By staff writer 22/11/2017
Despite her name and those of her family members being dragged into the recent talks involving President Peter Mutharika and some Peoples Party members of parliament, former President Dr Joyce Banda has distanced herself from anything to do with recent developments saying her primary concern is security for her family who continue to face persecution here in Malawi from government.
Days ago, the country’s two dailies – Daily Times and The Nation- reported of a meeting that took place last Sunday between Mutharika and PP MPs. The stories have misleadingly claimed that Dr Joyce Banda is involved in the DPP-PP coalition talks and that her sister Cecilia Kumpukwe is representing her.
Kumpukwe – who was arrested months ago for flimsy allegations of authoring a resignation letter by Saulos Chilima- has denied being part of any discussions with DPP members. The Nation newspaper which first reported this has since retracted the story by giving her space to air out her stand in the subsequent edition.
However, information sourced from the former President’s office indicates that she has not at any time discussed or endorsed any talks.
“The former President made it clear from the beginning that her name should not be used in the deliberations. She was very clear that she stands with the party and the people of Malawi who are suffering under this Mutharika regime,” said JB’s spokesperson.
Peoples Party committees across the country have openly told their MPs not to proceed with the discussions, they stand by the fact that Peter Mutharika has failed Malawians and must be voted out of power in 2019.
The DPP has come under panic in recent times following a shameful performance at the October by-elections in which they lost miserably to opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP).
Various credible political science organizations such as Afrobarometer and Economic Intelligence Unit have also forecast through credible surveys that Peter Mutharika will lose the 2019 elections based on his incompetence in the three and a half years he has been in power.