FORMER Malawian president Joyce Banda attended prayers at TB Joshua’s Synagogue Church of All Nations in Nigeria on Sunday – and was felled by the power of his touch!
According to Nyasa Times, Banda made the trip to Lagos to worship with the controversial prophet with her husband, children and sister.
She can be seen in Sunday’s footage by Emmanuel TV gingerly holding her head after TB Joshua’s forceful blessing.
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It is reported that the former president may be interested in throwing her head wrap in the ring to contest next year’s elections.
Banda told Nyasa Times that she visits TB Joshua’s Lagos temple in the same way Jews visit Israel or Muslims visit Mecca.
Banda is reportedly a firm believer in divine intervention and may be hoping that the prophet’s spiritual touch will make the difference in her presidential ambitions.
The Synagogue Church of All Nations is a popular destination for many of Africa’s leaders. According to Pulse, presidents and former presidents who have made the pilgrimage include George Weah (Liberia); Goodluck Jonathan (Nigeria); John Magufuli (Tanzania); John Atta Mills (Ghana); and former Zimbabwe's Prime Minister the late Morgan Tsvangirai.
South African political notables who have attended prayers at TB Joshua’s temple include Julius Malema, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela and Goodwill Zwelithini.
Joyce Banda, who recently returned home after four years of self-imposed exile, said she was ready to run in next year's presidential elections if nominated by her party.
Banda, 68, fled in 2014 when she lost power after being embroiled in a massive graft scandal in which government officials siphoned off millions of dollars of public money.
She confirmed that she will contest at her People's Party (PP) elective convention due in coming months.
"The power to choose a torch bearer rests with the people," she said. "If they chose me, yes, I will stand."
Malawi, one of the world's poorest and aid-dependent countries, will hold presidential, parliamentary and council elections in May 2019.
Banda founded the PP in 2011 after splitting from the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), which is led by President Peter Mutharika.
She was Malawi's first female president, serving from April 2012 to May 2014, but analysts say she stands little chance of victory in the next polls.
"Her chances of winning are very slim. Her party is in tatters. The decision to leave the country for so long eroded trust of Malawians in her leadership," said Henry Chingaipe, a political scientist at the University of Malawi.
Her downfall came in part from the so-called "Cashgate" scandal, the biggest financial misconduct in the country's history.
The scandal prompted foreign donors — who provide around 40 percent of Malawi's budget — to pull the plug on aid worth around $150-million.
Banda says she did nothing wrong and that the allegations against her are politically motivated.
After she returned to the country in April, police said an arrest warrant against her was valid, but two months later she has been neither charged nor arrested.