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Lameck Masina

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About Lameck
Experienced and an established international freelance journalist with an office in Malawi's commercial capital Blantyre. I do radio,  print and TV stories with 21 years of practical experience in journalism.  I am an accredited stringer for the Voice of America, a correspondent for the Africa Business magazine (UK) and also I contribute to its sister publications New African and African Banker magazines. I am the contributor for Radio World International edition (USA) and African Argumnets online publication as well as Zitamar Online based in Mozambique. I also  filed for Inter Press service both print and podcast and for Al jazeera online for Africa Desk. I was also filing for for the defunct Thinkafriacapress.com
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Malawi Parliament to Debate Cannabis Farming

22 Mar 2024  |  Voice of America
Malawi's parliament is considering a bill to allow cannabis cultivation to boost foreign exchange earnings, despite opposition from anti-drug advocates. Lawmaker Peter Dimba claims the industry could generate significant revenue. The country has seen declining tobacco profits, prompting a shift towards hemp in 2020, which has not met expectations. Industrial hemp farmers, like Mathews Osman, and Rastafarians, represented by Patrick Galawanda, support the move for economic and spiritual reasons. However, Nelson Zakeyu of Drug Fight Malawi warns of the drug's harmful effects on youth. Government representative Richard Chimwendo Banda emphasizes a cautious approach to protect young people while facilitating economic benefits. The timeline for the bill's vote is uncertain.

Malawian Women Share Their Thoughts Ahead of International Women’s Day

07 Mar 2024  |  voaafrica.com
Reporter Lameck Messina interviewed women in Malawi to gather their perspectives on International Women's Day and its significance to them.

Digital Tech Program Transforms Learning in Rural Malawi

27 Nov 2023  |  voaafrica.com
The Malawi government, in collaboration with UNICEF and a mobile service provider, has launched the Connect-a-School project to equip public schools in rural Malawi with smart TVs, tablets, and free internet for digital learning. Some schools have reported challenges due to a shortage of gadgets.

Digital Program Transforms Learning in Rural Malawi

26 Nov 2023  |  voanews.com
The Malawi government, UNICEF, and Airtel Malawi have collaborated on the Connect-a-School project to provide rural schools with smart TVs, tablets, and free internet to foster digital learning. Despite the initiative's success, some schools in Dedza District face challenges due to a shortage of gadgets.

Digital Program Transforms Learning in Rural Malawi

26 Nov 2023  |  voanews.com
The Malawi government, in collaboration with UNICEF and Airtel Malawi, has launched the Connect-a-School project to promote digital learning in rural areas. The initiative provides public schools with smart TVs, tablets, and free internet, although some schools face challenges due to a shortage of gadgets.

Malawi Rights Activists March Against Conflict in Gaza

25 Oct 2023  |  www.voanews.com
In Malawi, rights activists and religious leaders organized a march calling for a cease-fire in the Gaza conflict. Participants condemned the violence and appealed for peace. The march, led by the Forum for Democracy and Rights Defenders, highlighted the killing of innocent people. Religious leaders expressed concerns over the suffering of children and women, and called for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to be investigated for war crimes. The article also notes the atrocities committed by Hamas fighters in Israel on October 7.

Malawi Makes First Large-Scale Wheat Harvest

24 Oct 2023  |  allAfrica.com
Malawi has achieved its first successful large-scale wheat harvest, marking a significant milestone in its agricultural sector. This development is seen as a strategic move to reduce dependency on wheat imports, especially in light of the Russia-Ukraine conflict that has disrupted grain supplies. Ronald Ngwira of Pyxus Agriculture Limited announced that four suitable wheat varieties have been identified, and the country aims to become self-sufficient in wheat production within four years. President Lazarus Chakwera emphasized the importance of modern technology and hard work to achieve this goal. Agricultural economist Wisdom Mgomezulu highlighted the potential for wheat to become a high-value cash crop for Malawi, provided there is investment in sustainable production technologies and research.

