11 October 2016 Last updated at: 11:35 AM

Joyce Banda to launch 2019 presidential bid

Malawi’s former President Joyce Banda will launch a presidential bid for the 2019 elections when she comes back to Malawi, according to reports.

The former president has been globetrotting since losing the 2014 elections but she is coming back to Malawi to reorganize her People’s Party (PP) for the next elections.

Joyce Banda

Joyce Banda coming back home.

PP Regional Governor for the North Maquenda Chunga said Banda will be coming soon to Malawi to prepare for her bid and the party is confident that she will do well in the elections.

“She will be coming though I cannot say when but for sure she will vie for the presidency in the 2019 elections and she will win,” he said.

When she comes back Banda will find a People’s Party that has been tattered due to defections and fights over positions.

The reports also comes amid claims that President Peter Mutharika is sick and that is why he extended his stay in the United States of America where he went to attend the United Nations General Assembly.

Banda and Mutharika have not been the best of friends since the latter won the 2014 Presidential elections in which the former came third.

It is also believed that Banda, who ruled Malawi from 2012 to 2014, is on a self-imposed exile because she fears arrest for her reported involvement in the plunder of public funds during her tenure. Banda has always denied any involvement in the looting.

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