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Vol 58 No 24

Published 1st December 2017


Banda’s Faustian pact

Ex-President Banda has offered to pull President Mutharika's political chestnuts from the fire in return for immunity from prosecution

Facing myriad corruption charges from her time as head of state, ex-President Joyce Banda has held out an olive branch to her bitter rival, President Peter Mutharika, from her self-imposed exile in the United States. She hopes that Mutharika, who is already engaged in a campaign to recruit members of parliament belonging to Banda's People's Party (PP), will stop any prosecution against her if she helps deliver MPs and votes for the incumbent. It is a high-risk tactic that could blow up in her face and end her three-decades-long career in public life. Revelations about the cynical horse-trading have shocked Malawians.

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