UK appoints new High Commissioner to Malawi: Holly Tett to replace Nevin

Britain has appointed veteran career diplomat Ms Holly Tett as its new High Commissioner to Malawi.

New Malawi High Commissioner to Malawi: Holly

New Malawi High Commissioner to Malawi: Holly

Temporary High Commissioner: Simon

Temporary High Commissioner: Simon

She will take over from Michael Nevin who ended his tour of duty to the southern African nation.

Tett is expected to take up her appointment in January 2017, according to  a statement issued on Friday  by the British High Commission in Lilongwe.

The statement indicates that the British Government has sent a temporary High Commissioner,  Simon Mustard, to cover for the period between Nevin’s departure and the arrival of the substantive High Commissioner.

Ms Tett joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 2002 and has previously worked in Ethiopia, Tunisia and most recently in Argentina while  Mustard has just finished a posting in Jordan where he served as Deputy Ambassador.

He previously worked in the Middle East, Washington, Central America and London.

On her appointment as British High Commissioner to the Republic of Malawi, Tett said: ”It is a huge honour and privilege to be appointed British High Commissioner to Malawi. With our shared history and common interests, Malawi is an important partner for the UK in a region that matters to us.”

She added: “ I look forward to strengthening our partnership further on a foundation of mutual affection and respect – delivering concrete outcomes that support development, prosperity  and security in Malawi and the UK. And of course my family and I are excited to explore all corners of this beautiful, diverse and warm- hearted country.”

For his part, Temporary High Commissioner, Simon Mustard said: “I am really looking forward to my time in Malawi over the coming months. My role will be to ensure the UK continues to stand side by side with Malawi. Our relationship is one of the most important we have in the region.

“We are committed to working together to tackle the challenging humanitarian situation the country currently faces and to continue to promote and prosperity. I look forward to working closely with the Government to ensure the UK can play a key role in all of these areas and help the people of Malawi.”

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Let us hope that these smiling UK diplomats can get beyond statements about “challenging humanitarian situation” into the catastrophic corruption which Nevin was beginning at last to confront. He understood that nothing can be achieved by donors in Malawi when two dollars in every three get stolen by government servants and politicians.

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Madam Tett, we welcome you to Malawi BUT don’t be like Nevin, if you are different then you and us will be in good terms. We love British people but we will love you more if you respect and accept us as such and when you realise that we are a sovereign state that appreciates and treasure diplomatic relations with other countries.
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Chimunthu Chino

At last, Michael Nevin is gone. Good riddance. There is a difference between noise making and diplomacy. I hope Simon Mustard will not be another empty gong.

For all his noise making, let me commend the British Government for giving Michael Nevin a good punishment – there can never be a better punishment than a posting to ICELAND. This is clear testimony that this man was a big embarrassment to Her Majesty’s Government.

Welcome Simon Mustard. Enjoy your maternity Ms Tett. The Head of DFID Malawi is also on maternity, so you are not alone.

C Banda

Why is being posted to Iceland considered a punishment? I would far rather live there in a country where things work as they should, rather than basket-case Malawi.

Your Neighbor

You don’t know anything so just keep your mouth shut.


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