The opposition People’s Party (PP) says former President Joyce Banda, who is fondly known to be in her self-imposed exile, will not come to Malawi fearing humiliation from President Peter Mutharika.
After the May 20 polls in 2014, Banda has been traveling around the globe claiming that she is undertaking international assignments for her charity foundation in the country.
However, some analysts have been arguing that the former president might be running away from the verdict of the massive plunder of government money known as “cashgate”.
But speaking in an interview with Malawi24, PP’s spokesperson Ken Msonda said Banda’s dignity will be hanged on a thread if she comes back while Mutharika is still president of the country.
“Suffice to say the DPP administration has a history of harassing former presidents; Dr. Bakili Muluzi is being tossed around like a toy, Dr. Cassim Chilumpha is under house arrest since 2006, Rt Hon Khumbo Kachali is not even recognized if it weren’t for him being PP Member of Parliament people would have forgotten about him.
“Malawians don’t know where Dr. Justin Malewezi is, so how sure are you that Dr. Joyce Banda will be respected when she returns home? You want her to return home just to be harassed and embarrassed by the DPP ruthless regime? Please give her space to enjoy her retirement!” said Msonda.
Mutharika has been calling for Banda’s return arguing that he holds nothing against her, even though the president was sent to prison during Banda’s tenure in what the incumbent calls a “cooked” treason case.
The DPP was not available for comment.