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Dual Citizenship Bill to benefit Malawi—Minister

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Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Emmanuel Fabiano says Malawi stands to benefit from Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) once the Dual Citizenship legislation is finalised.

In December, Parliament approved the Bill but it is yet to be assented to by the President.

Fabiano is welcomed by some members of the diplomatic corps

Speaking during the launch of the Malawi Foreign Policy and the Diaspora Engagement Policy at Bingu International Convention Centre (Bicc) in Lilongwe on Monday, Fabiano said once the law is in effect, it will enable Malawians in diaspora to invest in their home country.

The minister said: “I can foresee an increase in FDI with this policy because there are guidelines that will make Malawians abroad come and invest. Before government started engaging with diasporas, it used to collect only $37 million but last year, with the talks that were taking place, $186 million was remitted. So, with the policy we expect more.”

Over the past years, the number of persons living outside their country of birth has been increasing as more people leave their countries to seek greener pastures. The increase in the number of migrants clearly shows how crucial the management of international migration is, especially in view of the magnitude of movement of people across borders for employment.

The Malawi Diaspora Engagement Policy, therefore, sets out the initiatives and how government, its ministries and departments, civil society organisations, the private sector and Malawians, and the diaspora communities will collaborate in integrating the diaspora into national development agenda.

There are eight priority areas the policy aims to achieve to enable substantive contribution of the diaspora to Malawi including the establishment of Umodzi Network, diaspora mapping, direct investment and mobilisation of diaspora distribution financial remittance, and philanthropy.

One of the members of the diaspora, Chauncy Mopho Jere who has stayed in the United States (US) for over 30 years, said in an interview after the launch that there is need for a special desk at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs which will look into the diasporans investment interests.

US Ambassador Virginia Palmer hailed government for the launch of the two policies, saying Malawi will gain more from FDI and also create more jobs.

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UN for centralised Parliament support

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The United Nations (UN) has centralised its support towards the National Assembly to promote a unified approach.

After signing an agreement at Parliament Building in Lilongwe on Tuesday, UN resident coordinator Maria Jose Torres said in an interview the new approach will help the UN provide the best support towards Parliament as it will tap from its best pool of experts from all agencies.

Torres: It will provide support to the best of UN

She said: “We had individual agencies working with different committees of Parliament. We did not have a single coordinating document that could put all of us together. It is also ensuring that the Malawi Parliament has access to the best of UN for the benefit of the nation.”

Torres added that by supporting Parliament, the UN will reach out to grass roots people, saying: “There is this way MPs connect with people on the ground, so we want to strengthen their aspirations to be more connected.”

On his part, Speaker of Parliament Richard Msowoya said the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) will improve the National Assembly’s oversight role.

He said: “As you may be aware, we have budget office where UNDP, Unicef and other UN agencies are supporting us as we undergo our responsibilities of providing oversight, enquiries and other responsibilities. This will bring together such support.”

Leader of the House Kondwani Nankhumwa, representatives from different UN agencies in the country and representatives from National Assembly were also present at the function.

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Delegates bang heads over sanitation

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Over 1 200 delegates from 84 countries are expected to brainstorm potential solutions to sanitation and hygiene woes in Africa at the fifth Faecal Sludge Management (FSM) and AfricaSan joint conference underway in Cape Town, South Africa.

Poor sanitation and open defeacation continues to cause deaths among people in Africa through diseases such as cholera and diarrhoea, with 60 percent of people not having access to safe drinking water and sanitation.

A delegate is taken through the Wash processes

One of the Malawi delegates to the conference, Water for People country director Kate Harawa observed that the conference will be helpful for the Malawi Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (Wash) sector as it sets the tone with regard to the sanitation agenda for the continent.

“Malawi has a few papers to share at the conference but we will also learn a lot from other players worldwide. Faecal sludge management is a great challenge for Malawi as most of our feacal sludge is not managed properly, with most sewerage systems (waste water treatment) not functioning properly,” she said.

In his opening remarks yesterday, South Africa’s Minister of Water and Sanitation Gugile Nkwinti noted that the coming together of the two conferences will create a unique opportunity and blend practical and technical output on issues of faecal and sludge management across the African region.

