Where is Joyce Banda? Missing ex-president of Malawi sparks more rumours 

It is now over two months since Malawi’s former President, Joyce Banda, left the country for her international engagements. However, there has recently been no publicity on her activities  or her whereabouts triggering rumours, including that she is avoiding a possible arrest over cashgate.

Former president Banda: Missing in action!

Former president Banda: Whats her location?

Rumour also has it that Banda is seeking to renew her United States visa so that she remains in the US on political asylum.

Banda’s Media Liaison Officer, Tusekele Mwanyongo disputes these claims.

He says the former President was still attending to various international engagements, including some related to the Joyce Banda Foundation International (JBFI) Africa Initiative.

“The former President is still on her philanthropy tour of duty. As you may be aware, apart from Malawi, her foundation has now extended its wings to other countries in Africa, including Kenya, South Africa,Uganda, DRC, Gabon, Liberia, Ghana, Egypt and Mauritania.

“JBFI Africa Initiative will focus on five priority areas—Wealth creation; Education for a girl child; Maternal Health and HIV/Aids; Leadership; and Rights—in these countries. She is preoccupied with ensuring that JBFI Africa Initiative achieves its intended objectives,” Mwanyongo  told Nyasa Times on Friday in an email response to a questionnaire.

He indicated that the former President would be returning to Malawi “soon” but could not disclose the arrival date.

Mwanyongo declined to disclose the current whereabouts of the former President neither could he provide contact phone number (s), claiming he is not mandated to do so.

Similarly, Banda’s Public Relations Officer, Andekuce Chanthunya declined to share with Nyasa Times the former President’s phone numbers.

“Why do you want them? If you wish to interview her, may you please furnish us with a questionnaire, which I can send to Her Excellency for her consideration,” Chanthunya said in a telephone interview from Lilongwe.

Chief cashgate suspect, Oswald Lutepo, recently implicated Banda as being the main beneficiary of cashgate. While admitting he indeed swindled the state of billions of Kwacha, Lutepo claimed in a Zodiak Broadcasting Station interview that he was only a conduit who personally delivered the loot to Banda during her reign as President.

But in a statement issued in response to Lutepo’s claims, the former President claimed she has in possession “written confessions” by some cashgate scandal suspects that they were under pressure from some unnamed state agents to implicate her in the scandal.

This information, according to the statement, would be made public at an “appropriate time”.

“(Former President) Banda dedicated her efforts to ensuring that all people involved in cashgate face the law. The former President would like to reiterate that she has at no time during her tenure or at any other time, been involved in cashgate,”read the statement in part.

“She would like to encourage the country’s leadership to concentrate more on dealing with the worsening political, social and economic situation, than listening to a Cashgate suspect who has so far proved to be unreliable, untrustworthy and susceptible to manipulation,” it  continued.

The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), through its publicity secretary, Francis Kasaila, has denied coercing suspects to implicate former President Banda in the scandal for whatever reasons.

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frazer
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asiye amai mwasowa chonena eti?

Charles
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Difficult to understand just Live JB alone

Phodogoma
Guest

In short JB is not a former president of Malawi. Point of correction JB is former Vice President of Malawi period.

Hannockie kambirinya
Guest

jb was not aformer president but aprisiding over president

boston mlotha
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jb is former interim president

Nana
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JB is innocent Peter wants to divert our attention from the economic mess he has created. The country is in bigger mess than JB time. Lutepo is DPP chief thief. He is featured highly in K92 billion. Was JB there? Peter stole our houses for MHC, lilongwe mayor and now want to bribe journalists. In addition he stole Chakwera votes.

Peter is bigger thief than JB.

rif
Guest

Kusowa kwa Joyce pa malawi pano ife zikutikhudza bwanji? Pali ambiri a Malawi omwe ali kunja kwa dzikoli whats special about this lady?

Anonabhani
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All what we want is development. Do not intimidate people when you realise that you are failing to bring financial stability in our country. Lutepo has threatened hence hiding beside JB. This is unfortunate tricks since what we wanted is not met.

Trevor Kaipa
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Leave JB alone and you better concentrate on your current poverty. If a thief like Lupeto is caught just thank God.

Jacob Phiri
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Malawian politics was supposed to be labeled MATURE, media must help people living outside the country to understand exactly what is happening in Malawi by giving us content with true and honest state of affairs in our beloved country.

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