Joyce Banda
Former Malawi President Joyce Banda: not coming to Malawi anytime soon

BLANTYRE-(MaraviPost)—Followers of the former People’s Party (PP) President Joyce Banda, will wait longer to see their leader on the soils of Malawi as she is busy writing a book, The Maravi Post has learnt.

Speaking on Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) on Wednesday, PP’s administrative secretary Joseph Chikwemba, said the former president is not coming back to Malawi any time soon because she is writing a book and also pursuing PhD studies while in exile in the United States, where she has been since September 2014.

“She is currently writing a book and pursuing PhD studies. This year she will return to Malawi after she finalizes her book and the studies. The book focuses on her presidency,”  Chikwemba said

Commenting on the matter, development analyst Andrew Kaponya, said the reasons behind Banda’s delay to come home do not make sense, arguing she can even write a book while here in her home country.

However another analysts countered this by also pointing to the studies, as cause for her extended stay abroad. They argue for the proponents like Kaponya, to wait and see if indeed the former president will return this year.

Banda, who was president from 2012 to 2014, left  the country in September 2014 after coming third in elections a few months earlier, and has given a myriad of reasons as to why she has not returned to her home country ever since.

Some analysts allege that the former president’s delay in returning to Malawi is to due to fear of prosecution in the infamous Cashgate, allegations which have repeatedly been denied by her spokesperson Andekuche Chathunya.

The Cashgate scandal was uncovered in 2013, while Banda was president, and led to the arrest of 70 people. The lineup of the arrests, includes government officials, and business people, that were accused of stealing $32 million of government money through dubious construction deals.

 

 

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