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Joyce Banda ready to contest Malawi elections in 2019

Banda returned home in April from four years of self-imposed exile after being embroiled in a corruption scandal.

FILE: Former Malawi's President Joyce Banda. Picture: AFP.

PRETORIA - Former Malawian president Joyce Banda says she’ll contest next year’s elections in the cash-strapped Central African country if her People’s Party nominates her.

Banda returned home in April from four years of self-imposed exile after being embroiled in a corruption scandal with officials stealing millions of dollars in public money.

She made her name as an austere leader who sold the presidential plane.

The former president could not control her officials involved in the infamous cash-gate scandal.

Banda founded the People’s Party after splitting with the ruling Democratic Progressive Party of President Peter Mutharika.

An arrest warrant issued for her remains in force, but police have not acted against her in the two months she has been back home.