Just two days earlier, he had checked out of the Harley Street Clinic to receive private medical care in a central London hotel room.

The president’s health had been the subject of numerous conflicting reports in the media and contradictory statements by Patriotic Front (PF) government officials for many months. Recently the president was unable to address the United Nations General Assembly, and was forced to depart Zambia just two days before the the 50th anniversary of independence.

President Sata was a significant figure in Zambian politics for more than 20 years, first rising to prominence serving as Education Minister and then later as a high ranking cabinet member under President Frederick Chiluba. He was elected president in September 2011.

Upon departure from Zambia, his Minister of Defence and Minister of Justice Edgar Lungu was appointed Acting President, though it is not clear who will serve following his death given a constitutional clause on parentage which may nullify Vice President Guy Scott.

Zambia Reports will continue following this breaking story and provide updates here as they become available.

Concealing HIV Status Poses Challenge in HIV& Aids Fight – JB

President Dr. Joyce Banda Sunday said failure to disclose HIV status by highly ranked and well to do Malawians poses a challenge in the fight against HIV and AIDS in the country.

Banda made the remarks during the commemoration of World Aids Day that took place at Chamwabvi Primary School ground in the area of Traditional Authority (TA) Chilowamatambe in Kasungu.

The President said: “A lot of people are talking good about Malawi in as far as the fight against HIV is concerned and all this is because of the interventions that are there.

“For this to be achieved, it is also because of those people who disclosed their HIV status but the problem still remains that those who disclose their status are those who are poor and lowly ranked in the society.”

She added: “Those people who are highly ranked and well to do are instead of acting as role models, they are not disclosing their status.”

The State President said she was happy that African Heads of State and Government chose her to be the champion of HIV, Malaria and Tuberculosis in the SADC region.

Dr. Banda said it was a good thing to see that people are talking about Malawi because of all the interventions that are being done to fight HIV.

“I was happy to see a woman who is HIV positive but with a child who is HIV negative, all this is because of the good work being done. I must commend the introduction of Option B+ which has also helped prevent transmission of the virus from mother to child,” she said.

On the issue of anti-retrovirals (ARVs) Dr. Banda said she didn’t want her people to be deformed because of the poor ARVs that were being given to them saying that is why she thought of switching to new ARVs.

“The ARVs that were being given to the country were very bad because they were deforming a lot of people and it was necessary to change. I am glad that the new ARVs known as 5A are here,

“I now urge all who are HIV positive to ask for 5A if they give you other ARVs tell them not to give such type to you,” Dr. Banda said.

She also advised Malawians to stop discriminating against those who are HIV positive by not giving them employment opportunities.

“Those who are HIV positive should not be discriminated against, you never know that these people can do better than others who are negative,” she said.

The President also said as we are in the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence (GBV), the biggest form of gender based violence can be contracting the virus and not disclosing to the spouse a thing she described as painful.

Speaking earlier National Aids Commission (NAC) Board Chairperson Mara Kum’bweza Banda said as national response they will continue to be committed in the fight against HIV.

“We will continue to be dedicated so that one day the fight against HIV should be won. Let me thank the president for the support she has been giving to the national response,” she said.

She said all indicators are showing that the battle against HIV are being won but warned that there is still need to work hard.

UNAIDS resident representative Amakobe Sande said she was happy to be associated with the country which she described as a winning country.

She said Malawi is one good example of national response to HIV.

“The efforts are really making a difference, you can see that the prevalence rate has fallen to 10.6 percent and also the introduction of option B+ is also close to eliminating transmission of HIV from mother to child,” she said.

The World Aids Day was commemorated under the theme “Getting to zero new HIV infections, zero AIDS related deaths and zero discrimination” and was also preceded by the launch of the 2nd Edition of the National HIV and Aids Policy and the National Strategy.

Elephants Kill Seven People in Machinga

Two ruthless elephants believed to have come from Mozambique killed seven people in Machinga, Monday morning.

Monitoring and Evaluation Officer for Liwonde National Park, Blessings Msikuwanga confirmed the death of the seven in an interview with Malawi News Agency(Mana).

He identified the seven as Sidreck Mtemba, 85, from Mitawa Village, and 8 year old Alesi John of Sineda village. The two hailed from Traditional Authority Liwonde. TA Liwonde also lost 62 year old Laje Salande.

Three others; James Mkonda, 95, Sawajira Alisa, 65 and 76 year old Silunda Taimu hailed from Traditional Authority Kawinga in the district and the seventh, Manes George,60, hailed from Mpama Village, Traditional Authority Makhuwira in Chikwawa.

The two elephants came through Machinga South East and people in the area suggested that they were from Mozambique.

According to Liwonde National Park’s Monitoring and Evaluation Officer Blessings Msikuwanga, elephants from Liwonde National Park do cross over to Mozambique and in some instance, elephants from Mozambique also enter Liwonde National Park.

“This happens,” according to Msikuwanga who said investigations to establish where the two came from were underway.

But Msikuwanga said this was the highest death toll recorded in recent history.

The two elephants have since entered Liwonde National Park.

