April 17, 2015
by Emelina Perez
Malawi enacted the Marriage, Divorce and Family Relations Act of 2015 (Marriage Act) on Wednesday, a move that Human Rights Watch (HRW) welcomed as "an important step toward preventing child marriage." The act was passed by Parliament in February and approved by President Peter Mutharika this ...[read more]
December 8, 2011
by Michael Haggerson
Malawian Justice Minister Ephraim Chiume said Thursday that President Bingu wa Mutharika has ordered the Malawi Law Commission to review several controversial laws, including a law banning homosexual acts. Chiume stated that the review was in response to public criticism. Commentators suggest ...[read more]
January 27, 2011
by Daniel Richey
Malawian president Bingu wa Mutharika has signed into law a bill permitting the government to ban media outlets that its information ministry declares contrary to public interest. The new law, which amends the 2009 penal code amendment bill, has already drawn heavy criticism from regional ...[read more]
October 18, 2010
by Dwyer Arce
On October 18, 2005, the parliament of Malawi adopted procedures for the impeachment of the country's president, who has been accused of misusing state funds and violating the country's constitution. Legislators approved the procedures in a growing dispute between President Bingu wa Mutharika and ...[read more]
May 30, 2010
by Sarah Miley
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called Saturday for gay rights reform throughout the international community. Praising Malawian President Bingu wa Mutharika for his Friday decision to pardon a gay couple recently sentenced to 14 years in prison on sodomy charges, Ban stated that the UN cannot... ...[read more]
January 28, 2009
by Jake Oresick
Former Malawi President Bakili Muluzi will likely be tried for corruption after the country's Supreme Court of Appeal Tuesday struck down an injunction that had stalled the investigation into his alleged theft of international aid money. Muluzi contends that the charges are political, as he ...[read more]
February 27, 2007
by Natalie Hrubos
Malawi Vice President Cassim Chilumpha pleaded not guilty to treason and conspiring to murder the president as his trial on the charges began Monday. In May 2006, Chilumpha was placed under house arrest three weeks after police arrested him in connection with an alleged plot to assassinate Malawi ...[read more]
August 10, 2006
by Joshua Pantesco
Malawi President Bingu wa Mutharika on Thursday called for the resignation of Ishmael Wadi, Director of Public Prosecutions, who in July dropped corruption charges against former President Bakili Muluzi on the eve of Muluzi's trial. Mutharika, who was elected as Muluzi's hand-picked ...[read more]
July 31, 2006
by Joe Shaulis
Corruption charges filed last week against former Malawi President Bakili Muluzi have been dropped after the head of the country's Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) was suspended, Malawi's director of public prosecutions said Monday. President Bingu wa Mutharika, Muluzi's hand-picked ...[read more]
May 16, 2006
by Joshua Pantesco
Malawi Vice President Cassim Chilumpha has been released on bail but placed under house arrest three weeks after police arrested him in connection with an alleged plot to assassinate Malawi President Bingu wa Mutharika. After being released Monday, Chilumpha proclaimed his innocence on the ...[read more]

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