Joyce Hilda Banda

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Joyce Hilda Banda is President of Malawi.  Banda was born on April 12, 1950, in Malemia. Banda started her career as secretary and transitioned to a well-known figure during the dictatorship of Hastings Banda.  Banda is married to Roy Kachale, who share three children.  In 1975, Banda moved away from her apparent abusive husband, Roy.  At this time, there was a growing women’s movement in Kenya which encouraged her to leave. 

Between the years 1985 and 1997, Banda managed and established organizations: Ndekani Garments (1985), Akajuwe Enterprises (1992), and Kalingidza Bakery (1995)  These organizations all led successfully and it served as a stepping stone to help other women.  Through her experience of abuse, she is helping others break the cycle of the same abuse and poverty.

Joyce Banda was sworn in as the President of the Republic of Malawi on April 7th, 2012.  Banda is the first woman to hold office. The path of becoming president was a bit rocky, but she attained her position.  After President Mutharika died on April 5th, the government did not notify the public in a timely manner.  Hence, there was a fear.  The Malawi’s cabinet made a strong effort to negate her position, but she prevailed!  Under section, 83(4), in the constitution of Malawi, Banda was able to become president.

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