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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19 thoughts on “Chaponda says sacking of Kabwila’s daughter ‘blown out of proportion’: Malawi embassies in debts”

  1. Tombolombo says:

    mwachita bwino kumuchotsa,mayi ake amayelekedwa heavy.

  2. Peter Munthalikano says:

    Kkkkkkkkkk eeeee zachabechabe zongosausa mtima zonsezi koma mulungu alikodi

  3. Namaseko says:

    Achaponda bwezani maganizo ngati mumadziwa kuti kuli MULUNGU

  4. wrvgbbbb says:

    politicised it is.

  5. jolozakapokola says:

    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

  6. gogodus says:

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

  7. digongo says:

    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 are doing nothing in the offices ena akuti taking inventory basi mma staff houses which can be done by a local staff. By just doing that, school fees for kids is paid in expensive schools, residence not just a house and guard, FOR WHAT? I travel frequently to these countries and have seen them with my own eyes. Some positions can be merged, sure find out please.

  8. truth says:

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

  9. Tamalisha says:

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

  10. Chewable says:

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

  11. Faith says:

    Only a few weeks ago, you ordered immediate dispatch of your own nephew to an embassy. Today you unashamedly tell us your ministry has debts awaiting payment. Henry Kachaje is right – we Malawians are frustratingly tolerant.

  12. Don yen says:

    Top most lawyer???

  13. Mapwevupwevu says:

    There! Wakuuzani makape inu! Aliponso wina atati mfwiii?

  14. Kenkkk says:

    These interns are just there to learn, they don’t need desks or good chairs to sit on. It is therefore wrong to fire them all because of lack is space. It is a very stupid reason these dpp thugs keep on telling us.

    When you were hiring them, didn’t you know that you had no spaces for them? Hiring in January then firing them in February, what kind of incompetence do we have in this govt? Is this the success of civil service reforms you have been claiming to be working?

    Interns just work shadow and indeed are not part of staff, so the govt doesn’t even spend anything on them. They are there just to learn, they will even accept sitting on the floor. Bullshit what you are telling us.

  15. Mulhomwe Wankulu says:

    Inu Anyasa Times mundiyankhe funso langali pompano….kodi mmasowa nkhope zoti zizioneka pa page imeneyi eti? Why putting this face on this page? Ikumathawitsa network nkhope imeneyi ngati simukudziwa!!!!Just bcoz he’s the President in waiting? This is rubbish!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. ngolongoliwa chimaliro says:

    a pido simukunama,satana sachita nalo manyazi boza. Satana sakondwera ena zikamayenda satana amayendera kuthana ndi anthu .

  17. gwedebu says:

    Kuchikamwa ngati bulu…chili kumudzi atachigwira ufiti ndithu

  18. pido says:

    Mukamuona bwinobwino munthuyu ndi waku Satana midima yeniyeni

  19. Wophunzira wa degree says:

    Zimene mumakambirana ndizopanda nzeru ife kusoweka ntchito chifukwa cha mbuli za DPP.Zowona ntchito ya uphunzitsi,udotolo kukhala nayo zaka ziwiri kamba ka DPP administration.Foolish!

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