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Malawi government stops plans to allow unemployed nurses migrate to US, Saudi Arabia

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The Malawian government has put on hold plans to allow about 2,000 unemployed nurses to migrate to the United States and Saudi Arabia in search of greener pastures.

The country’s nursing union, the National Organisation of Nurses and Midwives of Malawi (NONM), had in July, announced that the nurses were forced to take jobs abroad due to high unemployment in Malawi.

In a memo dated August 3, the Ministry of Labour ordered the plan to be canceled, saying the union has no legal mandate on labour migration.

The memo, which was signed by Malawi’s Minister of Labour, Vera Kantukule, stated clearly that the decision to suspend the plans was made after considering that NONM is just a union of medical workers.

Addressing newsmen on the move by the government, Kantukule said:

“What we told them is that if you want to be doing this thing, then you probably have to register a separate identity that will be doing the recruitment but you, the way you are, your mandate does not allow you to engage yourself in labor migration.”

But the President of nurses union,
Shouts Simeza, has called on President Lazarus Chakwera to rescind the position especially after the Malawi government said recently that it cannot recruit more nurses now because of financial constraints.

The arrangement would have seen the first group of 1,000 nurses leave for Saudi Arabia this month with another 1,000 each year for a five-year project.

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UN peacekeeping mission to resume operations in Mali month after suspension

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Barely a month after the Malian junta suspended operations of UN peacekeeping troops on its soil, a spokesperson of the mission has confirmed that mission will resume again on Monday.

Malian authorities in a statement in July suspended all rotations of the military and police contingents of the United Nations Mission in Mali (UNMIS). The suspension was in continuation of its position of severing foreign relations, the suspension includes UN mission that are already scheduled.

The spokesperson said the mission and Malian authorities had agreed on a streamlined rotation procedure and that the mission’s request to resume rotations on Monday had been accepted.

Mali’s foreign ministry could not be immediately reached for comment.

Relations between Mali and troop-contributing countries remain strained. On Friday, Germany said it was suspending its military reconnaissance mission, which provides intelligence to MINUSMA, after Malian authorities withheld a flight clearance

Mali under the current Junta of Colonel Goita has been on a thread of breaking diplomatic relations with allies.

It started by breaking defense alliance with the French, the junta also quit the anti-jihadist force, G-5 force but has enjoyed good relationship with Russia.

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15 African migrants found dead in the Libyan-Sudan border desert

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At least 15 African migrants were found dead on Saturday in the desert on the Libyan borders with Sudan, with authorities saying the tragedy involved migrants seeking a better life in Europe while perilous journeys through the deserts and the Mediterranean Sea.

The discovery of the victims was made by the Libyan Department for Combating Irregular Migration, in the southeastern city of Kufra, which said the migrants were on their way from Sudan to Libya when their vehicle broke down due to lack of fuel.

The agency, in a statement, said nine other migrants survived while two remain missing in the desert.

It added that there were women and children among the migrants, but did not elaborate on how many they were.

It also did not reveal causes of the migrants’ death, but said they did not have enough food and water.

“All the migrants were Sudanese, from a country in turmoil for years. The migrants likely attempted to reach western Libya in efforts to board trafficking boats to Europe,” the department said on its Facebook page.

In June, the Libya authorities had also discovered bodies of 20 migrants in the sprawling Kufra desert who they said died of thirst after their vehicle broke down close to the border with Chad.

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