Malawi issues warrant of arrest for former president Banda

Author: AFP, APMon, 2017-07-31 23:56ID: 1501520921080429100BLANTYRE, Malawi: Malawi police on Monday issued an arrest warrant for former president Joyce Banda in connection with the country’s “Cashgate” corruption scandal, which involved large-scale looting of government coffers.“Malawi fiscal and fraud police have unearthed credible evidence which raises reasonable suspicion that the former president committed offenses relating to abuse of office and money laundering,” national police spokesman James Kadadzera told AFP.Banda has been living in self-imposed exile since she lost to President Peter Mutharika in the 2014 election.Kadadzera said Banda is ” suspected of abusing her office” in the Cashgate scandal.He said the warrant of arrest came into “force” from Monday.Cashgate is the biggest financial scandal in Malawi’s history and helped push Banda out of power in 2014.That came after she ordered an audit the previous year which discovered that $30 million had been looted by officials in less than six months in 2013.Dozens of civil servants, business people and politicians have since been implicated in the scam, and some have been jailed.International donors pulled the plug on aid of around $150 million over the scandal.Banda’s spokesman Andekuche Chanthunya says they will comment only when the warrant has been served to the former president. The spokesman says the former leader would make herself available for questioning “without delay.”Banda is currently in the United States. Police say they have notified all Interpol member countries of the arrest warrant.
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