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22 November 2015 03:37:42 Malawi Nyasa Times - Malawi breaking news in Malawi
By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yea, we wept, when we remembered Zion. Lucius Banda: Son of a poor man We hanged our harps upon the willows in the midst thereof. For there they that carried us away captive required of us a song; and they that wasted us required of us mirth, saying, sing us one of the songs of Zion. How shall we sing the Lord’s song in a strange land? Psalm 137:1-4 Lucius Banda MP has expressed disappointment with the Malawian penchant for listening and dancing until dawn, all the while singing along until their voices get hoarse, to his hard-hitting songs; only to fall short of moving even a finger to change their fortunes by demanding more and better from their millionaire leaders. I truly feel for Lucius, the Son of a Poor Man. The psychological torture he is going through, is something I relate to. I too often get the same question from people asking why am not writing or blogging as prolifically as I used to. Thom Chiumia, the inimitable Nyasa Times editor , is one person I cannot chat with without this question arising. Lucius’s response: “What are the people doing with what I have sung before ? Have we not inspired them enough to stand up and act?” more or less nails it. “In the past, the youth would act without looking at one’s party affiliation. And that’s why we had multi-party. But today, people are loyal to their parties even if they know that their leaders are wrong. It’s difficult to speak for such people,” Lucius said. To put it differently, Lucius Banda is responding to the request (for a song) with a question, asking: “How shall I sing a song of freedom, when we are not free?” Lucius, as a politician, a musician and to be fair in any whatever capacity, fits the bill as a voice of reason. As stated in the Malawi Nation, he has earned and lived up to that reputation right from his debut album “Son of a Poor Man”. It therefore makes sense that he is now a disillusioned Soldier because his songs have been in vain. “I am a disappointed soldier. I am talking alone without the support from the people I defend,” he is quoted to have said. Now before Lucius takes it too hard on himself, I have news for him. As someone who reads the Bible, he must be familiar with Luke 7:32 or Mark 11:16-18. When our Lord was perplexed with the generation of His time, He lamented: “ But to what shall I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the market places, who call out to the other children, and say, ‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we sang a dirge, and you did not mourn.’ “For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon!’… With respect to firing up Malawians to start demanding better governance, Lucius has done it all. For his trouble, he has slept in gullies, been to prison and back, and he has sung and sung and sung his lungs out. But other than dancing and singing along, or rather, soon after dancing and singing along, Malawians – especially the younger generation – have quickly reverted to their default mode, that of serving, par excellence, as political party call boys who can’t separate ‘fact’ from fiction, ‘entitlement’ from theft, and prudence from corruption; when the party they support is involved. We saw this when the United Democratic Front (UDF) was in power, the same was the case in Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Scene 1 Acts 1 and 2. Things did not change much when Pres Joyce Banda took over in the two year-long “commercial break”, and the crap continues to date, unabated. Malawians, make no mistake about it, know that freedom is not granted by the oppressor. They have had to fight for it twice. Malawians therefore ought to know that good governance will never be delivered on a silver platter by their rulers whose primary priority is self-enrichment, by hook or crook, while promising the rest a better tomorrow – which never comes. Look at this; the Cabinet has just sold Malawians a dummy by first, dillydallying on the empowering Access to Information (ATI) Bill before throwing it back to the technocrats. This shameless and nauseating act of Executive sabotage effectively continues the information blackout which only benefits the corrupt leaders. While the DPP might argue that we have become used to ESCOM-sponsored-electricity-blackouts, it has no right to extend the information blackout we have suffered for far too long. One blackout at a time is enough! For those failing to connect this critical bill to development, let me spell it out as simply as I can. Among the key differences between Malawi (plus