Chaponda says sacking of Kabwila’s daughter ‘blown out of proportion’: Malawi embassies in debts

Minister of Foreign Affair and International Cooperation,  George Chaponda has told parliament that the sacking of daughter of Malawi Congress Party (MCP) spokesperson Jessie Kabwila barely a month after being hired as intern in the Department of International Cooperation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs  has been “blown out of proportion.”

Chaponda: An intern is not a civil servant

Chaponda: An intern is not a civil servant

Chaponda made the comment in Parliament when the issue rose on Tuesday after media headlines as MCP spokesperson described her daughter’s loss of internship as a political matter as a result of her demand for President Peter Mutharika to resign.

But Chaponda said Louisa Kabwila was not an employee of his ministry , therefore assertions that she has been fired are not correct.

“She was an intern and you all know that all interns are not civil servants with jobs anywhere in government,” said Chaponda, the country’s top trained lawyer.

He added: “ You all know the process of recruiting a civil servant.”

He said Kabwila internship was terminated because some civil servant who were in foreign mission had returned at the end of their tour of duty or recall and “needed the space.”

Speaking in the august House, Chaponda also confirmed of the rental arrears and debts the country is yet to pay to other foreign countries in diplomatic  missions.

Chaponda was responding to a question raised by  Kasungu South East (MCP) Member of Parliament, Khumbize Kandodo Chiponda who asked the minister if indeed it’s true that the nation owes other countries huge money and if the revised budget allocations for the ministry has put in place the said money to pay the concerned countries.

The Foreign Minister said the country indeed do rent office space for it staff abroad but now the amount is on lower side having managed to pay them in chunks.

The ministry of foreign affairs and international cooperation budget has been revised from K13,413,483,016 to K15,129,378,685 with an increment of over K2 billion.

People’s Party (PP) leader and MP  for Salima South, Uladi Mussa questioned the minister to explain the  increased the figures at a time the minister of finance is reducing budget for other important ministries like Education and Judiciary.

Chaponda said: “Personal emoluments  have been revised from K7. 38 billion to K9.3 billion due to exchange rate movement. Here we are talking about salaries of diplomats in foreign missions.”

Salima central parliamentarian, Felix Jumbe demanded answers from the minister on how much the ministry is collecting from  Malawi  government properties in foreign countries  like Ethiopia, Kenya, Zambia and Washington in USA.

Chaponda said Malawi saves a lot in those countries as they don’t have to pay any rental fee since they are using their own building and  dismissed reports of Malawi wanting to sale its property in Kenya  as not true.

He, however, said a Kenyan business tycoon wanted to exchange his building with extra cash but the plan was stopped.

Chaponda also clarified and defend his globetrotting, saying Malawi is affiliated to a lot of international bodies as such it is supposed to be represented at any international meeting by the foreign minister and in some cases he represents the Head of State.

He also says he accompany the President during any foreign trip .

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Tombolombo
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Tombolombo
6 months 15 days ago

mwachita bwino kumuchotsa,mayi ake amayelekedwa heavy.

Peter Munthalikano
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Peter Munthalikano
6 months 15 days ago

Kkkkkkkkkk eeeee zachabechabe zongosausa mtima zonsezi koma mulungu alikodi

Namaseko
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Namaseko
6 months 16 days ago

Achaponda bwezani maganizo ngati mumadziwa kuti kuli MULUNGU

wrvgbbbb
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6 months 16 days ago

politicised it is.

jolozakapokola
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jolozakapokola
6 months 16 days ago

Ife a DPP tithana nanu zitsiru inu a Malawi. Tinakupwetekani, kukuphani, nkutivotela.munavotela kuphika kwa ife ndipo tikuphikani…kukuphani..ndikukubelani…zitsiru a Malawi..zogunata..zogona..ana agalu..ankhwezule….musawuka muwona

gogodus
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gogodus
6 months 16 days ago

Mayi Kaliati atumiza mwana wao ku London Embassy, find out nde adziti chani apa za budget

digongo
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digongo
6 months 16 days ago
Dziko lathu ndalama zilipo, nanga amene akubawa akuchotsa pati? Secondly, musese onse a mma Embassy amene ma positions awo can be merged. For example, we have ambassadors, so why deputy ambassadors, to do what? The counsillor can deputise when the ambassador is away. KOmanso they shud find their own accommodation cos many countries, the rentals are high cos they know its the govt which is paying osadziwa kuti ma governemnt ena ndi olira. Komanso onse obwera ndi ma president kupepesana koma nothing to do there achoke. I can give an example of our embassies in Egypt and Ethiopia. Several staff… Read more »
truth
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6 months 16 days ago

kodi exchange rate ikukhuza akuma embassy okhawo.Kupusa kumeneko.Kodi kwacha siiyi ikungozigwera kuno.

Tamalisha
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Tamalisha
6 months 16 days ago

Kuipa nkhope ndi mtima omwe shupit zanu, mwana wakulakwilani chani? Mmawa adzakhala mwana wanu kuno ndi kunja

Chewable
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Chewable
6 months 16 days ago

This photo for the Foreign Affairs Minister is not suitable or looking as if he is not of this physical world

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