Malawi (/məˈlɔːwi/, /məˈlɑːwi/ or /ˈmæləwi/; Chichewa:[maláβi] or [maláwi]), officially the Republic of Malawi, is a landlocked country in southeast Africa that was formerly known as Nyasaland. It is bordered by Zambia to the northwest, Tanzania to the northeast, and Mozambique on the east, south and west. The country is separated from Tanzania and Mozambique by Lake Malawi. Malawi is over 118,000km2 (45,560sqmi) with an estimated population of 16,777,547 (July 2013 est.). Its capital is Lilongwe, which is also Malawi's largest city; the second largest is Blantyre and the third is Mzuzu. The name Malawi comes from the Maravi, an old name of the Nyanja people that inhabit the area. The country is also nicknamed "The Warm Heart of Africa".
Malawi is among the smallest countries in Africa. Lake Malawi takes about a third of Malawi's area.
Lake Malawi, also known as Lake Nyasa in Tanzania and Lago Niassa in Mozambique, is an African Great Lake and the southernmost lake in the East African Rift system, located between Malawi, Mozambique and Tanzania. It is the ninth largest lake in the world and the third largest and second deepest lake in Africa. It is home to more species of fish than any other lake, including about 1000 species of cichlids. The Mozambique portion of the lake was officially declared a reserve by the Government of Mozambique on June 10, 2011, and in Malawi a portion of the lake is included in the Lake Malawi National Park. Lake Malawi is a meromictic lake; permanent stratification and the oxic-anoxic boundary are maintained by moderately small chemical and thermal gradients.
Lake Malawi is between 560 kilometres (350mi) and 580 kilometres (360mi) long, and about 75 kilometres (47mi) wide at its widest point. The total surface area of the lake is about 29,600 square kilometres (11,400sqmi). The lake has shorelines on western Mozambique, eastern Malawi, and southern Tanzania. The largest river flowing into it is the Ruhuhu River, and there is an outlet at its southern end, the Shire River, a tributary that flows into the very large Zambezi River in Mozambique.
A challenge to Malawi’s 2020 presidential elections has been dismissed by the country’s constitutional court ...Attorney General Nyirenda, who is also the defense lawyer in the case, said the ruling was not a surprise ... DPP lawyers argue that Malawi’s Constitution does not recognize an election that was presided over by undeserving commissioners.
Malawi’s government has started a campaign to remove children from places like night clubs where they are being forced or tricked into prostitution ...Human Rights lawyer RuthKaima points out that prostitution is legal in Malawi.
But significant efforts on the ground to combat the country’s difficulties with poaching and trafficking have started to pay off, and the example Malawi is now setting may show other African nations how they can do the same ... Investigators say Lin, a 48-year-old Chinese citizen, played a central role in turning Malawi into a wildlife crime hot spot.
Malawi’s high court sentenced businessman Thom Mpinganjira to nine years for attempting to bribe five constitutional court judges who were hearing a 2019 election case ... One of Mpinganjira’s lawyers, Patrice Nkhono, told Anadolu Agency, that he will appeal the sentence and conviction to the Malawi Supreme Court of Appeal.
A MalawiMagistrate’s Court in the capital, Lilongwe, has sentenced a Chinese national, described by some as one of the biggest African wildlife trafficking kingpins, to 32 years in prison after convicting him on three wildlife crimes ... Malawi’s authorities arrested him in August 2019 following a three-month manhunt.
Lawyers for victims and human rights campaigners, however, say the money alone is not enough ... Kadadzera hopes this time, however, they will identify the suspects because he says the investigation team will include members of the MalawiHuman Rights Commission, Women Lawyers Association and other human rights organizations.
The farmers’ lawyers said they had repeatedly asked the companies for proof that they had not bought tobacco from their clients, but no documents had been disclosed to them ...Families are trafficked from southern Malawi to tobacco-growing regions in the north, their lawyers at Leigh Day allege.
Firstly, they claimed that there were no available flights from South Africa to Malawi. This statement is very untrue as my own lawyers from South Africa managed to fly into the country just a few days ago," he said. "Secondly, they enunciated that, the witnesses failed to appear in the Malawi courts due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
However, Bushiri’s lawyer Wapona Kita objected the application saying it is disappointed that after a whole month, the state has not brought witnesses from South Africa to testify as ruled ... He said there is no short of flights between Malawi and South Africa citing that Bushiri’s South Africa lawyers are in the court today after using same flights ... .
They are asking that the case be dismissed on the grounds that lawyers for the farming families cannot prove the tobacco they grew ended up in their cigarettes and other products ...Families are trafficked from southern Malawi, allege Leigh Day solicitors, their lawyers, to tobacco-growing regions in the north.
Refugees and their advocates in Malawi have expressed alarm at PresidentLazarus Chakwera's defense of a plan to force about 2,000 people back into a refugee camp ... Malawi’s encampment policy prohibits refugees from staying outside their camp ... Chrispine Sibade, a human rights lawyer based in Malawi’s capital, Lilongwe.