Joyce Banda, Malawi’s former President said at a campaign rally that the largely agricultural country has no coronavirus cases but claimed the government of “faking” numbers.
About 90 days ago, she had accused the government of hiding coronavirus cases and now re-asserts her claims, as she endorsed opposition presidential candidate, Lazarus Chakwera.
Politicians in the country with about 20 million people are campaigning ahead of a presidential re-run on 23 June.
Last year, President Peter Mutharika’s re-election was nullified by the courts and huge political rallies have defied coronavirus prevention measures like social distancing and wearing of face masks in the country with life expectancy of 60 years.
Popular opinion confirmed by a poll asserts that 81% of Malawians are not afraid of coronavirus and are more concerned about hunger.
Ms Banda said: “We are therefore demanding all the funds which have been pumped into Malawi in the name of Covid-19 to the rightful owners and be used for development projects”.
In 1480, Bantu tribes unite several smaller political states to form the Maravi Confederacy which at its height includes large parts of present-day Zambia and Mozambique plus the modern state of Malawi.