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Joyce Banda returns Saturday

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Former President Joyce Banda will return home on Saturday, marking the end of more than three years in self-imposed exile.

Banda left the country soon after losing the 2014 presidential elections to President Peter Mutharika.

“I can confirm that, as a party, we have received communication from the office of the former president that she arrives back in Malawi on Saturday to stay,” People’s Party deputy spokesman, Ackson Kalaile Banda said on Monday.

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Joyce Banda’s spokesperson, Andekuche Chanthunya, also confirmed that the former president will arrive through Chileka International Airport in Blantyre.

However, Banda faces a warrant of arrest which police say is still valid.

Last July, police issued a warrant of arrest against Banda over alleged abuse of office and money laundering offences, allegedly committed over a two-year period when she was in office.

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Police National spokesman, James Kadadzera, Monday said the warrant of arrest is still valid.

Police said the alleged offences were part of Cashgate – a corruption scandal uncovered in 2013- in which senior government officers siphoned billions of dollars from State coffers.

But early this year, the Anti-Corruption Bureau said it still had no solid evidence against the former president partially clearing her name from wrong doing.

Banda has been living in the United States, serving as a distinguished fellow at Woodrow Wilson Center and the Center for Global Development in Washington DC.

Last week she was in South African and attended the funeral of anti-apartheid icon Winnie Mandela.

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