Joyce Banda’s life ‘still in danger’ says aide to Malawi-ex-president after thugs break into her Chintheche residence 

An aide to former president Joyce Banda (JB) has agains sounded concern that the former Malawi leader is living dangerously after unknown criminals broke into her private residence  in Chintheche and went away with some household items.

Joyce Banda:  Thieves break into her house

Joyce Banda: Thieves break into her house

Banda’s spokesperson, Andekuche Chanthunya, said electronic and physical documents in the house were tampered with by the unknown thugs.

The former president was not in the house as is abroad.

The robbery comes amidst  a letter 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 Peter Mutharika administration and that there are more sinister motives.

He raised an alarm that “lives could be at stake here!”

And commenting in the Daily Times newspaper, Chanthunya  said there could be more than meets the eye on the Chinthenche house robbery.

“It appears whoever went to steal was going through some papers and documents because we found the desktops in the house switched on, right now we can’t exactly say what has been stolen because there was lots of stuff in the house,” said Chanthunya as quoted by the paper.

He told the paper that the incident testifies of the security lapse in the country and further blamed government for removing the security detail of the former president.

“This is what we are talking about. Dr. Banda was deprived of her security detail and an official residence in Lilongwe, government through the President is failing to honour the Constitution on the privileges of the former head of State and yet he swore before the people that he will uphold and protect the supreme law of the land,” he explained.

Chanthunya said houses to several other senior government officials like Vice President Saulosi Chilima and Housing Minister Atupele Muluzi were broken into whilst they were in, arguing that the country is currently in a security mess.

According to Malawi News Agency reoort, Nkhata Bay Police Spokesperson Sergeant Ignatius Esau said unknown criminals in the early hours of Saturday broke into the house of Banda and went away with duvet and home theatre.

Sergeant Esau said that Rabison Phiri, who works at the residence as a garden boy, told the law enforcers that on the night of 8 April 2016 the house as they went to sleep was well secured.

“On the early morning of 9th April 2016, Phiri was surprised to see that the door gate was half opened. Upon checking further, he discovered that the rear door of the house was also open and when he went inside the house, he discovered that the house was broken into and some items in the house were missing,” Sergeant Esau explained.

He further said that: “The missing items include; duvet and home theatre and the value is yet to be established”.

According to Nkhata Bay Police Publicist, the residence has one watchman Numeri Mwale aged 60 who has been picked by police for questioning.

“The arrest of the watchman will lead us into arresting the unknown criminals who will answer chargers of breaking into a building and committing a felony therein once nabbed,” Sergeant Esau said.

In the letter, the retired chief justice wrote the international community and donors, he said:”Malawians remember very well that when Her Excellency Joyce Banda was Vice-President, the DPP government, under the late President Bingu wa Mutharika, withdrew part of her security detail. A few days after the withdrawal of security, in November 2010, the Vice-President’s official vehicle…was hit on the side she sat at Kanengo as she returned from Kamuzu International Airport. Luckily, she survived because she had used a different vehicle.”

He said the withdraw of security they fear that history may repeat itself.

“It has become a matter of urgency on the part of my family to implore upon you and the entire international community to take note of the DPP machinations against Her Excellency Dr. Joyce Banda and hopefully take unequivocal action against this frightening conduct by the DPP government. My family is grossly concerned that Her Excellency Dr. Joyce Banda’s own life might be in danger,” reads the letter in part.

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38 thoughts on “Joyce Banda’s life ‘still in danger’ says aide to Malawi-ex-president after thugs break into her Chintheche residence ”

  1. Patrick says:

    Am not getting this she left Malawi to seek hostage in SA and now she needs security detail for her residency to guard who?
    That’s what am asking myself?

  2. Komakumeneko says:

    We heard that many ex presidents from other countries AKUSANGALALA NDI JB KUNJAKU NDITHU.We all wondered that what gives her strength all these months.

