Malawi deputy Director of Information, Diana Nkhulembe Phiri had a rude awakening when she was forced to return home from President Peter Mutharika’s Malta trip after it was discovered she imposed herself on the entourage, Nyasa Times can reveal.
Mutharika left the country on Sunday 22nd November, 2015 to attend the 24th session of Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting.
As per procedure, Ministry of Information assign a journalist and cameraman to accompany the President, however Phiri jumped on the opportunity and abused her powers to assign herself for the trip.
Phiri according to confirmed reports, as authorizing officer, withdrew allowances and processed all papers for the trip herself without her boss and State House’s knowledge.
However, whilst in Malta government ordered her to return home when it was discovered that nobody had approved her travel but herself.
She returned home last week is expected to face more consequences for her conduct.
Nkhulembe has reportedly been pestering the Aide de Camp (ADC) to book an appointment with the First Citizen for months now but to no avail as the aide deemed her reasons to see the President not convincing enough.
Nkhulembe was married to former Education Minister, Yusuf Mwawa. Their wedding led to the downfall of the minister as he has had been accused of stealing $1 360 to fund his wedding party at the up-market Mount Soche Hotel.
Mwawa was fired, taken to court and later convicted of fraud, a sin whose sentence was a five-year prison term which was later curtailed on health grounds.
While still married to Mwawa, Nkhulembe used to work as Press Officer for former Vice President, Dr. Cassim Chilumpha.
The President led a Malawi delegation at a Commonwealth summit in Malta and proceeded to United Kingdom where he is attending and addressing a business forum.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :