Malawi’s ex-president Joyce Banda returns after four-year exile

Malawi’s former president, Joyce Banda returned home after four years of self-imposed exile,despite facing the threat of arrest over corruption allegations.

The Ex-President who fled the country in 2014 when she lost power and she was accused of corruption scandal in which senior government officials siphoned millions of dollars from state coffers, was uncovered in 2013, while she was president.

A former justice minister and attorney general were convicted over Cashgate, along with a number of former high-ranking government officials and business people.

Malawi’s first female president said the reason she left for the US was to give “space” for her successor to govern, and to do research at a university there.

The Nyasa Time quoted her,”So I was not in exile, I had work to do and I have written a book on women’s empowerment.

No police were present as she left the plane. Her spokesman Andekunye Chanthunya had earlier said she would head straight to her home at Domasi in Zomba, about 80 kilometres (50 miles) away. Local media have reported a possible deal between President Peter Mutharika and Banda ahead of next year’s elections.

Banda founded the People’s Party (PP) in 2011 after splitting from the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), which is led by Mutharika.

James Kaledzera, a police spokesperson, declined to say if Banda would be arrested, though he confirmed a warrant issued last July remained valid.

AL JAZEERA

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