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President Mutharika hails Madonna as ‘daughter of Malawi’ at opening of Mercy James children hospital

BLANTYRE (Gregory Gondwe, AP) — Madonna was welcomed in Malawi on Tuesday for the official opening of a hospital children’s wing funded by her charity and named after one of the four children the pop star has adopted from the impoverished southern African nation. “You started by adopting four Malawian children, now we are adopting you as the daughter of this nation,” President Peter Mutharika declared at the ceremony.  “There are so many things I never imagined I will do. I never imagined one day I will build this kind of a hospital,” said Madonna, who explained that she...

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Bingu National Stadium stampede kills 8, mostly children during independence day ahead of football match

LILONGWE (AP) –A crowd stampeded at a stadium in Malawi’s capital during independence day celebrations on Thursday, killing eight people and injuring more than 40 others, most of them children. The disaster happened at Bingu National Stadium in Lilongwe ahead of a soccer match between two local teams. The dead include children between five and 12 years old, reported The Daily Times, a newspaper in the southern African country. It said the accident happened when police used tear gas to disperse a crowd pushing into the stadium during commemorations of independence from Britain on July 6, 1964. Ambulances, police...

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Malawi faces resistance of enhanced traffic safety measures amid a rise in fatal accidents

BLANTYRE  (Lameck Masina, VOA)— Authorities in Malawi have faced resistance from bus operators as they try to implement enhanced traffic safety measures amid a rise in fatal accidents this year. Two police stations were torched on June 23 in Malawi’s commercial capital, Blantyre, as minibus drivers and conductors protested the new traffic safety measures. Police used tear gas to disperse demonstrations. Officials say the new measures are a response to a rise in deadly road accidents, many of them involving buses. The most recent one killed ten people in June when a bus they were travelling in flipped three times...

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False passport and permit scam in Malawi probed as State House officials, businessman driving the fraudulent document scam

LILONGWE (Tamanda Matebule, M&G ) –An investigation by M&G Centre for Investigative Journalism,  amaBhungane, has turned a spotlight on systemic corruption in Malawi’s immigration department, involving the alleged issuing of fraudulent travel documents, work permits and citizenship rights to non-nationals in return for backhanders of up to $2,000. A nine-member syndicate involving state officials – one allegedly in State House – and a private Lilongwe-based businessman is driving the fraudulent document scam, departmental sources have said. The fraudulent issuing of travel documents, mainly, it is alleged, to Bangladeshi and Pakistani nationals, has a direct bearing on South Africa. Sources in...

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Malawi tightens grip on Internet usage as CSOs fear law is meant to silence dissent ahead of 2019 elections

BLANTYRE (Moses Michael-Phiri, AA) – Civil society organizations in Malawi have said that a law criminalizing the act of knowingly receiving and sharing unauthorized data was meant to silence people on the social media ahead of elections in 2019. The new law, the first of its kind in the southeastern African nation, stipulates that a person found sharing or receiving such information is committing a crime liable to a $2,500 fine and imprisonment of up to five years. Similarly, it is also a crime for any person to willfully and repeatedly use electronic communication to attempt to disturb the...

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