Retired long time politician and former Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president John Tembo has delivered an indirect dig to Lazarus Chakwera that the opposition party is falling apart because it has poor leadership. Since 2014, MCP is deeply divided between a faction that seeks to uphold the party's constitution and its four founding cornerstones and a Chakwera led camp which is flagrantly violating the constitution and disregrading the four cornerstones According to Zodiak Broadcasting Station which interviewd him for its Cruise Five program, Tembo said the endless disagreements in the parry were due to inexperienced leadership. He said its current leaders lack proper knowledge of politics. Chakwera quit the pulpit of Malawi Assemblies of God and assumed the leadership of the party in 2013. Tembo said he was disappointed to see divisions worsening in the party even after the new leaders in party had consulted him for his advice. He warned the party is heading for a mighty crash unless its leadership submit fully to the party’s four cornerstones of unity, loyalty, obedience and discipline. At the time Chakwera took over, Tembo had just retired from leading the party. Since losing elections in 2014, MCP has been rocked in endless infighting as Chakwera has sought to surround himself with sycophants and bootlickers such as Eisenhower Mkaka and Sam Kawale. To achieve his mission, he has successfully booted out of the NEC senior people such as deputy president Richard Msowoya, secretary general Gustave Kaliwo, publicity secretary Jessie Kabwila, treasurer Tony Kandiero, Chatinkha Chidzanja and Felix Jumbe. These are the legitimate members of the NEC who have been standing up against Chakwera's decisions. These have since vowed they will continue fighting until they have rescued the party from what they call "a bunch of opportunistic people".
Malawi First Lady Prof Gertrude Mutharika has appealed to women in the country to seek medical attention every time they notice anything strange in their breasts, as it may signal the onset of breast cancer. She also urged the women to screen for cervical cancer, noting that the disease although the disease is treatable, it is taking lives of many women in the country. Madame Mutharika was speaking at Mpala Primary School in Mulanje South East where she held an interactive meeting to discuss issues of safe motherhood especially on breast and cervical cancer, cholera and HIV/Aids. The First Lady said Malawi is losing a lot of productive women, who would have helped in the development of their communities, but are dying of cancers. “It is a sad reality that many women don’t know their status as far as cancer is concerned, because many of us, don’t believe in going to the hospital when they think all is well in their bodies,” she said. According to Prof Mutharika, is it very important to know your status because hospital personnel has been trained to assist in such cases. “Hospital staff is ready to provide civic education to any woman who seeks to get screening for cervical or breasts cancer,” she added. Speaking earlier, Safe Motherhood coordinator for Mulanje District Hospital Mrs Ellene Mhango said many women don’t go for screening for cervical cancer because the virus that causes cancer takes almost 10 years to start showing symptoms. “Cervical cancer is difficult for any woman to just notice it because it doesn’t show any signs until at a later stage when the disease has already destroyed the cervix.” “It is therefore incumbent upon all of us women to safeguard our future and that of our children by getting tested for cancer, both breasts and cervical, HIV/Aids and many other diseases,” said Mrs Mhango. Member of Parliament for the area Naomi Kilekwa expressed gratitude to the First Lady and asked the women to take seriously, the advice they have received and go for screening. The meeting is part of a series of meetings by the First Lady whose aim is to compliment government’s efforts in dealing with issues of safe motherhood in the reduction of maternal and neonatal mortality. Besides addressing the women, the First Lady also donated assorted items to over 200 elderly people from the area, especially those who are vulnerable and have no source of income.
His Excellency the President, Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika wishes to urge the faith community and all Malawians to pray for good rains and a productive season this , and .
Although rains have resumed falling in some parts of the country after dry spells, the President is requesting us all to continue praying for the areas that are still experiencing dry spells.
The President has also directed all Cabinet Ministers and senior Government officials to attend prayers in their respective places of worship in order to lead by example.
Further, the President urges us as a nation to pray for victims of natural disasters and to support the victims in their time of need. The President believes that we all can do something to support someone somewhere because we all have something to offer.
Finally, the President passionately believes that a God fearing nation finds favor before the Creator.
Small and Medium enterprises (SMEs) which focus on increasing productivity stand to benefit from 200 million Japanese Yen (K1.3 billion) worth of grant that the Japanese government has given to Malawi.
Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development Goodall Gondwe signed the grant on behalf of the Malawi Government on Wednesday at a ceremony held at Capital Hill in Lilongwe.
The grant is aimed at promoting economic and social development of the people of Malawi, especially the SMEs.
Speaking after the signing ceremony, Japanese Ambassador to Malawi Kae Yanagisawa said the grant is a compliment to Malawi Government’s efforts in eradicating poverty through promotion of social and economic development.
She said Japan keenly followed the development of the Malawi Growth and Development Strategy (MGDS) III and noted that one of the proposed themes which talks about “building a competitive, productive and resilient nation” is reflecting the exact needs of Malawi.
The Japanese envoy, therefore, asked the Malawi Government to select beneficiaries in accordance with its priority areas as stipulated in the MGDS III for the grant to achieve meaningful impact.
“Allow me to call upon the commitment of your ministry to adhere to the principles of good governance, fairness, transparency and accountability,” she said.
Yanagisawa further called for vigilance in management of the loans to ensure that the money is repaid and placed into a revolving scheme called “Counterpart Funds” as agreed by the two countries.
In his remarks, Gondwe pledged to manage the grant “very carefully”, saying a special entity had been created in his ministry for careful handling of the grant resources.
He, however, observed that following the reduction in the amount of the new grant compared to the previous ones, some sectors that benefited in the past would miss out this time around.
“The amount of resources we have signed today is just a quarter of what we have been receiving in the past grants.
“As such, this huge reduction in the level of financing means that we will not extend the facility to all the sectors that have been benefitting in the past,” Gondwe said.
The minister has since asked the Japanese Government to consider increasing the grant facility.
Malawi has benefitted from Japanese Grants through the window of economic and social development programme since 1988 with the total reaching to about 5 billion Japanese Yen (MK31.82 billion).
Auction Holdings Limited, the flagship tobacco company, in attempts to stop publishing negative stories about the mismanagement of a 90 million dollars loan, have resorted to buying journalists. They have first targeted Times Group Editor in-chief George Kasakula and his Nation newspaper counterpart Ephraim Munthali. They are flying the two to Ethiopia with outragoues allowances of $10,000 each.
Kasakula described the AHL fraud as a loss when an audit report by Dilloite and Touche clearly spelt out mismanagement of accounts. This story was a public relations job for Evans Matabwa the Chief Executive Officer for AHL . However, Munthali has completely ignored the story.
The communications manager for AHL Thom Khanje stressed that it was the duty of the company to assist senior journalists through such tours. He said that they would rather deal with those who make editorial decisions other than business reporters or editors.
In the meantime, the parent company has advertised the position of general manager for Malawi Leaf since the incumbent Jimmy Kasamale has been earmarked for a senior position at Tobacco Control Commission since the mismanagement of the loot was shared by many at Admarc the main shareholder and there is growing fear that Kasamale might spill the beans if not handled