Former ruling party, Peoples Party spokesperson Ken Msonda has blasted Agriculture minister George Chaponda for telling the UN chief Ban Ki Moon that Joyce Banda is in self imposed exile because the former president fears prosuction in the cashgate.
“This is cheap politics, this is politics of the savages, this politics of the uneducated,” said the emotional Msonda.
He said the government cannot force Banda to return to Malawi, saying she is busy with her Joyce Banda Foundation work outside the country.
“Bingu stayed outside the country for quite a long time whilst he was president, no one talked about this, Bakili stays outside the country for long yet no one talks about this, what is wrong with Dr Banda,” he said.
He said the former president will come when she wants to come and she should not be forced.
Chaponda and the UN secretary general met for one hour at Kamuzu International Airport in Lilongwe where he made an emergency landing to refuel his plane.
The agriculture ministers himself has been named to be amongst seven rotten ministers implicated in the forensic audit of the grand corruption.
But he denies his involvement.
Chaponda said Ban was concerned about Malawi’s political situation with Banda staying away since losing the May 20 2014 Tripartite Elections.
“We [with the UN chief] basically talked about two things. We discussed the former president Dr Joyce Banda who is currently in the USA.
“We [Malawi] assured Mr Ban Ki-moon that we are not persecuting anybody and that the former president can return home anytime. We are a country which is not hunting anybody and the former president has nothing to fear.”
Banda announced that she would not return home because the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), which unseated her through the ballot after a two-year stint in the presidency, threatened to arrest her.
She is also on record as having complained that the government was yet to give her a house and security detail as provided by law.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :