Thoko Banda hits at Mugabe again: Tells BBC can’t be Malawi diplomat to ‘dictatorship’ Zimbabwe

A Malawian diplomat who once reportedly described Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe as an “idiot” told BBC’s Focus on Africa programme Monday that he has turned down the job of ambassador to Harare because he was opposed to dictatorship.

Thoko Banda says he will not sell out his human right responsibilities for a job

Thoko Banda says he will not sell out his human right responsibilities for a job

President Peter Mutharika named  Banda as ambassador last month as he 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.

“Someone like me is not somebody to send to a place like Zimbabwe, where they have a leader who wants you to endorse whatever he does with impunity,” he told the BBC’s Focus on Africa programme.

“People of conscience need to stand with the Zimbabwean population, especially those living in poverty and suffering human rights violations,” said Thoko Banda.

Banda has turned down the posting after Nyasa Times  exposed  his past interview where  he made scathing insult to Zimbabwe’s long-serving head of state .

In 2006,  he told  Germany’s The Foreigner magazine Mugabe is  an idiot.”

Banda was explaining his sour relations with Malawi’s former Presidents Bakili Muluzi and Bingu wa Mutharika when he launched into a scathing attack against Zimbabwe’s president in 2006.

“This guy  Robert Mugabe. I hope that he lives a very long time, so that one day he can go before an international tribunal. He is a horrible man,” Germany’s The Foreigner magazine quoted him saying.

Malawi and Zimbabwe, both members of the Southern African Development Community, have enjoyed cordial diplomatic relations in the past.

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36 thoughts on “Thoko Banda hits at Mugabe again: Tells BBC can’t be Malawi diplomat to ‘dictatorship’ Zimbabwe”

  1. Melatonin says:

    I’m very disappointed Thoko that you are lying to the whole world at high noon alleging the Western reporter is framing you. You have fallen at the very first hurdle & strongly doubt you have any enduring positive qualities to offer apart; only your late father’s legacy makes sense.

  2. Pulumodzi says:

    Its clear APM just wants to get him out of his hair and i don’t blame him, i would too, firstly becuz this dear boy is immature and crazy! Conscious he says? Then why didn’t he think abut what this would luk lyk for Malawi? His just a man who wants to appease the western world lyk a visually agresssive woman! *sigh* they shuld just take him, we need nation builders not opportunistic freedom fighters.

  3. FOCUS on Africa says:

    Now Thoko Banda is contacting his long lost friends and family in the USA for financial help. He is soooo embarrassed, He wants to get out of the country ASAP. His super-ego has been deflated!

  4. Shame says:

    “Charlatan ” is the best description of Thoko Banda, that describes him to the T.

  5. womenslib says:

    He obviously is trying to make an insane bid for asylum as usual.

  6. This man is not diplomatic material.

    He appears to be a freedom fighter which is misplaced in our country as of now. We need nation builders. Where was he when cashgate was happening.

    He is definitely dancing to another nation’s tune. How seriously should he be taken?

  7. Khonjex. says:

    Okaya oyaye!

  8. Boss says:

    Why do we worried about Zimbabwe yet they vote Mugabe?It seams its people outside Zimbabwe who do not like Mugabe and they paint him with lots of black paint pamene ku Zimbabwe anthu they like him.


  10. Yazombe says:

    I heard his father didn’t include him in his will. There should be something wrong about this boy.

  11. KUCHITEKETE says:


  12. Che Spindulo says:

    All this hullabaloo can be laid at Peter Mutharika’s door-step . How could he make such an important appointment without first vetting the prospective appointee? Peter is turning out to be the most clueless president Malawi has ever had .

  13. Razack says:

    Akumuyambayo ndi nkhani zina kaya thoko akufuna apeze pochukila nde sipa mugabe and Mugabe samuyakhe2 kma akangoyankha

  14. JohnM says:

    It is clear that APM is poor judge of human character. If you examine the comments of Thoko in the past, he clearly is not fit to hold a diplomatic post. How APM selects characters like this only God knows? These are many blunders the president is making. Thoko, Kaphale are all incompetent. Their only qualification is that they are southerners.

  15. Frank Hara says:

    Thoko Banda my man of the moment I love your courage!!!!!!

  16. "NATIVE OF NOWHERE" says:

    Hmmmm, Thoko Banda, r u trying 2 make headlines of ur own? Remember pipo r watching u and u r not perfect than RG Mugabe. Be a man by confronting uncle Bob face 2 face and tell him what u r saying in the media. Dont be a coward by hiding behind the curtains. U r a novice in this game. Get a life.

