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Charles Blé Goudé prend part aux obsèques de sa sœur à Paris

Publié le 06.07.2020 à 00h18 par APA

L’Ivoirien Charles Blé Goudé, qui attend une décision, en appel, de la Cour pénale internationale (CPI) sur son acquittement définitif ou non, a séjourné du 2 au 4 juillet 2020 à Paris, où il a pris part aux obsèques de sa sœur, indique une note de son Cabinet.M. Blé Goudé, le président du Congrès panafricain pour la justice et l’égalité des peuples (Cojep, opposition) a séjourné à Paris du 02 au 04 juillet 2020, après que les autorités françaises ont accédé à sa demande à se rendre en France pour prendre part  aux obsèques de sa sœur.

 Après avoir accompagné sa sœur à sa dernière demeure le vendredi 03 juillet, au cimetière de La Courneuve où elle repose désormais en paix, le président du Cojep, Charles Blé Goudé, a regagné La Haye sain et sauf, indique la note.

Encore à La Haye, pour des besoins de procédures judiciaires, M. Blé Goudé,  « président de la voix du peuple » au regard de son combat politique,  a effectué de déplacement, strictement familial et douloureux, en France.

Il a traduit sa gratitude aux autorités françaises et au greffe de la Cour pénale internationale pour avoir facilité ce voyage, le premier du genre depuis son acquittement et la levée des mesures de restrictions qui pesaient contre lui.

La CPI a levé le mercredi 28 mai 2020 les mesures restrictives dans l’affaire Laurent Gbagbo et  Blé Goudé, ordonnant qu’ils ne se déplacent en dehors des limites de la municipalité dans laquelle ils résident dans l’Etat d’accueil à moins d’en avoir été expressément autorisés au préalable par la Cour.

Ces deux personnalités devront se conformer à toute autre condition raisonnable imposée par l’État dans lequel ils seront libérés. Ces mesures viennent assouplir les conditions restreignant la liberté d’aller et venir de MM. Gbagbo et Blé Goudé, suite à leur acquittement en janvier 2019.

MM. Gbagbo et Blé Goudé, attendent la décision,  en appel, de la Cour pénale internationale, sur leur acquittement définitif ou non. Le procureur demande à la Cour d’infirmer la décision d’acquittement. Les juges de la Chambre d’appel décideront de la suite à donner à cette requête. 


Malawi’s UTM secretary Bessie Sambo dies of Covid-19

An administrative secretary of UTM Party as well as personal secretary to vice-president Saulos Chilima has died after contracting coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic while several known political figures are confirmed to have been diagnosed with the virus.

 UTM confirmed that Bessie Sambo – who was seen during campaign sitting close to Chilima has died.

 A popular figure on the campaign circuit, has seen many message of disbelief on Facebook for her loss.

Meantime Frank Tumpale Mwenifumbo writing on his Facebook has admitted that he has been infected and is in hospital, he shared the following message: My beloved friends , I would like to inform you that I have tested + for COVID-19…and I am receiving good Health care at Kamuzu Central Hospital  . I urge those that were in close proximity with me in recent 10 days to come forward and present themselves for testing to that we can halt the spread.

My immediate family have all tested Negative and this should encourage you too.  The number to call for COVID response is 0995165360…Thank you my friends & my God bless you all.

Frank Mwenefumbo was UDF running mate for Saulos Chilima in the 2019 nullified elections.

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UTM secretary Bessie Sambo has died from Covid-19

An administrative secretary of UTM Party as well as personal secretary to vice-president Saulos Chilima has died after contracting coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic while several known political figures are confirmed to have been diagnosed with the virus.

 UTM confirmed that Bessie Sambo – who was seen during campaign sitting close to Chilima has died.

 A popular figure on the campaign circuit, has seen many message of disbelief on Facebook for her loss.

Meantime Frank Tumpale Mwenifumbo writing on his Facebook has admitted that he has been infected and is in hospital, he shared the following message: My beloved friends , I would like to inform you that I have tested + for COVID-19…and I am receiving good Health care at Kamuzu Central Hospital  . I urge those that were in close proximity with me in recent 10 days to come forward and present themselves for testing to that we can halt the spread.

My immediate family have all tested Negative and this should encourage you too.  The number to call for COVID response is 0995165360…Thank you my friends & my God bless you all.

Frank Mwenefumbo was UDF running mate for Saulos Chilima in the 2019 nullified elections.