Employee in for Stealing K5.4m Worth of Goods

Alliance One employee in Lilongwe, Isaac Kambale, is in police custody on suspicions that he stole a container full of packaging cartons worth K5, 440, 400 from the company.

Kanengo police confirmed the arrest saying Kambale, 33, was arrested on Monday and that the container, together with its contents, was recovered at Chimoka, just about 5km away south of the company.

According to Salome Chibwana, Kanengo police deputy spokesperson, Kambale instructed the unsuspecting driver of the truck carrying the container to divert to the place where the container was later recovered.

The suspect, who hails from Zulu Village, Traditional Authority (T/A) Zulu, Mchinji is being charged of theft by servant and is expected to appear before court soon, according to Chibwana.

The cartons are used for packaging of processed tobacco prior to shipping the product to overseas.

Ntcheu Women Trained in Sports Management

Sports officials say gender imbalance has proven to be affecting sports development in the country.

This was observed during Women Sports Management Training held in Ntcheu, which was organized by the Malawi Olympic Committee (MOC) with funding from Women in Sports Commission where women from the district were drilled in ways of making sports a thing for all regardless of their gender status.

Vice President for MOC, Flora Mwandira who also facilitated the training said it was their wish to have an increase in women participation in sports hence organizing the training so as to bring awareness to the women who are already involved in sports as well as those who are not.

She said in order to deal with the gender imbalances; there was need for the women themselves to see to it that there is a gender mainstreaming so as to make sure women also enjoy the benefits that men do get in sports.

“As Malawi Olympic Committee, we have observed that most women do not take part in sports management and we would therefore like to see an increase in women participation and of course for this to be achieved, there is a need for the women themselves to see a need for them to do so and that is the sole aim for this kind of training”, Mwandira said.

Conquering with Mwandira was Ntcheu district Youth Officer Mathero Kambalame who said women were mostly sidelined in sports management as more opportunities are given to men.

She said the training will go a long way in improving sports development in Ntcheu district.

“You will agree with me that the majority of sports managers are men and this is because women are sidelined and belittled and also most times, women tend to look down on themselves and so this kind of training is important as it will help the women realize their potential in sports development”, explained Kambalame.

One of the participants Mercy Mziya said the training has helped her realize what she can also do as a woman to develop sports.

Mziya who is a woman referee said she will also be able to empower her fellow women to take part in sporting activities so as to make sure the gender imbalance in sports is overcomed.

This is a third kind of training to be done after Mzimba and Neno and the Malawi Olympic Committee says these kinds of trainings will also take place in other districts. – mana

Court orders re-run of disputed Lilongwe City South East constituency

Ulemu Msungama- to face Namasasu again

Ulemu Msungama- to face Namasasu again

Lilongwe City South East parliamentary candidate for opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) in the May 20 tripartite elections, Ulemu Msungama, has won a case in which he was challenging the parliamentary results for his constituency.

Msungama sought for court’s redress following the decision by Malawi Electoral Commission (Mec) to declare Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) candidate Bentry Namasasu winner of the parliamentary seat.

Making its determination today, the High Court in Lilongwe has asked the electoral body, MEC, to conduct a rerun in the constituency soon to accord Lilongwe City South East constituents opportunity to have a representative of their choice in parliament.

The High Court in Lilongwe had earlier ruled for a recount of the votes for the constituency, a ruling which was thwarted by the mysterious fire which gutted down MEC’s warehouse in Lilongwe where ballot papers for the disputed results were being kept.

The development saw the court to ask lawyer representing Msungama in the case, Emmanuel Chapo, to file fresh arguments following the MEC’s warehouse fire.

 Malawi’s opposition leader Lazarus Chakwera said to have toned down his confrontational Politics

MCP president Dr Lazarus Chakwera

MCP president Dr Lazarus Chakwera

It appears MCP’s leader Lazarus Chakwera has seen that his path to confrontational politics will lead to a dead end. If papers in Malawi have to be believed he is now calling for unity and reconciliation with the APM led government.

The calls for unity are coming from the same guy who refused to accept the results of an election in May. Chakwera and his supporters including his party spokesperson the never shy from confrontation Jessie Kabwila were running a stealth campaign to influence many Malawians through social Media that they won the election even though data showed otherwise.

This same Chakwera and his cohorts were inflating the number of Parliamentary seats they had won. Their reprehensive behavior was bordering on treason and they should be thankful Peter Mutharika has chosen a more conciliatory path.

This is the same man of God who refused to show up for the reconciliation luncheon Peter Mutharika hosted for all the candidates he defeated in May.

Apparently Chakwera told Malawi media that despite being disappointed after Democratic Progressive Party’s Peter Mutharika was declared winner in the presidential race in May, he has moved on and no longer had held any grudges.

Based on his speeches and actions since he lost the elections fair and square it hard to believe he does not harbor any bitterness. The problems of Malawi are many and one would expect the politicians to work together instead of the path MCP and its leader has chosen.

Chakwera should realize actions speak louder than words. If he is serious people need to see him in public working with government. He can learn a lot from Young Atupele Muluzi who has put his political ambitions aside and serving Malawians through the Mutharika Government.

