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The Football Association of Malawi (FAM) has urged the country’s football team doctors to look beyond treating physical injuries and take responsibility in enforcing anti-doping measures at their respective teams.

 

FAM Executive Committee Member Daud Suleman made the remarks when he officially opened a four day Sports Medicine workshop at the Mpira Village in Blantyre on Monday.

 

Suleiman said team doctors fail to monitor the lifestyle’s of their players, who are subjected to numerous substances that put them at the risk of doping.

 

“Team doctors play a very important role in the technical aspect of our football. Our players are our assets as such we need to make sure that they are in good shape both physically as well as in lifestyle sense.

 

According to Suleman, lately the lifestyles of athletes have been comprised with so many drinks and food on the market and if not careful, players are exposed to banned substances.

 

“It is the duty of our team doctors to make sure that all substances that our players are exposed to do not compromise doping issues,” said Suleman.

 

The workshop has attracted 25 participants including all Super League team doctors.

 

The workshop is being facilitated by Fifa trained instructors; former Flames doctor Mathews Mangondo and current Flames doctor Levison Mwale.

 

 

Among other topics, the workshop will tackle rehabilitation, sport injuries, improving performances strategies, communicable diseases, concussion in sports, doping, nutrition and cardiac arrest. 

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The Government of Malawi convened the Joint Senior Officials’ meeting of the 1st session of the Malawi/Rwanda Joint Permanent Commission of Cooperation (JPCC) at Capital Hotel in Lilongwe on February 13th.

According to press release made available to Malawi News Agency (MANA), Friday, the Joint Seniors Officials’ meeting was officially opened by Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Francis Kasaila.

“The Joint Permanent Commission for Cooperation is a general cooperation signed by the two governments of Malawi and Rwanda, in July, 2016 in order to enhance and broaden cooperation in mutually beneficial areas.

“The cooperation was established with the aim of improving the socio-economic development of both countries through a memorandum of understanding,” reads the statement.

During the meeting the two countries discussed and reached agreements in the areas of Diplomacy, transport, housing, Agriculture, Sports, Health, gender, arts, and culture, local government, education, defence and security.

The outcomes of the meeting are expected to be implemented by both ministers of the attending countries of Malawi and Rwanda for endorsement, in order to facilitate the implementation of the agreed areas of cooperation.

 

 

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Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development, George Chaponda is suing Times Group for defamation on a series of stories it has been publishing highlighting his alleged wrongdoing in his role in the involvement of a local firm, Transglobe, in Malawi’s questionable procurement of relief maize from Zambia.


 

Chaponda is also seeking damages from Times reporter Alick Ponje and Daily Times assistant editor Madalitso Mussa

He claims that the scribes “falsely and maliciously” published defamatory words of the minister and that the Sunday Times positioned Chaponda’s picture against a headline of ‘Epitome of Decadence’ an opinion piece, claiming it was calculated to portray the minister as a morally rotten person.

Chaponda is claiming damages for libel, exemplary and aggravated damages for libel and legal costs.

But Times editor-in-chief Kasakula has challenged Chaponda that the news organisation “stand by all the stories and commentaries” it has published on maizegate scandal.

Kasakula said they are ready to meet Chaponda in court.

Chaponda had sued Times before   a report was presented to President Peter Mutharika at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe by the commission of inquiry that has been investigating the maize procurement from Zambia headed by retired Chief Justice Anastasia Msosa.

The report recommends that Chaponda needs to be investigated by the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB)

 

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The Supreme Court of Appeal in Blantyre has removed an injunction obtained by Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) led by youthful activist, Charles Kajoloweka.

The CSO obtained the injunction from Mzuzu High Court restraining Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development Dr. George Chaponda from discharging his duties as Minister until investigations are concluded in the procurement of maize from Zambia.

In the application, the CSOs under the Livingstonia Synod of the Church of Central African Presbytery (CCAP) also asked for judicial review on the matter.

But government through Attorney General Kalekeni Kaphale presented arguments against an ex-parte injunction restraining agriculture minister Dr. George Chaponda from operating as a cabinet Minister until investigations are over.

In his ruling, Supreme Court Judge Justice Dunstain Mwaungulu said the CSOs did not follow right procedures when obtaining injunction as such there was no injunction that was obtained from the lower court.

Firstly, the lower court when granted the said injunction did not consider some important facts. The CSOs did not inform the accused that they are going to get an injunction. Also there should be balance of justice that should be considered when granting injunction.

The decision to resign in public office is very personal as demanded by the respondent (CSOs). By removing the said injunction the high court considered also whether the accused has potential to intervene in the discussions currently underway by the commission of inquiry as the commission has power invested in them.

There is no proof also presented by CSOs that the said Minister has direct involvement in the maize saga. With the injunction, the accused had every right to deny availing himself to the Inquiry set because he has injunction restraining him from doing his ministerial work, said Justice Mwaungulu in his one hour and half judgment on Friday.

Gift Chimowa who represented Attorney General Kalekeni Kaphale said he is satisfied with the ruling noting the court has done its job.

Lawyer representing CSOs Wesley Mwafulirwa said he will brief his client what has happened and see how to move forward.

We respect court decisions but the ruling today has not satisfied us. It is saying that there was no injunction but the problem is, most Lawyers when applying injunctions use Supreme court laws but some judges including Justice Mwaungulu use civil procedural rules when trying cases to do with injunctions, lamented Mwafulirwa.

 

But Mwafulirwa said the battle is still on as he is not satisfied with the ruling. 

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The Department of Animal Health and Livestock Development in Blantyre Agriculture Development Division (ADD) has put a ban on pork sales and restricted any movement of pigs in the district following an outbreak of African Swine Fever.

Making the announcement during a District Agriculture Stakeholders Panel (ASP) meeting at Blantyre District Council on Friday, Chief Animal Health and Livestock Development Officer for Blantyre ADD Taurayi Francis Mlewah said Ntonda Extension Planning Area (EPA) has been affected so far.

According to Mlewah out of 102 pigs from four kraals, 93 died due to the outbreak representing 91 percent mortality rate.

“My department has from today Friday, February 10, restricted movements of pigs from the area and the whole district for a tentative period of one month in order to contain the disease,” said Mlewah.

Moreover, he called for collaborated efforts from the general public with his department to curb the disease by complying with control measures put in place such as not slaughtering pigs in all markets of the district and all infected pigs should be burnt or buried deeply.

“I urge all pig farmers in the district to report to veterinary officers within their areas as soon as possible once they observe signs of the disease,” explained Mlewah.

Mlewah also asked the general public to report to the police anyone selling pork in the district within the ban period.

In a separate interview with Malawi News Agency (MANA), a veterinary expert in the department Dr Pilat John Kothowa said the disease so far has neither a vaccine nor treatment but it is not zoonotic meaning that it cannot be transmitted to a human being.

“One of the preventive measures for the health of pigs is by restrictions for unnecessary entry into the pens of the piggery unit by people,” he added.

 

According to Dr Kothowa, clinical signs of the disease which is caused by a virus are high mortality rate of pigs within five to 15 days, reddening of the skin, difficult to breathe and loss of appetite among others.

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