Joyce Banda ‘definitely’ returning to Malawi this Oct: Mutharika assures no persecution

People’s Party (PP) has maintained that former president and its party founder as well as leader Joyce Banda will “definitely” return home this month from abroad, where she had been operating from and President Peter Mutharika has since said she is a free woman to come back home.

Political foes: Joyce Banda and Peter Mutharika

Political foes: Joyce Banda and Peter Mutharika

Banda has been out of the country on private engagements since June 29, 2014 when she left for the United States of America (US).

PP publicity secretary and also acting director of administration, Ken Msonda, has said all is set for Banda’s return this month.

However, PP is keeping in wraps the actual day of her arrival.

“Mind you she is not an ordinary person, she is a former head of state,” Msonda said.

Msonda said the party will announce the date soon, insisting it will be this month of October.

Meanwhile, President Mutharika has said Banda is free to return home and will not face persecution as it has widely been feared

According to Mutharika, his administration is not interested in persecuting individuals or political opponents.

“I think the time has come in Africa where we have got to stop the scenario of a new president always persecuting the previous president.  It is not a crime to be president, so that has got to stop and I am the one to stop that,” said Mutharika on Voice of America.

In May this year, retired chief justice Richard Banda wrote foreign missions and development partners in the country, asking them to intervene in “repeated political harassment and persecution” of his wife, JB, by the Mutharika administration.

In a letter dated May 13 2015, the former chief justice said the family is convinced that “the many unsubstantiated accusations and allegations” could be a precursor to much more sinister motives.

The Mutharika regime has made attempts to link Banda to the cashgate corruption scandal with a minister Kondwani Nankhumwa claiming he has CCTV footage presented to Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) that implicates the former president. But it has since turned out that the claims was mere fallacy and propaganda.

“Joyce Banda is free woman and a person drunk with wine or whiskey cannot just wake up to go an arrest an innocent person like me or Joyce Banda,” said PP spokesman Msonda.

In an interview with VOA, Mutharika said: “All I have said is that nobody in Malawi is above the law.  And that is if there is anybody involved in Cashgate [corruption] it doesn’t depend on whoever it is he is going to be tried according to the law.  I swore to uphold the law and the constitution of Malawi and that is going to be the case.”

Mutharika also said he cannot continue to extend a message of goodwill to his predecessor.

“I extended this olive branch, [but] I cannot go on to beg somebody to work with me if she doesn’t want to, and she doesn’t. … We are making progress, and to me that is what matters rather than individuals” Mutharika said.

Some of the former president’s major engagements include meeting former United States president Bill Clinton at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) in Morocco on May 5 and receiving of her doctorate degree on May 15.

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63 thoughts on “Joyce Banda ‘definitely’ returning to Malawi this Oct: Mutharika assures no persecution”

  1. MaKopa says:

    Somthings strange but true she is afraid, political drama in Malawi.

  2. Mashamase says:

    Come 2019 mbwe wafikaso Joyce Banda , sono kwasuzga

  3. KJTELL says:

    mama watch out,remember,when the dog shows you teeth,what does it mean.Life is lived ones,do not dare to come.

  4. Pepe says:

    East , west, home is best. Come back to face the longest arm of law.The long arm of law is just salivating for your neck mama. I know all your dinyero is gone and you dont have any other option but to come home. Muthengo mudalaka nkhanga.lero nkhanga zikucheza ndi nguku. Bwerani. Its better you come for your 15 year imprisonment and save it then you will be a free mama even in the kingdom of God.All the midnight six are here for you. Mai muli mumtengo ndipo tsikani chifukwa nthawi yakwana kuti mwana wa munthu anzunzike khaya ndi wolakwa kapena wasalakwa.

  5. enipher chirwa says:

    Ama we miss you want you come back home umasiye wa mayi ndi opweteka kwambiri wasiyana ndi wa bamboo wishing you a nice trip as you are preparing to come back home
    we love you mum JB

  6. bwera mama ndarama zathu munaba zija tikuzifuna ababa akusowa poyambira

  7. Come home Mai and iron out all the mess that surround your name.

  8. kanthumako says:

    tiyeni tizikamba fundo osati kutukwanana ai

  9. Happy Eduardo says:

    Inu Achemwali kulibe mukumutukwaniranji president. Mwapindulanji potukwana? Mulandile Yesu akhale Ambuye wamoyo wanu. We are living in evil days where if you don’t have Christ palibe chabwino. Yesu badly needs you so that he can correct your bad mouth. Amen.

  10. bwerani mama ngolo ija tonde yamukanika ndikuzutsa komwe bwerani mwina nkuzasuntha munalekera paja????

