Malawi political terrain not in favour of Joyce Banda to contest for presidency – Analyst

A political scientist based at Chancellor College in Zomba, a constituent college of the University of Malawi (Unima), Happy Kayuni has said the current political terrain in the country does not favour former president Joyce Banda’s aspirations to contest in 2019 presidential elections.

Joyce Banda: Says Malawians will decide her political future

Joyce Banda: Says Malawians will decide her political future

Kayuni: Joyce Banda will be wasting her time if she will campaign for presidency again

Kayuni: Joyce Banda will be wasting her time if she will campaign for presidency again

Banda—who came a distant third to President Peter Mutharika in 2014 elections —indicated in an interview with the Voice of America (VOA) Striaght Talk Africa program this week that she is ready to return home from self imposed exile in United States and serve the people of Malawi if asked to be on the ballot  in 2019 elections.

But Kayuni, an associate professor of public administration at Chancellor College, has quashed Banda’s aspirations, saying the former president is not the form of  an alternative for Malawi to replace her successor Mutharika.

Mutharika has been under a barrage of criticism for being inept and underperforming.

Kayuni said despite Mutharika’s performance, the current political terrain of the country in not in favour of the former female president.

“Even if the current president [Peter Mutharika] is deemed not performing, I don’t think the alternative can be Joyce Banda in the Malawian political landscape at the moment,” Kayuni is quoted in the local press as saying.

“What is happening now is that most likely we will have emerging prospective leaders and considering that she has been away for too long that I think in the mind of  Malawians she is a spent politician,” Kayuni said.

He further said Banda’s plans to launch a bid to serve the people of Malawi again would be wasting her time.

Other political observers say her political party, the Peoples Party (PP)  has lost ground and support with many members quitting and many fortune seekers who truned orange when she was in power have either joined ruling DPP or Malawi Congress Party (MCP).

Commentators  also say Banda’s  abscence has affected the political momentum in PP with the current leadership being weak.

But speaking to VOA’s veteran journalist, Shaka Ssali, Banda said: “At the end of the day, if you are talking about my political life, it is Malawians who will decide. If Malawians are saying I should continue; they want me to stand again, I shall go back home and answer that call.”

The former president said she is currently finishing her research on women’s leadership and girls’ education at the Woodrow Wilson Center and Center for Global Development (CGD) in Washington DC.

Banda became the first serving Malawian president to lose an election.

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13 thoughts on “Malawi political terrain not in favour of Joyce Banda to contest for presidency – Analyst”

  1. shameful says:

    Joyce Banda is done, she has stayed too long away from the suffering Malawians, she has became irrelevant, persona non-grata. If she thinks that she is ” the one” and that someday she will just wake and decide to come to Malawi and expect a thunderous welcome then she is taking Malawians for granted. We have long moved on. Joyce Banda is full of herself and I hope one of her five kids and her sisters will read this and put some sense into this woman, because she is delusional. Malawians we are looking at young, progressive leaders that will move this country forward. We are so sick and tired of the same old, tired good for nothing politicians. So Jb please don’t insult us. Thanks

  2. Ngalamayi says:

    For Malawi to develop, to lose its dependence on donors, 2 things MUST change: the population must stop voting on a tribal / party allegiance basis and start choosing the candidate with the best manifesto. Secondly, the aspiring leaders must have Malawi’s best interests at heart, not their own power or lining their own pockets. Until these things happen, Malawi will slide deeper into poverty.

  3. The reformer says:

    Madam former President Dr Joyce Banda, I feel your time to rule Malawians is over & i agree 100% with the commentators, the current terrain is not conducive for you. The 2 year term of your leadership was marred with a beautiful mirage oh what a missed opportunity. Madam former president cash gate happened under your watch with a smoke screen similar to the current administration (a den of thugs ) harboring the status quo. The two faced politicians with Philanthropy tendencies at the same time faking the funk is what costed Hillary Clinton campaign period & Madam former president, time for the establishment is over hence the movement of Brexit & Trump is now here! Its a shame for you to entertain the ideas of passive PP loyalists who are daily defecting to other parties. Your absence has left your party in a very big mess & the vacuum is now being filled by the new blood with fresh ideas. My advice is remain who you are as a great woman empowering women & children with wonderful exploits through Joyce Banda foundation.

  4. [email protected] says:

    The analyst akuti…You see, the problem with most Malawians [who happen to be outside Malawi (by whatever chance)] is thinking that everybody is missing them; when truth is, they are the ones missing Malawi.
    . . . Now, let someone tell this JB that no any sane/sensible person misses her. -kkkkkkkk

  5. Patrick says:

    One thing we’re forgetting is that Joyce Banda was never elected as the Malawi president.

