Malawi. In February, Agriculture Minister George Chaponda
was fired by President Peter Mutharika. Chaponda was
suspected of corruption in connection with the import of
100,000 tonnes of maize worth the equivalent of just over
SEK 300 million from Zambia. During a house search, the
police should have found just over SEK 2 million in cash in
the Minister of Agriculture's home. In July, Chaponda was
indicted for bribery. The corn imports had previously been
criticized in media within the Times Group, which is owned
by former dictator Hastings Kamuzu Banda's family and is
close to the opposition party Malawi's Congress Party (MCP).
In January, the Times Group - which owns a daily newspaper,
a radio station and a TV channel - was closed by the
government. The company was accused of not paying its taxes,
which the media house claimed was not true.
Countryaah.com, fourteen teenage girls in Nkhata Bay who were sentenced
to fines and one year's suspension from school because they
became pregnant appealed in May. The boys who made the girls
with children were also suspended from school, which is in
accordance with the laws of the country. The girls' lawyer
pointed out the strange thing about criminalizing pregnancy.
In May, the World Bank resumed its budget support for
Malawi. This was frozen in 2013 after the corruption scandal
called cashgate was revealed. The World Bank highlighted
recent government reforms and promised US $ 80 million in
support of the country. "Cashgate" became former President
Joyce Banda's case, even though she constantly denied that
she was guilty of fraud. At the end of July, Malawi's police
issued an arrest warrant against the president, who after a
time in the US moved to South Africa. The next day, Banda
re-asserted his innocence and promised to return to his home
country to clear himself of the charges.
In September, at least nine people in southern Malawi
were killed by lynch mobs. The lynched people were accused
of being vampires and belief in these supernatural creatures
caused mass hysteria, which in October reached the
metropolis of Blantyre. There, one person was stoned to
death and another was burned to death. Later in October,
about 140 people were arrested by the police for involvement
in the lynching.