Malawi diplomats defy recalls, UK based Sande claims K15m refund

Malawi diplomats recalled from various missions have given Ministry of Foreign Affairs ultimatums to rfund them millions of kwachas they are allegedly owed effectively rejecting orders for them to return home which has seen Bernard Sande still holding the position of the High Commissioner in London.

Sande: Wants refund of his expenses

Sande: Wants refund of his expenses

Sande has refused to return home unless he is paid K15 million in arrears he has accumulated since assuming the post in 2012.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation spokesperson Quent Kalichero said the ministry is waiting for the appointing authority, the President, to make further nominations for Sande’s replacement following the withdraw of eteran politician-cum-medical doctor Hetherwick Ntaba.

Ntaba withdrew from the appointment citing personal reasons.

But Sande has reportedly refused to honour three deadlines given to him to go back to Malawi, saying he will only return to Malawi when he is paid his £28,000 claim mainly from travel allowances accumulated through travels on local and international travel in 2013.

Accountant General apparently refused request for extra funding, after acting Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs James Ali asked for special funding to enable Sande return.

The Ministry has been asked to use the mission’s allocation for 2014/2015 to square off the bill.

Others working from Malawi High Commission on recall yet to return include Vupe Kunkwezu and Mufwa Munthali (Tradeand Investment Counselor). Military attaché Colonel Sikwese ended his diplomatic tour of duty to London.

But diplomats Dr Francis Moto from Brazil and Brigadier Marcel Chirwa from Kenya have sincereturned to Malawi.

Former Ambassador to UN Charles Msosa sponsored his own air ticket after receiving the recall and Bowler reported for office. Msosa is now redeployed in the civil service as Principal Secretary.

In US at UN Malawi mission, Janet Zenat Karim the first secretary (press) has since been recalled.

Chancellor College political analyst Boniface Dulani said there is need for “some quick action” on the diplomats because “they are very important since they are the first point of reference for Malawi to the outside world.”

He said government should have brought back the old ambassadors and brief them on the new foreign policy of the Peter Mutharika administration.

Brian Bowler and Charles Namondwe have since been deployed to their posts in the United States of America at the UN and China, respectively.

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60 thoughts on “Malawi diplomats defy recalls, UK based Sande claims K15m refund”

  1. Mlauzi says:

    Indeed the motive behind these recalls is ill. Pure ndale pa nyasaland. A guy like Vupe Kumkwezu is a professional. Tinali limodzi ku Chanco in the late 1980s. Kenako he was a statitsician at NSO.. Why not just relocate him to some strategic embassy elsewhere? Sande has also done a good job selling Malawi in the UK, oasti ajawa. As for Francis Moto he has seen it all for a long time. Perhaps he should be nearing retirement. Otherwise as an academic he is also well placed to represent his country abroad.

  2. nasimelo says:

    he he he he muntu wa PP kukakamira ku UK pamene ena akukana shaaaa Sande ufune usafune iwe upita uzikalima

  3. mangochi kabwafu says:

    The next thing you will hear is that he’s now claiming asylum in the UK, kikikikikiki

  4. Ndiyankhulepo says:

    Ku UK nkofunikadi aa?

  5. Wampwesa says:

    Ena akhalitsadi kunja aziberako

  6. Civil Slave says:

    K15metre!!!!? AND THIS IS JUST A PORTION OF HIS TRAVEL ALLOWANCES WHICH WERE NOT PAID, ADD WHAT HE WAS PAID AND OTHER ALLOWANCES.

    KOMA MA DIPLOMAT AMADYA MONEY! NO WONDER EVERY JIM AND JACK AND NUMPTIES WITHOUT PAPERS THINK THEY CAN BECOME DIPLOMATS.

  7. Roots says:

    There is no new foreign policy a of now. Malawi is still using the same old policy that was developed by Muluzi and underwent review but has not been completed. Which new foreign policy are you talking about?

  8. chinkombaleza gumanyundo gowa says:

    A Sande mutichititsa bmanyazi kwa eni Izo ndi nkhani zanyumba mudzakambilana kumudzi kuno. Muyalukatu.

  9. if in two years one can accumulate K15million worth allowances – Malawi siingatukuke only few people continue plundering the national economy

  10. Ntchona says:

    Most of these guys are lazy do not have interests of malawians at heart

  11. NYAOPE says:

    Iai . Vuto lalikulu ndikusavomeleza kuti zinthu zimasintha . Lero bread , mäwa chinangwa , mkuja mbatata , basi ndiye moyowo.

