I’m not in exile, says Joyce Banda: Hails Britain for support on Malawi cashgate probe

Former Malawi president Joyce Banda has said her nine-month absence from the country does not imply that she is in “self-exile” t, saying she was not implicated in the cashgate affair in the forensic audit report by British firm Baker Tilly and that she stepped on to the global stage to give an opportunity to her successor President Peter Mutharika to run Malawi without her interference.

Joyce Banda:  My security has been weakened

Joyce Banda: My security has been weakened

Banda, who has not set foot in Malawi since September, said there is a “precedence” that former president Bakili Muluzi stayed in the United Kingdom for almost a year after leaving office “and nobody said anything and nobody called that ‘self-exile’.”

She told Weekend Nation newspaper in an exclusive interview published on June 27, 2015 : “ I have been out of the country for nine months and five out of those months, I have been in the United States from where I travelled to many countries to fulfil speaking and other engagements.”

No one is quite certain what will happen when Banda finally does return home as she also told the paper that the government has “weakened” her security by withdrawing security apparatus.

The ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has attempted to implicate her in a multibillion-Kwacha “Cashgate” corruption scandal , in allegedly ordering the assassination of Peter Mutharika when he was suspected of plotting a coup to prevent her from taking power, and, in more rent, allegations by Minister of Information Kondwani Nankhumwa that she had a hand in the death of the late Bingu wa Mutharika.

Banda insists that she has no regrets over her handling of the Cashgate affair in which civil servants, businessmen and politicians were put on trial accused of exploiting a loophole in the government’s payment system to divert millions into their own pockets.

She says she asked the British government to fund a forensic audit, made publicly available online and also launched an investigation into Bingu wa Mutharika’s last three years as president that uncovered the theft of a staggering K92bn.

“It was my government that started investigations into Cashgate following my announcement at an Ecama  (Economics Association of Malawi) conference in Mangochi on September 7, 2013 that we shall also review Ifmis (Integrated Financial Management Information Systems).

“It was my government that set up an investigative committee led by the former Deputy Inspector General of Police; it is during my time as President that we arrested people who are currently answering cases in court pertaining to Cashgate,” Banda told Weekend Nation.

“It is my government that drew up a work plan to completely deal with corruption and plunder of public resources that was subject to regular review by a Cabinet committee. It was my government that initiated a forensic audit following revelations of Cashgate.”

She continued: ” It is rare in most countries for a President to institute such a forensic audit in government during their tenure. I shall forever be grateful to the British Government for its provision of resources to enable us to engage an internationally-renowned audit firm, Baker Tilly, to conduct the forensic audit.

“The Baker Tilly audit report was released on October 30 2014 and it is a public document. I have seen the report and my name does not appear anywhere in it. I could not have taken all these steps if I knew that I was involved.”

The scandal prompted Britain and other donors to freeze direct aid, which made up 40% of the national budget.

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62 thoughts on “I’m not in exile, says Joyce Banda: Hails Britain for support on Malawi cashgate probe”

  1. MBACHI says:

    Bingo family are thieves. They have made Malawi bankrupt. We donot want them, as long as they are in power we will not stop fighting for fedral govt.

  2. Karonga Boy says:

    Amayi,apita Zawakanika,bomal Liribe Ndalama Ndipo Ma Salaries A June Ndi Chetechete Mpaka Lero Tisanalandiretu!Amayi U Were Trying!

  3. Rift valley says:

    Mai musatisokose. Just come home and say whatever it is tou want Malawians to hear Remember you said whoever partakes in stollen worth is not the problem but, rather, who did the stealing. Imagine a whole country president saying that. By the way, who shot Mphwiyo? And I understand MK350 billion disappeared under you watcth Oh! I almost forgot. Lutepo is waiting for you. I believe he is ready to spill the beans.

    Koma anthu ena ndi owuma mtima zedi. Mukabwela mudzone zili ku QECH and KCH. Anthu akuvutika chifukwa cha umbabva wa a tsogoleri a ku Malawi. Bwelani mai.

  4. Truth Recognizes Truth says:

    You are in Self Exile JB. Truth Pains. Exile ya pa Chanco, wina akateretsa. Lol!!!!!!

