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  • Christine Chumbler
    And not pleasant news at that... Rape victim charged over abortion Police in Malawi have arrested a woman for having an abortion three months after she was
    Message 1 of 2 , Apr 7, 2000
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      And not pleasant news at that...

      Rape victim charged
      over abortion

      Police in Malawi have arrested a woman for
      having an abortion three months after she was
      raped by two burglars at her home.

      If convicted, the thirty-year-old woman faces
      up to five years in prison under laws which
      allow abortion only when the pregnancy
      endangers the mother and only under medical
      supervision.

      The police said another woman would also be
      charged with supplying herbs to the rape
      victim to procure a miscarriage.

      The two rapists are still at large.
    • Christine Chumbler
      [It was a banner news day apparently...] Atupele Awarded K300 Million Contract The Chronicle Newspaper (Lilongwe) June 20, 2004 Posted to the web June 21, 2004
      Message 2 of 2 , Jun 21, 2004
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        [It was a banner news day apparently...]

        Atupele Awarded K300 Million Contract

        The Chronicle Newspaper (Lilongwe)

        June 20, 2004
        Posted to the web June 21, 2004

        Wezie Nyirongo
        Lilongwe

        The official residence, Sanjika Palace which is currently undergoing
        refurbishment is being refurbished by Atupele Muluzi, son of the former
        president, Bakili Muluzi to the tune of K300 million although he is not
        registered with the National Construction and Industrial Council of
        Malawi (NCIC), The Chronicle has established.

        How the tender was awarded to Atupele for such a huge amount of money
        from government coffers still remains a mystery and most contractors who
        have to subscribe to the Council to allow them to operate in this
        category in Lilongwe and Blantyre have protested over the development.


        Recent published reports indicated that the project had drawn K100
        million from government coffers to an undisclosed contractor, but on
        investigation, an impeccable source have confided to The Chronicle that
        the contract was illegally offered to Atupele, a lawyer by profession
        and a new Member of Parliament (MP) for Machinga North East
        constituency.

        Atupele Muluzi, whose construction company is not yet known started the
        project way back, before the May 20 elections and, according to the
        source will take not less than three months to complete.

        The refurbishment of the Palace has however created debate on why
        government is, at this moment in time spending such a large sum of money
        when the incumbent president has indicated that he will move to Lilongwe
        and not occupy the Blantyre palace. President Mutharika announced
        recently that he would not occupy Sanjika Palace as was the case with
        the former two presidents in a bid to cut down expenses and work closer
        to his government's offices in Lilongwe.

        Mutharika has since occupied the State Lodge in Lilongwe but
        occasionally uses Sanjika Palace for government functions when they
        occur in Blantyre.

        Records at the National Construction and Industry Council (NCIC) do not
        indicate a company registered under the name Atupele Muluzi, according
        an official from the council, a Mr. Limwamwe.

        'In our registry we do not have any company registered under Atupele
        Muluzi.

        It could be registered in a different name on his behalf or he maybe is
        not registered with us,' said Limwamwe.

        He said, for a construction company to register with NCIC, the
        contractors are required to fill registration forms indicating two
        referees, indicate their competent technical staff and attach
        certificates of qualification as a contractor and a registration
        certificate as a company.

        'We have forms which contractors fill to register with NCIC and the
        forms require the contractor to mention two referees, the technical
        staff and all the documentation attached of the qualification as well as
        a company registration certificate,' he added.

        Sanjika will now have a new image, donning a predominantly green colour
        from the previous yellow colours. There would also be a complete
        refurbishment of the furniture ranging from chairs, tables and beds,
        including new carpets throughout.

        Another source has told The Chronicle that the Palace is furnished with
        new furniture because the old ones have been transferred to an
        undisclosed location.

        Efforts to draw Atupele for comment on the issue proved futile as his
        phone was switched to his answering machine.

        Atupele Muluzi, first born son to former president Muluzi and his
        former wife, Anne Muluzi came into the limelight early last year when he
        was handpicked by Muluzi to stand as Member of Parliament for his home
        area in Kapoloma, Machinga North East constituency which was formerly
        represented by former Housing Minister Thengo Maloya.

        Reports indicate that Maloya bowed down to former president Bakili
        Muluzi's directive not to stand as a parliamentarian for the area to
        pave the way for his son Atupele who has since won the parliamentary
        seat. Maloya is now serving in a diplomatic missions in the Republic of
        China in Taiwan as the Malawian Ambassador, a move seen as reward for
        complying with his boss' directive. He is replacing Eunice Kazembe who
        has since returned to Malawi to take up the cabinet post of Minister of
        Trade and Private Sector Development.

        *****

        Youth Development Needs Collaborative Efforts - Govt.

        The Chronicle Newspaper (Lilongwe)

        June 20, 2004
        Posted to the web June 21, 2004

        Pilirani Phiri
        Lilongwe

        Government's plans and programmes on the youth in the country need
        continued collaboration with development partners and stakeholders to be
        implemented, Ministry of Youth Sports and Culture has said.

