Malawi diplomatic shake up begins: Chikwemba, Janet Karim, Sandram recalled

President Peter Mutharika has started shaking up the countries diplomatic missions with Japan and United Nations being the first on the list .

Former ruling Peoples Party (PP) administrative secretary Joseph Chikwemba who was posted to Japan as First Secretary received his recall letter after serving only for four months.

Chikwemba had returned to Malawi during the voting period where he hosted Orange Youth Festivals in support of former president Joyce Banda. Chikwemba has been given 60 days to pack and return making it the shortest diplomatic career for any Malawian.

Chikwemba: Recalled
Chikwemba: Recalled

Long stay First Secretary at the United Nations and former publisher Janet Zenat Karim is also being recalled.

Karim has stayed over six years at the mission. The prescribed tour of duty is 3 years and others have used their political connections to extend their tours of duty.

Another casualty  of the first batch is Timothy Sandram who is first secretary in the Malawi mission in US.

It is yet to be established why Sandram who took up the post in November 2012 is being recalled with only a year and months to go before the end of his official tour of duty.

Unconfirmed reports indicate the shakeup will also affect London, Washington, Kenya, India, Zambia, South Africa, Mozambique, Germany, Kuwait and Belgium.

James Nkhutabasa Woods, who had an audience with President Mutharika recently is said to be heading to London as First Secretary.

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