  5. Samarakunjuta says:

    Yeah u deserve a proper vacation like ur mates no wonder!!!!!

  6. Namagetu says:

    The Mutharikas are evil thieves

  7. SIBO says:

    JB ndipo unachita bwino kukhala kunja bwezi a bilimankwe a dpp wa akukunamizira kuti iwo boma likuwakanika kuyendetsa chifukwa cha iwe.

  8. hahahahaha says:

    Faults on JB’s statement
    1. Do refuse that you are not on self imposed exile. Mama you are on self exile. If now why are you not coming back when your husband ran away from and remembered nsima here at home. You exiled yourself because you fear issues of cahgate.
    2.You took part in cashgate. By not being mentioned in the reports it does not mean that you did not take part.You did only in a clever style via small fish which are languishing in prisons. However one day you will be dragged into courts, how long it may take.One small fish will mention you one day in court and Malawi courts will have no any other option other than dragging you back through INTERPOL.

  9. Majid Aboobakar says:

    AFI ANALIPO KUDYA BINO BINO THAWI YA MAYITU! LERONSO ALIPO KUDYA BINO DI PETER. ALIPO IFE UYO PETER DARAMA WAMBIRI KUTI APASE BISINESS. BOMA WANU, DARAMA WATHU!

  10. Mwama Du says:

    Mufune musafune JB anatiwonetsera mtima wolimbana ndi umbava. Akanakakhala a ena akanatulutsa analysis report mmalo mwa cashgate. NG’OMBE YOWETEDWA NDI CHOKOLOYI YATITSAUTSA MMAGANIZO. Ife tikufuna report la cashgate, osati nyasi zanuzi.

  11. Prudence says:

    Thats noce interview Amai. Take your time. Wen it is time you will come back and continue serving malawians throug your organisations. You are too big tobe confined to malawi only. Joyce Banda is a top brand that goes beyond the borders of malawi.

  12. Manganya says:

    Ama JB, we salute you. Your leadership revealed what past governments especially DPP had been doing with public money. Imwe tikuongeni limu Ama kuti unkhungu wa wanthu wa DPP tawuwona we pamtanda sanya. Pakawengevi imwe taviziwanga cha vyosi ivi.

    God bless you mama, and enjoy your retirement.

    Ndipo ndikupempheni Ama kuti musamavutikenso ndikuziyankha ziwanthu zakuba za DPP.

    1. iwe ndi mtumbuka opanda ntchito .why she run away here .mwatikwana mudzipita ku nyika land kwanu

  13. mary says:

    Za ziiiiiii!

  14. KEN says:

    mai banda please go back to God.musalore satana apitirize kunyenga moyo wanu.ndale zitayeni ngati bakili muluzi anazitaya.

  15. Aliyawo says:

    Nkhani za amayi zovuta kumvetsa. Akuti sanathawe,koma cha? Amayitu paja munkati inu kukhala mtsogoleri wa dziko la Malawi chinali cholinga cha Mulungu. Munkati Mulungu wayankha. Mutangolumbiritsidwa kukhala mtsogoleri munauza dziko kuti mu cabinet meeting you saw the Holy Spirit moving. We all thought tapeza mtsogoleri owopa Chauta. Simunkachedwa kupita kwa Spiritual father,as you called him,TB Joshua. Chondidabwitsa nchoti mutangolephera pa chisankho,simukuonetsanso chidwi pa za Ambuye. Munakwiya ndi a Malawi posakusankhani mpaka nkuwathawa kumakakhala ku mayiko a eni,ponena nkumati a Muluzinso anapanga palibe adawanena… Mwakwiyiranso Mulungu kuja ku Nigeria simukupita kuti mwina nkuuzidwa vumbulutso lokuonetsera chifukwa chimene Yahwe sanakubwezeretsereni pa mpando. Zonena zinenani koma tsiku lina zobisika zidzaululika chikopa chomwe mwavala nkumazibitsa chidzauma ndipo a Malawi azadziwa choonadi. Ndi chani chinakuthawitsani ku Malawi? Ndi chani chinakusiyitsani kupita ku SCOAN?

