Govt says JB arrest warrant still valid

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The Peter Mutharika administration says former President Joyce Banda will face the law over cashgate and the sale of the presidential jet.

Three government ministers – Henry Mussa of Communications, Goodall Gondwe of Finance and Samuel Tembenu of Justice and Constitutional Affairs – revealed this at press briefing on Friday.

From Left: Tembenu, Mussa and Gondwe during press briefing

This comes weeks after Banda’s People’s Party joined forces with Malawi Congress Party led by Lazarus Chakwera ahead of the 2019 elections.

According to the ministers, a warrant of arrest for Banda issued last year is still alive and valid.

On cashgate, Tembenu said Banda’s turn to face the law will come since government is using a prosecution strategy to handle cases involving the plunder of public resources that occurred during Banda’s two year period as president.

He said contractors were first to be prosecuted followed by civil servants and politicians will be the next group to be prosecuted.

Gondwe spoke on the jet saying claims that Banda is not to blame for the sale of presidential jet are not true.

According to Gondwe, some of the proceeds from the sale of the jet cannot be traced to date.

He added that Banda as head of the cabinet is solely to blame for the transaction and the loss of the national asset that the country has suffered.

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  1. Musiyeni JB mwasowa chonena..are ministers anti corruption bureau spokesmen? mpaka press conference just to talk of jb warrant of arrest? APA ndiye mwawonjeza amangwetu..izi lekerani anti-corruption bureau spokesperson.. period

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