Her success story rages on and now Malawi’s ex President, Joyce Banda has sealed a ninth world recognition by being listed among 12 most powerful female politicians in Africa by the influential ‘African Leadership’ magazine.
In just three years now, Banda has received nine International Awards.
The magazine states that during her regime, Banda was focused on national unity as well as being involved in a series of grassroots initiatives, including those aimed at aiding orphans, providing development opportunities for women, combating hunger, and much more.
“During her term, she sold a US$15 million presidential jet, reduced her salary by 30 percent and dismissed the entire cabinet due to corruption allegations. These austerity measures significantly reduced government expenditure. Western nations and International Monetary Fund lifted monetary sanctions on the Southern Africa nation during her term in power,” reports the African Leadership magazine.
Among other notable recognitions, Banda was named as the ‘Most Inspirational Woman in Politics’ by CNN. She also received the ‘Legacy Award’from the International Women’s Forum; the African Union (AU) ‘Living Legends’ Award; and the ‘Women of Distinction’ Award from Celebrating Women International of The Bahamas.
The Magazine also recognized Sierra Leone President Johnson Sirleaf, Ngozi Iweala Okonji who served two terms as Minister of Finance in Nigeria, from 2003 until May, 2015; Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chairperson African Union Commission; Lindiwe Mazibuko, former Parliamentary Leader for the Democratic Alliance, South Africa; Speciosa Wandira-Kazibwe, United Nations Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa and Fatou Bensouda (Gambia), Chief Prosecutor for the International Criminal Court since June 2012.
Thuli Madonsela, Public Protector, South Africa; Joice Mujuru, former Vice President of Zimbabwe; Samia Suluhu Hassan, Vice-President of Tanzania; Martha Karua, politician and one of the first Kenyan female legislators; and Hanna Tetteh, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ghana have also been recgnized.
She left Malawi after she lost the elections in 2014 to Peter Mutharika and overtime maintained that the Mutharika regime intends to arrest her and politically prosecute her over her feared involvement in the looting of funds within government structures during her reign.
Her homecoming has been heavily rumored by now its been three years since she has been outside Malawi where she continues to attain recognitions.