Malawi continues to recall some of its diplomatic envoys, including former Reserve Bank of Malawi governor Perks Ligoya from Kenya.
President Peter Mutharika has appointed Agrina Mussa, wife to Labour Minister Henry Mussa, to be Malawi’s new High Commissioner to Kenya.
The Public Appointments Committee of Parliament (Pac) last week Wednesday interviewed Mussa on her appointment and Nyasa Times understands she has been confirmed to take the post.
The committee’s chairperson, Lingson Belekanyama, said the committee will communicate the outcome to Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC).
Deputy High Commissioner to Kenya, Marcel Chirwa was also recalled and government is redeploying Reverend Mwanamvekha from Japan where he served as first secretary to be deputy high commissioner.
Rev Mwanamvekha is a relation to Minister of Trade, Joseph Mwanamvekha.
Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Francis Kasaila confirmed that Malawi has recalled 82 diplomats from its foreign missions and plans to reduce the number further by June next year.
Following the recall, government says it has saved K3.1 billion on salaries and benefits alone in 2015/16 and K2.2 billion in rentals for houses of diplomats and school fees for their children, according to the minister.
A further K2.3 billion in salaries and will be saved in the 2016/17 financial year starting on July 1. benefits, rentals and school fees