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    Dan...about that When are we going to hear some new names besides those that keep resurfacing? question of yours. My favorite is Dr. Natafu. Now back when
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      Dan...about that "When are we going to hear some new names besides those
      that keep resurfacing?" question of yours.

      My favorite is Dr. Natafu. Now back when we were still there he was
      Minister of Health. That is, until he was caught buying drugs cheap himself
      and selling them to the government high. Was he sacked, NO of course not.
      The cabinet was reshuffled and he was made Minister of Transportation and
      Tourism (or something like that). I think he ended his career as one more
      type minister. Well, luckily he isn't in the new Pres.'s cabinet!
      But...his wife is! Now I'd be the first to say that a wife is an individual
      and shouldn't be branded by her husband's actions; but I knew Mrs. Natafu, a
      Blantyre physical therapist in private practice with her husband.

      What's sad is that everyone we talked to is so upset with the state of the
      nation. Where are the good people we all knew? Why don't some of them have
      the power? Gee, do we sometimes feel the same here?????


      ----- Original Message -----
      From: "Daniel Dudley" <papadud@...>
      To: <ujeni@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Thursday, September 09, 2004 6:50 AM
      Subject: RE: [ujeni] news

      > One group, I believe the '96 had their swearing in ceremony at the
      > Ambassidor's house in Lilongwe, and Brown Mpinganjira was the guy from the
      > government that was supposed to show up for some reason (actually, I think
      > that the Vice President was originally on the ticket, but this putz showed
      > up in his stead). Mpinganjira was over half an hour late so the ceremony
      > started without him, which I thought was one of the best things I ever saw
      > (he looked pretty mad that the ceremony would start without him). This guy
      > is as corrupt as any of them and should be sent packing. I have to
      > is Malawi so politically poor that they have to keep recycling the same
      > politicians? When are we going to hear some new names besides these same
      > jokers that keep resurfacing? Shouldn't Muluzi be retiring in some resort
      > in the Bahamas or something? You know that he has the cash, in fact all
      > his cronies do. I can't believe that Muluzi is lacking so many kahonas to
      > actually be talking to Mpinganjira again after all of the problems that he
      > caused in the last few years of the presidency.
      > I will get off my soapbox now, I just had to vent after reading the
      > Mpinganjira was weasling his way back into the government.
      > Dan
      > >From: "Christine Chumbler" <cchumble@...>
      > >Reply-To: ujeni@yahoogroups.com
      > >To:
      > ><seanconchar@...>
      > >Subject: [ujeni] news
      > >Date: Thu, 09 Sep 2004 09:10:56 -0400
      > >
      > >Cabinet Shakeup Imminent As Bingu is Forced to Make Changes
      > >
      > >The Chronicle Newspaper (Lilongwe)
      > >
      > >ANALYSIS
      > >September 5, 2004
      > >Posted to the web September 7, 2004
      > >
      > >Pilirani Phiri
      > >Lilongwe
      > >
      > >Two months after appointing his much reduced 29 person cabinet, The
      > >Chronicle has learnt that President Bingu wa Mutharika has been
      > >pressurized into dissolving his lean team and take on board additional
      > >faces in a reshuffle that seeks to accommodate new partners. The
      > >constantly shifting political landscape has necessitated this change.
      > >
      > >Former National Democratic Alliance (NDA) president Brown Mpinganjira,
      > >a new partner brought back into the fold by the chairman of the UDF,
      > >former president Bakili Muluzi is expected to be given a high profile
      > >ministerial position.
      > >
      > >As part of an agreed compromise, Inspector General of Police, Joseph
      > >Aironi, who was appointed by Muluzi was removed from his post on Friday.
      > >Mutharika has since replace him with the first ever woman IG, Mary
      > >Damson Nangwale who was the Commissioner of Police at the Eastern
      > >Division, Zomba.
      > >
      > >The move to accommodate Mpinganjira is said to be a demand insisted
      > >upon by Bakili Muluzi when he met the president in Lilongwe on August 9.
      > >The sources said during the meeting, the UDF party chairman is said to
      > >have insisted that Mpinganjira and others be included in the executive
      > >as reward for returning to the fold. It is alleged that the highly
      > >charged meeting resulted in the president making the concessions.
      > >
      > >Since Muluzi has returned from his holiday abroad Mpinganjira has been
      > >a constant companion at his continuing rallies countrywide. Mpinganjira
      > >has said he would de-register the NDA party after realising that the MPs
      > >who obtained seats under it declared themselves 'independent' in protest
      > >after learning of his attempts to merge with the ruling UDF party. It
      > >has been learnt that the people still loyal to Mpinganjira have insisted
      > >that he be given the Agriculture portfolio or another more lucrative
      > >ministerial post.
      > >
      > >Chakufwa Chihana's inability to appropriately deliver as Minister of
      > >Agriculture could herald his early removal from cabinet. This, as well
      > >as the ongoing wrangle within his party is having a negative effect on
      > >his partnership with the UDF.
      > >
      > >"But we don't know if, in the reshuffle Mutharika will indeed appoint
      > >Mpinganjira as Minister of Agriculture and drop Chihana," said the
      > >sources adding: "All we know now is that during the meeting Muluzi
      > >proposed to Mutharika to take Mpinganjira into his cabinet. We have to
      > >wait and see if Mutharika will concede to Muluzi's demands," said the
      > >sources.
      > >
      > >Ironically, Mpinganjira, alongside other former ministers has been
      > >named in the recent maize scam and the milling of ADMARC rice. The
      > >report presented to the President implicates several high ranking former
      > >cabinet ministers from the Muluzi administration including Mpinganjira.
      > >
      > >Mpinganjira, a Member of Parliament for Mulanje was reportedly missing
      > >from the National Assembly on Friday during Finance Minister Goodall
      > >Gondwe's budget presentation. He was said to be accompanying the UDF
      > >chairman, Bakili Muluzi on his 'Thank the People' whistle stop tour of
      > >the nation.
      > >
      > >A political scientist said if it was indeed true that Mutharika intends
      > >to replace Chihana with Mpinganjira - then it was very unfortunate for
