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Malaŵi - unidentified flag

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[Malawi Unidentified Flag] image by Dean McGee, 4 Jun 2002 See also:

An unidentified Malaŵian flag


I looked through my pre-computer era notes to see if I had anything about this "army flag".  What I found was this Malawi ufe (unidentified flag or ensign) illustrated above.  My notes say that long strips of these flags were visible in TV images of  during the time of the then President Banda.  Could it be the flag of his party?
Dated 14 December 1992, from the BBC (via the CBC (Canadian))
Dean McGee, 4 Jun 2002

The flag of Banda's party (the Malawi Congress Party) looks quite different, and is the basis for the present flag of Malawi. Your UFE is not the army flag.
Crampton's Complete Guide of Flags (1989) [cra89a] has a description of a military flag of Malawi which is "Red with a yellow climbing lion above the sun and wavy bars like in the crest". 
It is also not the presidential flag  ... so it remains a mystery!
Jarig Bakker, 5 Jun 2002

I used to live in Malawi, and I do remember this flag. It was usually printed on hard board and hung on to poles, but I never saw it as a flag as on a cloth! I saw this flag when ever there was a important conference or when former President Banda came driving past. I only ever saw it when President Banda was in power and not after the election of President Muluzi!
Reinout van Hasselt, 2 Nov 2003