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Malawi Congress Party (MCP)’s running mate, Richard Msowoya, has maintained that ’there is no government’ in Malawi and has since refused to apologize over the remarks which he first made during the party’s press conference in Lilongwe.
Speaking to Capital Radio on Thursday in the radio’s Straight Talk program , Msowoya refused to bow down to pressure from ruling People’s Party officials who are demanding an apology from him over his remarks.
“I can not apologise for that, I have no regrets on that. I uttered that because the government is not serious with the running of national affairs. All these problems in the country clearly show there is no government” unshaken Msowoya said.
The MCP running mate went on to say that his remarks were not personal neither targeting anybody, but rather he was expressing his views on the current state of affairs.
Commenting on his take concerning legalising homosexuality in the country once voted into power, Msowoya declined to promise what to expect on the burning issue by saying the decision will entirely depend on the wish of Malawians.
” I believe in the decision of marriage, I believe in a man and a woman are supposed to be married. The decision is up to Malawians to decide the way forward and MCP will follow what people say” Msowoya said.
Recently, during a presidential debate conducted by Zodiak Broadcasting Station, all the four running mates featured on the programme ideologically refused to commit themselves on the controversial topic insisting the issue will be decided by Malawians through a referendum.
Malawi Olympic Committee Elective Annual General Assembly is all set for Nkopola Lodge in Mangochi on March 22 with incumbent President Oscar Kanjala expected to retain the post unopposed.
Kanjala is the only presidential candidate on the nominated list endorsed by the association’s Judicial Commission, according to a press statement released by MOC Administration Manager, Naomi Chinatu.
But vice-president Flora Mwandira will face competition from Basketball Association of Malawi (Basmal) president Ben Mlasaanthu to retain her position.
The other female, Secretary General Helene Mpinganjira will also battle it out with incumbent Treasurer Jappie Mhango for her position.
Executive member Henry Sakala, who is newly elected Boxing Association of Malawi President will have walkover with no opposition to replace Mhango.
Football Association of Malawi Technical Director, who is also Technical Chairman of MOC has been nominated for the position of Vice-Secretary General alongside former Treasure Laurie Arthur and Swimming Association of Malawi President Dean Pinto.
Incumbent member Jimmy Kadewere, Handball Association of Malawi General Secretary Dennis Kumwenda and Pinto will also tussle for the executive member mandate.
Athlete representative Ken Dzekedzeke, who is the country’s 800m record holder achivede in 1988, is also assured of retaining the seat.
But Mwandira and Mpinganjira could stand a chance to remain in the board should they fail by being co-opted because of a 20 percent female representation requirement set by International Olympic Committee.
The elected candidates are expected to hold a four-year-of office.
Pretoria Magistrate Court in South Africa has denied bail to a Malawian woman, Yamikani Chitani, who was arrested along with seven other foreigners for alleged possession of dangerous weapons.
Ms Chitani was arrested three weeks ago after police received a tip-off that the group, which included Bangladesh nationals, possessed explosives and drugs.
Presiding Magistrate Ncube denied Ms Chitani bail when the court found that she is staying in South Africa illegally.
She said granting Ms Chitani bail could be risky because it could be hard to trace her if she absconds.
According to a state prosecutor Ms Chitani’s passport expired in July 2006.
The case has been adjourned to May 2 to allow further investigations.
Government says it has procured teaching and learning material worth over K 300 million to be distributed in all schools across the country.
Minister of Education Dr Lucius Kanyumba disclosed this in Dedza on Tuesday during a meeting with teachers in the district.
Dr Kanyumba said, “This aims at addressing resource constraints which have led to dwindling education standards in the country.”
He said the shortage of teaching and learning material is one of the major challenges most schools are facing in the country.
Dr Kanyumba said the challenge is compromising education standards among learners in the country.
According to Dr Kanyumba, to address the challenge, government has procured the teaching and learning material worth over US$800,000.
Dr Kanyumba said desks, books, exercise books, pencils, pens and boards are some of the resources they have procured.
