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Tuesday, July 17th, 2018

 

Election stakeholders appeals for intensified voter registration awareness campaigns

By Brian Kanyenda.

Amid fears of voter registration apathy as occurred in the first phase of registration exercise, the National Initiative for Civic Education (NICE) Trust in Balaka District has started a voter registration sensitization campaign.

This is in an effort to encourage people in the district to register for the 2019 tripartite elections.

The Nice Trust Education Officer for Balaka district Henry Zakeria said that to avoid a repeat of what has happened in the first phase of the exercise which has been marred with low turnout.

NICE trust in Balaka therefore has lined up several programs to civic educate all people through a variety of awareness and mobilization initiatives in the district.

According to Zakeria to avoid low turnout on the exercise the initiative has trained and mentored several volunteers in all areas in the district to inform people on the commencement of registration process and the new advancements made as people will use biometric registration process. “So far we have conducted two trainings.”

The Education Officer said that through volunteers they are educating people aged eighteen and above with well-versed information to actively participate in the forthcoming biometric voter registration exercise and to ensure that all voters in Balaka district have collect information on the elections and that they should make formed decisions.

“With the changes to the registration system we are prepared to sensitize the masses in this district to be well conversant with the system and the importance of registering as a citizen,” he said.

Zakeria further added that since Balaka is in fifth phase of the exercise which is expected to commence on September 2 to 15, this year.

He added that NICE Trust is working with local chiefs, churches and mosques as opportunities of passing out information, including road shows and promotion materials like T-Shirts and caps so that no eligible voter is left out during the exercise.

“On the implementation of NICE registration monitors, we are having two roving monitors who will be stationed in each ward for the registration period but since Balaka has 8 wards and other wards are much bigger than others. We will have more than one Area Civic Education Coordinator (ACEC) who will be supported by a zone coordinator”, Said Zakeria.

Meanwhile some election stakeholders have urged all eligible voters in the country to register as voters in order for them to exercise their democratic right to vote, which will help elect a leader of Malawi for the next five years.

One of the concerned citizens Saunders Jumah of Malawi Engagement (MAENGA) Pressure Group has called on the Malawi Electoral Commission to engage more stakeholders to ensure that awareness campaigns are intensified.

Jumah in a statement said that the voter registration is of paramount importance to Malawi hence the need for all citizens to take advantage of the voter registration exercise and register in order to be able to voice out their anger on the ballot in the forthcoming general elections

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Only three women show interest to contest in 2019 polls in Chiradzulu

By Chrissie Mainjeni-Mec Stringer

The National Initiative for Civic Education, Nice Trust in Chiradzulu, has called on political parties to create spaces for women to compete in various positions, as reports show that only three women have shown interest to contest in the forthcoming tripartite elections.

This comes amid efforts by government and various stakeholders, who are fighting for 50:50 women representation in political positions.

The parliamentary aspirants are Alice Kazembe and Susan Kachiwone while the third one aspires to become a Ward Councillor.

In an intereview, NICE District Civic Education Officer for Chiradzulu, Boniface Phiri, attributed the development to lack of interest among political parties to promoting women.

Phiri observed that political parties are not opening enough to accommodate women aspirants, hence women’s withdrawal from the political race.

“We have noted with regret that most parties are not interested to field women aspirants in the 2019 polls. This is quite unfortunate because they are defeating the whole purpose of 50:50 campaign”, he said.

Phiri added that some women are being intimidated by male aspirants, which is making it difficult for them to declare their interest in politics.

However, he said that some women, too, are backtracking voluntarily due lack of financial support as well as low self-esteem.

On this note, he said since May, the Trust has been training women on various skills such as public speaking and proposal writing, so that they should be able to articulate issues as well as sourcing own funds to facilitate their meetings.

“Apart from this, we are also using Multiparty Liaison Committees to relay messages of women participation in politics so that the current number should increase,” he said, adding that traditional and religious leaders too have been targeted with the same message.

He said 50:50 campaign is achievable only if all stakeholders work together to inspire women to join politics.

Meanwhile, Malawi Congress Party and Democratic Progressive Party, District Chairman and District Governor respectively, Dyson Likangala and Joseph Mwapeya Kaliwo, have admitted of the low numbers of women aspirants in their parties.

The two leaders have since pledged to intensify civic education so that women should have a change of heart and come forward.

Chiradzulu has five constituencies and 10 wards.

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Malawian Gospel Hip Hop star Cee-Jay’s most anticipated ‘Dance’ video coming soon

By Brian Kanyenda.

Malawi’s uprising Gospel Hip Hop star Cee-Jay, has revealed his plans to release a video for his latest hit titled ‘Dance’.