  12. Udzudzu Corner says:

    @19 Alex Likoswe’, that’s obviously self-campaigning, pretty desparate and pathetic! Rutani waka ku thengere mukarye maribwe!

  13. ian says:

    A Sande mungowonekapo kupusa apa. Ma arrears wo mulandila mukafika kuno. aaa amatero, are u the first one to be recalled? mxi, simunamange nyumba kkkk mumadalila kuti JB awina?

    Bwerani kukutentha kuno tidzadye bonya basi.

    nanga ethiopia ndi egypt offices bwanji?

  14. Clement says:

    Bullshit Sande aaaaaaaaaaaah you must follow the order this not PP ruling.Tikukokako kumeneko ndi legeni

  15. tell me says:

    at least he could be discreet nanga tichite kudziwa kuti amakonda ndarama ? Ada amenewo ndi a chabe chabe

  16. Bwitoto says:

    Osamanamiza anthu kuti Pitala is the most learned president Malawi has ever had. Bulutu ngati ngati ameneyu? If you are young ask others and they will tell you bwino bwino. A Sande musabwere mpaka akupatseni zanu amwene. Zausilu eti?

  17. Brave says:

    We are not amazed

  18. Galu WA galu says:

    A Sande wo a ponda mwala penapake. Wait and see. 11 years is too long. Azawo achesula.

  19. Mapwiya says:

    If there’s one man who knows what he’s doing, it is BH Sande. Former Principal Secretary for Foreign Affairs. Ameneyo muvutikana naye. Just pay him his claims.

  20. katakweka says:

    Amene zikumuwawa apeleke ndalama za nthumba mwake anthu mwawapanga recall wo azibwelela. Apo bii mulira simunati

  21. Bob says:

    Some pple here comment ignorantly. The UK staff didn’t refuse to come back all they need is there dues and don’t forget they are Malawians and they know whats happening in this part of the world. Agalu enanu mukudya nalo bwino bomali or you are simply stupid. But you know to get back your dues in this Malawi is a big deal

  22. Mr. B says:

    I wonder why not Agrina Musa being redeployed to RSA. Please consider her as well. She was a victim of PP government.

  23. Kulibe kantu says:

    NTABA IS NOT A VETERAN POLITICIAN. LOOK UP THESE TERMS IN THE DICTIONARY BEFORE YOU WRITE.

  24. mlomwe wa fake says:

    each stupid mistake mapwiya and his goons make take us closer to our much anticipated cardiac arrest as prophesied by liabunya. these goons or dpp origins havent learned anything from late mbwiye’s mistakes

  25. Patriot says:

    Alomwe asova kkkkk

  26. aMUMA says:

    Z THE GOVT SERIOUS? HOW CAN A DIPLOMAT LIKE MSOSA BE RECALLED AND ASKED TO BUY HIS OWN TICKET HOME? IS THIS TRUE? what a humble man!

  27. Embombeni says:

    Achewa Ayawo Alomwe zanu zimenezo.

  28. [email protected] says:

    Useless diplomat…an embarrassment . He travels on govt ticket every kukaonera amazing ache ku USA. Bullshit sande

  29. atate says:

    Bernard santhe is an educated guy . Some of u think he is not educated. He has a masters and its not the first time to be at the embassy. John tembo junior has bn to the embassy even during muluzi time he is a learned guy. Don’t insult people whom u don’t hv knowledge with. Sande will even get a nice job there if u don’t know.

  30. F says:

    The Government should just send a letter to The Queen informing her that the man is no longer a Diplomatic Representative of Malawi and that they should not conduct any business with him as far diplomatic relations between Malawi and Uk are concerned if he clings on to the office and title, He must be charged with treason.

  31. Nkhombokombo says:

    These are confidential issues. Don’t embarrass the Gvt. This will prove to the world how gravely poor our country is. Failing to pay out the MK15million to unindividual? We are a failing Gvt, full stop!!