With the sub-Saharan region having the lowest rates of access to improved sanitation facilities, the minister also noted that finding solutions would help to make a difference in that area.

Said Nkwiti: “Over two billion people lack access to sanitation facilities, with many of them still defaecating in the open. The FSM conference will, therefore, provide an opportunity for researchers, innovators, municipalities and practitioners to share and brainstorm potential solutions to formulate policy recommendations on how to make feacal sludge management an integral part of sanitation service delivery across the region.”

On his part, Canisius Kanangire, executive secretary for African Ministers’ Council on  Water (Amcow) under which the AfricaSan conference falls, said since inception, the conferences have provided a continent-wide platform to generate political momentum for sanitation and hygiene in African countries.

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Tackle albino atrocities—EU

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European Union Ambassador Sandra Paesen has called for serious criminal investigations and coordination among countries to fight abductions and killings of people with albinism.

Speaking when she interacted with members of Nyika Media Club in Mzuzu on Monday, Paesen said finger pointing will not solve the vice which has left a dent on Malawi.

Paesen: Stop finger pointing

Her remarks come at a time when the opposition and civil society organisations (CSOs) have been accusing government of failing to deal with the vice, while President Peter Mutharika continues to hit back at such criticism, saying government is doing all it can to curb the vice, and that it is every one’s duty to fight the killings.

However, Paesen, while not mentioning names, said what is needed is for the country to intensify criminal investigations.

She said: “These days, when discussing Malawi, the European Parliament never discusses the warm heart of Africa, the fantastic population, its peaceful nature or potential for growth, they never discuss that. The only thing they discuss is Malawi and crimes against persons with albinism.

“It could be that the countries of the region have to work together to track down these networks, if indeed we are talking about networks. But finger pointing will not take us anywhere. We need scientific analysis and criminal investigations is what is going to help us.”

Paesen noted that many Malawians do not understand where the problem is coming from, hence; the need to understand its roots.

“The police service is doing their investigations and we are all eagerly waiting for the results of these investigations. But at the same time, we need to create awareness that albinism is a purely genetic condition. That’s all, nothing more to it.

“No one in Malawi condones these atrocities. It is wrong to say that this is the culture, belief or tradition. I am not convinced, because this is a crime,” she said.

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) leader Lazarus Chakwera said during a press briefing in Lilongwe last week said President Peter Mutharika should stop being “a coward” and deal with the atrocities once and for all. He said his administration would end the attacks, abductions and killings of persons with albinism if voted into government during the May 21 Tripartite Elections.

But Mutharika, speaking during the commissioning of the $50 million (about K36 billion) World Bank-funded Kamuzu Barrage and bridge on Monday in Liwonde, said by not providing the solution now, his critics have no solution.

He said: “The issue of abduction and killings of persons with albinism is complex and is disheartening.  When such reports started, I sent the Inspector General of Police to Rwanda and Tanzania to learn how our colleagues have managed to contain the problem. They came up with a National Action Plan which, among others, recommended that police units be constructed in all areas to increase security.

“It is sad that someone is saying I am a coward and that I am doing nothing to deal with the issue. Let me warn you, do not politicise this issue.”

Since November 2014, the number of reported crimes against people with albinism in Malawi has risen to 152 cases, including 25 murders and more than 10 people missing, according to Association of People with Albinism in Malawi.

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Court to hear missing MEC materials case

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Lilongwe Magistrate’s Court will today hear a case where Manase Jossam, a Lilongwe Area 25 resident, was found with National Registration Bureau (NRB) and Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) materials.

MEC officials show the lost but found BVR kit in this stock photograph

Officers from Kanengo Police arrested Jossam and when they searched his house, they found two NRB backpacks containing the following MEC materials: 20 monitor identity cards (IDs); two marked empty envelopes; two voter registration application book tracking forms; two handbooks for security forces; two handbooks for monitors; completed accreditation forms of party and local monitors; and  two registration booths.

National Police spokesperson James Kadadzera said Jossam was arrested on February 14 and was found in possession of MEC materials, police shoes and a Malawi Defence Force (MDF) uniform.

