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Despite Jail Threat, Malawi’s Ex President Joyce Banda Returns to the Country After 4 Years of Exile

In exile in South Africa since 2014, former Malawi President Joyce Banda has just returned home. Several hundred enthusiastic activists, wearing the orange color of his People’s Party (PP), welcomed him on Saturday as he came down from the plane, singing “Our mother is here, the light must return”, we learn from AFP.

Malawi’s first female president, Ms. Banda’s popularity was tarnished in 2013 by a supposed corruption case called “Cashgate”. She took refuge in South Africa since being accused of the scandal that had cost her the 2014 presidential election against current President Peter Mutharika.

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According to AFP, at one year of the general elections scheduled for May 2019, Joyce Banda, who remained the PP president, confirmed her willingness to redo the policy but did not detail her possible personal ambitions.

Born on April 12, 1950, Joyce Banda, was vice-president of the Republic of Malawi from May 22, 2009, before being elected president on April 7, 2012, succeeding Bingu wa Mutharika, who died 24 hours earlier.

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