Cashgate is my trump card – Malawi’s Banda

2014-05-19 10:11
Malawi President Joyce Banda. (File, AFP)

Malawi President Joyce Banda. (File, AFP)

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Cape Town – Malawi is set to hold its fifth general elections on Tuesday, with the incumbent President Joyce Banda under the cloud of a huge corruption scandal and a donor's aid freeze, reports say.

According to Africa Review, Banda's bid to be elected president was overshadowed by a scandal involving the disappearance of $30m from the national coffers that rocked the country last year.

The southern African leader has in the past months launched an anti-graft crusade, ordered the audit that revealed the theft - known as Cashgate - and charges have been brought against 68 ministers, civil servants and business people.

In a recent interview with BBC, Banda seemed unworried about the controversial cashgate scandal as she maintained the saga had in fact worked to her advantage.

Issue of corruption

Banda said people in Malawian villages were happy with the effort she had made in tackling the issue of corruption in the southern African country.

She said people were happy that she was the first president to tackle corruption and that she was also the first president to "put her own political career on the line for the benefit of" Malawians.

According to the Mail&Guardian, during her election campaign, Banda who is the ruling People’s Party (PP) candidate, traversed the country handing out cows, goats, maize seeds and new houses to people in rural areas.

An estimated 80% of the population live in rural areas, the report said.

Also contesting the elections are Dr Lazarus Chakwera of the Malawi Congress Party (MCP), Atupele Muluzi of the United Democratic Front (UDF) and Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).
- News24
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