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President Professor Peter Mutharika on Wednesday pledged that his government would construct the Mangochi–Makanjira Road all the way to Namwera Turn–Off to Lake Malawi past Mpilipili Trading Centre, among other major developments earmarked for the lakeshore district.

Mutharika disclosed this when he made whistle-stops on his way from Chikoko Bay State Lodge in Monkey Bay, Mangochi to Blantyre at the end of his Christmas and New Year Holiday.

The President stopped over at Mtakataka Turn – Off in Monkey Bay, Nabale along the Monkey Bay – Mangochi Road, Mangochi Boma and Mangochi Turn – Off in Balaka where he assured hundreds of people gathered at all the venues that his administration was poised to develop Mangochi and the Eastern Region in particular.

“My government has already embarked on a number of projects most of which have already been achieved like the Mlambe One Stop Service Centre at Mangochi Boma, the community technical college and the Liwonde – Mangochi Highway whose construction is progressing very well,” said the Malawian leader.

“Very soon we will embark on the construction of the Makanjira Road all the way to the lake; we have already secured funds for the project and we will also construct a state-of-the-art international airport in Mangochi and a five-star hotel at Cape Maclear will turn Mangochi a landing place for huge airplanes straight from as far as Europe,” Mutharika added.

He, therefore, asked people in the district to support the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP)-led government for meaningful development to continue taking shape across the country. Mutharika also warned people against following politicians disguising under religion as an entry point in the region.

The President described the DPP as a party of compassion and love as opposed to other political parties which he said were full of ‘opportunists, cruelty and cheaters.’

“Don’t forget what they did to you during their reign,” warned Mutharika. “The Eastern Region was one of the areas that suffered most during the one party era and don’t allow to return to that situation.”

Other speakers during the whistle-stops were legislators for Mangochi West, Geoffrey Chiwondo and Mangochi Monkey Bay, Ralph Jooma and DPP’s Eastern Region, Governor Julius Paipi.

In the their respective speeches the two parliamentarians hailed the country’s leadership through Mutharika for sparing time to interact with people who had lined up by the road side. The two (Chiwondo and Jooma) pledged support towards Mutharika and the DPP government.

On his part, Paipi said people in the Eastern Region were appreciative of what the DPP-led government was doing especially in the area of infrastructural development.

Paipi, therefore, assured Mutharika that the region would continue to rally behind the government to continue benefitting from the fruits of development, which he said, were uplifting people’s living standards.

“Would you please consider coming back to Mangochi very soon for a mass rally, people are very eager to have you address a public meeting here,” Paipi appealed.

Mutharika and the First Lady Madame Professor Gertrude Mutharika arrived in Monkey Bay, Mangochi on December 23 for their Christmas and New Year Holiday where the First Lady treated over 800 female civil servants to a luncheon.

Madame Mutharika who is Chairperson for the Organisation of African First Ladies (OAFLA) took advantage of the luncheon with female civil servants to sensitise them on the need to go for early cervical cancer screening to avoid death and other complications that arise when it has been detected at advanced stage.

On their way to Sanjika Palace in Blantyre the First Couple was also scheduled to stop by in Machinga and Zomba.

 

                    

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As a way of appreciating the good work President Arthur Peter Mutharika and the First Lady Getrude Mutharika are doing to uplift development and lives of Malawians in Malawi, Blantyre City South Constituency will name the Nkolokosa-Zion Road The Getrude Mutharika Avenue.

Since 2014, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) government led by President Mutharika has been undertaking numerous developments which included upgrading of the Chipembere Highway in Blantyre, construction of Soche Manje Road and rehabilitation of Ndirande Chimseu Road.

Speaking to the Malawi News Agency, Member of Parliament (MP) for Blantyre City South Constituency, Honourable Allan Ngumuya said he thought it wise to name Nkolokosa –Zion Road as such because the road has come to fruition courtesy of the first lady who according to Ngumuya played a very huge role in seeing it constructed.

“It was in 2015 during International Women’s Day of Prayers when the First Lady attended prayers at Chimwankhunda Living Waters Church. I as an MP for the area was in attendance too. So I asked the First Lady to tell the President that people in the area needed the road to be constructed. The First Lady confirmed that she saw how bad it was herself and therefore promised to tell the President about it.

“It took about a month before the official response came and in no time we saw Blantyre City Council and Eastern Construction Company running up and down on the road. In about 6-7 months the construction of the road was complete,” Ngumuya said.

According to Ngumuya, it was in view of this that him and the majority of people in his constituency, particularly the areas surrounding the road want the road to be named after the First Lady.

