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  • Paul Dever
    Reply to: RE [ujeni] Malawi news It is often convenient to note that many problems were noticed shortyl after the elections and installation of Muluzi. Be
    Message 1 of 10 , Apr 12, 2000
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      It is often convenient to note that many "problems" were noticed shortyl
      after the elections and installation of Muluzi.

      Be that as it may, it coincided with the "loss" of power of someone else.
      Maybe all these acts were:
      -publicised in a media which was to that point controlled by the state.
      -those people involve din htese acts had cover under the previous power.
      -etc.

      It is true there was a degradation of society, etc. after the elections,
      but freeedom does not come without its price....

      Good to hear from you ME

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      Date: 4/11/00 8:11 PM
      To: Custodian
      From: ujeni@egroups.com
      The first article insinuates that the rise in "jungle justice" is caused by
      the changes in Malawi politics - specifically the 1994 elections. Yet I
      recall hearing of mob retribution against prisoners (and witnessed a minor
      one myself) when I first arrived in Malawi in 1993. Plus I remember our
      culture teachers telling us specifically never to call someone a thief
      because it could be a death sentence....

      -----Original Message-----
      From: Christine Chumbler [mailto:cchumble@...]
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      Subject: [ujeni] Malawi news


      'Jungle justice' takes hold in Malawi

      As crime spirals in Malawi, police are confronted with mobs
      taking
      justice
      into their own hands.


      HOBBS GAMA reports


      ANGRY mobs have stoned or burned at least 66 suspected
      criminals to
      death as part of a rising wave of "jungle justice" in
      Malawi's major cities
      over the past year, the country's police said on Monday.

      National police spokesman Oliver Soko told journalists in
      Malawi's
      administrative
      capital of Lilongwe that the surge in mob killings appeared to be
      directly linked to
      the country's rising violent crime rate.

      "Jungle justice is spreading as a reaction
      to the crime rate, but burning [criminal
      suspects] to death is itself a criminal
      offence and deserves the severest
      punishment. How can one be a law
      enforcer, judge, jury and executor all in
      one," said Soko.

      Many of the victims appeared to have been caught stealing or
      committing other
      crimes red-handed, but Soko said some victims had been pointed
      out
      as suspects
      by neighbours without any proof they were in fact criminals.

      "Innocent people could be killed when the public takes the law
      into their own
      hands or opts for instant justice. Mobs should rather simply
      detain suspects and
      hand them over to the police, so they can be charged and the
      proper processes
      followed," he said.

      Soko called for government and human rights organisations to
      launch an urgent
      civic education programme to counter 'jungle justice'.

      The first formally recorded incident of jungle justice occurred
      in
      Malawi's largest
      city, Blantyre, five years ago when a suspected thief was doused
      in paraffin and
      torched by a mob in the Mbayani squatter camp.

      Political commentators point out that both the country's crime
      wave and 'jungle
      justice' only started after the country's first multi-party
      democratic elections in
      1994 after 30-years of dictatorship under Life President Hastings
      Banda.

      Soko added that the country's increasingly overcrowded prisons
      and
      a growing
      shortage of magistrates was forcing law enforcement authorities
      to
      release
      convicted criminals before they were fully rehabilitated and
      before they had
      served their full sentences.

      *****

      Speaker Threatens to Punish Defaulting Legislators

      Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) (Panafrican News Agency, April 10, 2000) -
      Malawi's speaker of parliament, Sam Mpasu, is considering punitive measures
      against 18 legislators who failed to declare their assets by the deadline
      of
      31
      December, 1999.

      An aide to the speaker, Anthony Livuza, said among the defaulters were
      influential lawmakers from the ruling United Democratic Front party and the
      opposition Alliance for Democracy and Malawi Congress Party.

      Notable among the defaulters are the alliance leader, Chakufwa Chihana, the
      deputy speaker, Peter Kaleso, and the ministers of tourism, George Ntafu,
      and
      of labour, Peter Chupa.

      Livuza said the speaker is still considering what punishment to give to the
      defaulting members, including suspending their voting rights. In an extreme
      scenario, the speaker can even bar the truant members from entering the
      parliamentary building.

      Mpasu said the declaration of assets clause in the Constitution was
      included
      to
      check corruption, adding that it was disappointing that members, who enact
      rules for others, should themselves fail to live by example.

      The speaker warned to publish the defaulters names in the media to shame
      them.

      Meanwhile, in the run-up to the publication of the names, some the
      defaulting
      members called the Speaker's office to make sure their names do not appear
      in
      the list. But Mpasu insisted he would make them public as long as their
      declaration forms have not reached his office.

      While most people are welcoming the speaker's high-handedness on the issue,
      some lawyers say the law on declaration of assets is itself weak.

      Viva Nyimba, a leading Blantyre civil rights lawyer, said the law does not
      give
      specific penalties and lacks safeguards to ensure that the assets declared
      are
      really genuine.

      Some lawyers also argue that perhaps some legislators have failed to
      declare
      their assets simply because "they have nothing to declare...in which case
      they
      should be declared bankrupt and therefore lose their seats."

      *****

      AIDS: Rising Infection Rate Worries Prison Authorities

      Blantyre (All Africa News Agency, April 10, 2000) - The first study of its
      kind
      in Africa initiated by the Penal Reform International PRI in 1998 to
      critically
      analyse the HIV/AIDS situation in Malawi's prisons has revealed that the
      spread
      of the epidemic has reached dangerous proportions in the country's
      gallows.

      The findings of the study, which was initiated after the 1998 conference on
      HIV/AIDS in African prisons held in Dakar, Senegal, are published in a
      report
      called HIV/AIDS In Malawi Prisons.

      The report says that over 50 prisoners die everyday in the country's
      prisons. Of
      the 8,400 cases treated at Zomba Central Prison Clinic during 1997, 25
      percent
      were infected. The same year, 40 percent of the 167 deaths were due to the
      AIDS epidemic.

      The study which targeted all those involved in the prison system who
      include
      prison officials, prisoners, pastors and relatives of prisoners looked at
      how HIV
      is transmitted within the prison and how infected prisoners are cared for.

      According to the report, the research which was carried out at the three of
      the
      largest prisons namely Zomba Central Prison, with 2,500 prisoners, Chichiri
      in
      Blantyre with 1,400 prisoners and Maula in Lilongwe with 1,200 inmates. The
      report observes that most prisoners are infected during their
      incarceration.
      Such
      infections mostly arise from homosexual liaisons, the report says.

      One of the problems crippling the administration of the prison system in
      the
      country is the continued overcrowding of prisoners which has given
      encouraged
      homosexuality. Over 7,000 people are said to be arrested and thrown into
      the
      country's prisons everyday.

      Adamson Muula, a member of the Prison Reform Committee, says various
      countries are minimising imprisonment of first young offenders and
      maximising
      non-custodial sentencing. They are also separating old convicts from the
      young.

      Emmie Chanika, the Executive Director of the Civil Liberties Committee
      CILIC,
      a human rights watchdog which has been championing prisoners' rights says
      the
      government should act on the revelations.

      " All efforts should be applied to rectify this problem in the prisons. If
      this is not
      done, the prisons will continue to be 'killing chambers', " she says.

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    • Paul Dever
      Reply to: RE [ujeni] Malawi news uh, they need $800 million....to mine how much in proven deposits` Can I sit in on the deciding panel...?? ... Date:
      Message 2 of 10 , Apr 18, 2000
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        uh, they need $800 million....to mine how much in "proven deposits`"

        Can I sit in on the deciding panel...??

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        Date: 4/18/00 3:35 PM
        To: Custodian
        From: ujeni@egroups.com
        ENCLOSURE: A file arrived with this message. It is enclosed in the next
        message with this subject.

        I've been out for a few days (extra day off for the IMF protests, darn).
        Here's the backlog...

        Malawi Gears Up For US$800m Mining Revolution

        African Eye News Service (South Africa)
        April 17, 2000
        by Hobbs Gama

        Blantyre (Malawi) - Malawi needs at least
        US$800 million to exploit its 'virgin'
        mineral reserves and kickstart a mineral
        revolution that could transform the small
        central African democracy's economy.

        A high-power trade delegation spearheaded by
        Malawi's Export Promotion Council
        (MEPC) is scheduled to visit South Africa and
        Namibia early next month to scout
        for development partners for untapped gold,
        diamonds, copper and bauxite
        reserves.

        MEPC marketing manager Doze Perekezani said on
        Thursday the country needed
        at least US$800 million to create the necessary
        infrastructure to exploit known
        mineral deposits.

        The deposits were not developed before because
        of Malawi's under-developed
        electricity generation sector. The proposed
        mines would require large power
        supplies to operate efficiently and cost
        effectively.

        MEPC believes Eskom's expansion of its Southern
        African Development
        Community (SADC) power grid, as well as
        upgrades at the nearby Cahora Bassa
        Hydroelectric Dam in Mozambique will solve the
        power supply problem.

        "We have already got commitments from a number
        of major South African mining
        companies to explore the possibilities and want
        to look around to see what our
        other choices are," said Perekezani.

        He added that the trade delegation would also
        try to reassure South Africa that
        Malawi was cracking down on textile producers
        who abused a 25% 'local content'
        duty free quota in a 10-year-old bi-national
        preferential trade agreement.

        The textile companies apparently imported cheap
        textiles and clothes from Far
        Eastern countries and simply relabelled them
        "made in Malawi", avoiding import
        duties and other surcharges and undermined
        South Africa's own textile industry.

        Perekezani said the crackdown had already
        resulted in the closure of a number of
        major Malawi textile companies and the
        dismissal of 700 factory staff.

        "It has been painful but necessary to save the
        agreement. There would be a far
        greater impact if the agreement was scrapped
        all together," said Perekezani.

        He confirmed that government trade and industry
        officials from both countries were
        already conducting negotiations aimed at
        shoring up the agreement, and said the
        trade delegation to South Africa would attempt
        to bolster Malawi's presentations.

        MEPC statistics indicate a 7:2 trade imbalance
        in South Africa's favour with
        Malawi. The mining initiative, which will be
        officially showcased at an international
        mining exhibition in August, is expected to
        help redress the imbalance.

        The initiatives come in the wake of growing
        economic woes in Malawi as its major
        foreign exchange earner, tobacco, comes under
        threat by the international
        anti-smoking lobby underwritten by the World
        Health Organisation.

        Tobacco currently accounts for 75% of Malawi's
        foreign exchange and 35% of the
        country's gross domestic product.

        "Malawi has to find alternatives and also needs
        to diversify its agro-based
        economy," said Perekezani.

        *****

        Malawi Government To Repossess Idle Estate Land

        Panafrican News Agency
        April 13, 2000

        BLANTYRE, Malawi (PANA) - The Malawi government
        is planning to discuss with
        big land owners to repossess part of their
        unused 1,482,102 hectares of land
        across the country, following recommendations
        from a presidential commission on
        land reform policy.

        The commission says in its report that huge
        tracts of land, most of it on long term
        lease, is lying idle while a lot of people lack
        enough land for even subsistence
        farming.

        The commission recommends that this idle leased
        land and freehold land should
        be restored to customary status so that
        traditional chiefs should apportion it to the
        landless.

        Land Minister Thengo Maloya said government was
        devising plans to convince the
        landowners to give up the land for the
        redistribution exercise.

        Meanwhile, a policy document is being devised
        to determine how the land should
        be apportioned.

        ******

        Inquest On Murder Of Malawi Army Commander
        Begins

        Panafrican News Agency
        April 14, 2000

        Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - An inquest opened in
        Blantyre Friday to determine
        whether the murder of Malawi's army commander,
        Gen. Manken Chigawa, was
        politically motivated.

        Chigawa was killed 18 April 1995 as he bought
        vegetables at roadside market in
        the central district of Ntcheu, in suspicious
        circumstances.

        Two men had accosted and shot the general who
        was travelling in a Mercedez
        Benz without bodyguards.

        The two heaved him off the car and tried to
        make away with the car. But the car
        was too sophisticated for them and they failed
        to drive it. They abandoned it and
        had started running from the scene when one of
        them was beaten to death by
        vendors. His accomplice was caught by police
        but jumped to his death in a moving
        police van.

        Family members believe the general's death was
        a political assassination.

        But ombudsman Enock Chibwana told the inquest,
        requested by the family, that
        he believed the general died at the hands of
        common criminals who wanted to
        steal his car.

        His said, for instance, the gun used was
        Russian-made but the Malawi army does
        not use arms from Russia. But the family
        lawyer, Maxon Mbendera, told the
        inquest there was more to the death than meets
        the eye. He, however, requested
        more time to do his summation.

        The presiding magistrate, Frank Kapanda,
        adjourned the inquest until 8 June.


        *****

        Malawi First Female Soldiers End Military Training

        Panafrican News Agency
        April 14, 2000
        by Raphael Tenthani

        Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - Fifty-nine soldiers
        out of the 68 females recruited into
        the Malawi armed forces have successfully
        completed their gruelling eight- month
        military training at the Armed Forces College
        in the central lakeshore district of
        Salima.

        Lt. Col. McLlyod Chidzalo, the army spokesman,
        Friday said the public notice
        months ago calling for women interested to
        pursue a career in the military received
        an enthusiastic response.

        Over 2,000 women responded out of whom only 200
        were shortlisted for interviews.

        "We identified the 68 recruits but five dropped
        out for various reasons," he told
        PANA.

        Chidzalo said that of the 63 who continued with
        the training, four were weaned out
        because they could not cope with the rigorous
        training. He added that the army
        was proud of the 59, saying that despite the
        gruelling regime of military training,
        they showed unequalled dedication.

        Contrary to concerns expressed by women
        activists, he added, the female recruits
        went through the complete paces of military
        training, including combat,
        successfully.

        All the 59 soldiers, he stated, now know how to
        shoot, are articulate in
        self-defence tactics, and are drilled in
        military intelligence.

        "They are complete soldiers," he added.

        Chidzalo, however, said although the first
        batch of recruits have completed the
        course successfully, it is not guaranteed that
        in the next batch of 500 new recruits,
        the army intended to recruit, there will be
        women among them.

        He pointed out that logistically, the Malawi
        army is still not ready for women. For
        instance, special dormitories at the main
        Kamuzu Barracks in Lilongwe, are yet to
        be completed.

        He, however, added that this was a policy issue
        for politicians to decide.

        A defence ministry official, Martin Chimowa,
        said if the dormitories are not ready
        by the end of the year, the soldiers will
        temporarily be housed at the lakeside
        college.


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      • Paul Dever
        Reply to: RE [ujeni] Malawi news It s true!! Just ask Steve Berry about the run-in we had with a croc...who had the gall to pass us up for something further
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          It's true!!

          Just ask Steve Berry about the run-in we had with a croc...who had the
          gall to pass us up for something further down the coast of Likoma...

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          Date: 5/8/00 2:34 PM
          To: Custodian
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          MALAWI'S Multiplying Crocodiles Increase Attacks

          Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) (Panafrican News Agency, May 5, 2000) - A
          woman is still battling for her life in hospital in the central lakeshore
          district of
          Nkhota Kota after being attacked by a marauding crocodile while fetching
          for
          water in Lake Malawi.

          John Mlenga, an information officer in the district, said Friday this
          incident is just
          the latest in a series of unprecedented crocodile attacks in the area.

          "She went to the beach to collect water on Wednesday morning when she was
          attacked," he told PANA.

          Mlenga said when passers-by rescued her, her arm was severely savaged by
          the
          creature. There has been an unprecedented increase in crocodile attacks
          lately
          around the lake, with eight attacks in April alone.

          People in the area suspected the increase in the number of crocodiles has
          come
          about because of a change in management of a sugar company in the
          district.

          The Dwangwa Sugar Corporation used to rear crocodiles on its farm but when
          the company was sold to Illovo Sugar Group a few years ago, the new
          management decided to stop the crocodile farming.

          Illovo's acting human resources manager, Dickens Chaula, said the former
          management used to rear crocodiles for food and export.

          "Crocodile meat was a delicacy among both the expatriate and local
          communities," he added. A crocodile's tail meat was a must dish for the
          expatriates and hides were exported by the old management.

          But Chaula said when the new management took over, it decided to stick to
          its
          main line of sugar production.

          The crocodiles were sold to a Zimbabwean farm. Although the Zimbabwean
          farm is yet to collect them, no crocodile has been released into the lake.

          Khaled Hassan, a renowned crocodile hunter, said this seemed to be a good
          year for crocodile breeding. He noted that the boom in crocodile population
          could only be checked if government allowed the culling of crocodiles from
          200
          to 800 a year.

          Malawi is tied to a protocol it signed with the International Committee
          for the
          Protection of Endangered Species, which classified crocodiles among
          endangered species.

