Malawi govt says JB benefits claims ‘insincere’

Malawi government has said claims by immediate past former president Joyce Banda that she is failing to return to Malawi citing her compromised personal security and that of her family, lack of a proper house and a 17-month unpaid salary among others as “insincere”.

Former president of Malawi Joyce Banda defends her presidential record

Former president of Malawi Joyce Banda fears victimisation

According to the former president’s spokesman Andekuche Chanthunya, Banda’s return is also compromised because the Malawi government is abdicating its responsibility in giving her retirement benefits.

The President’s (Salaries and Benefits) Act 1994, Section 4 (1) states that a retired president shall be entitled to such a salary, which shall be tax-free, as parliament may, from time to time, appropriate him or her.

But Minister of Information and Civic Education, Jappie Mhango, said in a media statement released on Wednesday that government has duly provided Banda, Africa’s first female ex-president, the requirements of a retired President as stipulated by the President’s (Salaries and Benefits) Act, 1994.

“Upon retirement, Dr Joyce Banda received a tax free lump sum gratuity amounting to K30 million comprising K12 million and K18 million being gratuity in her capacity as former Vice President and former President, respectively. The payment was made on 29th November, 2014 and collected on 12th January, 2015,” reads a statement by Mhango, who is also government spokesman.

However, the Minister said that Banda has yet to start receiving her monthly pension, saying it is currently being processed by the Director of Pensions at the Accountant General’s Office.

On her retirement home, the statement states that Banda was allocated an official residence in Area 43, Lilongwe, as soon as she left Office.

“The house belongs to Full Gospel Church of God, P.O. Box 3053, Lilongwe 3 and is being managed by Knight Frank. The Ministry of Lands and Urban Development identified, assessed and rented it on 28th May, 2014. After maintenance, the house was given to her in July 2014.”

Government said the former president did not occupy the house “as it was allegedly of poor quality and did not meet the required standards” despite Government paying rentals for a period exceeding one and half years.

“As a result, on 12th May, 2015 the Ministry of Lands and Urban Development received fresh instructions from the Office of the President and Cabinet to terminate the Tenancy Agreement, identify and allocate a new house to the former President. The lease agreement was terminated on 30th August, 2015 and identification exercise of new houses happened in August 2015.”

Government states that is has asked the former President to identify the house and notify the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development to assess and rent.

“The Ministry is still waiting to hear from the former President’s office if a house suiting her taste has been found,” Mhango said in the statement.

The former president’s office also said the government’s reduction of Banda’s security detail in June this year during a total breakdown of security in Malawi, exposed her to harm.

“On November 19, 2010, when she was vice-president, her official vehicle, a Mercedes-Benz saloon, registration number MG 2, was involved in a mysterious road accident at Kanengo in Lilongwe.

“The decision to weaken her security detail this time round and attempts by the DPP administration to victimise her are reminiscent of the 2010 events,” Chanthunya said.

But Information Minister said a former president is entitled one Head Guard (Personal Bodyguard) and 6 Security Guards and that “Government has duly compiled with requirement by providing seven Police Security Officers to the former President”

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33 thoughts on “Malawi govt says JB benefits claims ‘insincere’”

  1. Bulldozer in Dar laslam says:

    Nchwinchwinchwi be aware that yes people are taking bitter panado because DR Joice Banda( if she is Doctor, I wonder without writing even simple course project) is spead the virus that cause headache into our body. Imagine that woman has already squandered her pension. All what she is mumuring about is monthly pension which require her presence.Even a house was assigned for her and she refused. Whats that?This woman has bathed in mud water deliberately. She will never come to Malawi.

  2. Plate says:

    Jst come and claim while here you have shown you dont love your people why kuwathawa? chipani chikutha kuno

  3. wika says:

    JOYCE NYUMBA ILIYONSE AKUIKANA .KODI AKUFUNA STATE HOUSE ? MUMUWUZE KUTI STATE HOUSE NDI YAPULESIDENTI YEMWE AKULAMULA. NGATI AKUIFUNA ABWERE AZAYAMBE KAMMPENI KUTI MWIMA 2019 ANGAZABWEREREKO. ACHEYA AKUKHALA BWANJI.NANGA IYEYO NDINDANI KUTI ATINYASE CHONCHI.UPULEZIDENTI WOTOLA WOMWEWO MPAKA ATISEGULE NAWO MMIMBA. CHONDE ASANDILAKWISE .

  4. Jimbo says:

    Forget about JB. She deserted her country as soon as she lost the election in 2014. Who needs such a person? If she really cared about Malawi, she would have returned many months ago. Surely she had a house of her own in the past. Why not live in that and carry on working to earn a living. She is not old enough to retire.

  5. Joseph Banda says:

    We thank God that Malawi was lead by this woman for a short time. One thing she is forgetting is that when she was kicked out of DPP she remained State Vice President. So she was entitled to Mudi House. Now she was booted out as the State President, she cannot have a government house equivalent of Mudi, Mzuzu Lodge or the Lilongwe state Lodge.