Said Kadadzera: “After they searched him at the roadblock mounted at Lilongwe Teachers Training College, police took him to his house to see if he had more MEC materials. That is when they also found that he had police shoes and MDF uniform. He will appear in court tomorrow to answer charges of being found in possession of government property.”

MEC has since acknowledged that they are aware of the information on the missing materials, saying they leave it for police to further investigate.

A statement issued yesterday and signed by MEC chief elections officer Sam Alfandika quotes Jossam as having told Kanengo Police that he bought the backpacks in Nkhotakota for personal use and was not aware of their contents until the officers searched him.

“The police are further interrogating him to establish how he got the items and the intention of keeping them. On its part, MEC is also doing internal investigations using the information from some of the documents to establish the staff that might have used the backpacks during voter registration period,” reads the statement in part.

MEC has emphasised that no voting materials were found among the recovered items as reported by the media hence assuring stakeholders that the kits are non-sensitive materials and cannot be used to obtain voter registration or access polling by fraud.

MEC last year lost two pieces of biometric voter registration kits (BVRK) numbers 1962 which was found lying on a coal train in Mozambique with one part missing while the other one numbered 1241 was stolen in Mzuzu.

And early last month, about 751 voter registration cards from a centre in Lilongwe Msinja North constituency were found abandoned at a verification centre in Mangochi. Police in Mangochi arrested a MEC temporary staff on allegations that he was at the centre of the discovered voters cards.

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Audit exposes K118m CDF rot

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Nearly two years after revelations concerning some legislators abusing Constituency Development Fund (CDF), a recent National Audit Office (NAO) audit has established that the members of Parliament (MPs) abused K118 million.

Titled Report on Accounts of Local Councils for the year ended June 30 2017, the audit shows that the funds were largely abused through payments for projects that did not exist.

CDF resources are used to construct bridges such as this one

The Auditor General says in the report MPs were major culprits as they are said to have identified projects and facilitated payments without following CDF guidelines.

In the 2016/17 financial year, Parliament approved K18 million for CDF translating to K3.4 billion for the 193 legislators.

The report vindicates sentiments made by Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development Goodall Gondwe in Parliament in June 2017 that there was “gross mismanagement of the CDF and District Development Fund [DDF]” which a preliminary report found that about K80 million could not be accounted for CDF in 16 districts in 2016/17.

But legislators randomly interviewed have dismissed the allegation and pushed the blame on the councils for allegedly excluding them in the process of disbursing funds to suppliers.

The report, which covered all the country’s 35 local government councils, shows that there were a lot of payments for works not done or non-existent in CDF. The Auditor General has since recommended that local councils should ensure proper coordination in handling CDF projects with MPs who appear to have all the powers.

The Auditor General also found that some district commissioners (DCs) were not monitoring CDF projects as required in the guidelines.

The audit shows that Zomba district and city councils, Dowa, Dedza, Machinga, M’mbelwa and Rumphi district councils top the list of councils with CDF projects which received money for projects that could not be traced.

In Dowa, CDF materials estimated at K22 million were purchased, on paper, but the auditors found no evidence of their being delivered to the project sites.

In Dedza, the report notes that most projects were identified by MPs without involving other stakeholders.

Reads the report in part: “A visit to the project sites and through interviews with the chiefs, councillors and ADC [area development committee] members revealed that projects worth K8.3 million were identified by MPs themselves without the involvement of stakeholders in the CDF guidelines.

“It was observed that contracts for CDF projects worth K5.1 million were awarded by MPs without the involvement of  IPC [internal procurement committee] and K4.7 million was paid to projects where there were not only incomplete projects, but not existent.”

In Zomba district and city councils, a whopping K70 million is also reported to have been paid for non-existent projects.

In Machinga, the auditors failed to trace existence of K16 million CDF projects in Machinga Central Constituency, K481 508 in Machinga North East and K3.3 million in Machinga Likwenu.

In Mangochi, the council bought two minibus ambulances using CDF when, according to audit findings, the vehicles were not a priority as per CDF guidelines.

