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  • Daniel Dudley
    Aug 31, 2000
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      25 million to resettle 21,000 "Peasants" (what a rude thing to call people)?
      Sounds a little silly to me. Aren't peasants people who farm the land for
      the king? Would this be Muluzi?


      >From: "Christine Chumbler" <cchumble@...>
      >Reply-To: ujeni@egroups.com
      >To: shelley.milstein@...,ujeni@egroups.com, seanconchar@...
      >Subject: [ujeni] news
      >Date: Thu, 31 Aug 2000 10:19:00 -0400
      >
      >
      >Government Seeks 25 Million Dollars Resettlement
      >
      >Panafrican News Agency
      >August 29, 2000
      >
      >BLANTYRE
      >
      >The Malawi government plans to ask donors to
      >provide 25 million US dollars to purchase land for a resettlement
      >programme to cater for 21,000 landless peasants.
      >
      >Henry Juwa, principal secretary at the lands ministry said Tuesday that at
      >least 14,000 hectares was required for the resettlement programme once
      >a land reform policy becomes law in October.
      >
      >"I am sure we will get the 25 million US dollars from donors," he told
      >PANA.
      >
      >Analysts say Malawi wants to quickly distribute idle land to the landless
      >to
      >avoid the Zimbabwe-style land invasions.
      >
      >Lands Minister Thengo Maloya said the land distribution exercise would
      >begin immediately after Parliament passes the country's land reform
      >policy.
      >
      >About 60 percent of Malawi's 10 million people do not have access to land,
      >and Maloya said the land issue could easily become a "breeding place for
      >violence" if not tactfully handled.
      >
      >The country's best land is concentrated in the tea and coffee growing
      >areas of the south and is still owned by few estates, most of them
      >foreign-owned.
      >
      >Politicians and well-off Malawians also control the better part of alluvial
      >land.
      >
      >*****
      >
      >Opposition Parties Boycott Voter Registration
      >
      >Panafrican News Agency
      >August 29, 2000
      >
      >BLANTYRE
      >
      >The opposition Malawi Congress Party and the
      >Alliance for Democracy have called on potential voters not to register for
      >the forthcoming local government election allegedly because the ruling
      >United Democratic Front has connived with the Electoral Commission to
      >rig the polls.
      >
      >The registration of voters for the 21 November elections started on Monday
      >throughout Malawi.
      >
      >However, MCP's publicity secretary, James Chimera, told PANA in
      >Blantyre Tuesday the opposition was against the registration exercise
      >because the Electoral Commission had not given them enough time to
      >mobilise their machinery to monitor the exercise.
      >
      >He said a letter from the commission last Saturday only informed the MCP
      >the registration would begin two days later on 28 August.
      >
      >"How could we mobilise our monitors for the over 5,000 registration
      >centres at such a short notice?" Chimera wondered.
      >
      >He claimed the opposition knew the Electoral Commission had connived
      >with the UDF to surprise the opposition so as to give an unfair advantage
      >to the ruling party.
      >
      >Chimera also said the opposition was not comfortable with the date for the
      >polls, saying no fair elections can be held this year.
      >
      >"This date is absurd, unrealistic, unworkable and untenable," he said.
      >
      >He said the elections should be held next year, tentatively in April.
      >
      >His AFORD counterpart, Dan Msowoya, also said the commission should
      >call off and reschedule the registration exercise to give the opposition
      >confidence in the exercise.
      >
      >"The commission started the exercise in bad faith," he said.
      >
      >But the Electoral Commission has received the opposition call for another
      >postponement with astonishment.
      >
      >The commission's spokesman, Fergus Lipenga, said it was the opposition
      >that was pushing for the local elections to be held sooner than later.
      >
      >"Now what we are saying here are the polls they have started to
      >back-track." he said.
      >
      >Lipenga, who denied the commission was colluding with the ruling party,
      >said the registration exercise would continue despite the opposition
      >boycott.
      >
      >Malawi has been running without local authorities since the incoming
      >government of President Bakili Muluzi dissolved all local councils in 1994,
      >claiming they were being run by cronies of former President Hastings
      >Kamuzu Banda.
      >
      >Since then, the government repeatedly postponed holding the local polls
      >for lack of funds, until the weekend announcement of 21 November as the
      >date of the polls.
      >
      >According to reports monitored in Blantyre, most registration centres had
      >recorded not more than 20 people on the first day of the exercise.
      >
      >But Lipenga explained that the electoral commission did not expect a lot of
      >people to register because the exercise was only meant for those who
      >missed doing so before last year's general elections and those who have
      >just qualified after they turned 18.
      >
      >*****
      >
      >
      >
      >
      >
      >
      >
      >Editor Suspended for 'Belittling' Muluzi Story
      >
      >Panafrican News Agency
      >August 30, 2000
      >
      >BLANTYRE, Malawi
      >
      >The Editor of the Daily Times, one of Malawi's
      >two dailies, Rankin Nyekanyeka, has been suspended for underplaying
      >President Bakili Muluzi's story.
      >
      >Nyekanyeka's Editor-in-Chief, Mike Kamwendo, suspended him for placing
      >a lead story titled 'Malawi Police To Serve in Kosovo on 25 August',
      >instead
      >of one about the opening of a plastics manufacturing factory by Malawi
      >President Bakili Muluzi.
      >
      >In the suspension letter, Kamwendo said that Nyekanyeka should have
      >used his judgement to know that the Muluzi story was more important than
      >the Kosovo one.
      >
      >But Nyekanyeka says he still believes his choice was professional.
      >
      >"My boss says my choice of the lead for Friday was wrong but I thought
      >our police to serve in Kosovo was of national importance," he told PANA.
      >
      >"For me that was great news for both the government and everybody else
      >since our police service is getting international recognition."
      >
      >Kamwendo refused to shed more light on the issue, saying it is an internal
      >issue.
      >
      >Nyekanyeka's suspension comes three months after the original board
      >running the paper, appointed by the opposition Malawi Congress Party
      >(MCP), was fired to pave way to a government appointed one.
      >
      >Tony Mita, a former Chief Information Officer under the late President
      >Hastings Kamuzu Banda who is now one of the board members, justified
      >Nyekanyeka's suspension, alleging Muluzi's function was to highlight
      >national interests rather than the Kosovo affair.
      >
      >Media organisations have condemned the action, saying it was a move to
      >muzzle free flow of information and editorial independence.
      >
      >The local chapter of Media Institute of Southern Africa or MISA said the
      >move would intimidate journalists at the paper from working freely.
      >
      >
      >

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