    Mai mutsatichise manyazi!!!!!!!! Bwelanikoni. Do not put the USA, UK, EU governments into shame as Cash gate was an instruction from them. Come home and clear all this. The PP MPs cannot defend you on this in Parliament. CSOs will not defend you on this through un intelligent Lobbyings. MCP will not help you on this instead will want to nail you down so that it gets the North.

    On MCP you can see how it is handling the issue, pressing for MK577 billion from govt. Really? Are they serious to save you. MPs have the direct access of the NAO and can easily demand for the report to start debating on it. But now!!!!!

    Mai bwelanikoni anthu adzakulandilani.

  6. kate says:

    IN SHORT, AMAYI COME HOME MUKUTICHITITSA MANYAZI.

  7. nchwinchwinchwi fwe fwe says:

    Iwe Jappie if you have nothing to do @ Information, then go back home ukalime as this is farming time. If you will be lucky not to be chased by your own village boys again. Never again bring JB problems here we are tired and cares less whether she comes or not, that’s her headache. Why are you taking panado on her headache? Access to Information Bill; Njauju murder; MK577 billion; Chasowa murder issues are what we care about now!!

  8. Mathanyux Petugetu says:

    Mmmh now we don’t really know what your problem is JB. You are just talking too much which makes us (those who gave u benefit of doubt) believe that you are running away from cashgate related issues. Actions speak louder than words, men!! The evil that men do lives after them.

  9. Fiona says:

    Why pay retirement benefits to a booted out president? I don’t support dis. Retirement benefits should be given to a president who has served well his/her two terms. Joyce Banda did not retire but rather the people fired her through votes!! Do companies pay retirement benefits to employees who have been dismissed due to poor performance? Malawi is losing money through unnecessary payments!!! House issue and security I have no wahara cz she served as president as well as vice.

  10. Issa Kabudula says:

    I don’t think if what e are hearing from the ex-president offices and officials is true, time will come when she will need msima so badly that she will come back home. Mantha akula, what is she is fear off gives us more questions which need answers. In vernacular Chewa language when a person is having many excuses (kuzimangisa) putting your self in trouble.

  11. Yoswa Kangazi says:

    Woipa athawa popanda womuthamangitsa. Amai is running away, because she knows the problems she cause to Malawians and to other DPP members when she got into power after the death of Bingu. How come the same government from the first day in the office provided all needed benefits for Ababa Bakili Muluzi a hero who didn’t run away from the country. bakili remained in Malawi even though in same cases Bingu’s government needed to persecute him. That man Bakili is a true hero not Amai she is a coward she even run away soon after the announcement of the election results. Why did she run away, she didn’t even hand over the power to APM.

  12. Ndinunkha says:

    How then is she surviving outside the country without government benefits? It would have been understandable had she complained while in the country. The guilty are afraid!

  13. Bigman de apstle says:

    These other issues is just noise in our ears!! All we need is development right now, attend to elecricity tipange biznes PERIOD

  14. mapuyamurupare says:

    I don’t understand why people are crying for Joyce Banda’s return to Malawi. She is not a President or minister anymore. Let her continue with her private life outside Malawi and it is none of our concern. She already did her part as president. Let those who are in office now do their job. Do not distract Malawian because because you are failing to deliver by mentioning former President JB.

  15. Mhango says:

    If she loves her country why spending a year outside the country?Do you mean she can’t do something for the country despite being not a state president?why power hungry.abwere azagawe ufa otherwise ufa amagawa nthawi ija inali bribery kufuna ma vote.

  16. BOGOLOLO WAMWENDO KHUMIKHUMI says:

    JB , don’t come to Malawi , you are a good leader where you are because you are doing your best to tell the donors what to do with DPP on behalf of the nation otherwise APM and his DPP party they could have left Malawi into a kachasu hall.

    Keep staying outside Malawi ,donors are listening more to you than this group of failures. You are good leader already where you are operating .

  17. Tengupenya says:

    Don’t wast tax money renting homes for absent former presidents when children are dying for lack of medicines. Great to put he ball in the court of huge complainant. Let HRM identify a suitable home, when they do need one. Then the tax money can be applied yo renting it. Right now, it is probably not needed!

  18. Moya says:

    I don’t understand the relevance to the nation if she returns or not bcoz as far as Iam concerned she doesnt appear officially on any charge sheet of any cashgate case therefore she may simply come and stay at her retirement home in Nkhatabay and i don’t see why the fuss, Probably u have just missed her or u are a PP member but i think we leave her alone and let her enjoy her retirement. Let her have her dues and if there is anything beyond what we know soon it shall be known, meaning if she is guilty of anything we shall know soon.

  19. utitiri says:

    Well spoken Analyst and Achimidzimidzi.

