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President Professor Peter Mutharika has asked people of this country to serve the nation with every ability and innovation they can afford.

Mutharika made the remarks Saturday in Lilongwe at Kamuzu Palace during the 2017 Malawi Broadcasting Cooperation (MBC) Innovation Awards event.

He said, “Our spirit of innovation is what will change this country. It is inspiring to see that Malawi has many people who are innovative.

“It is our duty to honour them; encourage them and inspire them,” he said, adding that was why Malawians were gathered on the said date to celebrate the Malawian spirit of innovation seen in men and women from all walks of life.

Mutharika said it takes the love for one’s country to fight for it, it takes innovative thinking to win and that it was a patriotic spirit to see the need to tell the world that Malawi is a nation of achievers.

He enlightened that when a public servant does more than the expected to save lives; that is the innovation which is needed because it is the integrity and human spirit with which we must serve one another.

The Malawi Leader further said it is such spirit that can develop this nation and that in developing the nation, everyone can make a difference.

“We are challenged to believe that we can use whatever we have to innovate and make a difference. There are many more stories that inspire us. This country has many more wonderful stories we need to celebrate,” explained Mutharika.

He therefore, thanked Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) for going to every village, community, every part of the country to show the nation what Malawians are capable of achieving.

MBC Director General, Aubrey Sumbuleta said the 2017 MBC Awards marked a mile stone in the corporation’s quest to serve the nation as a public broadcaster.

He said as MBC, they were aware that there are plenty Malawians that have done a lot through various codes of innovation in a number of fields and that those identified were a minimum of Malawians working hard to develop this country.

He thanked various ministries, sponsors and development partners for the enormous support towards the 2017 MBC innovation awards.

“We have received great support from them to make this event successful that will go down in history as our legacy,” he said.

This year’s awards were in categories of agriculture, environment, health, small scale entrepreneurship, education, art and culture, science and technology, large scale entrepreneurship, people living with disabilities and sports.

 

The 2017 MBC Award were sponsored by Khato Holdings, Khato Limited, South Zambezi, Uncle Jose, Malawi University of Science and Technology (MUST), Press Trust, Malawi Postal Services, Teveta, Multi-Choice, Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA), Alliance Capital, EGENCO and ESCOM among others.

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President Professor Peter Mutharika has asked people of this country to serve the nation with every ability and innovation they can afford.

Mutharika made the remarks Saturday in Lilongwe at Kamuzu Palace during the 2017 Malawi Broadcasting Cooperation (MBC) Innovation Awards event.

He said, “Our spirit of innovation is what will change this country. It is inspiring to see that Malawi has many people who are innovative.

“It is our duty to honour them; encourage them and inspire them,” he said, adding that was why Malawians were gathered on the said date to celebrate the Malawian spirit of innovation seen in men and women from all walks of life.

Mutharika said it takes the love for one’s country to fight for it, it takes innovative thinking to win and that it was a patriotic spirit to see the need to tell the world that Malawi is a nation of achievers.

He enlightened that when a public servant does more than the expected to save lives; that is the innovation which is needed because it is the integrity and human spirit with which we must serve one another.

The Malawi Leader further said it is such spirit that can develop this nation and that in developing the nation, everyone can make a difference.

“We are challenged to believe that we can use whatever we have to innovate and make a difference. There are many more stories that inspire us. This country has many more wonderful stories we need to celebrate,” explained Mutharika.

He therefore, thanked Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) for going to every village, community, every part of the country to show the nation what Malawians are capable of achieving.

MBC Director General, Aubrey Sumbuleta said the 2017 MBC Awards marked a mile stone in the corporation’s quest to serve the nation as a public broadcaster.

He said as MBC, they were aware that there are plenty Malawians that have done a lot through various codes of innovation in a number of fields and that those identified were a minimum of Malawians working hard to develop this country.

He thanked various ministries, sponsors and development partners for the enormous support towards the 2017 MBC innovation awards.

“We have received great support from them to make this event successful that will go down in history as our legacy,” he said.

