There are revelations of an alleged plot by the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) operatives to assassinate Malawi’s former Head of State Joyce Banda when she returns home at the end of May, 2015.
Banda left the country in September 2014 to launch the Joyce Banda Foundation International (JBFI) Africa at the margins of the United Nations General Assembly in New York. She has also been fulfilling a number of speaking engagements in Europe, Africa and America, her office has said.
According to informants close to the scheme, DPP operatives in collusion with a hired foreign assassins, have several options to adopt to implement the plot, including staging a road accident—the ‘Mwanza Murders’ way.
“We have information that the former President is currently in South Africa attending some meetings and that she will fly back home next week. The most preferred scheme to eliminate her will be to ambush her convoy as she drives from Chileka Airport.
“An ambush on her residence is an alternative scheme,” he claimed, adding that President Peter Mutharika is not aware of the plot to kill her predecessor.
B ut that the plot has the blessings of the DPP Secretary General, Ecren Kudontoni and some of Mutharika’s most loyal aides at State House.
DPP spokesperson, Francis Kasaila dismissed the assassination plot claims, saying there are not true.
“I think someone is just dreaming about all this. I can’t comment further,” he said in an interview on Tuesday.
Banda’s spokesperson, Andekuche Chanthunya said they have been tipped about an assassination threat.
He told Nyasa Times in a separate interview that the former President would indeed be returning home “soon and does not fear anything”.
The DPP government, particularly through its spokesperson, Minister of Information, Tourism and Culture, Kondwani Nankhumwa, has vilified Banda in public since she left office in May 2014.
They falsely accuse her of serious alleged criminal acts, ranging from theft, corruption and murder while she was Head of State between 2012 and 2014. No credible evidence is available of such allegations.
In February, Nankhumwa ‘ordered’ international organizations not to recognize and honour Banda for her various life achievements before consulting the Malawi Government. The minister went on to demand that Banda must always take leave of President Mutharika every time she makes a trip abroad.
But Chanthunya had dismissed Nankhumwa’s demands, arguing Banda is a private citizen who can travel to anywhere in the world without any restrictions.
President Mutharika recently alleged former President Banda had planned to kill him when he was arrested on alleged coup plot charges in March 2013. He claimed “fake doctors” had been hired to poison him while in police custody.
During a memorial service of the late President Bingu wa Mutharika at Ndata Farm in Thyolo on May 9, 2015, Nankhumwa also claimed he had evidence that former President Banda killed President Bingu wa Mutharika. Banda has since sued the Minister for defamation.
A few weeks ago, the DPP government withdrew part of Banda’s security for unclear reasons, raising fears the DPP government may be up to no good.
When Banda was Vice President in 2010, the DPP government also withdrew part of her security detail. In November that same year, the Vice President’s official vehicle, a Mercedes Benz, registration number MG 2 was hit on the side she sat at Kanengo as she returned from Kamuzu International Airport. Luckily, she survived because she had used a different vehicle.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :