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Church builds K 5 million cell at Mzuzu Prison

Mzuzu, Church on the Wings Ministry in Mzuzu has built a cell worth over K 5 million at Mzuzu Prison as a way of easing congestion among the inmates at the prison.

Speaking in an interview with Malawi News Agency (Mana) Monday, Mzuzu Prison Public Relations Officer, McBerth Wasambo expressed gratitude for the gesture saying the cell would ease congestion problem that has rocked most prisons in the country including Mzuzu.

He said the biggest challenge Mzuzu Prison faces is congestion amongst the inmates, as the number of prisoners they receive are far more than the space that the prison offers.

The increased crime rate has contributed to overcrowding in prisons as in most cases; we are at a fix to find space to accommodate the incoming prisoners. This usually contributes to congestion in our prisons, Wasambo said.

He singled out the frequent swarming in of illegal immigrants as a major contributor to overcrowding at Mzuzu Prison.

The PRO said the aliens usually come in large numbers which overstretches the prison’s budget to cater for their space and food.

Pastor Pearson Mkisi of the Church on the Wings Ministry in Mzuzu expressed his church’s commitment in reaching out to vulnerable people such as prisoners.

Our church has a team which frequently visits the prison to share the Word of God with the inmates.

The team, in one of the visits, noted that the prison had problem with space, hence the decision to construct the cell block, he said.

Mkisi disclosed that his church is planning to construct another cell at the prison.

In 2013, Centre for Legal Assistance, with funds from Norwegian Embassy, built a cell which accommodates 140 inmates.

A few years later, the former Vice President, Khumbo Kachali built another cell to accommodate 300 inmates.

Mzuzu Prison has 677 prisoners.

Source: Malawi News Agency � MANA

AMREF in K840 million adolescent project in Mangochi

Mangochi, African Medical Research Foundation (AMREF) Health Africa is implementing a project, Standup for the Adolescent, aimed at reducing teenage pregnancies and child marriages through Chimwala and Lulanga health centres in Mangochi.

AMREF Health Africa is funding the implementation of the project to the tune of 1m Euros (approximately K840 million) and it will run for the next five years according to the Foundation’s Project Officer, Charlene Chisema.

She told Mana Sunday that the Standup for the Adolescent was a response to a research which revealed that nearly half of girls in Mangochi marry too early while 18 � 25 per cent of the girls drop out of school due to pregnancies.

Chisema added that it was also revealed that Malawi’s early sexual encounter continued to persist with 20.3 percent of boys and 5.3 percent of girls having sex by the age of 10.

The biggest challenge is lack of youth friendly heath services where adolescent boys and girls can access family planning, sexual and reproductive health services and the result is increased teen pregnancies and early marriages, the Project Officer pointed out.

We are going to conduct interface meetings targeting modification of harmful cultural practices such as Kusasa fumbi and kutomela, among others, she added.

Mangochi District Commissioner Reverend Moses Chimphepo told a full council meeting that there was need for organizations fighting early pregnancies and teenage marriage to spread even by targeting hard � to � reach areas.

He said the council’s role was to ensure that all projects undertaken by various organizations in the district were properly coordinated.

The DC urged Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs)to target other hard � to � reach areas such as Maleta, Katuli, Lulanga, Masanje, and Bwananyambi where there were more vulnerable communities with regard to early marriages, teenage pregnancies and school dropouts.

Source: Malawi News Agency MANA

MDF soldier denied bail

Lilongwe Magistrate court denied granting bail to a Malawi Defense Force soldier suspected of committing robbery at Kawale in Lilongwe.

The soldier is Blessings Banda, 32 of Mwangala village, Tradition Authority Msakambewa in Dowa District.

It is said that on July 29, 2017, Banda with his three accomplices robbed a car, cell phone and money all worthy of K 1,817,000 of Clement Matenje contrary to section 301 of penal code.

The case was subsequently referred to Lilongwe magistrate’s court on September 4, 2017 where the accused pleaded not guilty to the charge.

However, the state witnesses were not available during the court hearing.

State prosecutor assistant superintendent Steven Majoni of Kawale police station told court that Banda with his three accomplices frightened the owner of the mention items and robbed the items and run away.

The suspect and the other three were caught and arrested the following day by Kawale police and they were kept at Kawale police station.

The suspect robbed with his friends by force and escaped and we did our job of searching and we caught them Majoni said.

He continued that Banda was kept at Kawale police station where he was taken by Malawi Defense Force, and he was kept in MDF guard cell at Kamuzu Barracks where he escaped in the hands of guard commander.

According to the state prosecutor, the suspect escaped from Kamuzu Barracks guard cell to Zomba, Mzimba where he was hidden and he return back to Lilongwe and he was finally caught by police.

Majoni said that the report from Malawi Defense Force stated that the suspect escaped in the hands of guard commander.

Lawyer representing the suspect, Innocent Kubwalo told the court that the statement from police was exaggerated and the suspect should be given a bail so that he should start reporting his normal duties as MDF soldier.

It is not true that the person was at large, therefore, he should be given a bail and start his work at Kamuzu Barracks, he suggested.

State prosecutor said that, asked the court not to give a bail to the suspect saying that he is not trust worthy and he can run away again.

We do not trust the suspect and he can escape if he is given a bail hence he should not be given a bail, Majoni added.

