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Malawi and the world of Donors have lost confidence in Joyce Banda

By Analytical Rose - Thu Nov 21, 6:47 pm

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Malawi: The Malawi Cashgate scandal goes on and there is so much information flying around sometimes making it difficult to see the trees from the wood. One thing is clear to me so far. Joyce Banda has claimed that she is exposing corruption; she even went as  saying that if she loses the election because she is fighting corruption so be it. I have to give this lady credit for saying the right things at the right time. She does not fool me any more though. I was taken in when she started but I have seen and heard too much from her. Her stand is that she did not know that this ( the looting of public money) was happening.Well I think there are a few things that suggest to me that this can’t be true. Her own children are said to have amassed large volumes of wealth ever since she became president.Why was she not surprised; and why did she not ask them where they got the money from?Her vice president is supposed to have acquired trucks, rumor has it that he has a tarmac road that takes him to his home from somewhere in the northern region, why does the president not ask how this has happened? her own projects like the school that suddenly got a face lift the minute she became president.She offers money to people , she offers money to people she wants to entice into her party, she offers money at public meetings, money! money! money! I am sure if I can come up with this list from a distance more would be evident if we were to do a proper search.

Malawians are angry

Malawians are angry

I have just finished reading an article which says Joyce Banda is hiring the services of Bell Pottinger, to clean her reputation, well while it is important to clean one’s reputation while one has not done wrong, I fear that she is now going to use more of Malawi’s public money to pay for this.Malawi cannot afford this but she sells herself as the austerity  queen! If she claims she can pay for this then the question is where is she going to get that kind of money? more cashgate? The more I read this the more one point comes across to me, I would really like to know if the Malawi president has free access to the account Number one? If this is the case this should stop right away!there should be more restrictions on how money comes out from this most important account!

No matter how much she tries to keep herself clean the truth will come out and I am feeling more and more that she wont be as clean as she is making out. The overseas reputation is important for her to regain because all along she has managed to fool the outside world with her rhetoric. Well even if it was proved that she was not involved in the Cashgate scandal, the point is her government was too weak to protect the country Malawi. As a result public money has been miss used big time and as a result people have died and suffered in different ways. This is the bottom line and as a leader she would have to pick herself from there and return herself to where she was when she started . Joyce Banda is very quick with her mouth but it has become and established fact now that she does not always walk the talk. Not only does this annoy me as a Malawian because it must mean that she thinks we are so stupid she can tell us anything! it is very detrimental for the country because she makes people believe one thing when the other is happening. Joyce Banda offers people money for them to join her party, where does that money come from? it is not small sums I am talking about I am talking about millions!

Really at the end of the day, as much as I understand where she is coming from, she would get more respect from me if she just admitted the truth and worked to clear this mess so that Malawi and Malawians can move on. But it really does not surprise me that she is prepared to sacrifice Malawi’s well being to try and regain her reputation. One thing is for sure it is usually difficult to regain ones reputation if there is a lot of unresolved baggage in the background. The west(Donors) know exactly what has happened but they have their Diplomatic way of dealing with things:if she is involved she is not worth giving aid to; if she is not involved she is not strong enough with her policies to be able to look after the money, so either way there is no room for anybody’s confidence in Joyce Banda, its gone.I just wish she did what she says she would make a great president then!

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