Malawi diplomat designate called Mugabe 'idiot' - report

2014-10-30 14:27

Diplomatic ties between Lilongwe and Harare are likely to face a blow after President Peter Mutharika appointed a man who once described President Robert Mugabe as an “idiot” to be the new ambassador to Zimbabwe.

Malawi makes progress after graft scandal

2014-04-04 08:46

The IMF says Malawi has made progress after a massive government corruption last year, but urged action to bring soaring prices under control.

Giant corruption trial kicks off in Malawi

2014-01-30 07:32

A senior Malawian civil servant and two construction executives have gone on trial for corruption, the first of dozens charged in the biggest financial scandal in Malawi’s history.

Graft scandal: Malawi leader gets death threats

2013-10-22 07:56

Malawi President Joyce Banda has received death threats since the uncovering of a high-level fraud scandal that forced her to dissolve the cabinet, the country’s information minister says.

Malawi tobacco earnings double to $361m

2013-09-11 18:02

Malawi has earned $361m from tobacco sales this year, helping ease the country's normally tight foreign exchange situation less than a year ahead an election.

Malawi exports migrant workers to S Korea

2013-06-11 10:06

Tens of thousands of Malawians are set to go to South Korea under a controversial employment scheme launched by President Joyce Banda to beat joblessness in the southern African country.

Malawi sells presidential jet for $15m

2013-05-22 12:02

Malawi's luxury presidential jet, bought by late leader Bingu wa Mutharika, has been sold for $15m to raise cash for the country, a government official says.

Malawi 'wobbles under Joyce Banda'

2013-03-28 09:02

Almost a year after Joyce Banda rolled into office as Malawi’s first female president, analysts and activists are asking whether she is doing a better job than her predecessor Bingi Wa Mutharika.

Malawi ex-president died of heart attack

2013-03-06 20:12

The sudden death of Malawi president Bingu wa Mutharika last year was caused by cardiac arrest, an inquiry has ruled, hoping to lay to rest speculation that he may have been killed.

Malawi ex-president sues

2012-11-28 08:49

Malawi’s former president Bakili Muluzi who was detained in 2008 for plotting to topple his successor, is suing the state for false arrest, according to court documents.

Malawi activist was murdered – inquiry

2012-10-10 09:23

Malawian student activist Robert Chasowa, a critic of the late president Bingu wa Mutharika, was murdered and did not kill himself as police first claimed, a committee of inquiry has found.

No war with Tanzania, says Banda

2012-08-15 11:23

Malawian President Joyce Banda says her country will not “go to war” with Tanzania over a border dispute in Lake Malawi, now poised to become a new oil and gas frontier.

Britain boosts Malawi aid to £54m

2012-07-17 14:42

Britain will give its former colony Malawi additional aid of £24m for its economic recovery programme, the visiting British minister for Africa says.

Malawi frees 377 prisoners

2012-07-06 13:14

Malawi has freed 377 prisoners to mark 48 years of independence from Britain, the country’s home affairs ministry says.

Mutharika's death: Family snubs inquiry

2012-06-08 20:09

The family of Malawi’s ex-president Bingu wa Mutharika has rejected an inquiry into his death, saying facts around his death after a heart attack were already known.

AU ready to move summit over Bashir row

2012-06-08 14:15

The AU will move a July summit from Malawi if the country keeps up its efforts to block the attendance of Sudan’s wanted president Omar al-Bashir, Malawi’s vice president says.

Malawi reverts to old flag

2012-05-29 14:45

Malawi's parliament has approved a bill to revert to the old independence flag, two years after the late president Bingu wa Mutharika altered it, a report says.

Malawi devalues currency by 48%

2012-05-07 13:11

Malawi's central bank has devalued the country's currency by about 48% in line with a demand by the International Monetary Fund.

Joyce Banda vows to improve donor ties

2012-04-25 12:29

Malawi's new president Joyce Banda has vowed to allow foreign diplomats to work freely, seeking to improve donor ties strained under the late leader Bingu wa Mutharika.

Malawians trek to funeral of Mutharika

2012-04-23 13:23

Thousands of Malawians have flocked by foot, on bicycles and in vehicles to the burial of controversial leader Bingu wa Mutharika at a family mausoleum dubbed the 'Taj Mahal'.

Plain Mrs Banda will do

2012-04-19 22:15

Malawi's late president insisted on being formally addressed as "the conqueror" but his successor says a simple Mrs will do.

Malawians queue to view Mutharika body

2012-04-16 17:33

Malawian President Joyce Banda has led thousands of mourners at the parliament building to view the body of the late leader Bingu wa Mutharika, who died earlier this month.

SANDF takes Mutharika's body to Malawi

2012-04-13 21:37

The remains of former Malawian president Bingu wa Mutharika will be taken to his home country, the SA National Defence Force says.

Mutharika body to return home Saturday

2012-04-11 12:09

The remains of Malawian president Bingu wa Mutharika is set to return on Saturday from South Africa where they were taken secretly to be embalmed, an official says.


