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The Africa Report - 25 February

EWN's Africa Correspondent Jean-Jacques Cornish reports on the day's top African news.

Joyce Hilda Mtila Banda, President of Malawi, who fired her entire cabinet due to allegations of corruption in Malawi's senior government. Picture: AFP.

Mozilla's $25 smartphone

Mozilla has released a prototype of a $25 smartphone for the developing world at Mobile World Congress this week.

Best known for its Firefox web browser, Mozilla teamed up with Chinese chipmaker Spreadtrum to create an entry-level smartphone.

Mozilla has said the phone "redefines" the entry-level phone market.

The device will provide access to the web and apps, as well as voice calling and text messaging.

Mozilla claims the new device will appeal to people who currently use 'feature' phones - which sit between basic mobile phones and smartphones.

Competition between smartphone manufacturers has increased in the developing world.

In 2012, the number of smartphones worldwide topped one billion units.

Growth in emerging markets, including China, India and Africa, is expected to push the number of mobiles in usage to 10 billion by 2016.

Corruption costs Malawi $30m

A report published on Monday revealed Malawi has lost $30 million through corruption and other malpractices in just six months.

The corruption is the biggest financial scandal in Malawi's history.

President Joyce Banda has fired the entire Cabinet as a result of the suspected involvement of senior ministers.

At the same time, donors suspended aid worth around $150 million to the country.

Finance Minister Maxwell Mkwezalamba said on Monday that K6,1 billion ($15 million) had been due to the "Cashgate" scandal between 1 April and 30 September 2013.

Mkwezalamaba says Malawi will investigate corruption dating back to 2005 to "have a full understanding of what transpired."

Those found to be involved will be prosecuted.

Rajoelina clears way for successor

Madagascar's former strongman Andry Rajoelina has announced that he will not compete for the post of prime minister in the newly elected government, despite his party selecting him.

The recent presidential elections were the first polls since Rajoelina led a coup in 2009.

Earlier this week, the Constitutional Court said it was up to Rajoelina's political party, the Miaraka @ Prezida Rajoelina (MAPAR) - which translates as "Together With Andry Rajoelina" - to choose the prime minister.

This as they have a majority in Parliament.

Rajoelina did not give a reason for declining the nomination.