      > >the nation.
      > >
      > >"Much as the nation may welcome Chihana's removal, seeing he has
      > >contributed very little to the agriculture situation in Malawi for the
      > >past years, Mpinganjira is not the sort of the person to be taken on
      > >board," said the political scientist adding: "If Mutharika intends to do
      > >this as a political ploy of appeasement and accommodation for some UDF
      > >gurus then it is unfortunate. The nation won't be happy with the
      > >appointment, to say the least."
      > >
      > >When contacted to find out if he was aware of the cabinet reshuffle,
      > >presidential spokesperson Prescott Gonani declined to comment on the
      > >issue, suggesting we contact Chief Secretary to the President and
      > >Cabinet Bright Msaka.
      > >
      > >Msaka, when contacted, expressed ignorance of a looming cabinet
      > >reshuffle. "I am not aware of the reshuffle," said Msaka.
      > >
      > >But our sources further insisted that, apart from bringing in
      > >Mpinganjira into the new cabinet, Mutharika is also likely to appoint
      > >Health Minister, Hetherwick Ntaba as his second vice president. He will
      > >retain his ministerial portfolio.
      > >
      > >In this current cabinet Mutharika, despite the UDF/AFORD Memorandum of
      > >Understanding (MoU), left vacant the position of Second Vice President
      > >which was formerly occupied by Chihana.
      > >
      > >*****
      > >
      > >Paediatric ARVs On the Way
      > >
      > >The Chronicle Newspaper (Lilongwe)
      > >
      > >September 5, 2004
      > >Posted to the web September 7, 2004
      > >
      > >Wezie Nyirongo
      > >Lilongwe
      > >
      > >Realising the need for anti-retrovial (ARV) treatment for HIV positive
      > >children, especially orphans, International Drug Manufacturers are
      > >preparing specific drugs for paediatrics disclosed UNICEF Eastern and
      > >Southern Africa regional director Per Engebak at a press conference held
      > >in Lilongwe.
      > >
      > >The introduction of paediatric ARV treatment comes amidst observations
      > >that the current ARVs are specifically designed to treat HIV positive
      > >adults and HIV positive children are using the same dosage.
      > >
      > >
      > >UNICEF, who pre-financed the first set of ARVs for Malawi said it is
      > >very important to put children, especially orphans on anti-retroviral
      > >treatment when required, that is relevant to their age. In addition,
      > >proper nutrition, care and support were mentioned as an important part
      > >of the treatment for HIV/AIDS.
      > >
      > >Engebak who is based in Kenya said HIV/AIDS orphans needs special
      > >attention in the areas of treatment, nutrition, care and support adding
      > >that with the introduction of paediatric medication the lives of orphans
      > >and other HIV positive children will be prolonged.
      > >
      > >'There is good news now that HIV/AIDS positive children especially
      > >orphans will be on paediatric medication since some international drug
      > >manufacturers are now preparing special medication for children.
      > >Previously these children were being treated on ARVs which were meant
      > >for adult patients which was not proper for them,' said Engebak who also
      > >indicated that he met the Minister of Health Hetherwick Ntaba to discuss
      > >how the government intends to administer the distribution of the ARVs to
      > >orphans.
      > >
      > >'After meeting the Minister of Health and the discussions we had on
      > >HIV/AIDS and orphans, Malawi is making great strides and this will
      > >really make an impact in the prevention and the provision of
      > >anti-retrovial treatment to orphans and other HIV/AIDS patients,' he
      > >added.
      > >
      > >He hailed government for putting in place a new protocol for the
      > >distribution of ARVs to children, including orphans which he said will
      > >benefit about 500,000 HIV/AIDS orphans and other vulnerable children.
      > >
      > >The UNICEF official further noted that although Malawi is registering
      > >an increase in the number of orphans which is attributed to children
      > >losing one or both their parents to HIV/AIDS, the country is among seven
      > >countries in Sub Saharan Africa which has put in place a plan of action
      > >for orphans and other children with special needs.
      > >
      > >Engebak is in the country to familiarise himself with the HIV/AIDS
      > >situation and explore opportunities with all partners, especially the
      > >government for a comprehensive strategic programme against HIV/AIDS.
      > >
      > >In a related development, UNICEF is presenting its mid term review
      > >report for the period 2004-2006 tomorrow at Capital Hotel in Lilongwe.
      > >
      > >In its draft report UNICEF registers progress on the development of
      > >policy and legal frameworks for the care and protection of orphans and
      > >other vulnerable children and influences the policy on the Prevention of
      > >Mother-to-Child Transmission (PMTCT) which is now set for implementation
      > >nation-wide. UNICEF also notes that advocacy work has been carried out
      > >in close collaboration with UNAIDS and WHO to ensure the prioritization
      > >of pregnant women in access to anti-retrovial treatment (HAART) which
      > >the government is now preparing to make available on a nationwide scale
      > >using the Global Fund and other resources.
      > >
      > >According to the report, the PMTCT programme has made tremendous
      > >strides as mothers are offered comprehensive services comprising of
      > >quality anti-natal clinic (ANC), voluntary counselling and testing
      > >(VCT), infant feeding counselling, improved delivery care practices,
      > >quality post- natal and follow-up care integrated into reproductive
      > >health services.
      > >
      > >At the moment there are about 36 PMTCT sites at different levels of
      > >implementation in the country and UNICEF plans to ensure that all
      > >hospitals and large health centres will be implementing PMTCT by the
      > >year 2005.
      > >
      > >*****
      > >
      > >Media Calls for Change to Culture of Punitive Litigation
      > >
      > >The Chronicle Newspaper (Lilongwe)
      > >
      > >September 5, 2004
      > >Posted to the web September 7, 2004
      > >
      > >Paul Wallace
      > >Lilongwe
      > >
      > >Malawi's media fraternity last week called for the "burying of the
      > >culture" that leaves journalists open to intimidation and threats.
      > >
      > >At a media strategy workshop, it was noted that Malawi's law is "media
      > >unfriendly" and allows journalists to be taken readily to the courts.
      > >
      > >Speaking on the matter, The Chronicle's editor, Rob Jamieson, said,
