Daily Archives: November 27, 2018

Government embarks on Ndiulula campaign

Lilongwe: Government through the Ministry of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare has embarked on Ndiulula (Won’t be silent) campaign aimed at breaking the silence of Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) in the country.

Minister of Responsible, Cecilia Chazama made the remarks on Wednesday during a Press Briefing held under theme End gender based violence in the world of work and tertiary institution at Central Office of Information (COI) in Lilongwe.

She said the campaign is underpinned by global objectives on descent work and national commitments on gender equality and rights of women.

The initiative work towards building individual and collective voice of women, girls and their different allies to break the longstanding culture of fear, silence and normalization of violence especially sexual harassment in various working places, Chazama explained.

The Minister pointed out that although both men and women experience violence, harassment, unequal status and power relations, women and girls are more vulnerable in both formal and informal places of work.

UN Women Country Representative to Malawi, Clara Anyangwe said they are working together with survivors to bring about the transformational change such as a multisector, comprehensive approach that includes review, formulations and implementation of laws to protect women and girls from violence.

UN support policy work to implement national strategies and action plans violence against women and girls, she pointed out.

Non-governmental Organization Gender Co-ordination Network (NGO-GCN) coordinator, Innocent Hauya said the projects would be a nationwide intervention, centered on building advocacy for free expression, capacity building of survivors and duty bearers and other stakeholders.

It will encompass the development of online content for digital or social media advocacy, key informant interface meetings focus group discussion with survivors, sensitization campaigns and development of IEC materials, he added.

Action Aid Malawi Representative, Tiwonge Simkonda said the campaign has been designed to achieve an equitable and conducive world of work in which violence against women and girls is not tolerated and accepted in Malawi.

According to World Health Organization (WHO), 818 million women globally which consists 35 per cent of them are above the age of 15 experiences sexual or physical violence in variance places such as home, communities and workplaces.

The project will be supported by government through the Ministry, United Nations (UN), Development Partners, Private Sectors, Civil Society Organization (CSOs) and Activists among others.

2015 demographic health survey in the country highlighted that 41 per cent of women aged 15 to 49 experience either physical or sexual violence.

On the contrary, 96 per cent of gender based violence incidences are perpetrated by men.

Source: Malawi News Agency MANA

Lilongwe City to have a state of the art international bus terminal

Lilongwe: China Lilongwe Grand Holding Corporation Limited proprietors of the US$100 million (about K73billion) magnificent Grand Business Park Project under construction in Lilongwe have disclosed plans to construct a state of the art International bus terminal in Lilongwe City.

General Manager for the firm Gaoqiang Wu disclosed this Wednesay in Lilongwe to Malawi News Agency (MANA) at the company’s headquarters in Lilongwe where he shared progress regarding the ongoing construction of the Grand Business Park Project.

This comes against the background that Lilongwe does not have a bus terminal of international standards which can be at par with other African countries.

As long as government can offer us a vast land to widen our scope then our next project will be the construction of a state of the art international bus terminal that will be built in the city of Lilongwe as soon as the Grand Business Park project is completed, Wu said.

He said given a conducive business environment, his company will always be at the fore front in complementing government’s efforts in bridging the unemployment gap that exists in the country.

Wu gave an example of the current grand business park project underway in Lilongwe which has already created jobs for more than 200 Malawians.

According to the Manager, the grand business park project is expected to directly create 6,000 jobs and 9,000 indirect jobs for the country’s citizenry and about 15,000 jobs in the next five years when the business stabilizes.

Commenting on the construction of an international bus terminal, Lilongwe City Council (LCC) Mayor Desmond Bikoko welcomed the development saying that it is high time the capital city should have such a structure for the benefit of the country.

The news is exciting because apart from job creation, the construction of an international bus terminal will also increase revenue collection by government and again change the face of the capital city in regards to structural development, he said.

Bikoko has assured China Lilongwe Grand Holding Corporation Limited on the Council’s commitment to support all their plans through comprehensive discussions for their projects to be successful.

Asked to elaborate more on the progress of the construction of the Grand Business Park, Wu said the company has registered a remarkable progress.

I am pleased to inform the nation that the first phase which comprises a shopping complex, a modern office building (for the company officials) and Villas is almost done while the second phase comprising a shopping Mall and Auto mobile shops will commence soon, he said.

The final phase will consist of a five star Hotel called the Grand Hotel, and an office building with nine floors which will be offered to the public for renting services.

Wu has assured the people in the country that Grand Business Park would be one of the biggest business parks in the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) region.

He said the park would have a full coverage of Wi-fi, 24-hours security monitoring systems and would be powered by solar energy to avoid unnecessary power interruptions.

