Exiled Malawian former president Joyce Banda is reportedly preparing to come back to Malawi in preparation for the 2019 elections, a report said on Sunday.
Banda went on a self-imposed exile after losing the country’s election to her rival President Peter Mutharika in 2014.
The immediate past president in an exclusive interview with privately owned Zodiak Broadcasting Station (ZBS) in Tiuzeni Zoona Programme monitored yesterday, Banda—who ruled the country from April 2012 to May 20 2014—said she will be back home this year.
“This year after completing my duties abroad I will be back in Malawi. The day when I will be coming will be announced by People’s Party,” Banda said .
Recently, Banda also told supporters of her People’s Party (PP) that she will be back home this year but said Malawians need to be liberated from “deeply corrupt” Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) administration.
“I feel disheartened with the clueless government which is making our people suffer,” she said in an address to the PP supporters in an audio message which went going viral as people are sharing it through the WhatsApp.
“Katangale ali ali tho tho tho!Kuba ku chipatala, kuba ku Tevet. Kuba ku Escom. Kuba ku water board. Anthu akusowa madzi, kusowa magetsi. Anthu akupezeka ndizindalama mmanyumba tho tho tho. Kuwotcha ma ofesi Makati. Koma lero Peoples Party ndiye chipani chimene achipezelera kuti adzichiseweretsa kumazunza atsogoleri ake.[ Corruption is deeply entreacnhed. They are stealing from hospitals, Tevet, Escom; They are stealing from water boards. People have no electricity, no water. People are being found with huge sums of money stashes in their homes (George Chaponda). Yet, at the end of the day, the People’s Pary and its leadership are the punch bags.]
“I am asking you fellow Malawians to pray hard, Satan has engulfed the country,” she said.
But President Peter Mutharika has since hit back at Banda, saying she should come home and appreciate what his administration has done to seal ‘cashgate’ loopholes in government where there is no more embezzlement of public funds.
“Muwauze aja anaba ndikuthawa dziko lino kuti abwere. Last week amanena kuti zinthu zatikanika, chakanika ndi chani? … asiye kuyakhula zachipongwe kwambiri (Tell that person who cashgate public money and fled the country to come back. Last week, she said things are not working out but what has failed? She should stop the nonsense of making allegations),” said Mutharika.
The ‘Cashgate’ scandal engulfing Malawi, known as Cashgate, has dire implications for its economy. The European Union and other donor nations suspended direct aid to the government.
About 40 per cent of Malawi’s budget came from overseas aid payments and paid the wages of 170,000 public servants, army and police.
Mutharika claims his administration is now winning back donor confidence.
The so-called Cashgate scandal first came to light following the near-fatal shooting of the Malawian budget director, Paul Mphwiyo who is thought to have been about to blow the whistle on the scam.
Mphwiyo is also being prosecuted on ‘cashgate’ related charges.
In the police raids that followed, civil servants were discovered with thousands of dollars stashed in their car boots and at their homes.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :