Malawi

Mangochi (Malawi) (AFP) A cholera outbreak in Malawi described as “very difficult to contain” has claimed nine lives and affected a total of 541 people nationwide, health officials said on Tuesday. The outbreak began in November near the landlocked southern African nation’s northern border with Tanzania and has since spread to other regions of the country. UNICEF’s representative to Malawi Johannes Wedenig told local media that “as long as people in Malawi don’t change the behaviour of using unsafe water, it’ll be very difficult to contain”. He urged Malawians toRead More
Mulanje (Malawi) (AFP) Jamiya Bauleni is one of the people claiming to have fallen victim to a wave of alleged vampire attacks that have triggered deadly vigilante violence in Malawi. She recounted her experience before barefoot children in Ngolongoliwa village in the country’s south, which has been at the heart of recent panic over rumours of vampire activity. Her story is part of a long line of similar testimonies in Malawi, where belief in witchcraft and vampire activity is widespread and rouses revenge mobs that kill those suspected of blackRead More
Liwonde (Malawi) (AFP) Under a scorching sun, a team of British soldiers and Malawian rangers sheltered under a tree ready to pounce on their prey: poachers. The combined force, armed with rifles and handcuffs, did not encounter any poachers as it patrolled the 530 square kilometre (240 square mile) Liwonde national park in Malawi’s south. But the presence of the highly-trained and well-equipped British forces wasreassuring for the rangers who routinely confront gangs of poachers armed with Kalashnikovs. Liwonde, which borders Mozambique, is Malawi’s leading game reserve and is homeRead More
Blantyre (Malawi) (AFP) Malawian police said Friday that 124 people had been arrested after a vigilante mob killed two men accused of being “vampires” trying to obtain human blood for voodoo rituals. The killings bring the death toll to nine as vampire rumours have swept the country’s southern region since last month, forcing authorities to impose a night-time curfew. “One person was burned and another stoned to death by angry mobs in incidents on Thursday for being suspected to be blood suckers,” police spokesman Ramsy Mushani told AFP. The latestRead More
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