Malawi’s First Gentleman, retired Chief Justice Richard Banda SC, on Thursday is reported to have shocked Police officers and State House staff when he refused to use a convoy and asking them if he was “the President.”
According to a report by journalist Kondwani Munthali posted on his blog, the staff were following the tradition especially by the Former First Lady, who was accorded a full convoy with Police escorts, and sirens whenever she travelled, live coverage on State Radios and the title Her Excellency.
“The Retired Chief Justice for Malawi and Swaziland wanted to go on a personal errand and asked for transport, and the Police officers immediately summoned a whole convoy, as was the case with the Former First Lady,” blogged the fellow of Harvard University.
Justice Banda when shown the vehicle which was a convoy, he asked, “Am I the President here? I cannot use this?” and returned in the House.
A Police officer from State House says, “We were surprised with such humbleness, but I can tell you it is something that we discussed and agreed, this family is set to change the way we do business in the country.”
Meanwhile, Nyasa Times has learnt that the First Gentleman says he would not pocket an illegal salary like was the case with former First Lady Callista Mutharika being for doing charity work.
The reticent former Chief Justice is called ‘First Gentleman’ as the hubby to the Head of State, the country’s first female President Joyce Banda.
Previously, the spouse to the male Presidents were called First Lady.