          It therefore limits the culling of crocodiles to 200 a year.

          Crocodiles, according to Hassen, are killing two people daily in southern
          Malawi
          which is dominated by the country's biggest and crocodile-infested Shire
          River.

          He said the animals prey on humans when they venture out of the water in
          search
          for food since they are too many for the little food they have under
          water.

          Environmental Affairs Minister Harry Thomson, the member of Parliament for
          Chikwawa district, one of the affected districts in southern Malawi, said
          government would try to convince CITES that the crocodiles in Malawi was
          not
          among the endangered species.

          The government would not allow the lives of its citizens to be endangered,
          he
          added.


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        • Paul Dever
          Reply to: RE [ujeni] Malawi news Hmmm. I remember putting THAT news in a Lilongwe Briefs in 1995...News sure is slow... ... Date: 5/18/00 2:47 PM To:
          Message 4 of 10 , May 18 8:11 AM
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            Hmmm. I remember putting THAT news in a Lilongwe Briefs in 1995...News
            sure is slow...

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            Date: 5/18/00 2:47 PM
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            Malawi Has Highest Death Rate on Roads

            Blantyre (Malawi) (African Eye News Service, May 17, 2000) - Malawi's road
            accident rate is the highest in the world at 228 deaths per 10 000
            vehicles,
            African Eye News Service (South Africa) reports.

            This is according to a Road Safety Study conducted over five years in 19
            countries. The study was conducted by between 1990 and 1995 De Leuw
            Cather International, which has just released its final report on the
            study.

            It found that six African countries are in the top 10 list of nations with
            high
            accident rates. The United Kindgom has the lowest road deaths at 1.4 deaths
            for every 10 000 vehicles.

            In 1998, about 1 000 people died in 7 100 reported accidents in Malawi,
            says
            the National Road Safety Council of Malawi.

            Blame has been placed on speeding, as well as unroadworthy and unlicensed
            vehicles. Malawi is also said to have the worst roads in the Southern
            African
            Development Community because of years of no maintenance.

            *****

            Court Acquits German, Blames Police for Highhandedness

            Lilongwe, Malawi (PANA) (Panafrican News Agency, May 17, 2000) -
            Lilongwe Principal Resident Magistrate Harold Chafuwa Wednesday found a
            German research student not guilty in a case of inciting Monday's
            demonstration
            against policies of the World Bank and the IMF.

            The man, identified only as Anders was the only one arrested in the melee
            that
            followed the otherwise peaceful demonstration where trade unions and civil
            rights NGOs organised a protest against World Bank and IMF policies that
            they
            said impacted negatively on Malawians.

            But the police fired teargas canisters to disperse the demonstrators,
            branding the
            protest march an unlawful assembly.

            The German, who arrived in Malawi to conduct research on how Structural
            Adjustment Programmes affected the poor, was cornered by the anti-riot
            police
            who accused him of encouraging the protest. He had his tape-recorder and
            passport confiscated and whisked him away to a police station.

            The German embassy intervened and secured bail for him on the same day. But
            Anders, during the short trial, declared his innocence, saying he was not
            part of
            the demonstration and was only curious since the march was about structural
            adjustment policies. He told the court his research was supposed to form a
            basis
            for his doctorate thesis.

            Chafuwa agreed with the German, wondering why the police picked only on
            him, leaving the others free. He ruled that the police had failed to prove
            any case
            to convict Anders. He therefore found him not guilty and acquitted him of
            the
            charges.

            "Malawi has a constitution that guarantees freedom of assembly," Chafuwa
            said.

            Anders later told PANA outside the court that his short incarceration had
            affected his research. He said he was supposed to write a report to his
            supervisor at the University of Malawi. He, however, said he was glad that
            Malawi has a justice system that could be trusted.

            "I was only a bystander. It beats me why they picked on me," he said.

            The case of Anders has embarrassed the Malawi government, which Tuesday
            took an unprecedented face- saving move to condemn the police action.

            Finance Minister Matthews Chikaonda told journalists at a press conference
            he
            held together with World Bank director for Angola, Zimbabwe and Malawi,
            Barbara Kafka, that the government regretted the police action.

            "We, as a government, uphold human rights. The police action was
            regrettable,"
            he said.

            The arrest of the German, and the over-reaction of Malawi's highly
            politicised
            police towards the marchers, enlisted world-wide protests from human rights
            organisations.

            A source told PANA President Bakili Muluzi, a former Malawi Congress Party
            secretary-general at a time when the police behaved like it was above the
            law,
            has been inundated with messages over the incident.

            Observers have noted that, in spite of a British- aided reform programme,
            the
            Malawi police has yet to be de-politicised and anything like a peaceful
            protest is
            not taken kindly by its handlers.

            *****

            Malawi Urged to Cut Expenditure and Fight Inflation

            Blantyre (Malawi) (African Eye News Service, May 17, 2000) - The
            International Monetary Fund (IMF) urged Malawi on Wednesday to fight the
            country's spiralling 30% inflation rate and its crippling US$2.3 billion
            external
            debt.

            The IMF suggested that Malawi's government cut expenditure by halting
            subsidies to its free farm input scheme, maize price and fuel levies.

            The suggestions were made at a three-day Consultative Group (CG) meeting in
            Lilongwe, which was attended by 17 international lending institutions and
            creditor nations. The IMF said Malawi's inflation had to be cut by at
            least 10%
            by the end of 2001 and that its real GDP growth be raised to 5% this year.

            Malawi's current fiscal deficit is 3% of the Gross Domestic Product and
            should
            be brought down to 1.4% in the 2000/1 budget, the IMF said.