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Côte d’Ivoire: début des épreuves écrites du concours de CAFOP avec 60 000 candidats pour 5000 places

Publié le 05.07.2020 à 17h18 par APA

Quelque 59 624 candidats ont entamé dimanche sur l’ensemble du territoire national ivoirien les épreuves écrites de la session 2020 du concours d’entrée dans les Centres d’animation et de formation pédagogique (CAFOP) à l’issue duquel seront recrutés 5000 instituteurs adjoints, a appris APA sur place dans la capitale économique ivoirienne.Les résultats de l’admissibilité à ce concours qui se tient dans 2388 centres de composition dans le pays, sont prévus le 1er août 2020. Quant aux  tests psychotechniques, ils sont fixés au 09 août prochain et les résultats définitifs seront proclamés le 25 août prochain.

Le concours du CAFOP se fait notamment en deux tours, une phase d’épreuve écrite et un test psychotechnique pour les admissibles.


Chakwera bows to political pressure, cancels independence celebrations

Chakwera
Lazarus Chakwera addressing Malawians on COVID-19

Malawi Social media was aghast at the insistence of Lazarus Chakwera to proceed with elaborate 6 Independence Day Celebrations at Bingu National Stadium. Activists on twitter and Facebook were lambasting the newly elected President and alas they have now gotten their wish as those celebrations have been curtailed.

 According to MBC, The July 6 Independence Day Celebrations at Bingu National Stadium have been Cancelled.

Addressing the Nation at 5pm Sunday in Lilongwe the president said he arrived at that decision to avoid further spread of the disease as people travel from one place to the other.

” I urge those planning to travel to the celebrations to cancel their travel plans accordingly, ” said Chakwera.

“We are all at risk of this corona virus. It also includes me and state vice president that means we have to take this seriously.”

He told journalists that by cancelling the celebrations, the gain is much more than the country can lose now.

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Malawi’s former amateur coach Andy Muyaya ready to save youthful boxers through his academy

Andy Muyaya glooming young boxers

By Donata Mpochela

LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-Former amateur coach, Andy Muyaya is ready to take up role for all young amateur  boxers in professional academy boxing school have a chance to access some formal boxing lessons courtesy of a boxing school scheduled to open soon.

Scorpion Academy is a brain child of Muyaya which will be sited at Chichiri Profitness Gym in Blantyre, as a way of training young boxers from the age of seven years-old and above in order to groom the amateur boxers to professional boxers.

In an interview, Muyaya said the aim is to offer basic skills to many young amateurs who aspire to be professional boxers and to groom them to fight in Region-Five league which consists of Under-18 boxers.

“Boxing starts from ground roots and then it starts from seven to 18 years-old so this is why I want to start training young ones because I want to groom them to have experience to fight in Under-20 games and for them to become professional boxers,” he said.

He said a number of things that he was looking forward to open an academy after he left coaching but so far he is asking for donations for boxing equipments from well-wishers, but as of now he has managed to get part of the equipments from his fellow coach, Anderson Kazembe who is in South African.

Muyaya boasted of an impressive work done, having produced good amateur boxers who have now turned to be professional boxer to some notable boxers among are Isaac Chilemba, Wilson Masamba, Chimwemwe Chiotcha, Happiness Nkhoma and others.

Andy Muyaya in the middle

Though in this case, he has engaged different boxing stakeholders in specific fields who he has asked to have three gyms from all the three regions in our country in order to have a good strategy for a good and professional academy.

On his part, President of Malawi Professional Boxing Control Board, Lonzoe Defector Zimba said he has no objection for Muyaya to have his own gym to train young boxers.

“This idea is a great development for Malawi boxing because it is going to be very important for boxers as they will be groomed and graduate from amateur boxers to professional boxers. It is going to be so helpful because our boxers will be ready to fight in games because they will be training all the time. So I am in support of it,” Zimba said.

He disclosed that the board is ready to support Muyaya and we surrender all our blessings to him.

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Exclusive: What makes Dausi worried about Malawi former first lady Gertrude Mutharia and her son Tadikira Mabfuza

From left: Getrude, Mrs Chimulirenji and Tadikira Mabfuza in UK during Tadikira’s graduation

By Nenenji Mlangeni

LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-Malawi’s former First Lady Gertrude Mutharika and her son Tadikira Mabfuza existed at the State House with so many siphons of public money.

The duo had another company, which actually did not exist (Ghost Company), that drew a whooping MK7.8 billion of public money.

The story’s scope

The Malawi Government initiated an ambitious project that aimed at increasing electricity generation and the budget was formulated and passed by Parliament in the 2018/2019 financial year budget.

Kam’mwamba Coal-fired Power Generation Company (KPGC), was responsible for the execution of the project that was to take place at Kam’mwamba in Neno district.

KPGC entered a side deal with the First Lady. The First Lady and her son Tadikira came up with a company and named it Black and Veach.

The deal was such that Black and Veach was to provide technical consultancy service to KPGC on the implementation of the project.

The KPGC sought a ‘No Objection’ from the Public Procurement and Disposal of Assets (PPDA) to engage the firm and that was granted.

The KPGC lied that Black and Veach is a company registered in USA. However, a follow-up indicated that Black and Veach was neither available as a registered company in USA. Not even in Malawi. Not elsewhere even.

It occurred that the name Black and Veach was only coined to imitate a USA registered engineering firm called Black and Veatch (with a “t” on it), headquarted in the Kansas City with its African branch in South Africa.

When an effort was undertaken to cross-check with Black and Veatch (which is duly registered in USA), Black & Veatch director of external communications, corporate marketing and communications Mr. Patrick MacElroy, after consulting its regional office in Johannesburg, South Africa, said Black & Veatch does not have a contract with KPGC or any entity in Malawi.

The nature of the contract was that KPGC, with the First Lady’s son, who was to graduate with his master’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Greenwich in Kent – London, was to provide the technical counsel, supervision and management of the power project (the consultancy) to the KPGC.

Gertrude Mutharia’s son Tadikira Mabfuza

As would be expected with technical counsel from a corrupt novice, offering his consultancy through a ghost company, KPGC eventually failed to build the coal-fired power plant and was eventually dissolved but after billions of public money had been drained into the mafia gang turning them into overnight billionaires.

Fully loaded with cash, Tadikira used to fly in Business Class to South Africa with a gang of friends just to have dinner in Sandton, chill a bit for the next couple of days and fly back to Malawi. Stolen public money while the country’s public service delivery was pathetic.

KPGC awarded the contract to Black & Veach on June 22 2018 by the Ministry Natural Resources, Energy and Mining (the Minister was Mr. Binton Kutsaira) after obtaining a No Objection Letter form the Public Procurement and Disposal of Assets (PPDA) (the Director General was Mr. Elias Hausi).

In the scheme of public procurement, the Public Procurement and Disposal of Assets Act gives the ACB the mandate to vet single source method of procurement or high value procurement in pursuant to the powers conferred on the bureau under Section 10 of the Corrupt Practices Act.

The contract between KPGC and Black and Veach was both a single source and comprising high value procurement. But the ACB was bypassed. The PPDA gave the No Objection Letter without applying to ACB for vetting.

Now

When Getrude Mutharika, Tadikira Mabfudza, Binton Kutsaira, Elias Hausi and all accomplices not mentioned here get arrested and prosecuted in Court, you will still call it political persecution or witch-hunting?

This is what bothering former Malawi’s Homeland Minister Nicholus Dausi on alleged witch-hunting.

Malawi needs her money back and needs justice now.

WELCOME TO NEW MALAWI OF RULE OF LAW
Musanza!!

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Côte d’Ivoire/Transport aérien : mise en place d’un nouveau système obligatoire de déclaration des voyageurs

Publié le 05.07.2020 à 15h18 par APA

Le ministère ivoirien des transports a annoncé dans un communiqué transmis samedi à APA, la mise en place d’un nouveau système de de déclaration « obligatoires» des voyageurs du transport aérien pour tous les vols.« Les voyageurs au départ, à l’arrivée et en transit en Côte d’Ivoire seront désormais soumis en plus des mesures sanitaires liées à la Covid-19, au renseignement d’un formulaire de déclaration de déplacement par voie aérienne (DDVA). Ce formulaire est disponible en ligne via l’adresse: deplacement-aerien.gouv.ci», indique dans ce communiqué le ministre Amadou Koné.

 Soulignant le caractère obligatoire de ce document qui est subordonné à l’embarquement et au débarquement des aéronefs, M. Koné  invite les voyageurs à se conformer à ces dispositions « afin de permettre des vols en toute sécurité en cette période de crise sanitaire».

