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Water in Lake Malawi turns green

– – The water in Lake Malawi has turned green in a rare phenomenon that has raised concerns among citizens. Authorities in the country have explained that the greening of the water was caused by a bloom in toxic algae. Forestry and Natural Resources Minister Nancy Tembo said that occurred after heavy rains and wind mixed up the nutrients found at the bottom of the lake. She said the lake had become eutrophic – a condition where aquatic life begin to die off as oxygen levels reduce. The minister has…

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Lake Malawi Ilala Getaways Tourism 

Malawi’s Ilala Ferry

The Ilala has chugged up and down Lake Malawi each week since 1951. On its 6 day round trip the Ilala travels over 400km from Monkey Bay to Chilumba near the lake’s northern end, with 13 stops along the way. Although Lake Malawi is totally landlocked, at 365 miles long, 52 miles wide and up to 700m deep you’d be forgiven for thinking you’d arrived at the coast! This vast body of freshwater fringed by beaches of golden sand offers a plethora of water sport opportunities for those looking for…

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Malawi’s Mutharika rules out war with Tanzania over disputed lake but insists ‘lake issue is non-negotiable’

Malawi President Peter MutharikaBlantyre, Malawi, Aug. 12 (Raphael Tenthani/AGV) _ Malawi President Peter Mutharika Tuesday ruled out going to war with neighbouring Tanzania over the disputed border over Lake Malawi but insisted the issue of the lake, Africa’s third largest fresh-water lake, is non-negotiable.

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Arms firm link to charity that paid PR costs of Malawi president’s interview

Malawi President Joyce BandaIn email accidentally sent to Daily Telegraph, director of Africa’s biggest arms firm instructs President Joyce Banda on how to handle media

Questions have been asked over the role in Malawi of a charitable foundation linked to an African arms company whose director is running a PR campaign by President Joyce Banda to win back foreign donors following a corruption scandal.

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Tanzania President Jakaya Kikwete threatens Malawi over lake dispute

President Jakaya KikweteLILONGWE(AGV)–Speaking on Thursday during the country’s heroes’ day celebrations, Tanzania President Jakaya Kikwete made a rumbling speech saying its armed forces were ready to protect the country against any foreign threat to its territory, raising the stakes in an escalating border dispute with Malawi.

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Malawi Foreign Affairs Minister assures citizens amid tensions with Tanzania over lake Malawi

Lake Malawi Center of The DisputeBLANTYRE–Malawian Foreign Affairs Minister Ephraim Nganda Chiume Thursday led a team of government officials on a tour of the border district of Karonga to assure people of their safety amid simmering tensions with Tanzania.

“We wanted to assure the people that their security is guaranteed,” Chiume said.

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Tanzania asks for mediation over Lake Malawi dispute

Fishermen On Lake MalawiDAR ES SALAAM – Tanzania called on Saturday for an international mediator to resolve a long-standing border dispute with Malawi, conceding the latest talks over territorial rights to Lake Malawi and its potential reserves of oil and gas have failed.

The call comes after Malawi accused its neighbour of intimidating its citizens, halting talks with Tanzania over the ownership of the lake.

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Malawi-Tanzania lake border dispute dangerous says Malawi President Joyce Banda

Malawi President Joyce BandaBLANTRYE–Malawi’s President Joyce Banda returned home Tuesday after a two-week visit to the U.S. with a confession that the Malawi-Tanzania dispute over Lake Malawi was becoming dangerous and put the lives of Malawian fishermen at risk.

Speaking to journalists at the State House in Lilongwe, Pres Banda said she was saddened to learn that Tanzania has incorporated the lake into their revised map.

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Sixty Somali immigrants drown on Lake Malawi

Lake MalawiLilongwe — Latest shocking news indicates over sixty immigrants from Somalia have drowned on Lake Malawi, Karonga Police have confirmed from its Kaporo Station.

Reports indicate just 35 bodies as having been retrieved and the rest missing. They were ‘floating’ their way secretly on Tuesday into Malawi’s northern lake-shore district of Karonga from neighboring Tanzania. Lately, a number of illegal immigrants, mostly from Ethiopia and Somalia, have been arrested trying to sneak into the country through uncharted routes, suggestively prompting allegations they were trying to use the lake to avoid more arrests.

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