Former Malawi president Joyce Banda's 'life in danger' – aide
12 April 2016, 16:18
Lilongwe - An aide of former Malawian president Joyce Banda has expressed concern over the former leader's safety after criminals broke into her private residence and tampered with documents, a Nyasa Times report has indicated.
Andekuche Chanthunya, Banda's spokesperson, alluded to the burglary being an act of sabotage, informing the Daily Times that computers in the house had been turned on and documents rummaged through during the home invasion.
In addition, Chanthunya lamented the poor security presence within the country, blaming the current administration of President Peter Mutharika for not adhering to the country's constitution and removing Banda's security detail, leaving her vulnerable to attacks.
"This is what we are talking about. Dr Banda was deprived of her security detail and an official residence in Lilongwe, government through the President is failing to honour the Constitution on the privileges of the former head of State and yet he swore before the people that he will uphold and protect the supreme law of the land," Chanthunya was quoted as saying.
Rabison Phiri, a gardener who works at Banda's residence, told the Malawi News Agency that the house had been broken into on April 8, 2016, despite measures having been taken to ensure that the property was adequately secured.
Banda's husband, retired Chief Justice Richard Banda, has since written to the international community, pleading for an intervention into the "repeated political harassment and persecution" of his wife by "members of Mutharika's administration".
Joyce Banda has been living abroad since the time of her defeat in 2014.