Malawi seeks economic freedom

2014-07-07 08:24

As Malawi marked 50 years of freedom from colonial rule, President Peter Mutharika has acknowledged that the country's biggest enemy is poverty.

Malawian cop axed to death

2014-03-17 13:08

Malawi police had to fire in “self defence” after a hostile crowd axed to death an officer at a weekend rally by President Joyce Banda, a spokesperson says.

Malawi treason suspects plead not guilty

2013-11-14 20:19

Nine Malawian ex-ministers and senior government officials facing treason charges for an alleged plot to oust President Joyce Banda have pleaded not guilty.

Malawi arrests suspects in shooting of official

2013-09-18 09:08

Police in Malawi say they have arrested three people suspected of involvement in the shooting of a top finance official, who is being treated in an SA hospital.

Homophobia 'on the rise in Africa'

2013-06-25 07:34

Homophobia in sub-Saharan Africa has reached "dangerous levels" with more countries passing laws criminalising same-sex relations, a report says.

Zambia sees growing homophobia

2013-06-04 07:57

Two high-profile cases involving a suspected gay couple and a homosexual rights activist come back-to-back in Zambian courts this week raising concerns over growing homophobia.

Women don't like female bosses – Banda

2013-05-21 12:37

Africa's second female president Joyce Banda of Malawi has decried the lack of support for one another amongst women, saying "women don’t like female bosses".

Malawi politicians charged with treason

2013-03-13 21:03

Twelve Malawian politicians who were arrested for plotting to oust President Joyce Banda have been formally charged with treason.

Malawi ex-ministers held over 'coup' plot

2013-03-11 13:28

Malawi policehave arrested at least two ex-ministers for an alleged coup plot aimed at preventing President Joyce Banda coming to power last year, sparking protests met with police tear gas.

Malawi braces for protests against reforms

2013-01-17 15:24

Heavily armed riot police have been deployed on the streets of Malawi’s major cities as the government braces for protests against reforms designed to right the economy and win back investors.

Top Malawi politician held for murder

2012-10-24 21:48

A former top aide of Malawi's late president Bingu wa Mutharika has been arrested for the murder of a student activist who was killed last year.

UK, Malawi formally restore ties

2012-09-13 09:14

Malawi and its former colonial power Britain have formally re-established full diplomatic relations after London’s envoy Michael Nevin presented his credentials to President Joyce Banda.

Malawi vows to continue oil-gas exploration

2012-07-31 16:55

Malawi has vowed to press on with oil and gas exploration on Lake Malawi, dismissing a demand by Tanzania, which claims half of the lake, to halt prospecting.

Many in Malawi need food aid

2012-07-10 07:32

More than 10% of Malawi’s inhabitants will need food aid over the next few months following massive crop failure in the south, a report says.

Malawi president to sell controversial jet

2012-06-08 22:11

Malawian President Joyce Banda says her cash-strapped government will sell the presidential jet controversially bought by her predecessor.

Malawi cancels AU summit over Bashir

2012-06-08 15:35

Malawi says it will not host the African Union summit in July because the bloc insisted on inviting Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir, wanted on international war crimes charges.

Britain sends aid to help Malawi

2012-06-02 08:04

Britain has released $51m to Malawi to help new President Joyce Banda rebuild an economy left reeling after her predecessor soured ties with donors whose aid had propped up the budget.

Malawi's president vows to repeal gay ban

2012-05-18 22:10

President Joyce Banda has declared she wants to repeal Malawi's laws against homosexual acts, going against a trend in Africa in which gays are being increasingly singled out for prosecution.

Banda hints at action against 'plotters'

2012-05-04 20:01

Malawian President Joyce Banda has hinted she might act against a group of ministers who tried to block her rise to power following the death of her predecessor Bingu wa Mutharika.

Malawi's Mutharika buried

2012-04-23 21:39

Malawi's previous president, who died of a heart attack earlier this month, has been buried after a funeral service that drew African leaders and thousands of Malawian mourners.

Public holiday for Mutharika burial

2012-04-20 19:08

Malawi has declared a national holiday for the burial of its late president Bingu wa Mutharika, with seven African heads of state expected to attend.

Malawi's Banda agrees to host AU summit

2012-04-18 10:17

Malawi’s new leader Joyce Banda, who opposed playing host to the African Union summit as her impoverished country could not afford, has now agreed to do so, authorities say.

Malawi president's body arrives home

2012-04-14 19:00

The remains of Malawi's late president Bingu wa Mutharika has arrived in the capital from South Africa, where his body had been taken secretly to be embalmed.

Malawi’s Banda takes charge with energy

2012-04-13 13:26

In less than a week in office, Malawi's first woman president had fired the police chief, information minister and top state broadcaster and opened an investigation into the 2011 death of an activist.

Malawi's Banda to reconcile with donors

2012-04-10 23:00

New Malawian President Joyce Banda has asked Britain and the United States to resume funding as she moved to heal breaches created by the late president Bingu wa Mutharika.

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