He said government will put strong measures to make sure that teachers should not sell the resources instead of benefit learners in schools.
The education minister also hinted that government has received additional books worth over K700, 000 from the National Aids Commission.
A study is on the cards to determine how stakeholders in the financial and telecommunications sector in Malawi can improve their efforts towards scaling up paperless money transactions.
The stakeholders under the banner of the Mobile Money Coordinating Group (MMCG) includes the Reserve Bank, Bankers association of Malawi, the World Bank, and MACRA, ministry of finance and development partners.
The objective of the group includes to increasing demand for mobile money services through public awareness, strengthening mobile money systems through technical assistance and training, and looking into the legal and regulatory framework of the system.
The project is being championed by FHI360 with financial support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
The organization is meanwhile in the process of identifying a consultant to undertake a study of the Mobile Money Coordinating Group which would lead to the grouping becoming independent.
Mobile money transactions have of late attracted interest among the public, due to the easier mode with which money is transacted between individuals without one having to send cash physically.
As a rule, previous jobs of celebrities are noticeably different from their current occupations. They take great pains to hide their past experience, but I don`t understand why. It`s understood that before their fame came they were ordinary people and had to earn money for living as all people do. But, I must admit, some of the professions, that celebrities were busy with, are really strange and unexpected, so here are some of them.
1. Brad Pitt worked as a chicken mascot for El Pollo Loco
Can you imagine that the most handsome man in the world was advertising fast-food at El Pollo Loco? It`s hard to believe but it is true. Every morning he put on a chicken suit and nobody could recognize his face. But that was just a period in his life and only few people know about it, including you.
2. Whoopi Goldberg worked as a mortuary beautician
Whoopi Goldberg is to be singled out among other extraordinary people as her previous job was really weird. Certainly she could choose working in a shop or in some kind of an office, but it was fine for her to make the deceased look nice. Personally I would ask Whoopi many questions about that and I`m sure you would as well.
3. Channing Tatum worked as a stripper
Playing a stripper in film Magic Mike was very convincing. Who could know that he already had some prior experience in this sphere? When Channing was just a guy, but not a heartthrob of all women around the world, he worked as a stripper. We all must confess that this experience had a good influence on his movie career.
4. Gene Simmons worked as a teacher in elementary school
It is really unbelievable that a great Kiss singer was teaching small kids. Knowing him, I think many parents wouldn`t agree to trust their kids to heavy-metal musician if they knew. But it was before his outstanding career and his pupils must have had a lot of fun with him. They are surely proud that Gene Simmons was their first teacher.
5. Matthew Mcconaughey worked a chicken coop cleaner
We should be really happy that this was only a temporary job for him, otherwise the world didn`t have such a talented actor. At that time he was an exchange student and, being in need of money, worked in an Australian chicken farm. When you are a student and some extra financial resources are needed the opportunities to choose from are not numerous.
6. George Clooney worked as a shoe salesman
This job is quite ordinary if to compare it with other mentioned here. But who knows, how many people were lucky to be served by George Clooney!? Imagine having him place a shoe on your foot or give you precious advice. That pair of shoe might be more precious and valuable than you could imagine.
7. Rob Stewart worked as a gravedigger
This celebrity also worked with the deceased before his musical career. Rob Stewart was a gravedigger. I don`t think it somehow helped him to get into show business but it is great that it was just a transition period in his life, which Rob is not eager to mention.
8. Christopher Walken worked as a lion tamer
Well, personally I am not surprised. Somehow I can easily imagine Christopher Walken training wild animals. This person is very strong-willed and charismatic, so without doubt it was a fascinating view when the stubborn man who never gives up went together with the king of beasts on the arena.
Every person has to do some undesirable or unordinary jobs in life, celebrities are also people and there are some dark shades in their past that they don`t want to light up. Their life has changed immensely since their youth till now and they are to be grateful for that precious life experience. Did you have a weird or terrible job in your life?