  16. Chimani. Game says:

    Mama ruled Malawi well but people did not appreciate,now you have this namanyepa,idiot,and you remember mama.long live JB

  17. cheyo the real northerner says:

    I hundred percent conquer with The Scorpion

    1. Conquer? says:

      Mpaka conquer.kkkkkkk. Conquer?????? Just write in Chichewa Cheyo the northener

  18. maleta says:

    Asiyeni mayiwa apume please chonde,pajatu kumawi ntchito yache ndi kulimbana ndi ma former presidents Eish!

  19. Elias Nali says:

    Cashgate the only legacy of JB. She knows it full well.

  20. Chabadwa chafa come and end critics if u know ur clean moyo ndi moonson if u know the meaning

  21. Let Joyce Banda return to Malawi and justice will prevail and prove itself whether or not she is one of cashgate practitioners

  22. A Cuthbert says:

    Centreville virginia USS is where all the cashgate money is being hidden under a mattress. We love you mama

  23. Mbava zokhazokha kuthawana.

  24. Chipapwiche Kajhalwiche says:

    Iwe Number 3 Mtumbuka 1 alomwe akuchita chani namanyepa anapwa iweee!

  25. P. M says:

    Iwe #Mtumbuka1# When u are saying pathako panu alomwe nonse, what do u mean? That stupidity shld be stopped right now & i dont want to hear that nonsese again

  26. william says:

    The mother of the malawi nation has spoken,,,

    1. Kes says:

      Cashgate and envy Nation.

  27. Rat says:

    Then why are you un able to return to Malawi?

  28. Real Patriot says:

    Amayi has fallen in Love with the Baker Tilly People.When you are finishing the global engagements when your fellow women are dying like flies during child births?Come home Mama.You are more important living here than exiling yourself in Zumaland.Even Pitala said he is keeping an Olive Branch for you.Nobody is going to behead you Mama.We love u alot.We miss you alot ndika Slogan kokuti”Azungu akuti”

  29. The Scorpions says:

    This woman knows something about cashgate.She shouldn’t lie that she never knew about cashgate.She was bragging on top of her voice of her thieving friends Lutepo and Phwiyo.Knowing things are not well in Malawi she has washed her hands for them.How could she receive 22 cars from Lutepo without any questioning.Did Lutepo come from a billionaire family that he never cared about splashing 22 cars to the failed pp which even vice president has bolted and is sobbing for a position in Mcp.Stop lying from us.JB knows about cashgate and even his sons are not even safe.We are cleaning Malawi of all thieves.No more of getting rich through politics while leaving the mass Malawians in dire poverty.Everybody has to work his,her ass 24/7 instead of getting rich through our hard earned taxes.

  30. CB says:

    mai dziko munasiira anyapala ndiamene akulamura,,,tikulandilabe chenji chomwe chija moti pano akuti ationjezera december,,,,dziko la’alomwe.

  31. No 3 sindiwe mtumbuka anthu okonda kukukwana ine ndimawa dziwa.

  32. Hahahaha Joyce umandiseketsa hahahaha. Okay is that so?

  33. goipo says:

    She is waiting for orders from azungu advising her to return home. Mwamuiwala joice?

  34. Think Tank says:

    Peter was on self-exile for 40 years in America. He only came back after referendum. He can not say why he self-exiled himself since he was and still is a nonentity in Malawian politics. His ascendancy to presidency was well orchastrated by his elder brother who wanted a shield against his cashgate activities. He,after realising what his brother had done and also got entangled in it, saw the importance of NOT letting the seat go to someone else. After failing in 2012 to become a president,he and fellow cashgaters made sure the win 2014 elections by hook or crook! JB is paying the price for not acting on the rot fast enough.

  35. Nalimata says:

    She is waiting for azungu to tell her to return home.

  36. Witch hunters says:

    That is why DPP is hunting you down for exposing their K577 billion cashgate not K92.
    Akwiya, akuti mwaayalutsa kkkkkk

  37. stephen chavula says:

    Come home and testify mama

  38. Namulondola says:

    Chondikhudza ine mayiye ndichokuti chigumula cha madzi chinatikwapula kumudzi Kuno Koma inu osabwera kuzatikhazika munangoposita makobiri okha. Chisoni chanu Chija China pita kuti ? Mavoti tinakuninkhani àja kodi tinangotaya ? Chibale chatha tsopano?

