Malawi government has disarmed former president Joyce Banda’s government security personnel.
Banda’s security personnel has handed in some pistols and several rounds of ammunitios to Police headquarters.
According to government officials the state security is provided to the former president who is out of the country and that even her motorcade would be withdrawn until she comes back.
Banda, who was Malawi’s first female President and Africa’s second, has been absent from the local political scene after left the country in July last year following her loss in the May 20 tripartite elections that shoved her into the opposition ranks and enthroned President Peter Muntharika to power.
She has been on global philanthoropy programs for her Joyce Banda Foundation International.
Banda is quoted by Voice of America that she has not returned home since her 2014 election defeat because she has a packed schedule of international speaking engagements — and not because government has been threatening her with arrest.
Asked when she is returning home, Banda speaking fron South Africa said: “ When I’ve finished my program, I’ll go home. But I want you to know that I must feel in my country, like all former heads of state of Malawi and elsewhere, [that] I’m free to come in and out of my country or live anywhere else I choose to live.”
Pressed to explain why she has stayed outside the country for a long period of time without returning to Malawi, Banda responded by saying: “I don’t have a job in Malawi. What surprises me is that you are asking me this question because, in the past, we have seen presidents who have left office in Malawi and have gone and spent many, many months outside the country.
“Do you remember the time [former] president Bakili Muluzi stayed for a long period in the UK with his family? So I truly believe that there no problem with that then, and there is no problem with me staying outside as well.”