A Dutch citizen is facing multiple criminal charges in Malawi. Now, he is pursuing an unlikely legal defence — as a protector of gay rights
Chikwanekwanes are trying to make it easier for rape survivors to get care, counselling and legal help under one roof but it’s easier said than done.
Parliamentarians in Malawi are pushing a law that would triple their salaries, saying they require the increase to meet the needs of their communities
Malawi’s president says his country has "initiated dialogue" with Britain aimed at defusing a spat that saw the countries expel each other’s envoys.
Britain’s envoy to Malawi has been asked to leave the country after he was quoted in a newspaper expressing concern about the president’s intolerance.
A Malawian rights group said it had paid fines to secure the release of three elderly women sent to prison for witchcraft.
The United States, Europe and rights groups expressed outrage and alarm on Friday at Malawi’s jailing of a married gay couple.
A Malawi court has sentenced a gay couple to the maximum 14 years in prison for unnatural acts and gross indecency.
Malawi church leaders say that homosexuality is "sinful" and urge Western nations to withdraw threats to halt aid to the Southern Africa country.
In a land dispute pitting Madonna against Malawian villagers, the government has sided with the pop star, saying it had planned to develop the plot.
Malawi on Tuesday defended the country’s first trial of a newly wed gay couple charged with "gross indecency".
Madonna is planning to adopt a second child from Malawi, but questions have already been raised over whether the pop star will face obstacles.
A nationwide drive in Malawi to get up to seven million citizens on to a fresh voters’ register got off to a slow start on Monday.
Malawian President Bingu wa Mutharika has suspended the opposition-dominated Parliament over its failure to pass the budget.
Former Malawian president Bakili Muluzi, who had been under house arrest over an alleged coup plot, was freed on bail on Friday after a judge said there was no reason to fear he would try to flee justice. Muluzi was ordered to post bail of 000 and report to police once a month as well as inform them of any plans to travel outside Blantyre.
Malawi’s former president Bakili Muluzi on Tuesday laughed off accusations that he was trying to topple his successor as his lawyers launched a high court bid to end his house arrest. Muluzi has denied any knowledge of documents which purportedly linked him to a coup against President Bingu wa Mutharika.
Malawian President Bingu wa Mutharika on Saturday said that Africa was able to feed itself, suggesting other African nations should learn farming lessons from his country. ”We believe in Malawi that Africa can feed itself,” Mutharika told reporters before he departed for Japan to attend a meeting of African leaders.
A court in Malawi handed down a six-year prison sentence on Tuesday to a former minister over corruption charges dating back 14 years, officials said. Former education minister Sam Mpasu stood accused of having received kickbacks for awarding a British company a deal to provide Malawi with millions of notebooks and pencils.
Police in Malawi have arrested two sisters who allegedly torched to death two children — aged three and seven — to exorcise them of witchcraft, a police spokesperson said on Monday. Police spokesperson Chifundo Chibweza said two other children — aged nine years and eight months — were rescued by villagers.
Malawi lawmakers on Tuesday began examining draft legislation aimed at ridding the HIV/Aids-plagued country of quacks claiming to cure the pandemic through such remedies as sex with virgins, health authorities said. "When it passes into law, all traditional healers claiming to cure Aids will be dealt with," Mary Shaba, head of HIV/Aids issues for Malawi’s Health Ministry, said.
Malawi’s president flew over the flood-stricken Shire Valley on Sunday where nearly 50 000 people have lost their homes and crops to raging waters that have wreaked havoc in many parts of Southern Africa. Nationally, more than 70 000 have been displaced in Malawi.
Rising flood waters devastating crops, livestock and infrastructure across half the coutry and menacing more than 73 000 Malawians are going to get worse, government officials said on Wednesday. ”It’s getting worse in Malawi because it is raining every day,” said Lilian Ng’oma, a senior official in the Disaster Management Ministry.
Malawi is to probe claims that Indian-made manual irrigation pumps used by the country’s poor farmers kill their sexual desire at night, a senior government official said on Thursday. ”We are going to do a thorough study to determine the problem,” said the irrigation officer, who identified himself as S Maweru.
A uranium mining project by an Australian firm due to begin in northern Malawi next year will boost the country’s exports by 25%, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF). In a new country report released this week, the IMF said the -million project by mining firm Paladin could add up to 10% of the Southern African country’s overall GDP and 25% to exports.
Education authorities in Malawi on Tuesday voided the results of examinations sat by 80 000 students after it emerged that copies of the papers were leaked and sold beforehand to some pupils. Education Secretary Anthony Livuza said fresh senior secondary-school certificate examinations will now be drawn up.
Malawi’s anti-corruption agency has arrested the head of the country’s electricity-generating company over allegations of graft, officials said on Thursday. A spokesperson for the Anti-Corruption Bureau said Kandi Padambo was arrested late on Wednesday in the commercial capital, Blantyre.
For Malawian nurse Hilda Maganga, the financial pull of a spell in a ward in Britain is close to overwhelming her desire to tend to patients in her Aids-stricken and impoverished homeland. ”I would like to do a two-year stint in the United Kingdom, make my money and come back to retire for good,” says the 54-year-old.
Malawi, one of Africa’s poorest nations, said on Monday that despite recent efforts to grow the economy, it would be unable to meet the United Nations target date of halving poverty by 2015. A welfare-monitoring survey conducted by the Ministry of Economic Planning and Development indicated that poverty dropped to 45% in Malawi in 2006, from 53,9% in 1998.
The senior Malawian child welfare official who was to go to London to assess whether Madonna could adopt a little boy from the Southern African country has been removed from the high-profile case following allegations he solicited money from the singer for the trip.
Malawi’s Parliament reconvenes next week to debate and pass the impoverished African nation’s already delayed budget after the Supreme Court ordered the opposition to end a boycott, an official said on Friday. Malawi’s opposition, which holds 105 of the Parliament’s 193 seats, had earlier obtained a court injuction barring debate on the country’s budget.
Malawi police and anti-corruption authorities have raided the house of a judge who ruled against President Bingu wa Mutharika in a row with the opposition over the country’s budget. Fahad Assani, a lawyer for High Court Judge Joseph Mwanyungwe, told Reuters police and members of the Anti-Corruption Bureau raided the judge’s house on Monday night.
Malawi will have its first-ever modern mining project located in the northern town of Kayelekera in Karonga by early next year if plans by an Australian mining company, Paladin (Africa), are successful. However, controversy has been dogging the project since its hatching stages.