            The country's current account deficit, including grants is projected to
            rise from
            5.5% of the GDP in 2000 to 6.4% in 2001, and 7% in 2002, according to IMF.

            "Because of weak control procedures and budgetary resources, government
            expenditure has risen sharply," said IMF Malawi head of mission, Thomas
            Gibson.

            Malawi's finance minister, Mathews Chikaonda, blamed the government's heavy
            borrowing on unpredictable donor inflows.

            Depending on the outcome of the meeting, which ended on Wednesday, Malawi
            is to be considered for debt relief as part of the IMF/World Bank's list
            of Highly
            Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC).

            Follow-up discussions on debt relief will take place in Washington DC in
            June.

            Japan, Malawi's single biggest donor, opposed giving loans as a means of
            debt
            relief and suggested that indebted countries rather be given more
            financial grants
            until their economies recovered.

            Japan promised to continue to assist Malawi even it was included in the
            HIPC.

            *****

            Court To Make Ruling On Election Fraud Case Friday

            Panafrican News Agency
            May 17, 2000

            Lilongwe, Malawi (PANA) - The long-awaited
            judgement in a case in which the
            opposition in Malawi is disputing President
            Bakili Muluzi's victory in the June 1999
            election will be delivered in the Lilongwe High
            Court Friday.

            Charles Mkandawire, the registrar of the court,
            said the presiding judge, Justice
            Isaac Mtambo, has finished preparing his
            judgement.

            "The judge told me this (Wednesday) morning to
            inform concerned parties that
            judgement is Friday," he told PANA.

            Mkandawire said that owing to the political
            sensitivity of the case, security would
            be tightened to avoid ugly scenes.

            The opposition, led by presidential hopeful
            Gwanda Chakuamba, dragged Muluzi
            and the Electoral Commission to court, accusing
            the latter of fraudulently declaring
            Muluzi winner in the closely-run contest.

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          • Rand Wise
            A child dies of malaria every second in Africa, according to statistics from Malawi s Malaria Control Programme. That s 31 million African children per year.
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              "A child dies of malaria every second in Africa, according to statistics
              from Malawi's Malaria Control Programme."

              That's 31 million African children per year. Surely this can't be right.
              Figures I've seen say about 1 to 2 million people (of all ages worldwide)
              die from malaria annually.

              Not to diminish how devastating it is.
            • Paul DEVER
              Probably a child dies in Africa every second, but to get more money you inflate the figures.... Actually statistically, that would mean a negative Population
              Message 6 of 10 , Jun 15, 2000
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                Probably a child dies in Africa every second, but to get more money you
                inflate the figures.... Actually statistically, that would mean a negative
                Population Growth, so we can put Chishango out of business...

                The cynic in me sees this as a ploy to get more money for conferences,
                sitting fees, etec... Good thing I left Africa, huh...


                ----Original Message Follows----
                From: Rand Wise <wiserd@...>
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                Subject: Re: [ujeni] Malawi news
                Date: Thu, 15 Jun 2000 10:59:03 -0400

                "A child dies of malaria every second in Africa, according to statistics
                from Malawi's Malaria Control Programme."

                That's 31 million African children per year. Surely this can't be right.
                Figures I've seen say about 1 to 2 million people (of all ages worldwide)
                die from malaria annually.

                Not to diminish how devastating it is.



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              • Paul DEVER
                I am glad to see that the courts are taking hold of very important activites such as deciding how long one s hair can be, as opposed to...say....drinking water
                Message 7 of 10 , Jun 26, 2000
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                  I am glad to see that the courts are taking hold of very important activites
                  such as deciding how long one's hair can be, as opposed to...say....drinking
                  water for every one...less dependency on one cash crop (no, I won't be
                  hypocritical and spout off about the evils of tobacco)...and other pressing
                  social issues...

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                • Daniel Dudley
                  I thought that the second article was very beautifully written. Why wasn t this guy at any of the Bottle Stores that I consumed Carlsberg at? Dan ...
                  Message 8 of 10 , Jul 11, 2000
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                    I thought that the second article was very beautifully written. Why wasn't
                    this guy at any of the Bottle Stores that I consumed Carlsberg at?
                    Dan