 Le Conseil national de sécurité de Côte d’Ivoire a annoncé le 25 juin dernier,  la reprise des vols internationaux à partir du 1er juillet 2020 suivant le strict respect des protocoles sanitaires liés à la Covid-19. Quant aux vols domestiques, ils ont repris depuis le 26 juin dernier.


Arrêt des déguerpissements au quartier Abattoir Port-Bouët d’Abidjan

La ministre ivoirienne de la Salubrité et de l’assainissement, Anne Ouloto, a demandé samedi l’arrêt des déguerpissements au quartier Abattoir de Port-Bouët (Sud d’Abidjan), initié par la municipalité à la suite d’une recolonisation d’un site réquisitionné par l’Etat.« Moi, je vous demande de me faire confiance, on n’a qu’à tout arrêter », a déclaré Mme Anne Ouloto, indiquant que le maire qui évoque une reconstruction sur le site, est « d’accord pour arrêter le déguerpissement. Donc, de part et d’autre, on va laisser tout tomber pour le moment ». 

Devant les populations,  visiblement en détresse, elle a assuré que la semaine prochaine, il allait être trouvé un jour, afin que le porte-parole des victimes, les députés, le maire, le District et le ministre du Pétrole, de l’énergie et des énergies renouvelables Abdourahmane Cissé, un « fils » de la cité, «regardent au fond du problème ». 

« Ce que nous allons trouver comme solutions, je suis sûr que ça sera dans votre intérêt, mais ça ne sera pas à vos conditions », a relevé Mme Anne Ouloto, ajoutant tout le monde va être toutefois «content à la fin », car on ne peut pas mettre des familles à la rue du jour au lendemain.

Elle a fait savoir que « tout ce que le gouvernement fait, c’est pour les populations et non contre les populations ». Pour ce faire, les parties prenantes vont, autour d’une table, discuter en vue de trouver des solutions idoines. En attendant, elle a invité les populations à une opération de nettoyage du site.

« Palabre de terrain, ça ne finit pas dans la famille et ça peut diviser une famille gravement. Or le président Ouattara ne veut pas de palabre entre les Ivoiriens et les populations qui vivent en Côte d’Ivoire », a-t-elle dit. 

« Vous avez bien fait de m’appeler M. le ministre (Abdourahmane Cissé) », a lancé Mme Anne Ouloto qui veut également associer le ministère de la Construction et le District d’Abidjan, notamment impliqué dans ce déguerpissement, pour chercher la solution.

Surnommée « Maman bulldozer » pour ses opérations de déguerpissement, la ministre Anne Ouloto, a dit « sachez que mon bulldozer, il a un cœur. C’est le bulldozer d’Alassane Ouattara, il a un cœur, il a des yeux et des oreilles pour écouter. Donc, on ne casse pas les choses au hasard ». 

« Je casse avec le cœur dans l’intérêt des populations », a-t-elle laissé entendre, avant d’ajouter qu’actuellement, son département se « concentre sur les zones à risques », où les inondations peuvent causer des dégâts et tuer.

Selon la mairie, via son représentant, il y avait « des tentatives de morcellement pour venir reconstruire ». C’est pourquoi des forces de l’ordre ont été déployées sur le site pour déguerpir les populations revenues sur le site.

En 2018, le District d’Abidjan a engagé une opération de déguerpissement sur le site situé à proximité du cimetière de Port-Bouët, obligeant certaines familles à y trouver refuge, entre temps. Et ce, afin que l’Etat récupère cet espace public.

Bandé Karamoko, conseiller municipal et président des déguerpis du quartier Abattoir, estime que «tous les arguments avancés par le District étaient en réalité des arguments fallacieux utilisés pour venir exproprier une population pour ses terres », vu la présence d’opérateurs économiques sur le site. 

Le District d’Abidjan a fait irruption en 2018, sur des arguments selon lesquels le site serait une zone inondable et les populations habiteraient sur les canalisations d’eaux usées et les populations habiteraient sous des pilonnes à haute tension, a-t-il rappelé. 

Pour ce faire,  « nous avons donné de la voix et dénoncé cette forfaiture » et pris attache avec les autorités, parce que « c’est un site qui date des années 60, nos parents y étaient, et nous avons des titres de propriété », a soutenu M. Bandé. 

« Nous avons été déguerpis par le District d’Abidjan, cependant on ne sait pas en quoi le maire réclame la propriété du site. », a affirmé M. Bandé qui note qu’à maintes reprises, le maire a fait irruption dans la commune avec des corps habillés et un opérateur économique sur le site.

« Il est illégal parce que ces déguerpisseurs n’étaient munis d’aucun mandat et les corps habillés ont été réquisitionnés de façon frauduleuse », juge-t-il, rapportant qu’il y avait pratiquement quatre cargos de militaires et « à chaque fois le maire envoie des corps habillés et nous nous opposons ».

Des populations, revenues sur le site, « abritent dans des abris de fortune que le maire veut déguerpir de force, manu militari et nous nous opposons », a lâché M. Bandé,  faisant savoir que le maire, lors des campagnes, avait « écrasé des larmes ici », et « après son élection » c’est lui-même qui se transforme en bourreau de ces populations. 

Selon le porte-parole des déguerpis du quartier Abattoir de Port-Bouët, cité balnéaire située dans le Sud d’Abidjan, « on a au total 6 872 personnes impactées par ce déguerpissement ». Pour cette rencontre avec la ministre, des chefs de communautés étaient présents. 


William Matambo inducted as Malawi’s Rotary Club of Lilongwe 52nd President

From Left – Outgoing President Maliam Mdoko hands over the Chain of Office to New President William Matambo

LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-The Rotary Club of Lilongwe has on Saturday, July 4, 2020 night inducted William Matambo as its 52nd President for the year 2020 to 2021 at a function held at Bingu International Conference Center in Lilongwe.

Matambo who is a Fellow of the Chartered Certified Accountants, a Certified Internal Auditor, and an Associate Member of the Business Continuity Institute takes over from Maliam Mdoko who was at the
helm.

Making his statement after being inducted, Matambo said he comes in at a time a lot around the world has changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic but still feels this is a good time to explore opportunities and find a way to serve less privileged.

Matambo said there can not be anything more humbling than taking office with the 2020-2021 theme being Rotary OpensOpportunities.

From Left – Outgoing President Maliam Mdoko congratulates New President William Matambo

“Rotary is about service above self, therefore regardless of the pandemic which has disrupted a lot of projects and the economy, as a club there is need to open opportunities for both Rotarians and nonRotarians.

To open opportunities in this challenging environment, there is a need to adapt to the new reality that has come about due to Covid-19. This means we have to build some level of resilience and flexibility in the way we deliver service”, he said.

The newly inducted president outlined various projects that the club will continue and as well build new programs and activities that factor in the new reality and ways of doing things.

Some of the projects that the club will continue to undertake are the Dental camp which is a program that enables patients with dental problems to access free medical care, donation of mattresses and repairing
of beds through the Lilongwe District Hospital Office and the Women empowerment project that is jointly implemented with Tingathe to assist women in Mtandire.

Matambo added that there are several new projects which will be embarked on in the new Rotary year.

“Firstly we need to start bringing awareness to our youths that tribal differences are there to be cherished and not let them become a source of conflict. Therefore the club will organize an essay competition at
primary, secondary, and tertiary levels on what the country can do to embrace diversity and bring unity.

There is also a need to bring portable clean water to people in need. This will depend on how much is raised as this can go further as proving water through solar power that means a community can both benefit from clean portable water and power for the community “, Matambo said.

Guest of honor at the event, Dr. Napoleon Dzombe urged Rotarians to keep up the good work and cast their nets wider.

Dr. Dzombe, a philanthropist, shared a story of his life and how he has managed to help a lot of people since he was 15 years old.

“Taking it from the Bible, the hand that gives is blessed than that receives. Giving does not only require to have a lot but to have that heart of giving. The Rotary Club of Lilongwe has that heart to give to those that
are underprivileged which is very commendable”, he said.

Other members that have been elected in the incoming board are Henry Mdyetseni as Club Treasurer, Professor Dan Kuwali as Director of the club’s foundation, Dr. Margaret Sikwese as Director of the club’s
projects, Madalo Nyambose as Director of Vocational Services, Vincent Sikelo as Club Secretary, Dominic Mang’anda as Club Trainer, Norah Chirwa as Director of Public Relations, Jacob Chikoya as Director of
fundraising, George Naphambo as Director of Administration, Mbumba Banda as Director of membership and Shakira Achuthan as Director of Youth Services.

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