Mar 20, 2018 Last Updated 8:50 AM, Mar 20, 2018


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Authorities in Ntcheu are expressing concern with the tendency of shunning adult literacy classes by most men in the district.

The concern was raised during the graduation of 211 adult literacy students from Traditional Authorities Mpando and Champiti respectively.

It has been done with support from Training Support for Partners TSP.

According to Capital FM’s Blessings Kang’ombe who attended the graduation ceremony out of the 211 grandaunts, only 19 of them were men.

The authorities attribute the shunning of adult literacy classes by men to shyness which they say is a setback to development.

According to TSP Projects Officer Charles Mankhokwe, such trainings go a long way in addressing gaps that exist when people are illiterate.

Ntcheu district Community Development Officer Beatrice Phiri stressed her office will increase raising awareness to woe more men to get enrolled in adult literacy classes.

And one of the learners, 40-year-old Geoffrey Nzililongwe from T/A Champiti hails the classes saying he is now able to read and write, which was a challenge to him in the past.

He urged fellow men to utilise such opportunities when they arise saying they are very helpful to both the community and the country especially in the aspect of socio-economic development.

A magistrate court in Malawi's central region district of Ntcheu has convicted and sentenced a law enforcer for smuggling.

The police officer, Steven Meke of Ntcheu Police was sentenced together with his other two accomplices.

The two accomplices are identified as Julius Chitambi and Razak Juma respectively.

Court heard from state prosecutor Evance Kantukule that on April 11, 2017 Meke was arrested at Tsangano road block after he had smuggled a saloon Nissan Tiida with his accomplices after they had diverted the Biliwiri MRA border post.

Meke pleaded for leniency considering that he is the offender and also that when the court found him guilty his job was at risk and definitely was turned out.

But passing judgement third grade magistrate Steven Samati said it is was wrong for an officer who gets paid through revenue to be involved in criminal acts.

Samati further addaed it is the expectation of the court when sentences are passed they serve as lessons to the nation and would be offenders therefore respect the law.

However he sentenced Steven Meke to a fine of MK70, 000 or in default serve 15 months jail term.

While Julius Chitambi and Razak Juma, Meke's accomplice were each fined MK50, 000 and in default aerve12 months jail term as well.

The convicts were also ordered to pay ove a million Kwacha for the vehicle within fourteen days.

Julius Chitambi hails from Mtalimanja while Razak Juma is from Kalonga village both from traditional authority Mponda Mangochi district

Both were answering a case of aiding and abetting smuggling contrary to sections 134 subsection (a) as laid with section 142 subsections (a) of customs and exercise act and section 133 subsection (c) as laid with section 143 of Customs and Exercise act.

Meanwhile police in the district are keeping in custody Shawali Gaes 36, Saeedi Cassim Gondwe 24, and Mufti Gaes 29 for smuggling. 

Ntcheu Police deputy publicist Andrew Kamanga told Capital FM that the three were arrested Police were tipped by MRA officers that some men have diverted the MRA post and were heading Tsangano Road block.

"We managed to arrest them while driving a Noah saloon silver in colour and had put registration number NU 9577," added Kamanga.

Currently,  the three are appearing in court  to answer a case of smuggling.

Shawali Gaes 36 and Mufti Gaes 39 come from Kasira village while Saidi Cassim Gondwe 24,  comes from Kalonga village and all are from Taditional Authority (T/A)  Mponda  in Mangochi district.

Family planning services and health related service provision are expected to improve in Malawi’s central region district of Ntcheu.

This follows distribution of bicycles to 36 Community Based Distribution Agents (CBDA) drawn across from the district by one Family Planning Association Malawi (FPAM).

Distribution of the bicycles also comes as FPAM is implementing the Nzatonse project which seeks to provide sexual and reproductive health services to communities in the district with funding from KFW.

Speaking to Capital FM, District Manager for the organisation Saukila Sitima stated the donation comes considering the challenges the CBDA’s were facing when discharging duties in their respective areas.

“These people cover long distances to raise awareness on family planning services and other health related.

Therefore by providing them with bicycles, it will help to ease mobility challenges considering distances covered when discharging duties,” explained Sitima.

Ntcheu District Health Officer Mike Chisema commended FPAM for the gesture stating will go a long way in address gaps where health related messages were inaccessible.

“Mobility is one of important tool especially when we are visiting hard to reach areas with health related services to communities.

So the coming in of the bicycles will reduce the burden our volunteers were facing considering the distance they would cover to provide health services,” stated Chisema.

One of the beneficiaries from Traditional Authority Makwangwala Enosi Chagunda assured safety of the bicycle stating will be used for its intended purposes.

Expectations are high among communities in Ntcheu district for a sustainable improved forest management in the next years to come.

This follows signing in of forest management plans between government as well communities in the district.

Signing of the documents follows United Purpose formally Concern Universal implementation of a forest management project called Enhancing Forest Management for Sustainable Livelihoods.

The European Union and UKAID funded project targets communities from five districts of Ntcheu, Kasungu, Chitipa, Zomba and Nsanje respectively.

The idea is to improve livelihoods of forest dependent communities in targeted areas through participatory management of forest and commercialisation of forest products.

Speaking to Capital FM, Traditional Authority Mpando described the documents are beneficial to communities as it will guide them in preventing already existing forests.

He then challenged community leaders to lead by example in upholding set by-laws in a bid to sustain forest cover in the localities.

On his part Ntcheu District Commissioner Smart Gwedemula views signing of the forest management plans as the only way forest cover can be restored in the district.

“Ntcheu experiences disasters day in day out due to human practices leading to environmental degradation.

“Therefore the coming in of the by-laws by communities themselves will help in addressing such practices that have destroyed our environment,” explained Gwedemula.

A representative from United Purpose in the district Chisomo Senza-Chigona disclosed that the signed management plans will go a long way in address gaps that were leading to forest depletion in the district.

In the meantime, statics are showing that annual loss of forest in Malawi is currently estimated between 30,000 and 40, 000 hectares.

Wanton cutting down of trees, illegal timber production and charcoal production are among the causes of forest depletion besides bush fires in the southern Sub-Saharan country.

The Magistrate court sitting in Malawi's central region district of Ntcheu has again adjourned the case of a pastor who is answering defilement charges.

Philip Palibe Ndipo of New Covenant Assemblies of God is accused of defiling a 10 year old epileptic girl at Kalindira village.

The suspect, who is on court bail, appeared before the court on Wednesday.

During the day, the state paraded its last witness to testify against the accused.

In his testimony, state witness presented to the court a medical report from Kandeu Health Centre which indicates the girl was indeed defiled.

However upon hearing testimony from both state witnesses and the accused, First Grade Magistrate Crispin Sachuluka adjourned the case to 15 of November this year.

Magistrate Sachuluka disclosed this is the day the court will continue hearing the case since the accused wanted to parade his own witness as well.

50 year old preacher is answering a case of defilement which contravenes section 138 of the Penal Code to which he has pleaded not guilty.

He was arrested in September this year by members of community before he was later handed over to the police.

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