her fellow poor countries) and most of the developed countries is the fact that in the developed countries, politicians do not steal as easily as they do in the poor countries for fear of exposure by the media and public sanctions. The media, in the developed countries, has teeth because accessing the information they need to expose thieves is an enacted legal right. In Malawi on the other hand, to get information on how our own money, which we contribute through taxes has been used, is next to impossible. The minister of propaganda will “disclose” the “extravagance associated with the opposition while sitting on a mountain of stinking shit, which if the media accessed, could bring down the government. The lack of a public outcry to the diluting and postponing of the draft ATI Bill is therefore an example of how little Malawians care about the things that really matter. This behaviour is like a blind man who cares less where his walking stick is. Observing Malawi social media, one school of Malawians wrongly thinks the bill was for the benefit of media practitioners. The other school is saying, since it is my DiPhiPhi playing this game, this is fine. My assessment of both schools of thought? Irredeemable bunches of idiots. The truth is: this overdue bill is what Malawi has been missing since we adopted plural politics. Because plural politics means nothing if citizens are only fed propaganda by the respective ministry, via state funded institutions and compliant cheque-book journalists, instead of the whole truth. We need the independent media to be able to dig deep into State fiscal affairs, if we are to avoid a recurrence of cash gate. And in this regard, it is of no consequence how many hard-hitting songs Lucius composes. It is of no consequence how frequently these hard-hitting songs composed by Lucius enjoy air time. Because what is needed is for Malawians, the truly patriotic ones that is, to grab the bull by the horn and demand better, or leave heartbroken Lucius Banda in peace. But whatever the case, please stop requesting Lucius to sing about your lamentations and tribulations! I rest.
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20 November 2015 05:26:28 Malawi Nyasa Times - Malawi breaking news in Malawi
A Malawian Investigative Journalist, Collins Mtika has emerged the 2015 overall winner for Haller Development Journalism Prize, carting away with MK2.6 million, a prize that aims to encourage closer scrutiny and wider exposure of crucial development issues in Africa. Mtika left with Dr Dumisani Moyho of OSISA The Haller Foundation’sethos has always been to share knowledge and ideas to achieve economic development, and this same ethos was behind the launch of the Haller Prize for Development Journalism in 2014. “To date, much of the writing about these sectors has been from outsiders looking in. The Haller Prize seeks to encourage all African writers to investigate important development issues, encourage debate, propose solutions and, above all, foster accountability and transparency in all aspects of development,” the Haller Foundation said. The winner of the 2015 Haller Prize for Development Journalism and recipient of GBP3000 is Collins Mtika from Malawi, for his article "My mobile, my inputs, my market"- ICT set to reform Malawi's agriculture'. The 2 nd Prize of GBP1000 was awarded to Israel Bionyi Nyoh from Cameroon, for ‘ Funds for aid projects: charity or business?’ The 3 rd Prize of GBP500 was awarded to Bob Koigi from Kenya, for his article ‘Drama grows yields an act at a time’. The Chairman of the Judges Special Award of GBP100 was given to Kolawole Talabi , from Nigeria, for his very entertaining article about Nollywood. Collins is a Malawian Investigative Journalist and founder of the Centre for Investigative Journalism in Malawi (CIJM). He heads the Investigations desk at Malawi’s Nyasa Times onloine publication and is also the Malawi Correspondent for the South African based Mail Guardian newspaper and a flagship pan African weekly newspaper called, African Independent. He has been a journalist since 2003 and has worked for Malawi’s biggest newspaper group, Blantyre Newspapers Limited, whose publications include The Daily Times, Sunday Times, Malawi News and The weekend Times. Mtika is passionate about promoting effective, ethical and original reporting.
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19 November 2015 13:12:03 WN.com - Africa News
Big Bullets coach Mabvuto Lungu said his TNM Super League title victory with the Peoples Team - now enjoying sponsorship of Nyasa Manufacturing Company - means more because they have won the title with a few games before wrapping up the 2015-2016 season. ......
