Malawi diplomats set to face recall, contracts have expired

Malawi 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.

Ted Kalebe: Contract expired
Sawerengera: Contract expired
Mkondiwa: Contract expired

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.

The diplomats are expected to be recalled to mark the end of their contracts.

Botolo in the letters advised that the non-renewal of the tour of duty “does not automatically translate into automatic renewal of a 36 months tour of duty.”

The letters seen by Nyasa Times further said: “You will however, continue serving in the Mission in your current position until advised accordingly.”

According to the PS, 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 most staff at London mission.

The letters, according to one of the recipients, are dated February 7 2019, but have reached the diplomats this month.

The development comes at a time a 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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Jezebel JB
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Jezebel JB

I’m assuming that anyone in foreign service knows to start packing, because after May 21st, they are all toast!

Jezebel JB
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Jezebel JB

Don’t we worry they all will come back home after May 21st, they better start parking

Njolo mpilu
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Njolo mpilu

Agrina mussa nanga

PP phase 2
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PP phase 2

Don’t worry she only has 54 days left

Telon
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This issue of career diplomats is very much misunderstood. What is a career diplomat in your understanding? Some think those working at Ministry of Foreign Affairs are career diplomats. Far from it. Most of them are very useless once deployed in missions.

Njolo mpilu
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Njolo mpilu

Ambiliwaso basi kukakamilako nanga sikomwe kuli mankhwala oculukitsa moyo tizakudya tofwewa etc.
Ena u ambasada more than 30 years!!!!
Yaaaa pa mw kumangoyendela zopanda mapepala.

psyuta
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psyuta

Why talking to Ben Botolo. Where is the PRO ?

Kennedy
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Kennedy

Inundo inu umbuli

Dpp sympathiser
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Dpp sympathiser

There is mr vilili in india that man’s contract expired long ago anakasamba pati? And some old man in geneva sanadutse his retirement age amene uja?

Bond
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Bond

Frank Viyazhi in Maputo, Simon Kaunda and Ethel Nyoni still working on expired contracts. These DPP cadets they shared US$ 40,000 from Defence Attache’s operational account

lantern
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lantern

Mrs Kwilirani Addis Ababas contract expired long time ago what is she doing there? We need her here at capital Hill.

Maunits
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Maunits

KKKKKKK contract expired last year but in letters you say you will continue serving in the missions really are you out of your senses. Sure the whole Ministry can not truck contracts of their stuff members really. Mayooooooo Pitala waononga dziko iwe no wonder 3.5 billion yanka abale inu. THIS IS SUICIDE please auzeni achina Edward Sawerenga Ted Kalebe ndi anzao kuti Chakwera Hi-5 Yikubwera kumeneko kuyambira pa May pano 3,5billion yimeneyo yibwezedwatu.

Wiseman
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Wiseman

OK