Ngumuya said before being constructed by the DPP government the road has seen, the then Joyce Banda government refusing to construct it despite the Joyce Banda Foundation being in the same area. He said the once MP for the area, Moses Kunkuyu also turned down people’s wish to work on the road.

The Blantyre City South MP who is also a celebrated gospel musician also revealed that the DPP government would construct, apart from Njamba Stadium, a dual carriage road from CI to Joy Radio and also a stadium at Zingwangwa Youth Centre.

Approximately 13 bridges have been constructed so far including boreholes which have seen people drinking good water all this under Ngumuya’s tenure through the visionary leadership of President Peter Mutharika.

 

The Nkolokosa Zion Road will be the first of its kind in the history of Malawi to be named under the name of the First Lady.

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Ministry of Health and Population has refuted as untrue  Daily Times story that alleged that four  babies died at Kamuzu Central Hospital during Christmas because of blackout.

According to the ministry, two babies died but not due to blackout. 

One died upon admission to the hospital and the other died while on oxygen whose oxygen cylinders do not use electricity. On  Wednesday  December 27,  The Daily Times published an article that claimed that four babies died as a result of a loss of power at the Kamuzu Central Hospital.  

After the media report, Minister of Health and Population, Atupele Muluzi instructed the Secretary for  Health and Population, Dr Dan Namarika to conduct an investigation into the issue.  

The investigation revealed  that through 24 hours of Christmas Day (25 December) two babies tragically died at Kamuzu Hospital.  The first died because of a severe case of Malaria and the second was suffering a medical condition that tragically was diagnosed too late to be treated. The investigation showed that  neither death was caused because of the loss of any power.  

The investigation further established that through the 24 hours of Christmas Day, Kamuzu Central Hospital indeed  did suffer a loss of power for approximately 10 minutes and unfortunately the back up generator failed to cover this period and  during that time no deaths were recorded at the hospital.

Following the death, Muluzi has said “Any loss of life is a tragedy, particularly those of young children, however there was very little that the medical team could have done to save either child despite the professionalism that they showed caring for both patients.  I hope that the families of both children will accept the sincere condolences of all in the Malawi medical service and I hope we can respect their privacy at this tragic time”.

And Namarika also said “100Kw of solar power from the recent Global Fund grant will be installed at KCH ear budsly in January.  While this is not a total solution it will go some way to supporting the hospital with its future power needs.”

Meanwhile, the Ministry has advised The Daily Times to write stories with facts and avoid sensationalizing stories especially  those that concern people's health and lives.

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Ministry of Health and Population has refuted as untrue  Daily Times story that alleged that four  babies died at Kamuzu Central Hospital during Christmas because of blackout.

According to the ministry, two babies died but not due to blackout. 

One died upon admission to the hospital and the other died while on oxygen whose oxygen cylinders do not use electricity. On  Wednesday  December 27,  The Daily Times published an article that claimed that four babies died as a result of a loss of power at the Kamuzu Central Hospital.  

After the media report, Minister of Health and Population, Atupele Muluzi instructed the Secretary for  Health and Population, Dr Dan Namarika to conduct an investigation into the issue.  

The investigation revealed  that through 24 hours of Christmas Day (25 December) two babies tragically died at Kamuzu Hospital.  The first died because of a severe case of Malaria and the second was suffering a medical condition that tragically was diagnosed too late to be treated. The investigation showed that  neither death was caused because of the loss of any power.  

The investigation further established that through the 24 hours of Christmas Day, Kamuzu Central Hospital indeed  did suffer a loss of power for approximately 10 minutes and unfortunately the back up generator failed to cover this period and  during that time no deaths were recorded at the hospital.

Following the death, Muluzi has said “Any loss of life is a tragedy, particularly those of young children, however there was very little that the medical team could have done to save either child despite the professionalism that they showed caring for both patients.  I hope that the families of both children will accept the sincere condolences of all in the Malawi medical service and I hope we can respect their privacy at this tragic time”.

And Namarika also said “100Kw of solar power from the recent Global Fund grant will be installed at KCH ear budsly in January.  While this is not a total solution it will go some way to supporting the hospital with its future power needs.”

Meanwhile, the Ministry has advised The Daily Times to write stories with facts and avoid sensationalizing stories especially  those that concern people's health and lives.

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DPP's Director of Field Operations Dr. Ben Phiri today feted the people of Traditional Authorities Kapichi and Mchilamwera at his home village Magombo in Thyolo.
Despite the heavy downpour, thousands came to dine and wine with the youthful politician.

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