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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MBACHI
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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.

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

Rift valley
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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.
Truth Recognizes Truth
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Truth Recognizes Truth

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

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

Namagetu
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The Mutharikas are evil thieves

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

hahahahaha
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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… Read more »
Majid Aboobakar
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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!

Mwama Du
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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.

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