  11. maphwevuphwevu says:

    JB come here to face the following offenses:
    1. to give explanation on the sales of government jet.
    2. naming who shot Mphwiyo in court as you said.
    3. explain why you started cashgate, cash was found all over, in car boot, roof in your time.
    4.to taste life in prison at LUMBAZI PRISON.
    5.to taste house arrest until 2019.
    6.for you to chart with members of mid night 6.
    If you want to keep enjoying your soseji then dont dare to come to Malawi. You will regret on the same day of your arrival because cashgate cases will start on the same day. Peter Manondo’s cases will commence. Watch out. Life is what you make.

  12. Captain Mediocrity says:

    Another sign of the inability to go looking for information such as reports referred to by Nyasatimes. The 577 billion which is wrongly assumed to be the DPP’s cashgate is actually partly DPP’s only IN SO FAR AS ABOUT 140 BILLION IS CONCERNED, FROM 2009-2012, WHILE THE BULK OF THE 577 BILLION ACTUALLY IS FROM 2012 -2014.

    SHOCKING I KNOW!!!! but read, it isn’t illegal yet to read and analyse.

  13. Wadyera says:

    Kodi ngati America inasankha Obama wa ku Africa ku Kenya kuli bwanji APM wa pa Thyolo mMalawi, Mlomwe. Ndiye utchona ndi bvuto ngati pokhapokha mundiuze kuti onse amene mwakhala kunja dziko la eni kumagwira ntchito (Matchona) Ndi zitsiru. Ndiye kuti APMnso akhala Chitsiru. APM ndi Mmalawi ndipo ali oyenera kutsogolera dzilo la Malawi monga wina aliyense.

  14. Nankununkha sadzimva says:

    Prosecution and persecution are different. It may be correct that Joyce Banda won’t be persecuted but can be prosecuted. For example, if the state may want her to explain where and how the proceeds from the sale of the jet were used just among other financial scandals that happened under watch.

  15. wilson Timvere says:

    Its about time

  16. Clement says:

    @tiri. I would love to know one another then its when you will realize that Clement is not a bootlicker like you dunderhead. I know things not working out by your side and you are one of sympathizers of that bulshit woman. Just wait and follow the game. If cashgate was brain child of DPP why didn’t your fucken Joyce arrest the culprits?? You must very stupid with your Joyce.

  17. Bongololo says:

    If Joyce Banda had a hand in cash-gate, she needs to face the full and unfettered wrath of the law! Nobody should be above the law.

  18. Believe me,if Peter is what he has shown to be,he will totcher the former President

  19. chemwali kulibe says:

    amalawi wopusa wokakamila chimtchona , chinkhalamba chopanda mano, chimfiti, chobera mavoti, za ziiiiiii, chopanda nzeru.The only proffessor on earth who is very dull.He has spoiled this country within 1 year of his rule.Even their supporters arw very stupid kuwombera mfiti mmanja.Who is the masterminder of cash gate in Malawi-DPP.577 billion. cashgate by the stupid party.Chipani cha alomwe.Fotseki zanu nonse.We have had enough of this dull leader without vision.kutenga ma supporter more than 100 kuwononga matax athu mbuzi.

  20. Fanny says:

    Chimenecho ndiye chamba cheni cheni.Will not be what????????

  21. naperi says:

    She must be made to account for the massive looting during her tenure and also as a witness to Kasambaras trial since she knew who shot Mphwiyo.

  22. Vowola Mutole says:

    Lifted off the wall of Malawi Gossip News Enjoy:

    Facebook
    Malawi Breaking News and Gossip
    25 September at 07:37 ·

    Koma PRESIDENT MUTHARIKA PENA AMAYANKHA MAFUNSO NGATI OPANDA NZERU AMWENE!!

    FUNSO NUMBER 1 (CNN REPORTER): President Mutharika, manultrition and child mortality are some of the big challenges your country faces despite doing well in the Millenium Development Goals, what strategies has your Govt put in place to ensure to address these problems?

    President Mutharika: Yeah thats right. These r big problems indeed. My Govt is putting measures in place to attract capital into the country. The capital will create jobs

    FUNSO 2 (ABC): Mr. President, what sector has your Government prioritized to attract Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Yanko la APM: Malawi has many infrastructure challenges. my Govt is constructing several roads like Jenda Edingeni, Bangula Thekerani to ease mobility.

    Hehehe a President athu koma

  23. Mlomwe says:

    AMAYI TIPULUMUSENI M’MANJA A MFITIYU AMALAWI TIKUVUTIKA NGATI NTHAWI YA BINGU.ALOMWE KUTAMBA!HI HI HI HI HI

  24. Elias Nali says:

    never ever will she be persecuted, but prosecuted if connected to Cash gate.

  25. Tiri says:

    Iwe ukuti ndiwe clement we machende ako. Law into your hands , who r u , a flea bitten tramp. Dont you know cashgate is a brain child of dpp? A dunderhead , dont you reflect back ? Beach

  26. madiru mhango says:

    A Clement, the president talked about not persecuting Banda but reaffirmed that prosecution would be a probability if she committed a crime. But I wonder how up to now the president doesn’t know lf she is accused of any crime in Malawi.

