Malawi

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INFORMATION

Capital: Lilongwe

Government: Multiparty Democracy

Current President: Lazarus Chakwera

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: 21,196,629 (2020)

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

Major Ethnic 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

  • Thu - Oct 21, 2021: ACB Arrests Mhc Official Mazibuko for Employing Underqualified Son - AllAfrica News: Malawi
    [Nyasa Times] The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) last week arrested the Human Resource Management Officer at the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Kingstone Mazibuko, for employing his underqualified son into the ministry.
  • Thu - Oct 21, 2021: Police Probe MP Chambulanyina Jere Over Alleged Quarry Theft - AllAfrica News: Malawi
    [Nyasa Times] The Malawi Congress Party (MCP) member of Parliament for Mzimba South, Emmanuel Chamburanyina Jere, is under police investigation over allegation that he stole quarry stones belonging to a Chinese company, which is constructing Jenda-Edingeni Road.
  • Thu - Oct 21, 2021: Covid-19 Pandemic Worsened Gender Violence Cases - AllAfrica News: Malawi
    [Nyasa Times] UNFPA Gender Analyst Joseph Kazima has disclosed that cases of gender based violence (GBV) increased tremendously during the Covid-19 pandemic in the country.
  • Thu - Oct 21, 2021: Northern Region-Based Journalists Drilled in Anti-Public Funds Abuse Fight - AllAfrica News: Malawi
    [Nyasa Times] Northern Region-based journalists have honed skills in reporting abuse of public funds. The Center for Social Accountability and Transparency (CSAT) organized the training under the project called "Enhancing a good governance in public finance management through the citizens engagement", which is being financed by GIZ.
  • Thu - Oct 21, 2021: Greenbelt Authority Partners Zimbabwean Firm for Investment in Commercial Irrigation in Malawi - AllAfrica News: Malawi
    [Nyasa Times] Greenbelt Authority (GBA) and Maka Resources from Zimbabwe have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU), effectively enabling the two companies to start investing in large-scale commercial irrigation in Malawi.