      > >"There needs to be better interaction between law practitioners, the
      > >judiciary at large and the media." Dr. Edge Kanyongolo, a professor at
      > >the University of Malawi observed that the law, in its current form, was
      > >too vague.
      > >
      > >He spoke of the need to clearly define the meaning of defamation. At
      > >present, politicians are demanding between K5 million and K10 million as
      > >compensation from any broadcaster or publication they feel is
      > >defamatory.
      > >
      > >'There is need for the media and the law fraternity to meet, so that
      > >these issues can be discussed and resolved,' he said.
      > >
      > >The majority of media institutions in this country would not be able to
      > >sustain such losses if they were to be found liable and subsequently
      > >ordered to pay out.
      > >
      > >In the past, there have been several publications that have faced such
      > >a fate, including The Democrat, a weekly newspaper which was forced to
      > >close down after having to pay compensation to the tune of K200 000.
      > >
      > >Lowani Ntonga, from the Malawi chapter of the Media Institute of
      > >Southern Africa (NAMISA), said he believes there are several laws that
      > >"impinge" on media freedom. 'We have known for a while that amendments
      > >need to be made, but little has been done so far.' The three-day
      > >workshop was organised with the express agenda of allowing senior
      > >members of the country's media fraternity to propose a future strategy
      > >that can be supported by cooperating partners.
      > >
      > >Key issues that were looked at included the role of the public media,
      > >the situation regarding ownership, the role in the media of politicians
      > >and the state of the Communication Act, which governs Malawi's media
      > >laws.
      > >
      > >As a result of the near universal criticism of Television Malawi (TVM)
      > >and the Malawi Broadcasting Corporation's (MBC) coverage of the May 20
      > >elections, there was recognition amongst attendees that the role of
      > >public media institutions necessitates them implementing a more
      > >equitable system of broadcasting.
      > >
      > >MBC's Eunice Chipangula explained the need for the public media to be
      > >editorially independent in order to ensure fairer coverage of the
      > >opposition, and that they do not revert to the status quo of the former
      > >MCP regime, when they were merely the mouthpieces of govern-ment for
      > >propaganda.
      > >
      > >The possibility of TVM, the MBC and the Malawi News Agency (MANA) using
      > >satellite technology to broadcast to other countries within the SADC
      > >region was also debated, though there was widespread disagreement on the
      > >financial viability of such a project.
      > >
      > >The issue of revamping the Media Council of Malawi was also discussed
      > >with concern being shown by participants about the inactivity of the
      > >once vibrant umbrella body. It was resolved that every effort be made to
      > >resuscitate the institution.
      > >
      > >At the conclusion of the workshop a committee to oversee the
      > >resolutions passed was elected. It includes Aluadin Osman of Capital FM
      > >as Chairperson, Grey Mang'anda of the University of Malawi, Eunice
      > >Chipangula of MBC, Alison Liwanda of Ministry of Information and Tourism
      > >and Rob Jamieson of The Chronicle.
      > >
      > >The committee is tasked with ensuring that the process moves forward
      > >rapidly with regular meetings to be held with international partners.
      > >The workshop was facilitated by USAID, DFiD and CIDA.
      > >
      > >*****
      > >
      > >Elephants in Kasungu National Park Facing Massive Depopulation
      > >
      > >The Chronicle Newspaper (Lilongwe)
      > >
      > >September 5, 2004
      > >Posted to the web September 7, 2004
      > >
      > >Mac Neil Kalowekamo
      > >Lilongwe
      > >
      > >The population of elephants in Kasungu National Park is said to be
      > >declining as a result of dense human population, poaching, as well
      > >management problems in the Department of Parks and Wildlife and the
      > >communities surrounding the protected area.
      > >
      > >The Deputy Director of Parks and Wildlife Dr. Roy Bhima told The
      > >Chronicle that the population of elephants has been dwindling from the
      > >1980s when the elephants in the National Park was high.
      > >
      > >
      > >'In the 70s and 80s, the park had about 2,000 elephants and this was
      > >the largest number compared to other parks in the country A recent
      > >counting we conducted showed an estimation of 200 or less elephants
      > >present in the park,' said Dr Bhima.
      > >
      > >He cited dense populations in Kasungu which is increasing at a high
      > >rate causing pressure on the park as people clear land for settlement.
      > >He also lamented the fact that the population is poaching for ivory
      > >which has been a recurrent problem perpetrated mostly by people on the
      > >Zambian side.
      > >
      > >'In 1993, the population within 5 km around the park was 2,500 and it
      > >was the highest among communities surrounding protected areas in the
      > >country with an increasing rate of 6.1 percent per annum,' he said.
      > >
      > >A recent report released by the Kasungu National Park says that by
      > >2003, the population of communities around the park was close to 40,
      > >000.
      > >
      > >On management problems, Dr. Bhima said that shortage of staff is
      > >hindering the department's efforts to patrol most of the greater
      > >precincts of the park.
      > >
      > >'We have very few people patrolling the park and their movement is
      > >limited to a few kilometers from their camps. They do not go deep into
      > >the wilderness where encroachment is high,' he said.
      > >
      > >Dr. Bhima also noted that human-elephant conflict is distracting the
      > >patrolling exercise as its workers concentrate on driving back animals
      > >raiding the surrounding human settlements.
      > >
      > >He said that this problem has a negative impact to the economic growth
      > >of the country.
      > >
      > >'Game sales to other countries can bring money into the country. For
      > >instance, we can sell a sable antelope to South Africa for 150, 000
      > >Rands.
      > >
      > >But we cannot make game sales if we have inadequate wildlife stocks in
      > >our protected areas,' he said adding that Malawi needed to have these
      > >wildlife animals if it is to compete with countries like Zambia and
      > >South Africa in the eco-tourism industry.
      > >
      > >In his opening speech at the 2004/05 budget session of the National