                    >From: "Christine Chumbler" <cchumble@...>
                    >Reply-To: ujeni@egroups.com
                    >To: ujeni@egroups.com, seanconchar@...
                    >Subject: [ujeni] Malawi news
                    >Date: Tue, 11 Jul 2000 13:29:39 -0400
                    >
                    >Journalist threatened, film confiscated
                    >
                    > The Media Institute of Southern Africa
                    > July 10, 2000
                    >
                    > Windhoek - On Thursday July 6, journalist
                    >Pushpa Jamieson was threatened by
                    > about five heavily armed Police Mobile Force
                    >(PMF) members while covering the
                    > aftermath of Malawi's 36th independence
                    >anniversary at the Civil Service Stadium
                    > in Lilongwe.
                    >
                    > Jamieson had photographed the aftermath of
                    >clashes between riot police and
                    > hundreds of people who could not be
                    >accommodated in the stadium when she was
                    > accosted by the PMF members. While training
                    >their guns on her, they confiscated
                    > her camera and threatened to shoot her if she
                    >resisted. They claimed she was not
                    > allowed to take pictures of riots, but Jamieson
                    >had only photographed the debris in
                    > the main road and not the actual riots.
                    >
                    > After the incident Jamieson returned to the
                    >"Chronicle" offices, where she reported
                    > the matter to her colleagues. A while later,
                    >the same policemen who had
                    > confiscated her camera stopped near the paper's
                    >office, prompting newspaper staff
                    > to approach them about the camera. One of the
                    >officers then used a wooden baton
                    > to beat journalist Don Kulapani, while other
                    >officers threatened to arrest the other
                    > journalists. Kulapani was saved from serious
                    >injury by the intervention of other
                    > staff. A short while later about twenty other
                    >officers arrived on the scene and
                    > threatened to shoot the journalists if they did
                    >not leave the place.
                    >
                    > "Who do you think you are? We are doing our
                    >job. You can go and sue if you
                    > want. We are PMF, so watch yourself," one of
                    >the policemen were quoted as
                    > saying.
                    >
                    > Later that same day, Jamieson's camera was
                    >returned to her, but without the film.
                    >
                    >*****
                    >
                    >Africa is not a basket case
                    >
                    > Why does the Western media goes out of its way to trash the
                    >image of the
                    > African continent?
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    > JOHN MATSHIKIZA asks
                    >
                    >
                    > To paraphrase from a character in one of Toni Morrison's
                    >great novels:
                    > "The trouble with these people is that they just don't
                    >know when to stop."
                    >
                    > OK, I admit it, I'm still smarting. Sitting in the centre of
                    >the African continent,
                    > staring out at its myriad wonders, I find myself still
                    >smouldering like the
                    > magnificently mysterious Mount Cameroon, ready to explode. For
                    >why?
                    >
                    > A recent edition of The Economist magazine led with a cover
                    >story entitled
                    > "Hopeless Africa". It was another example of the Western media
                    >going out of its
                    > way to trash the image of the continent, to seek to sustain the
                    >notion that Africa
                    > will remain the basket case that it has always been in the
                    >Western imagination.
                    >
                    > Yes, there is hideous civil war raging in Sierra Leone; the
                    >Democratic Republic of
                    > Congo remains an intractable mire of war, political intrigue
                    >and financial
                    > corruption; Ethiopia and Eritrea are involved in a mortal
                    >combat of twin brothers;
                    > Aids casts its lethal and unexplainable shadow from north to
                    >south; illiteracy is
                    > growing, children face a bleak future.
                    >
                    > And yet, this is not the only story out of Africa. There are
                    >other, equally important
                    > stories, stories that are seldom told, about the sheer
                    >exuberance and variety of the
                    > place. How can there be one image of Africa?
                    >
                    > And yet, in spite of the schoolyard chant that says "Sticks and
                    >stones may break
                    > my bones, but names can never hurt me", a bad image, when
                    >carefully placed, is
                    > hard to shake off. Thus readers of The Economist, sitting
                    >thousands of miles away
                    > from the continent in question, would have swallowed the whole
                    >thing, hook line
                    > and sinker, when that noble rag made so bold as to say:
                    >
                    > "Africa was weak before the Europeans touched its coasts.
                    >Nature is not kind to
                    > it. This may be the birthplace of mankind, but it is hardly
                    >surprising that humans
                    > sought other continents to live in ..."
                    >
                    > Three quick lies in three quick
                    > sentences. But their message hits home,
                    > nevertheless. Potential foreign investors
                    > are told what they want to hear, and
                    > decide on the basis of nothing more than hearsay to stay away.
                    >
                    > A chain reaction follows. Continually destabilised
                    >economically, Africa finds it
                    > hard to stabilise politically. Huge numbers of its
                    >best-qualified citizens choose to
                    > join the brain-and-body drain and leave "hopeless Africa"
                    >forever - joining the
                    > rest of those (supposedly "sensible") "humans [who] sought
                    >other continents to
                    > live on". The lie becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.
                    >
                    > But what does one actually perceive on the ground?
                    >
                    > Take the Congo. On the surface, and all too terribly, a basket
                    >case living through
                    > an endless and meaningless series of civil wars, with no
                    >infrastructure worth
                    > speaking of 40 years after independence from the Belgians, and
                    >so on. And yet,
                    > people are living there. The land is wide, rich and fertile.
                    >The marketplace culture
                    > is alive and kicking. If the ordinary people were allowed to
                    >live in peace, they
                    > would be able to demonstrate their political sophistication and
                    >their ability to uplift
                    > and govern themselves.
                    >
                    > Far from The Economist's view that "nature is not kind to it",
                    >the Congo is
                    > testimony to the fact that Africa's natural riches are part of
                    >its fatal problem.
                    > Everyone greedily wants a share.
                    >
                    > Far from all intelligent life forms choosing to leave it
                    >(although there are hundreds
                    > of thousands of refugees and political and economic exiles),
                    >Africa, on the
                    > contrary, as well as being abundantly populated in the most
                    >fertile of its regions, is
                    > also still being endlessly invaded from other continents. This
                    >invasion - from
                    > Britain, from Lithuania, from the Americas, from China, from
                    >Israel, from New
                    > Zealand or wherever else there is a class of buccaneer
                    >missionaries to sample
                    > from - comes, as it has always come, for the twin purposes of
                    >rape and pillage.
                    > Cobalt, wood, gold, aluminium, copper, oil, rubber, platinum,
                    >diamonds - you
                    > name it, Africa's got it, and someone else wants it. Wildlife
                    >(both for viewing and
                    > hunting) exists in unparalleled abundance. And then there is
                    >the endless variety of
                    > its people, with their incomprehensible, fascinating, age-old,
                    >yet adaptable,
                    > cultures. Africa is still, in Western eyes, and in spite of all
                    >the deliberate
                    > disinformation, "God's own country".
                    >
                    > "Hopeless Africa" is rather an image of hopelessly passionate
                    >romance. If Africa
                    > was really a hopeless case, if it was really nothing more than
                    >Heart of Darkness
                    > and "The White Man's Grave", would there still be so many of
                    >the latter species,
                    > in all shapes and genders, moving so tenaciously through its
                    >heartland? From King
                    > Solomon's Mines to The Snows of Kilimanjaro, from Out of
                    >Africa, the film
                    > Chocolat, and whatever is coming out next, the West's romance
                    >with Africa is a
                    > gripping and eternal part of its secret personality. And like a
                    >secret lover, it has to
                    > be denounced to its very face to keep the secret safe.
                    >
                    > What else does one perceive from down here on the ground?
                    >
                    > That Africa is not an entity divorced from the history of the
                    >rest of the world. Nor
                    > is it remote from any aspect of what the world is today. Not
                    >only is the African
                    > image deeply embedded in many of the accepted symbols of world
                    >culture: vast
                    > arrays of the cultures of the world are part of the African
                    >image - while not
                    > contradicting the existence of a distinct African identity.
                    >
                    > Africa, like the rest of the world, is capable of being both
                    >ancient and modern at
                    > the same time.
                    >
                    > Africa is like the rest of the world. Except that it is Africa.
                    >
                    > We must not avoid being critical of our own continent. But we
                    >must also try to
                    > keep a clear eye on what the continent is really like, and be
                    >clear that it is not, by
                    > a long stretch of the imagination, a hopeless case.
                    >
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                  • Vyrle Owens
                    12 July 2000 Dear Christine, Thank you for the article, Africa is not a Basket Case. People hear so much of the negative (poverty, war, famine, HIV/AIDS,
                    Message 9 of 10 , Jul 12, 2000
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                      12 July 2000

                      Dear Christine,

                      Thank you for the article, "Africa is not a Basket Case."

                      People hear so much of the "negative" (poverty, war, famine, HIV/AIDS,
                      deforestation, mineral depletion, civil disorder, etc. etc. etc.) that it
                      is almost impossible to get them to actually hear something positive about
                      Africa.

                      Actually, I don't think people believe me (even people who know me well and
                      trust me) when I describe the very positive 6 year's experience I had in
                      Southern Africa. Sure there were problems, challenges, and not a few
                      heartbreaking incidents. But there were also many delightful times, "a-ha
                      moments," and heartwarming relationships to remember.

                      It was a great place to experience 6 years of the sorrows and joys of life.
                      What more can I say? Focusing on either the negative and tragic, or the
                      natural beauty and human tenacity will fail to give a balanced picture. I
                      just wonder why the "west" clings to its "negative" image so tightly, not
                      only of Africa, but also of India and other places filled with large
                      numbers of struggling people who aren't exactly white.

                      Thanks for keeping the news on/in the ujeni. It is about the only material
                      about Africa I get these days.

                      Also thanks to Elizabeth Bell for the HIV/AIDS updates.

                      Vyrle

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                      > From: Christine Chumbler <cchumble@...>
                      > To: ujeni@egroups.com; seanconchar@...
                      > Subject: [ujeni] Malawi news
                      > Date: Tuesday, 11 July, 2000 10:29 AM
                      >
                      > Journalist threatened, film confiscated
                      >
                      > The Media Institute of Southern Africa
                      > July 10, 2000
                      >
                      > Windhoek - On Thursday July 6, journalist
                      Pushpa Jamieson was threatened by
                      > about five heavily armed Police Mobile Force
                      (PMF) members while covering the
                      > aftermath of Malawi's 36th independence
                      anniversary at the Civil Service Stadium
                      > in Lilongwe.
                      >
                      > Jamieson had photographed the aftermath of
                      clashes between riot police and
                      > hundreds of people who could not be
                      accommodated in the stadium when she was
                      > accosted by the PMF members. While training
                      their guns on her, they confiscated
                      > her camera and threatened to shoot her if she
                      resisted. They claimed she was not
                      > allowed to take pictures of riots, but
                      Jamieson had only photographed the debris in
                      > the main road and not the actual riots.
                      >
                      > After the incident Jamieson returned to the
                      "Chronicle" offices, where she reported
                      > the matter to her colleagues. A while later,
                      the same policemen who had
                      > confiscated her camera stopped near the
                      paper's office, prompting newspaper staff
                      > to approach them about the camera. One of the
                      officers then used a wooden baton
                      > to beat journalist Don Kulapani, while other
                      officers threatened to arrest the other
                      > journalists. Kulapani was saved from serious
                      injury by the intervention of other
                      > staff. A short while later about twenty other
                      officers arrived on the scene and
                      > threatened to shoot the journalists if they
                      did not leave the place.
                      >
                      > "Who do you think you are? We are doing our
                      job. You can go and sue if you
                      > want. We are PMF, so watch yourself," one of
                      the policemen were quoted as
                      > saying.
                      >
                      > Later that same day, Jamieson's camera was
                      returned to her, but without the film.
                      >
                      > *****
                      >
                      > Africa is not a basket case
                      >
                      > Why does the Western media goes out of its way to trash the
                      image of the
                      > African continent?
                      >
                      >
                      >
                      > JOHN MATSHIKIZA asks
                      >
                      >
                      > To paraphrase from a character in one of Toni Morrison's
                      great novels:
                      > "The trouble with these people is that they just don't
                      know when to stop."
                      >
                      > OK, I admit it, I'm still smarting. Sitting in the centre of
                      the African continent,
                      > staring out at its myriad wonders, I find myself still
                      smouldering like the
                      > magnificently mysterious Mount Cameroon, ready to explode. For
                      why?
                      >
                      > A recent edition of The Economist magazine led with a cover
                      story entitled
                      > "Hopeless Africa". It was another example of the Western media
                      going out of its
                      > way to trash the image of the continent, to seek to sustain
                      the notion that Africa
                      > will remain the basket case that it has always been in the
                      Western imagination.
                      >
                      > Yes, there is hideous civil war raging in Sierra Leone; the
                      Democratic Republic of
                      > Congo remains an intractable mire of war, political intrigue
                      and financial
                      > corruption; Ethiopia and Eritrea are involved in a mortal
                      combat of twin brothers;
                      > Aids casts its lethal and unexplainable shadow from north to
                      south; illiteracy is
                      > growing, children face a bleak future.
                      >
                      > And yet, this is not the only story out of Africa. There are
                      other, equally important
                      > stories, stories that are seldom told, about the sheer
                      exuberance and variety of the
                      > place. How can there be one image of Africa?
                      >
                      > And yet, in spite of the schoolyard chant that says "Sticks
                      and stones may break
                      > my bones, but names can never hurt me", a bad image, when
                      carefully placed, is
                      > hard to shake off. Thus readers of The Economist, sitting
                      thousands of miles away
                      > from the continent in question, would have swallowed the whole
                      thing, hook line
                      > and sinker, when that noble rag made so bold as to say:
                      >
                      > "Africa was weak before the Europeans touched its coasts.
                      Nature is not kind to
                      > it. This may be the birthplace of mankind, but it is hardly
                      surprising that humans
                      > sought other continents to live in ..."
                      >
                      > Three quick lies in three quick
                      > sentences. But their message hits home,
                      > nevertheless. Potential foreign investors
                      > are told what they want to hear, and
                      > decide on the basis of nothing more than hearsay to stay away.