It was also established that about K92 million in CDF payments were not processed in the Integrated Financial Management and Information System (Ifmis), government’s electronic payment system, contrary to Treasury instruction number 5.9b.

At M’mbelwa District Council, K8.1 million was paid to purchase materials for projects but the auditors found that the purported projects could not be traced.

In Rumphi, payment vouchers and other related documents revealed that there was expenditure for CDF projects which could not be traced.

Some districts such as Chiradzulu are reported to have paid K46 million to a CDF project which was not completed while in Chikwawa about K4.7 million of DDF covered up CDF but is yet to be refunded.

Dowa is reported to have purchased materials totalling to K22.5 million which were not delivered and information indicated that MPs took the cheques and directly dealt with suppliers, flouting the whole CDF process.

Meanwhile, Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC) chairperson Alekeni Menyani has called for the review of CDF guidelines while advising MPs on the need to follow procedures.

“The local councils also need to beef up professional staff to avoid such scenarios where MPs take charge. At the same time, let the law take its course on those MPs involved in the malpractice,” he said.

A 2015 Tilitonse Fund Report revealed that fraud and accountability queries were on the rise in local government councils amid increased funding from K3 billion to K34.2 billion in a decade courtesy of decentralisation.

Titled Political Economy Analysis of Accountability for Resources and Results in Local Government Councils, the report follows a research conducted by Asiyatu Chiweza, a professor in the Department of Political and Administrative Studies at Chancellor College of the University of Malawi.

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FDH pumps K10m into Zomba Mayor’s Trophy

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FDH Bank’s romance with grassroots sports development got to an intriguing stage on Monday when they injected K10 million into Zomba City Mayor’s Trophy, barely a few days after committing a similar amount to Lilongwe City Mayor’s Trophy.

Mpinganjira (2ndL) presents dummy cheque to Zomba Sports Committee chairperson Gracious Madziodikha (R) as Jana (2ndR) and FDH Bank senior manager Steve Koloko look on

This is the third time since last year that the commercial bank has sponsored the primary schools’ football and netball competition. In February 2018, it pumped K4.8 million into Blantyre City Mayor’s Trophy.

Presenting a cheque to Zomba City Mayor Christopher Jana, FDH Bank deputy managing director William Mpinganjira said they are proud to be associated with the competition.

“The Mayor’s Trophy event always brings excitement. I remember my primary school days at Chichiri  in Blantyre, it was great fun to participate in the contest and it warms my heart when I think of the joy it brings to primary school children across the country, including here in Zomba,” he said.

He said: “As FDH Bank, we believe that an investment in children is never wasted. Chris Grosser once said: ‘Opportunities do not happen, you create them.’ We want to create opportunities for children in the country together with the councils.”’

On his part, Jana thanked the bank for the support, which he said would go a long way in developing sports among primary school pupils in the old capital city.

He said the sponsorship package will go towards prizes, purchasing trophies, ground management and the purchase of new football and netball kits for the teams.

Zomba City Sports Committee general secretary Mike Likaka said the competition attracted all 17 primary schools in the city.

“So far, we are about to get into the finals on March 8 at Zomba Police Mess ground. In netball, Thundu Primary School will take on Police Primary School while in football, Prison Primary School will be up against winner of next week’s semi-final between Mponda and Police primary schools,” he said.  

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Tax expert calls for training to combat transfer pricing

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Tax consultant Emmanuel Kaluluma has asked authorities to expedite the process of imparting skills to relevant stakeholders to ensure that transfer pricing regulations bear fruits.

Kaluluma, who is a senior consultant at EK Tax Consultant, said in an interview on Monday that enacting laws is not enough to combat transfer pricing if officers are not trained to detect such cases.

He said: The officers must be given skills to be able to detect that there is transfer pricing involved.

Kaluluma: Countries such as
Malawi are vulnerable

“Countries such as Malawi are vulnerable because we rely on investments from outside, so the investor wants to shift the money back where he can. So, we need to improve infrastructure, controls and political stability.”

The  country’s transfer pricing regulations contained in Chapter 41:01(Taxation Act) of the Income Taxation Act, Taxation Transfer pricing regulation 2009, was replaced by new legislation on transfer pricing on July 1 2017.

