For a man who only has a hammer in his tool kit, every problem looks like a nail – Malawian Proverb
Malawi was first settled during the 10th century and remained under native rule until 1891 when it was colonized by the British, who ruled the country until 1964. Upon gaining independence it became a single-party state under the presidency of Hastings Banda (Malawi Congress Party – MCP). Hastings Banda remaind president until 1994 when open national elections were held and Bakili Muluzi (United Democratic Front – UDF) was elected president. Bingu wa Mutharika (Democratic Progressive Party – DPP), elected in 2004, is the current president. Malawi has a democratic, multi-party government.
Malawi is a little smaller than the state of Pennsylvania with a population of about 15 million, about 3 million more than Pennsylvania has. It has a diverse geography that includes
rain forests, high mountains, low valleys, mild temperatures in the mountains and hot temperatures in the valleys. Malawi is part of the Great Rift Valley, the back bone of Africa, and boasts a large lake – Lake Malawi – that it shares with Mozambique, and the Shire River which runs from the Southern mouth of Lake Malawi into the Zambezi.
Malawi, “The warm heart of Africa”, also known as “Smiling Malawi,” welcomes you with two hands. Please come and visit us!
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