Sunday 18 March 2018

Malawi: Arrest warrant for ex president Banda

Malawi: Arrest warrant for ex president Banda
(APA 08/01/17)
Malawi: Arrest warrant for ex president Banda

The police in Malawi on Monday issued an arrest warrant for former President Joyce Banda over allegations she was involved in the theft of public resources estimated at $30 million.

The case which began shortly after Banda left office is locally known as cashgate.

According to a statement from the police, following thorough investigations by its Fiscal and Fraud Department, there appears to be credible evidence that Mrs. Banda was involved in the abuse of public office.

“The evidence gathered raises reasonable suspicion that the former president had a hand and committed offences relating to the abuse of her office and money-laundering,” it said.

The police said they want to question Mrs. Banda in connection with the allegations against her.

Meanwhile, the statement said the warrant of arrest is already in force.

67-year-old Mrs Banda or her lawyers have not commented.

The cashgate scandal was uncovered in 2013 with over $30million lost through bogus contracts under Banda’s administration.

However, since she lost elections in 2014, Banda is reportedly out of the country on private business.

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