Voice Mhone tells PAC ‘mum hails from Thyolo’:  Rejected

Ambassador-designate to Germany Voice Mhone failed to persuade the Public Appointments Committee (PAC) of Parliament during interviews for diplomatic posts to confirm him by saying he comes from the President Peter Mutharika’s home district of Thyolo.

Voice Mhone:  My mother is from Thyolo

Voice Mhone: My mother is from Thyolo

All along Mhone, former chairman of Council for Non government organisations (Congoma) has used Nkhatabay in the northern region as his home.

But he told PAC of his connection to the Lhomwe belt, saying his mother was from Thyolo.

PAC reportedly could not confirm his appointment but referred it back to President Mutharika.

Other names who failed to get the nod of the committee included Ambassador-designate to Brazil Edward Sawerengera, High Commissioner-designate to South Africa Chrissie Kaponda and Ambassador-designate to Egypt Yunus Mussa.

Kaponda had links with the Lhomwe tribal grouping, Mulhako wa Alhomwe, but also had unspecified contracts with government and failed to convince the committee whether these would be terminated on her appointment.

PAC confirmed on merit Ambassador to Belgium and the European Union  Ted Kalebe, Ambassador to the United States of America Necton Mhura, Ambassador to Ethiopia and the African Union (AU) Chimango Chirwa and High Commissioner to Mozambique Frank Viyazyi—were approved.

Chimango Chirwa also said his father was from Euthini in Mzimba, but his mother was from Mulanje.

PAC was interviewing the appointees with the exception of Thoko Banda who was disqualified when it was learnt that he had called leader of Zimbabwe President Mugabe an ‘idiot’ in an interview he had conducted while in Germany.

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47 thoughts on “Voice Mhone tells PAC ‘mum hails from Thyolo’:  Rejected”

  1. Rajab Nkhono says:

    Frank Viyazyi bola akabwereko mkulu ameneyu kunyenga alibe nzake samawopa ndima sistere omwe aku Fatima wawakwata ameneyu. Mtundu umenewu kunyenga ndikugwira nyanga kwambiri asena awa

  2. kapambwe says:

    As a full malawian I have no qualms with those that passed through PAC’s grilling or failed to do so. My problem is why one would wish to be affiliated with Lhomweism then he feels he would easily succeed to go through PAC’s test. Lets be who we are and do for our country what it is required to be done than have the prowess of thinking that Mulhakho would be a National issue. We have one Malawi to serve not two. Its either one is a Malawian then he should succeed through PAC’s grilling not because of unwise thought of being OKHARAPHAMA. Well done PAC for such wise approach to a national duty.

  3. Puludzu says:

    Acake for Lomwes only hmmmm

  4. Ineyo says:

    Sometimes we create problems deliberately. In Germany there is Oliver Kumbambe, a long serving Police Officer who rose to IG. He is well qualified with a BA from UNIMA and an MBA and has been in foreign service for more than five years deputising his former lecturer (at Chanco) in Germany, Dr Isaac Lamba. Dr. Lamba left Germany two or so years ago, is it really fair to make him deputise a novice in Voice Mhone? Of course I do not know the academic qualifications and experience of Voice apart from his CSO work.

  5. From my uneducated view are U saying all appointments must be connected with Lomweism bravo PAC kill that tendency pliz, everybody needs decent life regardless of tribe connections.

  6. johnM says:

    Is Ted Kalebe not too old? I think anybody over sixty should not be appointed to position of this nature. Remember, an ambassador actually does work unlike a politician who has work done for him or her. PAC has got it wrong on Ted Kalebe in my opinion.

  7. tsetsefly says:

    Fools are running govt. Quality is no longer an issue not. It is basically when you come from that matters. Big up PAC you are the only hope of sanity in this country being run by a he-goat of a president.

  8. MKWAPU says:

    A MHONE I DIDNT KNOW U WERE SUCH AN IDIOT TO THINK IF QUALIFICATION TO GO AN EMBASSY U HAVE TO SAY UR MUM IS MULAKHOH
    U FOOL!!!!!!

  9. Chikopa says:

    Musamakhale ndi phuma polemba nkhani munatiuza kuti onse akhonza kodi mukumatinamiza?

  10. Wakumudzi says:

    Kodi anyamata aku Nkhata mwatani?Kodi nkhatabay yasanduka thyolo.Bodza linali muzichita nalo manyazi pilizi ee.

  11. Zidura Ntengo Undigwere says:

    Why are so many people now trying to milk their association, albeit remote, with the Lhomwe Belt? Some of these people are the same people who would not even acknowledge a m’Lhomwe as a legitimate citizen of Malawi, say even ten years ago!
    How times change, abale!