So one would understand if the Mutharika government receives this olive branch with the suspicion it deserves.

According to him, his message of reconciliation should not be taken as a sign of weakness but a thought for Malawi’s peace because peace was very important for the progress of the country.

No one suggested Chakwera is weak, in fact most people would say he thinks too highly of himself. This is the man who dethroned JZU from the Kingdom from nowhere. I bet I am not the only person who until that time had never heard of this man.

Dr. Lazarus Chakwera I and many others would like to believe your new soft side. However many of us believe that underneath that cloak of Christianity lies a very bitter and ambitious politician who will do everything in power to ascend to the highest office in Malawi. So may be reconciliation now is the path to satisfy that ambition.

For now will watch what you do not what you say.

USI Guards Hit to Death By Car Belonging to the Same Company

Two guards working for Ursa Security International (USI) in Lilongwe have died after a car they were traveling in on a night patrol was hit by another belonging to the same company.

According to Kanengo Police Publiist, Esther Nkwanda, the two identified Pazuwa Christopher and Mczeen Zimba, a guard and supervisor respectively were traveling in a Toyota Pickup at around 23:00 hours and were hit at a junction by a Mitsubishi which was driven by the company’s manager identified as Belly Linkon.

According to Nkwanda, the manager did not abide by road rules as it is was almost midnight.

” He must have thought no or little road users were still on the road, he therefore did not reduce the speed and bumped into the pickup with the two workers” said Nkwanda.

Linkon, a Jamaican by origin is expected to appear before court to answer charges of causing death by reckless driving.

” I Am Not Silenced” Voice Mhone

Outspoken Voice Mhone who was since his appointment Chairperson for the Council for Non-Governmental Organizations in Malawi (CONGOMA) has downplayed perceptions in people that his appointment as an ambassador been made out of mere appeasements and a means of silencing him saying it is rather from his sound credentials.

Mhone who has been one of the biggest critics to the government on various issues including the recent approved National Budget, has been appointed as Ambassador to Germany in the recent diplomatic appointments for Ambassadors and High Commissioners made by President Peter Mutharika.

But in reaction to whether his appointment is out of mere means of silencing him and other vocal NGOS, Mhone said the President would not make a wrong decision in hiring him.

According to Mhone, the credentials he holds place him as one of the best candidates on the post citing that he has vivid and sound experience on international relations.

” The appointment isn’t in any way wrong timed. It isn’t made to silence me and hasn’t been made out of appeasements I have experience and sound credentials for the post” said Mhone.

He added that Malawians should expect that he will deliver in his new role which awaits the approval of the Public Appointments Committee (PAC).

Other key faces on the list include Necton Mhura , lawyer for the Cashgate convict Senzani Namathanga as Ambassador to the United States.

Other appointments include, Sales & Customer Service Manager at Standard Bank Malawi Chimango Chirwa, Ambassador to Ethiopia and the African Union.

Former Minister for Mines and Energy Ted Kalebe, Ambassador to Belgium and the European Union.

The appointments have also seen former Zomba Central Constituency Yunus Mussa as Ambassador to Egypt.

Professor of Nursing & Midwifery at University of Malawi Kamuzu College of Nursing Dr. Chrissie Kaponda as High Commissioner to South Africa, former Director of State Residences Edward Sawerengera as Ambassador to Brazil, Thoko Banda, Ambassador to Zimbabwe, and former Nsanje North Frank Viyazi, High Commissioner to Mozambique.

Literacy week 2014 launched

Minister of Finance: Dr. Goodall Gondwe

Minister of Finance: Dr. Goodall Gondwe

The Minister of Finance Goodall Gondwe has called on all stakeholders in the financial sector to engage the public on financial literacy education for the country to have a meaningful socio-economic growth.

The minister was speaking in Lilongwe when he launched the 2014 financial literacy week.

Gondwe said what Reserve Bank of Malawi has done to have this literacy week will compliment government’s agenda to have a vibrant socio-economic growth for everyone.

The finance minister said this development is pertinent and important to what Malawi needs to achieve in the financial sector.

He said financial knowledge to everyone means people will spend and save according to their needs which in turn will uplift their livelihoods.

Gondwe said ‘this can contribute to the usefulness of money in the national budget and various other needs that are required by the country.’

The finance minister also encouraged people in rural areas of the country to take opportunity of the week and learn more about banking.

On this note he advised banks in the country to simplify its duties to accommodate people of the rural area.

This is the second year for the country to have a financial literacy week after the Reserve Bank of Malawi noticed the challenges in among many Malawians.

A Research in 2009 revealed that only 19 percent of Malawians use banks and 3 percent have insurance.

The Reserve Bank governor Charles Chuka speaking at the ceremony said bank usage is now growing saying stakeholders are now sensitizing the public.

Chuka said plans are at an advances stage to incorporate financial literacy in secondary curriculum of the country.

The week has brought together ministries, civil society organizations, CAMA, the Academia, the media, financial industry associations and donors.

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