Mini-fukushima at Malawi Embassy in Japan

Malawi’s ambassador to Japan, Brigadier Reuben Ngwenya is said to be enjoying an ivory tower moment and has created a demi-god status and for himself. He is reigning supreme in a pseudo-kingdom where few have access.

Ambassador Reuben Ngwenya

Ambassador Reuben Ngwenya

Insiders at the embassy reveal that he has thrown all caution to the wind and is disregarding all diplomatic protocol in pursuit of a personal agenda of self-enrichment.

“Ngwenya breached diplomatic protocol, which prohibits embassy staff from carrying out active businesses, and has gone flat out doing various businesses. The ambassador spends very little time in his office as he is always around and about the streets of Tokyo scouting for cars at auctions for his Car Hire company, Car Hire Company is Classic Car Hire, back home, which is managed by Vusi Ngwenya” the source told Nyasa Times, pleading for anonymity.

He is also a business partner of a Japanese friend, Professor Shibata. They sell bicycles in Malawi, which come in duty free as they are disguised as ‘donations’

He does not conduct regular meetings with embassy staff to discuss how the embassy should promote Malawi’s agenda and lure Japanese investors to Malawi, revealed the source.

According to the source, many workers have written Ambassador Ngwenya over the time that he has been in Japan to complain about his style of leadership, which is allegedly dictatorial. Others have also protested the behaviour of the Ambassador’s Secretary, Tamae Mobsby (Japanese), who is said to be a thorn in the fresh for many embassy staff and acts like she is the Ambassador herself.

Brigadier Ngwenya has been in Japan as Malawi’s envoy for four years now. He is the only Ambassador that has not been recalled after the change of Government in May, 2014.

According to the source, the embassy is keeping files upon files of complaints from several embassy staff and other stakeholders who feel Malawi’s image is being painted black because of the rudeness of the ambassador’s secretary. She does not respect people, and always verbally abuse staff at the embassy and even other diplomats but no action has been taken against her, he said.

“Serious investors have been pushed away, because of this lady. This time even the diplomats have joined the staff to complain to Ministry of Foreign Affairs about her behaviour.

“On April 7, 2015, the embassy held management meeting where Deputy Ambassador, Rosemary Kanyuka, and First Secretary, Stephen M’modzi, raised the issue of the rudeness of the Ambassador’s secretary.

“ A serious verbal fight ensued, and the situation nearly degenerated into an all-out punch up. It is alleged that the Ambassador has a secret love relationship with Tamae Mobsby, which is the main reason why he does not take any action to admonish her over her rude conduct towards embassy staff and other diplomats,” the source said.

Brigadier Ngwenya is also said to be engaged in money hosting business, and is always throwing lavish parties at his house with his business associates who have nothing to do with investing in Malawi, according to the source.

“Ngwenya is only interested in his survival and uses politics to achieve this. He collects used computers and cars, which he donates to politically-connected organizations at first it was those in PP and now at Beautify Malawi Trust (Beam), which is run by First Lady, Gertrude Mutharika, and Safe Motherhood,” said the embassy source.

The Ambassador is also said to have facilitated the recall of Levi Mkawa simply because he is the son of Mrs. Edith Mkawa, whom the Ambassador alleged has close links with the former governing People’s Party (PP) of Joyce Banda.

The embassy members of staff in Japan also include Loy Ricaforte, Ambassador’s Chauffeur Felix Lilio; Driver Yuma Ito and Accounts Officer, Eddie Callangan.

Brigadier Ngwenya was appointed by the late Bingu wa Mutharika in the previous DPP government and he is the only ambassador who survived the previous PP government and still not yet recalled by the current government.

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84 thoughts on “Mini-fukushima at Malawi Embassy in Japan”

  1. HE JOZA says:

    ALOMWE NDI ACHAWA NDI NKHALIDWE WAWO

    Akufuna mzawo abwereko kumeneko
    Apiteko iwowo adzikanjonjola (kuba )kumeneko

    SITIDZAPHULAKO KATHU TAA !!

  2. mob bakae says:

    Why is the ambassador in tokyo still employing mrs bakae mobsby? she is a mad person, my friend says. when i saw her at the embassy, i found she was not an intelligent person.

