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UK unlocks budget support aid to Malawi

The UK has finally unlocked budget support to Malawi more than a year after it stopped supporting the national budget over economic mismanagement and governance concerns. In a statement on Friday the UK Department for International Development (DFID) announced emergency budget support and released 20 million pounds for the current fiscal year. “President [Joyce] Banda’s… Read More ›

Calista pays her last respects in April this year.

Malawi: Late President’s children fight over access to mansion with step mum

The children of Malawi’s late President Bingu wa Mutharika have gone public to complain about how their step mother, Calista, is denying them access to their homestead in Thyolo, where Mutharika is buried. “It saddens us deeply to be denied access to our homestead (The place of our parents are resting eternally) and threatened with… Read More ›

When the cookie crumbles

Malawi’s Democratic Progressive Party ( DPP ) on Thursday walked out of parliament in protest against the House Speaker after he refused to declare vacant 40 seats belonging to MPs who defected to the new ruling Party after the death of president Bingu wa Mutharika in April. DPP, the country’s main opposition and late Mutharika’s… Read More ›

Malawi: Passing budget key to IMF board Approval of new ECF

The passing of the 2012/13 national budget by parliament will be crucial to the approval of the new IMF aid program for Malawi by the Fund’s executive board, a senior IMF official said on Wednesday. Last week  the Fund said it had  reached a staff-level understanding with Malawi on an economic program for three that could be… Read More ›

Malawi parliament repeals law against media freedom

Malawi’s Parliament on Wednesday repealed the controversial Section 46 of the Penal Code removing the powers of the Minister of Information to ban or prohibit any publication deemed undesirable. Section 46 is one of the repressive laws that caused Malawi’s diplomatic isolation and an aid freeze from the country’s key Western donors. Despite initial resistance… Read More ›

Malawi asks for new IMF aid programme

By Mabvuto Banda WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Malawi has requested a new financing program from the International Monetary Fund necessary to unlock needed aid from Western donors, a senior IMF official said on Friday. The IMF’s mission chief to Malawi, Tsidi Tsikata, told Reuters discussions on IMF support had begun on the sidelines of meetings of… Read More ›

Mugabe in Malawi last year

Is Malawi’s Mutharika Increasingly Being Isolated?

Out of the 19 invited Heads of State, only five are attending the Comesa summit, raising concerns  that Malaw’s  President Bingu wa Mutharika is increasingly being isolated by fellow African leaders The turn up is far lower than the first summit Malawi hosted in 1994 when over 10 heads of states attended. President Robert Mugabe… Read More ›

Hague demanded an apology from Mutharika over expulsion of UK diplomat

Malawi leader Annoys UK’s Hague again

British Foreign Secretary William Hague is not happy with Malawi President Bingu wa Mutharika once again this time because of the comments he made in an interview with the BBC over the expulsion of diplomat Fergus Cochrane-Dyet early this year. Mutharika last angered Hague when he expelled the British High diplomat in April this year… Read More ›

Chasowa’s Death:Police Implicated

Malawi police had recruited Robert Chasowa, the fourth year student who was killed on campus last month, to help stop civil society groups from staging the planned August 17 protests against President Bingu wa Mutharika’s rule, Weekend Nation  is reporting The revelations about Chasowa’s alleged dealings with the police top brass offers an insight into… Read More ›

Ambassador Woeste chairman of the EU Heads of Mission in Malawi

Malawi’s Donors ask for probe into killing of student Activist

Malawi’s main donors from the European Union have asked President Bingu wa Mutharika’s government to investigate the death of Robert Chasowa, a student activist who was found dead on campus after receiving several death threats Chasowa, 25, was a well known critic of the Mutharika administration producing and circulating a newsletter on campus that accused… Read More ›

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