Poverty, corruption and fake news to the fore as Malawi gears up for elections

Many Malawians feel President Peter Mutharika has not met his promises on infrastructure, tackling poverty and education

 A woman and children harvesting  groundnuts in Malawi. More than 50%  of the country’s  18 million people live below the poverty line, making it the fourth poorest country in the world. Photograph: Getty Images

A woman and children harvesting groundnuts in Malawi. More than 50% of the country’s 18 million people live below the poverty line, making it the fourth poorest country in the world. Photograph: Getty Images

Corruption, poverty and the economy are at the forefront of citizens’ minds ahead of Malawi’s “three-horse race” elections set to take place next week.

Tuesday’s vote for the presidency, parliament and local councils will be the fifth elections since the country returned to a multiparty democracy in 1994.

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