Malawi’s President Lazarus Chakwera urges nation’s switch to cannabis investments

Malawi President Lazarus Chakwera warned on Wednesday that his country’s leading foreign exchange earner, tobacco, was in terminal decline and he urged a switch to high-growth crops like cannabis, which was legalised locally for some uses last year. Chakwera made the comments during a state of the nation address in which he said tobacco was… Read More Malawi’s President Lazarus Chakwera urges nation’s switch to cannabis investments

Malawian labour minister fired, officials arrested over misuse of coronavirus funds

Fourteen people, including senior officials, have been arrested in Malawi and Labour Minister Ken Kandodo has been sacked over misuse of COVID-19 funds, President Lazarus Chakwera and police said on Sunday. Chakwera said in a televised address he had commissioned an audit into how 6.2 billion Malawian kwacha (an equivalent of $7.95 million) intended for… Read More Malawian labour minister fired, officials arrested over misuse of coronavirus funds

Malawi opposition leader Lazarus Chakwera wins presidential election re-run

Malawi’s opposition leader Lazarus Chakwera on Saturday was declared the winner of a re-run presidential election, a dramatic reversal of incumbent Peter Mutharika’s discredited win 13 months earlier in a process that analysts viewed as a triumph for democracy in Africa. Chakwera, 65, secured the required majority, with 58.57% of the vote on Tuesday, the… Read More Malawi opposition leader Lazarus Chakwera wins presidential election re-run