      > >Assembly, President Bingu wa Mutharika said that the Malawi Economic
      > >Growth Strategy has identified tourism as another priority sector
      > >because it is a very competitive sector in Africa.
      > >
      > >Kasungu National Park covers an area of 231 600 hectares (ha) with a
      > >buffer zone, an area between the park and the communities free from
      > >settlement.
      > >
      > >This area, of 16, 000 ha lies on the boundary between Malawi and
      > >Zambia.
      > >
      > >Recently, the government of Malawi and Zambia signed a Memorandum of
      > >Understanding (MOU) on the management of protected areas that lie
      > >between the boundaries of the two countries. Some parts of Kasungu and
      > >Nyika National Parks are in Zambia territory while Lusukuzi National
      > >Park in Zambia is said to host wildlife animals migrating from Kasungu
      > >National Park.
      > >
      > >*****
      > >
      > >Mzake Ndi Mzake Geared for Behaviour Change
      > >
      > >The Chronicle Newspaper (Lilongwe)
      > >
      > >September 5, 2004
      > >Posted to the web September 7, 2004
      > >
      > >Owen Nyaka
      > >Lilongwe
      > >
      > >Kamuzu College of Nursing Principal Investigator for Mzake ndi Mzake
      > >peer group education Dr. Chrissy Kaponda told The Chronicle that her
      > >programme is geared at developing scientific principles that influence
      > >human behavioural change in the country.
      > >
      > >'Mzake ndi Mzake peer group education was designed to increase HIV/AIDS
      > >knowledge, help individuals and groups develop effective skills for HIV
      > >prevention and foster positive attitudes towards HIV prevention, care
      > >and support,' she said.
      > >
      > >Kaponda explained that Mzake ndi Mzake (a friend and a friend) peer
      > >group intervention offers the opportunity for people to learn about HIV,
      > >examine their practices, clarify their values, develop and practice
      > >skills for HIV prevention, provide each other with support and
      > >development a personal agenda for HIV prevention.
      > >
      > >The programme has achieved in the training of District Hospital health
      > >workers including health workers from Kapeni, Ntonda, Gowa, Mulangeni
      > >and Lake View Health Centre in Ntcheu.
      > >
      > >'We have also achieved much in training local leaders from seven
      > >villages in T/A Njolomole and eight from T/A Phambala. The last phase of
      > >Mzake ndi Mzake will focus on training the youth in all the fifteen
      > >villages in Ntcheu District,' she said.
      > >
      > >The Mzake ndi Mzake curriculum covers the main aspects of HIV/AIDS
      > >related to human sexuality, HIV prevention strategies, gender influences
      > >on HIV transmission and factors influencing communication in the
      > >prevention of HIV/AIDS.
      > >
      > >The intervention also focuses on assisting communities to work together
      > >to prevent HIV/AIDS,through initiation and active participation of
      > >individuals, families and groups in the fight against HIV.
      > >
      > >'Critical issues high-lighted in the intervention are value
      > >clarification, positive modeling for behaviour change, peer support in
      > >HIV prevention strategies and the role of family in modeling positive
      > >behaviour.
      > >
      > >'Participants are given the opportunity to develop the skills they need
      > >for HIV prevention. The curriculum covers six main components and it
      > >takes a week for each group to complete if they meet on a daily basis,'
      > >she said.
      > >
      > >Before the programme, a major assessment was conducted in 15 villages
      > >of the district and findings were that many factors would prevent health
      > >workers, community members and youth from seriously practicing
      > >prevention strategies.
      > >
      > >Among the factors was a lack of sensitivity for HIV prevention both at
      > >hospital and community level. In the communities, there are numerous
      > >places including dambos, classrooms, abandoned houses, bushes, playing
      > >fields and gowelos that provide privacy for people, especially the youth
      > >to have sex.
      > >
      > >'The risky behaviour we identified were excessive beer drinking and
      > >having multiple sexual partners. Some girls in the age group of 17 years
      > >would have changed sexual partners close to ten times. Another risky
      > >behaviour was the early commencement of sexual relations which in most
      > >cases starts when a girl is 10 to 12 years old and a boy is between 12
      > >and 15 years of age,' she said.
      > >
      > >She, however, observed that one of the contributing factors to the
      > >risky behaviour is the lack of knowledge about teenage growth and
      > >development, lack of parental control on the youth and lack of parent
      > >involvement, supervision or interest in activities that the youth
      > >undertake.
      > >
      > >'Based on these, the intervention was modified to incorporate
      > >strategies to deal with these issues. We therefore anticipate that the
      > >adults who participate in Mzake ndi Mzake would demonstrate changes in
      > >many aspects of behaviour,' explained Kaponda.
      > >
      > >The AIDS pandemic that is devastating Malawi can be stopped and
      > >significant resources were coming into the country but no amount of
      > >additional funding will bring the pandemic under control unless there is
      > >a major cultural change.
      > >
      > >'The fight against HIV and AIDS is a learning process for all people
      > >and money alone is not the answer. While some of the 15 percent of the
      > >country's 11 million people are getting AIDS treatment, the 85 percent
      > >who are HIV negative must know that behaviour change remains the best
      > >weapon against HIV,' says Kaponda.
      > >
      > >*****
      > >
      > >President's Farm Neglected: Workers
      > >
      > >Zimbabwe Standard (Harare)
      > >
      > >September 5, 2004
      > >Posted to the web September 7, 2004
      > >
      > >Foster Dongozi
      > >
      > >
      > >FARM workers at Bineth Farm, outside Kadoma, owned by Malawian
      > >President, Bingu wa Mutharika say poor housing at the farm - dilapidated
      > >pole and mud structures - poses a health hazard.
      > >
      > >The workers, who spoke on condition of anonymity also called on the
      > >Malawian President to ensure that electricity was installed at the
      > >compound.
      > >
      > >"In addition, not all the 22 workers at the farm have been paid their
      > >August wages and this is very demoralising, but we hope that since Mr Wa
      > >Mutharika is now a Head of State, our conditions of service will
      > >improve," said one farm worker.
