Mutharika orders Malawi-ex-leader JB arrest to stop US trip

President Peter Mutharika has issued instruction to law enforcing agencies to stop former president Joyce Banda from travelling to United States this Sunday by way of effecting an arrest on her.

The arrest orders have gone to Police and Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) to make sure Banda is arrested and charged with several counts of corruption in relation to Cashgate scandal.

Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) boss Justice Renzine Mzikamanda has been put under pressure from the Executive to have Banda indicted or he will be replaced by Mutharika’s loyalist.

Banda arrest looming
Banda arrest looming

Nyasa Times understands that ACB has not collected objective material evidence linking Banda to prosecutable offence other than mere unsubstantiated allegations.

But government online media outlets quoted unnamed senior investigator with the ACB, saying: “We have completed all the documents for the arrest of the former president and some senior Malawi Defence Forces officials on issues related to Cashgate.”

Tusekele Mwanyongo, a spokesman for the former president, said Banda’s conscious is “very clear from any wrongdoing.”

He suspected “political witch-hunting” against Banda.

Mutharika indicated that although he does not seek vengeance, he will doubtless preside over the prosecution of “those who have broken the law.”

Banda has indicated that she will not quit politics as she will be leading People’s Party (PP) in rebuilding process for 2019 elections.

She is expected back home from US trip after a month.

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