U.S. Military General says Joyce Banda is definition of courage

President of Kansas State University in the United States (US), Richard Myers, a retired U.S. Military General, has said he is lucky to know  Joyce Banda, former president of Malawi,  and said she is the definition of courage.

Joyce Banda, former president of Malawi, delivers a public lecture at Kansas State University

Myers made the remarks when Banda, popularly known as JB, delivered a public lecture  at Kansas State University.

He  was referring to Banda’s bravery to become president in 2012 when people were attempting to stop her after the death of President Bingu wa Mutharika when she was second in command.

“She said the country is more important than my personal safety,” Myers said. “That’s courage.”

In her remarks, Banda thanked Myers for his involvement in securing her succession to the presidency of Malawi.

She said when Bingu wa Mutharika died, pressure built among some to not allow Her  to become president, in spite of the country’s constitution.

Myers, and the U.S. Government, helped make sure Banda was sworn in as the president, she said.

“Myers got international support and intervened and I was able to take oath 72 hours later,” she said.

Banda served in various ministerial positions before becoming vice-president in the Bingu wa Mutharika administration. Later, she constitutionally ascended to the presidency following the death of Mutharika in April 2012.

She lost the 2014 elections to incumbent President Peter Mutharika and left the country shortly afterward and  she has been living in a self-imposed exile.


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It’s quite abnormal how such a failed leader keeps getting attention from The US, I don’t know if its because they think she has enough credibility to rule a country or because she is very easy to control but those single topic public lectures must be very dull cause she lacks the intellectual ability to speak substance. She is like that deadbeat who keeps talking about the short lived old glory days. She keeps trying to milk that succession story for all it’s worth cause it’s the the only thing that brings sympathy towards her but we are not blind… Read more »

word. people wanted her to hand over the throne to fake leader mutharika

Peter Chimangeni

so what you are saying is that the US was complicit with Joyce Banda in the death of Bingu wa Mutharika ?


It is disgusting to hear the revelation by Myers. Just to correct the defunct army general, Joyce Banda is not a definition of courage but was rather undisputed definition of extension of white and colonial rule in Malawi by using a Malawian. If timadabwa nthawi zonse maiwa amanena kuti ‘azungu andiuza………..’ We have now known the white person who was misleading her!!!!!!


Courage yake iti, yosaopa ndalama za dziko?

If you admire her courage then just take her and put her in charge of your army. Akubereni muwone polekera!

Keen Observer

Is this news? USA General? That’s why Trump is insulting us cos I don’t understand.

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