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Alfred Manoyzo Jnr recovery to boost Wanderers chances of clinching TNM Super League

Manyozo in training

Be Forward Wanderers midfielder Alfred Manyozo Junior is back in the teams fold after recovering from an injury during a match with Kamuzu Barracks in Balaka.

Manyozo picked up the injury as Wanderers were playing their TNM Super league second round match.

According to sources in the Lali Lubani camp, the return of the midfielder is a huge boos to the team.

“Be Forward Wanderers have been boosted by the return to fitness of Alfred Manyozo jnr , ahead of their two games this week, against Chitipa United and Moyale Barracks respectively” reads a statement from the club.

The Nomads will resume their TNM Super League campaign this week with a game against Chitipa on Saturday and visit Moyale Barracks on Sunday.

The first game will take place at Karonga Stadium while the other encounter will be played at Mzuzu Stadium.

The club admits Manyozo has had to struggle with his injury but of late in his recovering has been focusing on his fitness in training.

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Government reiterates commitment to amiable working conditions for the Malawi Police Service

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Government has reiterated that it will remain committed to providing the Malawi Police Service (MPs) amiable working environment to enable the law enforcers execute their duties effectively.

Minister of Home Affairs and Internal Security, Grace Chiumia, made the commitment on Friday during the pass–out parade of 941 police constables at Limbe Police Training School in Blantyre.

“President Professor Peter Mutharika who is also the Commander – In – Chief of the Malawi Police Services is very committed to create conducive environment for our police officers,” Chiumia assured.

“We have planned a number of projects for the police such as provision of additional vehicles and to make sure that police officers have decent houses to discharge their duties well,” added Chiumia.

Chiumia disclosed that the construction of police houses would start soon in all the districts of the country, noting that the houses would facilitate easy mobilization of police officers in camps in times of emergency.

However, Chiumia called on new police recruits to be patriotic and discharge their duties diligently.

“As you proudly join the Malawi Police Service, l would like to encourage you to be professional in discharge of your duties as you strive to provide good quality services to the public,” Chiumia appealed.

“This job demands total commitment, you will often wake up early in the morning before everyone and retire to bed at very odd hours. Always have in your mind that the property and the lives of the citizens are in your hands,” the minister added.

Inspector General of Malawi Police Services, Dr. Lexten Kachama, commended government for the support it renders to the agency.

“Let me take this opportunity to commend government for its continuous support. With continued such support, l can assure the citizens that police will remain servants of the people all the time,” Kachama pledged.

Kachama, therefore, said the police would remain committed towards achieving its vision of creating a safe and secure Malawi considering that security was the country’s economic backbone.

However, Kachama appealed to people in the country to work hand in hand with the law enforcers in a bid to win the battle against crime.

“The battle against crime needs collective efforts, we are calling upon members of the general public to report any suspected criminal activities to the police,” he appealed.

Out of the 941 graduates, 316 were female police officers representing a 34 percent female police representation.

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Silver Strikers back on position 2 in the TNM Super League

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Silver Strikers Monday returned to “plot number 2″ after narrowly beating Azam Tigers 1-0 in the second round of the TNM Super League at Silver Stadium in Lilongwe.

Silver have now 45 points from 21 games five short of league leaders Mighty Be Forward Wanderers who are at 50 points while Azam Tigers have 28 points from 22 games.

The game started 65 minutes late as Tigers were refusing to play after their official was manhandled by some Silver Strikers supporters.

This prompted Tigers players to respond immediately and the two were separated by stewards and police officers.

The issue was resolved amicably after the visitors had stood their ground not to play as they said their safety was under threat.

When the game started, Silver’s Victor Limbani’s had drive was parried by William Thole just six minutes in the game.

Tigers Luka Mchima nearly put the visitors in the lead in the 18th minute when he beating advancing keeper Brighton Munthali but the tapping was cleared by Chisomo Mpachika on the goal mouth.

