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Bamusi attacks Malawi CSOs for being corrupt, threatens to order ACB to probe them

LILONGWE ( Malawi NewsNow) –Presidential advisor on Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs), Mabvuto Bamusi, over the weekend attacked the Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) for being the most corrupted entities in the country. Bamusi said that despite being at the forefront of attacking government, the CSOs have the worst record of accountability, and are stealing from ordinary Malawians. According to him, government is planning to direct the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) to probe such CSOs. “The CSOs need to be accountable before accusing government of failing to address corruption in the country. Government is planning to expose such kind of CSOs, especially...

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Malawian school girls suspended for sexual activity take their ordeal to court

MZUZU ( Marelise Van Der Merwe, DM) – Malawi’s draconian school pregnancy laws have come under scrutiny as over a dozen pupils await a High Court ruling that could set a precedent for future cases. In November 2016, the pupils filed an application for judicial review of fines imposed on them by a local magistrate after their school suspended both the girls who fell pregnant and the boys who impregnated them. In addition, the pupils and their parents were summoned to appear before a local magistrate, who ordered each parent to pay a K10,000 fine and placed those who were unable...

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Man held on to bag of flour to survive Lake Malawi boat disaster

RUMPHI (BBC News) –A 67-year-old man has said he escaped death by clinging to a bag of maize flour after the boat he was on capsized on Lake Malawi. Gracias Kondowe was among 54 passengers who police say survived after the boat overturned in stormy weather on Sunday. Five people drowned while 11 are still missing, police said. The boat was packed with worshippers returning from Easter celebrations when it capsized in the remote Rumphi district in northern Malawi. Mr Kondowe told Malawi’s privately owned Zodiac radio station that heavy winds buffeted the boat about 15 minutes into their...

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Gerald Phiri on a year’s contract as Malawi coach

BLANTYRE (Frank Kandu, BBC Sport) –The Football Association of Malawi (Fam) has appointed Gerald Phiri on a year’s contract to lead the national team. Fam says it will continue its search to for a foreign coach. The former international striker’s first task will be an Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifier against Madagascar in April. “It is a big challenge and we have to sit down and focus very well and see what we can do,” he said. “We need to come up with a system which should help us win games because in the past we have been struggling.”...

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Malawi’s plans for major electoral reform are way overdue

ZOMBA (Jimmy Kainja, University of Malawi) – Malawi is set for a major overhaul of its winner-takes-all electoral system with far-reaching implications for the country, if ongoing efforts to reform the system bear fruit. Any changes in the voting system will represent the biggest overhaul of the country’s electoral system since it became a multiparty state in the mid 1990s. This followed the end of one-party dictatorship under Kamuzu Banda, the country’s first post-colonial leader and “president for life”. A special Malawi Law Commission was given the task of reforming the country’s electoral laws. Following a year of investigation,...

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