February 9th, 2013

Malawi is to reprint thousands of presidential portraits to add “Doctor” to Joyce Banda’s name

Posted on 09 Feb 2013 at 10:16pm

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.

South Korea’s Jeonju University last week awarded Banda an honorary doctorate for her no-nonsense reforms since taking office.

“We want to reflect the new title of the President as she will be addressed by Malawians and the whole world,” Information Minister Moses Kunkuyu said.

“The President is no longer a mere person.”

But the reprinting, which is rumored…

More floods could strike again in the next few days in Malawi

Posted on 09 Feb 2013 at 1:05pm

Floods that drove thousands of families from their homes in Southern Malawi could strike again in the next few days – according to children’s charity Plan International.

People in districts such as Phalombe, Nsanjeand, Mangochi have been the worst hit by the downpours that started nearly a month ago.

Many are living in temporary accommodation in schools, mosques, churches and tents.

They are struggling to cope with over-crowding, lack of food, no adequate sanitary facilities, and no lighting at night.

“More than 10000 families have been affected – and more than 1420 houses have collapsed and more are collapsing as the walls are very…

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