Heads start rolling in Malawi foreign posts: Diplomat Chimango Chirwa recalled

As a number of recalled Malawi diplomats are  holding on to their positions at various embassies, government has started cracking the whip and calling  with  Chimango Chirwa, who was serving as  Ambassador to Ethiopia and African Union,  being the first casualty as he is recalled.

Chimango Chirwa: Recalled

Chief  Secretary to the government Lloyd Muhara announced the recall of Chimanbgo Chirwa disclosing that he will  “take up a position in the public service.”

Chirwa will be replaced by  former minister  of gender Cecilia Chazama who lost her parliamentary seat in Blantyre  North East during the May elections.

President Peter Mutharika has also appointed  ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) politician Khwauli Msiska as Malawi High Commissioner to South Africa in Pretoria where Gloria Bamusi was acting in the position.

The development comes after an extensive audit report has exposed rot in the country’s 10 foreign missions where K2 billion public money cannot be accounted.

The audit report covers from 2013 to 2017 and shows daring fraudulent payments into personal accounts, advances and external allowances.

Others are cash withdrawals not being accounted and use of migration funds without authority.

The affected missions include those of Ethiopia, United Kingdom, Germany, Japan and China.

The list of the recalled diplomats shows that some of them are attachés whose contracts expired as far back as 2009, but 10 years down the line, they are still at the embassies on government payroll.

The names include 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 issued a notice expiry of contracts to dozens of its diplomatic envoys, including Edward Yakobe Sawerengera at the Embassy in United States, Washington DC.

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

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.

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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Mbulumbuzi
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Mbulumbuzi

As for Chimango Chirwa, it was just a matter of time. He is a friend of Chilima and he went to Ethiopia on Chilima’s secondment. Once Chilima fell out of favour with DPP, Chirwa’s time at the AU HQ was already over. Thank God, he was not kicked out immediately.

Gertrude
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Gertrude

Kodi Agrina Mussa ndi Diplomat for life????

Silivesta Nameewer
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Kuteleko MCP or UTM anali ndi list ya anthu amene anawakonzekeletsa kuti apita mma embassy/high commission ngati atawina. Zinazi pano anthu angokambila mkhwidzi. Pilirani basi, nanu mwina muzakhalapo pa chiwongolero after DPP is gone in 2084!

Mbuli zikachuluka,zimatha kusankha President.
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Mbuli zikachuluka,zimatha kusankha President.

Ndiye akuitanidwawo ndi a MCP? Kuzitsata zinthuzi omalume ochotsa fumbi /Fisi

China
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China

Egypt and UK embassy Kuli staff imangokhala koma kumalandila salary DPP is rotten indeed

Destroyer of liars
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Due to jealous people who do not know how diplomats work are advocating for career diplomats to be deployed in our missions, but do we have career diplomats in Malawi? Imagine civil servants heading trade sections in foreign missions as if government is a trader. Most of these do not know trade technologies. Deploying to embassies should be skill and knowledge based.

MA D7 MA D6
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Olo mutatumiza basi yoti izatitenge sitibwera olo ooooh adadi gertrude nankhumwa Ben phiri ndi awooo mpakanaa 2084 wooooo ooooh !

amadeus
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Correction: Colonel Vincent Moyo (defence attache in Ethiopia) was recalled and the movement was effected in April 2018. He is not in Ethiopia.

Akufandika
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Akufandika

Recalls are normal but stop making this service political party service..Due respect to Amba Kena Mphonda,…career diplomat

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