Malawi leader 'hit with travel restrictions'

2013-11-14 14:40
Malawi President Joyce Banda. (File, AFP)

Malawi President Joyce Banda. (File, AFP)

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Cape Town – Malawian President Joyce Banda and her government officials have been placed under local and international travel restrictions, following the withdrawal of budgetary support by donors, a report said on Thursday.

Finance Minister Maxwell Mkwezalamba said government officials, including the president would only be allowed to travel and to attend critical government engagements, with exception to fully funded trips, Daily Monitor said.

The European Union warned last month that it will not release scheduled budget finance to aid-dependent Malawi until the government deals with a widespread multi-million dollar treasury fraud.

Earlier this year, Malawi announced it lost about $50m to theft.

Banda's critics have in the past slammed her travel "escapades" saying they did nothing to boost the development of the country.

The report said the travel restrictions were with immediate effect.


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