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I have joined MCP to help Chakwera send Mutharika packing from State House in 2019

NGABU (Sergio Genti, Malawi NewsNow)– Former Cabinet minister Muhammad Sidik Mia has said he has joined Malawi Congress Party (MCP) to help its party president Lazarus Chakwera win the 2019 general elections and sent President Peter Mutharika packing out of State House. Mia said he had not joined MCP to snatch anybody’s position, making a U-turn on his earlier remarks when he hinted that his political comeback would not be an ordinary one, but that of vice-president. “It is the prerogative of the president of the party to do what he thinks is right, but on my part I will...

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Malawi vice president Chilima marvel to watch in basketball fundraiser

LILONGWE (Malawi NewsNow)– Malawi Vice President Saulos Chilima, on Saturday was a marvel to watch when he took part in a basketball fundraising tournament at Civo Stadium Court in the capital Lilongwe. The tournament was organized to raise funds for the construction of a reliable basketball ball court in the city. This was the Central Zone Basketball League (CEZBAL’s) event seeking to raise MK20 million for the construction of the facility. VP Chilima captained Civo Bucks in the Build-A-Court fundraising basketball tournament that attracted many basketball lovers in the city. Chilima was the star attraction in the tournament, which...

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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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