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09 November 2015 04:08:32 Malawi Nyasa Times - Malawi breaking news in Malawi
Being at the receiving end of criticisms is not comfortable. It’s even worse when it comes from those who are not in your camp. Chakwera (L) with Mutharika ar Palriament: Says cashgate wearing a new robe under DPP This is how the responses of the DDP led government to the oppositionin almost every instance the opposition criticises the government, particularly the President, should be seen. In this article, I will dwell on the recent criticism which, according to Nyasa Times , the leader of opposition in Parliament, Dr Lazarus Chakwera, criticised the 46 th Parliament session’s SONA delivered by President Peter Mutharika, saying it was too short and without substance. There is an awash of comments to Chakwera’s assessment of the SONA, the majority of them criticising the leader of opposition for making, according to them, such an insensitive criticism whose objective is nothing but to criticise the President, just for the sake of criticising. As usual, Chakwera’s opinion on the SONA has ruffled feathers in a tough critique of the opposition in general and Chakwera himself in particular. Most critics of Chakwera seem to base their argument on the fact that some donors have hailedAPM’s “short and sweet” SONA. “Donors have hailed the President’s SONA, so who is Chakwera to come up with a different opinion”, so say most of Chakwera’s critics. I have read the SONA myself, line by line, and the issue to me is not Mutharika’s record breaking 25mins. I wouldn’t even have a problem if Mutharika had broken the record in 25 seconds. The issue to me is as to whether the SONA is substantive enough in providingsolutions in addressing the social-economic ills causing indisputable miseries to the majority of Malawians. A responsible government addresses the problems of its citizenry and in so doing it instils hope in its people. Just telling Malawians that the donor era is gone, which might please donors, without coming up with tangible solutions to Malawi’s social-economic ills (and they are so many), is as good as saying nothing. The donors who have hailed the SONA have based they opinion on their own point of view. In the same vein Chakwera’s opinion is based on his own point of view. But unlike the donors, Chakwera will respond to the SONA. It is only when Chakwera has responded to the SONA that his opinion can authoritatively be challenged. Until that time any criticism to Chakwera’s opinion on the SONA is simply premature and in my opinion a criticism just for the sake of criticising. It is unfortunate that the DPP led government sees such critiquesas attacks and notcaring advice. Those in the opposition who have bemoaned the DPP’s moral decline and the direction in which it is taking Malawi have done so, in my opinion, for the love of the country. Similarly those who bemoan DPP ethics have done so in the belief that a government that adheres to its ethics is essential to achieving a corrupt-free Malawi. But the hostility with which the opposition’s criticisms have received, particularly MCP, just shows that the DPP led government adamantly just wants to close its ears to any criticism from the opposition. Considering where Malawi is now, it is high time Malawi’s political landscape firmly refocuses on the mind of our nation. As a collective, we need to regain the dignity, our nation once had. As a nation we need to leave behind rhetoric and pompous pronouncements including criticisms just for the sake of criticising if we want to really create a fully inclusive and understanding new order in the country. For this to happen, our political leaders must be out there encouraging unity instead of propagating disunity. The unity should not only be in our distinctive cultural diversity, but also in multiplicity of our needs and aspirations that unite us all, Malawians. For the sake of our country, the DPP led government must start listening to the opposition and get out of the “election winning” hangover and start delivering. Almost one and half years down the line, there is nothing tangible the DPP lead government has done to uplift Malawian lives. It has always been fire fighting and finger pointing, which is not good for the country.
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Nothing Wrong With Nyasa Bullets Deal - FIFA Ok With Tobacco Company Sponsorship to Malawi Champions
04 November 2015 13:14:36 WN.com - Africa News
There is nothing wrong with cigarette manufacturing firm--Nyasa Manufacturing Company (NMC) - to be bankrolling Malawi champions Big Bullets FC, world soccer governing body FIFA has clarified. ......
