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Mining company fingered in new report for massive tax diversion

Mining company fingered in new report for massive tax diversion

| July 14, 2015

(GIN)—Taxes diverted by a uranium mining company in Malawi could have paid the salaries of 39,000 teachers or 8,500 doctors for a year. That was one of the findings of a new report called “An Extractive Affair” released by the social action group ActionAid which looked at the southeast African nation of Malawi. “People here […]

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Kenyans attack food insecurity with urban farms, sack gardens

Kenyans attack food insecurity with urban farms, sack gardens

(GIN)–In the midst of one of Africa’s largest slums, vegetables are growing. It began as a French initiative to support jobless youth after a spasm of post-election violence in 2008—and feed them at the same time. The “garden-in-a-sack” concept, introduced by the NGO Solidarites International, makes it possible to grow food in small spaces and […]

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Backlash follows South Africa’s xenophobia attacks on Africans

Backlash follows South Africa’s xenophobia attacks on Africans

| April 21, 2015

(GIN)–Shocking images of South Africans beating foreign-born residents residing in Durban, Johannesburg and other parts stunned the continent which had taken a message of brotherhood from former president Nelson Mandela. At least six people were killed, more than 5,000 displaced and shops were looted and razed in the attacks which have been building over weeks. […]

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Lawyers, rights groups rally around author of ‘Blood Diamonds’ facing jail

Lawyers, rights groups rally around author of ‘Blood Diamonds’ facing jail

| April 1, 2015

(GIN)—The Southern Africa Litigation Center, Amnesty International and more than a dozen other human rights organizations including the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights have signed on to an open letter demanding justice for crusading journalist Rafael Marques, whose exposés have offended several military officials and other higher-ups. In their letter, published this week […]

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New president of Malawi takes power under felony cloud

New president of Malawi takes power under felony cloud

(GIN)—In his second try for elected office, Peter Mutharika captured the winning margin of victory and edged out Malawi’s first woman president—Joyce Banda. The 74-year-old Mutharika, brother of a former president, was declared the victor last week in a disputed election. But he comes into office under a cloud, accused of attempting a constitutional coup […]

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Malawi’s first woman president faces ouster in disputed vote

Malawi’s first woman president faces ouster in disputed vote

(GIN)—President Joyce Banda’s legacy may be cut short if a court fails to uphold her annulment of last week’s poll and schedule a new election in 90 days. Banda, the second woman leader on the continent after Liberian President Ellen Sirleaf-Johnson, said the election was so deeply flawed she would not inflict its results on […]

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Joyce Banda’s reelection hopes could be doomed by donors

Joyce Banda’s reelection hopes could be doomed by donors

| April 18, 2014

(GIN)—One of the few women presidents in Africa stands to lose her post in next month’s polls since foreign donors have cut off support from the once popular leader over funds stolen or misappropriated by members of her administration. A news headline in the region summed it up: “Donors Desert Joyce Banda in Hour of […]

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Malawi president cleans house, sacks entire cabinet over ‘Cash-gate’

Malawi president cleans house, sacks entire cabinet over ‘Cash-gate’

| October 17, 2013

(GIN)—Madame President Joyce Banda of Malawi took a figurative broom to her ministers and sacked them all for their alleged roles in a corruption scandal dubbed “Cash-gate” by media. Banda, like her counterpart in Liberia, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, has been battling entrenched misuse of office by government officials. At a cabinet meeting last week, […]

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