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Catholic Journalists gear up to strengthen association

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Catholic Journalists gear up to strengthen association

BY Prince Henderson-ECM Communications Officer

The Social Communications and Research Commission of the Episcopal Conference of Malawi (ECM) has met executive members of the Association of Catholic Journalists (ACJ) in Blantyre with an aim of strengthening the association which has been dormant for some time.

ECM team, comprising the national communication secretary, Fr. Godino Phokoso, Communications Officer, Prince Henderson and Audio-Visual Officer, William Mponda travelled from the Capital, Lilongwe to Blantyre on a mission to understand how the association has been operating in the past years.

Fr. Phokoso, the team leader from ECM side said he is new in the office as the nation secretary thereby wanted to interact and learn from the executive members on what have been their roles to the Church and the country as a whole.

“ACJ one of the Church groups which was dully endorsed by the Bishops. This is a well-recognized group and Bishops would like to see it ticking and at the same time contribute positively to the Church” said Fr. Phokoso.

Mphokoso said it is sad to note that the association has been silent for the past two years hence the meeting was one way of finding out the challenges the association is facing so that can be reported to the Bishops for their action.

“As the national office, we are committed to working with the current executive and the entire Catholic journalists’ community. We would like however, want to see them organized and focused,” said Fr. Phokoso.

ACJ President, Deogratias Mmana said the meeting was timely and commended ECM for coming in to ensure that the association is vibrant from now onwards.
“We would like to commend the current national secretary and his team for coming to unite us and through this meeting we are going to move on,” said Mmana.

He said there were a lot of challenges that resulted to the dormancy of the association but now all is sorted out.
“Let me take this opportunity to invite all Catholic journalists elsewhere to come together and work for the good of our Church. Let the active ones be strengthen and those who would like to join us to feel free and do so,” he said.

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The meeting among others resolved to have an Annual General Meeting on April 29,2017 in Salima where the executive committee will present reports, amend the constitution, perform a Corporate Social Responsibility and have fun as one family members.

Editing by Mpho Musowa

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Millennium Challenge Corporation in talks with Government to start Second Compact

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Millennium Challenge Corporation acting Vice Presidents and Chief Economist have had talks with the Malawi government on phasing out of the Malawi Compact and starting Second Compact.

The high power delegation of Acting Vice Presidents for Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Ms. Kyeh Kim, Acting Vice President for Department of Compact Operations and Mr. Tom Kelly, responsible for Policy and Evaluation as well as Mr. Mark Sundberg, MCC Chief Economist have been holding meetings with government, among other issues to “seek Government of Malawi’s support towards successful closure of the Malawi Compact but also explore possibilities for a Second Compact”

The Malawi Compact is a single sector program designed to increase individual and business incomes and reduce poverty by improving availability, reliability and quality of power supply, expanding access to power, reducing the cost of doing business and revitalizing Malawi power sector.

MCC high power delegation visiting construction works

It was signed on April 7, 2011 and came into effect on September 20, 2013 with a grant of $350.700.000.
So far the Malawi Compact has expended 35 percent of the grant ($111.907.805)

The MCC leaders then took time to see some of the projects in construction taking place under the Compact. 

According to the itenary Ms. Kyeh visited construction site for the Bunda Power Substation while Mr. Kelly was at Nkhoma Power Substation and are impressed the work.

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EU gives Mzuzu Technical College €1.5M to train solar energy technicians

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The European Union has signed €1.5M grant with Mzuzu Technical College and partners to train solar technicians. 

The partners are Zayeed Energy and Ecology Centre based in Nkhatabay and Miracle Technical Institute in Karonga.

The technicians will be training in operating solar power equipmemt which will in turn help their socio economic status.

The trainees will also be tasked with training otherinorder to have people with thenknow how on the equipment thereby increasing production.

Solar energy equipment

Solar energy has great potential in agriculture production of the country which until now the most relianle income generating source for ordinary Malawians.

