Joyce Banda contemplating quitting frontline politics: ‘I will continue with my international work’

Malawi’s former President and People’s Party leader, Joyce Banda, has hinted that  she is quitting frontline  politics  after the May 21 elections to continue with her philanthropy work but will first add her weight to propel opposition leader Lazarus Chakwera who heads the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) to power.

Joyce Banda : Will quit frontline politics

Banda, who was Malawi’s first female president in 2012, has withdrawn from the 2019 presidential race, endorsing Chakwera and hopes he wins the elections so she moves on.

“Post elections, I will continue with my international work at the nine boards where I serve, international speaking engagements and here in Malawi I will continue my work of 30 years in our rural communities, particularly with those living in abject poverty,” said Banda through a statement.

Banda’s PP initially entered into an alliance with Vice President Saulos Chilima’s UTM but the coalition lasted three days and she went on to present her nomination papers to the Malawi Electoral Elections.

On endorsing Chakwera, Banda said that, “Yesterday I held a meeting with Peoples Party National Executive Committee Members to discuss yet again the view that I have advocated for since I returned home a year ago and that is to say that the opposition needs to unite and work together. I strongly believe that there is strength in unity.

“In my acceptance speech at the convention on the 30th of August, 2018, I reiterated that it was important for the People’s Party to get into a coalition with other parties. I am grateful to God that after a whole morning discussion we unanimously agreed to my proposal to withdraw my candidature and to endorse Hon Lazarus Chakwera,” Banda said.

Now 68, Banda first came to power in April 2012 following the sudden death of then president Bingu wa Mutharika.

At the time, she was serving as vice president with his death propelling her into the top office where she served until May 2014

She then thanked PP members and the general public for supporting her decision.

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Chimulirenji
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Chimulirenji

The past few weeks have demonstrated just how unstable this woman is, so this is a welcome development

Confused
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Confused

The fact that you can endorse 2 different presidential candidates within weeks in the same electoral cycle speaks volumes about your motives and mental stability. So yes! Please sit down.

Yambone
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Yambone

Thank you Jesus!, we don’t have to listen to you anymore!, the best news I have heard in years!

Who cares!
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Who cares!

It is pretty obvious that Malawians don’t care about your international work. They want someone who has the best interest of Malawians at heart and not what azungu says, or what the international community thinks about you oooooooooooo!

oMachemba
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oMachemba

Don’t even contemplate.
Just go. NOW!

Sambano
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Sambano

Quit now please!

Khezon
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Khezon

Greedy

POLITICAL OBSERVERS
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POLITICAL OBSERVERS

AS THE POLITICAL BATTLE CONTINUES MORE DRAMA IS EXPECTED IN THE POLITICAL SCENE……..BUT AS FAR AS IT STANDARDS OF NOW, JB WEIGHT ON MCP IS A PLUS.

MCP IS HAVING TOO MUCH ENERGY EVER THAN BEFORE…..

Kambewa chisale
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Foseki the one who stole the money Is Bingu and Peter Muthalika with their friends. The one who is behind the Albino abduction and killing I the Big Fish that’s why they are covering up every thing.. Now they want to poison Kalindo when they give him water and food.

Dagobert
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Dagobert

Madam Banda, my free advice, just buy a ticket to Nigeria and ask you beloved prophet to counsel you in repentance of your sins you commited towards us as a nation!
He might give you afterwards a job to be an intersessor, praying and bleeding to God for our country and continent!
Please stay there!
Everything else is nonsense!