Forum says give JB her benefits ‘so she returns to Malawi’

Forum For National Development (FND) has asked government to honour the constitutional provisions for the former president Joyce Banda retirement benefits for her to return.

Joyce Banda: Needs her constitutional retirement benefits

Joyce Banda: Needs her constitutional retirement benefits

In a statement signed by FND Chairperson, Bright Kampaundi and National Coordinator, Fryson Chodzi, FND says the benefits for Banda are non-negotiable because they are provided for in the constitution.

“The State President took an oath to protect and uphold the constitution of the Republic of Malawi and our expectations are that he will do so without discrimination, vendetta and ill will.

“Furthermore her return is very crucial to the development of Malawi as so many issues will be dealt with including the issues of cashgate and also delegation to international forums,” reads part of the statement.

The forum also expressed sadness to note that recent media reports that the government has withdrawn the house that was meant for Banda in Area 10 and there has not been any assurance of reinstating of her security detail.

“The pension for former presidents is a constitutional issue since it is provided for in the constitution. We are of the opinion that such matters must not be at the mercy of the government to be choosy whether to honour or not.

“When government is failing to honour the constitutional right of the former president and provide assurance on her security and accommodation, the nation will be forced to believe that the government is only paying lip service on the return of the former president.

“We will be further compelled to believe the fears that Joyce Banda has raised about her security and safety which are serious concerns for a person of her stature,” FND statement reads.

Leader of People’s Party (PP) in Parliament Uladi Mussa told parliament that Banda “has been denied her salary, she has not been given vehicles, security has been removed from her.”

Banda has been in self imposed exile since she lost the 2014 presidential election to Peter Mutharika. She came third after Malawi Congress Party’s Lazarus Chakwera.

Mussa said Banda will only return after the government assures her of security, a return of her official vehicles and an official residence as provided for in the Republican Constitution.

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sam
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joyce has many houses why cant reside in any pay for her security then claim for her benefits .life in states is too expensive but she is managing ,stop fooling malawans thats realy unfare pay the robber

Zakwaye
Guest

During the reign of JB things were quiet good,bt muntharika is making things to be worse to the worst.

LIWONDE TUROFF
Guest

WHERE DOES THE CONSTITUTION SAYS THY SHALL STILL AND GET BENEFITS? WHERE IS THE BITCH? ZAUCHITSILU BASI. THINK BEFORE YOU SAY. ANY BRAIN LEFT IN YOU? LEAVE PETER ALONE. JB BELONGS TO ZOMBA MAXIMUM PRIZON.

who we be
Guest

as far as I am concerned, JB is not a retired president. She was finishing Bingus term and this is not regarded as term. That is why she contested again on PPs ticket. So you don’t contest and lose and retire. Government is right to deny her some benefits.

Musombwe
Guest

Joyce anapatsidwa kale ma benefits ake ndalama anaba zij. Kodi iwe kampaundi mumadyera limodzi eti?

Kwangu
Guest

Pathetic woman, talking when Parliament is in session, when in recess inu ziiii. just to be heard, Akati Peter akupita ku UK inunso mwauyatsa ulendo be real and smell the coffee

Beast Msonda
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Which constitution are you talking about you pp fools? joyisi is not a retired president. joyisi is a retired vice president. Go back and read the constitution again.

Mphangela
Guest

Za nsanje basi,mpatseni ma benifits ake mayiyu

Honeycomb Chidyauzu
Guest

Muyezo umene umayezera mzako iwenso udzayezedwa ndi omweo. This Administration will not be in power for ever.They will also leave power and they will be treated the same.

mapwevupwevu
Guest

So this FND is missing out on the money she was giving to these fools!

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