  3. Mbili ya bakha says:

    Kkkkkkkkkk mayo ndikufa nkuseka ndithu kulemba ndikulemba kudandanaula kubeledwa duvet???? Idiot canthunya what a whore with yo aunt ngati mwaona kuti yolowera ikhala imeneyi. Matako ngati nkhumba eti. Life tizitaya nthawi kumawerenga ndowezi???? Fwetseki ZANU ndozimanuso. Mxiii
    Kuli nkhani zolondeka kuti nkuwerenga osati mavi nkhani za kandoolezi.mxxci

  4. ZANGALEWA CHARLES says:

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  5. Nixon says:

    JB ANATUMBWA KWAMBIRI.SHE DIDNT KNOW LIFE CHANGES.MALAWI POLITICS IS LIKE THAT.ANAMANGISA ANZAKE,NOW SHE IS HARVESTING.SANATI;DPP WOYEE,2019 BOMA,BOMA.MZAKWACHA’PRETORIA.0724922299.

  6. kamangadazi says:

    THAT IS WHY THEY REMOVED GOVT. SECURITY BECOZ THEY HAD AN EVIL PLAN BEHIND.

  7. Freck Malunga says:

    People out there are being robbed of properties worth millions of kwachas. She has been robbed a duvet n a sabuffa wat is it? She iz possessing trillions she shld not cry. More over she was not there n she will never b dere.Wats new here.A malawi tiyeni tikambe za njala osati izi ayi.

  8. jack monta says:

    zachamba duvet ya 5000kwacha mpaka news koma ma billion anabedwa aja simukufufuza bwanji ?

  9. No Laughing Matter says:

    We are a nation that can easily be fooled. How on earth does one sustains herself abroad if she is not stinking rich. DPP will never persue mama Joyce coz they are an accomplice. Billionaire for being in power in less than five year. That is manna not from heaven but elsewhere. She can’t be interested in the house in Comanche. One day truth will be uncoverd

  10. J. Banda says:

    Actually it is not only her life that is at stake here but that for all Malawians. If you say Chilima and Atupele’s houses were also broken into, then why do you act as if it is only JB who is affected? The truth is that everyone is affected but we don’t run away and stay outside Malawi.

  11. Kanyimbi says:

    Pepani akulu akulu okuba sawona nkhope, Atupele anabeledwa, Chilima anabeledwa ine ndabeledwapo. Ndiye chonde musatinyase ndi nkhani zopusa. Kodi ngati okuba anakwanitsa kuba 500 billion ya boma ndiye JB ndi ndaninso?

  12. Mlare says:

    Please people don’t insult her Joyce Banda, if the law say she needs to get those benefits, then let the government provide her. Depositing store the money,Joyce denounced the wrong doing of mutalika clan. Malawians we look as if we are clever but we are stupid. We voted for Muthalika’s clan as if there no other educated and intelligent people in the clan.
    Some of you say whoever commented on this is stupid then you are amongst them because you have also commented

  13. Wina wake says:

    Nonse mwakomenta mbweleia zanu pa mai ndinu mbuzi zachabechabe bwanji mukanangosiya.

  14. concerned citizen says:

    Zopanda ntchito kumalimbana ndi nkhani za JB rather than as a nation lipeze njira zopezera chakudya choti chithandizire anthu amene akuvutika ndi njala otherwise from this JB issue the nation won’t yiel anything.

  15. Bob says:

    Zaziiiiii. Ife akatibela it’s normal. Koma jb kungobeledwa ka duveit ndiye mpaka news. Komanso iye kunalibeko how can she become worried.?

  16. Aaaaaaaaaah zaziiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii Joyce Banda anatha ngati Makatani weather you like it or not, anaba ndalama zaboma zambiri iye kukaberedwa Juvet ya China ndi Home theatre basi?
    rubbish mukanaba ndinyumba yomwe

  17. Chipapwiche says:

    This is quite interesting. The JB issues are no longer an area of interest for most Malawians. Red herring at its best! If Chanthunya and the watchman are providing contradicting statements then its either both akunama or one is telling the truth. If I were to go for the latter,definitely it won’t be Chanthunya! You are making noise about security detail mumafuna izikalondera nyumba yopanda eni ake Ku Chintheche! If JB’s life in danger basing on the stolen duvet and home theatre, then everyone’s life is in danger!! Let her return home! Let her face Malawians who showed her the exit in 2014. If she wants to stay in exile,let her do and stop making noise like a baby!!

  18. Winston Msowoya says:

    Malawians,we must not take everything for granted.The break-ins into JB,s home as far as Iam concerned was not to kill her because the culprits knew precisely she was not in the house when the operations were on the move.In short,these were local thugs who wanted to steal the valuables and go to sell them for their existence for the economy has taken its toll.JB has to come back home to face her accusers on CASHGATE SCANDAL,her refusal to do so,gives her rivals, munitions to carry on their intended target.If really,JB has no connections with the CASHGATE debacle,why is she hesitating to come back home? JB,say the truth and it is the truth alone which will make you free.For how long you will be living in self-imposed exile? I lived in exile for more than 35 years,I know how torcherous it is,but because of my conscience and convictions,I felt just imperative to do so.Wellcome back home,east or west home is the “best”.

  19. Wema says:

    The story surprises me…The owner is outside Malawi what if the thugs were sent by the owner he self to create a story and seek symphathy from malawians who could harm Joyce banda a loser of the elections

  20. Jacob jezi says:

    Its high time since malawian leaders did something honest.as nation we lack truth en love.

  21. I am p m says:

    Amayi ndili ndikhani yoti ndikuwuzeni koma poti ndinu munthu wakhulu sindikudziwa kuti tigatani. Chonde chonde

  22. Zidura Ntengo Undigwere says:

    Non-professional advice for JB and Family: Breathe in and breathe out DEEPLY, three times.
    Even better, ten times if you can. Then sit down on a couch and RELAX. Hopefully, then you will realize the break in and theft are trivial matters in the realm of what goes on in our lives and homes on a daily basis.
    Regarding JB, specifically, the only interest Malawians have now is that she returns and answer for Cashgate, as she was the chief architect of that massive pilferage.
    According to our life expectancy statistics, JB is in her twilight years. And it would be a pity for her to die and be buried outside Malawi. Away from Malosa, her maternal home. All because of an unwise choice for self exile; really just to hide away from justice.
    Who really is advising her? The husband seems to have lost it too.

  23. Jalasi says:

    Police pls leave the 60yrs old gateman alone Inuyo police mukudziwapo kanthu Bwanji simukuteteza mutsogoleli wadziko wakale Its your responsibility not that oldman’s

  24. Jelbin Mk says:

    Mr analyst these days is not objective, JB is more relevant than Your Peter both back home as well as on international platforms. It is news when a vice President’s house is robbed including the former President and even a cabinet minister because they are at the front line of security receipt. And it is not news when a mere citizen is robbed.

    1. The Analyst says:

      O……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….O
      You will be surprised to learn that I neither support nor sympathise with APM or Chakwera or JB or whoever; coz these guys are just crap.
      . . . The thing is, everything about JB is wrong – from how she became president, how she run this country, how she lost the election, to how she went into exile; and now kumatisokosera zinthu zopanda pake.
      . . . Nanga, is it fair for our ears to hear kuti za mkati za JB zabedwa? When in fact she is not there to take care of them? and then she goes on to blame the govt? nkumati sangabwere kuno coz of insecurity? yet we all know what she is afraid of?
      . . . I hate dishonest people, and JB is one of them!
      O………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………O

  25. nyau king says:

    Amalawi please write just a piece of your coment not nkhaninso. Mukuonjeza kwambri. Ine kuwerenga coment and get tired. Mwina mungokhalanso atolankhani kut maybe u can write 3paged story.

    1. Long Comments' Addict says:

      Your concern is not sensible.
      No one forces anyone to read anything here.
      You see a long comment beforehand, you continue reading it then in the end you run around naked complaining? Cant you see that you are not making sense?
      Why not skip or discard or jump it? Because a long comment is seen even before you read it. Why choose to be a slave to something you have power and control over?
      Wise up Nyau King!

  26. Chizeleza Mhoni says:

    Abwampini ndi a Desparado!

  27. Rodgers Banda says:

    If the watch men were there and taken for questioning and they fail to pin Lucifer’s messengers, then alot of questions will be raised.

