20 Malawi envoys refuse to leave embassies after contract expiry: Govt to strip diplomatic status

At least 20 Malawi diplomats in the country’s foreign missions have not come back home after they were recalled and government  has warned that it can strip off the diplomatic status of those resisting to come home.

Malawi’s ambassador to US Edward Sawelengera
Mkondiwa: Contract expired
Ted Kalebe: Contract expired

Most of the diplomats were recalled in 2016 but are still in the foreign missions because of their political connections to senior ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) officials as well as top government officials.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation officials recently told parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee that it was helpless, there was nothing it could do on the matter.

The list released by the ministry shows the list of the diplomats in Malawi missions abroad on recall but still abroad.

The name sinclude Edith Kwilirani, third secretary in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and was appointed in 2006 and recalled in 2009 and  Colonel Vincent Moyo, defence attache in Addis Ababa and was appointed in 2013 and recalled in 2016.

Others include; Lieutenant colonel D.G Phiri, defence attache, Beijing who was appointed in 2013 and his contract expired in 2016; Isaac Chiona, second secretary, Brasilia, appointed in 2013 and recalled in 2016.

This year government has issued a notice expiry of contracts to dozens of its diplomatic envoys, including Edward Yakobe Sawerengera at the Embassy in United States, Washington DC.

Secretary for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Ben Botolo confirmed the development, saying the diplomats have finished their tours of duty.

Botolo has dispatched letters to Ambassador Sawerengera alongside top diplomats George Mkondiwa the Malawi High Commissioner in India, Ted Kalebe (Belgium) and Kena Mphonda (United Kingdom).

“As you are aware your employment contract of 36 months expired on 2nd May 2018,” reads a letter to Kalebe.

Another letter to Sawerengera reads: “As you are aware your employment contract of 36 months expired on 19th April 2018.”

While a letter to Mkondiwa said his contract expired on November 25 2018.

Secretary for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Ben Botolo confirmed the development, saying the diplomats have finished their tours of duty.

Botolo has dispatched letters to Ambassador Sawerengera alongside top diplomats George Mkondiwa the Malawi High Commissioner in India, Ted Kalebe (Belgium) and Kena Mphonda (United Kingdom).

“As you are aware your employment contract of 36 months expired on 2nd May 2018,” reads a letter to Kalebe.

Another letter to Sawerengera reads: “As you are aware your employment contract of 36 months expired on 19th April 2018.”

While a letter to Mkondiwa said his contract expired on November 25 2018.

Taxpayers will continue paying salaries and allowances for the recalled diplomats as letters seen by Nyasa Times further said: “You will however, continue serving in the Mission in your current position until advised accordingly.”

Other low-ranking diplomats have also been told their contracts expired and others have recall letters.

They included Mike Mwanyula (Brussels), Patrick Mphepo (Dheli), some staff at Washington DC and some staff at London mission.

According to Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Francis Kasaila  each diplomat is aware in advance about when their contract is coming to an end and should have prepared for their departure.

Kasaila said government will be enforcing [compliance] by “stopping payment of allowances and in some cases withdrawing diplomatic status”  from recalled diplomats who are yet to return home.

National Audit Office (NAO) audit has revealed that the country lost million of kwacha in public resources through fraudulent transactions in Malawi diplomatic missions abroad.

There has been widespread criticism over Malawi’s diplomatic service which has mainly been appointed based on political affiliation to parties in government. Many have advocated for career diplomats to represent Malawi if the country is to benefit from its representation abroad through trade, among other things.

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Tariq
Tariq
10 months ago

A nation of God-fearing thieves.

Whiteboard Marker
10 months ago

The Temptations are coming to BICC this month end.

Independent Diplomat
Independent Diplomat
10 months ago

KKKKKKK Mulira simunati. I understand pali makape ena who were promised Ambassadorial Post by Saulos Chilima and Chakwera. These are the ones crafting stupid articles like thi.

Mzozodo
Mzozodo
10 months ago

Isn’t that besides the point?

Mwini. Dimba
Mwini. Dimba
10 months ago
Reply to  Mzozodo

Wamvabe !

Mwini. Dimba
Mwini. Dimba
10 months ago

Kkkkkkkkkkkk !!!!! Munakwera ya kuphwa. I understand all diplomats who were recalled from Brussels last time are those who were celebrating when Bingu was dead and when there was a rumour about APM’s death. Mukhala choncho makape a MCP inu.

Pshyuta
Pshyuta
10 months ago

kkkkkkkk !!! Pepani olira. Mudzapita ku Embassy 2024 MCP ngati idzawine zisankho. Balimani fodya ku Mponela.

China
China
10 months ago

This is the biggest scum for government ACB needs to arrest who ever appointed these people for these missions.So many concubines of DPP gurus Ali abroad some with no qualifications.Just investigate those at Malawian embassy in Egypt, UK and India.Very sad

MOSHKO
10 months ago

WE CAN’T COME BACK NEVER !!! JANE ANSAH MADANDO PITALA 147
TIPPEX TOLD US TO STAY —-‘

President Mkango Lion Manthakanjenjemereza
President Mkango Lion Manthakanjenjemereza
10 months ago

Achoke

Chindere
Chindere
10 months ago

Agrina Mussa anabwelako?? Just checking

Stanley Mdala
Stanley Mdala
10 months ago

Very ineffective and inefficient government who can not enforce anything at from simple policies etc. Yet we understand the president is a law professional. What crap. Him(the so called president) and his stupid ministers have no clue. They are just party cadres who are bringing chaos in government. Malawi requires young and energetic leadership not this kind of incompetence allover places from the Police to immigration and other ministries there ineptitude allover. They are only good at stealing tax payers money and raping women.
Get this government out as they never won the elections. They rigged the elections.

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