Joyce Banda, the former Malawi President is ready to serve her people once more in 2019. However, she says that her return will highly depend on the wishes of the Malawian people. Joyce Banda instated the People’s Party and served as President between 2012 and 2014.
She says that the current state of the country forced her to prepare for the upcoming election and take charge once more. Her statement was broadcasted live on November 23rd, 2016 on Voice of America Straight Talk Africa.
Joyce Banda is currently in Washington D.C. where she spends her time researching girl education and women leadership programs at the Woodrow Wilson Center for Global Development. As for her campaign policy, she declares that she is ready to continue fighting for women’s rights and most of all women’s right to a strategical position in a leadership structure.
However, she intends to run for president only is Malawians call her by name.
“I shall go back home and answer that call”, says Joyce Banda.
Furthermore, Malawi faces other serious problems, as well, such as corruption. When asked to comment on this, she said that abolishing corruption was in her sights since her presidency years. Also, she says that she will never stop fighting against corruption, no matter her political status.
When Malawi was struggling with the Capital Hill Cashgate under her leadership, Joyce Banda quickly set up a competent team of investigators which soon discovered the source and consequently led to the arrest of the suspects.
Prior to the accusations and the string of arrests that followed shortly after, Joyce Banda dissolved her cabinet. She stands by her decision, explaining that this is exactly the thing a leader must to: expose the culprits and apprehend the perpetrators.
As the first ever female leader of the Malawians, Joyce Banda declares herself the voice of the people and promises to fight corruption in the future the same day she did on September 7th, 2013.
At the same time, the president of the Malawi Congress Party, Lazarus Chakwera, Joyce Banda’s rival in the upcoming election says that he can pull a “Trump-inspired” victory in 2019. However, since he already suffered a defeat back in 2014, he shows concern regarding the administration of the polls. When he lost to Peter Mutharika in 2014, he accused the actual Malawi president of winning over stolen votes.
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