Africa's biggest news stories in 2014

2014-12-30 11:42

In 2014 Africa saw the Ebola outbreak, a number of presidential elections, and Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe sacked his vice president. See our review of the continent's biggest news events.

Malawian with $250 000 in boot, gets 9yrs'

2014-11-04 21:15

A civil servant in Malawi who stashed more than a quarter of a million dollars in the boot of his car, has been sentenced to nine years in jail.

First conviction in Malawi's 'Cashgate' scandal

2014-08-30 07:45

A Malawi court has made the first conviction of a senior official in the so-called 'Cashgate' scandal that has led to the suspension of foreign aid and helped push a government from power.

Malawi corruption suspect faces charges

2014-07-24 17:28

The chief suspect in a government corruption scandal that has rocked the southern African nation of Malawi faces charges of fraud and money laundering.

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.

Malawi president sacks army chief

2014-06-25 10:57

Malawi President Peter Mutharika has fired the country's army chief, General Henry Odillo, his office said Wednesday.

Malawi swears in half of new cabinet

2014-06-19 19:24

Malawi has sworn in only half of its new cabinet after President Peter Mutharika's Democratic Progressive Party won the elections nearly a month ago.

Malawi's new president turns to China, Russia

2014-06-02 20:03

Malawi, traditionally dependent on Western aid donors, will look for "new friends" in countries such as China and Russia, newly-elected President Peter Mutharika says.

Mutharika wins Malawi's disputed election

2014-05-31 07:29

Peter Mutharika - the brother of former president Bingu wa Mutharika - has been declared the winner of Malawi's disputed presidential election after defeating President Joyce Banda.

Tensions rise as Malawi awaits vote results

2014-05-30 12:21

Malawi police have fired teargas to disperse dozens of rioters in south-eastern city of Mangochi, as the country nervously awaits the release of results from last week’s disputed presidential vote.

Malawi trapped in poverty

2014-05-29 15:01

In Balaka, a typical Malawian town with its low buildings, bustling market and cyclists filling the roads – there seem to be aid organisations everywhere.

Election boss urges end to Malawi vote chaos

2014-05-27 14:32

Malawi's poll watchdog has pressed ahead with a troubled vote recount in a bid to show the country can solve a deep political crisis constitutionally and save its young democracy.

Malawi to recount votes after fraud claims

2014-05-25 13:04

Vote counting continues in Malawi after this week's general election despite an attempt by President Joyce Banda to stop the counting and call a new election within 90 days.

Malawi's Banda won't stand for re-election

2014-05-24 14:24

Malawi's President Joyce Banda says she is annulling the country's presidential election because of "irregularities" and ordered a fresh vote in 90 days, adding she would no longer stand for re-election.

Court rejects Banda's bid to halt poll results publication

2014-05-23 12:46

Malawi’s high court has thrown out President Joyce Banda’s application to block the release of election results, three days after the chaotic vote began.

Joyce Banda: Serious irregularities in polls

2014-05-22 14:47

Malawi's president Joyce Banda has called for an immediate manual audit of this week’s election results, alleging serious irregularities.

Malawi vote enters second day after riots

2014-05-21 13:53

Voting in Malawi’s heated elections have spilled into a second day after riots sparked by the late opening of polling stations marred a vote seen as a test of President Joyce Banda’s scandal-tainted rule.

Malawi: Vote delay 'may fuel distrust'

2014-05-20 10:03

Diplomats say delays in the Malawi election may fuel a sense of unease and distrust as Malawians elect their next leader in a closely contested vote.

Cashgate is my trump card – Malawi’s Banda

2014-05-19 10:11

Malawi is set to hold its fifth general elections, with the incumbent President Joyce Banda under the cloud of a huge corruption scandal and a donor’s aid freeze, reports say.

UK buys emergency drugs for Malawi

2014-04-02 09:50

UK, whose aid to Malawi is frozen because of high-level government corruption, says it will buy emergency medicines for the southern African country directly in order to bypass state systems.

My govt won’t tolerate violence – Banda

2014-03-18 09:17

Malawi’s president says clashes between opposition protesters and police that left two people dead following an election rally were "politically motivated" and called for a thorough investigation.

2 dead in Malawi campaign violence

2014-03-17 12:07

Two people have been killed in a clash between supporters of Malawi’s ruling party and the opposition, police say, triggering concerns that violence could mar the build-up to national elections in May.

Malawi jet sale paid arms debts - minister

2014-03-06 07:40

Malawi used $15m raised from the sale of its presidential jet to clear debts to an arms group, not to buy food for the poor as President Joyce Banda claimed, the finance minister says.

