Monthly Archives: December 2018

Couple jailed 8 years for selling their son at MK1.5 million

Dedza First Grade Magistrate court has sentenced a couple to 8 years Imprisonment with Hard Labour for human trafficking after selling their son at MK1.5 million to a Mozambican family.

On Thursday, the court heard that the man of the family identified as Jemitala Alfred, 23 a step father to the victim managed to convince his wife, Mary Benard, 30 to sell their 12 year old son to a Mozambican family.

Police prosecutor sub inspector Tedson Namaona told the court that in April this year, a Mozambican family came to Malawi to a certain witchdoctor to find out the cause of their child’s death back home in Mozambique and coincidentally Jemitala, was there too.

Namaona said, the witchdoctor who is on the run told the Mozambican family to come the following day after assuring them that their boy would resurrect and then Jemitala rushed home and told his step son to accept the particulars of the deceased in the presence of the Mozambicans which the son did.

The Mozambican family was charged K1.5 million which they paid, he added.

The two pleaded not guilty but the state paraded five witnesses who all testified against them.

They asked the court for leniency saying they did not know that they were committing an offence.

But passing the judgement, First Grade Magistrate, Symon Mwambo said the action of the couple was inhumane therefore the sentence should deter other would be offenders.

He therefore, sentenced each to eight years Imprisonment with Hard Labour.

Jemitala and his wife hail from Katsekaminga village, Traditional Authority Kamenyagwaza in Dedza.

Source: MANA Online

Couple jailed 8 years for selling their son at MK1.5 million

Dedza First Grade Magistrate court has sentenced a couple to 8 years Imprisonment with Hard Labour for human trafficking after selling their son at MK1.5 million to a Mozambican family.

On Thursday, the court heard that the man of the family identified as Jemitala Alfred, 23 a step father to the victim managed to convince his wife, Mary Benard, 30 to sell their 12 year old son to a Mozambican family.

Police prosecutor sub inspector Tedson Namaona told the court that in April this year, a Mozambican family came to Malawi to a certain witchdoctor to find out the cause of their child’s death back home in Mozambique and coincidentally Jemitala, was there too.

Namaona said, the witchdoctor who is on the run told the Mozambican family to come the following day after assuring them that their boy would resurrect and then Jemitala rushed home and told his step son to accept the particulars of the deceased in the presence of the Mozambicans which the son did.

The Mozambican family was charged K1.5 million which they paid, he added.

The two pleaded not guilty but the state paraded five witnesses who all testified against them.

They asked the court for leniency saying they did not know that they were committing an offence.

But passing the judgement, First Grade Magistrate, Symon Mwambo said the action of the couple was inhumane therefore the sentence should deter other would be offenders.

He therefore, sentenced each to eight years Imprisonment with Hard Labour.

Jemitala and his wife hail from Katsekaminga village, Traditional Authority Kamenyagwaza in Dedza.

Source: MANA Online

UGANDA: FARMERS PROTEST GOVERNMENT REGISTRATION OF SEEDS

KAMPALA, Farmers countrywide have protested government decision to register seed varieties saying it will throw many out of business because of the stringent requirements.

According to farmers, the seeds, which are grown in the different soils, topography and climate in Uganda, cannot be “uniform, distinct and stable,” as the requirements for registration state.

They aired their grievances during a meeting of various farmers’ associations spearheaded by Food Rights Alliance in Kampala last week.

In many shops selling the government-approved seeds in the city which Daily Monitor visited, a kilogramme of maize cost Shs5,000, beans go for between Shs7,000 and Shs10,000 per kilogramme depending on the variety, a kilo of millet at Shs15, 000 while sorghum costs Shs6,000.

In November, government, through Ministry of Agriculture began countrywide registration of seed varieties to improve crop yields.

The registration is being conducted at region, district down to village level.

According to the ministry, the registration will be concluded before the next planting season.

Vincent Ssempijja, the Agriculture minister, in an interview with Daily Monitor, asked farmers to be patient.

“This process will affect farmers positively and we are being very strict. We want to improve productivity and agriculture in the country. Many countries have done it and it worked for them. It will work for us here too,” Ssempijja said.

