Malawians demand an immediate apology from former President Joyce Banda over covid remarks

Concerned Malawians are demanding former president madam Joyce Banda to immediately withdraw and apologize to the nation for remarks she said about corona virus at a campaign rally in Nkhatabay.

The demands come in the face of escalating cases of the global plague in the country which as of Sunday were fast nearing 3,000 and closing to 60 deaths.

The former president who leads People’s party which forms part of the governing tonse alliance vehemently dispelled claims that there is corona virus in the country.

According to Banda, the then government, under Democratic Progressive Party led by the ousted Peter Muthalika was trying to use the disease for personal gains.

“Kolona iliko, kulibe? (Do we have corona in Malawi or not?),” asked Banda and got the ‘kulibe'(we don’t have) answer from the gathering.

This, according to concerned Malawians, misled people who resorted to ignoring public health guidelines that are meant at containing the virus from spreading.

“We want her to withdraw the remarks and apologize to the public urgently,” said one of the concerned individuals.

He added: “Such kind of remarks have led our country into big trouble. The rate at which the virus is spreading is alarming.”

Recently, president Lazarus Chakwera, also failed to clearly respond to a question during his interview on BBC focus on Africa on whether there is corona virus in Malawi or not.

Chakwera, however, disclosed that the virus is in the country and that his government is trying all it can to contain it from further spread.

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