A 20 year old Blantyre based musician whose real name is Chigomezgo Mkandawire dropped a new Dance tune on 2nd July this year which is currently enjoying massive airplay in many local radio stations and equally having more downloads on malawimusic.com.

Cee-Jay a new fig in music industry signed under Focused Creativity said that Malawians should expect a video by end August

According to Cee-Jay’s South African based Manager of Focused Creativity Paul Manda, the tune was produced by Manifest in Lilongwe which is all about praising the wonderful God.

“The song talks about what the Lord has done in my life, for all he has done all I can do is to dance”

“Cee-Jay as young as he is, uses his talent to reach out to his fellow youngsters about the gospel of God,” said Manda.

The Gospel Hip Hop star’s most anticipated ‘Dance’ video coming soon came into limelight early this year who surprised most music lovers in the country when he released his massive hit titled ‘Delete’.

In his recent exclusive interview monitored on Dziko FM inside ‘Know Me Better’ Cee-Jay disclosed that his dream is to become one of the best Gospel Hip Hop artist reaching out to as many Malawians especially youths.

“I’m more confident that with God all my dreams will come to reality. I’m humbled with the way people have welcomed my first two singles, their support means a lot to me and I’m very encouraged to continue preaching the word of God through my music”, said Cee-Jay.

He further said that in his ‘Delete’ hit he preaches about trading all the sorrow and pains when someone receives Christ Jesus as the Mighty Savior.

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Former US Preident Obama calls today’s times ‘strange and uncertain’ in high-profile speech;16th Nelson Mandela annual lecture

PRETORIA-Former U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday was making his highest-profile speech since leaving office, urging people around the world to respect human rights and other values under threat in an address marking the 100th anniversary of anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela’s birth.

According to The Associated Press (AP), while not directly mentioning his successor, President Donald Trump, Obama’s speech in South Africa countered many of Trump’s policies, rallying people to keep alive the ideas that Mandela worked for including democracy, diversity and good education for all.

Obama opened by describing today’s times as “strange and uncertain,” adding that “each day’s news cycle is bringing more head-spinning and disturbing headlines.”

These days “we see much of the world threatening to return to a more dangerous, more brutal, way of doing business,” Obama said.

His words were met with cheers by a crowd of about 14,000 people gathered at a cricket stadium in Johannesburg for the speech, which was streamed online.

“Just by standing on the stage honoring Nelson Mandela, Obama is delivering an eloquent rebuke to Trump,” said John Stremlau, professor of international relations at Witwatersrand University in Johannesburg, who called the timing auspicious as the commitments that defined Mandela’s life are “under assault” in the U.S. and elsewhere.

“Yesterday we had Trump and Putin standing together, now we are seeing the opposing team: Obama and Mandela.”

This is Obama’s first visit to Africa since leaving office in early 2017. He stopped earlier this week in Kenya, where he visited the rural birthplace of his late father.

Obama’s speech highlighted how the Nobel Peace Prize winner, who was imprisoned for 27 years, kept up his campaign against what appeared to be insurmountable odds to end apartheid, South Africa’s harsh system of white minority rule.

Mandela, who was released from prison in 1990 and became South Africa’s first black president four years later, died in 2013, leaving a powerful legacy of reconciliation and diversity along with a resistance to inequality, economic and otherwise.

Obama has shied away from public comment on Trump, whose administration has reversed or attacked notable achievements of his predecessor.

The U.S. under Trump has withdrawn from the 2015 Paris climate agreement and the Iran nuclear deal while trying to undercut the Affordable Care Act or “Obamacare.”

Instead of commenting on politics, Obama’s speech was drawing on broader themes and his admiration for Mandela, whom America’s first black president saw as a mentor.

When Obama was a U.S. senator he had his picture taken with Mandela. After Obama became president he sent a copy of the photo to Mandela, who kept it in his office.

Obama also made a point of visiting Mandela’s prison cell and gave a moving eulogy at Mandela’s memorial service in 2013, saying the South African leader’s life had inspired him.

Many South Africans view Obama as a successor to Mandela because of his groundbreaking role and his support for racial equality in the U.S. and around the world.

Moses Moyo, a 32-year-old Uber driver, was among the thousands lining up for Obama’s speech. “I think he’ll speak about how Mandela changed the system here in South Africa, how he ended apartheid and gave hope for the poor and encouraged education,” he said.

Many people in South Africa are discouraged by corruption, he added, as the ruling African National Congress struggles to maintain the legacy that Mandela and others established.

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Local peace-builders shed light on causes and remedies for conflict in Mali

Executive Summary

Mali is facing an escalating violent conflict that has spread from the peripheral Sahel regions in the far northwest to the centre of the country. In 2018, the country is faced with a situation where violence is more intense and widespread than during the widely publicised 2012–2013 crisis.

