In Malawi mysterious fire guts electoral body warehouse as recount fight rage on

MEC Chairman MbenderaBlantyre, Malawi, July 15 (AGV) _ A mysterious fire in the wee hours of Tuesday gutted a Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) warehouse in the capital, Lilongwe, reducing to ashes millions worth of electoral materials.

Crucially, some of the destroyed materials were ballot papers which were subject for a recount in a disputed parliamentary result in one of the constituencies in Lilongwe City.

“The Malawi Electoral Commission warehouse in Lilongwe has been gutted by fire which started at around 00.00hrs on July 14, 2014. Although the Lilongwe City Assembly was called in immediately to put out the fire, there has been extensive damage to the property and material in the warehouse,” said Chief Elections Officer Willie Kalonga. 

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Malawi President Banda pleads with Pastors to pray for peace to avoid Rwanda like Genocide

Malawi President Joyce BandaBLANTYRE (AGV)--Malawi President Joyce Banda has urged Pastors fraternal to pray for peace of the nation as political parties are busy campaigning for tripartite election. 

President Banda also said there is need to pray for the media in the country to only present stories not containing hate speeches to avoid inciting violence. 

The Malawi leader spoke Wednesday evening at Kamuzu palace where the Lilongwe pastors fraternal went for prayers.

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Former Malawi Justice Minister, president’s finance chief arrested over massive government looting

Raphael KasambaraLilongwe 2014-01-27_ Former Malawi Justice Minister Raphael Kasambara and Principal Secretary in the Office of the President and Cabinet Joster Njanji have been arrested following on-going investigations into how millions of dollars were allegedly looted in government in dubious deals.

“We have today, the 27th of October 2014, arrested Mr. Raphael Kasambara on money laundering offences,” said police spokesperson Rhoda Manjolo.

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AU extends mandate for Jean Ping Until next Election

Dlamini-ZumaThe African Union on Tuesday extended the mandate of its top official Jean Ping after an election, in which he was challenged by South Africa’s Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, deadlocked. “We have decided to prolong the mandate of the current commission until the next summit in Lilongwe Malawi” in June, bloc chairman, Benin’s President Thomas Boni Yayi, said at the end of a two-day summit in Addis Ababa.

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