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01 October 2015 06:24:57 Malawi Nyasa Times - Malawi breaking news in Malawi
The Nyasa Times media group has filed at the High Court an acknowledgement of service of writ of summons filed by President Peter Mutharika on defamation and the online publication is proceeding with the defence. Makhwawa: Lawyer defending Nyasa Times Mutharika sued Nyasa Times alongside former presidential aide Allan Ntata over Ntata’s article which was posted on various media networks including social-media platform Facebook, and on Nyasa Times on June 22 this year, alleging the President is implicated in the K92 billion Cashgate. Nyasa Times CEO Edgar Chibaka and Editorial Director Thom Chiumia have confirmed that the online publication has hired “ an army of lawyers in Malawi and here in the UK” working on the case. Private practice lawyer John Gift Makhwawa, a former president of Malawi Law Society, is a lead attorney for Nyasa Times. Makhwawa confirmed filing an acknowledgement at High Court to defend the matter. In a lawsuit filed at the High Court in Blantyre, the President through his lawyer James Masumbu, wants a court order to restrain Ntata and Nyasa Times from further publishing the issue of K92 billion Cashgate linked to the Bingu administration. Nyasa Times intends to mount “a vigorous defence” and believe the matter will help the battle to fight wrongful self-enrichment in Malawi. The President, according to the court record, said Ntata wrote on his Facebook page that a Mrs Sadiq of HTD allegedly defrauded government close to K20 billion on bogus purchases of motor vehicles and that President Mutharika is closely linked to and associated with HTD and the bogus payments could be linked to him. Ntata was legal adviser to the President’s elder brother, the late Bingu wa Mutharika, who ruled the country from 2004 until his death in April 2012. He has hired lawyer Gustav Kaliwo to defend him Germany provided K9.76 billion for the audit exercise into the K92 billion which was prompted by a 2011 interim investigative audit report of government’s payment system—the Integrated Financial Management and Information System (Ifmis)—which revealed that ministries and departments may have lost about K577 billion through abuse and irregularities between 2009 and 2012.
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Malawi President Mutharika reshuffles cabinet: Chibingu and Gowelo fired as Kalirani, Muluzi, Nankhumwa moved
17 August 2015 20:22:57 Malawi Nyasa Times - Malawi breaking news in Malawi
President Peter Mutharika has reshuffled his Cabinet, dropping Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development Paul Chibingu, M.P and Minister of Local Government and Rural Development Tarcicius Gowelo, MP after weeks of speculation about corrupt practises. Most ministers in their portfolios including those of finance, foreign affairs, justice, and gender were retained . In the minor cabinet reorganisation, President Mutharika has moved Dr Jean Kalilani from Ministry of Health to be Minister of Home Affairs and Internal Security replacing United Democratic Front (UDF) president Atupele Muluzi who is now Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development. The new Minister of Health is cabinet debutant Dr. Peter Kampalume, MP a close ally of President’s communication and strategy aide, Bright Malopa. Mutharika has also changed the government spokesman garrulous Kondwani Nankhumwa, appointing Jappie Mhango as the new Minister of Information, Tourism and Civic Education. Nankhumwa has been moved to become Minister of Local Government and Rural Development. Mutharika has also appointed new deputy minister, Malison Ndau at defence. “His Excellency the State President, Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika, in exercise of the powers conferred upon him by Section 94 (1) of the Constitution of the Republic of Malawi, has made some changes to the