By Samuel Nkula 1/8/17
The African Union and SADC Chairpersons have condemned sitting President Peter Mutharika for using his office to victimise former president Dr Joyce Banda with false allegation.
The International Community who have reports of forensic audit of Baker Tilley and Price Coopers Water House have poured scorn on President Peter Mutharika and the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) government, accusing them of attempting to tarnish her name and legacy by using some people and police to implicate her in Cashgate.
“We are aware current President Peter Mutharika had pretending to have no malicious motive against former president as he has now come out scandalising her name without any shred of evidence.
DPP government has been pressurising convicts to implicate Dr Joyce Banda with false allegations but two independepent forensic reports have cleared her on cadhgate.
“I wish to inform Malawians without fear of contradiction that all these attempts to tarnish my name and legacy are the works of President Peter Mutharika personally and the DPP government. It is unfortunate that as a lawyer he [Mutharika] does not realise that it is immoral to abuse his immunity from prosecution by scandalising my name. I would have wished he focus his attention on addressing economic woes under his leadership.”
“Fortunately, Malawians are wise people and cannot listen to these shallow allegations. It does not happen anywhere in the world that a government forces people who have already been tried, convicted and sentenced to alter their statements simply to tarnish the image of political opponents,” she said.
Banda also said instead of working hard to restore ‘glorious days’ of her leadership, Mutharika is preoccupied with castigating her as evidenced by his outbursts during a political campaigns as well as using police and ACB for political purposes to attack his opponents.
“Malawians need to know exactly why President Peter Mutharika and his government are obsessed with pursuing a demonization and denigration campaign against me. From the onset, the Mutharika administration embarked on a witch-hunt campaign against me and vigorously searched for any leads and evidence that would result in my arrest.”
“They have looked everywhere for any tiny evidence and he has found none. In their desperation to nail me, the Mutharika administration has accused me of Cashgate involvement, attempt on the President’s life when he was arrested for treason in 2013, murder of his late brother President Bingu wa Mutharika and CCTV footage allegations, among others,” Banda’s statement reads in part.
The African Union and SADC have also called for Muntharika to refrain from abuse of office against the former president.