Joyce Banda not coming to Malawi anytime soon – Spokesman

As Malawians are still wondering if, and when, they will see their former president Joyce Banda back on home soil, her spokesman Andekuche Chanthunya has said she is not coming anytime soon.

Joyce Banda: Still in self-imposed exile

Chanthunya said in a statement clarifying that Banda is not expected to return this month as alleged by an announcement which he has disowned.

“I have noted with great concern, disbelief and disappointment that some ill-intentioned individuals are circulating a statement on the social media purportedly authored by myself to the effect that Former President Her Excellency Dr. Joyce Banda returns to Malawi on Saturday, February 18, 2017.

“I wish to categorically disassociate myself and the Office of the Former President from the said statement,” said Chanthunya.

He denied that Banda is on her way back home.

Banda, who was president from 2012 to 2014, left  the country in September 2014 after coming third in elections a few months earlier, and she has given a myriad of reasons as to why she has not returned ever since.

Chanthunya insists that the former president’s delay in returning to Malawi has nothing to do with fear of prosecution in the infamous Cashgate as the ‘fake’ announcement said she is coming to clear herself on  allegations surrounding the huge corruption scandal known as Cashgate.

The Cashgate scandal was uncovered in 2013, while Banda was president, and led to the arrest of about 70 people, including government officials and business people, accused of stealing $32 million of government money through dubious construction deals.

Said Chanthunya:“We suspect that the said statement is a desperate ploy by some people who wish to divert people’s attention from the ongoing ‘maizegate’ inquiry. Instead of issuing such statements, we call on these people to concentrate on addressing the many social and economic challenges that have rocked our nation over the last three years.”

Chanthunya said Banda as a former  Head of State  “who is highly respected all over the world”  deserves the same measure of respect in Malawi “instead of using her name for propaganda purposes to score cheap political points. “

He said Malawians shall be duly notified by his office when Banda decides, “ on her own will, to return home. “

Chanthunya said a statement of Joyce Banda’s return shall be issued through “appropriate channels” and not fake news.

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13 thoughts on “Joyce Banda not coming to Malawi anytime soon – Spokesman”

  1. Chiheni says:

    If I were Andekude Chanthunya I could have just shut my ugly mouth up!
    Kodi ndipo mkulu wake wa mfana ameneyu chigawenga chakupha chick Masonzi Chanthunya tikachiduda liti?

  2. koma abale inu eeh says:

    How attitudes change with time!
    Many Malawians admired Joisi Banda to begin with, mainly because she was changing the image of women in this country. For better, to be sure.
    Then she messed up: mainly because the job of governing the country was simply beyond her capabilities.
    Worse yet, she started to pretend that she knew what she was doing, and ignored many relevant questions posed by even her supporters. She only listened only to Azungu as if they were the Mzika or citizens.
    Furthermore, she turned to picking the low hanging fruit (government money) using her direct access to managers in the government. That was her choice, and she has to pay for her actions.
    What is so painful to many of us is that she’s using the same money she, her people and Party stole from us; living 100 times better than us; spending that money also on people like Chanthunya, and enhancing other economies!
    Trump won’t put up with people like her. The USA may not be a heaven for her any more.
    So, South Africa, only a couple of hours away, may be her base for a while. Within grasp.
    Get her back here. Get her case in court, and extradite her. Don’t worry about sympathy for her – she no longer has goodwill around here.

  3. Mtumbuka says:

    Joice is simply a heap of pungent bullshit. We dont need her in Malawi anymore. We dont miss her either. Our economy needs the money which she is playing with in America but she doesn’t care at all. We are still paying for the loans which she store and she is busy enjoying our sweat in America. Who can miss such a dog?

    If she is clean, then why is she afraid to come?

    Atumbuka where are you on joice the thief? Or are you silent because you heavily benefited from her plunder?

    Tikukuwonanituuu!

