Malawi ex-president Joyce Banda, denies involvement in corruption scandal

Malawi’s Former President Joyce Banda had denied any wrongdoing in a corruption scandal that erupted when she was in office.

Ms Banda said she will be returning to Malawi because she never did anything wrong.

Malawi’s Police said they had unearthed credible evidence which raises reasonable suspicion that she committed offences “relating to abuse of office and money laundering”.

It is in connection with the $250m “cashgate” corruption scandal where officials were convicted of siphoning public funds.

She has promised to return to Malawi.

Ms Banda was Malawi’s President for two years from 2012 to 2014. She left the country when she lost in an election to Peter Mutharika and she is yet to return since 2014.

Ms Banda has been living in the United States, serving as a Distinguished Fellow at Woodrow Wilson Center and the Center for Global Development in Washington DC.

“I will be coming back because I never did anything wrong and I am innocent,” Banda told Reuters news agency in a telephone interview from South Africa, where she had arrived from the US.

She further stated that she is the only president who got to the bottom of corruption and instituted the first-ever commission of inquiry into corruption.

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