Malawi ex ruling Peoples Party (PP) has condemned the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) for showing ‘suspicious’ interest in life its of founder and president Joyce Banda.
In a press statement released on November 4 and signed by PP secretary general Ibrahim Matola, the party says it still stands by Banda’s decision to delay her homecoming until all necessary security measures and benefits for a former head as enshrined in the country’s constitution are addressed.
The party has further ensured its followers, members and well-wishers that the party president and founder will come on the conditions stated.
This has come in as there has been change of dates for her homecoming, raising speculations that she is afraid of being arrested due to her alleged involvement in cashgate.
Initially, Banda who left Malawi after she lost in a disputed poll last year, warned the Peter Mutharika led government against any form of torture on her family members.
The ex Malawi leader was responding to the recent report by the National Intelligence Bureau (NIB) which implicated one of her sons Geoffrey Kachale Banda in a plot to bring down the current Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) led government.
In a statement released to the press, Banda who remains in her ‘self-imposed exile’ said the allegations are based on unproven facts.
“I have personally endured untold political persecution and abuse in the past year at the hands of DPP government. As a mother, I would not sit back and look at some misguided government institutions and individuals transfer that misery on to my children.”
“Therefore, I am challenging both the NIB and the government to substantiate these allegations and many allegations against me and my family,” reads the statement.
She also added that her son, who is an entrepreneur and resides outside the country, has no interest in politics.
There have been a series of verbal war between the two parties and analysts say Banda’s arrival back home could be the end of it all.