The General Manager expressed concern on the increased number of stolen construction materials at the site saying the trend deters them from registering progress.

He said despite the availability of security personnel his company deployed the firm has lost millions of kwachas in just seven days due to theft of materials citing water pumps and many other items.

Meanwhile officials from China Shanxi Province are expected to come to Malawi between December 2018 and February 2019 to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with LLC in order to strengthen their relationship with Malawi and discuss the possibility of investing in the country.

The Grand Business Park project is being implemented by a Chinese company Shajian Corporation Limited.

Source: Malawi News Agency MANA

Lions Club enganges Mitundu fight against diabetes

Lilongwe. Lions Club of Capital City (LCCC) has recently engaged Mitundu community with diabetes awareness and screening campaign, in a quest to fight against diabetes disease.

Speaking in an interview with Malawi News Agency (Mana) LCCC President, Washington Kaimvi said the club identified Mitundu community after noticing that in the area people cannot afford to go for screening in private hospitals.

As Lions club we organized to visit Mitundu community in order to screen and sensitize community members on diabetes disease after we observed that people in rural areas like Mitundu cannot manage to access diabetes services at private hospitals, said Kaimvi.

Kaimvi cited that, diabetes is among the diseases which is costing lives of many peoplein the country, hence he said that the disease is manageable.

Medical officer who is in charge for Mitundu health centre, Vumi Tembo commended LCCC for visiting Mitundu community with its services saying that people in the area were not aware about the dangers and the treatment of diabetes.

Tembo said that LCCC exercise is positive development towards Mitundu community saying that community members are now aware on how they can care themselves against diabetes disease.

Mitundu community members will now be able to seek the treatment once they have noted the signs of diabetes, since they have been equipped with diabetes information and its signs, said Tembo.

Apart from the diabetes screening and awareness exercise, Lions Club of Capital City also provides eye treatment in partnership with Canadian vision care and good vision glasses.

Source: Malawi News Agency MANA

Lions Club enganges Mitundu fight against diabetes

Lilongwe. Lions Club of Capital City (LCCC) has recently engaged Mitundu community with diabetes awareness and screening campaign, in a quest to fight against diabetes disease.

Speaking in an interview with Malawi News Agency (Mana) LCCC President, Washington Kaimvi said the club identified Mitundu community after noticing that in the area people cannot afford to go for screening in private hospitals.

As Lions club we organized to visit Mitundu community in order to screen and sensitize community members on diabetes disease after we observed that people in rural areas like Mitundu cannot manage to access diabetes services at private hospitals, said Kaimvi.

Kaimvi cited that, diabetes is among the diseases which is costing lives of many peoplein the country, hence he said that the disease is manageable.

Medical officer who is in charge for Mitundu health centre, Vumi Tembo commended LCCC for visiting Mitundu community with its services saying that people in the area were not aware about the dangers and the treatment of diabetes.

Tembo said that LCCC exercise is positive development towards Mitundu community saying that community members are now aware on how they can care themselves against diabetes disease.

Mitundu community members will now be able to seek the treatment once they have noted the signs of diabetes, since they have been equipped with diabetes information and its signs, said Tembo.

Apart from the diabetes screening and awareness exercise, Lions Club of Capital City also provides eye treatment in partnership with Canadian vision care and good vision glasses.

Source: Malawi News Agency MANA

Mzimba North registers 27 child abduction cases in six months

Mzuzu: Mzimba North District Social Welfare Office (DSWO) has disclosed that 27 children were abducted in the first half of the year 2018 from January-June, with 833 more exposed to various abuses, despite numerous child protection interventions.

In an interview, Social Welfare Officer for Mzimba North and Mzuzu City, Edward Chisanga said a lot of children are still facing various ill treatments in their communities.

For example, we have recorded about 27 child abduction cases in which either under aged children were forced to enter into early marriages or some elder men forcibly held them.

We recorded 833 general cases of child abuse ranging from various degrees. As a child friendly office, this is very worrisome as it shows our children are being subjected to torture, he said.

Chisanga said his office would continue working hard in implementing various strategies that are aimed at curbing abuses faced by children.

For example, we have child protection committees at grassroots to monitor and thwart any abuses forwarded to children, he explained.

Plan International Malawi Child Protection Officer, Silence Banda said the number of child abuses recorded in Mzimba North for the said period, was very disturbing considering the possibility that a lot others are being abused in silence.

These are cases that were only reported either at police or social welfare office, and then we have other cases that go unreported. As a child focused organization, we are heavily devastated with this trend, he observed.

Source: Malawi News Agency MANA