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Wednesday, October 16th, 2019

 

Malawi Government Disappointed by what it terms Barbaric Acts in Nkhata Bay

Independence Day in Malawi is held each 6 July to commemorate the day in 1964 when independence was declared from British rule. Malawi was not opposed militarily by the U.K. when it declared its sovereignty.

In a Statement made available to The Maravi Post reads, Government
would like to register its profound disappointment over the untimely deaths of
our people in Nkhata Bay in the last 24 hours and extends its deepest
condolences to the bereaved families for the painful losses.

We condemn the violence acts that led to these deaths, caused injuries
to over 20 people and left property destroyed and houses burnt over
misunderstandings that could have been resolved amicably through restraint and
dialogue.

It is the considered view of Government that the barbarism that
resulted into these despicable events is steadily being fermented by seeds of
violence that are getting planted by those who believe that differences should
be resolved through bloodshed and destruction.

Malawi has always been a peaceful country until some misguided people
introduced violence to replace dialogue and compromise as a mechanism for
conflict resolution.

This country is a democracy where the right to differ is allowed and
it, therefore, should be the duty of every Malawian to safeguard this right.
Everyone should be free to differ without fear of being killed or attacked.

The disturbing events in Nkhata Bay coming shortly after another set
of violence claimed the life of a police officer in Lilongwe should be a wakeup
call to leaders who believe in the use violence as a way of resolving problems
that their actions are slowly indoctrinating our communities especially the
youths to be animalistic and mean.

Teaching people to hate others is irresponsible. It is a seed that
once it germinates and grows fully will come back to haunt everyone including
those who are thoughtlessly distributing it.

It is for this reason the Government is appealing to everyone,
including political leaders and civil society organizations to preach peace and
encourage our people to reason together whenever they have differences. At no
time should life and property be sacrificed to resolve them.

Let us all love each other and protect this country. This is the only
country we have as our home. We should not destroy it.

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Nigeria: Buhari reduces foreign trips of ministers to cut cost

President Muhammadu Buhari

 NIGERIA, (MaraviPost): The
statement seen by The Maravi Post said, “In a bid to curb leakages and ensure
efficiency in the management of resources of government, President Muhammadu
Buhari has approved for immediate implementation, additional cost saving
measures aimed at instilling financial discipline and prudence, particularly,
in the area of official travels.

 “Henceforth, all Ministries, Departments and Agencies are required to submit their yearly travel plans for statutory meetings and engagements to the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and/or the Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation for express clearance within the first quarter of the fiscal year, before implementation.

 “Also, when a minister is at
the head of an official delegation, the size of such delegation shall not
exceed four, including the relevant director, schedule officer and one aide of
the minister.

 “Every other delegation below ministerial level shall be restricted to a maximum of three. 

 Business and economy approved
the use of business class for ministers, something some citizens were hoping is
changed to economy class.

 Lower categories of government
officials however will fly economy class during foreign trips.

 The statement gave details
saying “For class of air travels, the President has approved that ministers,
permanent secretaries, special advisers, senior special assistants to the
President, chairmen of extra-ministerial departments and chief executive
officers of parastatals who are entitled, to continue to fly business class
while other categories of public officers are to travel on economy class.

 “Travel days will no longer
attract payment of estacode allowances as duration of official trips shall be
limited to only the number of days of the event as contained in the supporting
documents to qualify for public funding.”

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Mumias needs Sh5bn to resume operations

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Aisha Jumwa locked up as police seek to hold her for 21 days

Judge to rule Thursday on request by police to hold her for three weeks.


Voi father in court for biting his four-month-old son's genitals

LUCY MKANYIKABy LUCY MKANYIKA
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A 23-year-old father was on Wednesday arraigned in a Voi court for allegedly biting the genitals of his four-month-old son in Taita Taveta County.

Mr Salim Mwaluma is accused of assaulting the infant at his home in Mwingoni village, Voi last week causing him serious injuries.

The man was charged with subjecting the child to cruel treatment. He denied the charges before Senior Resident Magistrate Frederick Nyakundi.

Mr Mwamburi was released on a cash bail of Sh20,000 or bond of Sh50,000.

Police arrested him on Tuesday after the suspect’s wife reported the incident at Voi Police Station.

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The mother had told the police that her husband assaulted the child on Saturday after he insisted on taking him for a walk.

She said her husband had insisted on bathing the baby after they returned from the walk on Saturday night.

The wife realised that her baby had bite marks on his body on Sunday during a church service.

The baby was treated at the Moi County Referral Hospital in Voi.

The case will be mentioned on October 30.


Raila family tussle: Court orders DNA tests to verify paternity of twins

SAM KIPLAGATBy SAM KIPLAGAT
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A judge has ordered for a DNA test to be conducted on twins allegedly sired by the son of ODM leader Raila Odinga’s son Fidel Castro Odinga to confirm their paternity.