Lilongwe Senior Resident Magistrate, Shyreen Yona said the case is serious one hence the suspect would still remain in police custody.

Robbery is serious case of which a person is supposed to save the whole life in prison if found guilty, she explained.

Yona said that the suspect could escape if he is given a bail with the confident that he escaped from Kamuzu Barracks guard cell where there was maximum security.

I would not give a bail to the suspect because he is not trust worthy as he managed to escape in the hands of guard commander she viewed.

The Lilongwe Magistrate adjourned the case to September 14, 2017 in order to pave a way for the state to parade their witness.

Source: Malawi News Agency MANA

Malawi hails Chewa Kulamba traditional ceremony

Mchinji, Thousands of people from Malawi, Zambia and Mozambique gathered at Mkaika Chewa headquarters in Katete, Zambia on Saturday, to pay homage to Chewa Chief, Kalonga Gawa Undi at the annual Kulamba traditional Ceremony.

The ceremony aims at among other things celebrating the chewa culture through chewa rites and traditional dances.

Speaking on behalf of the Malawi government, Minister for Civic Education, Community Development And Culture, Cecilia Chazama said the Kulamba ceremony has promoted identity of the Chewas in the three countries.

Malawi government attaches great importance to Kulamba ceremony because it helps in the preservation and promotion of culture in the country, she added.

She said the cultural exchange visits between the chewas of the three countries has also helped instill discipline in the youths.

Chazama applauded the Kalonga Gawa Undi, King of the Chewa people, for discouraging harmful cultural practices such as wife inheritance (Chokolo) and fisi in a bid to prevent the spread of HIV and Aids.

This is in line with the government of Malawi’s stance of eliminating all undesirable cultural practices which are not productive to the society, she said.

She also said government commends the Chewa chief for encouraging girls’ education and discouraging early marriages as one of the tools for development.

In her speech, Zambian acting president, Inonge Wina said the traditional Kulamba has helped unify the three countries which is in line with regional integration and demonstrates cultural freedom.

Every year the kulamba Ceremony has brought people of the three countries to interact with one another and celebrate their heritage, she said.

Wina said the Zambian government would continue supporting the Kulamba ceremony.

Speaking through a representative, Kalonga Gawa Undi hailed the Chewa people of the three countries for gathering at the Mkaika headquarters every year to celebrate their culture.

While we are celebrating our culture, we should ensure that we send our children to school especially girls to ensure that they are educated, he said.

Let us remain united as Chewa people and move in harmony with other tribes and take Gule wamkulu as cultural practice not religion, he advised.

The ceremony was attended by a cross section of people from Malawi led by Chewa chief Lukwa of Kasungu and other chiefs from Malawi notably Lomwe Paramount Chief Ngongoliwa, Yao Senior Chief Kawinga of Machinga and Inkosi Mtwalo from Mzimba.

The ceremony was also attended by Minister of Gender, children and social welfare, Jean Kalirani and Leader of opposition Lazarus Chakwera and other political leaders.

Source: Malawi News Agency MANA

Malawi hails Chewa Kulamba traditional ceremony

Mchinji, Thousands of people from Malawi, Zambia and Mozambique gathered at Mkaika Chewa headquarters in Katete, Zambia on Saturday, to pay homage to Chewa Chief, Kalonga Gawa Undi at the annual Kulamba traditional Ceremony.

The ceremony aims at among other things celebrating the chewa culture through chewa rites and traditional dances.

Speaking on behalf of the Malawi government, Minister for Civic Education, Community Development And Culture, Cecilia Chazama said the Kulamba ceremony has promoted identity of the Chewas in the three countries.

Malawi government attaches great importance to Kulamba ceremony because it helps in the preservation and promotion of culture in the country, she added.

She said the cultural exchange visits between the chewas of the three countries has also helped instill discipline in the youths.

Chazama applauded the Kalonga Gawa Undi, King of the Chewa people, for discouraging harmful cultural practices such as wife inheritance (Chokolo) and fisi in a bid to prevent the spread of HIV and Aids.

This is in line with the government of Malawi’s stance of eliminating all undesirable cultural practices which are not productive to the society, she said.

She also said government commends the Chewa chief for encouraging girls’ education and discouraging early marriages as one of the tools for development.

In her speech, Zambian acting president, Inonge Wina said the traditional Kulamba has helped unify the three countries which is in line with regional integration and demonstrates cultural freedom.

Every year the kulamba Ceremony has brought people of the three countries to interact with one another and celebrate their heritage, she said.

Wina said the Zambian government would continue supporting the Kulamba ceremony.

Speaking through a representative, Kalonga Gawa Undi hailed the Chewa people of the three countries for gathering at the Mkaika headquarters every year to celebrate their culture.

While we are celebrating our culture, we should ensure that we send our children to school especially girls to ensure that they are educated, he said.

Let us remain united as Chewa people and move in harmony with other tribes and take Gule wamkulu as cultural practice not religion, he advised.

The ceremony was attended by a cross section of people from Malawi led by Chewa chief Lukwa of Kasungu and other chiefs from Malawi notably Lomwe Paramount Chief Ngongoliwa, Yao Senior Chief Kawinga of Machinga and Inkosi Mtwalo from Mzimba.

The ceremony was also attended by Minister of Gender, children and social welfare, Jean Kalirani and Leader of opposition Lazarus Chakwera and other political leaders.

Source: Malawi News Agency MANA