DPP UK wing denies spy mission, confirms Nangwale is advisor

Malawi’s ruling DPP wing in UK  called Friends of DPP (FoDDPUK),  scrambling to do damage control over revelations by Nyasa Times about the dinner the Malawi embassy hosted in London, has denied that the ruling party operatives will go after perceived political enemies of the Mutharika dictatorship in the Diaspora.

The group chairman Sumani Kazombo said in a statement “it is sheer gibberish to suggest that way. I don’t think any person has got surplus time to waste to be spying on other people, for what reason?”

But Nyasa Times article never reported the issue of spying . However, a questionnaire sent to the group’s spokesman Sembe Gondwe, raised the issue.

Nangwale: Advisor of DPP wing

Gondwe’s response is what is now contained in Kazombo’s statement.

Kazombo further claimed the Nyasa Times’ report that said the embassy staff is now fully involved in the operations of the DPP wing “contained distorted facts”.

The statement did not dispute the dinner the embassy hosted.

It also confirmed that that former Inspector General of Police, Mary Nangwale, whose appointment as police chief was rejected by parliament, launched the group in Bristol because they invited the office of the Malawi High Commission in London.

“Nangwale was assigned to represent the office,” Kasombo said.

And also confirmed Nyasa Times story that Nangwale is the group’s advisor.

“By virtue of her office she automatically became an advisor of the grouping in which case if she leaves UK, another official will be designated,” the statement said.

“We would like to emphasise that UK Malawi High Commission, like everywhere else where there is a Malawi mission, is there to look after all Malawians regardless of party affiliations,” the statement reads.

But embassy officials always turn down invitations to attend other perceived anti-regime  groupings such as  Malawi Diaspora Forum.

Officials at the embassy are civil servants and are paid by Malawian tax payers. Currently there is no Malawi  High Commissioner in London since Flossie Gomile Chidyaonga  left as  a victim of a tit-for-tat diplomatic  expulsion between Lilongwe and London.

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