This regulation provides guidelines for determining the arm’s length price for supply and transfer of goods and services; administrative rules, including the types of records and documents required by the commissioner general of taxes.

However, a fortnifght ago, Reserve Bank of Malawi (RBM) Governor Dalitso Kabambe said Malawi is suspected to have lost $394.60 million (about K240 billon) to illegal externalisation through transfer pricing by several multinational companies operating in the country.

He admitted that 54 years since independence, Malawi has experienced massive plunder of foreign exchange due to illegal foreign currency externalisation and transfer pricing, which have greatly undermined the country’s economic development efforts.

Said Kabambe: “It is disheartening to report that some companies in Malawi are involved in transfer pricing for tax avoidance. This $394.60 million is a large percentage of what Malawi has as its foreign exchange reserves.”

In an interview, local economist Donasius Pathera said the Taxation Act needs to be beefed up with laws that should empower Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) to deal with those abusing transfer pricing regulations.

“In response to the uncertainty and risk to which corporations are exposed by transfer pricing, in almost all countries, there are possibilities of avoiding protracted disputes with tax authorities through advance pricing agreements,” he said.

UN Conference on Trade and Development estimates that profit shifting by multi-national companies costs developing countries $100 billion (about K74 trillion). n

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Study reveals gaps In SDGS financing

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A study on the country’s budgets has revealed huge financing gaps for the  implementation of  United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at both national and sectoral levels.

The study, which was undertaken by the Economics Association of Malawi (Ecama) with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) titled Sustainable Development Goals Audit on the National Budget Alignment in Malawi, observed that the country is far from the minimum expenditure requirement for most of the priority areas outlined in the Malawi Growth and Development Strategy (MGDS III).

The study says as a result of this, Malawi is unlikely to achieve the SDGs by a wide margin unless more public and private resources are mobilised, and more allocation efficiencies are achieved.

It established a minimum annual total per capita budget expenditure requirement of $213.1 (about K156 000) for both recurrent and development expenditure, out of which per capita development expenditure of $131.6 (about K97 000) is required for the country to make significant progress towards SDGs achievement.

Currently, Malawi’s per capita develpoment expenditure averages around around $33.2 (about K24 000), resulting in a financing gap of over $98.38 (about K72 000) ever after accounting for off-budget support.

Reads the study:  “Despite the established financing gaps, it was also revealed that some government institutions had absorption challenges in utilising their allocated resources for the development budget, posing risks to the achievement of the SDGs.

“The findings also revealed huge off-budget development support inflows reaching as high as 15 percent of the total budget and representing over half of on-budget development expenditure at 28 percent of total budget.

“This outturn underscores the significant resources channelled outside the national budget that are key in the attainment of the SDGs, and thus need to be taken into consideration in monitoring SDGs progress.”

Treasury expects the 2018/19 overall fiscal deficit, including grants, to close at 3.8 percent of gross domestic product (GDP).

As compared to the previous financial year, there was a seven percent increase in the budget deficit.

In an earlier interview, University of Malawi’s Chancellor College economics professor Ben Kaluwa said with the growing deficits, pressure is now on government to spend more on servicing debt, infrastructure as well as providing basic services, a situation he said can be contained by doing a cost-benefit analysis.

But Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development Goodall Gondwe insisted that he would still rein in on over-expenditure to keep the national budget in check, saying government has put in place strong policies to balance the budget.

Malawi ratified and adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which is aligned to MGDS III  and SDGs.

Member States of the UN committed to a universal call to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity by adopting the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development which has 17 goals and 230 indicators. n

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CisaNet urges transparency in budget formulation

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Civil Society Agriculture Network (CisaNet) has urged agriculture stakeholders to be transparent in formulating district agricultural budgets.

CisaNet head of programmes Alfred Kambwiri said this in Mchinji on Monday during a presentation on the recently launched National Agriculture Investment Plan (Naip) .

Kambwiri: Challenges could be resolved

With funding from Oxfam Malawi, CisaNet is popularising Naip in Lilongwe, Karonga, Mzuzu, Phalombe and Mulanje districts.

