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A Malawian High Court Orders Lifting of Government Ban on Dreadlocks in Schools

The order comes after a Rastafarian learner with dreadlocks was barred from being admitted into a Malawian school by the government.

A Malawian High Court in Zomba has ordered that a learner be admitted into Blantyre Girls' Primary School after her admission was barred because of her dreadlocks. The court has also ordered that the school make up for the classes the learner has missed and provide any other necessary support they may require.

While the case itself is still ongoing, the court order now requires that the government allow learners from the often marginalised Rastafarian community to be admitted into schools without having to have their dreadlocks removed.


Since last year, Malawi's Rastafarian community has been pushing for the lifting of a government ban on learners with dreadlocks being admitted into public schools.

According to the Nyasa Times, members of the Rastafarian community said that "dreadlocks were a fundamental tenet of Rastafarian beliefs and therefore should be exempt from the policy," further adding that, "the prohibition of dreadlocked children in public schools violates the children's right to education as well as their freedom of worship - which are both enshrined in Malawi's constitution."

Discriminatory hair policies, be it on the basis of race or religion, are not exclusive to Malawi. Back in 2017, students at a number of South African high schools including Pretoria Girls' High School, protested against racist hair policies which made it "unacceptable" for girl students to wear their hair in its natural state.

South Africa's new Miss Universe Zozibini Tunzi has also brought back the conversation about the politics of Black women and natural hair since winning last year's crown.

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Bobi Wine Set to Legally Contest Uganda's 2021 Election Results

Opposition party leader, Bobi Wine, has announced that he will legally contest Uganda's 2021 election results after Yoweri Museveni won his sixth consecutive presidential term.

National Unity Platform (NUP) leader, Bobi Wine, has reportedly stated that he will contest Uganda's recent election results. Bobi Wine made the announcement this past Sunday after the national election results declared incumbent Yoweri Museveni Uganda's next president. Museveni reportedly won the elections with 58.64 percent while Bobi Wine received 34.83 percent according to Uganda's electoral commission. The voter results were announced on Saturday after national elections were held last week on Thursday, thus extending Museveni's rule with a sixth consecutive presidential term. Bobi Wine has reportedly alleged voter fraud by Museveni following the effect of Uganda's social media shut down a day before the elections.

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