  32. Gutepo Mphwinyo says:

    iwe sande tazibwerakoo kumeneko nafe tizabe nawo pa poundwo wamva bakha iwe

  33. Future Public Adminstrator says:

    It looks like someone did not read there job Description properly, as far as my knowledge goes about Government and Foreign Service is that Ambassadors are representatives of heads of state which is why they are addressed as his excellency to show respect to the one who sent them. Their appointments and recalls are at the disgrace of the head of state, whch is why when power changes hands a few diplomats come home. What the High commisioner is illegal and unprofessional at the first notice of recall he was supposed to round uo business and return to Malawi whether a replacement is available or not because the Head of State no longer requires him as his representative. It the downside of life as a diplomat your position can be stripped from you at any time.

  34. chefourpence says:

    send someone to occupy the office in UK. Simple. Why should this nitwit cling to this office bcoz of allowances? He means he cant be paid if he comes back home? Let him go wherever his boss JB is and stay there! Bullshit!

  35. Malindima says:

    Come back home! If indeed the Gov. owes you, you will be refunded but this should not be the reason to stick around. The challenge we have with most of our foreign dignitaries is that they are not career diplomats. They were just deployed by the former government just because either their parents with those if the former presidents have relations. Take for instance John Tembo Junior; is he a career Diplomat? Nop! His father and JB were in good terms n thus why he found himself in the High Commision in the UK. Career Diplomats can not be shuffled around as they are professional than these borrowed diplomats. Come back home oohhh! Or you will dragged and bundled into the plane forgetting your luggage and or your family.

  36. Abiti Sipoko says:

    Bweranikoni baba kenako ma claimswo muchitire kuno kumudzi zitowoneka ngati mukukakamira kunjatu kkkkkkkkk

  37. Embasse says:

    These people think these are life time jobs or what? Bingu said these jobs are not for life. But Malawians think these are life time jobs. You mean Sande has nothing to do but kukakamira ku embassy? As for Chikwemba that good for nothing boy is just an idiot. He must go kwa amayi ake Joyce ku States to clean her floors not spending our money kukakamira ntchito yoti he is not even qualified. I don’t understand how a self respecting Malawian can hold the people to ransom refusing to come back from embassy Zoona? Mulibe class nonse. Yatha yatha, basi get over it and come muzalime.

  38. womenslib says:

    Don’t you know people at Embassy’s now survive on credit?

  39. Kaluma says:

    Tsopano cash gate namaloko anangogawa eti. 15 million munthu mmodzi kapena itakakhala BEAM five million olo Mulhakho bwenzi Pali ma demo. Akuluakulu a boma kuba basi mpake akukanilila

  40. Alex Likoswe says:

    Some of these diplomats are professional as see. The guy Mufwa to me knows his job. Let us wait for replacement . Please assess each diplomat before recall. Others , good redance

  41. johnM says:

    Bambo Sande, zibwelanikoni. These claims can be made whilst you are here at home. Osakakamila mpando. Azanu analiso pampando mpopo koma anausiya. Pano, it is your turn to do the same. My father was also a high commissioner, when it was time to return, he did so without a fuss. You should do the same

  42. Eetuee-e amela mapiko!

  43. Issa Kabudula says:

    For Mr Sande to claim the $ 28,000.00 refund on expenses of air travel and so, is unfounded as far as the customs of new governments are concerned. Its unfortunate circumstance for a deployee kupanga makani when call off. Only self employed can do that, but as far as you were employed, u must bear in mind that imatha. So if the work has finish you leave the office the smart way and seek legal advice if necessary. For the new Malawi, our president is a filthy rich in law making and teaching, so care must be taken when we start claiming of refunds, cause you can find yourself in refund-gate.

  44. Shoes says:

    Give the guy his money. You appointed him to work for Malawi. Please don’t ill treat him. Come on DPP

  45. Mphwache says:

    I totally support HE Bernard Sande. When Government is not settling its liabilities for diplomats like in UK, the diplomats usually apply for personal bank loans to settle these liabilities. Now, if BS is recalled, who is going to settle the personal bank loan? He knows pretty well, he cannot repay this on Malawi earnings. I have been there and I know what it means, its embarrassing if your diplomat is asked not to leave at the airport through a bank injunction.

  46. Ashraf Kumar says:

    Recalls will not bring food on your table….nkhaniyi ikupindulirani chani…nsanje za inside mma embassy izi!!!

  47. None says:

    Clarification! Thoko Banda did not refuse the appointment. he was caught up in his own lies when he tried to impress the white man while seeking asylum in Germany. Never thought his lies would come back and bite him, he said the posting to Zimbabwe was never discussed……remember??? so how do you refuse an appointment if it was never discussed????

  48. Phodogoma says:

    So Sande you are smiling over your useless reason. Come back home and test bonya.

  49. Muhiye Mwana says:

    A Sande angokhala ngati bulutu! Abwereko amwe thelere. Ine wanga ndi Peter kuti wawawawawawa! Aliponso winaaaaaaaa!

  50. Patriot says:

    Tapezani 15 million yo azibwera ameneyi asatikwane.

  51. John Biziwiki says:

    If you people think that staying in these Embassies is ALL “Roses”, you are cheating yourselves. Surviving in “Todays Embassies” is all about sacrifices. What Sande is claiming is his OWN money. It could have been that he was using his personal money for official matters. This is also what is happening right here in our country (civil service) you have a crucial assignment and you want to submit the document, but there are no papers in the office, what do you do? You just take your K2,000 and buy a ream of papers. The only difference is that the amounts are small and that we are closer to other Ministries, timatha kumabwerekana. I support his claim mwinanso wachepetsa by not including all what he contributed.

  52. Boyd Kilembey says:

    We should be questioning the motives of these recalls. We forget that these people are Malawians too and deserve better. These people move ovewrseas with dependants who need to go to school. THese recalls are inhuman to say the least…..
    Its shame these thinbgs are happening under APM, the most educated president Malawi ever had.
    I am not complaining. MAlawi is a cursed country for sure.

    1. Mirella K says:

      My recalls aren’t evil…aaaah they av served Malawi and its time for others…zosiyirana izi!!!

  53. 11 YEARS OVERSEAS ONE PERSON IN ONE COUNTRY WITHOUT BEING MOVED, DOES THIS MEAN MALAWI HAS NO OTHER PEOPLE WHO CAN DO THIS JOB, BUT OTHERS ONLY ONE YEAR PACK UP AND GO.

    ALSO WHY OTHERS NOT YET CLEARED, AND OTHERS DO NOT WANT TO MOVE, DOES GVT/DPP NOT HAVE POWERS TO LET THEM MOVE.

    A MALAWI KUFUNA AZAO ENA AZISAUKA BASI, CHILICHOSE CHIKALE CHAWO, IZI ZIKUCHITIKA MU BOMA, MUMAKAPANE, MUMACHALICHI, KUMIPINGO INA YOSIYASIYANA, MUMABUNGWE NDI MALO ENA OTERO———- A MALAWI SANJE NDI KUFUNA KUBA BASI AZAWO ASAUKE MUPAKA KALE-KALE.
    TRY TO CHANGE AND CHANGE NOW.

  54. Cocoon says:

    I can not see Malawi progressing, money is getting in the country but wrong hands are receiving the money, Government just playing in the sand with your friends while people are dying in front of your eyes, God is watching and he never fails. zikomo!

  55. How can one stay at an embassy for eleven good years ??? Is he/ she life ambasador ???
    When and how are our young sons and daughters going to the embassies ???

    1. HILL says:

      Ena u minister since tym ya Muluzi, Bulutu wa mkulu mmalawi muno. Tikunena Kaliati, Henry Mussa

  56. namarokoro says:

    The biggest problem with our diplomatic appointmentees is that they are all smiles when they are going to various missions BUT once they taste cheese and butter the majority do not want to come back home. What Sande is doing is simply delaying tactics. He is a government employee and what stops him claiming that money in Malawi once he is back. Does a government expense cease to be an expense once you are in Malawi? The money he is asking for is from Malawi, will it not be easier for him to walk to treasury while in Malawi and submit his expenses? Our diplomats mumatichititsa manyazi. Go back home after you have executed your duties with honour. We are here in Malawi and we are living confortably!!!

  57. Achimidzimidzi says:

    For those we cannot afford to pay their expenses, Ministry of Foreign Affairs can change their citizenship automatically.

    You have started making refunds without supporting documents and compensations.

    Kodi a Dausi, Kalirani, APM muwapanga compensate liti malingana ndi kumangidwa kwa treason kuja.

    Analengeza kale kuti ndi nthawi yanu a DPP yoti mulipidwa, tiyeninazoni.

  58. Wariya Khale says:

    This is stoopid! Revoke their passports and stop sending any money to the concerned embassies!

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