Malawi govt accused of ‘sinister motives’ against Joyce Banda

The Office of the former President, Joyce Banda, has accused the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) government of harbouring ‘sinister motives’ against the former Head of State for their own political expediency.

Joyce Banda: Targetted

Joyce Banda:  She has not been getting her returement benefits

Government had ordered Banda’s state security personnell to surrender some of the guns and ammunitions to police and that they are planning to “withdraw her motorcade” allegedly because the former President is currently outside the country.

JB’s office said government has not entirely disarmed Banda’s security detail.

“We would not like to go into details on this one considering that security matters are extremely sensitive, especially when they concern a former Head of State,” reads a statement issued by the office and made available to Nyasa Times on Friday, April 24, 2015.

The statement also says it is a “blue lie” to suggest that government is contemplating withdrawing the former President’s motorcade “because that motorcade has never existed in the first place”.

“This motorcade talk is a figment of imagination,” said the statement and accused government spokesman Kondwani Nankhumwa of being “deceptive” on issues concerning Banda.

The Office of the former President reiterates that the DPP government has “inexplicably been dilly-dallying” to provide Banda’s entitlements as a retired Head of State as provided for in the Constitution of the Republic Malawi.

She has not been provided with any car; she has not been receiving her salary since she left office; and she has not been provided with proper accommodation befitting a retired President, says the office.

“It seems the Minister of Information, Kondwani Nankhumwa’s obsession with former President, Joyce Banda, will not abate any time soon. Remember the State House CCTV footage saga; remember the twisted tongue about the obligation by former Presidents to take leave of current presidents before making foreign trips? This time he says government has disarmed and withdrawn security detail of former President, Joyce Banda until she comes back from her trip abroad. This is petty but dangerous politics, to say the least,” reads the statement.

The office says, however, that it is not surprising that the DPP government is antagonizing the former President “as it is not the happening for first time.”

“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. The Guard Commander at her official Mudi Residence was transferred to Makanjira.

A few days after that transfer, in November 2010, the Vice President’s official vehicle, a Mercedes Benz, registration number MG 2, was involved in a mysterious road accident at Kanengo. Luckily, she survived because she had used a different vehicle.

Police, that time, flip-floppeed in their investigations into the cause of the accident.

“We have no choice but to suspect that all these acts and pronouncements by the DPP government today may be leading to some attempt on the former President’s life for unclear reasons. These latest pronouncements by Nankhumwa are even more suspicious and scary having comeafter People’s Party (PP) spokesperson, Ken Msonda, disclosed that the former President will be returning home soon,” concludes the statement.

Nankhumwa could not immediately comment on the statement.

Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :

Please share this Article if you like Email This Post Email This Post

More From Nyasatimes

More From the World

58 thoughts on “Malawi govt accused of ‘sinister motives’ against Joyce Banda”


  2. mtumbuka mwenecho says:

    m’mupatse ndalamazo anyaninu.Kuba basi,mwaba zingati,or ndatayo ndi cashgate yomweyo,munamidza ndani? ufiti muzasiya liti? nonsenu kuyambira bingu,joice ndi ka pitala kanuko mbava,munamiza ndani agalunu.Nankhumwa ili ndi dziko,usawone ngati wafika,stupid boy.

  3. PP and whoever, are yu crying now. Recall what you did to DPP in general and Bingu’s children, property and relations within 6months. This is just the beginning. You have 4years to pay your sins you committed in 2years. God will be the witness.

  4. Malindima says:

    She moved with her security to where she is! Why waste tax payers money on the ex president who is not in the country? After all she has plenty Cashgate money;she deserves no any benefit.

  5. Kenkkk says:

    I am no supporter of pp or jb but It is wrong to withhold her salary, for what reasons? If the constitution says ex presidents should receive salaries, then she must be paid because she is ex president.

    Unless the constitution clearly says that salaries are only paid to ex presidents while in the country and not when outside the country, then there is no reason for denying her the salary. It also opens up a can of worms, for example for how long should an ex president be outside the country to receive a salary? what if the ex decides to permanently or temporarily relocate abroad, will they still be paid? the way things are at the moment she should be paid regardless of where she is or how long she is out of the country.

    These dpp vendettas against her makes her even more popular despite her own numerous skeletons hiding behind.

    Reform the laws or constitution which so far has so many defects which have come to haunt us. I suppose you don’t want to change now because when you become ex you will lose out. So the cycle goes on and on. Then to us your promise of doing business unusual becomes useless as you still Perpetuate bad practices and bad governance for selfish reasons. If you are serious change these stupid constitutions, of course any changes will Not affect jb now But the future ex presidents including you Peter will have to lose out on some benefits. Show to Malawians that you are bold enough to do that and cast aside selfishness.

    Pay her money, she is entitled to all of it under the current constitution. You will be breaking the law you dpp misfits.

  6. Black market says:

    A we saying govt must add some more vehicles on the Cashgate list of vehicles job has? Poor country Malawi extravagant on useless things. This constitution must be revisited to reduce some of these extravagant spending. You said we must change the way we do things in this next 50 years to start developing. You can’t reform without reforming Constitution. That’s rubbish

  7. kawonga says:

    nankhumwa be aware its politics.fooling the nation reflect personal foolishnes.muzayalukapo apa

  8. Maikolo says:

    Bitter Lessons; jb is unlike bm coz she oz forced out of ofc by the ballot while bm went out coz he oversaw hs tenure of ofc succesfuly & zea4 cant be treated equally; Cashgate effects hav bn very crias & fresh than depositing donor money into my nb za branch acc; all pss apointd by jb r answering cashgate cases some oready convictd pls search me; get the sense & answer viz simple bt big questions, Do u see her returning home any soon? Does she deserve same afta ofc treatment like bm?

  9. Hilz says:

    I Hope all these will be restored when she comes back komano salary yake asakumupatsayo ndiye pamene pazavute coz azamulipira yonse plus ma arrears ndi ma interest coz she was heard of state and government employee for that matter, I believe government should be prepared to pay back millions if not billions as it did with mulli or other former govt personel

  10. Mwiza says:

    Everything of these should be withdrawn until she comes back.

  11. Tonse says:

    Magede is wandale. They wake up confufused and surprised that morning. Yes. After u had consulted with your moz dokotala. You The Lord is questioning you every second. You are haunted babe!

  12. tukombo says:

    Mathanyula yendasani Boma!!!!!!!!. Please just run the business of the state. Right now we have not appreciated any improvement in quality of life since you took over, Life has become unbearable, things are extremely expensive. You have a greater task to prove to the nation that you are better at running the government than fighting with JB>>>>>>>>>> so far you have not

  13. danivelo banda says:

    Discuss things that will benefit all Malawians.Malawian politicians haven’t done much for their country apart from ripping it off.Joyce Banda has several houses.How many houses does she need to make as former president?Julius Nyerere,Nelson Mandela,and Seretse Khama never had many houses when they were retiring but they never ceased to be called former presidents.No wonder Malawi is the poorest country in the world.Basi nkhani zizikhala zama motorcade,nyumba, kaya tima pistol.No one is interested to assassinate her.Achakulungwa timakumana nawo mmaliro umu bwa?Akungowopa nkhani za jetgate.

  14. makarios makarios says:

    Mukamamva Umbuli Pandale Ndi Umenewu,mukulimbana Ndi Former President Pakhani Za Ziii,she Is Intitled To These Ndiye Mukufuna Chani? Mukuziwa Kale Kuti On Cashgate Issues Amayi Ali Clean,ndiye Mufuna Kuyamba Kutokota Zopanda Pake,koma Amalawi Shyyyyyy!!!

  15. Nanga ntani says:

    Tabwerani Kaye kumuzikuno amayi muzaone ngati alandadi mfunti ndi mdipiti wa galimito zanuzo. Nyumba akupasani Mukabwera. Nanga mukudandaula za nyumba pomwe muli kunja? Munangoluza basi usamuka ndikomweko? Bwerani muzawaone anthu munawapasa ng’ombe aja, zaswatu pano.

  16. Chipapwiche says:

    Where is Joyce Banda? What is she doing there? Where was the security detail? What was it doing? Is Joyce Banda a retired president? When does one retire? After being defeated in an election? Educate me

  17. Nyani wa ku Mwananyani says:

    PP and Joisi Banda supporters: settle down and chill. The former (failed) president is not threatened personally, or in her position. I am surprised some of these services were not withdrawn way back. Why should the poor government spend (waste) money of some these security structures when the person who is supposed to be protected abodes abroad? We DO NOT have that kind of money, people!
    These services will be restored when she comes back, and cuts down her peripatetic tendencies. She has not stepped foot in this country for almost a year, for crying out loud!
    This is, simply put, this is basically doing what is economically prudent. And villagers understand that. Those who see sinister political maneuvering here may as well believe the sun rises from the west.

  18. Jammy says:

    What’s the point of providing security to former head of state when she’s out of country ..bravo govt cost cutting measure and why is she running away and how is she going to lead her sheep pp when she dissapeared politics as usual ..ndatukwana ngati

  19. john says:

    Komatu pena even her security team ayenera kudandaula nanga kumangokhala for 9 months yet they are supposed to protect her?Mai pena think of your staff and consider coming back.Govt cannot leave armed security team that is not protecting the very person to be protected.JB come back to Malawi mantha sathandiza

  20. Ndepele says:

    Leave JB alone with her affairs, bwanji kodi, kusowa zochita heeee kkkkkk boma ilo

  21. zazii,inu a boma mulibe zochita?mzimayiyu akutengani kuyipatu

  22. Life says:

    Why provide motorcade or security to an individual who is not in the country? If that’s what the constitution says, then it is a stupid constitution, made by useless animal beings. Imagine, if she is accompanied by a policeman / woman as bodyguard, how much in allowances is that person going to get paid from our imporverished coffers? This she-goat must come back and answer cashgate questions than every sane Malawian have. Why not use interpol to bring her back? Why allow her to be making all these useless noise out there? Shupit government this DPP is.

  23. Chinthu says:

    Stupid DPP Government!U R Buzy Talking About JB,WHY?.Let Me Civic Educate U Mr Nakhumwa,politics Has Gone What Pple Wants Now Is Development Not No Sense U Are Talking About.Leave JB Alone And Give Her Benefits,ASAH!

  24. Alex Likoswe says:

    A disgraceful failure. No clue to govern.

  25. Prudence Ndi Getu Wathako Ndani? says:

    Joyce Banda is entitled to security entitlement as part of her retirement package. Why president muntharika, a learned law professor, has thought of going against a constitution he vowed to protect is purely on political victimization and vendetta. He must learn from previous experiences that political victimization is poor tactic. Joyce Banda is using her own personal resources out there. Malawi government has never given her single tambala since she left office. She is using her own vehicles. Even her retirement home is not yet refurbished to make it habitable. Disarming her personal guards is aimed at assassinating her the moment she lands on malawi soil.

  26. Muyande says:

    Please “Malawians”,remember,the writing was always on the wall saying,”Please Vote Wisely”!And this is what you voted for,period! Fwee,fwee,what for?I wish JB was still in “Power”!

  27. madziakaphwa says:

    bweraniko muli inuko amayitu nanga!! olo chitetezocho adzipereka inu kulibe? myaa

  28. honourable says:

    Vuto ndi inuyo amai bwanji simunkawamanga a Dpp wa . Vuto lanu limenelo

  29. Political Analyst says:

    Since there is quite a significant number of people who desperately want to see JB back in Malawi and if she truthfully has nothing to fear then she should just visit for a week hold a press conference and go back to her schedule. At least maybe then the burning desire of some people to see JB will be quenched and maybe speculations that she is running away from prosecution can be cleared.

  30. Hk says:

    Don’t ever call that stupid dpp bunch of crooks and murderers”government” who voted for Peter and dpp in the first place?

  31. roots says:

    Olankhula mwalankhula ndipo wakumva wamva. Tiyeni nazo, chawona nzako mawa chili pa iwe.

  32. Whatever you are saying here doesnt hold any drop of water. Why instead of telling her to come home help to solve problems here you are praising her for nothing. She lied that during dpp wd wil have no fuel,forex etc but now we have every thing kkk

  33. Bristol says:

    I am an MCP supporter but what DPP Led govt is doing is primitive because the former head of state should be accorded with benefits as expected. She will be remembered for bringing in fuel and forex that the former Head of state Bingu had depleted due to poor administration. Leave JB alone.

  34. Angozo says:

    Zopusa basi, tsopano security ya JB ikugwila ntchito yanji mwiniwake anathawa ndiye security yakeyi izingolandila ndalama za ulere, boma lachita bwino kulanda zida.

  35. James Wilson says:

    Yeah. My Malawi.

  36. Sapitwa kakulanye says:

    I think it is confusing, the ex president has been away for a long time. Her office is vacant in reality. Security personnel is meant to protect her but is not available. When she comes Im sure government will provide for her office and her entitlements, Lets not conclude things basing on assumptions.

  37. Chipapwiche Kajhalwiche says:

    Kodi alikukuti Cashgate chejhumoyu? I want chjhumo braaai!

  38. truth says:

    asaaaaaaa no mata wat but she deserve her salary! mmmmmmm komaso kumalawi ashiiiiiii aaaa nyasi

  39. Kenkkk says:

    Providing her with Security yes but motorcade, no. Why should a former president have a motorcade? No where in the world do former presidents or prime ministers have motorcades. Only security is provided. We need to revise the benefits ex presidents should be accorded to once they leave office. Definitely not a motorcade, who is she to disturb people on the roads or those going about with their normal businesses.

    There is no need to withdraw her security personnel. You stupid govt, you are playing into jb’s hands with your petty actions by shifting people’s attentions to her and she will end up getting all the sympathy from Malawians as if she is holier than Jesus.

    This govt is really clueless, kuba basi!!

