Malawi’s Mutharika sworn in, declares ‘I am not dead!’

Africa 05/28/19, 09:56

Malawi's President Peter Mutharika on Tuesday called for unity as he was sworn in for a second five-year term after an election in which top opposition parties alleged irregularities.The 78-year-old Mutharika began his acceptance speech by declaring "I am not dead!" to address persistent rumors ahead of the vote. He ...

Malawi’s Mutharika re-elected to 2nd term in tight race

Africa 05/27/19, 12:53

Malawi's President Peter Mutharika has narrowly won re-election with 38% of the votes in last week's polls, the electoral commission declared Monday.Mutharika's victory was announced in Blantyre, Malawi's largest city, immediately after the High Court in Lilongwe, the capital, threw out an injunction preventing the electoral commission from announcing the ...

Voters in Malawi go to polls to elect president, parliament

Africa 05/21/19, 01:33

Voting has started in in Malawi to elect a new president and 193 members of parliament.Before dawn, hundreds of voters lined up Tuesday at polling centers to cast their ballots in the election in which 78-year-old President Peter Mutharika is seeking re-election to a second term.Mutharika is in a tight ...

Jobs, corruption top issues as Malawi votes for president

Africa 05/19/19, 05:48

Corruption and the need for economic growth are the main campaign issues as Malawi goes to the polls Tuesday for a presidential election that pits the incumbent against his own vice president as well as the country's main opposition party.The need to protect people with albinism has also emerged as ...

With albinism, musician Lazarus finds light in the darkness

Africa 05/02/19, 12:41

Lazarus Chigwandali, a Malawian street musician with albinism, was once lured into a car.He was kidnapped, and the plan was to cut up his body and sell his parts to witch doctors, who would use them in potions thought to bring good luck.It sounds surreal — but it is the ...

UN: Malawi is 1st nation to use malaria vaccine to help kids

Africa 04/23/19, 04:54

The World Health Organization says Malawi has become the first country to begin immunizing children against malaria, using the only licensed vaccine to protect against the mosquito-spread disease.Although the vaccine only protects about one third of children who are immunized, those who get the shots are likely to have less ...

Cyclone Idai’s death toll now above 1,000 in southern Africa

Africa 04/10/19, 06:19

The death toll from the cyclone that ripped into southern Africa last month is now above 1,000, while the number of cholera cases among survivors has risen above 4,000.The United Nations has described Cyclone Idai, which hit Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi nearly a month ago, as "one of the deadliest ...

Update: UN sends helicopter to aid to Zimbabwe areas

Africa 03/26/19, 05:46

The Latest on the efforts to recover from Cyclone Idai in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi (all times local):12:40 p.m.The United Nations World Food Program received a US$280,000 from the European Union to help provide urgently-needed logistical support to the humanitarian response in the wake of the cyclone that has devastated ...

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