Statistics from the World Bank (Lighting Africa) shows over 90 percent of live below poverty line and most of them do not have electricity or are in consant blackouts.
The grant comes at a time when electricity woes still continue despite efforts to revive the sector and alternative sources of power are being heavily sort after

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EGENCO exploring altenative sources of power

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Electricity Generation Company, Egenco  says it is exploring altenative sources of power as a way of dealing with electricity black out in the country.

Mervin Mchenga, Public Relations Officer for Egenco in an interview says “the company is ambitious and committed to finding altenative sources of generating power apart from Hydro”

Mchenga however could not say which alternatives they have on the table saying it is too soon but added they are sourcing finances for the projects.

Mervin Mchenga, Egenco PRO

Egencos sole mandate is generating electricity.

“People must know that the establishment of EGENCO is a good development. With such a company that is solely devoted to generating power, it is certain that the power capacity in the country will increase. However, at the same time, people must understand that this takes time” says Mchenga.


The company started operating on 1st January 2017. It is now barely two months old. 


“we may still be experiencing some of the power challenges that existed before EGENCO was in existence. However, with time, these challenges will be a thing of the past” he said reassuring the public


Malawians have been complaining about black outs which subsequently is affecting the economy of the country as businesses are at most times on stand still.

 


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6 to undergo study at Handong Global University

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6 to undergo study at Handong Global University

By Mpho Musowa

6 students from Daeyang College of Information and Communication Technology have flew out of the country to undergo 5 months study at Handong Global University in South Korea.

This is part of an exchange program the Daeyang has with top universities to give exposure to students.

Handong Global University is one of the best universities in the world educating and producing brilliant minds.

The students include; Lovemore Ngwira, Lusungu Mwasinga, Finryson Msiska, Elizabeth Chikapa and Jonathan Phiri.

Vice Chancellor for Daeyang College Douglas Lungu said Handong university prepares global leaders though total education, which is a combination of moral and academic training gearing the students for today’s global and information era.

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Mutharika makes new parastatal board appointments

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Mutharika makes new parastatal board appointments

By Mpho Musowa

President Peter Mutharika on Monday appointed new board of directors for 18 statutory boards.

Chief Secretary in the Office of the President and Cabinet Llyod Muhara in a statement said the appointments follow expiry of contracts for previous directors and dissolution of their boards.

Muhara said the appointments have been made based on individual diverse backgrounds such as members of the legal fraternity, academia business civil society politician’s clergy and traditional leaders.

Blantyre Water board, Lilongwe Water Board, Malawi Bureau of Standards, Malawi Posts Corporation, National Food Reserve agency are among the boards have new board faces.

Reacting to being appointed for Air Cargo board Mc donald Pato Phoya expressed gratitude for the appointment.

“This is not my appointment alone, it is our appointment as youths of Malawi, regardless of what we believe in. Your great ideas will help us do well for if we fail we all fail. If I do well we all do well, the youth will be praised” said Phoya

The appointments are with immediate effect.

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TNM contributes 1 million Kwacha towards Malawi Law Society Conference

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TNM contributes 1 million Kwacha towards Malawi Law Society Conference

By Mpho Musowa

Telekom Networks Malawi has contributed 1 Million Kwacha towards the Malawi Law Society conference to be held from February 23 to 25, 2017 at Sunbird Nkopola lodge in Mangochi.

The network company says it felt obligated to make the contribution because of the role MLS plays in promoting justice and good governance in the country.

The conference is expected to attract over 200 delegates from Malawi and abroad with this year’s theme being promoting sustainable economic development in Malawi through a sound legal and regulatory investment framework.

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At the check presentation ceremony TNMs Managing Executive on legal matters Christina Mwansa said

“the company believes that interactions such as the conference provide platform for professionals to share ideas as well as measure success and shortfalls for the common good of and betterment of Mother Malawi”

Issues to be discussed during the MLS conference will be of great importance to the legal profession and the country as a whole

Hitesh Anadakt Vice Chairman for TNM board of directors is the guest of honour at the MLS 2017.