Kambwiri told participants that the annul financial deficits district agricultural development offices (Dados) face are a result of the lack of transparency and accountability in the formulation and implementation of the district agriculture budgets.

“I believe some of the challenges the agriculture sector is facing could have been resolved if Dados were transparent at the time of formulating budgets,” he said.

Kambwiri said engaging and involving stakeholders in the formulation of the budgets could resolve some of the challenges the sector is facing at district level.

Mchinji District director of planning and development Raphael Munthali welcomed the suggestion, saying they will consider engaging all stakeholders when formulating a budget for the next financial year.

“This is a welcome suggestion and we pledge to work with our stakeholders in this regard,” he said. n

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Simso pledges continued sponsorship for North League

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Simama and Sons (Simso), sponsors of the Northern Region Football Association (NRFA) Premier League, have pledged continued sponsorship for the league.

The league’s sponsor Bishop Abraham Simama made the commitment through Football Association of Malawi (FAM) second vice-president Othaniel Hara during the prize presentation ceremony held in Karonga on Saturday.

Chitipa United celebrate after being crowned champions

This was the first time for NRFA to hold prize presentation in Karonga as the ceremony has traditionally been held in Mzuzu.

Simso pumps in K5 million towards the sponsorship while Superior & Flora Cooking Oil contributes K2 million.

Chitipa United were officially crowned 2018 champions and received K2 million, runners-up Bolero United of Rumphi got K1 million, third-placed Fish Eagles from Mzuzu took home K600 000 while Ekwendeni Hammers, who finished fourth, got K300 000.

Hara urged Chitipa United to prepare well for the top-flight TNM Super League.

He also commended teams for observing discipline throughout the season.

“Let me congratulate Chitipa United on winning the championship. It was not easy as the competition was stiff.

“It is our hope that you will continue to work hard so that you should stay in the top league. The sponsor has also sent me to tell you that they are happy with the way the league was run last season,” said Hara.

Chitipa team manager Robert Mziza assured that this time around, they will stay put in the Super League.

“I know that you are expecting a lot from us. We promise to do everything possible to stay in the Super League,” he said.

NRFA general secretary (GS) Masiya Nyasulu said the league will present individual awards on March 5 in Mzuzu.

“The individual awards range from top goal-scorer, most disciplined team and the media,” he said.

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U-23 start Belgium camp with loss

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Malawi Under-23 national team yesterday lost 3-1 to top Belgium league outfit Sint-Truiden (STVV Club).

Juma Yatina scored the consolation goal.

The team left on Saturday for a two-week training camp in Belgium to prepare for joint Africa Cup of Nations and Olympic qualifiers against Zambia between March 20 and 26.

Ntelera (L) with the players in Belgium

National team coach, Ronny van Geneugden, facilitated the training camp where the team will play seven training matches.

Leader of delegation, Football Association of Malawi (FAM) executive member Rashid Ntelera said Malawi put up a gallant fight in the first half.

“The first half was mostly balancing, but concentration lapses on two occasions got us punished.

“But the second half was more balanced than the first,” he said.

Ntelera also said STVV Club, which was established in 1924, finished fifth last season in the Belgium’s top league.

Malawi also used two sets of players in both first and second half.

The following is the line up of the team:

First Half

Rabson Chiyenda, Hadji Wali, Denis Chembezi Charles Petro, Isaac Kaliyati, Chimwemwe Idana, Levison Maganizo, Mark Fodya, Peter Banda, Batson Chikayiko and Hassan Kajoke.

Second Half:

Brighton Munthali, Trevor Kalema, Peter Cholopi, Gomezgani Chirwa, Stanley Sanudi, Ernest Tambe, Francis Mkonda, Gregory Nachipo, Mike Mkwate, Patrick Phiri and Juma Yatina .

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Chando replaces Tseka as Silver chair

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Silver Strikers FC supporters’ favourite Ralph Tseka has not retained his position as the club’s chairperson in the newly-constituted executive committee.

The club’s board of trustees—which is now headed by Chiku Kalilombe—has appointed the Central Bankers’ former goalkeeper and vice-chairperson Peter Chando to replace Tseka.

