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Vol 54 No 7

Published 29th March 2013


Lilongwe’s treason trial

A year after they tried to derail Joyce Banda’s accession to the presidency, the old political elite are in the dock

President Joyce Banda's faces her toughest political test with the arrest on 11 March of eleven former top officials who have been linked to a treason plot. The arrests, which prompted clashes in the commercial capital, Blantyre, follow the submission of a 105-page Commission of Enquiry report into the death of Banda's predecessor, Bingu wa Mutharika, a year ago. The report claims top officials tried to block Banda's succession to the presidency, as stipulated by the constitution.

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