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Mar 14, 2013 10:30 EDT
A Malawi High Court judge on Thursday granted bail to 12 politicians facing treason charges for allegedly plotting to oust President Joyce Banda.
Mar 12, 2013 12:48 EDT
A bail hearing for 11 Malawian politicians accused of plotting to hijack the nomination of President Joyce Banda will be held on Thursday, officials said, as fresh protests erupted over their arrests.
Mar 11, 2013 15:02 EDT
Malawi police on Monday arrested 11 people, including the former president's brother and a serving minister, for an alleged coup plot, sparking violent protests.
Mar 11, 2013 06:04 EDT
Malawi police on Monday arrested at least two ex-ministers for an alleged coup plot aimed at preventing President Joyce Banda coming to power last year, sparking protests met with police tear gas.
Mar 06, 2013 08:35 EST
The sudden death of Malawi president Bingu wa Mutharika last year was caused by cardiac arrest, an inquiry ruled Wednesday, hoping to lay to rest speculation that he may have been killed.
Feb 08, 2013 11:53 EST
Malawi is to reprint thousands of presidential portraits to add "Doctor" to Joyce Banda's name, the government said Friday, raising eyebrows amid a tough austerity drive.
Jan 28, 2013 16:36 EST
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Jan 17, 2013 07:07 EST
Heavily armed riot police were deployed on the streets of Malawi's major cities on Thursday as the government braced for protests against tough reforms designed to right the economy and win back investors.
Jan 05, 2013 14:35 EST
IMF chief Christine Lagarde on Saturday praised Malawi's President Joyce Banda for "bold" economic recovery reforms, saying the measures will lead to a turn-around despite their unpopularity.
Jan 05, 2013 06:13 EST
IMF chief Christine Lagarde on Saturday urged Malawi to diversify its economy, saying a reliance on agriculture left the country's economic recovery under President Joyce Banda vulnerable.
Jan 05, 2013 03:44 EST
Malawi's President Joyce Banda has assured visiting IMF managing director Christine Lagarde that the impoverished southern African country will not backtrack on reforms to help the economy recover.
Jan 04, 2013 07:23 EST
Christine Lagarde, the managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), arrived in impoverished Malawi on Friday on a three-day official visit to "support the President and government" over its economic recovery programme.
Dec 08, 2012 23:58 EST
Thrown into jail for 14 years under Malawi's anti-gay laws, Tiwonge Chimbalanga has no regrets about the marriage ceremony that became a symbol of Africa's intolerance toward homosexuality.
Nov 30, 2012 08:56 EST
Britain will give Malawi £20 million ($32 million, 25 million euro) in "emergency budget support" to boost social schemes in the impoverished southern African nation, Malawi authorities said Friday.
Nov 27, 2012 11:38 EST
Malawi's former president Bakili Muluzi, who was detained in 2008 for plotting to topple his successor, is suing the state for false arrest, according to court documents seen by AFP on Tuesday.
Nov 12, 2012 09:56 EST
The son of Malawi's ex-president Bakili Muluzi on Monday resigned as as economic planning minister after President Joyce Banda said he did not have what it takes to run for the highest office.
Nov 08, 2012 16:09 EST
Malawi lawyers Thursday criticised President Joyce Banda's government for suspending sodomy laws until they are debated by parliament, calling it "unconstitutional and illegal".
Nov 04, 2012 19:00 EST
Malawi has suspended its law which criminalizes gay sex as lawmakers consider repealing it altogether. Malawi has suspended its law which criminalizes gay sex as lawmakers consider repealing it altogether. President Joyce Banda, who ascended to her position in April after the death of her predecessor, President Bingu wa Mutharika, backed repeal of the law shortly after assuming her office. Justice Minister Ralph Kasambara said Malawi's indecency and unnatural acts laws would be set aside until parliament votes on a new law. Gay men face up to 14 years imprisonment if convicted under the statutes. ?If we continue arresting and prosecuting people based on the said laws and later such laws are found to be unconstitutional it would be an embarrassment to government,? Reuters quoted Kasambara as saying. ?It is better to let one criminal get away with it rather than throw a lot of innocent people in jail.? Sexual conduct between people of the same sex is banned in 37 African countries. If re
Oct 09, 2012 14:22 EDT
Malawian student activist Robert Chasowa, a critic of the late president Bingu wa Mutharika, was murdered and did not kill himself as police first claimed, a committee of inquiry found Tuesday.
Sep 29, 2012 20:00 EDT
Malawi President Joyce Banda has backed away from a pledge to decriminalize being gay in the African nation. Malawi President Joyce Banda has backed away from a pledge to decriminalize being gay in the African nation. In a interview with the AP, Banda, who ascended to her position in April after the death of her predecessor, President Bingu wa Mutharika, explained that she was respecting public sentiment on the issue. ?Anyone who has listened to the debate in Malawi realizes that Malawians are not ready to deal with that right now,? she told the AP on Wednesday after addressing the United Nations General Assembly. ?I as a leader have no right to influence how people feel.? After assuming her office, Banda backed repeal of Malawi's indecency and unnatural acts laws. In 2010, Mutharika pardoned two men who were charged with and found guilty of unnatural acts and gross indecency for participating in a symbolic engagement ceremony. However, Mutharika remained opposed to gay rights, describ