  6. Third Knowles sister says:

    JB if you really love yourself you better stay wherever you are,if you decide to come back you better understand this,you
    won’t survive in a police cell or maula,just a day or some few hours your Bp will shoot and you know the consequences……ndale za pa Malawi nzothana you had everything when you were in power ukanayambe ndiwe kumutha uyu mmati ndani uyu

  7. zondiwe says:

    People, do not forget that it was JB who ended the fuel scarcity that had been created by Bingu. She also restored many strained diplomatic relations e.g.wit huh the UK. The political analyst at Chancellor College does not k ow what he is talking about. In politics dk not file out someone like JB. She has a lot of followers in Malawi.

  8. Fearless Samurai says:

    Kodi akumulimbitsa Mtima ndani, we dne with women ruling us….

  9. Nsipe-Bawi says:

    The political landscape of Malawi is characterized by lack of appropriate president who can do the right things in favour of Malawians. It doesn’t matter whether these right things originate with Azungu or Chinese. If they’re the right things, they’ll remain so and nobody’ll change them. The present leadership hates Malawi by doing things that inflict economic misery on Malawians. Foremost of these is failure to root out corruption and mismanagement/misappropriation of public resources. This has not only chased donors away but has also eroded the country’s financial strength. The country has consequently reverted to an economic paralysis that epitomized Bingu’s las days. During that time we know what JB did when she became president. She made good of Bingu’s mess and restored the economy back to glory in barely 100 days of her presidency. When she learned of theft by members of her cabinet and senior govt officers,she did not shield thieves as Bingu did and as his brother APM is doing. She arrested them. Besides, JB was a listening president – if people cried for something good, she listened. She raised workers’ wages twice in her two years. Students’grievances were sorted out before they could mature into strikes. Malawi now is characterized by events that ONLY JB can solve – I’m saying ONLY because JB has proved to do things that help Malawians. We’ve not tested the other presidential aspirants. But we know JB can correct the ills Malawi is going through- she’s done it before. So the political climate favours JB, not any other person. The question of losing an election is a different matter – people’s choice at elections is not necessarily the right choice – that’s why USA has electoral colleges to act as safety valve when people go crazy during elections.

  10. Emeneka says:

    Hahaha Mr Kayuni and the Analyst just shut up you dont know what you are talking about. Compared to APM and Chakwera better JB. Without vote stealing APM is no match for JB. Cashgate has nothing to do with JB. Today with JB not in Malawi we are still stealing without shame. Every Senior civil servant know that Cashgate was planned and successfully executed by Bingu with the help of Mwanavekha and Dr Daliso Kabambe.

    How many Malawians know that the Malawi police did not lose MK400 million but MK4 billion?

  11. The Analyst says:

    O…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..O
    It is not just the current political environment which doesn’t favour JB. JB has never been favoured before. And shall never ever be favoured by any political environment in Malawi. Kodi inu . . .
    . . . Is it not this JB who always used to say “Azungu akuti”, “Azungu andiuza”?, implying that she was just a post-turtle which could be twisted willy-nilly?
    . . . Is it not this JB (with her Azungu-akuti fame) who, at once; significantly devalued the Kwacha and adopted the flexible exchange rate regime, when common sense could have begged her to do it gradually?
    . . . Yes, azungu ankati; but what did JB say, if not nothing, coz she knew nothing about anything?
    . . . Are we surprised therefore that all she was seen doing was kugawa abakha ndi mbuzi? The whole president?
    . . . Did it come as a shock that she embarrassingly lost an election she shouldn’t have, had she just stopped being useless? And who, but a coward; would be so embarrassed with an election loss to the point of enslaving oneself into exile?
    . . . And who doesn’t know that besides the election-loss embarrassment, she fears being jailed for cashgate?; when truth is, she cant be jailed coz thieves can never arrest or jail fellow thieves?
    . . . Now, who; but an equally useless citizen would want such a person to contest or be president again?
    . . . Yes, APM is just as useless; but is it hard to see that JB can never be an alternative?
    ………………………………………………………………………
    You see, the problem with most Malawians [who happen to be outside Malawi (by whatever chance)] is thinking that everybody is missing them; when truth is, they are the ones missing Malawi.
    . . . Now, let someone tell this JB that no any sane/sensible person misses her.
    O…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..O

  12. Mapwevupwevu says:

    Fakeni!

  13. Galamukani says:

    Musiyenui abwere tidzamunyenyenye ife. Ifetu a DPP sitimalakwitsa povota. Timangoyang’ana pamene pali chimanga chinai basi, nkhani yatha.

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