Malawi

Blantyre (Malawi) (AFP) Malawi on Thursday celebrated the successful conclusion of a two-year project moving 520 sedated elephants by truck to a reserve where the animals had been nearly wiped out by poaching. Described as one of the biggest-ever wildlife translocations, the elephants were transported 350 kilometres (220 miles) from two southern parks to the Nkhotakota reserve in the centre of the country. “We have taken extraordinary measures to secure a future for Malawi’s elephants, and at the same time are helping people who live around these critically important wildRead More
Blantyre (Malawi) (AFP) Malawi police on Monday issued an arrest warrant for former president Joyce Banda in connection with the country’s “Cashgate” corruption scandal, which involved large-scale looting of government coffers. “Malawi fiscal and fraud police have unearthed credible evidence which raises reasonable suspicion that the former president committed offences relating to abuse of office and money laundering,” national police spokesman James Kadadzera told AFP. Banda has been living in self-imposed exile since she lost to President Peter Mutharika in the 2014 election. Kadadzera said Banda is “suspected of abusingRead More
Blantyre (Malawi) (AFP) US pop superstar Madonna on Tuesday took her four adopted Malawian children back to their home country for the opening of a paediatric hospital wing that her charity has built. Standing alongside President Peter Mutharika, she unveiled a plaque to mark the completion of the 50-bed facility in Malawi’s second city of Blantyre. The Mercy James Institute of Paediatric Surgery and Intensive Care — named after one of her children — has taken two years to build and includes three specialist operating theatres. It is the firstRead More
Blantyre (Malawi) (AFP) US superstar Madonna adopted twin girls in Malawi on Tuesday, a court official told AFP, raising to four the total number of children she has adopted from the southern African nation. Just two weeks ago, she denied being involved in a fresh adoption application in Malawi, where she has been caught up in controversy. “I can confirm that Madonna has been granted an adoption order for two children,” said judicial spokesman Mlenga Mvula, describing them as four-year-old twins called Esther and Stella. Ahead of the ruling byRead More
Blantyre (Malawi) (AFP) US pop superstar Madonna on Wednesday denied applying to adopt two more Malawian children while visiting the country where she runs a charity, and where she has previously been embroiled in controversy. An official at the High Court in the capital Lilongwe had earlier told local and international reporters that the court was assessing her application to adopt two local children. Madonna, who set up children’s charity Raising Malawi in the poverty-stricken southern African nation in 2006, adopted Malawian children David Banda in 2006 and Mercy JamesRead More
Blantyre (Malawi) (AFP) Malawi on Thursday launched Africa’s first drone-testing corridor as developing countries explore how drones could be used during humanitarian crises such as floods, or to deliver blood for HIV tests. The project, which will cover up to 40 kilometres (25 miles) around the administrative capital Lilongwe, will be fully operational by April in a collaboration between Malawi and UNICEF. “Our primary purpose is to help children. (Drone) technology has many potential applications,” Johannes Wedenig, a UNICEF official, told state officials at the launch in Lilongwe. UNICEF estimatesRead More
Blantyre (Malawi) (AFP) Malawian police on Thursday said they had arrested a Rwandan who was convicted of genocide crimes back home but has been living in the country for 13 years. “Yes, we effected the arrest of Vincent Murekezi today on instructions from the director of public prosecutions,” police chief spokesman James Kadazera told AFP. Murekezi was sentenced to life imprisonment in absentia after being found guilty of genocide, according to a Rwandan official source cited by the Malawian media on Thursday. Kadazera confirmed that Murekezi, who has been livingRead More
Blantyre (Malawi) (AFP) Malawi will hold public consultations to assess whether to reform colonial-era laws that ban homosexuality, the government said Friday. The southern African nation was the focus of controversy in 2010 when it jailed a gay couple for gross indecency after they held the country’s first same-sex public “wedding”. Then president Bingu wa Mutharika said the pair had committed a crime against Malawi’s culture, religion and laws but later pardoned them on “humanitarian grounds” after a meeting with UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon. Legislation outlawing sodomy was suspendedRead More
Nsanje (Malawi) (AFP) An HIV-positive Malawian man who said he had sex with at least 100 girls and women in traditional cleansing rituals was sentenced Tuesday to two years in jail for “harmful practices”. Eric Aniva, 45, was prosecuted on the orders of President Peter Mutharika after publicly speaking about his role as a “hyena” in a BBC radio documentary earlier this year. “I convict you to serve 24 months’ imprisonment,” judge Innocent Nebi told Aniva in a packed courtroom in the remote southern district of Nsanje. In the firstRead More