Mali is not experiencing a civil war in the conventional sense but a complex, multidimensional security crisis of interlinked micro-conflicts.

Communities are fragmenting into competing armed factions and mass atrocities are becoming commonplace. In 2013, international military intervention took place, followed by a democratic transition. Yet, five years on, the presidential election due on 29 July, poses a short-term risk to political stability, as well as a long-term opportunity to rebuild the Malian state and society.

Peace Direct began working in Mali in late 2017, in collaboration with the national office of the West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP).
With over 500 member organisations across West Africa, WANEP is well placed to increase coordination between local civil society and women led organisations in the region. Peace Direct will be supporting WANEP in its aims to increase the sense of security and social cohesion among communities, through enhanced capacity and coordination of local civil society organisations.

This report presents the findings of Peace Direct’s first Peace Exchange workshop in Bamako, a practitioner led conflict analysis workshop, (subsequently referred to as ‘Peace Exchange’), bringing together 20 representatives from grassroots peacebuilding organisations from across Mali to discuss the drivers of violent conflict, opportunities and challenges. It also draws on results from a qualitative survey that was distributed to participant organisations to share among their respective local peacebuilding networks across Mali, as well as three in-depth interviews with participants from the Peace Exchange. In addition, the report refers to quantitative data from the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project Database to present a bottom-up picture of the challenges Mali’s people and communities face in building a safe and dignified future.


Mzuzu’s Zithele Pano room booked for sex gutted: Man and woman burnt to death during romps

An unidentified man and a woman died in the early hours of Monday when a room they had booked at a leisure centre in Mzuzu caught fire and they died as they had been engaged sex.

It is alleged that the woman was a commercial sex worker and on the fateful night had a client in the room at Zithele Pano Leisure Centre at Geisha Township in the city.

The leisure centre’s proprietor George Almeida said that the cause of the fire was not known.

Almeida said he was alerted by a woman who was residing in one of the five rooms at the centre that the structure was on fire.

“It was early in the morning when I heard voices coming from the rooms and I thought it was business as usual.

“But, to my surprise, I saw smoke coming from the rooms. I rushed to save life and property but it was too late to save anything,” Almeida said.

Mzuzu Police Station publicist Paul Tembo confirmed the death but said he was yet to get the deceased’s details from Mzuzu Central Hospital where the bodies were taken to.

The fire destroyed a pool table, Liquor, a television set and speakers which were used at the leisure center.

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DPP governor arrested over missing albino boy in Phalombe

The Malawi Police are keeping in custody the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) constituency governor for Phalombe North West Patrick Chinawa for allegedly having a hand in the missing albino boy in the district.

National Police Spokesperson James Kadadzera confirmed of the arrest in an interview with the Maravi Post.

According to Kadadzera, Chinawa together with two others suspected to have hand in the missing of albino boy Joseph Kachingwe who went missing on Independence Day.

The arrest has caused the number of suspect linked to the case to jump from five to eight.

Other suspects include; Mary Nankhuku, a mother to the victim, Humphrey Elia, a step-father to the victim, Beaton Tabwali, Eniphat Chinawa, Julius Mkhwayi, Steve Chauma and Joseph Mankhokwe.

Information at hand indicates that a step-father to the missing boy confessed to have poisoned the child.

The Maravi Post will keep updating the story.

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Former MCP District chairpersons join Chilima Movement; say enough of political torture

LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-The disgruntled former Malawi Congress Party (MCP) district chairpersons drawn across the country on Tuesday joined the vice president Saulos Chilima’s United Transformation Movement (UTM).

Led by Chatonda Kaunda who served as MCP deputy secretary general, the grouping which comprised of the party’s central region committee (about 65 members) confessed that were tired of MCP political torture.

Kaunda told the news conference in the capital Lilongwe that MCP leadership did not want the elderly in its structures hence the defection to UTM.

“They told us that we are now too old to serve in the party. Having looked around, we realised that UTM can embrace us and they have indeed welcomed us with all warm arms. We are now home, the thing is to ensure that the party gets into power,” said Kaunda.

UTM’s Spokesperson, Dr. Chidanti Malunga the joining of the MCP old guards testifies how popular is the striking across the country.

Dr Malunga said that for UTM to claim vitory in 2019 tripartite elections, requires everyone to participate fully in its agenda not only youths.

“Allow me to clarify that indeed we certainly preach youthful leadership, but that does not mean we will throw away any vote outside the bracket. They have come to join us, to support us, and vote for us. They are not not looking for positions. No big deal

“We should be careful with critics who will always find and fault in everything we do. For Saulosi Klaus Chilima to win, we need votes, and these votes can come from from all ages,” emphasised Malunga.

However, the speaker of the National Assembly who is also former MCP vice president Richard Msowoya is expected to be formally welcomed into the movement family on Saturday at Masintha ground in Lilongwe during the launch of the movement.