      > >
      > >A spokesperson for the farm, only identified as Mai Nyoni, who is an
      > >in-law to President Wa Mutharika, was not available for comment.
      > >
      > >Wa Mutharika reportedly bought the farm in 1994 and named it Bineth.
      > >Bin, is taken from his name, Bingu and eth from the name of his
      > >Zimbabwean wife, Ethel, said to hail from Murehwa, according to some
      > >farm workers.
      > >
      > >The Malawian leader was in the country to open the 94th edition of the
      > >Harare Agricultural Show nine days ago.
      > >
      > >On the same night, Newsnet reported that Wa Mutharika had extended his
      > >stay in Zimbabwe to attend the burial of national hero, Dr Eddison
      > >Zvobgo last Sunday.
      > >
      > >It, however, did not mention that, in addition to attending Zvobgo's
      > >burial, the Malawian Head of State intended to take time out to visit
      > >his dairy farm just outside Kadoma, on the Gokwe-Sanyati Road.
      > >
      > >The Standard established that after opening the Harare Agricultural
      > >Show, the Malawian leader, in a State motorcade, drove towards the
      > >gold-mining city of Kadoma, where he was booked into Executive Suite of
      > >Kadoma Hotel and Conference Centre whose buildings are owned by the
      > >Zvobgo family.
      > >
      > >"The Executive Suite costs $800 000 a night and the Malawian Embassy
      > >paid for their president's stay at the hotel," said an employee at the
      > >KHCC hotel.
      > >
      > >Security at the hotel on the night was very tight. The security details
      > >were reportedly courteous to hotel guests.
      > >
      > >"On Saturday morning, Wa Mutharika and his delegation which included
      > >the Malawian First Lady, Ethel wa Mutharika checked out of the hotel and
      > >their motorcade drove towards the farm on the Gokwe-Sanyati road," a
      > >source at the hotel told The Standard.
      > >
      > >Workers at the farm confirmed that the Malawian President visited the
      > >farm last Saturday morning.
      > >
      > >"A beast was slaughtered for people of Malawian origin from Patchway
      > >Mine and other surrounding areas who came to meet Wa Mutharika," another
      > >farm worker told The Standard.
      > >
      > >The farm worker said the hill next to the farm and surrounding areas
      > >were teeming with armed soldiers and policemen during the visit.
      > >
      > >When The Standard drove along the Harare-Kadoma Highway on Saturday,
      > >members of the Police Support Unit were heavily deployed along the route
      > >to guard the Malawian leader, who returned to Harare towards sunset.
      > >
      > >Wa Mutharika was said by his workers to have 35 dairy cows, 40 head of
      > >beef cattle and several goats. The Malawi president also runs a small
      > >vegetable garden.
      > >
      > >Sam Banda, an official at the Malawian Embassy, confirmed on Friday
      > >that the President visited the farm last week but could not comment
      > >further.
      > >
      > >*****
      > >
      > >Mbayani Residents Name Police
      > >
      > >Malawi Standard (Blantyre)
      > >
      > >September 4, 2004
      > >Posted to the web September 7, 2004
      > >
      > >Lucius Phaiya
      > >Blantyre
      > >
      > >Resisdents of the squatter township of Mbayani have blamed the
      > >spiralling crime on lack of police commitment to work with them under
      > >the Community Policing Programme [CPP].
      > >
      > >The residents, who complained that security has not improved in the
      > >area despite promises of maximum protection during police's introduction
      > >of the CPP early this year, said their efforts to work with the police
      > >bore no fruits as crime rate was on the increase.
      > >
      > >
      > >Mbayani market Area Chairman, Bernard Chiponda, said that on several
      > >occasions, he went to Blantyre Police Station to push for a spot police
      > >unit which they agreed to set up, where at least one policeman would be
      > >available to attend to crime.
      > >
      > >"What we want immediately is a container where a police officer can
      > >attend to our immediate problems. In fact, we are surprised that we were
      > >first to ask for it but it was established at Chemusa. We do not know
      > >what they are thinking about us," said Chiponda.
      > >
      > >Echoing his sentiments, Chairlady for the same market area, Catherine
      > >Jemusi expressed disappointment due to the delay saying traders at the
      > >market are forced to close their businesses earlier for fear of
      > >thieves.
      > >
      > >"We are forced to go home as early as six in the evening. One walks at
      > >eight at his/her own risk because at this time, robbers who hide under
      > >the bridge are already at work," said Jemusi.
      > >
      > >However, police quashed all the allegations saying residents
      > >misunderstand operations of CPP.
      > >
      > >Blantyre Police Station CCP Coordinator, Assistant Superintendent Frank
      > >Ndau, told the Malawi Standard that Police are committed to working with
      > >people in Mbayani, only that the people are not patient to wait for the
      > >police to fulfil its promises.
      > >
      > >He said that plans are underway for the construction of the spot unit
      > >at Mbayani and all other areas in both Blantyre and Limbe but they were
      > >facing financial constraints.
      > >
      > >"The fact is that we work in partnership with the Station Executive
      > >Committee, mainly composed of Asians, who are equally concerned with
      > >crime levels in the city. They provide the containers and support our
      > >programmes financially. So our implementation of the demands depends
      > >largely on how quickly they respond to us," said Ndau.
      > >
      > >Ndau also dismissed the claims that they are not willing to work
      > >hand-in-hand with the public, emphasising that in any case, success of
      > >the police in curbing crime depends on the residents commitment.
      > >
      > >"We cannot be happy to work in isolation. We need the public to inform
      > >us because they are the ones who know and live with the criminals. Our
      > >success depends on them," said Ndau.
      > >
      > >Ndau said that so far the donors provided only two containers, which
      > >were allocated to the city centre and Chemusa, due to high levels of
      > >crime there.
      > >
      > >Chemusa Market Chairman and CPP member, Bennet Kachingwe, said that it
      > >was not right for Mbayani residents to blame police for the instalment
      > >of the container at Chemusa area as it was their task to push for their
      > >own.
      > >
      > >
      > >
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        ADB firm on Karonga-Chitipa road contract