This year’s awards were in categories of agriculture, environment, health, small scale entrepreneurship, education, art and culture, science and technology, large scale entrepreneurship, people living with disabilities and sports.

 

The 2017 MBC Award were sponsored by Khato Holdings, Khato Limited, South Zambezi, Uncle Jose, Malawi University of Science and Technology (MUST), Press Trust, Malawi Postal Services, Teveta, Multi-Choice, Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA), Alliance Capital, EGENCO and ESCOM among others.

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The public is hereby being informed that His Excellency the President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika, in accordance with powers conferred upon him by Section 32(1) of the Disaster Preparedness and Relief Act, has declared all the districts that have been affected by the Fall Armyworm infestation Disaster Areas, with effect from, 15th December, 2017.

 

The President has been informed that since the onset of the 2017/ 2018 cropping season and as at 8th December 2017, the Fall Armyworms had affected a total of 20 out of 28 districts in the country, affecting thousands of hectares and 133,083 farming families in the process.

 

The Fall Armyworms are mostly attacking maize, sorghum and millet.

 

Government, through the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development (MoAIWD) and development partners, is implementing interventions to contain the spread and impact of the Fall Armyworm outbreak. So far, a cumulative total of 56,082 litres of pesticides (i.e. Dursban and Cyperimethrin) have been procured and distributed to Agriculture Extension Planning Areas (EPA’s) where smallholder farmers are accessing them for spraying infested fields.

 

However, the current stocks of pesticides are not adequate to contain the situation as the cropping season progresses; hence there is need for more resources to procure additional pesticides. The plan is to procure 400,000 litres of pesticides that will be distributed to farmers through their EPA’s.

 

Government, with support from development partners has also procured and installed pheromone traps in several districts to monitor the prevalence of the pest. Furthermore, Government has intensified the training of front-line staff, traditional, political and church leaders as well as farmers on identification and management of the pest. Government has also enhanced sensitization and awareness campaigns through extension channels and the media.

 

As a medium to long term strategy, Government has also commenced developing the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) strategy in order to augment the chemical control that is being done currently and will further embark on further studies for better understanding of the biology and ecology of the pest as well as biological control of the pest.

 

In these circumstances, it is clear that we have a serious crop pest infestation that is posing a major threat to food security in the country likely to affect a  majority of our fellow citizens.  Since most of the areas are likely to be affected if the pest is not properly managed, additional resources are therefore required to implement interventions aimed at addressing further spread and management of the pest.

 

Accordingly, and in accordance with powers conferred upon him by Section 32(1) of the Disaster Preparedness and Relief Act, the President has therefore declared all the districts that have been affected by the Fall Armyworm infestatio…

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The public is hereby being informed that His Excellency the President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika, in accordance with powers conferred upon him by Section 32(1) of the Disaster Preparedness and Relief Act, has declared all the districts that have been affected by the Fall Armyworm infestation Disaster Areas, with effect from, 15th December, 2017.

 

The President has been informed that since the onset of the 2017/ 2018 cropping season and as at 8th December 2017, the Fall Armyworms had affected a total of 20 out of 28 districts in the country, affecting thousands of hectares and 133,083 farming families in the process.

 

The Fall Armyworms are mostly attacking maize, sorghum and millet.

 

Government, through the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development (MoAIWD) and development partners, is implementing interventions to contain the spread and impact of the Fall Armyworm outbreak. So far, a cumulative total of 56,082 litres of pesticides (i.e. Dursban and Cyperimethrin) have been procured and distributed to Agriculture Extension Planning Areas (EPA’s) where smallholder farmers are accessing them for spraying infested fields.

 

However, the current stocks of pesticides are not adequate to contain the situation as the cropping season progresses; hence there is need for more resources to procure additional pesticides. The plan is to procure 400,000 litres of pesticides that will be distributed to farmers through their EPA’s.

 

Government, with support from development partners has also procured and installed pheromone traps in several districts to monitor the prevalence of the pest. Furthermore, Government has intensified the training of front-line staff, traditional, political and church leaders as well as farmers on identification and management of the pest. Government has also enhanced sensitization and awareness campaigns through extension channels and the media.

