Police issue warrant of arrest for Joyce Banda

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The Malawi Police have today moved Interpol to immediately arrest and bring to Malawi former President Joyce Banda, on allegations she was involved in theft of public resources.

Joyce Banda: Facing arrest Joyce Banda: Facing arrest

According to a statement by Malawi Police signed by spokesperson James Kadadzera, the warrant follows people’s questions on what the police are doing on the suspected involvement of Joyce Banda in Cashgate.

The statement adds that evidence gathered by the police raises reasonable suspicion that the former President committed offences relating to abuse of office and money laundering.

Reports have been rife that Banda, who is also founder and president for the Peoples Party (PP) was among the beneficiaries of Cashgate scandal which saw government losing up to US$32 million through fraud and money laundering.

Former Assistant Director of Tourism Leonard Kalonga, a convict in cashgate, made the startling revelation when he pleaded guilty to three counts of conspiracy to defraud government, facilitating money laundering and offence of money laundering.

He made the plea in the High Court of Malawi sitting in the Capital Lilongwe, before Judge Fiona Mwale convicted him.

That was not the only time that the former President was named as being involved in the Cashgate scandal.

Oswald Lutepo, another cashgate convict also once told the court that he took the cash to State House.

There was no reaction from Banda, as we were going to the press, but on several occasions she had vehemently denied the accusations.

Her spokesperson Andekuche Chanthunya once charged that political enemies are using Lutepo as a political pawn to drag her into the muck so as to damage her reputation as a citizen of Malawi, wife, mother, politician and philanthropist.

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