        by Zainah Liwanda, 22 May 2006 - 06:09:17

        The African Development Bank (ADB) has again rejected a proposal by government to look for another contractor instead of China Hunan Construction to construct of the long awaited Karonga/Chitipa road.

        China Hunan from Mainland China won the bid which was approved by the ADB but government later wanted to award the contract to a Portuguese firm, Mota Engil, the second lowest bidder, claiming China Hunan's bid was unrealistically low and that the company had very little experience in Africa.

        Finance Minister Goodall Gondwe confirmed on Sunday the ADB rejected the proposal at a meeting held between the bank and Malawi government in Tunisia last week.

        The Malawi government wanted the Tunisia meeting to authorise it to get another contractor for the road, said Gondwe.

        "They did not allow us to look for another contractor because of their regulations. But we are about to get another alternative for Karonga/Chitipa and I would be surprised if it does not start before end June," said Gondwe.

        The minister explained that the bank insisted that regardless of the unrealistic cost estimates, China Hunan should be allowed to go ahead with the construction.

        But Gondwe could not give further details about the alternatives, arguing there are still a few loose ends to tighten up before disclosing it.

        The problem with China Hunan, according to Gondwe, is that it would require more money to meet the total cost of the project.

        This paper reported last week that government met Taiwanese representatives where they offered to fund the road if the ADB continued to reject its favoured contractor, Mota Engil.

        Gondwe could neither confirm nor deny the reports on the Taiwanese offer, saying government was looking at a number of ways to handle the issue.

        According to Gondwe, the China Hunan's bid was 24 percent lower than the consulting engineers' estimates of K7.9 billion and 34 percent below the second lowest bidder.

        President Bingu wa Mutharika laid a foundation stone for the construction of the road this year ahead of a crucial byelection in Chitipa in December last year.

        The President's Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) won the Chitipa Wenya constituency by-election that fell vacant following the collapse and subsequent death of Speaker of Parliament Rodwell Munyenyembe who belonged to the UDF.

        Last week, police and the District Commissioner (DC) for Chitipa stopped a rally that was aimed at soliciting people's views about development projects in the district.

        The meeting, which was reportedly organised by Concerned Citizens of Chitipa, was among other things also supposed to tackle the controversial Karonga/Chitipa road.

        The project failed to start off in 2000 when a contract for an initial loan of US$17 million and US$15 million from the Taiwanese government was signed, with some quarters claiming the Bakili Muluzi administration diverted the money to another road.


        Chihana operated on

        by Edwin Nyirongo, 22 May 2006 - 06:32:31

        Alliance for Democracy (Aford) president Chakufwa Chihana, who is in South Africa receiving treatment, had a brain operation on Friday at Garden City Clinic, family and party officials confirmed on Sunday.

        Aford national chairman Chipimpha Mughogho said he was told by the family members that Chihana had a successful operation on Friday and was put in an intensive care unit.

        Mughogho said Chihana, who initially complained of headache, was found with a brain tumour which South African doctors removed.

        Mzimba West MP Loveness Gondwe said Aford boss condition was stable.

        "Hon. Chihana had a major operation and after that he was put in the intensive care unit but his condition is stable. I do not know where he was operated on but it had something to do with the skull," she said.

        Deputy Information Minister John Bande referred the matter to the Health Minister Hetherwick Ntaba who was reported to be in Geneva, Switzerland.

        Aford publicity secretary Norman Nyirenda said when Chihana's situation got worse, the family alerted the Office of the President and Cabinet who took him to Mwaiwathu Private Hospital.

        "The doctors at Mwaiwathu advised that he should be sent to South Africa and they even identified the doctor for him," he said.

        He said the costs are being met by the Malawi government, contradicting his earlier statement that his boss covered the cost.

        Mughogho is now in charge of the party.

        Gondwe will be a busy person when Parliament starts meeting on June 6 as she is the only Aford MP remaining.


        Pillane proposes presidential age limit

        by Emmanuel Muwamba , 22 May 2006 - 06:34:13

        A member of the DPP National Governing Council Abdul Pillane on Saturday urged members of political parties and the civil society to put an upper age limit in the Constitution for presidential candidates.

        Pillane was addressing members of political parties and civil society in Liwonde during a two-day follow up workshop to the National Conference on the Review of Constitution held in March in Lilongwe.

