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  • Paul DEVER
    Sep 1, 2000
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      Actually Papa-Dud...
      Peasant is a legitimate word to describe someone who works the lad. It is
      derived from the French word "paisan", which roughly translates as "one from
      the country <pais>". The similar word is in Italian (Paisano), and Spanish
      (paisan).


      The word may actually have become pejorative, but at one time it was quite
      legitimate, much like other words that are "bad" now, but were perfectly
      okay back inthe olden days.....right, Don and Cathy???


      Actually, take a gander at "Midsummer Night's Dream", by ole Bil, and you
      will see another "bad" word common throughout the play...


      ----Original Message Follows----
      From: "Daniel Dudley" <papadud@...>
      Reply-To: ujeni@egroups.com
      To: ujeni@egroups.com
      Subject: Re: [ujeni] news
      Date: Thu, 31 Aug 2000 20:45:04 MDT

      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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