Frank Phiri

Malawi court rejects Banda’s call to annul elections

Malawi's high court has issued an injunction barring President Joyce Banda from interfering in the electoral process.

Malawi elections: Soldiers quell voter unrest after delays

Malawi's military has backed up police following reports of voting materials set alight and roads being blocked by angry voters.

Fears of violence grow as Malawi’s national poll nears

Two people have been killed after clashes between supporters of Malawi's ruling party and its opposition.

Bingu’s brother leader? Malawi faces Mutharika ‘dynasty’

In a move that could further inflame opposition, President Mutharika's brother has been endorsed as a candidate in the 2014 presidential election.

Difficult year ahead for famine-hit Malawi

The year 2005 will go down in history as another difficult 12 months for the tiny, famine-stricken Southern African nation of Malawi. More than 4,7-million Malawians, out of a population of 12-million, are experiencing food shortages, according to official statistics. Malawi does not have enough food stocks to last until the next harvest in April 2006, aid agencies warn.

Catching up with Malawi’s female legislators

More than a year ago, Inter Press Service (IPS) profiled several of the women who had won seats in Malawi's Parliament, something that enabled them to break new ground in the drive to make the legislature less of male-dominated forum.This month, IPS decided to catch up with some of the women again. Had their experiences in Parliament lived up to expectations -- or down to apprehensions?

Corruption-busting president to form new party

Will they or won't they? This question is on the lips of political observers in Malawi at present, as they wait to see whether substantial numbers of ruling coalition or opposition members will support the country's newest political grouping: the Democratic Progressive Party. At stake is the future of party founder President Bingu wa Mutharika, who resigned from the United Democratic Front earlier this month.

Malawi faces urban explosion

Every morning, residents of Malawi's sprawling commercial hub, Blantyre, wake up to deafening noises as hundreds of thousands of people pour into the city to try to make a living. According to a new study, Malawi has emerged as the fastest-urbanising country in the world with an urban population growth of 6,3%.

Daunting task for new Malawian president

As Malawi's courts grapple with the electoral challenge lodged by the opposition Mgwirizano coalition to last week's poll, the country's new President, Bingu wa Mutharika, is trying to win hearts and minds with talk of poverty alleviation and corruption busting. "Malawi is not a poor country," he said at his swearing-in ceremony.

Election time for ‘freer but poorer’ Malawians

Malawi is scheduled to go to the polls on Thursday for general elections -- this amid polling delays, allegations of bias on the part of electoral officials and deepening poverty. The ballot had initially been set for Tuesday May 18, but was postponed by the High Court after complaints by a coalition of opposition parties.

Malawi’s electoral commission loses its lustre

In 1994, the Malawi Electoral Commission was feted for its fair and efficient organisation of a poll that ousted autocratic ruler Hastings Kamuzu Banda. A decade on, however, the lustre has been rubbed off of the organisation. It now finds itself at the centre of a row about alleged irregularities in the run-up to general elections on May 18.

Malawi govt under pressure as poll looms

As Malawi's general elections draw closer, deepening national poverty is haunting efforts by the ruling United Democratic Front to remain in power. In March, a United Nations Development Programme study on governance in Malawi revealed that poverty in the country had worsened during the past decade of multi-party politics compared to the situation under former dictator Hastings Kamuzu Banda.

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