Malawi has reopened its High Commission in Nairobi, Kenya and Brigadier General Marcel Chirwa had been appointed Deputy High Commissioner.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said in a statement made available to Nyasa Times that the Malawi mission in Nairobi was reopened on March 1, 2013.
Brigadier Chirwa, who was arrested during the DPP regime on trumped up charges of treason, have been given the diplomatic post and will serve as deputy High Commissioner, according to the statement signed by the Foreign Ministry’s Public Relations Officer, Quent Kalichero,
Chirwa, according to the statement, “will be in charge of the Mission until the appointment of a High Commissioner in due course.”
The move to re-open diplomatic misison is geared at strengthening relations between the two nations.
Malawi and Kenya cooperate in a number of areas under a Joint Permanent Commission of Cooperation (JPCC) established in 2002.
“The re-opening of its Diplomatic Mission in Nairobi that was closed in 2005 will further cement the bonds of friendship existing between the two Governments,” Malawi government said in its statement.
The reopening of the Mission fulfills an agreement that was reached between Malawi’s President Joyce Banda and her Kenyan counterpart, Mwai Kibakki when the latter visited Malawi in January this year.
Malawi and Kenya established their diplomatic ties in 1964 and since then, the relations have grown from strength to strength.