Three minutes later,  Timothy Chitedze fired a hard short which was fumbled by Thole.

Binwell Katinji put Silver into in the lead in the 23rd minute when he headed home Thuso Paipi’s cross from the left flank.

Five minutes to break,  Shisimbiwe Kanyika went past Silver defence but his effort hit the side net at the mercy of goalie Munthali.

Silver lead 1-0 after half time but the talk was on how the goal was scored other saw it being scored from an offside position.

Second half Tigers tried to come into the game with dangerous counter attacks through Mchima, Bernard Palanda and Dan Kumwenda but Yunis Sheriff and Mpachika were too good.

In the 65th minute,  the was a penalty shout out in the penalty box after Mpachika had handled box in the D zone but referee Brighton Gwiricho waved play on.

The remaining minutes Silver’s lead was under threat but Tigers were unlucky not to unlock the defence.

” Am happy our players had shown character and determination. They deserve maximum points and we still looking for the title, ” Chilomoni based Silver Strikers supporter,  Nawali Harawa said.

He explained that coordination and game plan was done so well by our technical team.

” This is very unfair result to Tigers. The officiation was so biased.  We can not progress in the way,” Area 25 based Soccer fan, Joe Chiwidi observed.

He said games should be decided by players by scoring clean goals not being given by referees on silver platter.

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Mutharika promises tightened security in blood sucking rumoured districts

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President Peter Mutharika Tuesday pledged to provide adequate security in Chiradzulu District amidst blood sucker rumours that are circulating in the southern districts of the country.

He made the pledge at Providence Industrial Mission (PIM) ground during an interface meeting with communities in the district.

“I want to advise you to remain calm and to start sleeping in your houses as police officers will provide adequate security,” the President advised, adding that thieves might take advantage people’s sleeping outside their houses and steal their property.

Mutharika said he was perplexed by the whole blood sucking rumours and was not aware how it all started hence he has instructed the police to be present across the district both undercover including those in uniforms.

He said a committee would be formed comprising, chiefs, religious leaders, civil society organizations and other nine government ministries that would go around the district to sensitize people on the matter.

The President advised people to refrain from taking the law into their hands but report suspects involved in the despicable acts to the police.

Paramount Chief Ngolongoliwa said as chiefs, they would play their part in ending the problem that has arisen among their communities.

“I urge you Mr. President to continue with developmental activities and leave these issues of witchcraft to us Chiefs. These things may be coming from our enemies who are not wishing this county well but I promise to deal with these with the help of other Chiefs for our communities to continue enjoying their peace,” he assured.

Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Kondwani Nankhumwa bemoaned the current situation people of Chiradzulu are facing saying the district has been through numerous traumatizing situations.

He said some years ago, women in the district had their breasts chopped off and now they were going through the alleged blood sucking fiasco.

Nankhumwa thanked the president for sparing his time to visit the people saying he has displayed that he cares for his citizens and is willing to be with them in good and bad times.

Testimonies on the blood sucking saga were provided by Chiradzulu District Council Chair, Diston Mpero citing an incident where villagers attacked a land cruiser belonging to the Department of Geological Surveys under the suspicion that it was part of the blood sucking activities.

Another incident involved a head teacher at Chikangulu Primary School where learners and the communities suspected the head teacher of hiding blood suckers in his house.

Head teacher, Charles Mlagali, bemoaned the whole blood sucking saga saying currently he feels threatened to return to work because of the community’s overreaction over unfounded rumours.

Chiradzulu is the third district, President Mutharika has visited meeting communities in line with the blood sucking rumours after Mulanje and Phalombe.

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Global Hunger Index ranks Malawi at 90

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The latest Global Hunger Index, published by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has ranked Malawi at position 90 measuring the country’s hunger situation in the most critical category.

The Global Hunger Index (GHI) ranks countries based on undernourishment, child mortality, child wasting (low weight for height) and child stunting (low height for age).

