Mutharika to cancel Thoka Banda diplomatic appointment – Chaponda

Malawi’s minister of foreign affairs George Chaponda says President Peter Mutharika had already planned to bar Thoko Banda from representing Lilongwe  in Harare where he was expected to be an ambassador for the Southern African country, even if he did not pull out by himself.

Chaponda:  Thoko Banda was to be dropped by Mutharika anyway

Chaponda: Thoko Banda was to be dropped by Mutharika anyway

Chaponda told the state-owned Malawi Broadcasting Corporation  (MBC) television during Monday evening news cast that Mutharika appointed Banda for the post because he was not aware of the remarks  Banda had made against the Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe.

In 2006, Banda reportedly called Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe “an idiot”.

Banda told the BBC he would no longer use these words but  said he has turned down the job of ambassador to Zimbabwe because he was opposed to dictatorship.

Commenting on the development, Chaponda said President Mutharika was going to drop Banda from going to Zimbabwe after Nyasa Times exposed the scathing attack he made  against Zimbabwe’s president in 2006.

“Malawi has long been in good terms with Zimbabwe since time immemorial so Mutharika could not have allowed spoiling this relationship this time around because of someone,” said the Foreign Affairs Minister.

“ Therefore the President had already plans to drop Thoko Banda from diplomatic mission.,” he said.

Banda was initially earmarked to be Malawi’s envoy to Belgium and the European Union, but said he was not consulted before being switched to Harare.

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Matthew Admire

The stance taken by His Excellency Cde Peter Mutharika to drop the appointment of Mr Thoko Banda is commendable, his appointment could have strained the relationship between the two countries. It is my humble submission that the Cde Mutharika will appoint a deserving diplomat

Imraan Sadick

Immature boy

Davis Machiwi

Am residing here in RSA but am Malawian citizen. Muthalika should cancel that guy Thoko Banda as a diplomat of his Government he is very stupid. There is no reason why he can tell the President where to send him, thats an embarancement to our President Muthalika for insulting Mugabe.


Thoko is being noisy. He should learn to be diplomatic. His outbursts won’t help matters .

kabaka mutesa

Kkkkkk muxovenge

Munthu wa Mulungu

Mutarika should pick from his silly hand clappers. Osamawayamba dala anthu anzeru ngati amenewa. Ndi mizozodotu imeneyi. Sinyangwita zanuzi.


Talk about a dramatic fall from grace!!!


Total madness.No big deal here. Next plz

bulawayo timoro

a distinction to mayi nsato — comment number 21.

Concerned citizen

How is the vetting of the diplomatic placements done? Who has got the appointments very wrong this time? Is it the public appointments committee?

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