Malawi Pres Banda offers K2m reward on source of fake resignation letter: ‘ I am not ill’

President Joyce Banda has tagged MK2 million to any person with information leading to the capture of author of the malicious letter with a forged signature of the Head of State  which claimed she has resigned due to poor health.

The resignation letter, which circulated in social media indicated that as the pressure of the top office finally got to her, she was resigning.

The letter dated 20th February 2013, cites high blood pressure and other health concerns as the reasons for the president being unable to effectively execute the duties of her office.

Responding to Capital Radio journalist Timothy Kateta during a news conference she conducted upon arrival from Equatorial Guinea on Saturday where she had gone to attend an Africa-American, Banda vehemently denied that she has a resigned, saying she is not a coward but a reformist who wants to see things change for the better.

“Let me say it that I have not resigned and I don’t expect to do so,” President Banda said emphatically.

“In the malicious letter they say I’m sick but look at me do I look like somebody who is sick? Once again whosoever authored that document had evil motives and I’m offering my own MK2 million to any informant, be it a security personnel or civilian who will give me information that will lead to the arrest of such evil minded person,” said Banda amid ululation, dancing and jubilation from the crowd.

President Banda: Dismisses fake resignation letter
President Banda: Dismisses fake resignation letter

Civil servants

Commenting on the just ended strike by civil servants, President Banda said she understood their concerns and that they had a valid case. Banda said  she ordered her administration to source funds from within the government departments to carter for them.

She disputed reports that the civil servants caused mayhem in the country.

“As far as I’m concerned the civil servants operated within the law. However, let me say it here that I’m aware there were some external forces that tried to take advantage of the situation. It will therefore be unfair to accuse the civil servants of causing chaos that is not true,” she said.

Pupils protest

Asked on to comment on the protest primary school pupils in cities of Blantyre and some parts of Lilongwe, the Malawi leader said she was shocked with the development.

She condemned organizers of the protest for lacking moral judgment by parading very young children in the streets where she observed that they were exposed to danger.

President Joyce Banda ascended to the throne in April last year after a sudden death of professor Bingu wa Mutharika, whose policies in the years  2011 and 2012 were not in favour with both the local and the international community.

The fake letter; Who authored it?
The fake letter; Who authored it?

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