  3. Taps says:

    A ngwenya tilibe nawo chifukwa. Ndakusambilani mmanja a ‘source’ Chitani chomwe mukuona chopindula kwa Inu. ‘ anatelonso kalelo mfumu Herod’

  4. Tha says:

    ameneyu Nde true Malawian I know . Timachita nsanje ndi kwa a neighbor omwe pokazinga nkhuku. Za nkutu the recalled man

  5. nsonga ciswe says:

    Kodi zosezi zingakhale z:-) onama

  6. Vusi says:

    My father does not sell bicycles, yes he has classic car hire company but he started long time.

  7. Mtumbuka says:

    Me.Reuben Ngwenya u were working hard against your fellow ambassadors like Chirwa today the ball is in your court prove it wrong. Karma is a bitch my man Ngwenya

  8. Angoni says:

    Asilikali oyipa mtima awa, kuzunza anthu basi. Mr.President must recall this man with speed. And he must be investigated too

  9. Dolo says:

    Ngwenya Ngwenya Ngwenya you can fool some people sometime but you can’t fool all the people all the time

  10. makarios makarios says:

    Ingomufufuzani Chilungamo Chioneke

  11. MKWAPU says:

    JELOUS BASI NGWENYA IS HARD WORKING DIPLOMAT.U JUST WANT TO SEND UR RELATIVE THERE
    FOTSEKI!!!!!!

  12. kasim says:

    I don’t believe this report is stemming from right thinking personalities. There is no conclusive evidence whatsoever about all these allegations. What is the problem of throwing parties at his house? This is petty jealousy

  13. Moto Mtchire says:

    Rubbish article!! Not long ago you Nyasatimes were praising Ngwenya for helping city authorities in Malawi with fire engines. Now you say he is bad! Name any ambassador who has sourced anything, even a pin, for Malawi- zero! Please give credit where credit is due. Malice is what retards progress in Malawi.

  14. MALAWI SEE WHAT IS THERE ——AND MAKE PURE INVESTIGATIONS, NOT JUST AS IT IS BEING AIRED. RELATIONSHIP CAN BE THERE THAT IS ANOTHER ISSUE.

  15. Ghetto Salvation says:

    Why beating about the bush… Which inside sources? This is purely the work of Joseph Chikwemba… Unless otherwise. He got chased from the Embassy and now he wants to destroy the image of this Malawi House. Too bad.

  16. MAMA says:

    Zimatengera ndi umunthu ; nzeru ndi mmene umachezera bwino ndi wanthu komanso mulungu wako !!

    Sikuti mukapita inuyo ku japaniko zikayendako monga momwe zayendera or zikuyendera ndi mkulu ameneyi

    Asanapiteko mkuluyu kunali wena kuneneko koma oro solar sitinayiwone taaa !!

    CHABWINO ABWEREKO IYEYO PITANI INUYO TIDZAMVA NGATI
    ZIKAYENDE NGATI MNZANUYI

    NSANJE KADUKA UFITI BWA !!

  17. pipo of such background are always dictators,instead of attracting investors ali busy kunyenga mahule.malawi is poor because of pipo like.shame on u.

  18. Mzika says:

    Mkulu uyu Ngwenya is good at nothing, let the government do investigation to these allegations people will be surprised, he is self imposed intelligence officer but all we know is he is good at reporting lies just to position himself with the ruling party. Azibwelako basi

  19. Balamanthu says:

    This sounds like hearsay and gossiping.Dont believe it.This comes from those that would like somebody to go to Japan.

  20. Billy Chilewani says:

    I knew Brigadier Ngwenya as a hardworking,no nonsense senior officer who always met targets on whatever he wanted to achieve. He rose through the commissioned officers ranks to senior coveted position of one star general for some of you who may not know who a Brigadier is. He led several departments within the MDF and they were all kicking and alive. I feel with his military background he is inclined to use a little bit of dictatorial tendencies as that is the major thrust of most of ex-military personnel administration. But if the writer is just writing to tarnish the image of my esteemed brigadier I would ask him to put his energy elsewhere for he is dealing with one of the best military officers the MDF ever produced. I am a retired army officer and I am not seeking any favours from the said diplomat only telling the part I know about him.

  21. Jammy says:

    Nkhasa za kukeyala mwabweranazo ku Japan.your there to serve the nation not your own business interest ..

  22. Diplomat says:

    We the youths in Malawi are not given opportunity at all and you let these political animals to waste money like this, this man is businessman and those of us who live in Lilongwe know Classic car hire and we know it’s his. The president must do something today

  23. MAKOLO says:

    KODI ANTHUFE NDIFE OTANI KULIMBANA NDI ANZATHU ATLMBUKA ???

    MUNTHU AKUPANGA ZAKE KOMANSO ZOTHANDIZA MTUNDU WA A MALAWI

    ZANA LITALI ILO AGALU INU MWAGAWANA ZITHU MASUKULU ZOCHOKERA KU JAPAN

    OSAWAGAYIRA A MPOTO
    BVUTO LANU NDI CHANI AGALUNU

    NKONA WANTHU AKUFUNA FEUDALISM

    NKHANI ZAKE ZIMACHOKERA PAMENEPA

  24. Mwana wa mkango says:

    Last time I visited Japan with former president for Ticad I heard everything about Ngwenya and he is rated the worst African Ambassador in Japan. This man is wasting government money and he must be recalled now now now

  25. A MPINGO says:

    A MALAWI NDIFE ANTHU

    A NSANJE

    A MFITI

    OLO KUNJAKU AMBIRI AMADZIBISA KUTI NDI MMALAWI (SHAME)!!

    KUCHITILANANSO SANJE NDI KUNJA KOMWE ???

    CHONCHI MULUNGU ATIDALITSA BWANJI ???

    MUSIYENI MNZANU MBIRI ZAKE NZOTHANDIZA DZIKO !!

    SHAME TO THE WRITER !

    MAY GOD FORGIVE YOU !!

    YOU NEED PRAYERS !!

  26. Nellie Maitiro says:

    Ngwenya was busy picking fights with everyone… even reporting on his fellow ambassadors kumalembetsa zoipa pa nyasatimes pompano..lero mukuti nsanje? Nkhonya yobwenzera kuwawaaaa

  27. Yaya kumudzi says:

    IWE WALEMBA NKHANIYI NDIWE WANSANJE ,UKHALA CHOMCHO SUDZACHITA BWINO IN LIFE WAMVA

  28. Bwande says:

    Stephen M’modzi is a son to the late sister of Peter so why should the president hear it from nyasatimes instead of Stephen. It’s Stephen who has problems with the ambassador and not everyone at the embassy.

  29. KUCHITEKETE says:

    READING THROUGH THE LINES,I CAN AUTOMATICALLY SEE SOMEONE SHOUTING ON TOP OF HIS VOICE FOR NOTHING BUT DEEP ROOTED JEALOUSY & ENVY OVER NGWENYA WHICH IS TYPICAL OF MALAWIANS. FOLLOWING NGWENYAS ACTIVITIES IN JAPAN, HAS BEEN IN MANY WAYS SO IMPRESSIVE TO SAY THE LEAST.
    YOU OUGHT TO KNOW THAT HE WAS A HIGH RANKING SOLDIER IN MALAWI WHICH IF YOU HAD SOME BRAINS WOULD HAVE ALLOWED YOU TO NOTE ON MERIT THAT HE IS SOMEONE WHOSE WHOLE WORKING LIFE HAS BEEN ABOUT COMMANDING SOLDIERS WHICH MAY INDEED INFLUENCE HIS MANAGEMENT STYLE INTO BEEING SOME SORT OF A DICTATOR. HIS EMPLOYERS NEW THAT ALREADY FORTUNATELY. SIMUNGATUKUKE NDI NKHWIDZI ZOTEROZO. LIMBIKILANI ZANU OSATI BUSY ZA ENA ..MTIMA WA UKAPOLO UMENEWO!!!!!!!!!!!

  30. SIBO says:

    Ngwenya the genius.

  31. Ineyo says:

    People just want to tarnish the good image the Brigadier has built upon himself. The man is hard working and disciplinarian, following his military background as a soldier. Its ‘chita’ and ‘siya’, the two golden rules.

    Lazy Malawians are very bad thinking. Firing the Chinese secretary is fine, but thinking that Ngwenya will be recalled simply because everybody was recalled is uncalled for.

  32. Kanga Ndiwamba says:

    Ngwenya wayipa lero chifukwa mwabwerako ku Japan?bwanji simumanena kuyipa kwake muli ku Japan konko.Well come back home achimwene mahule aku Chilomoni akukudukirani

  33. godobaman says:

    BE FORWARD!!!!!!!!!?????????????

  34. Let this be verified!Once positive let Ngwenya the businessman come hither to do his fucken business.And regarding Tamae his secretary, this is disgusting!Is this a Malawian Embassy in Japan or a Malawi/Japan Embassy in Japan?Awa ndiye matokoso enieni bas.Ministry of Foreign Affairs you need to re-check your performance appraisals on such good-for-nothing diplomats.Otherwise the Malawi nation is losing alot.

  35. The real Jihad John says:

    It looks like a one sided report from a bitter person. doesn’t the guy have a good side at all?

  36. BENNY says:

    NJALA NSANJE NTHENDA UFITI

    MULUNGU TETEDZANI DZIKO KWA A SATANA !!

  37. IBN says:

    This article is full of malice, the writer has a personal vandetta against mr Ngwenya. how long does it take to purchase a vehicle? does Mr ngwenya go car shopping everyday? is he doing the businesses in Japan or ryt here in Malawi? how many diplomats have busineses? does it mean the should all disband their companies back home simply bcoz they have been appointed diplomats?

  38. Mumalawi weni weni says:

    I can sense some ill motives in the author of this article, he tends to be subjective with personal problems with this individual, Ngwenya. Try to be objective journalists please.

    Nsanjetu zimenezi, kapena ndinu amodzi mukufuna udindowo? you seem to have a serious problem with Ngwenya you idiot writer.

  39. chatonda says:

    Why is the government and the Minister of Foreign Affairs just looking at this issue when the image of the country is getting rotten like this? Is it because he is donating rotten computers to BEAM? Should fellow Malawians suffer at the hands of their fellow Malawian in a foreign country far like Japan/ Why do you fire him and replace him with people who can help the country?
    Corruption is eroding this country and it is surprising that even if such news comes into the ears of those who have the responsibility to act, they just look the other side simply because they are beneficiaries also.

    Peter Muntharika is very slow to act as if he doesn’t know how people are pulling this country down. Minister George Chaponda, what are you doing? This is the issue to act and please act now.

  40. Issa Kabudula says:

    Lets call it mwayi wawo bambo ambassador, its one day and he will regret the day he messed with time – as Malawian we suppose to be acting as one body, who feel the same pain – then only we can develop.

  41. Malawiana says:

    This is the life of Malawian diplomats these days. A Nigerian colleague in Pretoria once told me that they source wines, spirits, champaignes, tobacco, etc for their pubs from Malawian diplomats who buy cheaply in bulk from diplomatic shops and sell to them at a Commission.

  42. Ngongoliwa says:

    WE HAVE MANY TOP MEN AND WOMEN WHO USE POLITICS OF THE BELLY TO RETAIN POSITIONS. THIS INCLUDE A MWENYE, THEY KNOW HOW WEAK OUR PRESIDENTS ARE. MALAWI WILL NEVER DEVELOP !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! BUT PLZ GOVT THIS REQUIRES URGENT ATTENTION

  43. Nkhedu says:

    I know this fellah @ upper biwi bottlestore.Eeish he spends money.

  44. Apa Clearly its an issue of jealous plain and simple…musiyeni munthu atakate akuba ndalama ngati??? no wonder Malawi can never develop nsanje too much

  45. mwana mulopwana says:

    it seems this is personal hatred , I understand it is the same nyasatimes that published Beforward Japan donating cash and items to Malawi with the ambassador and at one point I saw the Japanese Govt donating Firefighter truck to city of Mzuzu with the same ambassador present on the occasion and also South Korea, it seems I have read a lot of things from nyasatimes may be more than 5 articles, so please tell me who is not doing work here,
    Please if you have some personal issues with Bregadiar Ngwenya try to sort out this amicably but otherwise the ambassador is doing good work for the country Malawi

  46. Sec-specialist says:

    I am not surprised by any of this. He is a career soldier, for crying out loud. Just how do you expect such a person to be a top diplomat at that level beats me.

  47. Roots says:

    He also donated items for PP campaign and was instrumental in sending Joseph Chikwemba to campaign for PP. He also disregards financial procedures by using funds in deposit and other accounts for his insatiable travelling appetite. I know the guy is evil and works as an intelligence officer as well.

    Even Foreign Affairs knows that there is a bad relation between him and his Deputy because the Deputy is more proffessional than the Ambassador himself. Shame on Ngwenya. Musiyeni Mwana Kumbukani Mkawa, kodi walakwa kukulangizani za financial prudence? Manyazi bwanji

  48. visulo says:

    Nsanje za a Malawi at its best

  49. Gabriel Mponda says:

    I know Mrs Edith Mkawa very humble woman, very professional this is very very sad that the whole ambassador can do this? Leave the son alone, if he is qualified and was due appointed let him do his work

  50. Captain Banda says:

    It’s total shame to us men in uniform

  51. Captain Banda says:

    Something must be done at this mission immediately, no leadership at all, it’s a total to us men in Uniform, I appeal to the leadership to take action to this kind of indiscipline by the ambassador, he is pursuing his own interest by engaging himself in profitable business and busy fighting with his juniors. Mission aborted, he must come home and answer these allegations

  52. Kachindamoto weniweni says:

    Classic Car Hire tikuziwa it belongs to Ngwenya and we know the son Vusi mwana wamatama koopysa, this is conflict of interest a bweleko basi, timadabwatu tima donation mbweeee kunali kupalila undidowo eti? Basi baba inu mutipeza tizagwile ukapolo uli kuno ku Nysalanda

  53. Hiroshima says:

    If he has not been recalled what’s the matter then? I do not see anything wrong with that. Amphawi inu mumakonda kulemba za anzanu omwe akuchita bwino, ambassador asagule galimoto basi walakwitsa..??! Atonkhwetonkhwe kagweleni uko.

  54. Nachika says:

    Hear, hear, hear! That’s the work of DDP Government. Go, go, go Ngwenya enrich yourself. Don’t worry you will not be recalled as DPP government favours you. Peter Mutharika will pretend not to hear this because, we know its an agreement between you and him to do this. But be careful with Ben Phiri, 2nd VP, if he hears this, you are in hot soup.

  55. Zuze Chirwa says:

    Kulimbana ndi am ambassadors amzake mkulu ameneyu ngati zingatheke kukhala a ambassador kulikonse same time, he was busy writing mabodza lero zamugwelera, no mercy for merciless, he must be recalled immediately , he is symbol of political manipulation, what is wrong with these men? This is good story to hear coz it is just telling us exactly who Ngwenya is

  56. Hemaso says:

    In this story what do the writer want to achieve? Tisamapange choncho a Malawi.

  57. Abiti Twaibu says:

    Kunyenga mkulu ameneneyu komaso kukonda kuhonga anthu akuluakulu, kodi mulandu wake ogwililila am junior female soldiers uja unatha. Azibwelako kumeneko Ngwenya ameneyu, he must be recalled now

  58. Sacks Chilli says:

    Chouluka chimatela!!

  59. Mabvuto says:

    Bwana Ngwenya tinawathamangisa kuno ku Army chifukwa cholowesa Ndale munBarracks, munthuyu ndi galu and he can’t be Ambassador that’s very senior position for him

  60. Thako lidana says:

    Joseph Chikwemba wa welder apa den basi kwayamba nkhani. Dzana Nyasatimess Mankati Ambassador wodziwa ntchito. Mudslide kuti ma Ambassador ambiri a Malawi ndi ma dictators kaya ku UN, kaya ku London, kaya ku Kenya, kaya ku Sosafilika. Wa bwino akuti ndi Framcis Moto, Matenje ndi uja Msosa. Nkhani Lanza banthu. Ka mu Japanese mukambako kamadyana ndi Tateyo kamatukana staff mothelatu onse mutu juju

  61. maframes says:

    this is total madness, Government should do something about this before we lose a lot. In fact we need to evaluate the performing of every Ambassador at least every six months and who so ever is not meeting the target should be recalled. That’s my mere suggestions.

  62. Nsena says:

    ukuva kutapila,ukuntchelenganji ??

  63. Wizeman Paul says:

    You want him to steal? He is working rather than cashgatting.

  64. Nesho says:

    Kukhomeleranatu uku… ma 6 inches, it seems the source is just a disgruntled embassy staff.. basi aitanidwa mukhale inu bwana wanga. komadinso penapake Ngwenya akuonjeza, mtundu wake onse 4 years yomweyi wadzadza ku Japan, ma galimoto ndiye akubweradi..tikuziwa ndipo tikuona

  65. Jihad John says:

    He used to run a bottlestore at Biwi. He loves money. He works hard in business and this appointment was a gold opportunity to him. He is making hay while the sun shines.

  66. Nkhombokombo says:

    Thus a Malawian way of representation, so don’t cry. The Diplomatic-gate has always been there so recall this man before he further grows his wings. He has already made his foundation starter-pack here at home, let him come back home and carry on with his car deals. ACB must vist this entity please!

  67. tuvi says:

    a Malawi nsanje, mulekeni munthu adyerele. Pangani zanu nanu. ngatidi akutchaya m’Japaneseyo ali bhoo, amasowa amenewa musiyeni a chinde ndithu ndiye msilikali ameneyu

  68. Kwame says:

    Or mutanena zimenezi ngwenyayu can not be recalled back si ali mu nkwapa ya dpp nanga si anatumidwa kumeneko ndi a bingu. Pano ikulamulira ndi dpp nde apm sangapangepo kanthu si paja mwati akuthandiza beautify malawi ya mkazi wa president nde angamuchose. Ndiochenjela munthuyu ndi nanzikambe dpp to pp pano dpp nkuona akhala muyaya konko. Kungoti ndilibe contact details zake ndikanati ndithandizeniko ndi ka chiphapha ka second hand nanga mmene msonkho wa galimoti ulili pano nkuthekanso kuyitanisa enafe sitizalawa tizingophabe nyerere kkkkkk. Musiyeni azisangalala ndi kachiwala ka chi japanese ndi mwayi wake.

  69. meya says:

    Amalawi, Amalawi. Thesani nsanje. Munthuyu ndimene mwamulongosolera akuoneka kuti akupanga zinthu zokonza tsogolo lake. Apapa nsanje yakula. Cholinga boma limuchotseko. jealousy at its best.

  70. bizwek Pakhala says:

    Kusemelana akang’wing’wi pa Malawi. Hunger, disease envy!!!

  71. Bolero says:

    Disgruntled workers’ voices against their boss. Just do your work. Papsya tonola sudziwa mtima wa moto. If I were Ngwenya would do the same. By the time you are recalled uli pabwino.

  72. Paulos Banda says:

    Nsanje a Malawi.

  73. Rodriguas Latata says:

    Kwatha!

  74. Makwasa says:

    Reminds me of Thoko Banda when he was in Japan. He terrorized every embassy staff. He thought he was God because of the relationship he had with Muluzi before things got sour. He treated us like shit.

  75. ntondo says:

    yanu IJA a Malawi ma jealous kulimbana ndi atumbuka basi

  76. brutsha says:

    If this is true, do we have any monitoring and evaluation mechanisms to track performance for our missions abroad?

  77. That is not true, becouse, had it been so, the Japanise country , could have, tried to write Malawi, about his absence. But, due to the fact that, there is no communication about his incopetance. Sometimes, people, could say so, due to jealous.

  78. Bigdwag says:

    KKKKK! This guy is from the army so its no surprise that he is dictatorial! In the army you only make or take orders depending on your rank! But honestly speaking, Nyasatimes reporters can do better. Their articles are full of errors and don’t make good reading!

  79. Bigdwag says:

    KKKKK! This guy is from the army so its no surprise that he is dictatorial! In the army you only make or take orders depending on your rank!

  80. njomba says:

    Amalawi, i don’t find any wrong doing in this person apart from envy. I find this ambassador so active by helping malawi. Chitani manyazi mwamva?

  81. mpopoma says:

    Leave ngwenya alone. Doing business is not wrong.mum a fun a a ziba . Shupit. Go ahead brigadier; osanena achina muli a bwezere ndalama msb

  82. lola says:

    The place was a legitimate embassy when TIM Vareta was ther in the 90’s. What a shame.

  83. Garu Wa Garu says:

    Time is up. How can he be a career diplomat. There are many who can do the job better than him. He thinks he is in the miltaly that is why he is ruling as a dictator.

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