  40. one malawi one people says:

    Joyce akanakhala shasha zikanaoneka 20 may 2014.. I don’t think DPP fears her koma akungofuna kumuonetsa tit for tat…they want to finish her off….or shud we say iyeyo powamanga achina Pitala kunali kuwaopa, if yes then its samething here, ndiye tiona mmene zithere, anaziyamba yekha pano akufuna timumvere chisoni, why?…. she is a wolf in a sheep skin, amafuna kuoneka wabwino mumayankhulidwe koma zochita zake she is a devil!!!….asamusiye satanayu anatibera zochuluka osapangako kachitukuko or kamodzi, munthu oyipa kwambiri….she cheats international media about construction of Fuel Reserves, was it her program kapena anaipeza?….always lying, lying, and lying,….by the way jb ran away just after elections, if she was concerned with her benefits issues she wud have stayed home and sort it out…I bliev if she comes back it will sorted out easily….ndalama zokhalira kunjako zayamba kumchepera kapena?….u dont leave employment and expect ur employers to follow u with ur benefits, amene ukufuna ndalama zako u follow it!….let her come back home to her employers and ask for her benefits!

  41. Friends of Dpipi piiiii says:

    ofcourse security gets provided when Joice ia around. Every the military withdraws security guards when HE is outside the country

  42. ujeni says:

    Leave the woman alone. Mxii daily attacking her, be ashamed of yourselvez you big belly old men.

  43. Kadakwiza says:

    DPP please leave Joyce Banda alone, Please solve the problem of the highest unemployment in Malawi which you DPP brought. Malawians are dying in foreign countries because you guys. Just concentrate in serious problems which our country is facing right now. Just leave Joyce Banda alone.

  44. OGO!! says:

    Anybody flouting the Constitution of the Republic of Malawi should be answerable in the courts. There is no justification whatsoever. If its her entitlement as much as it is that of Muluzi then if the law states they should be provided with such luxuries then let it be as such.

    This dziko nlozungulura..the way things are moving APM will not win the next elections if he will get there..and Malawi politics is tit for tat..zizakuonekelani!!

    We are probably the only Nation that does this to ma former Presidents where as they get respect from other corners of the world. Peter should rise above this petty kind of politics.

  45. mtumbuka selfish dog says:

    Where is jb? Why should she have security detail here when she is not here


  47. Roka says:

    pay her before she goes to court,otherwise u gonna pay her more than excepted

  48. EPIGLOTIS says:

    JB wadzisokoneza yekha. Munthu tsogoleri wachipani sungakhale kunja masiku onsewa. Ngati kumudzi kuno tamva kuti mkulu wina amumanga chifukwa chothawa ana ake, nanga Joisi sanathawe ana ake achina Ken Msonda, Lemani, mayiwatu amangidwe chifukwa chopusitsa anthu. Nanunso amalawi kungoti kakaka pantunda opanda madzi nzanu akukamaliza masiku ake amoyo kunja…..kkkkkkkkkkk…kukadzipepesa ndi Ada

  49. Nkhedu says:

    paja TB JOSHUA waloseranso kuti another african president will drop dead term yake isanathe kkkk kaya zanu izo

  50. jean jella says:

    Waste of time. Leave jb alone. If she committed criminal acts then go after her otherwise let her be

  51. Z.Allan Ntata says:

    Why cant Peter concentrate on running the government than victimizing JB?God is watching

  52. Charombanthu says:

    These things are in black and white. The Republican Constitution is very clear on the former head of state’s benefits. Why is government deliberately breaking the law? We are tired of this incompetence and please we should not be told later on that government has been ordered to pay millions of Kwacha to her because of these stupid and misguided decisions. If she has cases to answer, bring them on and let the courts do their job. Do not personalise these matters please please please.

  53. Chrispine Salanje says:

    DPP what do you want from Joyce Banda?leave her alone

  54. Singire says:

    The Dpp lies through its teeth!…Nankhumwa must be RETARDED

  55. Biti Foloko says:

    You mean there is no motorcade …kkkkkkkk…..Not even a Pram?…..kkkkkk…Koma George Mdeza Alibe misala?

  56. John says:

    Very unfortunate that only PP is complaining out of all the political parties in Malawi. I think the party is looking for sympathy.otherwise the statement does make sense. What ever they say,cashgate case continues

  57. Malenga says:

    Komatu boma liri pa kalikiliki kufuna kusokoneza JB,mumawaopa Chani amai and why is Nankhumwa so obsessed with her? Leave JB alone and,concentrate on govt business.

  58. amnzeru a kummawa says:

    Iwe Nankhumwa, ngati ukufuna azikutcha wa bwino, ukulephera ntchito, ndale za malawi mza umbuli, lero ndi joyce, mawa ndiwe. Take care to enjoy your life after DPP.

Comments are closed.