Meanwhile, in the north, Loveness Gondwe and 21 others say they will contest the parliamentary elections on the UTM ticket.

Gondwe, former deputy speaker of parliament, was Aford member before she defected to MCP before dumping it to join the movement.

The UTM is becoming popular day by day which all political giant parties must not underrate its existence a head of 2019 general elections.

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Former MCP District chairpersons joins Chilima Movement; says enough of political torture

LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-The disgruntled former Malawi Congress Party (MCP) district chairpersons drawn across the country on Tuesday joined the vice president Saulos Chilima’s United Transformation Movement (UTM).

Led by Chatonda Kaunda who served as MCP deputy secretary general, the grouping which comprised of the party’s central region committee (about 65 members) confessed that were tired of MCP political torture.

Kaunda told the news conference in the capital Lilongwe that MCP leadership did not want the elderly in its structures hence the defection to UTM.

“They told us that we are now too old to serve in the party. Having looked around, we realised that UTM can embrace us and they have indeed welcomed us with all warm arms. We are now home, the thing is to ensure that the party gets into power,” said Kaunda.

UTM’s Spokesperson, Dr. Chidanti Malunga the joining of the MCP old guards testifies how popular is the striking across the country.

Dr Malunga said that for UTM to claim vitory in 2019 tripartite elections, requires everyone to participate fully in its agenda not only youths.

“Allow me to clarify that indeed we certainly preach youthful leadership, but that does not mean we will throw away any vote outside the bracket. They have come to join us, to support us, and vote for us. They are not not looking for positions. No big deal

“We should be careful with critics who will always find and fault in everything we do. For Saulosi Klaus Chilima to win, we need votes, and these votes can come from from all ages,” emphasised Malunga.

However, the speaker of the National Assembly who is also former MCP vice president Richard Msowoya is expected to be formally welcomed into the movement family on Saturday at Masintha ground in Lilongwe during the launch of the movement.

Meanwhile, in the north, Loveness Gondwe and 21 others say they will contest the parliamentary elections on the UTM ticket.

Gondwe, former deputy speaker of parliament, was Aford member before she defected to MCP before dumping it to join the movement.

The UTM is becoming popular day by day which all political giant parties must not underrate its existence a head of 2019 general elections.

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Sankara lessons Kenya can take home for war against corruption

The idea of lifestyle audits for public officers with the end goal of fighting corruption is not new in Africa. In 1987, a young visionary and revolutionary, Captain Thomas Sankara, then-President of Burkina Faso, set up the People’s Commission for the Prevention of Corruption.

The PCPC was mandated to collect and investigate information on the incomes of high-ranking government officers.

Anyone found living beyond his means and couldn’t account for his wealth was either charged or relieved of his duties.

To enforce compliance to his edict, Sankara was the first to be audited. The audit revealed that he had one house, which was still on mortgage, two undeveloped plots of land, a vehicle and several bicycles. He also owned several guitars, a refrigerator and a few kitchen appliances.

AMASSING WEALTH

While other African leaders were amassing wealth after independence, Sankara was busy distributing it equally to citizens through development programmes. He was an upright man and lived a modest life — unlike his African counterparts.

(Burkina Faso, the name Sankara gave former Upper Volta on August 4, 1984, is Fula language for “the land of upright, or honest, people” — Editor.)

On the war on corruption, Sankara’s reputation is indisputable: He was incorruptible and his goal was to lead an incorruptible revolutionary government.

His revolutionary morality gave him the moral authority to confront corruption in all spheres. He did not preach water and drink wine. He had committed himself to do the right thing though it cost him friendship with the corrupt.

The President Uhuru Kenyatta government can take a leaf from Thomas Sankara in the ongoing anti-corruption war.

PUBLIC INTOLERANCE

The most effective formula is prevention. A new government should, from the outset, declare and showcase public intolerance to corruption.

The reason why President Kenyatta faces difficulty in his graft purge is simple: The vice has permeated his government since his first term and is entrenched in it.

His word on fighting graft has become casual and cliché.

Never give corruption a foothold. Once it takes root, it is difficult to nab the perpetrators; no thief leaves evidence behind.

Corruption cases in Kenya are always delayed, the evidence is never sufficient for conviction and suspects often have the last laugh. To an extent, graft seems to pay more than hard work.

The President’s lifestyle audit should have been instituted as soon as he stepped into office in 2013. This is the sole reason why Sankara succeeded in the fight against corruption in a few years.

The best shot Kenya has is 2022, if we elect a ‘Sankara’: One whose reputation and character is above reproach, whose name is untainted and one with political will to fight corruption and lead an incorruptible government. May a Sankara emerge in 2022.

Pithon G. Muchoki, Embu.