Malawi. According to
Countryaah official website, general elections were held in May. The ruling
United Democratic Front (United Democratic Front, UDF) lost
fine to an alliance between the Malawi Congress Party and
the Alliance for Democracy Party (AFORD), but still gained
its own majority after four partyless members moved to the
UDF. The days following the election, unrest was raging in
opposition-dominated areas, where cheating was felt. Among
other things, as many as 168,000 potential voters were said
to have not received any voting cards. The election
accentuated the regional gaps that have emerged in Malawi,
where the UDF dominates the southern country end while the
Congress Party is strongest in the central parts and AFORD
is the largest in the north.
In the presidential election, incumbent Prime Minister
Bakili Muluzi won just over 52% over opposition alliance
candidate Gwanda Chakwanda, who got just over 45% of the
In October, President Muluzi was able to further enjoy
the sweetness of the victory by officially marrying his
bourgeois wife for twelve years, 21-year-old Patricia
Fukila, in a religious ceremony. Opposition leaders rejected
the large-scale party, which they claimed robbed the
Treasury of about SEK 3 million.
After several years of delay, in February 2015, the
courts began reviewing the death sentence, after the
district court in 2007 declared the death penalty in
violation of the constitution. 46 prisoners were immediately
released while 5 others were sentenced to prison terms.
Following the periodic review of human rights in the
country, the government accepted 154 out of the 199 UN Human
Rights Council recommendations. The rejected recommendations
were mainly about the death penalty and the criminalization
of sex between people of the same sex.
In February 2016, three Malawi Congress Party MPs were
arrested: Jessie Kabwila. Ulemu Msungama and Peter
Chankwantha. They were charged with statements on social
media and subsequently released on bail. The arrests were
contrary to the law granting parliamentarians immunity.
In March 2016, the government appointed a special
attorney to assist in the handling of crime cases targeting
albinos. At least 7 albinos were killed by criminal gangs in
the country in 2016. Including 23-month-old Whitney
Chilumpha and 9-year-old Harry Mokoshoni.
In July, students at the University of Malawi
demonstrated a triple the tuition fee. At Chancellor College
in Zomba, police stormed the college and fired tear gas at
students seeking refuge in their rooms. A video footage
showed police killing two female students. Later, 14
students at Malawi Polytechnic near Blantyre were arrested
and charged with disturbing public order. They were later
released on bail. Eleven students at Kamuzu College of
Nursing were also arrested and charged with inciting
violence. They were also released on bail.
The country was hit by drought in 2016 and in January
2017 reports of attacks by the African armyworm in the area
around Zomba. The pest can breed large areas of crops in no