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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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Kasaila, Lunguzi affair causes panic in DPP

LILONGWE (Muchanakhwaye Khwepeya, Malawi NewsNow ) – There is panic amongst some high ranking officials in the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) because of a love relationship between one of its senior members and cabinet minister Francis Kasaila who is dating a vocal opposition MCP member Juliana Lunguzi. Others fear that through the relationship, Kasaila may pass on some sensitive information to Lunguzi and in the end the ruling party would be exposed. We have established that indeed Kasaila who is DPP Publicity Secretary and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation is in ‘serious’ relationship with Lunguzi and he has been spending...

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Jailed Zambia opposition leader HH updates Facebook status ‘in good spirits’

LUSAKA (BBC) –Hakainde Hichilema, the Zambian opposition leader who has been in custody since a traffic incident when his convoy refused to give way to the motorcade of President Edgar Lungu, has posted an update from prison on his Facebook page. Mr Hichilema said he and those with him are “in good spirits, despite numerous measures aimed at killing our spirit”. He faces treason charges over the motorcade incident and said he was being treated like a convicted criminal despite no trial yet having taken place. “What we want is the truth to see its day in court. Ours...

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