- Posted on Wednesday 26 October 2011 - 11:00Ulemu Teputepu, AfricaNews reporter in Pretoria, South AfricaMalawi state vice president Joyce Banda has applied for an asylum permit in Zambia fearing a possible arrest by government on treason charges. This comes after the Media reported that government is planning to arrest Banda upon arrival at Chileka Airport in the commercial city of Blantyre.According to Zambia local press , Banda who was expected to leave for Malawi made an unceremonious return to Pamodzi hotel midday Tuesday after confirming about her arrest warrant.
Banda flew to Zambia on Sunday October 23rd, 2011 to attend the country’s 47th independence celebrations on Monday, October, 24 at the invitations of new Zambia’s leader, Michael Sata.
Sources familiar with the development disclosed that the Malawian vice president is now applying for Aslyum in Zambia. However, Zambian government officials were not available for a comment.
According to the Nyasa Times of Malawi plans to arrest Banda come fast on the heels of the Sata’s avoidance of Mutharika to be part of the Lusaka independence party. Sata seems to have a soft spot towards the opposition political leaders in Malawi after he granted Malawi’s opposition United Democratic Front (UDF) a television broadcasting licence recently
Zambia has been entangled in a diplomatic row with Malawi after the Zambian president while the leader of the opposition was detained and declared a prohibited immigrant:bundled into a vehicle and driven across the country to the Malawi-