The Islamic Commission for Justice and Freedom (ICJF) has given former President Joyce Banda a seven day ultimatum to address the nation on what happened to the proceeds of the presidential jet sold during her tenure.

ICFJ’s chief commissioner, Shaibu Ajassie made the demand in Blantyre when the women section of the grouping gathered to register their stand on presidential candidature, where they endorsed the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) presidential candidate Peter Mutharika for the May 21 elections.

“As a grouping of bonafide Malawians, we are calling on former president, Dr. Joyce Banda to address the nation in not more than seven days on what happened to the proceeds of the presidential jet which is known to have been sold and also address the nation on what followed after the sale,” said Ajassie.

Referring to the jet matters, Ajassie questioned Joyce Banda’s legitimacy and credibility as a leader, adding that Malawi Congress Party (MCP’s) union with the Peoples Party (PP) as allies for the forthcoming elections is also questionable.

He also recalled the 2014 MCP leader, Lazarus Chakwera’s campaign message which centred on the inexplicit presidential jet’s transaction for which he faulted Joyce Banda, yet now he deems her worth an alliance of the High 5.

“It remains questionable to get praises of Banda from the same Chakwera who faulted her then and was eager to summon her on the matter had he won the 2014 elections,” Ajassie added.

Coordinator for women economic empowerment for ICFJ, Amatulla Maluwa explained why all women under ICFJ have settled for president Mutharika, saying the choice was based on the DPP’s manifesto which has women and children’s welfare at the core.

“The future on the agriculture sector plus various pro-women issues as promised in the DPP manifesto are the key reasons why as women of ICFJ we would like to see president Mutharika continuing after May 21,” Maluwa said.

Maluwa also spoke of the current stabilized inflation rate which stands at 7 percent from 27 percent in 2014 when Mutharika took office as a sign of sound leadership that deserves another mandate.

The sentiments are coming when the country is preparing for a general election which is slated for May 21 this year where eligible voters will elect a ward councilor, parliamentarian the president.

Source: Malawi News Agency

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