                      >
                      > A chain reaction follows. Continually destabilised
                      economically, Africa finds it
                      > hard to stabilise politically. Huge numbers of its
                      best-qualified citizens choose to
                      > join the brain-and-body drain and leave "hopeless Africa"
                      forever - joining the
                      > rest of those (supposedly "sensible") "humans [who] sought
                      other continents to
                      > live on". The lie becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.
                      >
                      > But what does one actually perceive on the ground?
                      >
                      > Take the Congo. On the surface, and all too terribly, a basket
                      case living through
                      > an endless and meaningless series of civil wars, with no
                      infrastructure worth
                      > speaking of 40 years after independence from the Belgians, and
                      so on. And yet,
                      > people are living there. The land is wide, rich and fertile.
                      The marketplace culture
                      > is alive and kicking. If the ordinary people were allowed to
                      live in peace, they
                      > would be able to demonstrate their political sophistication
                      and their ability to uplift
                      > and govern themselves.
                      >
                      > Far from The Economist's view that "nature is not kind to it",
                      the Congo is
                      > testimony to the fact that Africa's natural riches are part of
                      its fatal problem.
                      > Everyone greedily wants a share.
                      >
                      > Far from all intelligent life forms choosing to leave it
                      (although there are hundreds
                      > of thousands of refugees and political and economic exiles),
                      Africa, on the
                      > contrary, as well as being abundantly populated in the most
                      fertile of its regions, is
                      > also still being endlessly invaded from other continents. This
                      invasion - from
                      > Britain, from Lithuania, from the Americas, from China, from
                      Israel, from New
                      > Zealand or wherever else there is a class of buccaneer
                      missionaries to sample
                      > from - comes, as it has always come, for the twin purposes of
                      rape and pillage.
                      > Cobalt, wood, gold, aluminium, copper, oil, rubber, platinum,
                      diamonds - you
                      > name it, Africa's got it, and someone else wants it. Wildlife
                      (both for viewing and
                      > hunting) exists in unparalleled abundance. And then there is
                      the endless variety of
                      > its people, with their incomprehensible, fascinating, age-old,
                      yet adaptable,
                      > cultures. Africa is still, in Western eyes, and in spite of
                      all the deliberate
                      > disinformation, "God's own country".
                      >
                      > "Hopeless Africa" is rather an image of hopelessly passionate
                      romance. If Africa
                      > was really a hopeless case, if it was really nothing more than
                      Heart of Darkness
                      > and "The White Man's Grave", would there still be so many of
                      the latter species,
                      > in all shapes and genders, moving so tenaciously through its
                      heartland? From King
                      > Solomon's Mines to The Snows of Kilimanjaro, from Out of
                      Africa, the film
                      > Chocolat, and whatever is coming out next, the West's romance
                      with Africa is a
                      > gripping and eternal part of its secret personality. And like
                      a secret lover, it has to
                      > be denounced to its very face to keep the secret safe.
                      >
                      > What else does one perceive from down here on the ground?
                      >
                      > That Africa is not an entity divorced from the history of the
                      rest of the world. Nor
                      > is it remote from any aspect of what the world is today. Not
                      only is the African
                      > image deeply embedded in many of the accepted symbols of world
                      culture: vast
                      > arrays of the cultures of the world are part of the African
                      image - while not
                      > contradicting the existence of a distinct African identity.
                      >
                      > Africa, like the rest of the world, is capable of being both
                      ancient and modern at
                      > the same time.
                      >
                      > Africa is like the rest of the world. Except that it is
                      Africa.
                      >
                      > We must not avoid being critical of our own continent. But we
                      must also try to
                      > keep a clear eye on what the continent is really like, and be
                      clear that it is not, by
                      > a long stretch of the imagination, a hopeless case.
                      >
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                    • Rand Wise
                      Remember that time we thought about writing a WID proposal to buying branding irons? It didn t occur to us at the time, but that last Malawi News article
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                        Remember that time we thought about writing a WID proposal to buying
                        branding irons? It didn't occur to us at the time, but that last Malawi
                        News article tells us we might have been more successful if we had written
                        the proposal to buy a "blender", vis-a-vis the line below:

                        "Gulule at first refused to withdraw his statement, denying that he blended
                        the ruling party deputies thieves."
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