Mutharika ‘furious’ with embassy fraud as Malawi recalls its envoys in Kenya, Zambia, Japan

Malawi government has recalled  its envoys from Kenya, Zambia and Japan and relocating some  amidst report that President Peter Mutharika is “absolutely furious” with the fraud at Malawi mission in Addis Ababa and has called for thorough investigations.

Dr Reuben Ngwenya recalled from Japan

Dr Reuben Ngwenya recalled from Japan

The recalled diplomats are former Reserve Bank of Malawi governor Perks Ligoya who was serving in Kenya barely a year after being relocated from India. He will be replaced by Reverend Mwanamveka who is redeployed from Japan embassy where he is working as first secretary.

Also recalled is David Bandawe, the Malawi envoy in Zambia and Brigadier Reuben Ngwenya from Japan.

Malawi government has also recalled  and suspended  Deputy Ambassador Doreen Kapanga and first secretary (administration) Fletcher Chowe  from Ethiopia mission for allegedly attempting to siphon $30 000 (about K20 million) through a cheque written in the First Secretary’s name.

Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Francis Kasaila confirmed the development.

He said President Mutharika is “absolutely furious” with fraud in embassies.

Ligoya:  On recall

Ligoya: On recall

The President has also directed Chief Secretary to government George Mkondiwa to ensure state protection of auditors carrying their work in missions in Addis Ababa which represent Malawi in Ethiopia and the African Union (AU) and others, according to Kasaila.

The Auditor General (AG) has confirmed that Malawi’s foreign missions are undergoing audits which the office has not been able to do on an annual basis.

This follows revelations by Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation that it has formulated an audit plan for its missions whose audit reports have not seen the light of day.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Principal Secretary Dalitso Kabambe said there were ongoing audits at the Brussels mission in Belgium and the mission in Germany.

“We are processing audits for New York, Harare, South Africa, Nairobi and Maputo. In the end all embassies will be audited as mandated by the Public Audit Act,” he said.

Ambassador Mhura posing with US President Barak Obama - File Photo

Ambassador Mhura posing with US President Barak Obama – File Photo

National Audit Office (NAO) has committed to audit five embassies a year, but due to lack of funds, only one embassy will be audited as soon as funds are made available.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation has instituted reforms in Malawi’s missions abroad which includes reducing the number of diplomats in established positions from 234 to 152 and established an appraisal system to apply to local and Malawi staff.

Government has since recalled 82 diplomats from the country’s foreign missions and plans to reduce the number further by the end of June next year.

Recently, government also redeployed diplomats Necton Mhura, Edward Sawerengera and Brian Bowler from New York at the UN and Brazil respectively less than two years being in office.

Critics questioned the wisdom of replacing Necton Mhura  from Washington who was just beginning to settle down to his post. They also question the wisdom of the Mutharika administration and the little regard it has shown to date to the most important mission posting in the world.

They also question the wisdom of posting Sawerengera to the most visible and demanding mission in the whole world, New York at the UN with reports that his wife  Maggie Mbilizi has been pushing for his redeployment to Washington DC.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Spokesperson Rejoice Shumba rejected that the  diplomat redeployment were staged to appease a nagging wife, saying the move was a normal relocation.

Ambassador Bowler has been moved to Brazil to take position of Sawerengera who has been moved to Washington and ambassador Mhura has been moved to New York.

“Government would always make such changes when it sees it fit and necessary for enhancing public service delivery”, said Shumba.

There are 19 Malawi foreign missions of which eight are in Africa, four in Europe, five in Asia in addition to the United Nations mission in New York, United States of America.

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Zambezi
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Zambezi
5 months 8 days ago

Dig deeper into the relationship between Maggie Mbilizi and Mutharika, only then will it make sense

bandawe
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bandawe
5 months 9 days ago

Maggie Mbilizi was bwampini’s concubine he will do anything to please her, if she says jump bwampini says how high my love!!!!

Winston Msowoya
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Winston Msowoya
5 months 9 days ago
Peter,it is you and your wicked brother who opened the door for corruption.It is a crime for others,but it is a right for you and your late brother to play around with public funds? You started this obnoxious game and now you are joined by your friends in Zambia,Ethiopia,Kenya and Japan.What is the use of shouting like a hyena or a deranged man? Suffice to say that you are trying to shade a crocodile tears.All Malawians acknowledge the fact that you and your brother led our once respected nation in Africa into this quagmire which will eventually decimate its road… Read more »
Ngongoliwa
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Ngongoliwa
5 months 9 days ago

Mukufuna muziba nokha!!!!!!!

GONANI
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GONANI
5 months 9 days ago

I applaud the president for acting swiftly on this matter as it is really annoying.
“Well done Mr President”. There are things that citizenry will be critical about – equally there are things that it will appreciate and one of those things is this.

Kalwena
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Kalwena
5 months 9 days ago

Zopasa zokhazokha a Malawi sitizatekha basi,kuzikonda kwambiri,Boma ili silizathekha basi.Kuba anthu tikuvutika palibe chimene chikusinthanso

Dzalanyama
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Dzalanyama
5 months 10 days ago

Za Alomwe izi ife zisatikhuze tizingopeleka misonkho. Ligoya once worked at the IMF country office in Lilongwe. I thought he had some integrity despite being a drunkard. But nay! So, who will serve Malawi if even the educated ones are useless?

Karen
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Karen
5 months 10 days ago

These so-called AFRICAN LEADERS are all SOCIOPATHS!..

They lie, steal and pretend with the UNEDUCTAED people

All of them going into Government have one plan in mind : TO STEAL AAND HELP THEMSELF TO RICHES !.

Garbage.. FAILED STATE.. A GROSS CULTURE AND PEOPLE

GRM
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GRM
5 months 10 days ago

Akunjoya anzathu. Awa analembera ntchitooo? I wish some one can just pick me for a job. Mmmm. Some people have got all the luck

John Phiri
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John Phiri
5 months 10 days ago

Koma Obama ndi wantali

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