 

As a medium to long term strategy, Government has also commenced developing the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) strategy in order to augment the chemical control that is being done currently and will further embark on further studies for better understanding of the biology and ecology of the pest as well as biological control of the pest.

 

In these circumstances, it is clear that we have a serious crop pest infestation that is posing a major threat to food security in the country likely to affect a  majority of our fellow citizens.  Since most of the areas are likely to be affected if the pest is not properly managed, additional resources are therefore required to implement interventions aimed at addressing further spread and management of the pest.

 

Accordingly, and in accordance with powers conferred upon him by Section 32(1) of the Disaster Preparedness and Relief Act, the President has therefore declared all the districts that have been affected by the Fall Armyworm infestatio…

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Malawi Congress Party mouthpiece Times Group is tired of hiding its political colours. It has now come out very clearly, bashing opposition People's Party MPs over the failure of 50+1.

 In its main story in one of its papers Malawi News, Times has called MPs Kamlepo Kalua, Ralph Jooma and Malani Mtonga as SELLOUTS for being absent from Parliament during the tabling of the 50+1 bill.

 

The bill was voted against by 100 MPs such that even the few PP MPs had voted on the side of the 59 that voted for the bill, it would still have collapsed. The bill got defeated in Parliament on Friday and Times has taken it personally and unkindly.

 

It has gotten very angry on behalf of its paymaster MCP. It wanted every opposition MP to act not according to their conscience just to plead its MCP.

 

In fact, throughout the 50+1 debacle, the media house has been the voice of MCP and PAC and their regime change agenda. Why is this so?

 

Management and owners of the debt-ridden media group believe that once MCP assumes power, they will go scot-free on the more than K1 billion they owe Malawi Revenue Authority in taxes. Hence the campaign. PAC and MCP thought the 50+1 bill would effectively give them their long cherished wish of regime change. That has failed, leaving MCP, PAC and Times with very bloody noses. Times has not been ashamed of its MCP mouthpiece status as when PAC announced they had cancelled the demonstrations that were meant to press the government to table the bill, the media house was so bitter they faulted PAC in their lead story.

 

To build up the story, they sought the views of an analyst Emily Mkamanga who has never had a kind word for the DPP Government in her life. Times needed someone who could speak what they wanted to hear. That is not journalism.

 

Times deliberately avoided talking to balanced analysts, so while while they faulted PAC, their colleagues at The Nation carried a balanced story that applauded PAC for cancelling the demonstrations.

 

 The collapse of the bill in Parliament is so bitter a pill for Managing Editor George Kasakula and his bosses and fellow MCP member. Kasakula is a well known member of MCP. On three occasions he has failed in the primaries to be the party's Parliamentary candidate in Kasungu.

Managing Director Lenard Chikadya employed Kasakula to do MCP bidding at the media house. He has successfully turned the once professional paper into what it used to be in the pre-multi-party era as an MCP media outlet.

Reporters have been quitting enmasse as Kasakula has been bullying them for opting to report professionally. Where newsrooms are professional, individual political affiliations are not a crime but they are not allowed to colour your reporting.

 

At Times, it is a crime to not being MCP and not reporting as such. Anything positive about the government and anything that is not pro-MCP results in reporters being warned and dismissed. That's the Kasakula rulebook of journalism. To aid in driving professional standards further down, Times is increasingly having its lead stories written by writers it cannot name in the byline.

 

Until Kasakula came, it was inconceivable for a lead story to have TIMES REPORTER as byline. The stories are half-baked, unbalanced, full of lies and largely propaganda pieces no reporter worth the name would want to be associated with them. Yet while its MCP PR agenda is failing to stick, its sales are taking a huge hit as people no longer trust the paper.

 

For instance, according to sources at the company's headquarters in Blantyre, the paper is now selling a miserable 12 copies daily in Kasungu and the numbers are also fast dwindling in Lilongwe, a vendor said. Ironically, Kasungu is where the owners of the paper come from. Kasungu and Lilongwe are also said to be the hotbed of MCP.

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