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Republic of Malawi

Last modified: 2002-09-14 by jarig bakker
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[Malawi national flag][Variant] 2:3~by Zeljko Heimer, 27 May 2002

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The Malawi flag

According to an article (from Africa News Network) quoted by Jan Oskar Engene, 27 Jan 1999, the current red and green colours of the flag represent martyrs of Africa and Africa's green vegetation, respectively, while black means Africa is black.
Panafrican News Agency (PANA) mentions (30 December 1998), that the red in the current flag stands for blood Malawians shed during their struggle for independence, the black for black race and the green represents the country's landscape.
Mark Sensen, 4 Jan 1999

I've been perusing some of the flags for African countries, and it looked to me that the current flag for Malawi really doesn't capture the essence of the sun's rays. According to all of my flag texts, the rays on the flag aren't lines, but more "feathered"-
with rounded ends narrowing to a point. So, here is my rendition of the national flag of Malawi.
Peter Krembs, 4 Feb 2001

National Flag. CSW/C-- 2:3
Black-red-green tricolur with red rising sun in the middle of the black stripe. The ray that I drew before are not quite following what's in Album 2000. Here is a better version. I don't suppose there is really an official specification of the sun emblem. [vdv00] following the Smith's Flag Research Center shows it somewhat different.
Zeljko Heimer, 27 May 2002

Malawi CoA

[Malawi Coat of Arms] image from this website, located by Jarig Bakker, 1 Jun 2002

The national crest has the rising sun at the top and bottom, representing the dawn of freedom in Africa. The fish eagle and wavy bands on the shield symbolise Lake Malawi while the lion and the leopard guard the crest as a whole. The land at the base is the rugged Mulanje mountain. The crest bears the motto 'Unity and Freedom'.
Source: this website.
Jarig Bakker, 1 Jun 2002

Upcoming Flag Change?

According to the Panafrican News Agency (PANA) (30 Dec 1998) the Malawi government had plans for a change of flag. These were, however, put on hold in late January 1999 (according to the Africa News Network). The flag change was planned because the current flag was derived from the former flag of the main opposition (and former ruling) party, the Malawi Congress Party, except the rising sun. The article further mentions that MCP "three years ago" changed its flag to an all-green with a black cock in the middle of a white circle.
Mark Sensen, 4 Jan 1999.


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