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$250m Corruption Scandal: “I Am Innocent”, Says Ex-Malawian President, Joyce Banda

Former Malawian president, Joyce Banda, says she is ready to return to the country to clear her name in a corruption scandal that occured during her tenure.

Malawian police on Monday secured a court order for the arrest of Banda on allegations that new evidence in the scandal known as ‘cashgate’ suggested that she was complicit.

“I will be coming back because I never did anything wrong and I am innocent,” Ms Banda who is currently based in the United States told Reuters.

She serves as a distinguished fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center and Center for Global Development in Washington DC.

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The corruption scandal at the time, led to international donors halting aid to the southern African nation.

A former justice minister and attorney general was convicted over “cashgate” and is in jail, along with a number of former high-ranking government officials and business persons.

Banda further touted her anti-corruption credentials during her two-year stint as president. “I am the only President who got to the bottom of corruption and instituted the first-ever commission of inquiry into corruption,” she added.

She took over from her boss at the time President Bingu wa Mutharika – who died in office. She, however, lost a subsequent election to incumbent Peter Mutharika.

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