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#Malawi to increase funding in anti-graft war

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August 6, 2014

Malawi plans to increase funding to anti-graft institutions and police to fight corruption in a bid to win back key donors who are withholding crucial budget support as a result of corruption. Donors last November announced an aid freeze of US$150 million after the scandal, known locally as “cash-gate”, in which an estimated $15 million… Read More ›

#Malawi: Sacked Justice Minister arrested for attempted murder

By Mabvuto Banda Ralph Kasambara, sacked last month from cabinet as Justice Minister, has been arrested for attempted murder. “He was arrested early this morning [Friday] after a search for him yesterday,” Justice Minister Fahad Assani said. Kasambara was dropped as Justice Minister early this month and an arrest warrant was issued immediately in-connection with… Read More ›

Vox Pop: #Malawians mock #Zuma

Malawians on Wednesday mocked South African President Jacob Zuma describing him as uncivilised for remarks he made on Tuesday. While trying to justify e-tolls for roads in South Africa, Zuma said: “We can’t think like Africans, in Africa, generally. We are in Johannesburg, this is Johannesburg. It’s not some national road in Malawi”. This has… Read More ›

Malawi’s One Night Stand

By Mabvuto Banda Gogo Munthali dissolves into tears every morning. She worries about what to feed her five grandchildren orphaned by HIV/Aids. Munthali was among the first beneficiaries of Malawi’s farm input subsidy programme (FISP) in Rumphi, which lies over 400 km north of Lilongwe, when it was introduced some eight years ago by late… Read More ›

#Malawi finance minister, justice minister likely to lose jobs

Malawi’s Finance Minister Ken Lipenga and Justice Minister Ralph Kasambara are likely not going to come back into cabinet when President Joyce Banda’s appoints a new team, sources close to the presidency have revealed. Banda sacked her entire cabinet on Thursday evening in response to a financial scandal involving some ministers and top civil servants,… Read More ›

#Malawi finance minister faces calls to resign over graft at treasury

Malawi’s finance minister Ken Lipenga is facing calls to resign his position after last month’s shooting of his budget director followed by revelations of massive pilferage of public funds amounting to over K1.2 billion (over $4 million) from treasury. Paul Mphwiyo, appointed as budget director by President Joyce Banda early this year, was shot three… Read More ›

#Tanzania President says Army ready to defend country

Tanzanian President Kikwete has warned that his armed forces are ready to protect the country against any foreign threat to its territory, indirectly referring to the border dispute with Malawi. Tanzania is embroiled in a territorial wrangle with Malawi over the ownership of Lake Nyasa, which is known as Lake Malawi in the neighbouring country…. Read More ›

Judge Rosalyn Higgins

UK top judge backed #Malawi in lake dispute

A Legal opinion by the former President of the International Court of Justice (ICJ)—which may handle the Malawi-Tanzania lake dispute if diplomacy fails—backs Malawi’s claim that it owns the entire lake. The highly respected British judge Professor Rosalyn Higgins, QC, authored the opinion in 1988 as a consultant for Mobil Oil Corp which wanted to… Read More ›

President Banda

President Banda says #Malawi not ready for any interim deal on Lake dispute with #Tanzania

Malawi President Joyce Banda on Sunday told mediators on the border dispute with Tanzania on Lake Malawi that she will not accept any interim deal over the lake until the wrangle is resolved. “My government is not, at this time willing to entertain any interim agreement on say, the environmental issues or Tanzania usage of… Read More ›

#Malawi: late President had over US$175 mln explained wealth

Malawi’s Bingu wa Mutharika portrayed himself as the all-knowing “economist-in-chief,”after he presided over unprecedented economic growth in the eight years he was in power in one of Africa’s most poor nations. A former World Bank Economist,Mutharika had the free-market credentials to get the mainly agricultural economy moving – and for most of his years in… Read More ›

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