Malawi govt says relationship with Russia cordial despite security risk tag

Government says its diplomatic relationship with Russia is cordial despite strict Visa issuance to Russians following high security risk classification by Malawi’s Department of Immigration and Citizenship Services ahead of the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections.

Mussa: Malawi is not the only country that have strict visa issuance to Russia

Information minister Henry Mussa said the strict issuance of visas to Russians is standard all over the world.

Mussa said this after Russia made a donation of assorted food items to flood victims across the country.

“These are risky countries whose citizens are scrutinized worldwide. We are not the only country that have strict visa issuance to Russia, India and Nigeria,” said Mussa.

He described the strict visa issuance to the three countries as normal foreign relations standards.

Immigration department issued the strict orders for its staff during the election period which include referring to headquarters issuance of Visas to citizens of Nigeria, Russia and India.

In a memo dated April 23 2019 and addressed to all heads of sections in the country’s border posts, the Immigration Department  advises officers to exercise caution in processing visa applications from risky countries (Category 1) and cites Nigeria, India and Russia.

Ironically, the Immigration memo was issued barely a day after a visibly charged President Peter Mutharika alleged at a campaign rally in Ntchisi that some of his challengers had engaged nationals of Nigeria, Greece and Russia in a purported scheme to rig the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections results using information and communications technology.

Malawi has not experienced a big diplomatic row since 2011 when former president Bingu wa Mutharika expelled then British High Commissioner Fergus Cochrane-Dyet for allegedly delving into local politics.

The May 21 election is probably the highly contentious poll since 1994.

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Njolo mpilu
Njolo mpilu
1 year ago

Eeeeeeee PUTIN??????? zandidabwitsa lelo ndi lelo ????????
Bwinotu angatipange spy poison.
Ambili sakumudziwa rasha zomwe imacita.
Form nowhere?
Nanga dzana paja Cuba kaya ndi mexico abapeleka ci.manga . Lelo alikitiko???
Koma a malawi kutengeka ngati , tidzapita ndi mvula ya mawawa ndithu.
NDIPSI zaculuk aaa

Angoni apaphata
Angoni apaphata
1 year ago

Ine chomwe ndikudziwa ndi chokuba amalawi ambiri sankafuna dpp 2014. Atipanga chipongwe mpaka ochepa ankayikondawo anagalukirana. Kubera kapena osabera. Ikadzawina dpp ndi wina olengeza akulira ma cadet adzabisale. Chifukwa pano anthu akulola poyangana kuti kinks kwacha. Kaya UTM Kaya mcp koma kubwelera izi kudzakhala gwira gwira. Mmene ana a a Dad akusokonezeramu? Adzabisale akadzawina. Apo bii adzafa yowawa ya timoteo.

Paperback
1 year ago

What about 2024 elections? Most imbeciles will be dead including …….

Kochinonda
Kochinonda
1 year ago

Bwinotu bwino Russiayo

Njolo mpilu
Njolo mpilu
1 year ago

Kodi dual citizensh nde muti anthu azipanga motani ndondomeko yake?

Duncan
1 year ago

Malawians, please DO NOT SLEEP!!!!! Who trusts RUSSIA and DPP. These so called Russians brought more than what is known to be donations of food items to flood victims. Russians are well known as elections manipulators through out the world and believe you me that their main purpose of their visit in that huge plane was to deliver the high tech election manipulator system ( HTEMS ) which will put DPP back in power. This species of mafias should not have been allowed to come to Malawi this time of elections. They have election issues all over the world including… Read more »

Peace
Peace
1 year ago
Reply to  Duncan

You insinuate Russia helping DPP? Good move… better than assisting opposition!

Chriss Phiri
Chriss Phiri
1 year ago

Too late Mr

BigMan
BigMan
1 year ago

No brains left in the DPP and the president who uttered the Russian claims must be senile.

Yyna
Yyna
1 year ago

Koma chipani ichi ndi ndalama.

Poti pali chokuba it’s codial.
Olo manyazi.

Mwina alowa nacho chi machinicho.
DPP ikafike.

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