Joyce Banda scoffs at Mutharika’s murder accusations: Political vandetta

Former president Joyce Banda, who returns to Malawi this month after being outside the country since she lost the May 20 2014 elections, has said Peter Mutharika’s administration are plotting against her citing the attempt to implicate her in an alleged assassination plot and the Cashgate scandal.

Joyce Banda...facing political witchhunt

Joyce Banda…facing political witchhunt

Banda said there is a political vendetta against her with the Mutharika government trumping up charges one after another preparing her persecution when she returns home.

Assassination claims

In an interview published by UK’s The Guardian newspaper, Banda cited the allegations that she ordered the assassination of Peter Mutharika when he was suspected of plotting a coup to prevent her from taking power when his brother late Bingu wa Mutharika had died of cardiac arrest in April 2012.

“I am being accused of murder—that I wanted to murder this President the time he was refusing to give up power to allow me take office,” Banda said in an interview which was conducted inSouth Africa with The Guardian’s Africa correspondent David Smith.

“It came from his mouth that the former president sent doctors to come and inject him the day he was kept at the police [station]. That is the one [accusation] that is more current and serious now, but I don’t care even about that because it’s not possible,” the UK newspaper quoted Malawi former president.

President Mutharika recently told a ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) rally—commemorating the first anniversary of his arrest alongside several Cabinet colleagues—that government has evidence of an alleged attempt on his life while he was in police custody.

President Mutharika said he signed an affidavit with Inspector General of Police on the matter which he said will be produced at “an appropriate time”.

And Nyasa Times reported last week that Malawi Police has opened investigations into allegations that doctors were sent to examine and treat President Mutharika, then an opposition leader, when he was locked up at Lumbadzi Police Cell in Lilongwe.

The DPP leader claimed the doctors services were not sought and claims fake doctors sent to poison poison him while incarcerated at Lumbadzi Police Station.

Banda’s administration arrested Mutharika and then Cabinet colleagues Patricia Kaliati, Henry Mussa, Goodall Gondwe, Kondwani Nankhumwa, Symon Vuwa Kaunda, Nicholas Dausi and former chief secretary to the government Bright Msaka on treason charges.

Meanwhile, government is also claiming former president Bingu wa Mutharika was killed, saying a fresh inqurity should be established pinning at Banda to face charges despite  clear medical report that Bing died of  cardiac arrest. Banda has not commened on the most recent accusations.

Cashgate and K92bn inaction

In The Guardian interview, 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.

Banda said she asked the British government to fund a forensic audit, made publicly available online, that revealed 13bn kwacha (£19m) was stolen in three months during her administration. She also launched an investigation into Bingu’s last three years as president that uncovered the theft of a staggering K92bn (£135m).

“The tragedy is that the former president was alerted, just like I was, and didn’t take action,” she said. “That is the difference. Therefore, I shall always be proud of what I have done, regardless of what you journalists or anybody can say.”

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

Banda added: “The donors have been very clear: ‘We will come back but conduct a forensic audit into the K92bn, we want to know who stole this money.’ At the end of the day it is not the donors that have to be blamed. It is us as Malawians: we are not listening to what the donors want us to do. It is my opinion that that should happen, that the forensic audit should be conducted into the K92bn so we know where that money went.”

The former president maintained that she was warned that a crusade against corruption would ruffle feathers and make enemies, but she was determined to stay the course.

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56 thoughts on “Joyce Banda scoffs at Mutharika’s murder accusations: Political vandetta”

  1. Christian life says:

    So who gona tell the full story about the 92 billion? My understanding is the 2year was enough to commission the 92 billion and atleast to start following up the leads but alas! Nothing except that the British refused to investigate due to your inncosistences. In my opinion the 92 billion investigation stalled because you knew something as a vice president then but you chose to remain quiet. Could you have been trying to hide something madam. Please come back home and explain even the 92 billion. You tell that in court so that it gets recorded as evidence. Your friend lutepo just did the same but the media is not the right fora I spose. Often times the media will fool you thinking you have a point and yet you are just preemptying your valuable evidence in public and come the day you need to defend yourself you will have said no news. Then you look stupid in the eyes of your enemy DPP. I can asure you now you have two enemies only but soon might be more tha DPP and Cardiac arrest that killed your friend Bingu. The public is another.