  27. I mean banda says:

    aha the president is an ordinary person

  28. George phiri says:

    Amama akuthawa eti????

  29. Please,BAKHA,bring here the presidential jet when coming back! You left this country indisare!The first cell to be locked is here at PE-Police cell#1 where Prof.Ruwaniwa was previously.Remember to bring your scurf otherwise you wanna sleep on SHAMBA!

  30. Kaligondo says:

    Bola amaiwa analiko bwino osati mkangowu utiyoyola ndi njala ndithu

  31. KODI MZIMAYI UYU SAMATI UKU WALOWERA UKU WALOWERA PANO BWANJI WATOPAKO?AMATI APANGA ZIMENEZO MPAKA LITI, SONO IWE PETER UKUTI MZIMAYIYI SAMANGIDWA KAMBA CHANI?WATOKUGAIRAA KAPENA MAKOBILI A CASHGATE WO ETI KAPENA MWA CANSULANA NDI AKO WATAPA WEEK YATHAYI WAKASIYA KU AMERICA ETI UKATERO UZITI NDILI NDI MAKOBILI KU MA ACCOUNT AKU NJA INE NDINE KHUMUCHA INE, MBAVA ZOKHA ZOKHA ZIKUZIWANA ZAYAMBA KUTETEZANA ZISANAFUNSIDWE PA KUNYA PANU !

  32. Spectator. says:

    Mai wakulozani mdani kuti mubwere kuno plz plz you are much much better to stay out of MW jurisdiction ndibwerenzanso musabwere ngati mumaukonda moyo wanu musabwere chonde. Amangawa akufuna mubwere nsanga ndipo akudikira mutafika msanga.

  33. Mama bwelani kuno ndi kwanu mwachita ma kitchen top up mokwanila. Muzatiuze za jet! Muzabwelezenso mawu aja oti amene amaba nkumagawila anzake ali ndi mlandu koma wogawilidwa alibe mlandu. Muzatiuzenso za awo anawombela mphwiyo my brother chifukwa nkutheka kasambala ndi azinzake angowanamizila. Mai fikani muzamve momwe Lutepo anakulililani mukhoti akunena kuti munkamugwiritsa ntchito pa ndalama za cashgate koma munamukana. Mai ukakwela mumtengo uli munthu wamayi anthu nkumakuwombela manja dziwa kuti andiloko salibwino kapena kachibaphi kasuzila pambali

    1. Wozitsata says:

      All of you mentioning about JB accounting for proceeds of the second jet , let me remind you one the DPP campaign messages. It used to say and I quote ” a Malawi negative mukufuna kudziwa za ndalama za ndege yang votelani DPP” end of quote, now the DPP is well into the 2 new year of its administration so why are they failing to keep this campaign promise? Since they are in government they have access to all the information regarding the sale of the jet so why are failing to release the information?

  34. She must face the music!!

  35. levelheaded says:

    If she is innocent why all this defence from nsonda and Richard banda. Amwen munthu ukakhala ulibe mulandu sikukoma kwake dzikoli. Chewuchewu mupangayo kusonyeza kuti Mayi wanuyo akudzafikira kulowa. Chomwe chimandidabwitsa jb ndichakuti amakhala ngati amapelewera maganizo. Akubwera piano pamene milandu yambiri ili Ku mapeto, sakudziwa kuti she may even appear in court only twice then convicted. Ndipo sadzalimba adzangofikira sentencing basi. Adakayenera kukhala Kaye kenaka kumapita panopa. Nawonso abambowo ati kupempha azungu kuti alowelere. Kkkkkkkkkkk, kodi ndi banks lonse mumangodalira azungu basi.

  36. Angoni wa Angoni says:

    kkkkkkkk amanganja inu, avwivwi agwilila nkoze kulimbana ndi MAMA JB? muwuzane nonse kuti ndinu zitsilu!! machende anu chaka chonse ndithu.

  37. Truck says:

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  38. No Retreat No Surrender says:

    Bwelani amayi… Timange zimenezii.. #cell51

  39. mike Mumba says:

    Welcome home mama don’t mind the backing dogs.You did a good job to expose what others could not.May God bless you and keep you.

  40. griffin says:

    jb pitala and the crew knowz the reality apakwawo ndi mizu ya kachele amakumana pansi ,mumadziwa ndale inu ,kukoma kwa ndalama ya ndale mudakulawa,mudzifunsa ife matako andale tidawaona,both are thieves and crooks,we need changed nation

  41. Wa Nzeru Wa Kummawa says:

    So the lady is afraid of persecution! Well APM has rightly assured her there will be no persecution. But one thing for sure there will be prosecution.
    Therefore she can happily come back home since she was only afraid of the former.

