Wednesday, December 7

Culture

Chakwera urged to demonstrate leadership in ending witchcraft
Culture

Chakwera urged to demonstrate leadership in ending witchcraft

By Owen Nyaka: President Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera and his administration has been urged to demonstrate leadership in ending witchcraft accusations motivated killings, which disproportionately affects the elderly. Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR) and the Centre for the Development of People (CEDEP) are dismayed by the continued attacks on people accused of witchcraft in the country and the failure to bring to justice perpetrators of such crimes. In a statement released Thursday in Lilongwe, CHRR and CEDEP says while they commend Chakwera and his government for ratifying the African Protocol to the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights on the Rights of Older Persons in Africa, the two organisations urge the President to demonstrate leadership in ending witc...
Culture, Features

Over 105 people have reintegrated

By Ireen Kayira: Ministry of Civic Education and National Unity has managed to reintegrate 105 people who were displaced from their homes due to conflicts. The Minister responsible, Timothy Mtambo said they have embarked on facilitating development of Transformative national values for mindset change, national healing, reconciliation and national unity in an interview with Malawi News Agency on Monday in Lilongwe. He said the 105 people are from Karonga comprising 32 men, 45 women and 28 children who were displaced on September 4, 2020 and their houses and property got destroyed due to the wrangles in Karonga, Traditional Authority (TA) Kilupula. “The Ministry continues to interface with different stakeholders including traditional leaders to understand the ethnocentric contex...
Ntchisi GBV survivors receive loans for businesses
Culture

Ntchisi GBV survivors receive loans for businesses

By Pauline Kaude: Survivors of Gender Based Violence (GBV) in Ntchisi District have been provided with grants to enable them start small scale businesses and support their households. The grants are being provided under the Spotlight Initiative, a Malawi Government programme funded by European Union (EU) and the United Nations (UN) to eliminate all forms of violence against women through local nongovernmental organisations working in the district. Speaking during disbursement of the grants to second cohort of beneficiaries at Traditional Authority Kalumo’s headquarters, Ntchisi Youth Organisation and Development (NOYD) Programmes Manager, Clement Zindondo said the beneficiaries are given loans ranging from K100, 000 to K200, 000 each. He said the beneficiaries are identified t...
NfYD challenges traditional and community leaders to promote women’s rights
Culture

NfYD challenges traditional and community leaders to promote women’s rights

By Tione Andsen: Network for Youth Development (NfYD) has challenged traditional and community leaders in Traditional Authority (TA) Malili in Lilongwe to guard against cultural traditions that are violating girls and women’s rights in their areas. Project Officer, Sekanawo Mwatibu made the challenge Tuesday at Likuni Girls Primary School during the closing of a two day capacity building training on Women’s rights and Sexual Reproductive Health Right (SRHR) conducted for community influencers. She observed some of the traditional norms and values were perpetrating Gender Based Violence (GBV) among women and both traditional and community leaders seem to be key players in the process. “We are engaging them to enlighten them on the issues of women rights and SRHR so that they ar...
Culture, National News

Four Kasungu chiefs promoted

By Vincent Khonje: Deputy minister of local government and rural development, Halima Daud, on Friday elevated three traditional authorities (TAs) to senior chiefs and one group village head to sub traditional authority (STA) in Kasungu. Traditional Authorities Wimbe, Chilowamatambe and Kawamba will now be senior chiefs making the number of senior chiefs in the district to five and group village head Kalikokha will now be STA. Speaking after officially elevating the chiefs Daud said President Lazarus Chakwera sent her to inform the newly elevated chiefs that the promotion has been done with all the President's heart and wants them to work with him. "The President has told me to tell you that the elevation has been done for a reason, he wants you to work with him and also to be ...
Wrangles fueling destruction of flora and fauna at Kuti Community wildlife ranch
Culture, Features

Wrangles fueling destruction of flora and fauna at Kuti Community wildlife ranch

---Chiefs call for dialogue between Communities and Ranch management By Owen Nyaka: Disagreements over the sharing of proceeds from the natural resources at Kuti Community Wildlife Ranch (KCWR) have emerged, with communities surrounding the park, accusing park management of KCWR of reneging on the agreements contained in the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the two sides over 20 years ago. The development has fueled massive deforestation; poaching and charcoal burning within the protected wildlife ranch. Funny Chidothi who has been Acting Traditional Authority Kuluunda admits the current destruction of flora and fauna at Kuti Community nature farm, which she said is a cause of serious concern. She has the reasons to be concerned because investigations have...
Culture, National News

Kasungu’s senior chief Kaluluma rests

By Nohakelha Phiri: Sombre mood engulfed Nthembwe Headquarters in Kasungu as people saw the remains of late senior chief Kaluluma walk a last mile. In multitudes they all flocked to the headquarters to pay homage to the fallen chief who was one of the longest serving in the country. Late Senior Chief Kaluluma who was 94 years old, passed on early Saturday at Likuni Mission Hospital and according to the family he died of old age as some of his body organs malfunctioned. With one of the covid-19 preventive protocols broken as over 50 people gathered at Nthembwe Headquarters, the people however never forgot to put on their masks as smell of hand sanitizers filled the place. Kasungus District Commissioner (DC) James Kanyangalazi could only apologise for breaking one of the covi...
Tourism investors bemoan high Visa fees
Business, Culture

Tourism investors bemoan high Visa fees

By Leonard Masauli: Tourism investors in Likoma District have bemoaned high cost of Visa fees and delay by government in issuing operating licenses, saying the challenges have the potential to scare away foreign nationals willing to visit and invest in the tourism industry in the country. The country charges $75 (about K57, 879) Visa fees on single foreign entry and is considered to be expensive to foreign visitors. One of the shareholders of the newly constructed Chiponde Beach Resort at Likoma Island, Carla Lemmis recently said the challenges can contribute to loss of forex and revenue. Lemmis then called on government to reduce the fees and speed up the process of issuing operating licenses to attract foreign visitors and investors in the tourism sector. "Malawi charges ...
Culture, Features

Child marriages victim embarks on a campaign against the malpractice

By Dorica Mtenje: Nellie Matewere, a child marriage victim has embarked on a nationwide campaign against the malpractice by organizing trainings for girls and young women. Nellie who is also Miss Africa Washington State said this on Tuesday on the sidelines of a virtual meeting in Lilongwe. She said statistics show that 36 percent of women in malawi are married to men 15 years older to them which put most of them at risk of abuse. According to a research, she indicated that these marriages are due to early pregnancies. "This campaign will help to shape the community mindset on the effects of child marriages. As we all know that due to Covid-19 pandemic, this year we have registered a lot of early pregnancies after the closure of schools as a prevention measure. The campa...
Culture, Features, Health

KOICA releases $6million to address teenage pregnancy in Malawi

By Chancy Namadzunda: Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) has channelled USD6 million funding through the Government of Malawi, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to support a joint programme titled ‘Action for Teen mothers and Adolescent girls’. The four-year programme will be implemented in Mchinji and Dedza districts. Malawi has one of the highest rates of early pregnancy in the sub-region. By the age of 18, 47 percent of girls are already in marriage and 29 percent of girls aged 15-19 have begun child bearing, which is contributing 25 percent of all pregnancies annually. The COVID-19 pandemic has further exacerbated the situation and the funding from KOICA has come at an opportune time. Through the ‘Action for...