Malawi President Suspends Foreign Trips by Officials Over Currency Devaluation

18 Oct 2023  |  www.voanews.com
Malawi President Lazarus Chakwera has suspended all foreign trips for himself and government officials as part of austerity measures following a 44% devaluation of the local currency. The devaluation, aimed at aligning with the U.S. dollar on the black market, has led to significant price increases for commodities. Chakwera announced cuts in fuel allowances for top officials and canceled all international trips through the fiscal year. Analysts have criticized the measures for not addressing long-term economic solutions or the needs of rural populations. The Malawi Human Rights Defenders Coalition supports the measures if properly implemented.

Electric Vehicles Hit the Roads in Malawi

10 Oct 2023  |  www.voanews.com
Drivers in Malawi now have the opportunity to purchase electric vehicles through a local startup, alleviating the daily struggle of obtaining fuel at pump stations. Early adopters have expressed satisfaction with the convenience and sustainability of electric vehicles.

Malawi Relocates Female Inmates to Female-Only Prisons

10 Oct 2023  |  www.voanews.com
Malawi has started relocating female inmates to female-only prisons to provide a more conducive environment for their well-being and education. The move addresses the gender insensitivity of existing prison facilities, which were not designed with women in mind. The Malawi Prisons Service aims to offer better educational opportunities and vocational training for female inmates. However, concerns have been raised about the potential impact on family visits due to the limited number of female-only prisons. Efforts are underway to establish more such facilities across the country.

Malawi’s Maize Import Ban Forces WFP to Mill Grain From Tanzania

03 Oct 2023  |  www.voanews.com
Malawi has banned the import of unmilled maize from Kenya and Tanzania due to concerns about maize lethal necrosis disease (MLN). In response, the World Food Program (WFP) is milling 30,000 metric tons of maize from Tanzania to provide relief. The government clarified that importing maize flour is safe, while unmilled maize poses a risk. The ban aims to protect Malawi's staple crop, which is already threatened by food shortages exacerbated by Cyclone Freddy. WFP and Malawi's government are working to address the crisis, with plans to import unmilled maize from South Africa.

Malawi’s President Chakwera Declares Food Emergency

01 Oct 2023  |  www.voaafrica.com
Malawi President Lazarus Chakwera has declared a State of Disaster in 23 out of the country’s 28 districts due to El Nino conditions, leaving an estimated two million people in urgent need of food aid.

Malawi Faces Pressure to Ban High-Alcohol Content Liquor Sachets

05 Apr 2023  |  African Business
The Malawian government is being urged by NGOs to ban the sale of potent liquor sachets, known as 'Blackberries', due to their negative impact on health and education. Despite laws against underage drinking, these sachets are easily accessible to minors through unlicensed outlets. The government's previous attempt to ban them was overturned by a court injunction. NGOs, including the Malawi Alcohol Policy Alliance, are advocating for a revised alcohol policy to control the alcohol content in sachets. The Alcohol Manufacturers Association of Malawi claims they comply with all legal standards and suggests a comprehensive policy to address the issue. The government has increased taxes on liquor sachets, but they remain affordable. Local initiatives are underway to educate the public on the dangers of alcohol abuse, and comparisons are drawn to Zambia, which has banned such sachets.

A link to a story about whay Malawi former president Joyce Banda is not returning home. the story was first public on African Arguments website

It a link to story on Radio World website about radio efforts in boosting poetry in Malawi

Repairman Builds Helicopter From Scrap Metal in Malawi

16 Mar 2016  |  Voice of America
Felix Kambwiri, a professional welder and former radio repairman from Malawi, has built a helicopter using scrap materials. Inspired by the helicopters he saw as a child, the 45-year-old father of seven constructed the aircraft, which features a 125cc engine from his old motorbike, in four months. Although civil aviation authorities have grounded his helicopter pending safety checks and the installation of a more powerful engine, Kambwiri is determined to make it fly. He aims to use the helicopter to travel to his home village, bypassing bad roads. His efforts have garnered local support, and he is part of a community of amateur aircraft builders in Africa.

Mozambique Refugees Fleeing to Malawi

14 Jan 2016  |  www.voanews.com
Hundreds of refugees have been fleeing to Malawi from Mozambique for six months due to attacks by RENAMO fighters in Tete province. The conflict in July displaced over 700 people, and ongoing atrocities and killings by militias continue to drive Mozambicans into Malawi. The refugee camp in Malawi's Mwanza district now shelters over 2,500 individuals escaping the violence in Tete.

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