A change of presidents has skewed the playing field for a South African defence company
President Peter Mutharika has shot down Cabinet ministers' request for a 600% salary hike to cover the higher cost of living.
Malawi - where more than half the population of 15-million live below the poverty line - on Sunday marks 50 years of freedom from colonial rule.
Nearly all African leaders who are beneficiaries of dynasty politics have been educated abroad.
Newly inaugurated Malawian President Peter Mutharika has said he will seek to build relationships with countries such as Russia and China.
President Jacob Zuma has congratulated Peter Mutharika and assured him of South Africa's commitment to strengthening bilateral relations with Malawi.
Joyce Banda has congratulated her arch-rival Peter Mutharika for winning Malawi's presidential election whose result she initially challenged.
Democratic Progressive Party leader Peter Mutharika has been declared the winner of disputed presidential elections after defeating Joyce Banda.
The final vote count in Malawi's controversial elections will only be released once court challenges have been resolved.
Malawi could get the results of its elections if its high court rules out a recount of the votes in the controversial presidential election.
The decision to hold a manual recount of all votes cast in the May 20 election has the blessing of most as they agree the elections were not fair.
Malawi's electoral body says President Joyce Banda has no power to scrap elections, while her main political rival says the decision is "illegal".
Election officials are using fax and email to tally votes after the electronic system broke down, delaying the release of any results.