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National ID program in Malawi ahead of 2109 elections dogged by questions of incompetence, racism, corruption

BLANTYRE (Moses Michael-Phiri, AA)  — There is a bitterness in the voice of 80-year-old Isaac Mnduwila, who has been waiting in line since morning to register for an identity card in Ntchisi, central Malawi. “I came to this center early in the morning to register for my ID, but the cameras can’t take my pictures. I don’t know what the problem could be. Everyone was able to get their pictures taken,” he told surprised journalists, who descended on the district to hear the rare case of a man whose face could not be captured by National Registration Bureau (NRB) cameras....

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Malawi police fire tear gas to disperse schoolchildren protest

BLANTYRE (Moses Michael-Phiri, AA)  —Police on Monday fired tear gas at hundreds of Malawian schoolchildren, after they took to the streets of the commercial capital Blantyre, to protest a nationwide teacher’s strike. Chanting “Pay our teachers; we want to go back to school!” the schoolchildren — some as young as six years — blocked roads with rocks and tree branches. In some parts of the country, the students blocked main roads by setting tires on fire and pelting stones at cars passing by, police said. James Kadadzera, national police spokesman confirmed that the security forces had used tear gas...

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Lilongwe International Fashion Week on June 24, attracts eight world renowned designers 

LILONGWE (Tamanda Mwale, Malawi NewsNow ) — One of the local models, Samantha Msungama  has said Malawi can look forward to “an exciting”  Lilongwe International Fashion Week to take place at the Golden Peacock Hotel on June 24 which has attracted  great fashion from the professional local and international designers. Organisers of the event said the foreign designers include Nada from Egypt,Regina of Adwalah from Ghana, Kapasa from Zambia,Vyette and Tatenda Chivende from Zimbabwe will showcase their materials. Others are Karen Topacio a French. and Australian designer and Jerome 5:15, a greatest fashion designer from the US who was once Beyoncé’s stylist. The...

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Immigration Department arrests, releases Malawian of Indian origin suspected of breaching Citizenship Act

BLANTYRE  (Sergio Genti, Malawi NewsNow ) — A  Malawian of Indian origin, Noor Muhamad ,who is being suspected of having a Malawian and a British passport was arrested and later released, the Immigration Department has confirmed after reports. Online publication Nyasa Times has been reporting that Muhamad was detained at Chileka International Airport in Blantyre after the department’s system indicated that he also holds a British passport. After series of reports on the matter by online publication, Immigration Department national spokesperson Mr Joseph Chauwa confirmed the development. Chauwa tol The Nation newspaper  that the suspect was released since officers failed...

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Embarrassment as Malawi President Mutharika addresses empty seats at Oxford

OXFORD (Malawi NewsNow) – Malawi President Peter Mutharika  was snubbed at the Oxford Union in England on Friday as he ended up addressing an empty hall which was filled mostly by members of his entrouge. Several seats remained unoccupied as Mutharika took to the podium to speak. Mutharika was invited to address the Oxford Union as second choice after former president Joyce Banda who has specialised herself now as a speaker in events and learning institutions abroad, rejected the invitation. Banda was told to pay for her expences, according to sources. Mutharika, however, grabbed the opportunity to follow the...

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