Former president Joyce Banda on Sunday morning left Malawi for United States to spend a month long holiday since being ousted in a chaotic May 20 elections.
Banda, who is also opposition People’s Party (PP) leader, left the country through Chileka International Airport in Blantyre.
PP vice president Brown Mpinganjira said their leader would “return soon” after her vacation contrary to what he called government propaganda that she is leaving the country for good.
Banda travels at a time there were fevered speculation that there is political will that she should be indicted.
Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) spokesperson Egrita Ndala however quashed such reports saying there is nothing of that sort at ACB.
The former president told loyalists who came to see her privately departure that “I am coming back, we will meet on my return soon, stay well and God bless you all.”
Speculations have also been rife that the United Nations had offered a job to Malawi’s former leader to head the newly established UN Women as an Under Secretary.
It’s been said that Banda is ravelling to the USA to finalize negotiations on the post which she is expected to take up before the end of the year.
The UN Women, headquartered in New York the USA, is the United Nations organization dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women globally.
But former president’s media liason officer, Tusekele Mwanyongo, downplayed such reports, saying “it is wishful thinking” as Banda is “not going anywhere. After her vacation she will be back in Malawi. She will be in Malawi and lead PP.”