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Kenya bans use of plastic bags to protect environment

Kenya has banned the use of plastic bags for commercial and household packing, becoming the latest African country to outlaw the plastic-bag carriers. The ban is expected to play a key role in helping to protect the environment. Kenya now joins Rwanda, Cameroon, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia, Mauritania and Malawi, countries that have issued similar bans.

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Malawi: U.S. pop-star Madonna adopts twin orphan girls

The American pop-star Madonna successfully adopted twin girls in Malawi, the second time that the diva has adopted Malawian children. The American pop-diva who started a charity called Raising Malawi in Malawi, has previously adopted two Malawian children David Banda and Mercy James. “I can officially confirm I have completed the process of adopting twin sisters from Malawi and am overjoyed that they are now part of our family” Madonna said.

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Rihanna Visits School In Malawi and meets learners

Global pop star Rihanna visited Malawi as part of her duties as the ambassador for Global Citizen and Global Partnership for Education (GPE). The pop star whose philanthropic activities started with the establishment of her foundation, Clara Lionel Foundation, spent her time with students and the board of directors of GPE. The foundation says its committed to the fight against injustice, inequality, and poverty, through education.

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Malawians participate in protest marches against abortion and homosexuality

Malawians across major cities today participated in protest marches against alleged proposals by the government to legalise abortion and homosexuality in the country. Various religious groups participated in the protest, which also attracted members of the Rastafari faith. Numerous images of the protest shared on social media show people carrying pro-life placards and anti-gay banners.

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Malawi: Eric Aniva “hyena” sex predator sentenced to 2 years in jail for engaging in harmful cultural practices

Eric Aniva, an HIV-positive Malawian man who confessed that he was paid to have sex with widows and under-age girls has been sentenced to two years in prison with hard labour for engaging in harmful cultural practices in contravention of the country’s Gender Act. Could the conviction deter other “hyenas” from engaging in the harmful practice?

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Harmful cultural practices must fall: Malawian “hyena” sex predator found guilty

A court in Malawi has found Eric Aniva, a man paid to have sex with under-age girls guilty of engaging in harmful cultural practices in contravention of the country’s Gender Act. The HIV-positive man known as “fisi” or hyena confessed in July that he was paid to have sex with pubertal children as part of initiation rites, a revelation which caused an international outcry, prompting his arrest at President Peter Mutharika’s orders.

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A tech milestone as Rwanda starts using drones to deliver blood products

In an initiative to leapfrog infrastructural challenges affecting the delivery of healthcare solutions in parts of Rwanda, the country has launched a drone delivery network to transport vital blood supplies to remote areas of the country. The technology milestone is being celebrated and applauded on social as a major achievement which will save lives, and there’s hope that the initiative could spur the development of similar projects in the delivery of medical supplies in remote parts of Africa.

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Malawi to institute tough laws against harmful cultural practices

Malawi is planning to legislate tough laws against harmful cultural practices, which target women and young girls in the wake of the arrest of an HIV-positive man, who confessed to having sex with pubertal children as part of initiation rites. Eric Aniva, was arrested on President Peter Mutharika’s orders, and Mutharika announced the country is planning a major crackdown on such practices.