Mar 23, 2018 Last Updated 8:42 AM, Mar 22, 2018


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The Malawi government is revealing that it has stationed health personnel in airports and border posts who are screening goods coming into the country in light of the listeria outbreak in South Africa.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) neighbouring Namibia has reported a confirmed case that might be connected to listeria.

In a statement, the WHO says it has reached out to 16 countries to help with preparedness and response to the listeria outbreak that has killed nearly 200 people since January 2017.

So far there has been 950 confirmed cases in South Africa

Despite an international recall of the products, the WHO says further cases are likely because of listeriosis' potentially long incubation period.

Speaking to Capital FM, Joshua Malango who is Ministry of Health Spokesperson says they are working with the World Health Organisation to ensure there is no prevention.

Meanwhile the Competitions and Fair Trading Commission reveals that they are working with different stakeholders to ensure that there is compliance following a ban effected on all meat products from South Africa.

Two weeks ago, all meat and meat products from South Africa were recalled and removed from shops to prevent the disease.

Listeria is an illness usually caused by eating foods contaminated by the bacteria, listeria monocytogenes.

Listeria is found right throughout the environment. It can be in soil, in water, on people's hands, and can turn up in food.

Babies can be born with listeriosis if their mothers eat contaminated food during pregnancy. The symptoms of the disease include fever, muscle aches, and diarrhoea.

New Zealand eased past Malawi in their opening fixture of this year's Taini Jamison Trophy with a 75-42 win at North Shore Events Centre on Wednesday.

The lopsided scoreline against the team ranked sixth in the world has set the tone for the Silver Ferns to defend the trophy, while stay on track in their buildup for next month's Commonwealth Games.

Malawi had a couple of close results in their three-test series against England late last year, so the ease in which the Silver Ferns put them away in this game should be an indicator that the team are heading in the right direction.

The trend for this game was quickly set, with the Silver Ferns scoring the first four points and they were up 18-4 after the first quarter, with Te Paea Selby-Rickit scoring 11 from 13 and Bailey Mes seven from nine.

Mwai Kumwenda shot five from six, while Jane Chimaliro one from one.

That highlighted the problem Malawi had:  they may have been able to score at a good percentage, but just couldn't get the ball down to Mwai Kumwenda and Jane Chimaliro enough.

There weren't any such problems for New Zealand though with wing attack Grace Kara combining well to Selby-Rickit, to help keep the scoreboard ticking over.

Towards the end of the second half Malawi did start to find their groove, with wing attack Bridget Kumwanda able to find goal attack Sindi Simtowe with some consistency.

However, it was another dominant quarter by the Silver Ferns, again scoring 18 goals, to lead 36-17.

Maria Folau came on at the start of the third quarter for Mes and quickly found her range with long range shots.

In the fourth quarter Michaela Sokolich-Beatson entered the fray to become Silver Fern 169, while Ameliaranne Ekenasio and Claire Kersten also got on.

It was all about getting game time and honing combinations for the rest of the game 

In the earlier game Jamaica sent out a message to the Silver Ferns that they're a team to fear this week.

In emphatic style, the Sunshine Girls thrashed the Fiji Pearls 83-38 and while the first quarter was tight, with the scores locked up 7-7 at one point, the game steadily got away from Fiji.

The fourth quarter was one of the most one-sided 15 minute periods ever seen in international netball, with Jamaica winning it 28-3 and scoring 23 unanswered points at the end of it.

Jhaniele Fowler-Reid, who only played in the second half for Jamaica, was the top scorer with 37 goals from 40 attempts.

Netball NZ won't be setting any attendance records for this series. Only one of the stands, at one end was open and there were just a few rows of seats on each side of the court.

When Jamaica's match against Fiji started, there was only around 100 people in the North Shore Events Centre.

While the crowd did build up over the evening, the one-sided predictability and the fact that the Silver Ferns are playing at the same venue for four days in a row meant that many netball fans decided to follow this from afar.

Organisers will no doubt be hoping for a bigger crowd on Thursday night when the Silver Ferns take on Jamaica, an encounter that should be far more exciting.

Former Acting President of the Peoples Party(PP) Uladi Mussa was on Monday spotted at the Presidential function in Salima district, triggering reports that he is on the verge of joining the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).

He was accompanied by some members of the Peoples Party.

It was the ground breaking ceremony of the China Africa Textile project by President Peter Mutharika.

Mussa, who did not speak at the function, was donning a blue shirt and his presence was recognised by the Malawi leader.

The former PP leader was fired from his position recently, on allegations that he was aligning himself with the DPP.

The leadership of the PP accused Mussa of declaring that the party was in a working relationship with the DPP, a decision they alleged was unilaterally made by the Salima South MP.

Mussa was not immediately available for comment on the issue.

A 23-year-old man in Malawi, Razak Masina, is in police custody at Namwera Police Post for being found in possession of assorted medical drugs without license.

Mangochi Police Station Public Relations Officer, Rodrick Maida confirmed the development, saying Masina was arrested on March 9, 2018 at about six o’clock in the morning  by Namwera police officers who were manning Idrussi road block.

Maida said in the course of their duty the officers stopped a minibus with passengers on board for routine inspection.

“Upon searching, the officers found a travelling bag containing assorted medical drugs and the bag was traced to Masina,” Maida told Malawi News Agency.

He added: “The bag contained 42 blister sachets of LA; 1000 tablets of Bufen; 1000 tablets of DCN; 25 pieces of syringes among others.”

The police publicist added that all the medical drugs were seized to be tendered in court as exhibit and the suspect is expected to appear before court after investigations.

Masina hails from Makunganya Village in the area of Traditional Authority Chimwala in Mangochi.

The Lilongwe high court on Friday sentenced former Tourism Deputy Director Leonard Kalonga to seven and half years for money laundering.

He was convicted in August 2015 upon his plea of guilty to three counts that he was facing.

Kalonga was also found guilty of conspiracy to defraud government of MK1 billion on which he has been sentenced one year.

The former tourism official has also been given a two year jail sentence for facilitating to launder MK5.2 billion which he used to purchase of Marcopolo buses.

Passing the judgment, high court judge Fiona Mwale indicated that Kalonga pleaded guilty to the offences at the earliest time possible and also led to a breakthrough in Cashgate cases hence having a lesser penalty.

She has, however condemned the act saying that a lot of money that would have funded the whole judicial system was lost.

In the money laundering case, MK3.2 billion was shared among contactors fraudulently.

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