Rē’s Felix Bivens reconnects with Malawian community development practitioner and WASH expert Sam Meya to understand what has been happening in Malawi with COVID-19 and other current events in the country.
Sam notes the government’s COVID-19 strategy as well as the wide-spread changes in behavior at the community level to address the pandemic, particularly in relation to shared water points. The crisis has impacted various demographics differently: men, women in rural communities particularly, but also office-based workers because of the high cost of internet data has made working from home extremely expensive.
Sam also delves into the recent re-do of the country’s presidential election. In February Malawi’s Supreme Court annulled the results of the country’s 2019 presidential election, citing irregularities in the vote-counting and called for a re-do of the election once all problems with the voting process were addressed. This new election occurred in June, in the midst of the pandemic. Sam shares the outcomes and the implications of these historic events.
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