This past week surely was an eventful week, full of colour, circumstance and some sadness. In all, Malawi is firmly in the hearts and minds of both local, regional, and international newsrooms.
The first news that made the rounds was the election to the SADC Women’s Parliament Presidency of Malawi’s Dr. Jessie Kabwira. Elected by members of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) Parliamentary Forum (PF) Women, the Salima North West legislator, is the group’s first President. The elections were conducted during the SADC-PF 41st Plenary Assembly session in Mahé, the Seychelles. Dr. Kabwira serves as Salima west constituency Member of Parliament (MCP).
The Maravi Post wishes Dr. Kabwira sincere congratulations and look forward to a successful term on the regional policy-formulating forum. On the heels of the fete by Dr. Kabwira, internationally renowned American pop star Madonna, on Tuesday officially opened the spectacular state-of-the-art Mercy James Centre for Pediatric Surgery and Intensive Care at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital, in Blantyre.
Madonna was accompanied to the opening ceremony, by Malawi President Professor Peter Mutharika, First Lady Gertrude Mutharika and Vice President Dr. Saulos Chilima and Mrs. Chilima, among other Government and civic dignitaries including diplomats and members of the donor community.
A wonderful heart-warming picture was painted at the event as Madonna walked to the platform with her three children (David, Mercy and one of the twins); another great picture was the loving hug Madonna gave her daughter Mercy, after the later introduced her Mum.
While Madonna adopted four Malawi children (in total Madonna has six children), the opening of the Children’s Centre on Tuesday highlighted the superstar’s adoption of all children in Malawi. The Centre of excellence caters for a variety of children’s health needs and has its own operating rooms and intensive care unit.
To Madonna, the Maravi Post says thank you Mama Madonna for choosing Malawi for your philanthropic work and embracing the welfare of Malawi’s children under your wings.
This past Saturday, the Archbishop Tarsizio Ziyaye of the Archdiocese of Lilongwe, celebrated his 25 years of Episcopate at a colorful ceremony at the Maula Cathedral in Lilongwe. The Archbishop’s journey started in 1992 in Dedza Diocese as an Auxiliary Bishop and which he describes as a moment of grace. The ceremony was attended by the Vice President Dr. Saulos Chilima, who represented President Mutharika.
To the Archbishop Ziyaye, the Maravi Post confers on you blessed congratulations for your service to the Church and to Malawi. We appreciate your humility and Spirit-let life.
The world tennis No. 2 champion Roger Federer, is set to open his foundation’s 81st pre-school in Malawi. According Metro U.K. reports, the Roger Federer foundation, spent approximately $13.5 million in the Malawi schools.
This is not a mean investment, especially when we consider the challenges Malawi faces in the provision of early childhood and primary education, which the Government provides under the free primary school policy.
The added assistance from the Roger Federer Foundation, is highly appreciated. To Mr. Federer, the Maravi Post says thank you, we appreciate you choosing Malawi among your countries of philanthropic work. The countries Mr. Federer takes his charity work are Swaziland, Malawi, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
On a sad and painful note, Malawi Government on Sunday announced death of Mr. Friday Makuta, S.C, Malawi’s first Malawian Chief Justice and former Attorney-General, who also served briefly as Malawi High Commissioner to Namibia.
The Maravi Post offers its deepest condolences to the Makuta family. May his soul rest in peace.