Malawi’s ex President Joyce Banda continues to clear her name on a feared involvement in the massive looting of funds during her adminstration despite being implicated by convicts several times.
Weeks ago, jailed ex Principal Secreatry in the Ministry of Tourism and Culture claimed that Banda who remains outside Malawi, in fear of her life, according to her claims instructed officials in Ministries as well as Cabinet Ministers to siphon money so that she uses the funds in the presidential campaig in 2014, a poll she miserably lost.
Senzani who is serving a 3 year jail term says that Banda’s directive was highly respected because she (Banda) was the sitting President then.
But in a statement Banda released on Sunday, which Malawi24 has seen, the ex President argues that she is being implicated because there are several forces behind the move.
Banda says that Senzani is being pressured by government to implicate her, dubbing the claims by the jailed Principal Secretary as ‘baseless’.
While saying that she is being implicated because government wants her image to be tarnished, she admits that it was not suprising that Senzani made the claims on her.
Banda was also implicated by jailed businessman, Oswald Lutepo and Leonard Kalonga.
Banda however risks to be investigated by the Anti Corruption Burea (ACB), as the graft busting body has hinted that it will go ahead to probe anyone implicated in the scandal.
Banda was also controversially seen in CCTV footages showing her in closed meetings with Lutepo as announced by ex Minister of Information, Kondwani Nankhumwa, before the said videos were not even provided to ACB.
At this time Banda branded the move by government to implicate her as ‘witch-hunting’, somethinmg which has been keeping her outside Malawi in fear of her life.
The scandal which saw Billions of money stolen led to donors pulling out of aid and as it stands over 70 people are answering variuous charges.