        "My view is that (an upper) age limit should be at 75. We have to give a chance to younger people to lead because in circumstance, when you age you become forgetful especially when sickly," said Pillane. "Overall, chances should be given to young people."

        But UDF secretary general Kennedy Makwangwala, whose party members agitated for the age limit during presentations, played the issue down.

        "I feel there is no logic to have an upper age limit for presidential candidates. If someone is 90 or 80 I don't know how that can influence the electorate not to vote for someone who is younger, I don't see any logic behind that," said Makwangwala.

        MCP participants at the workshop also vehemently objected to the proposal.

        MCP vice president Nicholas Dausi in an interview said: "There is no constitution in Africa which stipulates an upper age limit. So it would be strange in Malawi to have an upper age limit for presidential candidates."

        MDP President Kamlepo Kalua also opposed the need to have an upper age limit.

        "If we have personalities in mind that we want to discriminate against then it is unfortunate. The constitution we want to build is a guiding document for future generations and it should not bar certain individuals on the basis of grudges," he said.

        The Malawi Law Constitution Issues Paper of March 2006 says several submissions that were received put an upper presidential age limit in the Constitution.

        "It is argued that it is common sense that mental knowledge faculties tend to fail with age. As regards what the actual age limit should be the submissions are far from being agreed. The range is from 60 years to 80 years," read submissions in the Issues Paper.

        On whether MPs should double as ministers, Kalua said this should be the case.

        Makwangwala also said it is not right for MPs to serve as ministers because the Legislature, another arm of government, is reduced while the Executive branch is beefed up from another arm of government.

        "There is no separation of powers when MPs double as ministers," said Makwangwala.

        But Pillane said there is no problem for MPs to work as ministers as well, saying MPs are elected by the President.

        "One can serve both posts. There have been no problems before for people to double," said Pillane.

        The Centre for Multiparty Democracy funded the workshop through the Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy.

        The objective was to come up with a collective position on the Issues Paper which will be presented to the Special Law Commission that will be constituted soon.


        Mussa hails new driving licence

        by Zainah Liwanda, 22 May 2006 - 06:58:52

        Transport and Public Works Minister Henry Mussa last week said the design of the Malawi-Sadc driving licence would guard against forgery and ensure that only skilled and legitimate drivers of particular vehicles are licensed.

        Mussa was speaking at the official launch of the licences in Lilongwe where he announced that traffic police would from July enforce speed limits and sober driving using Breathalysers which his ministry is in the process of procuring.

        The minister said financial constraints are the reason for the delay in procuring the equipment but assured that by July they would be available.

        "With the new equipment, the days of those who believe in the thrill of drink and driving are numbered," warned Mussa.

        Mussa added that with the new licence, government is optimistic that the country's roads would be safe.

        Acting Director of Road Traffic James Chirwa said the features that distinguish the new from the old licences are the Malawi national flag and a ghost image of the driver's photograph, among others.

        Those with old licences, according to Chirwa, are expected to get the new ones after the expiry of the former.


        UDF demands investigation on Kasambara

        by Rabecca Theu, 22 May 2006 - 06:30:46

        The United Democratic Front (UDF) has asked government to investigate Ralph Kasambara on allegations of abuse of office while he was attorney general.

        UDF publicity secretary Sam Mpasu told the press Sunday that the party is neither amused or saddened by the removal of the former AG but asked government to institute investigations on Kasambara.

        "Beyond the removal of the Attorney General, we now urge President Mutharika to institute investigation against Mr Kasambara into allegations that have made rounds in the public domain during the recent past. These include: Mrs Helen Singh and SS Rent-a-Car; SGS and ITS saga; ...........the use of Malawi Police Service in the arrest of three Chronicle journalists and the handling of Mrs Rubina Kawonga," said Mpasu.

        Mpasu also accused Kasambara of awarding government contracts to Lawson and Company where he was a senior partner.

        "We urge government to thoroughly investigate the former AG. We also ask government to cautiously select the new AG ," said Mpasu, who was accompanied by the party's Secretary General Kennedy Makwangwala, leader of the party in Parliament George Mtafu, chief whip Leonard Mangulama and a member of the executive Hophmally Makande.

        But Minister of Information Patricia Kaliati said UDF should give offer its advice to the Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB).

        "They should advise bodies like the Anti-Corruption Bureau to conduct the investigations and why are they saying this now? Is it because Kasambara has been fired? This is not a personal issue. If they have other pressing issues they should just say so. These arguments should have come up earlier on when the said cases were happening," she said.

        Kasambara asked UDF to proceed with the mission of urging government to investigate him.

        "They can do their job. Everyone has a right to lobby for anything they want in the country. UDF has a right to do that, let them go ahead," he said.

        Kasambara was relieved of his duties as AG by the President last week. Government has not given reasons behind the removal.


        Zambia: Malawians Grab Zambian Land

        The Times of Zambia (Ndola)

        May 18, 2006

        Posted to the web May 19, 2006

        Andrew Lungu


        MALAWIANS who have encroached on both the 'no-man's' and part of the Zambian land at the Mwami border in Eastern Province have plucked out some beacons that were used in the demarcation of the border.

        The Malawians are now using the beacons as stools in their newly-established villages on Zambian land.

        Eastern Province Minister, Boniface Nkhata, said in Chipata yesterday that if the situation was not controlled urgently, Zambia would lose huge tracts of land to Malawians migrating into Zambian in large numbers.

        A check at the Zambia-Malawi border showed a number of beacons had been vandalised and new structures constructed on the 'no man's' land and a large portion of Zambian land.

        Mr Nkhata said the trend extended to many parts of the province bordering the two countries.

        "A large portion of Zambian land has been taken up by the Malawians starting from the Chama boundary up to the Mwami border.