  17. A joke! says:

    I’m now more convinced that DR Moto is the best person for EU.

  18. Ppl, chapter closed apa wakana yekha. Onani ena apiteko. Akangotichitsa manyaz. Bodza kuliyambira ndi nkumati kwao nku Thyolo, manyaz. Ingopezan nyumba kwa kauma kaya ntandire, khalan pansi, basi!

  19. Katsande says:

    You should come to Zimbabwe to realise This man has become an instant hero in Zimbabwe.
    Its sad many Africans want to legitimize Mugabe out of undeserved diplomacy rather than out of common sense.
    Yet You as Malawians endured your own brutal Kamuzu.
    This is the stage we still live in of intimidation, voter rigging, propagandas, oppressions and poverty and intolerance.
    Plz take your own Robert Matibili, he has run down the country.

    1. Bantu says:

      Zimbos, borrow a page from the upright people of Burkina Faso. Do something about your situation!

  20. Tsoka liyenda says:

    He has the audacity to pick and chose where to go??? And dictate to the President? Who does he think he is ?? He has now crossed the line. Why are we still talking about this guy?? There are so many able Malawians that can do the job, why does he think he is indiscipensible??? Stop entertaining him!!! HE FAILED THE INTERVIEW PEOPLE!

  21. Chonde says:

    This dude is off the chain, he is totally out of control ,he needs a Psychiatrist.

  22. Tengupenya says:

    Thoko is a different individual from his father. Even though he may not have publicly denounced the dictatorship his dad was part of, or indeed his dad own dictatorial predisposition, we are not God to punish “ana” for “machismo atate awo”! Mr. President if you were genuine about appointing Thoko a diplomat, find him a suitable destination. We suggest Mozambique or AU.

    1. Chonde says:

      He is not being punished for the sins of his father. This is all his making. He made his own bed and he needs to lay on it . He has been in a self destructive mode for a long time, it’s finally catching up with him

  23. Mbonga Matoga says:

    Is this the same Thoko Banda who claimed Nyasa Times was putting words into his mouth when it was reported he insulted Mugabe by calling him an idiot?
    Now becoz the President has dropped him, he want to fool people around the world that he is a principled man to the effect that he could not go on this diplomatic posting to a country like Zimbabwe becoz of dictatorship tendencies in that country?
    I am starting to believe some people who have been questioning Thoko’s state of mind and sanity. This is the guy who went to a job interview with PAC without his college certificates to prove his qualifications (If he have any).

    What worries me most is that, at the centre of this entire Thoko saga is the president (APM) himself who seem to be in the habit of making appointments without consulting his security agencies or at least his trusted henchmen to do some back ground checks on the appointees.
    It is very embarrassing that the whole president of the republic of Malawi was just about to send a lunatic like Thoko on a diplomatic mission to the very same country whose president he insulted in broad day light on an international television. I am finding it difficult to believe that APM did not know anything about this, please Mr President try to consult next time you make such appointments to save face.

  24. Tukombo says:

    BBC as a country we have more important issues to deal with than THoko Banda, you just missed your mark

  25. Weniweni Balakasa says:

    His father was much a dictator. He chased all teachers in nkhatabay south opposing his political ambitions. But Thoko never at one time even the nation newspaper rebuked late kadona. Why rebuking mugabe’s dictatorship now. Charity begins at home baba TB.

  26. madalitso chilombo chilombo says:

    Thoko has done it better

  27. Livulezi river says:

    The truth pains!!!! People are suffering in silence because of this stupid thinking of diplomacy! Though I come from the central region, I really support this northerner’s principles. We shouldn’t let people trample on us in the disguise of respect! No! No! No! Thoko pokhapa, you are my hero!!!

  28. Thyolo says:

    Did BBC ask him about flunking the interview????

  29. Makwasa says:

    All the government needs to do is tell the white people that this is an internal matter and will be handled internally without outside interference period!!!

  30. Quota system says:

    Thoko, this time you shouldn’t have repeated talking about the same thing which you refuted against Nyasa times. It’s like being inconsistent. You don’t have to fight against a President of another country. It can also have negative consequences not only to you as Thoko, but the entire nation. After all, a true diplomat has to be diplomatic in words and actions. Unless if you are saying that you have wholly dropped plans of becoming one.

  31. Simple says:

    Career Asylum seeker!

  32. Pathetic says:

    How can he turn down something he was not offered??? Did nt he just tell us that there were no discussions about his posting to Zimbabwe ????

  33. T says:

    But he is right.

  34. Reject says:

    Thoko Banda never said anything when his father was part of a dictatorship regime in Malawi…….. Go figure!!!

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