Ntaba pledges to serve diligently as Malawi envoy in UK

Malawi High Commissioner to Britain- designate,  doctor-cum-politician Dr Heatherwick Ntaba  says if confirmed by Parliament’s Public Appointments Committee (PAC), he will  serve Malawians “diligently” in his diplomatic tour of duty in London.

Ntaba is headed for London to replace the current Malawi High Commissioner Benard Sande.

He was invited to attend  rigorous two hour interview ‎before PAC members led by its chairman Lingson Berekanyama.

Ntaba:  Ready to be diplomat

Ntaba: Ready to be diplomat

Ntaba said he was upbeat that the committee will confirm his appointment having “answered all the questions to the best level of my knowledge.”

He said “ once given a nod of approval by the committee, I will serve my country diligently”.

The interviews will continue on Tuesday.

In his appointment, President Peter Mutharika appointed his cousin , former Beijing envoy  Charles Namondwe to make a return to China to replace Ernest Mungosauka Makawa.

Namondwe served as State House chief of staff before president late Bingu wa Mutharika appointed him ambassador to China where he was recalled in 2012 after Joyce Banda took over power.

Brian Bowler – who was former ambassador to the United Nations (UN) and ambassador to the United States of America (USA) – returns to replace Charles Msosa.

Msosa, according  to sources, was being deployed to Brussels where Dr Brave Ndisale has abdicated his diplomatic post after getting greener pastures elsewhere.

But in a letter to PAC, Mutharika asks the committee to confirm Thoko Banda for the Brussels diplomatic posting.

Former Cabinet minister Margaret Roca Mauwa has been appointed High Commissioner to South Africa where she replaces Stella Ndau while Frazer Nihoriya becomes consul general in Johannesburg, replacing Naomi Saukira who held the post in an acting capacity for over two years.

Berekanyama said that once interviews are completed by Tuesday, ‎the committee will submit the results to the appointing authority.

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