LILONGWE Malawi (Xinhua) --
A magistrate court in Lilongwe, Malawi, Thursday
sentenced 44-year-old Angolan, Joad Matateu Manuel, to five
years imprisonment with hard labor for attempting to smuggle
cocaine through Kamuzu International Airport, KIA.
for KIA, Sgt. Sapulain Chitonde, said in a statement made
available to Xinhua that Manuel, who hails from Luanda in
Angola, was arrested on August 30 at KIA when he was about to
board Kenya Airways en-route to Nairobi.
Upon search of his
travelling bags Manuel was found with male condoms containing a
liquid which, when examined by the country’s National Quality
Control Laboratory, was confirmed to be cocaine weighing 2.1 kg.
guilty before court, according to the police spokesperson, hence
the five-year jail term sentence.
“The State, through
Deputy Director of Prosecution, asked the court to pass an
immediate custodial sentence of not less than five years
considering that drug traffickers are people with money and a
fine would mean nothing to the convict,” said Chitonde.
He continued: “The
state further stressed in the court that Malawi government would
never allow to be used as a transit country for dangerous drug
dealers and that the Angolan sentence should send warning shots
to any would-be-offenders.”
Manuel through his
lawyers, pleaded for a suspended sentence saying he could not
understand any language apart from Portuguese and that he
suffers from hypertension and custodial sentence would do more
harm to him.
But the state said
Malawi prisons were already keeping convicts with language
barriers like Manuel and that the Angolan case would not be
On health services,
the state said there was fully fledged health facility at Maula
Prison where the Angolan would be confined to serve his jail
term and that the facility would take care of Manuel’s
The drug was
forfeited and destroyed right at the court, according to the
police spokesperson, and after serving his sentence, the convict
will be deported to his country and he will also be declared a
prohibited immigrant in line with section 4 of the Immigration
Malawi women’s rights activists
march against gender-based violence
LILONGWE Malawi (Xinhua) --
Civil Society Organisations and human rights
defenders in Malawi Thursday took to the streets of the capital
Lilongwe to demonstrate against increasing cases of Gender Based
Violence (GBV) against women.
The country has, for
the month of August alone, experienced an increased number of
Gender Based Violence against women, two of which claimed lives
while several others resulted into life threatening injuries.
The parade was led
by the country’s Chairperson of Women’s Parliamentary Caucus,
Jessie Kabwira, who lashed at the GBV perpetrators, branding
She said: “This
demonstration is our disapproval against the barbaric acts of
gender based violence against women which are perpetrated by
cowards who fear successful and independent women, and in turn
resort to physical violence against them.”
A petition which the
activists presented to the country’s Ministry of Gender,
Children, Disability and Social Welfare has among others,
demanded that the country’s Head of State issue a statement
condemning the increased cases of the gender based violence.
citizens, we are in deep shock with the recent death of a young
woman; late Miriam Siula, who was murdered by her ex-partner,”
reads part of the petition.
The petition was
received by Deputy Minister for the country’s Gender Ministry,
Clement Mkumbwa, who promised to take it to the relevant
authorities for necessary action.
Also present during
the presentation of the petition was Speaker of Malawi’s
Parliament who urged the country’s men to respect women’s
He also called for
inclusive efforts between the country’s citizens and
stakeholders in addressing the issues of Gender Based Violence.
During the march,
the activists were also joined by the country’s Resident
Coordinator for the United Nations, Mia Seppo.
Malawi tribe bemoans lost glory
of cattle rearing
By Gloria Nazombe LUSAKA (Xinhua) --
Rearing cattle amongst the Ngoni
people in Malawi, once a pride custom, is prone to extinction.
As per custom, a
Ngoni man’s riches and power is determined by how many cattle he
has unlike other tribes and culture where houses, money and cars
are the determinants of success.
According to the
tradition which dates back from the 19th century, the
Ngoni people always brought home cattle from every tribe they
conquered. It is believed that they are warriors and the cattle
symbolized their power.
Inkosi ya Makosi
(King of kings) Mbelwa IV is one of the dignified Ngoni chiefs
“Milk and meat is a
symbol of prosperity. Cattle provide the best and large quantity
of milk and meat. Therefore, if one has cattle and a number of
them for that matter it only implies one thing, the man is
filthy rich,” the traditional leader said.
According to him, an
Ngoni man with a head of cattle signifies what a great warrior
he is and that it is easy for such a man to attract women.
According to Ngoni
tradition, during coronation, the would-be-chief is anointed
with a bull’s bile on his forefront, a move that symbolizes
power descending to his whole body from the ancestors.
The same is done
when he dies and it shows that the spirit is still powerful and
will also be transferred to the next king.
According to one
Ngoni woman, Mandlase Jere from Edingeni in Mzimba district, an
area where the Ngoni people are highly concentrated, Ngoni women
like powerful men. “Any man who brought cattle home from war
gave us hope for our safety. So we flock to such a man,” Jere
She added that it
was a source of pride for women when their men give cattle as
dowry to the woman’s family unlike other cultures where a woman
is exchanged with a chicken. She says this shows how significant
and worthy an Ngoni woman is.
However, over the
years, the custom has gradually degraded.
“Indeed many Ngonis
nowadays don’t have kraals in their homes especially in town
except for the chief. This is because most of them have realized
that money could buy a cow within the shortest time especially
in this civilized era,” said Ndabazake Aupson Thole, the tribe’s
“However you will
notice that at any big Ngoni function, a cow is slaughtered and
we continue to bury our chiefs in a cattle skin and cover any
Ngoni’s coffin in the grave with a cattle skin. This means that
our cattle are hidden in a monetary form,” he added.
Meanwhile, Thole has
said that due to the seemingly extinction of the cattle rearing
custom which has mainly been caused by lack of land for grazing,
an alternative solution to revamp the culture is yet to be
“Cattle rearing is a
serious business and it needs dedication. It needs herd boys,
most of whom are now in school,” he said.
The other reason is
that there is no grazing spaces in town where most of the Ngoni
people have settled.
But he noted that
plans are underway to improve the system of keeping cattle
through paddock grazing.
“This will increase
our cattle rearing again,” Thole said.