  20. Sapitwa kakulanye says:

    The Analyst, you have rightly said it all. The problem in this country is that we have people who are intelligent but lack wisdom. Thank you for your wisdom.

    1. The Analyst says:

      Thanks n welcome!

  21. Alison says:

    UNLESS YOU STOP YOUR PLANS TO INJECT HER WITH A POISONOUS INJECTION AT THE AIRPORT SO THAT PEOPLE SHOULD THINK SHE HAS DIED OF BP, SHE WONT COME HOME. YOU MURDERS REMOVE ALL THE DOCTORS YOU HAVE HIRED FOR THE JOB!!!!!!

  22. anadimba says:

    komatu mayi ameneyu sakukugonetsani tulo? Inu basi phuma ndi mzimayiyu?iwe jappie eeee ?dzina lakolo tu ngati la chovala cha mkati.eeeeeee usakane. Titanena kuti (((ana inu pobwera kusukulu mudzivala ma jappie nonse mwamva?).zigwirizanatu

  23. dungulinya says:

    JB. Zaimatu mayi. Ingosiyani za ndale. Wanthu anakukanani. Si Peter ayi ndiwanthu. Munapupuluma, 2 years kusinthiratu, osachezeka ndi Wana wanunso kusinthiratu! Osalankhulika! Mwee!

  24. Mapazi asiyana says:

    Let her stay wherever she is staying. The thing is she doesn’t want to come back to Malawi and that’s her funeral. We won’t sympathize with her for we now know something is wrong with her. Joyce is hurt by the realization that she is no longer Malawi’s leader after the 2014 elections. That was the only way to kick her out of State House. Whether or not Malawians made a right decision, we are yet to see. My request Nyasatimes and Jappie,spare us from these Joyce Banda things. Mtima ukadzamuphwa adzabwera. Ngati safuna azikhala konko,asaaaaa

  25. Nyaulembe says:

    Mumuuze JB yo kuti asazabwere. I will arrested her and throw her away for a long time.

  26. acient says:

    we hv lots 2 do dan JB’s isue of caming bak hom..let her b..kwanukwanu mthengo mudalaka njoka..lets tok of 2days econmic cris we r in…LET HER B ADZABWELA WHEN SHE FELS ITS SAFE 2 HA

  27. kangandiwamba says:

    People are languishing in acute poverty while this so called APM administration is busy talking nonsense here.Malawians are tired about joyce bandas house issues instead jappie stay mute if u have nothing to do.I think this government has gone out of its senses,u are taking Malawians for a ride.

  28. Kwekwe says:

    The analyst said it all. JB IS NOBODY in as far as important pipo are concerned.

  29. Sapitwa says:

    From another source of this same story, it was reported that after she refused the first house, Government identified three more houses for former first gentleman to choose. JB rejected all the houses as not good for her. Government then suggestedthat upon her return, she should look for a suitable house she will like and advise the Government for assessment.
    A former government employee as she was, it is her responsibility to take actions by coming to sort out all these payment issues and the housing issues herself. I think Ministers can not be wasting their valuable time on this matter when it is her who can sort this out.We are tired of her attention seeking.

  30. lindiwe banda says:

    F**ck jappie and govt, stop confusing us. What we need is ATI bill. Stop diverting our attention. Old time politics. F**k u once again.

  31. The Analyst says:

    ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..
    Jappi and company, why do you guys seem to have alot of time to do alot of nothing?
    ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………
    Everybody knows why JB wont come to Malawi n why do you waste time and keep responding to her lame alibis of not wanting to come to Malawi? Have you nothing of worth to do at the office? Have you already forgotten that the inconsistencies in the Information Bill need to be attened to? Time is of essence! Inu izi simukudziwa bwanji?
    ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..
    Regardless of whatever house you find her in Malawi, JB shall always feel insecure. As such, she shall always feel threatened, even if nobody or nothing threatens her. She shall always feel being looked at, even if nobody looks at her. She shall feel being talked to, even if nobody talks to her. This is called guilty conscience. A thief is always afraid of the sight of a policeman even when the policeman has no business with him/her. The lady has no peace of mind!
    …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….
    Also, the lady misses home and just needs some fool from Malawi to be talking to and wasting time with; n its sad that she has found that fool in you Jappi. Its not too late to redeem yourself, though. Just stop responding to her. Otherwise, the more you respond to her, the more she feels relevant. Yet she is not!
    . . . And tell Andy (her microphone) to tell her to stop wasting our time coz we have alot of issues to attend to.
    . . . Tell her to stop holding herself as the most impotant thing that Malawi misses coz we dont!!!!
    . . . As such, whether she comes back here or she doesnt, no any sound-minded Malawian cares. Asaaa!!
    …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

  32. Achimidzimidzi says:

    I am tired of this issue of JB not coming back comedy . Why cant the two offices sit down and sort out your differences once for all. Don’t you have telephones or emails in your offices?

    Both of you are trying to justify yourselves by using the media. Very childish thinking.

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