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MEC to use National Registration Bureau data for 2019 elections

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MEC to use National Registration Bureau data for 2019 elections

By Mpho Musowa

Malawi Electoral Commission says it will use National Registration Bureau data as an integral part of registration for the 2019 tripartite elections.

MEC chairperson Justice Jane Ansah SC, met with leaders of political parties and organizations to discuss on crucial issues that need to be ironed out before the elections, some of which include the division of constituencies.

Ansa assured participants during the stakeholder meetings that MEC has four back up plans which it will implement if the use of national identity cards strategy fails.

She said this when addressing the stakeholders concerns on the feasibility of the use of national identity cards data.

“We shared with them the system we want to use and the fact that we are waiting for NRB. They just started their work and we do not know when they will finish but we cannot say we are not indecisive because NRB is a different institution. From our talks we are assured they will finish in time for us to do our work”

“We want to have cost effective elections, because NRB is receiving a lot of money from government and donors and it would be a duplication if we were to also ask money for registration. We have not put our eggs in one basket because we have other strategies like ask NRB to use their equipment”

United Democratic Party spokesperson Ken Ndaga said the meeting was important because they interfaced on issues which the parties find to be thorn some and ways to go about them

“There quite a number of activities that as a Commission need to undertake one of them is important being voter registration. From the presentation they are not decisive on which strategy they will use, whether it is the National Registration Bureau data or the usual data from the past. We are only cautioning them to be decisive so that the process is not messed up. We are confident from the assurance they have given us and we hope they will keep their word.”

Ndaga added that among others they discussed on the recruitment off electoral to cast its net wider and not just use teachers. He said the mathematics from the 2014 elections had to be questioned.

They proposed that put recruitment adverts though the media so that any bonafide Malawian and not just capable, qualified but transparency can apply. People from other professions should also be included.

 

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APM assents ATI bill

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APM assents ATI bill

By Mpho Musowa

President Peter Mutharika has assented the Access to Information bill, Director of Communication Bright Molande has confirmed.

Molande said this during public debate on fake news and social media Wednesday evening held by the British Broadcasting Corporation.

Minister of Information Nicholas Dausi has also confirmed the development that Mutharika put his signature to the bill which most civil societies organization were worried will not be signed as almost all of the bills sent to him from last parliament sitting were assented to.

In earlier interview Mgeme Kalialani, spokesperson for the Mutharika said the president was still looking at the bill before signing it adding that if a bill is sent to the president it is not automatic it will be signed.

Thom Kanje MISA Malawi chairperson said the passing of the bill is important.

European ambassador to Malawi Marchel Gerrmann reacting to the new said he was “Delighted that President has assented to Access to Information Bill. Great news for Malawi” he also congratulated Parliament and all involved.

Gerrmann added “ATI bill empowers Malawians including media, CS, academia etc to have more insight into politics and decision making. More accountability!”

He further said the EU has been a strong supporter of the Bill and stands ready to support Malawi in helping with implementation.

However Panos Institute Southern Africa (PSAf) has cautioned that passing the bill and implementing it are two different things.

Lilien Kiefer Executive Director for PSAf has asked the government, civil society organizations and the public to take necessary steps to ensure the ATI is implemented in its fullest.

 

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Fire guts Chapondas Office

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Fire guts Chapondas Office

By Mpho Musowa

Fire has burnt Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development offices at government building in Lilongwe.

The cause of the fire has not yet been identified and communicated to the public but eyewitness say the fire started to emerge from Chapondas office around lunch hour time.

It is yet unclear with the minister was in his office at the time of the fire. However reports indicate it has now been contained

We will bring you an update on the story as we get it. Take a look at some of the pictures we combed through the internet of Chaponda’s burning office.

UPDATE: Spokesperson for the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development Hamilton Chimala, is quoted saying the fire was caused by a lightening which hit a socket connecting a plasma screen to the power.

Some workers detected a burning smell after the lightening but thorough investigation will determine what really happened

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Minister Kaliati and other staff look on as offices burn
Minister Kaliati and other staff look on as offices burn
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finally fire contained
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