Malawi activists to hold protest vigils

2014-02-27 05:45

Rights groups in Malawi will launch anti-government protest vigils to press for quick action after an audit revealed officials had stolen at least $30m from the state.

I’ll fight graft with or without donors – Banda

2014-02-03 12:38

Malawian President Joyce Banda has reiterated that she is ready to fight against corruption “with or without donors” as her country faces the biggest financial scandal in its history.


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Malawi cancels arms deal with SA firm

2014-09-06 13:18

Malawi's new government has cancelled a $145m arms deal with South Africa's Paramount Group, Malawi's finance minister, Goodall Gondwe says.

SA ready for woman president - NFP

2014-08-09 21:04

South Africa is ready to have a female president, National Freedom Party (NFP) says.

Arson possible in ballot box fire, Malawi says

2014-07-18 10:07

Malawi's electoral commission says arson can’t be ruled out in a warehouse fire that destroyed ballot boxes containing votes from a disputed election just days after a court ordered a recount.

Malawi leader pardons 403 prisoners

2014-07-06 09:41

Malawi's new President Peter Mutharika has pardoned 403 prisoners ahead of celebrations to mark 50 years since the country gained independence from Britain.

Malawi's president completes cabinet

2014-06-23 10:12

Malawi's president Peter Mutharika has completed naming his 20-member cabinet, bringing in a prominent opposition leader more than a month after chaotic elections that brought him to office.

Mutharika seeks to 'mend fences' with Joyce Banda

2014-06-03 08:47

Malawi’s new president Peter Mutharika says he want to mend fences with his predecessor Joyce Banda who at one point disputed the validity of the just ended elections and demanded a re-run.

Malawi's new president sworn in, urges unity

2014-05-31 14:10

Peter Mutharika has been sworn in as Malawi's new president, after his arch-rival and predecessor Joyce Banda congratulated him and urged the country to move on from the disputed vote.

Malawi cops shoot dead protester in post-poll violence

2014-05-30 16:14

Malawi police have shot dead a protester after clashing with dozens of people who barricaded roads with burning tyres demanding a recount of a disputed 20 May presidential election.

I’m ready to step down, says Joyce Banda

2014-05-30 09:03

Malawian President Joyce Banda says she is ready to step down if the High Court ratifies a disputed election last week and her opponent ends up as the winner.

Malawi vote result blocked

2014-05-28 13:54

An initial vote count in Malawi’s controversial presidential elections has been completed but the result won’t be released until court challenges to the disputed ballot have been resolved, an official says.

Malawi vote recount may take two months

2014-05-26 20:39

Malawi is only likely to have an official result in two months, as the Malawi Electoral Commission embarks on a process to manually count the votes.

Move to annul polls illegal, Joyce Banda told

2014-05-24 22:34

Malawi’s opposition leader Peter Mutharika says a move by President Joyce Banda to annul this week’s election over claims of irregularities is "illegal".

Banda declares Malawi election null and void

2014-05-24 13:17

Malawi's President Joyce Banda has gone on radio to declare this week's chaotic election "null and void," throwing the impoverished nation into crisis.

Malawi president alleges vote fraud

2014-05-22 20:37

Malawi's president Joyce Banda has alleged vote fraud, but the election commission says the polls were fair.

Malawi minister commits suicide over poll results

2014-05-22 12:18

A Malawian deputy minister has committed suicide, apparently over losing his parliamentary seat in this week’s general election, a report says.

Malawi polls: Joyce Banda facing stiff challenges

2014-05-20 12:44

Joyce Banda, Africa's second female president, is facing stiff challenges in the ongoing Malawi elections, with 11 more candidates vying for her position.

Malawi goes to polls under cloud of scandal

2014-05-20 09:15

Malawians are voting in closely fought elections but polling has been delayed by several hours in parts of the tiny southern African nation, sparking anger among voters.

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.

Foreign donors maintain Malawi aid freeze

2014-03-26 07:33

Foreign donors have decided to maintain a freeze on a $150m aid package imposed on Malawi in the wake of a high-level corruption scandal last year.

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.

Zim’s role in the Malawi polls 'raises eye-brows'

2014-03-11 14:28

Zimbabwe's involvement in Malawi’s upcoming elections has raised eye-brows, with opposition parties expressing fears that the polls might be rigged in favour of President Joyce Banda.

Cash from presidential jet fed the poor - Banda

2014-03-05 09:16

The $15m raised from last year’s sale of a luxury Malawi presidential jet fed the poor and bought military equipment, the president says amid allegations they may have been embezzled.

'Cashgate' audit - Malawi president should resign

2014-02-25 21:09

Malawi President Joyce Banda is facing calls to resign, after an audit revealed at least $30m of state funds had been stolen.

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.

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