The 2017 report titled: ‘The Inequalities of Hunger,’ ranked 119 developing countries where Malawi hunger rate stands at 27.2 percent from 2016’s 26.9 percent representing 0.3 percent increase, which translates into worsening of a country’s hunger situation.

“25.9 percent of the Malawian people are undernourished from 20.7 percent in 2016 while 2.7 percent of Malawian children under the age of five are wasting compared with 3.8 from last year’s index,” reads the 2017 GHI report.

“Stunting in children under the age of five years stands at 37.1 percent from last year’s 42.4 percent and under five mortality rate still stagnates at 6.4 percent,” it further reads.

Civil Society Agriculture Network (CISANET), National Director, Pamela Kuwali, said the change from 26.9 to 27.2 percent was an indication that there was great need for improvement on the country’s food security efforts.

“This is not a good indication of how we are doing as a country. Position 90 is on the lower end of the scale. We need to do more. There is need to review the country’s strategies on food security,” she noted.

“There is need to invest more in sustainable programmes that are going to help address the challenge of food security in Malawi so that the country can ascend the scale,” Kuwali added.

Kuwali also said the increase in the proportion of undernourished in the population was also an area of concern since it reflects a downward trend showing retrogression. “This implies that apart from efforts on food security a great deal of attention must be directed to nutrition security,” she said.

However, she said in a bid to improve the country’s ranking and pace at which the country is reducing hunger, policies and strategies must be put in place to help farmers increase their productivity at all times through strengthening their resilience to shocks as well as enhancing conservation agriculture.

“On top of that, we need to address the challenge of malnutrition, it is critical that agriculture must be linked to nutrition. Additionally, there must be intensive awareness programs on the importance of good nutrition,” Kuwali emphasised.

According to 2017 GHI scores, the level of hunger in the world has decreased by 27 percent from the 2000 level.

Out of the 119 countries assessed in this year’s report, one falls in the extremely alarmingrange on the GHI severity Scale; seven fall in the alarming range; 44 in the seriousrange; and 24 in the moderaterange. So far, only 43 countries have scores in the low range.

The GHI is a tool designed to comprehensively measure and track hunger at the global, regional and national levels. The IFPRI calculates GHI scores each year to assess progress and setbacks in combating hunger.

On the other hand, the GHI is designed to raise awareness and understanding of the struggle against hunger, provide a means to compare the lev­els of hunger between countries and regions and call for attention to the areas of the world in greatest need of additional resources to eliminate hunger.

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Blue Eagles fire coach

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Blue Eagles Football Club Executive Committee Sunday suspended its head coach, Audlow Makonyola for poor performance of the team.

A suspension letter signed by the Chairperson of the club, Alexander Ngwala, stated that Makonyola has been discharged from working as head coach of the technical panel with immediate effect.

The letter said the decision has been arrived after a thorough evaluation of the team’s performance during his leadership as head coach.

The Executive has found that Makonyola was failing to maintain and enforce the team’s spirit of discipline and conduct both on and off the field of play.

Blue Eagles has suffered back to back defeats at home against Mighty Be Forward Wanderers 2-0 and away against Kamuzu Barracks 3-1.

Blue Eagles under performed against Wanderers when there was much anticipation that they will put up a gallant but they did to the contrary.

Eagle’s Captain Micium Mhone’s luck of discipline contributed to the fall of the Eagles when he was shown a red card and Area 30 men had to fight with 10 men in the last 21 minutes of the game.

The Chairperson has not indicated who will take charge of the team in the interim owing to the suspension of Makonyola.

Makonyola could not pick up his phone to confirm receiving the suspension letter.

Under his tutelage, Blue Eagles were fourth on the log by Saturday morning but dropped to seventh by the end of the day following a defeat against Kamuzu.

They will now have to dig deep if they are to remain in the top 8 of the league at the end of the season.

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Chilima tells private sector to be innovative if they have to keep afloat

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Vice President, Dr. Saulos Chilima, on Friday challenged the private sector to employ strategies that will keep the corporate world afloat even in times of economic hardships.