        "The weighbridge at the Mwami border was initially in Zambia from the time both countries gained independence from Britain, but now the bridge is on Malawian soil," Mr Nkhata said.

        The minister, who is former Chama District Commissioner, said there was similar encroachment in Lundazi and Chama districts where Zambia shares a boundary with Malawi.

        He said a Malawian farmer identified as Mr Mfune had cultivated 71.5 hectares on Zambian land and employed about 265 Malawian workers.

        "Khombe Farm in Chama district in Kanyerere's area, along the Muyombe road which leads to Northern Province where this Malawian farmer has cultivated a vast land is on the Zambian territory," he said.

        Workers on the farm admitted that they were farming on Zambian soil but could not go back to Malawi because the land in that country was inadequate for cultivation.

        Mr Nkhata appealed to the ministry of Lands to urgently release money for the demarcation of the Zambia-Malawi border to avoid further land disputes between the two countries.

        Meanwhile, the Immigration Department in Livingstone has arrested a couple and another man, all Zimbabweans, for working in Zambia without permits.

        They were arrested at Gwembe village yesterday where they worked for Into Africa, a tour operating company that provides bush dinners and breakfast.

        According to the Immigration Department in Livingstone, the trio entered Zambia through the Victoria Falls border as visitors but decided to work for the company illegally.

        Last week, immigration officers arrested 10 Zimbabwean traders and six Ethiopians for entering and staying in Zambia illegally.

        The Zimbabwean traders were warned and cautioned and later released.

        The Ethiopians were arrested at Konje Guest House when they ran out of money to proceed to Botswana.



        Zim unions, MDC still plan anti-govt protests

        Harare, Zimbabwe

        22 May 2006 11:51

        Zimbabwe's biggest labour federation on Saturday threatened to call massive demonstrations against the government over poor salaries and worsening living conditions for workers in the country.

        The threats are ratcheting up pressure against President Robert Mugabe's government after similar threats by the biggest opposition party in the country, the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), about two months ago.

        Speaking at the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) conference on Saturday, the labour body's president, Lovemore Matombo, said the powerful union wants the government to award workers salaries that match the country's ever-rising inflation.

        "I can assure you we will stage massive demonstrations to force them [employers] to award workers minimum salaries that tally with the poverty datum line," said Matombo.

        Matombo did not say when exactly the ZCTU would order workers to strike.

        Opposition protests

        Meanwhile, the MDC on Sunday said it will push ahead with plans for anti-government protests, saying victory in a key by-election at the weekend was a "sign the electorate supported its policies", including democratic mass resistance.

        A spokesperson of the main faction of the splintered MDC, Nelson Chamisa, said victory over Mugabe's ruling Zanu-PF and a rival MDC faction in a Saturday by-election in Harare's Budiriro constituency is a sign Zimbabweans still have confidence in party leader Morgan Tsvangirai and his policies.

        Tsvangirai, the founding leader of the MDC, heads the main rump of the opposition party whose candidate, Emmanuel Chisvuure, polled 7 949 votes to win the Budiriro House of Assembly seat.

        Gabriel Chaibva of the other faction of the MDC, led by prominent academic Arthur Mutambara, garnered 504 votes while Zanu-PF's Jeremiah Bvirindi polled 3 961 votes.

        "This election showed that the electorate still has confidence in the MDC [Tsvangirai-led] leadership and its policies," Chamisa told independent news service ZimOnline.

        He added: "We will now move to consolidate our position * we still believe in mass protests. Until we have attained our goals we see no reason why we should abandon [plans for protests]."

        Tsvangirai has threatened to call mass protests this winter against Mugabe and his government. He says the mass protests, whose date he is still to name, are meant to force Mugabe to relinquish power to a government of national unity to be tasked to write a new and democratic Constitution that would ensure free and fair elections held under international supervision.

        Mugabe and his government, who had hoped for victory in Budiriro to show they were recapturing urban support from a splintered MDC, have not taken idly the opposition's threats to call mass protests, with the veteran president warning Tsvangirai he would be "dicing with death" if he ever attempted to instigate a Ukraine-style popular revolt in Zimbabwe.


        In a fresh crackdown against dissension, the police last week arrested several church and civic leaders for organising public prayers and marches to mark last year's controversial home-demolition exercise by the government.

        The police also banned the marches and prayers, fearing they could easily turn into mass protests against Mugabe and his government.

        However, the marches went ahead in the second-largest city of Bulawayo after organisers had obtained a court order barring the police from stopping the march.

        Political analysts say although Zimbabweans have largely been cowed by Mugabe's tactics of routinely deploying riot police and the military to crush street protests, worsening hunger and poverty are fanning public anger that Tsvangirai -- with proper planning and organisation -- could easily manipulate.

        Zimbabwe is in the grip of a severe six-year old economic crisis that has seen inflation breaching the 1 000% barrier. Last year, the World Bank said Zimbabwe's economic crisis was unprecedented for a country not at war.

        The MDC and major Western governments blame Mugabe for wrecking the country's economy, which was one of the strongest in Africa at independence from Britain 26 years ago.

        Mugabe denies the charge blaming the crisis on sabotage by Britain and her allies after he seized white-owned farms for redistribution to landless blacks six years ago.

        The Harare authorities recently hiked salaries for civil servants, with the lowest-paid soldier now earning about Z$27-million while the lowest-paid school teacher now takes home about Z$33-million.

        But the salaries are still way below the poverty datum line, which the government's Consumer Council of Zimbabwe says now stands at a staggering Z$42-million a month for an average family of six.

        The Zimbabwe government often accuses the ZCTU, a strong ally of the MDC, of pushing a political agenda to remove Mugabe from power.

        Meanwhile, Matombo and Lucia Matibenga retained their posts as president and first vice-president respectively during the ZCTU congress that ended on Saturday. -- ZimOnline

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