Justice Aggrey Muchelule further directed the family members to cooperate during the extraction of blood samples among other requirements. The parties, including Fidel’s widow Lwam Getachew Bekele, his mother Ida Odinga and sister Winnie were asked to decide where the tests will be conducted.

And although the family wanted the media barred from covering the proceedings, arguing that it was an intrusion to privacy, Justice Muchelule said the matter was brought to an open court and the media was free to report so long as the minors are not mentioned.

The family is embroiled in a dispute after the Odingas accused Ms Lwam of sidelining the twins that Fidel sired with another woman. Ida and Winnie hold that Lwam is aware of the two children, but she has chosen to sideline them.

But despite mentioning the twins, Ida and Winnie say in the same court filings that the child Lwam gave birth to, is the only descendant of Fidel.

Ida and Winnie have also accused Lwam of withdrawing her son with Fidel from formal schooling and denying them access to the child.

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In the court filings, Ms Lwam says the birth certificates attached by the Odingas do not show who the father of the twins is, and that they were born six months after Fidel’s death.

“However, should it be proved that the said minors were sired by the deceased, I will include them in the estate. I have never intermeddled with the estate of the deceased person either before or after being issued with the grant of letters of administration intestate,” Lwam adds.

Fidel died without a written a will and had acquired several properties that now sit at the centre of the dispute.

Among the properties is their Karen’s Tipuana Park home, two pieces of land in Kisumu and another in Kajiado, shares in Axum Investments Limited and Ambesa Investments Limited, and four vehicles are the properties revealed to be Fidel’s in the court papers.

Fidel also had seven bank accounts. The only liability revealed in the filings are debts to a credit card issued by Stanbic Bank’s Chiromo branch in Nairobi.

The case will be mentioned on November 13.


Pope warns overeating is 'avenue of personal destruction'

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Vatican City,

The pope on Wednesday contrasted the world’s 820 million hungry people with those who turn food into “an avenue of personal destruction” through overeating, in comments to mark World Food Day.

Pope Francis noted that the “distorted relationship between food and nutrition” has left almost 700 million people overweight, “victims of improper dietary habits”.

“We are in fact witnessing how food is ceasing to be a means of subsistence and turning into an avenue of personal destruction,” the pontiff said in a message to the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation.

People suffer from diabetes and heart disease because of overeating, but also from anorexia and bulimia through deliberate undereating, the pope said.

He called for “the cultivation of lifestyles inspired by gratitude for the gifts we have received and the adoption of a spirit of temperance (and) moderation.”

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“By adopting such a lifestyle, we will grow in a fraternal solidarity that seeks the common good and avoids the individualism and egocentrism that serve only to generate hunger and social inequality.”

“It is a cruel, unjust and paradoxical reality that, today, there is food for everyone and yet not everyone has access to it, and that in some areas of the world food is wasted, discarded and consumed in excess.”


Aisha Jumwa: MP who doesn't shy from controversy

MARY WANGARIBy MARY WANGARI
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Nothing speaks for Malindi MP Aisha Jumwa as loudly as her confidence, boldness, and uncanny ability to stand for what she believes in.

Coupled with her towering frame, eloquent coastal Swahili, and infectious energy, the vocal lawmaker has carved a unique style of communicating to her fans, which always leaves crowds electrified.

FRIENDS AND FOES

Her audacity sometimes makes crowds cringe and reel under embarrassment but Jumwa walks away as if nothing happened.

It is little wonder then that she has on several occasions been likened to Giriama freedom fighter Mekatilili wa Menza— a befitting comparison undoubtedly, which makes her an indispensable ally to political aspirants eyeing the top seat.

However, she is also known for her unpredictable nature, attributes which have earned her friends and foes in equal measure.

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On Wednesday, the MP was arrested at her Kakuyuni home following skirmishes that rocked an Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) meeting  in which an uncle to Jumwa’s political rival was shot dead.

This is not the first time Jumwa is finding her in an eye of a storm.

The former Kilifi woman representative has been courting controversy since she ventured into the murky waters of politics, seven years ago.

In 2018, Jumwa ditched her longtime political ally and mentor, ODM leader Raila Odinga, to fiercely defend and drum up support for Deputy President William Ruto’s 2022 presidential bid.

The legislator’s sudden change of heart is still a paradox to many considering that during the 2017 presidential elections, she publicly mobilised Kilifi people to perform rituals in a bid to stop repeat polls.

FIERSE POLITICAL MOBILISER

It is during that season of political madness that she threw shades at the then Mombasa Senator Omar Hassan when he decamped to rival Jubilee’s party.

If Odinga and the opposition thought they had seen enough of Jumwa, they did not see it coming when she started publicly attacking the former premier in political rallies, culminating into her being summoned by the disciplinary committee and subsequent dramatic expulsion from ODM earlier this year.

The 44-year-old fierce political mobiliser is the second in a family of five.

She started her education in Takanga Primary School before joining Murray Secondary school.

She also schooled at Ganze Secondary and Nyali Senior School.

A look at her biography, reveals how Jumwa had to cut short her education to have a child in Form Two and then resumed her studies.

She went on to graduate with a degree in Commerce from Jomo Kenyatta University of Science and Technology.

She holds a governance certificate from the same university.

Jumwa got political inspiration from her father who she says used to compose political songs for politicians.

Her passion for politics was evident and between 1997 and 2007, she was elected Kanu youth leader in Takangu and elected twice thereafter as councilor for Takangu Ward.

Jumwa’s political career gained a foothold in 2013 where, through an ODM ticket, she was elected the Kilifi woman representative.

In 2017 hotly contested general election, the ambitious politician switched to become the Malindi Township MP through on an ODM ticket.

The MP is also a women, youth and disabled people rights activist, causes she advocates for through her Aisha Jumwa Foundation.


Sudan declares 'permanent ceasefire' as peace talks hit snag

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Sudan announced Wednesday a “permanent ceasefire” in the country’s war zones even as a key rebel group threatened to pull out of peace talks, accusing government forces of bombing its territory.

Juba has been hosting talks between new Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok’s government and delegates from two umbrella groups of rebels who fought now ousted president Omar al-Bashir’s forces in Darfur, Blue Nile and South Kordofan states.

The talks were launched on Monday, but the rebel Sudan People’s Liberation Movement North (SPLM-N) told journalists it would pull out unless the government withdrew from an area in the Nuba mountains.

The group said that for the past 10 days government forces had kept up attacks on its territory despite an unofficial ceasefire.

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Late on Wednesday, the chief of Sudan’s ruling sovereign council, General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, announced a permanent ceasefire in the three conflict zones.

“General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan has announced a permanent ceasefire to show that the government is committed to peace,” the sovereign council said in a statement.

“The ceasefire is valid from the signing of this declaration.”

An unofficial ceasefire had been in place since Bashir was ousted by the army in April in a palace coup following nationwide protests against his decades-old rule.

PROTESTERS

A joint civilian-military sovereign council is now ruling Sudan and is tasked with overseeing the country’s transition to civilian rule as demanded by protesters.

A new transitional government is in place to carry out the daily affairs of the country, and has been leading the peace talks in South Sudan’s capital with the rebel groups.

Bloodshed in the three states has left hundreds of thousands of people dead and millions displaced, in turn severely impacting the northeast African country’s economy.

Dhieu Mathok, a member of Juba’s mediation team, told AFP they were investigating the SPLM-N’s complaints but would not stop peace talks.

“We are still investigating whether there are really attacks in those areas or not, but this will not stop the peace process,” Mathok said.

Mohammed Hassan, a spokesman for Khartoum’s delegation, attributed the fighting to an attack by herders on local merchants.

“The government regrets and condemns in the strongest terms these unfortunate events that keep happening in the area and in other parts of the country,” he said.

“We also regret that these events took place at a time when people are entering peace negotiations, and the country and the whole region is united for the cause of peace in Sudan.”


Price of bread rises 60pc overnight in Zimbabwe

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The price of bread shot up 60 percent overnight in Zimbabwe, in the latest blow for a population already struggling with spiralling living costs.

Zimbabweans can barely keep pace with the price rises that have rekindled fears of hyperinflation which reached 500 billion percent a decade ago and forced the country to trash its own currency.

Already many families live on one meal a day, with the southern African country in the grip of a major downturn that has provoked biting shortages of basics such as fuel and medicine. Bakers said they were forced to hike their prices due to rising production costs.

ELECTRICITY PRICES

Electricity prices have “gone up significantly, the price of fuel has also been going up weekly, the prices of raw materials have also gone up including the cost of importing wheat,” said Dennis Wala, the president of the National Bakers’ Association.

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Electricity is only available for around six hours a day, forcing many bakers to use generators to run their ovens.

“The bread manufacturer is at the end of the value chain and we have to factor in all these costs, but we don’t prescribe prices to our members,” Wala told AFP.
The price of a loaf of bread soared to 15 Zimbabwe dollars (around US$1) on Wednesday from nine dollars the previous day, according to an AFP correspondent.

BREAKING POINT

Bread is the second most important staple in the country after a thick cornmeal porridge known in the local Shona language as “sadza”.
After decades of mismanagement under the late dictator Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe reached absurd levels of hyperinflation in 2008-2009 when the central bank started printing money.

Mugabe’s successor Emmerson Mnangagwa has failed to stop the latest inflation surge, last week begging for patience to bring the economy back from the “dead”. But the economy is near breaking point.

Hundreds of thousands of government workers said this week they could no longer afford to report for duty as their wages had been rendered almost worthless.

Last week the authorities quadrupled the price of electricity — which is already in short supply after a 400 percent hike in August.
Earlier this month, the price of fuel rose more than 25 percent, the latest in series of regular increases.

The official inflation rate was 290 percent last month, but economists estimate it is at least double that figure.