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A code of conduct for reporting 2019 elections has included a provision whose aim is to regulate opinion polls.

In a draft code of conduct which representatives of the media and other stakeholders are discussing in Lilongwe on Wednesday, one of the issues raised is that opinion polls have to be handled carefully.

The code says media houses should not present random surveys as scientific opinion polls.

It says in reporting opinion polls, the media need to reveal which party, an individual or organisation commissioned and paid for the poll, the purposes of the poll, the identity of the organisaton and its expertise in polling.

During the opening ceremony of the exercise, Malawi Electoral Commission Chairperson Jane Ansah said the electoral body recognizes the important role that the media plays in the electoral process.

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Leader of Government Business in Parliament, Kondwani Nankhumwa has said as government they have no problems or any fears in bringing the electoral reforms bill for debate in the national assembly.

His remarks come on the back of fears expressed by Leader of Opposition in the house Dr Lazarous Chakwera who appeared to question government’s commitment in bringing the bill to parliament when he addressed the house on Monday in response to the opening remarks made by President Peter Mutharika.

In an interview Nankhumwa said it is premature to talk of the bill and very inappropriate to question government’s commitment on the same since matters of bringing bills to parliament follow standard procedures.

“Each and every bill in the house has its own sponsor who is a Minister, now the Minister of Justice who is in this case the sponsor of this bill was not in the chamber today so we will have to wait until he is back in the chamber.

“There was also talk of a cabinet meeting, but even if cabinet met one is not allowed to divulge cabinet business because it is confidential in nature. So even if cabinet met on Thursday and today is Monday it was still impossible for those bills to be reflected on the order paper today,” said Nankhumwa.

 He said it was encouraging that as a house they had agreed on the way forward and he said it was his belief that they are going to live by that until the Minister of Justice comes as a matter of procedure.

“As a leader of government business in the house I will also be anxiously waiting to hear from the Minister of Justice what they are going to bring to the business committee, those are the issues but there are no fears attached to the process,” he explained.

He however, could not be drawn to indicate the particular time he expected the bill to be brought on the floor for debate as he said it was solely the responsibility of the Minister of Justice to set the process in motion.

In his address Chakwera said government is elusive and slippery on the bill and even went further to threaten a boycott of the proceedings if government does not bring the electoral reforms bill to parliament during the current session.

 

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From Moyale Barracks, the first couple visited victims of the Mapanjira military disaster to check on their recovery progress at the Mzuzu Central Hospital where they are receiving treatment.

“I am pleased and relieved to see them show huge signs of recovery and I continue to wish them that they get even much better,” Mutharika told journalists after visiting the patients.

 

On Saturday, one more person died at the hospital bringing the death toll to 23.

During the tour, the President together with the First Lady donated K5million to Moyale women welfare grouping to help in their social work.

“I understand the spouses of our soldiers have a social welfare organisation. The First Lady and I are donating K5million to the welfare fund,” he said.

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TheMalawi Defense Force (MDF) has declared that it is ready to deal with any person or group of people that will cause any form of conflict in the country.

MDF Commander, General Griffin Supuni Phiri made the declaration Monday in Mzuzu when President Arthur Peter Mutharika visited Moyale Barracks.

“As MDF, we are very ready to deal with anyone daring to disturb peace in the country including those who deliberately incite violence in the name of politics.

“We are also ready to work together with other law enforcers to deal with thieves and even those who are doing harm to wildlife and our natural reserves,” he said in an interview with journalists on the sidelines of Mutharika’s visit.

He applauded government for its commitment towards the welfare of soldiers in the country.

General Supuni Phiri said construction of decent houses for the officers and purchase of new vehicles for the force would ease the challenges they encounter in their operations.

“With the help from government, we have purchased 33 vehicles, nine of which are already in the country.

“You will never see army officers operating with old TATAs anymore because the new vehicles will replace the old ones,” he said.

Deputy Minister of Defense, Everton Chimulilenji commended the MDF for providing security in the country.

“As a country, we ought to commend our soldiers for the good work they are doing both at national and international levels.

“We involve our soldiers in a lot of activities such as wildlife protection, emergency relief services and roads construction projects among other national and international duties,” he said.

 

The minister then encouraged the soldiers to continue working with commitment and passion for the benefit of the nation.

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President Peter Mutharika hasreaffirmed his government’s commitment towards improving the welfare of soldiers in the country with a promise to start constructing decent houses for all four law enforcement agencies in the country in January.

Mutharika revived his manifesto promise in Mzuzu on Monday when he toured Moyale Barracks to familiarize himself with the institution as the Commander-in-chief and Minister of Defense.

He said it was now time to construct decent houses for officers at Malawi Defense Force (MDF), Malawi Police Service, Malawi Prison Service and the Immigration Department.

I have seen the houses that our soldiers are living in. They are in bad shape and insufficient. But I am here to tell you, that the housing project for our men and women in the security services, which I announced in our manifesto, is about to start.

In fact, we will launch this project this coming January. So, you will soon have modern houses here at Moyale and in all the other MDF premises, Police, Prisons and Immigration,” he assured.

He added that government was also planning to upgrade Chilumba Barracks Clinic to ease health challenges people at the base and surrounding communities encounter.

In his remarks, MDF Commander, General Griffin Supuni Phiri commended government for its continuous support and pledged to maintain the good standard of work that the force is known for.

He further thanked government for the rehabilitation works on access roads within Moyale Barracks which he said were impassable due to heavy rains.

During the tour, the President together with the First Lady donated K5million to Moyale women welfare grouping to help in their social work.

“I understand the spouses of our soldiers have a social welfare organisation. The First Lady and I are donating K5million to the welfare fund,” he said.

From Moyale Barracks, the first couple visited victims of the Mapanjira military disaster to check on their recovery progress at the Mzuzu Central Hospital where they are receiving treatment.

“I am pleased and relieved to see them show huge signs of recovery and I continue to wish them that they get even much better,” Mutharika told journalists after visiting the patients.

On Saturday, one more person died at the hospital bringing the death toll to 23.

General Supuni Phiri said three soldiers are currently receiving treatment at the hospital while five are receiving specialist treatment at Beit Cure Hospital in Blantyre with others at Mzimba District Hospital.

 

The President who has so far visited Changalume and Cobbe Barracks, which have similar challenges, will also visit Malawi Armed Forces College (MAFCO) in Salima and Marine Department in Monkey Bay, Mangochi District.

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