  12. Nyani wa ku Mwananyani says:

    Is NyasaTimes insinuating that the mentioned candidates failed because they are aLhomwe? It should be obvious that not everyone in the “Lhomwe Belt” is m’Lhomwe: and If PAC is rejecting people based on their places of origin, that is as bad as basing the decision on the candidates tribal affiliation. I thought PAC was trying to get away from that line of thinking?
    Pac does have an obligation to “pass” a president’s recommendations for diplomatic posts, except for legal reasons. Pac cannot afford to settle scores with presidents; because in the end, the president will just send the rejected candidates anyway.
    MCP has to think strategically about the future. What will happen THIRTY years from now, when that party finally wins the presidential stakes, after most Malawians with any memory of MCP have died off? Will MCP just start throwing the PAC members rejecting diplomatic appointees to the NIle crocs in the Shire? That party is well known for intolerance. I make this statement based on MCP’s history: that party was indeed diabolical. QED!

  13. Tozer Tsono says:

    Choose me. My Grandfather is from Mozambique, but his Dad (my great grand father) came from Zimbabwe, had an American Dad, but married a beauty from Thyolo (my great grand mother). In order to keep the wealth in the family, my father married my great grand mom’s, great, great niece, needless to say from Thyolo/Mulanje.
    Let me add, that my Grand Father’s great grand father, was from Brazil. As you can see, I qualify for the post of ambassador/commissioner to Brazil, based on all the genetic and geographical dispositions. See, I am not just one of the greats from Thyolo, just ask ada Thoko Banda, and now ada Voice Mhone, my compatriots. This proves one point; when one is a beneficiary of devious means and corrupt ways, transformation is almost immediate and effort goes into identifying with the benefactor image. Similarly, if one steals, she or he gains the new identity (thief) from the act of stealing despite tithing above and beyond the 10% to church. Mutharika is having the last laugh, thanks to the likes of Thoko Banda and Voice Mhone; he got you this time where your criticism (Mhone) are sounding empty.

  14. doweni dambuleni says:

    Malawi is gone to dogs these days.It will take years for such type of cancer to be cured.Gone are the days when people could get something without be connected to somebody.This Lomwe thing is getting too much now.Its just a question of time pamene Mulungu will strike with a heavy rod.Tiyeni nazoni kwathu kwanguyang’ana.Timva dzina kuti Ena azeranso Ku cargo Ku KIA uku
    .

  15. Billy Wayatsa says:

    PAC you have done a good job to maintain high standards for the Malawi Diplomatic Service. It is not for appeasing tribe’s men

  16. Kodi what’s so special ndi alhomwe zoona kuamakakamira mtundu wa anthu onyera mtchire just because someone is the president. Ineyo am proud having a tumbuka mother and a tonga father. Osati zomanena kuti bambo ndiwa ku Ntkhata Bay mayi aku Chiradzulu. This only shows how nepotistick our current leadership is.

  17. makito says:

    In real democracies, where you come from is not an issue. I wouldn’t want any of those positions that consider my district of origin. I am a proud Malawian and northerner. That won’t change.

  18. Bristol says:

    Are these people telling us that when you mention that one parent was from Lomwe Belt, then automatically, you pass interviews? Malawi needs deliverance. Malawi is blessed with diverse tribes and culture. I ask all Malawi to be proud of their tribes and not wishing that your parents were of a certain tribe because that means blaming God why I am a Tumbuka and not a Lomwe or Chewa.

  19. Bob says:

    Stupid everything.

  20. Moya says:

    Should a tribe where one comes from be a basis of approval or not? Do we need to have a southern tag to qualify? It seems PAC has issues lets not blame the president alone.

    1. phiri says:

      who told you “tribe” was one of the basic? Emphasis on tribe is BY THE REPORTER… this reporter was not part of the panel!!

  21. lilian says:

    Pac has only rejected Mr Yunus Mussa and Voice Mhone.The rest have passes and are going to their respective places of appointment

  22. maganizo wa maganizo says:

    If mhone said he was from the North, are you trying to say that he was qualified.Are you telling the nation that he is not successful because he claims to be from the south.Whosoever is the chairman of PAC is very stupid because the fact that he is not looking at merit is also not qualified to be the chairman of PAC

    1. phiri says:

      kutengera zinthu pamgon’ngo!!!

  23. Dick says:

    CHIFUKWA CHIANI ATONGA A KU NKHATABASY MUMANAMA KUTI MUMACHOKERA KU THYOLO. WOYAMBA NALI THOKO BANDA TSANO NDO VOICE MHONE MUNTHU ANGAKHALE VOICE ZOONA? VINDELE

  24. KING SOLOMONS WISDOM says:

    THUMBS UP PAC! BOTH MHONEY AND THOKO BANDA HAV SHOWN HOW SHALLOW A THINKING OR MINDSET THEY HAD DURING INTERVIES.THEY HAVE ALSO EXPOSED PETER MTHARIKA.APM HAD BEEN INFORMED DAT THOKO &MHONEY HAD ROOTS IN TYOLO DISPITE THEIR SURNAMES BEING NOT.SO APM TOOK ADVANTAGE TO FOOL MALAWIANS.IT IS TRUE DAT THOKO & MHONEY =THYOLO CHIRWA =MULANKE,REASON BEING THEIR FATHERS WERE CHIKAMWINI.THANX PAC ,WHY SHOULD ALL DIPLOMATS COME FROM THYOLO?AS FOR ME ZAMBIAN BORN MALAWIAN,I HAV HIGH REGARD 4 COMRADE MUGABE,WHY I KNOW WHAT ZIMBABWE WENT THRU B4 INDIPEND-THOKO BANDA U DO NOT KNOW HISTORY OF MUGABE SO SHUT UP!!