  2. wamasomphenya says:

    Ine chipukupuku cha pulezidenti chi pitalavmuthalika chimandiyipilaaa pamodzi ndi mbuzi zonse za mano kunsi za dpp zimandiyipila chifukwa mzakubaaa

  3. Nit Wa Sambakunsi says:

    It is normally good if one knows nothing to remain silent rather than talking like you are clever.those living outside know nothing about malawi.remain silent for ur own good.

  4. Henderson Tepeka says:

    No what pipo think dont politicize everything Dpp should start the 92bn in the muthalika regime then next why they hid it?

  5. Watereka says:

    Nankhuma has no substance in his upstairs leave abiti alone to rest disgracefully after her loss last may

  6. namarokoro says:

    All the people responding to this article at odd hours (Malawian time) are all leaving in America. They have no clue what is happening here at home. We at home we are waiting for our dear mother JB to come back home and tell us what she knows about the CashGate. We also need her to come home and tell us what happened to the $95m that was allegedly misused during Bingu’s time when she was a vice-President. She is the only living evidence we have and she is denying us an opportunity to hear what actually happened with her missing in action. Please come back home!!Maybe if we have a Women Forum in Malawi you will come and be on the panel. We will think about it Mayi

  7. Dube says:

    Kkkkk

  8. Wafa basi!!! says:

    Zanu ixo….

  9. apundi says says:

    kkkkk Nankumwa usatiseketse, simulimva kukoma dziko. Mukuona ngati akukwezani Pitalayo. angokuchotsanipo ntchito

  10. Nintiri says:

    Hahahaha…dziko lawakanika kuyendetsa a DPP,fuel has gone up again everything’s going up inflation is at its worst pple dont have money and business are not moving our tax money is being used to pay for crooks loans they are failing to pay msb yet they have properties and fixed assets that the banks can reposes but to divert their failures the dpp govt angoti JB ichi JB ichi u cant fool pple all the time tachangamuka pano!

  11. Peter Mathanyula says:

    Koma nakhumwa za ziiiii

  12. Charombanthu says:

    You cannot divert our attention from the numerous hardships Malawi is facing at present. Bingu died when you guys were very close to him – in fact, Nankumwa and company were the closest to Bingu at the time of his death and therefore you cannot shift the blame to someone else. You were in government and you conducted press conferences lying to the nation on the condition of the president then. You even arranged for his body to be flown to RSA “for medical attention”. JB was nowhere close to you guys at that time despite being the VP. Now you want to blame her for Bingu’s death – shame on you. We are watching… You have exactly 4 years to go and it looks like all you have done for the last 12 months is try to divert our attention from your core role of running government.

  13. Wapakasungu Mwana. says:

    To me as one, the death of the mentioned fool was a ransom to us Malawians ..Whether he died of human hand or natural death we never mind! what we mind is that we were in darkness but light came in JBs gvnt. This false flag against JB will not work or change anything or bring back the fallen fool to life.JB is innocent. DPP gvnt is now blaming its own tools due to lack of vision, .. just taking the gvnt from blues will result in ZIMENEZI – tchito kuweruza ena basi .. chitukuko gooo!We need a working gvnt, not witch-hunters ..

  14. chalera M. says:

    Inu khalani busy ndi zinthu zomwe anthu tinakusankhilani nthawi yomwe mumapanga campaign mfundo imene mukunena apai panalibe ndiye lero mwazitenga kuti?muyaluka nazo izi

  15. Chris luka says:

    Mukudziwana ngati zafika pamenepa ayi tiyeni nazoni poti utsi sufuka popanda moto

  16. yotam nkozomba says:

    Anankhumwa mukufuna mukome? Mwasala ndi ndale za chikale.nthawi yonsei munali kuti? Musawasokoneze a peter si mbuli ngati inu.