Cabinet with effect from today, 17th August, 2015,” a statement from government chief secretary George Mkondiwa mada available to Nyasa Times s aid. The President has maintained a lean cabinet of 20 including deputies. Following is the full list: State President, Minister of Defence and Commander-In-Chief of the Malawi Defence Force and the Malawi Police Service: His Excellency Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika. Vice President and Minister Responsible for Disaster and Relief Management, Public Events and Chairperson, Civil Service and Public Service reform Commission : Right Honourable Dr Saulos Klaus Chilima. Minister of Finance and Economic Development: Honourable Goodall Gondwe. Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation: Honourable Dr George Chaponda, M.P. Minister of Labour, Youth and Manpower Development: Honourable Henry Mussa, M.P. Minister of Home Affairs and Internal Security : Honourable Dr. Jean Kalilani, M.P. Minister of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare: Honourable Patricia Kaliati, M.P. Minister of Health: Honourable Dr. Peter Kampalume, M.P. Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs : Honourable Samuel Tembenu. Minister of Information, Tourism and Civic Education: Honourable Jappie Mhango, M.P. Minister of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining: Honourable Bright Msaka, SC. Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development: Honourable Dr Allan Chiyembekeza, M.P. Minister of Trade and Industry : Honourable Joseph Mwanamvekha, M.P. Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development: Honourable Atupele Muluzi, M.P. Minister of Transport and Public Works: Honourable Francis Kasaila, M.P. Minister of Education, Science and Technology: Honourable Dr. Emmmanuel Fabiano, M.P. Minister of Local Government and Rural Development : Honourable Kondwani Nankhumwa, M.P. Minister of Sports and Culture: Honourable Grace Obama Chiumia, M.P. Deputy Minister of Education, Science and Technology: Honourable Vincent Winstone Ghambi, M.P Deputy Minister of Defence : Honourable Malison Ndau, M.P.
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Malawi President Mutharika reshuffles cabinet: Chibungu and Gowelo fired as Kalirani, Muluzi, Nankhumwa moved
17 August 2015 19:29:48 Malawi Nyasa Times - Malawi breaking news in Malawi
President Peter Mutharika has reshuffled his Cabinet, dropping Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development Paul Chibingu, M.P and his deputy Trasizio Gowelo, MP after weeks of speculation about corrupt practises in the ministry. Most ministers in their portfolios including those of finance, foreign affairs, justice, and gender were retained . In the minor cabinet reorganisation, President Mutharika has moved Dr Jean Kalilani from Ministry of Health to be Minister of Home Affairs and Internal Security replacing United Democratic Front (UDF) president Atupele Muluzi who is now Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development. The new Minister of Health is cabinet debutant Dr. Peter Kampalume, MP a close ally of President’s communication and strategy aide, Bright Malopa. Mutharika has also changed the government spokesman garrulous Kondwani Nankhumwa, appointing Jappie Mhango as the new Minister of Information, Tourism and Civic Education. Nankhumwa has been moved to become Minister of Local Government and Rural Development. Mutharika has also appointed new deputy minister, Malison Ndau at defence. “His Excellency the State President, Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika, in exercise of the powers conferred upon him by Section 94 (1) of the Constitution of the Republic of Malawi, has made some changes to the Cabinet with effect from Friday, 10th April, 2015,” a statement from government chief secretary George Mkondiwa mada available to Nyasa Times s aid. The President has maintained a lean cabinet of 20 including deputies.
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11 August 2015 06:24:32 Malawi Nyasa Times - Malawi breaking news in Malawi
Malawi former vice president Khumbo Kachali on Monday said he was happy to be welcomed back in the People’s Party (PP)to help the party rejuvinate in absentia of its founder Joyce Banda – the incumbent president – who is reportedly in South Africa attending to her international duties. Kachali: I 'm back!! Khumbo being welcomes in Mzuzu by PP women. Pic by Pius Nyondo -- Nyasa Times But Kachali told Nyasa Times that he was only back to the party to “revive” it not as “president.” Hundreds of supporters in Mzuzu city gave Kachali a standing ovation as he majestically walked into Victory Temple Ministries where he was welcomed as a political prodigal son. Clad in a black suit, with an orange tie hanging like a snake around his neck, Kachali looked calm and relaxed – punctuating his face with a smile here and there. “What did they think they would do? They were toying around with our beloved party. I’m back,” said Kachali without mentioning names. Like a poem, Kachali repeated the line “I’m back,” saying the party was on its way back to victory with his return. He said it was crucial for members of the party to understand where they were coming from and where they were going. But he said the party was now “there” because he was “back.” Said Kachali: “I must urge you friends that we must bury the hatchets and forge ahead. All that happened in the past is now history. We must work together towards rebuilding the party. “We should learn to forgive just like I have forgiven those that let me go through trials and tribulations in this party. I will not work towards revenge, I will rather urge you all to join me in making sure that we get back to where we were,” said Kachali. The former vice president, who has all along been PP MP, said the party had failed to make it in last year’s tripartite elections because of lack of “unity” among the politburo and thanked party members for remaining “steadfast.” Kachali also congratulated Members of Parliament (MPs) in the northern region for not ditching the party despite not making it in the elections. “That tells me that we have somewhere to start from,” he said. “If the problem was leadership I’m here. I’m back. We lost it on our own; are we sure we want to lose again?” The crowds roared “No no ooooooo!!!!” But Kachali said he was only back to the party “as an activist” and not as “president,” reiterating that the president of the party was still Joyce Banda. He said: “Let us give all our leaders their due respect from our president Joyce Banda, our MPs and all other leaders of the party. I’ve not come to take any person’s position and there are procedures for that. The leadership of the party remains intact.” In an interview, PP secretary general Ibrahim Matola said the party welcomes Kachali back in its quest to rebuild. Matola said Kachali will boost the party’s leadership in the northern region “owing to his political experience.” He also clarified that Kachali has not become the interim party president. “PP president remains Joyce Banda but we will be having new political heavyweight coming to join the rebuilding process of the party and Kachali is one of them. “He will join other leaders in the north in building PP there while others in the eastern region like Ralph Jooma and myself will push the rebuilding there. We will have others in southern and then also the Uladi Mussa and company will lean in central region and parliament,” he said. Meanwhile, Kachali has announced to unveil nerve breaking campaigns in Mzuzu’s Chibanja and Karonga’s Khwawa where the party is fielding contestants for ward councillor positions in by elections scheduled for August 25. Kachali served as vice president during Banda’s two year term in power that came about following the sudden death of Pres Bingu wa Mutharika who died of cardiac arrest on April 5, 2012. Prior to the 2014 elections, Banda chose youthful Sosten Gwengwe instead of her immediate deputy Kachali as running mate. Kachali later joined opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), but was reservedly quiet “politically” until now. PP trailed third in the 2014 elections, after DPP and now main opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP).— Additional reporting by Judith Moyo, Nyasa Times
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11 August 2015 02:26:13 Malawi Nyasa Times - Malawi breaking news in Malawi
Airtel Malawi says it is exclusively excited because the Queens have attained a world record in registering over 100 nets in one game and by being undefeated in all the games of the group statges. Malawi Queens posing for Nyasa Times. before departure...Photo Jeromy Kadewere. In a statement, Airtel expressed optimism that the Queens stand a chance to attain new heights by breaking into the top for world netball rankings. “The Queens have demonstrated that they went there for a purpose. They are determined, focused and surely their greatness is being anchored on the world scene. This also calls for a celebration of Airtel’s partnership with the Malawi National Netball team. We are proud sponsors of the Queens and they have demonstrated that they are a true source of national greatness and described the Queens as REAL heroes,” reads the statement. Airtel has since underlined its commitment to grow its partnership with the Queens whom they currently have a historical MK360 million sponsorship. “From the leading brand, to the stylish, classic and impressive netball team in the world, let us inspire each other collectively to retain our winning formula,” Airtel declares. Meanwhile, the official sponsor of the Queens has urged the team not to relax in their upcoming encounters. “Do not relax, keep going and do not settle for anything lesser that total greatness. It is high time our country stopped looking at netball as a petty sport. Netball is big and right now, it is undoubtedly the most successful sport in Malawi,” concludes the statement. The Queens have qualified to the next round of the World Cup after coming out tops of their group following their victorious performance over South Africa, Sri Lanka and Singapore.
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