        Speaking recently in Mponela at the official opening of a World Bank
        and Global Environmental Facility (GEF) funded orientation workshop for
        youth in renewable energy project designed to orient youth in the three
        major areas of the project such as renewable energy, irrigation,
        entrepreneurship, the Ministry's Principal Secretary Charles Gunsaru
        said government alone can not go flat out to implement youth programmes
        due to limited resources. "I would like to commend the World Bank and
        GEF for funding this workshop.

        This a positive development and should be promoted at all times. It is
        for this reason that I would like to appeal to the general public to
        work together with government towards this noble mission of developing
        young people," said Gunsaru.

        The Principal Secretary then commended Women Empowerment for Economic
        Development Organization (WEEDO) for organizing the function, saying the
        workshop would impart knowledge and skills to other youth and make young
        people catalysts for social change, economic development and
        technological innovation.

        Speaking at the same function, WEEDO executive director Tawina Jane
        Kopa said empowe-ring the youth is critically important to both the
        youth and the communities in which they live in.

        Kopa said once the youth are marginalized they lose their sense of
        desire to contribute and participate in development, and instead their
        energies can get diverted into destructive and disruptive activities.

        Youth Employment Summit (YES) assistant Country Coordinator Brian Sata,
        speaking in an interview after the function said the workshop would
        also, in one way or another help young people to know how they can
        spearhead irrigation and renewable energy as a source of employment.

        Malawi is a youthful country with 64 percent of its population being
        people below 30 years of age. But despite being in the majority, the
        youth face many challenges including the HIV/AIDS scourge, poverty,
        unemployment and exploitation.

        *****

        Malawi: Concerns Over Attempts to 'Weaken" Opposition

        UN Integrated Regional Information Networks

        June 18, 2004
        Posted to the web June 18, 2004

        Johannesburg

        Malawi's civil society has expressed concern over "efforts to weaken
        alternative, independent voices" in the country.

        The ruling United Democratic Front (UDF) announced a merger with the
        opposition National Democratic Alliance (NDA), one of its fiercest
        critics, on Friday.


        Collins Magalasi, national co-ordinator of a coalition of NGOs, the
        Malawi Economic Justice Network, said he was "quite disappointed and
        frustrated" with the decision by Brown Mpinganjira, the NDA leader, to
        merge.

        "Mpinganjira had fought independently against the UDF for the past five
        years. Now we have no system of checks and balances in politics any more
        - people don't have a political alternative," Magalasi noted. The NDA
        came fourth in the recent general elections.

        A former member of the UDF, Mpinganjira was sacked over alleged
        corruption and founded the NDA in 2001 to campaign against then
        president Bakili Muluzi's attempts to amend the constitution to allow
        him to stand for a third term.

        The NDA joins the Republican Party and the Movement for Genuine
        Democratic Change, who withdrew a legal petition challenging the results
        of the controversial 20 May poll and accepted berths in the new
        government, led by the UDF's Bingu wa Mutharika.

        News agencies quoted Muluzi, who announced the merger, as saying: "The
        idea to merge is meant to enhance unity and love among Malawians, and
        change the focus from politics to national development."

        The UDF's merger with the NDA will give it a simple working majority -
        around 100 seats in the 193-member parliament.

        *****

        Southern Africa: Morris Calls for Increased Effort in Aids Fight

        UN Integrated Regional Information Networks

        June 18, 2004
        Posted to the web June 18, 2004

        Johannesburg

        After visits to Mozambique and Malawi, James Morris, the UN Special
        Envoy for Humanitarian Needs in Southern Africa, has highlighted the
        impact of HIV/AIDS on food security in the region.

        Mozambique's spiralling HIV/AIDS rate needed to be checked before it
        exacted an "irreversible toll" on the country, Morris said on Friday. He
        found it "disturbing that despite all our best efforts, HIV/AIDS
        prevalence rates continue to grow".


        The envoy, who arrived in Mozambique on Wednesday accompanied by
        mission members from eight UN agencies, is reviewing how the UN system
        and the international community can more effectively assist the most
        vulnerable people in battling the effects of the HIV/AIDS pandemic, food
        insecurity, and the weakened capacity of human resources in the region.

        Official figures estimate that the average HIV/AIDS prevalence rate
        among adults in Mozambique is 13.6 percent, with some provincial rates
        rising to nearly 27 percent. Each day 500 new infections are recorded,
        of which 50 percent are people aged 25 or younger, mostly women.

        Morris visited Malawi earlier this week, where he called on authorities
        to focus attention over the year ahead on the needs of children and
        families, particularly orphans and those affected by HIV/AIDS.

        The confluence of chronic poverty, HIV/AIDS and regular disruptions to
        food security caused by erratic weather and policies has plagued Malawi
        for the last few years. The latest UN assessment indicates that up to
        1.3 million Malawians will need food aid in the coming year.

        Morris will also visit Swaziland and Namibia as part of his third
        mission to Southern Africa since 2002. However, a planned visit to
        Zimbabwe was cancelled this week.
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