- Jul 22, 2004Malawian leader to boot out MPs
Malawi's newly-elected president has ordered parliament to move to a
bombed-out sports complex so he can make it his official residence.
Bingu wa Mutharika said he wanted to move from his Blantyre residence
to the capital, Lilongwe, as part of attempts to streamline government
But the opposition said the decision ran against his promises to cut
Parliament has 300 rooms and its own school and supermarket.
New State House was originally built as a presidential palace at a cost
of $100m by a former president, Hastings Kamuzu Banda, but he only
stayed in the house for 90 days.
Parliament moved into the site in 1995.
"The president needs enough room," said Ken Zikhale Ng'oma the
president's chief of staff.
But Catherine Chisala, spokesperson for the Peoples Progressive
Movement, said they were unimpressed.
"It will be very expensive to renovate the Kamuzi Institute for Sports
into a habitable place and the New State House into a presidential
palace," she said.
The BBC's Raphael Tenthani in Malawi says that President Mutharika's
predecessor, Bakili Muluzi, who was criticised for excessive
over-expenditure, refused to occupy New State House, calling it an
The site of the proposed parliament was bombed by the army when it was
occupied by paramilitaries loyal to President Banda when he lost power
The Malawi Young Pioneers, as they were called, were suspected of
storing their arms in the building.
The sports complex remains in disrepair.
Malawi: Media Involved in Aids Information Dissemination
UN Integrated Regional Information Networks
July 21, 2004
Posted to the web July 21, 2004
Malawi's National AIDS Commission (NAC) and local media houses are
currently discussing how journalists can help implement the country's
national HIV/AIDS policy.
Launched earlier this year by former President Bakili Muluzi, the
policy aims to engage key institutions, like the media, in planning,
coordinating and ensuring common standards in response to the AIDS
Rita Chilolgozi, resident advisor of the policy project, said the main
aim of the NAC was to disseminate the HIV/AIDS policy.
"We need to use the media as a tool to help the people of Malawi
understand the issues. Writing documents that no one sees just isn't
enough. The media must be used as a channel through which to pass on the
message," a local newspaper, The Chronicle, quoted Chilolgozi as
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