Malawi drops envoy who called Mugabe 'idiot' from Zim post

2014-11-04 13:27

A Malawian diplomat who once described Zimbabwe’s president Robert Mugabe as an "idiot" will no longer be posted to Harare, Foreign Minister George Chaponda says.

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.

Illegal abortions kill dozens of girls in Malawi

2014-10-13 08:43

Many staunchly Christian parents in Malawi do not inform their children about birth control, resulting in unsafe abortions that have killed dozens of girls.

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.

New Malawi president stakes claim to lake

2014-08-13 15:41

Malawian President Mutharika has affirmed his country's claim to Lake Malawi as a feud simmers with Tanzania over the vast territory where both sides are hoping to find oil.

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 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 leader names key ministers

2014-06-19 08:58

Malawi’s newly-elected President Peter Mutharika has named half of his 20-member cabinet, nearly 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.

Mutharika vows to rebuild Malawi economy

2014-06-02 14:45

Malawi's new President Peter Mutharika says economic stability and national unity would be the focus of his government.

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.

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 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 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.


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.

Malawi diplomat who called Mugabe 'idiot' refuses Zim post

2014-11-03 11:05

A Malawian diplomat who once reportedly described Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe as an “idiot” says he has turned down a posting as his country’s top envoy to Harare.

Illegal abortions kill dozens of girls in Malawi

2014-10-13 09:17

Malawi's conservative attitude to sexual education and banning of abortions has lead to dozens of girls dying each year after undergoing backstreet abortions for unwanted pregnancies.

Malawi jails first 'Cashgate' scandal accused

2014-10-07 19:31

A Malawi has ordered a senior government official jailed for three years, in the first sentence to be handed down in the so-called Cashgate scandal.

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.

Residents fear oil discovery in Malawi

2014-06-27 09:53

No one knows for sure if Malawi has oil. But, as work gets underway, residents wonder whether the oil will be a blessing or a curse, which will destroy their life.

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.

Malawi leader skips AU summit trip to save money

2014-06-19 14:34

Malawi’s new president Peter Mutharika has reportedly said he won't be attending the AU in late July due to economic constraints.

New Malawi president vows crackdown

2014-06-18 06:40

Malawi's new President Peter Mutharika has vowed to crack down on corruption after a multi-million-dollar graft scandal rocked his predecessor's administration.

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.

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.

Aid has not liberated Malawi from poverty

2014-05-29 13:14

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 counting system collapses

2014-05-22 09:53

Malawi election officials have had to resort to fax and email to tally votes from this week’s election after the electronic system broke down, the chief elections officer says.

Malawi deploys army as riots mar heated vote

2014-05-20 21:59

Malawi has deployed the army to contain violence that saw polling stations burnt and marred polls seen as the first true 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.

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