  42. emmah says:

    Zoona ndi zakuti,mbava yayikaziyi yasaukitsa Dziko imangidwe pamodzi ndi matenda akewa Msonda

  43. chilewe says:

    Zibwerani mai wathu.

  44. Stampycious says:

    Leave mama JB alone, why cant u talk of K577 billion dat was looted by Peter’s late brother, Bingu. Mukungoti ng’we ng’we ng’we ng’we za amayi bwanji?? Go to hell all of u who hate JB

  45. Benson T Phiri says:

    come back there is nobody who will interfere you we here for you. apo ndiye zizakhala zikwanje timakunyadirani 2019 BOMAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

  46. Jimbo says:

    JB has said several times that she is returning to Malawi. We will believe it when it happens.

  47. Jimbo says:

    ‘No one in Malawi is above the law’ (quote APM). So what about himself? Before the 2014 elections he was facing a treason charge. What happened to that?

  48. Zonzox says:

    Abwere basi maumboni anaperekedwa kale zaiye. Usipa ukutha pano tikudikira the big FISH. Mutharika sangamange BJ, koma malamulo adzamanga JB.

  49. Bwerani mayi palibe kuopa apa. Ngolo ija munasiyira ng’ombe yayimuna koma aaaaaa yanjuta ikukanika kukoka ngolo yopanda katundu.

  50. che msumbo in rsa says:

    577billion ndiye mlandu woyamba pa chitsilu chi pitala wachiwili robert chasowa wachitatu jauju if u try tu arrest joice mark my words u will see malawi burning ukuwonangati uli kwa america eti ulindichitetezo iwe ukayang’a around ur body

  51. Pat says:

    Yea, no persecution but prosecution is awaiting mama. Mwangozichedwetsatu pano bwezi mutagwirako chaka chimodzi kutatsala 13.

  52. Mulhomwe Wankulu says:

    No 2, Dzina lako wati ndiwe Clement. You must be very stupid!! Wayiwala kale kuti Mayi ako anagwidwa m’bafa ndi N’nyamata wantchito wakwanu uja? And for your information, Bambo ako poyamba ankakukana iweyo amati simwana wake kamba ka uhule wa Mayi ako. Ndipo inenso ndinatsala pang’onong’ono akanaiphyotola yangayi koma ndinaopa makwina kamba kamakwinya too much nde sakanandikomela anta. Ndiwe opusa kwambiri ndipo ufufuze mbiri ya Mayi wako komwe wachokela, Galu iwe. Ndani amene sakudziwa za uhule wa Mayi wako patauni pano? I didn’t want to divulge your Mother’s mbiri but since you’ve provoked the situation thus why i’ve been compelled to do so. If you need more about ur Mother’s mbiri don’t hesitate just find me i’ll tell you more bola usazatulutse misonzi Mbuzi iwe.

  53. Zondi says:

    Go home, madam. Do not fear your own shadow

  54. Patrick Phiri says:

    I can assure you, JB is not coming. Akudziwa chimene analakwa. Akuthawa chimenecho. In addition, the DPP sympathizers will not let her enjoy life.

  55. kumangoni says:

    Uyamukelwa

  56. amphalasa nyanianthu says:

    Mpakana kusiya banja kwa chaka cha thunthu?

  57. SADRIDO says:

    Come back Madam, mchona wishes all 17m people dead. He doesn’t care about us here.

  58. Mtondoli Jonazi says:

    Did I hear that right? ‘PERSECUTION’ or ‘PROSECUTION’?? Well, if not the former, then I am sure the latter. Why has she been away so long? Running away from something like PROSECUTION perhaps???

    I hope she has more answers to cash-gate than any of the minions netted so far. If not guilty, let the world know and judge!!!

  59. frank says:

    mayi bwelani dziko silibwino zinthu zikukwera mitengo kusiyana mu nthawi yanu.

  60. Clement says:

    What? No prosecution? Why not prosecute this prostitute? DPP! Are you happy with what she have been doing? Failing to prosecute this idiot am telling you DPP, I will take laws into my hands and I will sacrifice my life because of this bulshit lady. I am not a bootlicker but it pains me alot for insults she did to the party DPP. She must bring presidential jet when coming za ugalu ai. She is the main culprits of this economic problems though I am not facing those challenges but I feel sorry to poor citizens.

    1. segerege says:

      before you meet her, you will meet us her defenders idiot! a prostitute is your mum and you know why am saying so. Ana ophunzilira ndalama za kachasu.

  61. defender says:

    akabwera kuno and a ACB ndikum’manga wina azayelekeze kunena kuti ndi DPP!, Muthalika Akubwenzera Za Treason! Aliyense Akukhuzidwa Ndi Cashgate Azengedwa Mlandu Basi. Choncho Tavana Zimenezo

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