Court orders a delay in Malawi lockdown

Posted by - April 18, 2020

Plans for a lockdown in Malawi have been scuppered at the last minute after a court injunction ordered it be delayed by at least seven days, lawyers say. It was due to begin on Saturday. The news will come as a relief to traders who have fiercely opposed a lockdown because of the serious threat

COVID-19: Five African Countries Currently Virus-free

Posted by - April 1, 2020

As at midday of April 1, five African countries have not recorded any case of the coronavirus. The countries; Malawi, Comoros, Lesotho, South Sudan and Sao Tome and Principe are presently considered virus-free. However, 49 countries have officially recorded cases with over 100 deaths. The most impacted nations per region as at the time of

Malawi Compensates Mozambique for Stolen Charcoal

Posted by - March 18, 2020

Mozambique has urged Malawi to respect its borders so that the two nations can “healthily co-exist” after a border incursion involving looting soldiers. The comments came after last week’s raid of Calómuè, a border village in Mozambique’s district of Angónia, by Malawian soldiers who violently seized 543 bags of charcoal from local traders. It was

Malawi High Court Allows Rastafarian Hairstyle in School

Posted by - January 15, 2020

A high court in Malawi has ordered the government to allow Rastafarian students with dreadlocks to attend school. The temporary order was made while a court continues to make a decision on a case filed by a schoolgirl who was denied admission to a primary school because of her dreadlocks, Malawian media reported. The schoolgirl

UN staff pull out of Southern Malawi due to Vampire scare

Posted by - October 10, 2017

The United Nations said on Monday it has pulled staff out of two districts in southern Malawi where a vampire scare has triggered mob violence in which at least five people have been killed. Belief in witchcraft is widespread in rural Malawi, one of the world’s poorest countries, where many aid agencies and NGOs work.

Zimbabwean judges in long red robes and horsehair wigs, a throwback to an era of British Colonial rule

Why African judges still wearing wigs is a glaring symbol of British colonialism

Posted by - September 18, 2017

The British gave up their last colonies in Africa half a century ago. But they left their wigs behind. Not just any wigs. They are the long, white, horsehair locks worn by high court judges (and King George III). They are so old-fashioned, and so uncomfortable, that even British barristers have stopped wearing them. But