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Second biennial sculpture fair opens in Ouagadougou – The Maravi Post

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The second edition of the International Biennial Sculpture exhibition has opened in Burkina Faso’s capital Ouagadougou.

The fair seeks to support the visibility of emerging and established African sculptors.

This year’s edition has been dubbed “The Ambiguous Adventure” in reference to the novel by Cheikh Hamidou Kane, whose young hero, Samba Diallo, attempts to navigate between the soul of his country and the Western world with which he is confronted.

With this theme, artists were invited to express themselves on the complexity of identities in a post-globalization era.

Mauritanian artist Oumar Ball won the first prize of the jury. In his work entirely made from discarded metal, the artist created a hyena and a vulture, two unfriendly animals but which must co-exist in the same space.

“The creature is entitled Chimera and which represents a meeting of two animals that share the same environment but are not friends so that they can share this adventure together

Tunisian artist Ferdaws Chamekh worked with clay from her country and that from Burkina Faso to create a piece that depicts intermarriages and inter-communal relations on the continent.

“Here we find the red earth of Mednine – it is a region in the south of Tunisia. Here it is the earth of Tabarka – it is a region in the North of Tunisia. And here is a mixture of the white earth of Tunisia and the black and yellow earth of Ouagadougou,” Chamekh said during the exhibition at the French Institute in Burkina Faso’s capital.

Sahab Koanda who calls himself the ambassador of Ouagadougou’s dustbins works exclusively with discarded articles.

In his work titled “the confinement of Africa”, Koanda questions the ambiguous adventure of the destiny of the continent trapped by a desire to resemble the West.

“Africa is confined as you see the chain that has barred, blocked Africa. He can’t go home because he is chained. Instead of living free and in dignity, he wants to live western while he is not western”.

Eighteen artists representing ten countries were selected for this second edition. Their works are on show until November 6th.

Source: Africanews

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Blue Eagles lay off six players – The Maravi Post

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By Edwin Mbewe

LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-Area 30 outfits, Blue Eagles FC, have parted ways with their six players namely; Lazarus Nyemera, Patrick Phiri,Henry Misinjo,Brian Msumatiza,Mphatso Philimon and Tonny Mbulu.

Confirming about the development, team’s Vice General Secretary, Solomon Mchawi said the team has indeed released the six players based on performance and after the recommendations from the technical panel.

“In any contract you have termination clause,so in reference to the issue at hand at Blue Eagles, we have used article 5 of their contract which is the termination of contract, which basically gives mandate to release a player in circumstances where the services are no longer required. So, in view of this and based on recommendations of technical panel hence their release”, explains Mchawi.

Blue Eagles football club struggled in both cups and TNM Super League last season, finishing on twelve position and surviving the chop from the league on their last league game against Mighty Wanderers, where they won by three goals to one at Kamuzu Stadium.

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Malawi opposition DPP accepts ConCourt’s ruling on 2020 Presidential polls – The Maravi Post

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BLANTYRE-(MaraviPost)-Former governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) says has accepted the Constitutional Court judgement that threw out its bid for a review of the legality of the June 23 2020 court-sanctioned Fresh Presidential Election.

DPP spokesperson Shadric Namalomba said in a statement on Saturday that DPP is a law-abiding institution and will now focus on regaining its lost glory while at the same time pushing government to address socio-economic issues affecting Malawians.

Namalomba says; “We will move forward. We accept the ruling. DPP as a party, we will move forward towards regaining glory and we are strongly sure that Malawians will vote us back into power come 2025.”

DPP sought the interpretation of the Constitutional Court on the legality of the fresh presidential election and subsequent parliamentary and local government by-elections presided over by a Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) cohort that had four of its members fired by the High Court for not being duly appointed.

Effectively, the case had the potential to nullify the victory of President Lazarus Chakwera and Vice-President Saulos Chilima if the five-judge panel of the High Court of Malawi sitting as the Constitutional Court granted DPP its wish.

However, the case was dismissed at preliminary stage as the court said it was a disguised appeal.

The court fired four commissioners sponsored by DPP, namely Arthur Nanthuru, Steve Duwa, Jean Mathanga and Linda Kunje.

While stressing that the party has decided not to pursue any other means to protest the ruling, Namalomba said the outcome of the case, however, does not mean things are well in the country.

He said the nine-political party Tonse Alliance administration should not rejoice over the court outcome since a majority of Malawians are not happy with so many unfulfilled campaign promises.

“The ruling, however, does not mean that things are well in this country as you can see that many people went to the streets of Lilongwe to demonstrate against maladministration by the current regime.

“Prices of commodities continue to rise almost everyday while the people’s sources of finance continue to decrease,” added Namalomba.

The case was the second in two years to put the country’s presidency on trial in connection with elections. During the first case, Chakwera and Chilima petitioned the court to overturn DPP president Peter Mutharika’s 2019 re-election over alleged irregularities, especially in the results management system.

The court ruled in their favour.

However, Mutharika maintains that the judgement was a “judicial coup”.

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Malawi’s Chikwawa man arrested for raping maid – The Maravi Post

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BLANTYRE-(MaraviPost)-The Malawi Police in Chikwawa are keeping in custody a 57 year-old man, Andsen Tembo for allegedly raping his 18 year old maid.

According to Chikwawa Police Public Relations Officer Dickson Matemba, the victim was working in the house of the suspect.

“The victim met her fate during the night of 24 November 2021 when the accused entered the girl’s room and raped her before giving her K10,000 to keep the matter secret.

“However, the victim reported the matter to her aunt in the following morning before she was taken to Chikwawa District Hospital where rape was confirmed,” said Matemba

The district’s police PRO said following the medical report, police arrested the suspect who is expected to appear in court to answer a charge of rape which is contrary to section 132 of the Penal Code.

Andsen Tembo hails from Sadulo Village Traditional Authority (T.A) Katunga in the district.

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