Malawi leader Banda hit with travel restrictions
14 November 2013, 15:44
Cape Town – Malawian President Joyce Banda and her
government officials have been placed under local and international travel
restrictions, following the withdrawal of budgetary support by donors, a report
said on Thursday.
Newly appointed Finance Minister Maxwell Mkwezalamba said government
officials, including the president would only be allowed to travel and to attend
critical government engagements, with exception to fully funded trips, Daily
Monitor said, adding the presidency was yet to respond to the restrictions.
The European Union warned last month that it will not
release scheduled budget finance to aid-dependent Malawi until the government
dealt with a widespread multi-million dollar treasury fraud.
Malawi announced earlier this year that it lost
about $50m to theft.
Critics have in the past slammed Banda's travel escapades which they said were of no importance to the country's development.