Malawi

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INFORMATION

Capital: LilongweGovernment: Multiparty Democracy

Current President: Peter Mutharika

Economy:

  • Predominately agricultural with about 80% of the population living in rural areas.
  • Agriculture, which has benefited from fertilizer subsidies since 2006, accounts for one-third of GDP and 90% of export revenues.

Population: 17,377,000 (2014)

Land Size: 118,484 sq km (45,747 sq miles)

Major Ethic Groups:

  • Chewa: 32.6%
  • Lomwe: 17.6%
  • Yao: 13.5%
  • Ngoni: 11.5%
  • Tumbuka: 8.8%
  • Nyanja: 5.8%
  • Sena: 3.6%
  • Tonga: 2.1%
  • Ngonde: 1%
  • Other: 3.5% (2008 census)
Religions:

  • Christian: 82.7%
  • Muslim: 13%
  • Other: 1.9%
  • None: 2.5%

Language(s):

  • Chichewa (official): 57.2%
  • English (official)
  • Chinyanja: 12.8%
  • Chiyao: 10.1%
  • Chitumbuka: 9.5%
  • Chisena: 2.7%
  • Chilomwe: 2.4%
  • Chitonga: 1.7%
  • Other: 3.6%

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RECENT NEWS

  • Fri - Feb 24, 2017: Namadingo Parries Criticism On New Song Dziko - AllAfrica News: Malawi
    [Nyasa Times] Gospel musician Patience Namadingo has denied a barrage of criticism on social media against his newly released song 'Dziko lili pa Moto' as being an attack on Prophet Shepherd Bushiri or insinuations on ruling DPP politicians.
  • Thu - Feb 23, 2017: Did Angolan Businessman Plot to Defraud Prophet Bushiri? - AllAfrica News: Malawi
    [Nyasa Times] An Angolan businessman in Polokwane, South Africa Pico Santana known as Antonio Martins, who filed a lawsuit demoing 15 million Rands from South African based Malawian well-known prophet Shepherd Bushiri for defamation over a "prophecy" in church, has been reported to be "a celebrated conman" who had plotted to defraud the billionaire preacher, according to reports in South Africa media.
  • Thu - Feb 23, 2017: Parliamentary Committee Visits Fire Damaged Agriculture Office - AllAfrica News: Malawi
    [Nyasa Times] Malawi Parliament's Agriculture Committee on Wednesday visited the ministry of Agriculture offices at Capital Hill in Lilongwe and expressed concern over the colossal damage.
  • Thu - Feb 23, 2017: Chaponda Political Future Hangs Over Financial Crime Charges - AllAfrica News: Malawi
    [Nyasa Times] The ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) is indecisive as on what action to take against its vice president for south George Chaponda currently being investigated by the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) over his involvement in the procurement of maize from Zambia.
  • Thu - Feb 23, 2017: Mob Demolishes Houses of Murder Suspects - AllAfrica News: Malawi
    [Nyasa Times] Malawi Police in Ekwendeni on Wednesday night fired tear gas as taxi drivers run amok and destroyed houses of murder suspects of their fellow taxi driver.