Another firebomb targets Malawi’s HRDC protest leader

Another firebomb targets Malawi’s HRDC protest leader

In Malawi, a second firebomb has been launched at the property of Timothy Mtambo, the leader of a human rights organization that has organized protests against the outcome of the disputed May presidential election and Malawi’s electoral commission. Mtambo, who heads up the Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC), said this…

U.S. embassy issues warning over Malawi election protests

U.S. embassy issues warning over Malawi election protests

The United States Embassy in Lilongwe has issued a travel ban and security warning for staff, ahead of planned protests Friday in the wake of the disputed Malawi presidential election. “Though organizers consistently have called for peaceful protest, looting and violence have occurred during recent demonstrations throughout Malawi’s major cities,”…

Mutharika wins Malawi presidential election

President Peter Mutharika of Malawi will serve another term, following Monday’s announcement from the Malawi Electoral Commission that he won the election with 38.6 percent of the vote. The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) candidate received 1,940,709 votes, while his nearest competitor – Lazarus Chakwera of the Malawi Congress Party (MCP)…

Mutharika holds lead in Malawi presidential election

Incumbent President Peter Mutharika of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) continues to hold a significant lead as the Malawi Electoral Commission tallies the votes from Tuesday’s elections. Mutharika has received 40.5 percent of the vote for president with 1,436,877 votes so far. His nearest competitor, Lazarus Chakwera of the Malawi…

Malawi waits for presidential election results

Officials in Malawi say no results of Tuesday’s elections will be released until after 10 p.m. local time at the earliest, because at least one polling station had a delayed opening and it won’t close until late. The Malawi Electoral Commission issued a statement explaining the delay, and urged all…

Malawi: EU election observers robbed, injured in Chikwawa

Two members of the European Union’s election observation mission in Malawi became crime victims early Sunday after a robbery where the team was staying. The EU observers, in Malawi ahead of the country’s May 21 presidential election, said the incident happened overnight in Chikwawa, about 50 kilometers southwest of Blantyre….

Vote-rigging claims, political violence mar Malawi campaigns

It may seem a minor offense at the moment, but in the run-up to Malawi’s May 21 presidential election, officials in Karonga in the country’s north are urging calm after someone tore down a campaign billboard promoting United Transformation Movement (UTM) party candidate Saulos Chilima. The giant billboard was placed prominently…

Children’s malaria vaccine program launches in Malawi

Malawi on Tuesday became the first African nation to launch a pilot program to administer the world’s first malaria vaccine to children ages 2 and under, according to the World Health Organization. The vaccine known as RTS,S has taken 30 years to develop and so far is the only vaccine…

Banda backs Chakwera, withdraws from Malawi presidential race

Former president of Malawi Joyce Banda has withdrawn as a People’s Party presidential candidate ahead of the May 2019 elections, and announced she is endorsing the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) candidate in the race. Banda’s decision to back Lazarus Chakwera, above, was made public Thursday in a joint statement of…

Beira bears the brunt as Cyclone Idai makes landfall

The city of Beira in Mozambique was in total darkness as Cyclone Idai arrived Thursday, cutting off the power to a half million people who were waiting for daylight to assess the destruction from the storm. Cyclone Idai made landfall with the city squarely in its sights, arriving late Thursday…

Flooded Mozambique coast braces for Cyclone Idai landfall

The nation of Mozambique is bracing for the impending arrival of Cyclone Idai, a powerful storm expected to make landfall late Thursday, in areas just north of the coastal city of Beira already flooded from recent heavy rains. The Instituto Nacional de Meteorología has issued a high-level red alert for…

New concern for albino attacks as Malawi elections loom

A group of United Nations experts called on the Malawi government on Friday to act quickly to prevent people with albinism from attacks and killings linked to cultural superstitions, especially as the May elections approach. Malawi has seen 150 such cases since 2014, with an uptick in recent weeks that…