They will never stop to exchange venom in what they say and if this is anything to go by, then Malawi President Peter Mutharika and ex leader Joyce Banda will keep not seeing each other eye to eye.
Mutharika has taken time out of his arduous schedule at the Commonwealth Heads of Governments Meeting in Malta to blast former President Joyce Banda saying her continued stay in foreign countries has nothing to do with victimization or retirement benefits.
Last month, the former president shocked her followers when she revealed that her long anticipated return will be delayed due to serious security concerns following Malawi Government’s delay in providing her a secure and decent house.
She was scheduled to arrive in Malawi on Tuesday, November 2, 2015 through Chileka Airport in Blantyre.
Banda who left Malawi after losing the 2014 Tripartite General Elections has twice hinted that Mutharika is her greatest political enemy and that he is after her life.
But in a dramatic response, the Malawi leader has advised the former head of state to come back so that she can assist in the identification of a house of her choice.
In a post on his official Facebook page, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) leader said claims made by Banda are insincere and aims at denting his image toward donors.
“I wish to inform the public that numerous claims purportedly made by the former President Dr Joyce Banda that she is failing to return to Malawi because she is being denied retirement benefits, including accommodation and security, are insincere.”
“Government has duly provided to Banda the requirements of a retired President as stipulated by the President’s (Salaries and Benefits) Act,” reads part of the post.
On Banda’s gratuity, Mutharika said the former president has already received a tax free lump sum amounting to K30 million comprising MK12 million and MK18 million as gratuity in her capacity as former vice president and former president, respectively.
However, Mutharika admitted that the former president is yet to start receiving her monthly pension which he says is currently being processed by the Director of Pensions at the Accountant General’s office.
According to Mutharika, Banda was also offered several houses to choose from in some affluent neighborhoods of the capital city but she rejected most of them.
Mutharika also said Banda has been provided with seven police officers in accordance with the President’s (Salaries and Benefits) Act.
Banda has consistently said she is entitled to a salary, a house in a safe and secure place, and personal security detail but claimed that all of these have not been provided since she left office in May 2014.
She earlier indicated that despite government’s refusal to her claims, she has continuously requested the government to respect and uphold the rule of law by providing her the benefits.