POLICE in Malawi have issued an arrest warrant for former president Joyce Banda over alleged abuse of office and money laundering during the two-year period she was in office.
Malawi Police public relations officer James Kadadzera confirmed in a statement the issuance of the arrest warrant against Banda over alleged offences which were part of a wider corruption scandal uncovered in 2013, where senior government officers siphoned millions of dollars from state coffers.
The Malawi Police Service wishes to inform Malawians that its Fiscal and Fraud Section conducted some investigations on the suspected involvement of the former president in ‘cashgate’ cases and unearthed credible evidence,
The evidence gathered raises reasonable suspicion that the former President committed offences related to abuse of office and money laundering. The warrant of arrest is in force and necessary legal formalities are being pursued.
Banda, who was Malawi’s president for two years from 2012, left the country when she lost elections to incumbent Peter Mutharika and has not returned since 2014.
It is not clear where she is now, but speculation indicates that she has gone into self-imposed asylum in the United States.
Her spokesperson Andekuche Chanthunya said he was not aware of the arrest summons, but said the former president was not guilty of anything.
“As far as we are concerned, she has not done anything wrong,” said Chathunya.
Malawi’s corruption scandal which was termed “cashgate”, led to international donors halting aid to Zambia’s eastern neigbour.
A former justice minister and attorney general was convicted over “cashgate” and is in jail, along with a number of former high-ranking government officials and business persons.