  4. sakondwera kweni says:

    Who is calling her to come here. Anathawa yekha atatibera ndalama za nkhani nkhani. Akufuna azabenso. Kodi ku Malawi kuno anthu ophunzira kulibe oti azatha kudzaimira upulezident after the term of Peter? Malawians, we should wake up kudyeledwa pamutu ife osaukafe. Kaya abwere or asabwere non of our business. Mulungu watipatsa mvula yabwino chaka chino. Let us praise Him.

  5. Good Samaritan says:

    Malawians had had respect to all ladies up until this lady robbed us of our moneys. You can agree with me how shadow lady mps’ lost during the last elections, its because every one lost interest on ladies. Azibambo inde amaba koma azimayi kuba kwao kopanda chisoni. n’chifukwa chake amati mfiti yaikazi ilibe chisoni. Joyce adakwanilitsa mau amenewa.
    Imagine a router getting only 10 % of the routed and the rest kwa amayi! How much money would you imagine she collected from the whole saga?
    amangwetu!!! mama joyce banda ajikwete mbiya!!!!

  6. Geoffrey Kulupajili says:

    Masten munatinyozesa ife makhang’a zomba mai opanda manyazi ndi kupakula ndalama za misonkho.musabwerenso kuno.bwana APM akumanga miseu ndi za misonkho zomwezija APM woyeee

  7. kantama says:

    Mayi bwerani ife tikufuna timve za ndege yathu. Pa zaka ziwiri zokha mwalemera osati zibwana no wonder you are managing to stay abroad for years and years. Cash gate nde ikukudikilani mayi……munanyanya inu kuba ngati si mzimayi.

    Nanga che Lutepo magalimoto anatinamiza kuti akugulilani aja alipati?

    kun nkunja mayi,moyendamo ngati mukusangalalamo? Home is best!

  8. Mika Kumbire says:

    Which social network announced that Joyce Banda is coming back? Anatsanzika ndani? Ndipo adzachota chiani chothandiza ngati sanatithandize ali m’boma. Pumani bwino mayi Malawi does not need you anymore. Nthawi yanu inapita ya cashgate, ndi kuotcha ESCOM.

    1. lemson says:

      Tinalandiladi mma FB and social network zoti akubwera. Komadi anatsazika ndani ndipo ali kuti? kkk apumedi bwino koma ngati akubweradi tikufuna first a clarification about our jet. Then za achina Mphwiyo cash gate.

  9. Cindie says:

    Koma a Malawi ndife anthu omvetsa Chisoni kwambiri! Nzelu so tilibe. Just imagine Chinyumba anamanga Senzani chija chinali ku mpanda wa Joyce Banda? Nanga zomwe anaba kalonga poti magalimoto odula amayendela yekha! Mpoola amasangalala nazo yekha ndalama mpakana kumakhala ku ma area. Kodi ndi a Joyce banda? Nanga Phwiyo? Anyamata aku accountant general si mmene abela ndalama za boma ena amanga manga ma nyumba oti salary yawo singakwanitse. Ndiye ndi a Joyce Banda? Anthu muziyamba mwaganiza musanayakhule.. as for me l feel sorry for Mama Joyce Banda for the betrayal around the people who was supposed to work and help her. Mama be strong. God knows the truth ! It shall come to pass one day.

    1. Alfred Minjo says:

      Mmmmmmmmmmm! palibe!! kkkkkkkkkk, a Cindie…timati kudzikwata ndi chala mukunenako abwana!!!

    2. Mweene says:

      Inu a Cindie:
      Ife sitingamukhululukire Joisi Banda wanuyo.
      Zineme anaba iyeyo, zikhuzana bwa ndi zimene ena anaba?
      Kodi enawo siamene ali pa milandu m’makhoti mom’muno mdziko lino. Ngakhale ena akumwalira, boma lizatengabe chuma chawo chimene asiya. Ngati anapita nazo kumanda?
      Ena akuti Joisis wanuyo asowe. Ife tikuti abwere: azaoneko ku Maula olo ku Zomba basi.

  10. Kaloswe Chaponda says:

    Ine ndinadziwa………………..mayi cashgate sangabwere ku Malawi, ananyerera

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