Chilima made the remarks during official opening of the 2017 Technical, Entrepreneurial and Vocational Education and Training Authority (TEVETA) National Executive Conference held at Club Makokola Retreat in Mangochi where Chief Executive Officers, Directors and Managers of about 40 private and public institutions gathered.

The Vice President said it is pleasing that TEVETA had drawn together leaders of both giant and upcoming businesses, companies and organizations in the country as one way of promoting innovative business practices for increased productivity.

He challenged the corporate executives to use the skills they would acquire through the conference to re-engineer their respective businesses and forge ahead.

“Any strategy can be excellent but the difference lies in the execution. So, make sure you utilize and implement what will be discussed here to improve your businesses…we need to turn around our economy from a predominantly importing and consuming country to one that is producing and exporting and this shift cannot be done if the private sector is left out in all development phases,” he said.

The Veep further gave the corporate executives a few tips on how to survive turbulence and remain strong in the corporate world urging the corporate executives to never panic or carry out knee jerk decisions but stay focused like a Lion on the hunt and deploy short term interventions while maintaining the long term view.

He assured the business captains that government is doing everything possible to ensure that the business environment in the country is conducive for them to thrive.

The conference was part of TEVETA’s initiative of Private Sector Training Programme (PSTPs) aimed at ensuring increased productivity at the workplace and also supporting the attainment of a conducive environment for private sector growth.

The conference was held under the theme, “Steering Organizations through Business Turbulence,” and the guest speaker was South African branding and reputation guru, Thebe Ikalafeng.

On his part, Ikalafeng also took the participants through a presentation titled, “Innovative business practices for increased productivity in a turbulent business environment.”

 

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Be Forward Wanderers tighten grip at summit of TNM super league

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Mighty Be Forward Wanderers Sunday resurrected from the dead to pull a 2-0 victory over 10 men Blue Eagles as Esau ‘Black Mamba’ Kanyenda bite twice to consolidate lead in the TNM Super league second round played before a capacity crowd at Nankhaka ground in Area 30, Lilongwe.

Wanderers’ current goal getter, veteran Essau “Black Mamba” Kanyenda claimed a brace with a goal in each half to increase his goal tally to six from six games since signing for the team from Polokwane City of South Africa.

Blue Eagles had to endure the last 20 minutes with 10 men as their captain Micium Mhone was sent off for a second bookable offence and his departure exposed his team to numerous counter attacks by Wanderers.

The Lali Boys had to forget their 2-1 painful defeat against Silver Strikers on Saturday and had use Ted Sumani, Lucky Malata in their defence to compliment Harry Nyirenda and Bongani Kaipa as they were so exposed In their previous encounter.

Nomads have stretched the lead to five points to second placed Silver Strikers with 20 games played.
Blue Eagle’s record of not losing at home this season has been broken and this could be attributed to their soft approach to the game.

The first opening minutes, Area 30 men looked promising with striker, Mphatso Philimoni and veteran midfielder, Philip Masiye getting into thick of things to test Wanderers keeper, Richard Chipuwa but they missed the target.

Wanderer’s defender, Malata wasted a chance in the 17th minute when he headed wide Mike Kaziputa’s corner kick inside the penalty box.

The visitors took control of play particularly in the midfield where Precious Sambani and Joseph Kamwendo gave Eagle’s midfielders, Gregory Nachipo and Vitumbiko Kumwenda tough time.

Wanderer’s striker, Kanyenda broke the deadlock in the 27th minute when he was put through by Kamwendo before squeezing in a low shot to the far corner of the net beating Eagle’s goalie, John Soko.

Nine minutes to break, Wanderers forward Peter Wadabwa connected wide Kaziputa’s cross and Eagle’s central defenders Gio Banda and Osward Maonga were caught napping.

The two sides went to break with the visitors in the driving seat to disbelief of rivals camps faithful’s.
Eagle’s implored two quick counter attacks through Mhone and Nachipo but Nomads goalie, Chipuwa stood firm to deny them.

Area 30 men made a double substitution on the 57th to change things they brought in Gilbert Chirwa and John Malidadi Jnr for out of form Philimoni and Maonga respectively while Wanderers throw the fresh legs of Felix Zulu for Isaac Kaliati.
Eagle’s as they were surging forward for an equaliser, they were dealt a blow when Mhone was shown a red card and were reduced to 10 men in the 70th minute.

Kanyenda claimed a double in the 87th minute when he volleyed home a 35 metre drive after intercepting Eagle’s keeper Soko’s miskick.

Referee Aster Zimba had to add seven more minutes to the game due to a lot of stoppages and at one point the game was briefly stopped when Eagle’s supporters were throwing missiles to second assistant referee Ibrah Mafeluka.

Despite adding the amount of time it produced no goals from either side. Blue Eagle mentor, Audlow Makonyola said it was a good game and his charges wasted some chances.

” We need to accept we have been beaten and we played not as a team. I think there are some issues we need to sort them out,” he pointed out.

Wanderers Team Manager, Steve Madeira said his team is still on top and everything is now okay. “We are happy that we have won the game owing to our yesterday’s defeat. We had to forget about it and concentrate on this game and we have just done that,” he remarked.

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UNILIA students invent smart stick to aid the visually impaired

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Students from University of Livingstonia (Unilia) have devised a sensory walking stick that will help people with impaired vision to detect any objects in their way when they are walking.

The new innovation which is called Smart Stick was revealed Friday in Mzuzu during Unilia’s Computer Engineering, Public Health, and Food Security and Nutrition Symposium.

Among others, the stick has been devised with the ability to detect moisture, distance and light feelings for the people which will help them to walk without any difficulties.

Fourth year Computer Engineering student Tikhala Mwale, who made a presentation of the Smart Stick at the symposium, said the innovation marks the beginning of a new chapter for people who have sight challenges.

“This is a breakthrough for people with blindness challenges. They will no longer struggle to walk on their own as the stick guides them wherever they go. We have devised this stick in such a way that it uses three feelings of moisture, distance and light which enables them to automatically receive audio directions whenever they are walking even during the night,” he said.

Mwale said among others, the stick uses locally available cell batteries which make it even affordable to people who live in remote areas where there is no electricity.

He explained that the new innovation would help students with impaired vision in their education pursuit as they would be encouraged to go to school on their own without the help of others.

Director of Health Technical Services in the Ministry of Health, Dr Benson Chilima expressed delight and praise for the students’ innovation.

“This clearly demonstrates that as students who will be graduating in a days’ time, you are ready to help the country offer solutions to a number of challenges that the country is facing”.

“The industry out there needs graduates who are valuable and ready to give solutions that they have learnt from the four years they have been studying,” he said.

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Thabwa-Chitseko Seveni road to meet international standards

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National Roads Authority Spokesperson, Portia Kajanga has trashed assertions that the construction of the Thabwa – Chitseko – Seveni road was temporary in nature.

“This project is part of the Malawi Flood Emergency Recovery Project (MFERP) under World Bank Funding. The project intends to upgrade the 59 km road from earth to bitumen surface with improvements to drainage structures including bridges,” said Kajanga.

She explained that due to budgetary limitations under the World Bank funding, government had split implementation of the project into two phases.

The first phase, which is being funded by the World Bank will include, heavy earthworks intended to raise the entire road for an average height of 300mm and the construction of a minimum of 4 double-lane reinforced concrete bridges at Nkhate, Livunzu, Phala and Chizimbi and other drainage structures.

She added the design of the drainage structures would take into consideration the catchment characteristics of the area and was thereby based on international standards.

The Spokesperson said at a later stage, the government would complete the remaining phase to bitumen standard.

“The Roads Authority would therefore like to assure the concerned public that the works will be done to the required international standard in terms of quality, time and budget,” Kajanga added.

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