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KASUNGU, Malawi – To see the promise of an AIDS-free generation drawing closer, look no further than Lexina Lungu. When we last left the Lungus, she was 36 weeks pregnant and attending her regular antenatal check-up. She had earlier learned that she was HIV-positive, as was her husband. The couple were expecting a baby girl. The couple were concerned...

‘Let’s not despair’  The new Finance Minister, Dr. Maxwell Mkwezalamba, travels to Brussels, Belgium – the headquarters of the European Union (EU), next week to discuss a new partnership agreement. The trip comes in the wake of the ‘cashgate’ and the subsequent donor aid freeze. So what are his chances of success? In Brussels RAPHAEL TENTHANI...

“Five shots couldn’t drop me, I took it and smiled, Now I’m backTo set the record straight”Tupac Amaru Shakur   So the guy the whole nation has been waiting for is back. Before September 13 the name Paul Mphwiyo was only associated with a happy-go-lucky socialite willing without much prompting to offer rounds of you-know-what to people...

A decade ago, over 1 million people in Zambia were living with HIV. Only 143 of them were receiving treatment. The average cost of that treatment was more than $10,000 per year. Being infected with HIV in Zambia was akin to a death sentence. When I visited Zambia in 2012, the picture had changed. Eighty percent of Zambians living with HIV now had access...

ATLANTA Friday, November 29, 2013 – Malawi’s embattled president Joyce Banda has told a British paper in an exclusive Interview that she will not be a “cry baby” over the decision by Western donors including Britain to freeze aid.  Mrs. Joyce Banda, like Bingu WA Mutharika before her is resorting to the same response to Western...

SUPREME COURT OF APPEAL ORDERS SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE TO INVESTIGATE CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY COMMITTED IN ZIMBABWE  Johannesburg, 27 November – In a landmark decision for local and international justice, the South African Supreme Court of Appeal today ordered the South African Police Service (SAPS) to investigate high level Zimbabwean officials accused...

JUDGMENT DAY: SOUTH AFRICAN SUPREME COURT OF APPEAL TO RULE ON ZIMBABWE TORTURE CASE  Johannesburg, 26 November – The South African Supreme Court of Appeal will deliver its judgment tomorrow (Wednesday 27th) in the appeal to the landmark case brought by the Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC) and the Zimbabwean Exiles Forum (ZEF) on whether...

ATLANTA – The United Nations has seen off an attempt to suspend the trial of Kenya’s President on charges of crimes against humanity, a move that threatened the future of the controversial court. The Security Council yesterday refused to back an African Union motion to defer the case which, had it passed, might have marked the 11-year-old court’s...

BLANTYRE – South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma has opened an exhibition about the life of the country’s first black leader, Nelson Mandela, in Johannesburg.  Mandela’s Nobel Peace Prize, Presidential briefcase and handwritten notes are among the items on display at the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory.   Zuma earlier visited...

On Friday, November 15, Nigerian midfielder of the Super Eagles, Ogenyi Onazi, was quoted in an interview with Complete Sports, ‘We’ll beat Ethiopia 2-0’.  Indeed, on Saturday, November 16, it came to pass when Nigeria’s Super Eagles triumphed over Ethiopia 2-0, winning them their ticket to the World Cup series.  At first, many found...

BLANTYRE (MaraPost)—‘Irreconcilable differences’ with the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) leadership, according to Chris Daza, who resigned from the party to join People’s Party (PP) on Wednesday, continues to toll as the party’s Deputy Campaign Director, Joseph Njobvuyalema has said he is not excited with his current position in the party. Njobvuyalema...

Christmas Car Give away  Tokyo, Japan, November 11, 2013 – BE FORWARD CO., LTD, a used car exporter based in Japan, is running a social media campaign on Facebook called “BE FORWARD 25 Car Xmas Campaign”. The campaign starts on November 1,?2013 and ends on December 25, 2013. BE FORWARD’s Facebook Fans can enter the contest...

BLANTYRE (MaraPost)—The hearing of a treason case involving Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) President Peter Mutharika and former cabinet ministers resumes this Thursday, November 14 2013.  Mutharika and former cabinet ministers Patricia Kaliati, Symon Vuwa Kaunda, Kondwani Nankhumwa, Nicolas Dausi and Jean Kalirani; former chief secretary to government...

Blantyre, Malawi, Nov. 8 (MaraviPost) _ Malawi’s former Justice Minister Ralph Kasambara has been arrested in connection with the September 13 shooting of Budget Director Paul Mphwiyo, police have confirmed. “Mr. Kasambara was arrested at his house in (the capital) Lilongwe last night in connection with the attempt on the life of Mr. Mphwiyo,”...

04 11 2013 – PRESS RELEASE in Response to posted article on Maravipost by Osisa   Argor-Heraeus firmly refuses any accusation  To its great surprise, Argor-Heraeus SA has been informed that NGO TRIAL of Geneva is pressing charges for alleged money laundering in connection with the refining of gold allegedly originating from the DRC during the period...

TRIAL files a criminal denunciation to the Swiss Federal Prosecutor against a Swiss refinery companysuspected of laundering looted gold from the Democratic Republic of the Congo.   Geneva, 4 November 2013 – TRIAL (Track Impunity Always) has submitted to the Swiss Federal Prosecutor a criminal denunciation against the precious metals refinery...

Atlanta (Maravipost) — President Barack Obama didn’t know the United States was collecting communications of allied leaders such as German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee said on Monday. Moreover, Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California said in a statement that her panel was unaware of the sweeping...

Today, 25 October 2013, the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC or Court), seized for the first time of a question on the interpretation of article 63(1) of the Court’s Statute, ruled that the absence of an accused person from trial is permissible under exceptional circumstances if the accused has explicitly waived his right to...

LIWONDE – University of South Florida (USF)  graduate students travelled from Tampa to Malawi  on a mission to develop a draft master plan for sustainable tourism in the Liwonde National Park, the jewel of the national park system in Malawi, a landlocked country in southeast Africa bordered by Zambia, Tanzania and Mozambique. In an article posted...

ZOMBA – University of Malawi students Union reps have written an open letter to the Chairman of the University of Malawi Council for lack of Consulation with students for indefinitely closure of  University of Malawi Constituent colleges. The Colleges affected are Polytechnic, Kamuzu College of Nursing (KCN) and Chancellor College (CHANCO) Full...