  17. Joseph Msumba-Bolero says:

    if you want ka small Boko Haram,mmangeni JB

  18. VINKA says:

    JB THE GREAT IF YOU THINK AM JOKING TOUCH HER YOU WILL SEE MALAWI BURNING NDI MCP AGANYU OMWE AZAYILOWA ODI UKO AMAYI ADUSEEEEEE

  19. Andy moses says:

    Malawi need God than ever i dont see the future of our nation help us God.

  20. Yollam Nyirenda says:

    Kodi paja a Nankhumwa ndi aja anatenga certificate ya mwini? Shame on u!

  21. smith says:

    Stupid and irresponsible statements from stupid and dull boys in the presence of stupid elders who agree with stupid assertions. Hawke ‘s report mukayawona Tate???

  22. kwinani says:

    dzitsiru za anthu leave JB alon we love her

  23. leford kaponda says:

    malawi

  24. Chifira says:

    Don’t you dare touch Jb. Malawi will be on fire!!!!!

  25. Hestings says:

    Ndati asiyeni amayi athu timawanyasira ife!

  26. DPP has failed this nation!
    Boma lakuba limavuta kuyendetsa.
    Please resign before you die Mr. NANKHUMWA AKA OSOKONEZA MBUZI YA MUNTHU.

  27. chejali says:

    Kkkkkkk ndale zakumalawi Kaya yhawe yatsani malawi sikuvaaa

  28. Nadhaf says:

    Ngati kuli kupha a bingo ndiyetu ndi the midnight ajatu. Adaliuza dziko zambiri, a daniel phiri ali ku RSA kuchipatala,aku akutulutsa ka chizungu “inkapasitetedi” sadalitu amayi Banda,a Cheya,nokha munkasintha chichewa mukunyadira “wafa,peter atenge udindo” kkkk zayamba kuthina tsopano? A nankhumwa mwadya mfulumira wayeni. Dzanu izo!

  29. peace says:

    Kasi mwawanthu,uyo wakate Bingu wazamufwa yaye ninjaaa,evry1 wll die @ his or her own time,just thnk God tht he died @ 78,others r dying @ dy 1, mukumuopa JB eti,leave mamie alone

  30. mohamed says:

    Pls don’t try to arrest amayi other wise U will end up spending millions for compansation hence U will never win the case,and the tax money will be used instead of fixind the mortually and buying medicine for the people

  31. north says:

    This wil b worse than 20 july.

  32. Innocentmasamba says:

    Mukavakuti zawalaka zimakhala ngat izi.AMALAWI tidavakuti Achikulile adwala ndipo apita nawo ku south africa later on amwalira koma zoti aphedwa sitidave.funso kodi adawapha mnjila yanji?nanga ngati ndi matsenga?poti malamulo amati kulibe wufiti mutiwuza kuti chiyani pamenepa?

  33. Novirhikana Kovahiwa says:

    Kodi mmesa paja amati she will come back on 10th May, ndiye kuti mwina mayowa ndege yawathawa eti?
    Narutah!

  34. Thuso says:

    APM tell ur Cabinet don’t start witch craft story and u hiding the tax money those u pay loans for ur crooks at MSB , stop making fire for urself God does take ur story ,first time Bingu’s wife she said her husband plan to hav meeting with lady minister while she was send away he had privacy she acused mister of killing Bingu now u said is JB and BM we following u

  35. ADE says:

    CAN KONDWANI THE CHUBBY BOY TELL US HOW BINGU CAME TO BE CALLED DANIEL PHIRI? YOU NOW TELL US THAT HE DIED IN OFFICE WHILE HAVING A MEETING? WHAT ABOUT THAT MIDNIGHT PRESS BRIEFING WHICH DPP OFFICIALS INDICATED THAT THE PRESIDENT WAS RECEIVING TREATMENT IN RSA?

  36. hk says:

    Try and arrest mama Joyce Banda and see how we will burn Malawi. We will petrol bomb anything that belongs to dpp and mathanyula mutharika. Malawi will be ungovernable if you will try this useless witch-hunt on Joyce Banda.

  37. manthepa says:

    peter timakuyamikirani koma zimene mwayambazo mukungofuna kumawononga chuma chadziko

  38. Masked 5 says:

    Zopusa basi a peter ngati ndi ndale ndie kayatu

  39. CHEKUCHEKU says:

    Bwelani Mayi Palibe Akukusakani. Musanamizile Apa Ingobwelani. Jb U Know Why U Are Hiding Not These Baseless Reasons. Mmesa Mmati Mukubwela Kodi? Abale Anu Simunawasowe? Mukapanda Kubwera Tiitana Boko Haram Ikusakeni Kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk

  40. opportunist says:

    JB 4 life .I love u mama.

  41. Kapalanaka says:

    This is the problem of electing same people from the same family. Instead of developing the country, they think of revenge. Mr president remember what you said during inaugration period that you will have no time for revenge but development. Do things as if you are a professor by profession and in law for that matter. What you are doing ndi za umbuli zokazoka. Leave our former president alone.

  42. Unbelievable! says:

    Bwerani mama mwina nonunso NKULEMBA KHOMA LA NDENDE ngati adachitira baby seater. Kodi ma CCTV a ku state house anatchula Nankhumwa ali kuti? Osatiputsitsa ife a Malawi. One day you will regret when we are on the streets. Watch out Nankhumwa! This is MALAWI. Inunso olemba manyuzi, why are you not taking him to task? Poti anali ntola nkhani nzanu?

  43. ujeni says:

    Touch not JB. Whoever touch her, expect Malawi and the global world eg the US, UK to come hard on Malawi politicians. This is a risk not taking. Joyce Banda we love you mama. You left us on fire because of only 32% of the population. Us the 68% percent will always support you.

  44. Tiyeninazo says:

    Khwethemu,aaaa munthu opanda nzeru iwe amayi adzayankhe basi ku opposition Kuwawa .amayi any Ali ndi mamvu pa mutu kkkkk

  45. By choosing to be a “runaway soldier” MAMA you have shown your high level of cowardice
    As a leader you should be bold enough and ready to face whatever thrown on your way[ there’s a saying that goes if you can’t kill/lie/steal stay out of the politics]
    be it political vendetta or not,one thing I know for sure you cannot hide forever
    come home Mama` Gwengwe and Uladi Mussa misses you

  46. Jihadi John says:

    If indeed JB ordered the death of Bingu, then God bless her. She did all what Malawians were praying for. Saving the country from Bingu and dispatching him to hell passes as an honorable thing to do.

  47. James says:

    U pipo u r not gud at all , tell anyone who will leave ths seat HE/SHE will arest & thuswhy Malawi is going down instead going up . Shame if u r tired with u r president jst stay without president so that we can see how govt will go.

  48. Says the truth to shame Devil says:

    Welcome home mama. God knows what will happen. The devil will be ashamed.

  49. phwiyonaire says:

    Mbuzi za DPP, mukufuna mayi apeze morale za ziii! Tamusiyeni munthu apume, mwina tingamuyiwale. Nkhani izi simungawine, mutayapo nthawi, misonkho yathu, pamapeto ake muwonekera utsilu.

  50. chinyotho says:

    Am regretting voting for DPP and I had a chance to vote again I would vote wisely. You made me believe this woman is evil but am now thinking otherwise. Your bitterness towards her was heavy and you used each and every means to turnish her image. We voted for you but still you have scores to settle with her? Shame on you . I demand my vote back. She.is only a woman remember.

  51. Vakhaliwe says:

    It’s unfortunate that Malawians will be poor forever…..

  52. MAKWASA says:

    Koma munthu wa mayi ndiye mwalimbana naye

  53. Chikopa says:

    We knew who stole 13bn even before audit was conducted by british auditor tell us who was envolved in 92bn madam

  54. Khwethemu says:

    Zitsiru za DPP. Kungofuna kuwononga ndalama zathu za msonkho ndi nkhani zoti simungawine ku court plus u will have to pay for defamation and court costs. Wasting time and money. Mbuzi za anthu ndithu. Boma likukukanikani kuyendetsa. Koma pa Malawi siidzatukuka. Konzani miseu yonyansayi b4 u can start these stupid n baseless accusations.

  55. chalera M. says:

    Dpp n its leader chiyani manyazi izi mwayambazi sizitithandiza ife

  56. I like u mama just come back and

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