Malawi newspaper critique Joyce Banda‘s comeback bid: ‘Recycling the same old faces seldom bring no new results’

Malawi’s leading daily newspaper  has  given a critique to the announcement former president Joyce Banda that  she was ready to run in next year’s presidential elections  and reclaim the presidency she lost four years ago if nominated by her party.

Joyce Banda: I want to contest again in 2019

Banda, 68, was Malawi’s first female president, serving from April 2012 to May 2014, but left the country   when she lost power after being embroiled in a massive graft scandal in which government officials siphoned off millions of dollars of public money.

She returned home in April and has since announced that she will contest at her People’s Party (PP) elective convention due in coming months.

However, The Nation in an editorial comment on Monday said Banda’s  come back bid raises burning questions about succession plans in her  PP.

It pointed out that  in her four-year abscence,  PP has been in ceaseless power wrangles  which has seen “endless sacking and handpicking of party executives” which exposed a  power vacuum that even her choosen interim heir Uladi Mussa – now defected to ruling DPP –  could not fill.

“Her immutable zeal to regain the post she lost to the incumbent Peter Mutharika four years ago subtly offers a vote of no confidence in her  potential successors, if any,” the paper said.

While it noted that Banda has a right to seek the presidential officer through a vote,  the paper wondered what  new ideas and game changer she has brought from globe-trotting for Malawians to make her the head of state once more.

“All politicians  can claim their admirers – after holding  14 meetings with party leaders  and family members – want  them to come back to power. But this is not a compelling reason for Malawians to give away their vote,” the paper’s comment reads.

It reminded that Banda when she came third in 2014 elections with less than 20 percent of the total votes, she refused to  accept the results.

The paper further stated that 25 years of democracy in Malawi,  many political party founders  in the country seem  to misconstrue elections as a game of numbers, not the voice of the people.

“This cadre seizes any opportunity to appear on the ballot no matter how many times voters reject them.

“Dood leaders groom their successors. Recycling the same old faces seldom bring no new results.”

Banda founded the PP in 2011 after splitting from the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), which is led by President Peter Mutharika.

Her downfall in 2014 elections came in part from the so-called “Cashgate” scandal, the biggest financial misconduct in the country’s history.

Ministers, civil servants and businessmen were accused of pocketing money from government coffers through ghost companies which did not provide any services to the state.

The scandal prompted foreign donors — who provide around 40 percent of Malawi’s budget — to pull the plug on aid worth around $150-million.

Banda says she did nothing wrong and that the allegations against her are politically motivated.

After she returned to the country in April, police said an arrest warrant against her was valid, but two months later she has been neither charged nor arrested.

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gavin

joyce banda ndi chitsanzo cha atambwali achizimai. wangobwera kudzapitiriza ntchito yomwe adailephera 2014 yotchinjiriza chipani cha dpp kuti chisatenge boma . iye akudziwa kuti chisankho sangazawine koma angofuna kugawa mavoti kuti mcp idzakhale ndi mwai . iyetu 2014 analamula kuti chisankho chibwerezedwe ndipo iyeyo saima . kampeni yomwe atapange sifalikira maboma ena koma kummwera kokha ndipo dpp ikadzawinanso adzathawa kawiri

Phwisa
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Phwisa

She wants to come for more cash gate. Brave it Malawians

Julius m. Msukwa.
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Julius m. Msukwa.

We didnt have black out or load sheding during her term.

Panganani
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Awa ndiye masanjetu!

GHH
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A Joyces Banda, mtima suvala nsanza.KKKKKK

Alice
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Alice

Wakufa sadziwika, asiyeni amai athu ayimenso

Sidik Lebwedelebwede Mia
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the desire by Joyce Banda to stand as presidential candidate in next years elections is driven by vindictiveness.She wants to punish Peter by robbing him of the much needed southern region votes.
Banda knows that she cannot win the presidency.

Kwangwagwa
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Kwangwagwa

Azapikisane nawodi ncholinga choti tiwine if a MCP. Iwo agawanitse mavoti a ku South East Zone. Zikatere, womwe akanavotera a DPP akavotera PP for Joyce Banda

Kibaki
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Kibaki

JB, APM and Atupele’s UDF have no place in Malawi’s politics.

Yahya Yahya Jammeh
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She will still be arrested the moment she attacks government during the election campaign. This will be a strategy for DPP to silence the opposition and reduce its numbers for the race.

#DzukaniAmalawi
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#DzukaniAmalawi

All these old politicians who served in the Kamuzu-Banda MCP-led government and those who grew up in that era would never think outside the box. The Kamuzu Banda-type politics is all we know. The youngsters who are supposed to rise to the occasion are completely disfranchised and clueless. They would rather fiddle their fingers on social media the whole day carrying diplomas and degrees that carry no value or relevancy to Malawi’s economy. This is why Joyce Banda is confident enough to stand for presidency because she knows very well that Malawians can be stupid at best of times. Malawians… Read more »

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