Owen Khamula – Nyasa Times
Peoples Party acting president Uladi Mussa has angrily lashed out at President Peter Mutharika to stop nepotism and tribalism after it has transpired that over half of those in Malawi foreign missions are wives, husbands and relatives of the ruling elite.
Agrina Mussa, a wife to Labour minister Henry Mussa is now being sent to Kenya to take up the place of Perks Ligoya who has been recalled.
Reverend Mwanamvekha, brother to minister of Trade and Industry Joseph Mwanamvekha will now deputise Mussa at the embassy in Kenya.
Agriculture Minister George Chaponda, who was Foreign Minister, has several relatives flooded in foreign missions, including at United Nation Malawi mission in New York.
PP’s Mussa said this was against the public reform rhetoric songs his administration is singing, saying it was unfair to recall people from the embassies just to fill it again with political patronage appointees.
“This is one step forward and one step backward. This shows the DPP government will never change. It is full of nepotism and tribalism. If anyone does not have connections to the DPP, he or she will never get a job in the public sector,” said Mussa.
Government says it is recalling 82 diplomats from its embassies as a cost cutting measure, saying it will save up to K3 billion a year in salaries and benefits and a further K2 billion in rentals and school fees for the diplomats children.