  28. Wavikhumba Mwase says:

    This is a joke really and who can believe the stories Chanthunya is trying to paint? If only her life is in danger why are these thugs trying to kill her target other innocent personalities like Dr. Chilima and Mr. A. Muluzi instead of her. Can’t he tell that these are generalised thefts? Surely if people wanted or rather the government wanted to eliminate her they could use all available means to smoke her out wherever she is taking refuge. People get murdered on a daily basis in developed countries, how can she hide if indeed someone wanted her dead.
    In actual fact why is Chanthunya’s statement different from that of the police? He says those who wanted Joyce Banda dead tampered with electronic equipment and other documents and the police are saying they only got away with a “Duvet & Home Theatre”.
    Finally, if Joyce Banda’s husband has a case against the Malawi Government, him being a lawyer, previous Minister of Justice and Attorney General for the same government he is complaining about, he knows the procedure as to how such matters are handled other than rashing to report to the international community who at the end of the day will not interfere in issues involving a sovereign state, mainly on trivial petty political matters like these. And by the way, has Chanthunya decide to once again put her aunt on the international scene after realising that all the talks she has had lately is not making headlines and taking centre stage since the world is fed up of hearing staged talks? C’mon people, give us a break because we have important things to do in life.

  29. Roy Kachale says:

    Linali kale amayiwa ankatinamiza. Pono tinawadziwa. Anatuma okha zigawenga kukapwanya nyumbayo kenako aziti sali safe. Asakuwadziwa ndani? A Joyce Banda bwerani ku Malawi muzabwenze ndalama zimene munatibera. I can not receive any donation from JB because is the same money zimene anatibera.

  30. Mbodzole says:

    How about the many other citizens who have been robbed, some at gun point! Do they also have to flee Malawi and go into so sort of self exile? Let’s address the issue of national security together. But it should not be a scapegoat to hide from cashgate

  31. The Analyst says:

    O……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….O
    Ngati palinso anthu ena okola ndiye ndi JB ndi this mouthpiece of hers – Chanthunya . . .

    . . . Is JB or Chanthunya of sound mind to keep complaining that the security detail for JB was withdrawn? What would the security be there for when this coward keeps peeping but not coming back?
    . . . Can anyone wearing a right frame of mind conclude that just because JB’s residence was robbed, then it scintillates a security lapse in the whole country?; when we are made to believe that no one lives there? This is not only a non sequitur but also nonsensical and asinine.
    . . . The husband is wearing an equally strange mind to write the international community about JB. Kapena chikondi?
    …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..
    Problem is – JB still thinks she is some important person in Malawi and that her place is one of the most feared places in town. I wish people who have time to waste talking to her could be telling her the truth (whatever that truth is).

    The issue of higgledy-piggledy security in the country is commonplace and the remote case of robbery at JB’s place can never be used as a yardstick for gauging the ubiquitous insecurity in the country.
    ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………
    I just wish that JB and Chanthunya could give us a break . . .
    . . . Nobody care about JB . . .
    . . . Even her family members are now realising that JB is useless. They only look concerned and speak such, coz blood is thicker than water . . .

    Now, stop this JB this, JB that, JB here, JB there, JB everywhere or JB nowhere; coz she is negative news to the ear, to say the least. Asa!
    O………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….O

  32. Changaputwa says:

    Boma la Petre likuziwapo kanthu. Chimene chinamuchitisa kulanda achiteyezo nchiyani ??? Komaso kupezeka kt mwa laptop zina zomwe zinali zonthimisa zinayasidwa amafunamo chani pomayasapo ?????? Akanankhale kt ndi akuba wamba akananyamula zimenezo. DPP mutiuzapo kanthu pankhaniyi.

  33. John says:

    Inu osatisowetsa ntendele. Remember Veep Chilima and Atupele all been through this so this has nothing to do with the so called security and Richard letter to the West. Akuba ndi akuba basi.

  34. truth pains says:

    palibepo nkhani apa. kukubera duvet ndi home theatre ikhala nkhani kuti akufuna kupha joyce banda? ndani samadziwa mmmalawi muno kuti joyce banda anathawa atangoluza zisankha za 2014?

  35. lipenga says:

    how can a 60 year old man be guiding a house of a former president, and what do you expect when the owners of the house are no where to be found .thank you robbers ,next time just set it on fire OK .

  36. Bwerako says:

    Atupele Muluzi was also robed before. Area 30 police Headquarters was also robed before. Sanjika Palace was also robed before. How special is joice banda that her house cant be robed? Why should she connect any trivial or normal occurrence to politics? Kodi ubwera liti mai iwe uzizayang’anira mbale zakozo ku chinthechiko?

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