  39. Rich nduna says:

    Koma imran sadick..i dnt knw anamuombera phwiyo

  40. The real Ujeni says:

    Enanu mwakhuta nthunbwana ndi kulezera basi kumatisokosa kuti JB is in exile, do you know what exile means dunderheads’? You go to South Africa to work as garden boys for over 5 years and nobody says you are in exile. Dull people of Malawi.

  41. Chief Cadet says:

    We love you Amayi bwerani sakumangani ayi, pano mitembo akuti tisizilipira kuchipatala no drags, no maize, no salary, Mayo ine vote yanga

  42. Bwereran pa nyumba mamma ….!// kwanu ndi kwanu .

  43. thinktankmalawi says:

    This woman sucks…..you are in self exile madam…coming as close as RSA but can’t set foot on Malawi…Hahaha. .That’s exile

  44. pasipanadya says:

    Dziko ndi anthu ake

  45. Maam says:

    Do a sensible thing thing Ma’am, stay where u are. Do not come here. We can sense hatred for u and we don’t want anything yo happen to you. Use wisdom. Let people say whatever they want to say. You are safe there. If they have weakened your security that says alot. Thanks for being brave about cashgate now we know about. 577. They have tried to implicate you in so many things but they cannot find a way. Do not hurry to come back, take your time and wherever you are also be careful of who u associate with. They have money and can do whatever. Above all please as you are praying, remember our nation too.

  46. Phwado says:

    Whether you like it or not it is self exile Madam.Even Bakili Buluzi was also in self exile.He was running away from K1.7billion case he stole.You are also running away from cashgate.And deep down your heart you know it is true.

  47. cheyo the real northerner says:

    You were also involved. God is slapping you but you doesn’t know. Zako izo. You received cars from Lutepo for your party when you knew that he was stealing from government. Don’t cheat Malawians that you were the one who discovered cashgate
    . Cashgate came into revelation because of a police officer Kamkwala Chilinda, who arrested a maid who stole millions of kwachas from one of the cashgaters.

  48. POLICE BELL ndiyawulele says:

    Mai inu sizikukukhuzani koma anzanuwa. Report lanu mai linatuluka mosavuta maina anadziwika, ndipo dzina lanu panalibepo. Kwa munthu wachilungamo akudziwa kuti inu ndiamene munapangitsa kuti cash gate iwululike bwino. Inu simunayipondereze nkhani ya cash gate munalora kuti ituluke, simunawapondereze ofufuza mpaka munayitanitsa akadawulo ofufuza akunja. Anthu achipani chanu anagwidwa inu simunawateteze munalola chilungamo chigwile ntchito. Ngati kuli munthu yemwe amalawi oganiza bwino anayenera kumuyamika ndiye ndinuyo. A DPP akukanika kutulutsa report la cash gate ya 92billion lokhara ndi mayina. Akuti papite kaye miyezi 10 ndiye azatiwonetse bwino mayina, koma inu zinatenga miyezi yochepa chabe report lonse mix mayina mbwee.

  49. munyalika says:

    we love u mama sinyasi tikuziwone lero salary mpakana sitinalandire

  50. Khuth'upa o'Machemba says:

    …she’s always and forever grateful to the Azungu, for something! Even for colonizing us, I guess.

  51. Kadakwiza says:

    Mayi Joyce Banda the destroyer of cash gate. We really miss her.

  52. mtumbuka1 says:

    Everyone has to equally belong to Malawi (correction)

  53. kesterchipala says:

    Let the mother rest please,she is good mother and good leader.

  54. Bob says:

    Just come back lady

  55. opportunist says:

    I love u mama.God should continue blessing u.

  56. mfumusinyasa says:

    Nde dzibweranitu akuka. Nanga kulankhula ku ma meeting kumafunika kuti mudzichokera kunja?

  57. mtumbuka1 says:

    Malawi does not belong to mutharika,dpp or lomwe people only it’s for all Malawians so everyone has to equally to Malawi and no Malawian is more Malawian than the other so jb feel free to come when you are done with your global engagements. Pathako pino alomwe mose mxii.

  58. drogba says:

    blah blah blah

  59. Anawombera Phwiyo ine nditowaziwa
    kkkkkkkkkkkkk

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