Malawi. During the rainy season in January, the country
was hit by severe floods that forced hundreds of thousands
of people to leave their homes. The floods hit the southern
parts of the country worst, including the capital Lilongwe.
COUNTRYAAH, the situation was so serious that the government announced a
state of emergency and called for international assistance.
Winding roads and bridges made it difficult for the
authorities to reach out with assistance to the residents.
In May, well-known journalist and press freedom activist
Raphael Tenthani died in a car accident. Tenthani, who has
worked as both local reporter and correspondent for the news
agency AP and the BBC, was especially noted for his sharp
chronicles in the local newspaper Sunday Times under the
signature "The Muckraker".
During the year, several corruption scandals were
discovered in large companies, including the Danish beer
manufacturer Carlsberg, which has been active in Malawi
since the 1960s. In August, Carlsberg was warned by the
government that the company had not done enough to prevent
polluted wastewater from being discharged into the Nankhaka
River. Several international companies are engaged in
production around the important Nankhaka River, where water
quality has deteriorated significantly in recent years. The
reason is said that companies do not purify wastewater from
chemicals and other residual products before it is released
into the water, which many residents use daily. Last year,
demonstrations were held against the emissions, and
Carlsberg and several companies promised improvement.
Former Army Chief Henry Odillo and his closest husband
were arrested in November accused of being involved in the
so-called Cashgate tavern discovered in 2013.
In December, the band Zomba Prison Project, consisting of
sixteen interns at one of the country's most notorious
prisons, was nominated for an American Grammy for a record
in the world music category.