During a meeting called by sponsors Reserve Bank of Malawi (RBM) governor Dalitso Kabambe, who is also the team’s patron, the supporters committee, led by its chairperson King Malaya, requested the patron to consider maintaining Tseka as chairperson.

But Malaya yesterday said they have no problem with Tseka’s exclusion.

“Our interest was that sanity should be restored after weeks of confusion. Of course, we made that request, but at the end of the day the powers to appoint the club’s leadership lies in the hands of the board in consultation with the sponsors.

“So, as long as both the board and executive have been constituted, we have no problems and we are ready to work with the new executive. In fact, the new chairperson [Chando] not only played for Silver, but also served as vice-chairperson at some point,” he said yesterday.

Kalilombe said in coming up with the new executive, they considered persons who can represent the sponsors’ interests, in particular the positions of chairperson and treasurer.

“We considered a wide pool of people who can add value and contribute effectively to the running of the team,” he said.

The board chairperson said the executive is supposed to get down to work immediately, “but there are just some few logistical issues that we need to discuss with them and we are meeting tomorrow [today]”.

Lawrence Yobe has been retained as general secretary while former Football Association of Malawi (FAM) second vice-president Alick Tahuna is the new vice-chairperson.

Innocent Kadam’manja is the vice-general secretary while Judith Kachimanga is the treasurer. Her vice-treasurer is Patrick Mbiliyakula.

The committee members are Aaron Kamtepa, David Daimon, Lameck Chinula and Gertrude Moses.

The new executive committee has been appointed following the expiry of the previous committee’s tenure of office.

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Zim snubs Cosafa Cup

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Zimbabwe has dealt the Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (Cosafa) a blow by turning down rights to host the Cosafa Cup, citing short notice as the reason.

The regional showpiece, was supposed to be staged from May 26 to June 8 and the development means Cosafa will have to search for a new host for the 2019 edition.

Flames’ Dalitso Sailesi (R) in action against Mauritius during last year’s tourney

Cosafa deputy chief executive officer (CEO) responsible for competitions Suzgo Nyirenda confirmed the development in an interview from Johannesburg, South Africa yesterday.

“It is true. That is what the Zimbabwe Government, through their Minister [of  Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation Kirsty Coventry] announced yesterday [Monday], but we are waiting for official communication before we embark on Plan B.

“But I am certain that we will find another host,” he said.

According to www.herald.co.zw, the Zimbabwean minister made the announcement following a marathon meeting with officials from  Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) and the Sports Commission.

Zimbabwe, who last hosted the tournament in 2009, were provisionally handed the rights to organise this year’s edition, pending government guarantee, when Cosafa CEO Sue Destombes toured the country last month and made the announcement.

The Zimbabwean online publication reported that after wide consultations which culminated in a highly charged meeting, the stakeholders felt the deal was not good for Zimbabwe because of limited time.

Coventry said they felt the country was not being given enough time to prepare a classy event as requested by Cosafa.

“We have had some deliberations this morning and we needed to come to the media and the country and let you know of some of the outcomes.

“The main discussions were on and around the hosting of the Cosafa tournament and it’s been agreed that at this time the deal was not good for the country or for Zifa.

“So, we will not be hosting the Cosafa games this year. But we look forward to having adequate time to be able to host a world-class event in the near future,” she was quoted as having said.

There were also sentiments that Zifa should have consulted all the relevant stakeholders before the announcement by Cosafa.

Zifa president Felton Kamambo said they have accepted the arrangement by the Zimbabwe Government and they are likely to settle for the bid for 2021.

Football Association of Malawi (FAM) president Walter Nyamilandu described the development as a big embarrassment for Cosafa.

“We had our reservations when it was announced that Zimbabwe would host the tournament, considering their economic situation.

“It [Cosafa] is not a tournament which is cheap to host. For us, it is a setback because it was on our calendar to tune up for Chan [Championship of African Nations].

“We hope Cosafa will find another sponsor,” he said.

Last year’s edition was hosted by South Africa where the Flames failed to go beyond the group stages.

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