  25. Oluza ali m'boma says:

    Kodi akuti Voice Mhone wakanidwa chifukwa chakuti iye wati Mayi ake amachokera ku Thyolo, kapena anena kuti sukulu yake ndiyosakwanira. Abale kodi kuchokera dera lakutilakuti chikhale chifukwa chakuti anthu asamalowe zintchito?

  26. Kentucky Fried chicken says:

    Kodi bwanji osangomupatsa Oliver Kumbambe u Ambassador? Is it because he hss not even the slightest connection to the Lohmwe belt?

  27. Msowoya says:

    This system of changing surnames even christian names will still be there untill these nepotic leaders stop at once .Just imagine when I was at Phwezi Boys many of my friends had to change their surnames for fear of being victims of favourtism n’ nepotism …..

  28. DRAKE says:

    If Voice Mhone has been rejected because of having one parent from Thyolo then PAC is fringing on the rights of Malawians, this must be challenged by the President. if he has the qualifications why not let him go, the main area of scrutiny I thought was educational qualifications and Nationality? then why these other things that dont carry water

  29. Saphwela says:

    Ino ndi nthawi yathu a Lomwe, muzingotaya nthawi kulimbana nafe.

    Mukuluma chala chomwe chikukomberani phala bwanji??

  30. Achape Prince Alonje says:

    It means if you are not from Thyolo/Mulanje/Phalombe you can’t get the job? Nepotism at its best. And you expect such peolpe to perform well when they don’t have both the experience and qualifications? Your guess is as good as mine.
    TO HELL WITH NEPOTISM!

  31. Yetson Nkhoma says:

    Mulekeni apitebe akayese mwayi.

  32. Bob Phiri says:

    Confused nyasatimes: yesterday you told us all had been approved, and today you are saying some have been rejected. What’s wrong with you?

  33. total names of people i do see here are tumbukaz ,fuck you pac for doing nepotism

  34. dodo says:

    A mhone you got it wrong my freind! Being lomwe should not be a passport for diplomatic positions!!! You were better off to keep quiet interms of where ucome from!!!!

  35. High percent MCP says:

    Why did u even mention your mum comes from lomwe? Did the job specify u had to be lomwe? Stupidness of the first class. I used to respect u Voice but u have do your soul to the devil, why? To go to Germany???? It’s so sad seeing u kissing APMs arse

  36. Richard kamasula says:

    Samafunako, ndiye sanafune kunene kuti sindikufuna mmalomwake wanena kuti ndi wa ku thyolo. A PAC asova.

  37. NGANGA says:

    Ndinu agalu kumangoti ndinu alomwe. Dziko lanu lokha zopusa.

  38. Alufeyo says:

    Number 3 the issue is simple by saying my mother is from Thyolo Mhone was trying to influence PAC to pass him because of that silly connection. Necton Mhura passed despite being Llomwe so tribe was not a criteria. However how on earth can govt assign to Germany a person of Mhone’s calibre? Let us be serious.

  39. Straight talk says:

    Appointments should be based on merit not tribe. why shud u reject someone becoz he / she is Lomwe. Not fair at all.

  40. Poor Malawi says:

    Thanks PAC for the professional job well done. Amalawi, lets be who we are, we should not sale our identity for favours. Ask Thoko, he was not successful with that strategy. Ndimwe ba kukwitu phaka kalekale. Its not possible for all of us to edit our cv as if we are from Thoolo.

    This is a true manifestation that something is wrong in the country. This remind me of early 1990s when many northerners changed their surnames in order to be selected to secondary schools. Tears for my poor Malawi

  41. P. KANYEMBA says:

    Ndiye ife tiope popeza mukuchokera ku Thyolo? Zankutuu!

  42. Biso na Biso says:

    Nyansi zokhazokha

  43. Madando says:

    This is the flimsiest reason to turn down an appointment ever heard. What is wrong with one being a Lomwe. it should be about ability and suitability. A very dangerous precedence being set here. PAC is being unreasonable and childish. Take them to court Mhone, you are a Malawian, full stop.

  44. Kalanga says:

    Anthu ambiri amangoti lhomwe bwanji?

  45. namanyozela says:

    my uncle is from nyezelela me too for diplomatic post

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