The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation is in the process of recalling over 50 diplomatic staff.
This, according to a press statement from the ministry is one way of trimming and rationalizing the numbers of staff in the country’s missions abroad thereby leaving a sizable number to concentrate on development diplomacy with focus on trade investment, tourism and resource mobilization.
“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation wishes to inform the general public that at the moment it is effecting recalls of over fifty (50) diplomatic staff and this is accumulation of recalls that date as back as 2010,” reads part for the statement.
It further explains, “There has been a slow pace in effecting the recalls due to financial constraints exacerbated by the “cash gate” scandal and the suspension of donor budgetary support.”
The Ministry, however, clarifies that recalls from foreign diplomatic service is a normal and continuous process such that everyone who gets posted to serve the country at one of its mission abroad is excepted to return home some day.
“Ideally, a tour of duty is three years with a possibility of renewal, but exigencies of services may also necessitate recall at any point in time during the tour,” the statement explains.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :