PP says Joyce Banda has well-founded fear of persecution if she returns to Malawi

The opposition People’s Party (PP) says former President Joyce Banda, currently in self-imposed exile abroad,  has a well-founded fear to face  humiliation and persecution from President Peter Mutharika-led government.

Joyce Banda:  Fear political harrassment
Joyce Banda: Fear political harrassment

Banda has been travelling around the globe undertaking international assignments for her charity foundation.

However,  government has been calling her to come home , branding her as a fugitive and h as been trying to implicate her in Cashgate—the systematic looting of public funds at Capital Hill by civil servants, politically aligned businesspeople and others that unravelled in September 2013 when JB was president of Malawi.

But Banda has argued that   many unsubstantiated accusations and allegations by the government against the former president could be a precursor to much more sinister motives and “lives could be at stake.”

In a statement, PP’s spokesperson Ken Msonda said Banda has a well founded fear of facing persecution is she return to Malawi as ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has an appetite to attempt on her life.

“Suffice to say the DPP administration has a history of harassing former presidents; Dr. Bakili Muluzi is being tossed around like a toy, Dr. Cassim Chilumpha is under house arrest since 2006, Rt Hon Khumbo Kachali is not even recognized if it weren’t for him being PP Member of Parliament people would have forgotten about him.

“Malawians don’t know where Dr. Justin Malewezi is, so how sure are you that Dr. Joyce Banda will be respected when she returns home? You want her to return home just to be harassed and embarrassed by the DPP ruthless regime? Please give her space to enjoy her retirement!” said Msonda.

Retired chief justice Richard Banda  is  on record  to have penned a letter bringing to the attention of the international community and donors attempts by the DPP government to victimise  his wife, former president Joyce Banda (JB) for political reasons.

“Malawians remember very well that when Her Excellency Joyce Banda was Vice-President, the DPP government, under the late President Bingu wa Mutharika, withdrew part of her security detail. A few days after the withdrawal of security, in November 2010, the Vice-President’s official vehicle…was hit on the side she sat at Kanengo as she returned from Kamuzu International Airport. Luckily, she survived because she had used a different vehicle,” former chief justice wrote.

He said his family is “ grossly concerned” that JB’s own life “might be in danger.”

But DPP spokesperson Francis Kasaila  who is also foreign affairs minister said  government has no intention  to persecute her.

“There is no need,” he said.

Kasaila said  it is not DPP that insinuated about JB’s involvement in Cashgate but her former  People’s Party  members who are implicating her.

But Banda claims the DPP government pressurised cashgate convicts to deliberately implicate the former president.

Banda also points to an allegation President Peter Mutharika made at Maula Prison that the former president had planned to kill him when he was arrested on alleged coup plot charges in March 2013. Without substantiating his claim, Mutharika said fake doctors had been hired to poison him while in police custody and that he was shown sworn affidavits of the alleged fake doctors.

In the letter to the international community, Banda makes much of a string of outbursts by minister of local government Kondwani Nankhumwa, who is on record as saying CCTV footage was available to substantiate claims by cashgate-convict Oswald Lutepo, showing the latter handing over cash to JB.


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6 years ago

Mutharika did not run away from her persecution, when she arrested him alongside the midnight six. let her come home and have a taste of her own medicine!

6 years ago

I am happy that she is living outside the country because our money is not used to pay her and her security detail and government must forfeit her benefits. Mwana wake ndi yemwe anangomuninkha ntchito ndi uyo yamuthera ku Millenuim Challenge Acccount (MCA). Analira mwana ameneyu ku MASAF kuli Kakhobwe kulephera kuchita develop communication strategy ndiye ati ndi Chief Executive ku MCA, za nkutu.Management yake anakaiphunzirira kuti – munthu wopanda management experience from nowhere angakhale Chief Executive Officer? Kachibwenzinso ka ku Standard Bank ka ku Kenya ndi kaja kanathamangitsidwa kupita ku Zambia chifukwa cha matama.Ntchito amangopasa anzake a kumpoto, shupiti.

6 years ago

Anabadi nanga sakubwera bwanji if she is innocent. The relations kumpukwezi changes lifestyles in midair mpaka kutumiza mwana ku china and yet we were same level.

osangovomela bwanji

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6 years ago

It is high time these unpalatable stories circulation stopped. In all fairness, if the allegations are what they are why can’t she come back home? In case the government goes ahead to incarcerate her, there are many lawyers needing clients and many courts to hear her case. The article mentions a number of previous politicians and surprisingly all those mentioned are still residing in Malawi in their own homes; has any of those been sent to prison, why then should it only happen to her? Mr.Msonda is mentioning about Mr. Banda writing letters to the international community complaining and defending… Read more »

6 years ago

Those who live by the sword will die by the sword. Mai mukuthawanji popeza munali ndi mphamvu zoposa mkango nthawi ija? Do you remember Joyce that at one time you said a certain elderly man prophesied that you would do great things in life? Inu muinati mkuluyo adati ‘mweana uyu adzachita zazikulu” Zazikulu zake zinali kuba ndalama ndikuthawira kunja? Dziwani kuti mulandi siuola. Nzani uja ndi uja walamulidwa life imprisonment for commiting crimes gainst humanity ku Senegal. Inunso mukulowera komweko.

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