According to government, seed experts will be dispatched to different villages and sub-counties around the country to visit renowned farmers and get their seeds for testing and certifying.

The seeds that pass the standards will be cleared for planting the next season and those that fail the quality test will be destroyed.

The minister also said government has already marked certified seeds and supplied at sub-county level and shops across the country to be availed to farmers at a fee.

“If the seed from the previous harvest does not meet the standards, we shall advise the farmers to consume it as food and not to replant it at all. Those who refuse to comply will have their seeds destroyed,” Ssempijja said.

Sam Obiya, a farmer from Koboko District, said farmers should have been given adequate time and sensitisation before the start of the registration exercise.

“Our seeds have been destroyed. This means we shall go hungry the following season if we do not have money to buy the seeds that government has provided as alternatives. In any case, they are expensive yet we could have afforded our own seeds,” Obiya said.

Agnes Kirabo, the executive director of Food Rights Alliance, said there is need for a clear explanation to farmers as to why their seeds should be kicked out.

“There was no proper sensitisation, so the farmers are ignorant about what is happening. Government needs to come clean on this if they really care about agriculture and people,” Kirabo said.

Source: Nam News Network

EAM donates K1.9 million wheelchairs, tricycles to children with disability

Evangelical Association of Malawi (EAM) in Karonga, has donated six wheelchairs and five tricycles to children with disabilities worthy MK1.9million, to ease their mobility challenges when going to school.

Speaking on Monday, Deputy Secretary General at Evangelical Association of Malawi, Rev Grey Mwalabu said the donation was part of Christmas and New Year cerebrations.

He said children with disability find it hard to go to school due to mobility challenges hence they lose out from early childhood development lessons.

Rev Mwalabu said EAM is ensuring access to education in Community Based Child Care Centres (CBCCs) for children with disability, through Community Action for the Transformation of Children’s Health Project (CATCH).

With funding from Norwegian Church Aid, we are looking at an element of inclusive early childhood development by focusing at children with disability so that they can access education.

We want to empower children to be part of early childhood development, just like any other child in the CBCCs and primary schools and even in Churches, said Rev Mwalabu.

Representing other parents, Tumpale Chihana from Malema II, in the area of Paramount Chief Kyungu, thanked EAM for the gesture.

He said the donation would promote right to education and freedom of association among beneficiary children as they will be able to attend school and other social gatherings.

CATCH is being implemented in the area of Traditional Authority Kilupula and Paramount Chief Kyungu.

Source: MANA Online

Nyika Media Club aids Mzuzu Urban Health Centre

As one way of reaching out to underprivileged people during this festive season, Nyika Media Club (NMC) on Friday cheered patients at Mzuzu Urban Health Centre with a donation of assorted items and sanitary equipment.

Speaking in an interview, NMC General Secretary, Emanuel Loya said they decided to reach out to the health facility after realizing the numerous challenges it encounters in its operations just like other health facilities as reported by the media.

As journalists, there are a lot of concerns that we broadcast and publish coming from different news sources in which they call for all Malawians of good will including journalists to come to their rescue.

” This is therefore, why NMC is donating these assorted items worth over K80 thousand so as to communicate to our fellow journalists across the country to practice inclusive society which in turn will create a strong bond between journalists and news sources,” said Loya.

The GS further said their donation targeted 30 beneficiaries in which 17 had just given birth and the rest were expectant women.

“We have managed to give out soap, baby diapers, wrappers (zitenje) and some sanitary equipment to be shared by mothers who have just given birth and others who are expectant,” added Loya.

Apart from the donation, NMC also did some general cleaning which involved slashing, sweeping and mopping around the health centre.

Deputy Nurse in Charge Midwifery, Tandamula Chipofya hailed NMC for the kind gesture towards the health facility.

Chipofya said the initiative is encouraging as it is complementing the Ministry of Health’s provision known as Quality Management Directorate which among others, targets infection prevention by patients and health care workers.

“So you will see that the donated items will help in meeting the targets of the Quality Management Directorate since hygiene standards will be improved by such a gesture,” said Chipofya.

Source: MANA Online