Mkaka ‘caused a scene,  behaved strangely,’ reports South Africa paper: Chakwera had 65-member Malawi delegation on 2-day visit

Malawian foreign minister Eisenhower Mkaka is dominating news in South Africa media is reporting that he  behaved strangely during President Lazarus Chakwera’s visit to South Africa  and caused a scene when he was not allowed to board the plane at Waterkloof Air Force Base.

Mkaka: Caused a scene

Mkaka was part of Chakwera’s advance mission, which meant he arrived in South Africa earlier than the Malawian president, who arrived on Thursday and disembarked at OR Tambo International Airport.

According to law, only the 17 members of Chakwera’s delegation who had disembarked at Waterkloof were allowed to fly from there again. When Chakwera wanted to leave on Friday, there were 65 members in his delegation in total, but the South Africans stood firm on the law.

The Daily Marverick reports that  Mkaka, who is also secretary general of the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) of President Chakwera was “literally spitting fire, as if he was planning something that didn’t work out.”

Mkaka was eventually forced to go to OR Tambo with the rest of the delegation to embark from there, causing a massive delay.

Nyasa Times reported on Sunday that Mkaka met Prophet Shephered Bushiri the Enlightened Church Gathering (ECG) church  founder in South Africa on Tuesday, a day before Bushiri is reported to have left the country. Mkaka, however, told BBC reporter Nomsa Maseko that Bushiri’s return to Malawi “was done in his personal capacity and [he] received no help through official channels.”

Meanwhile,  Mkaka continues to dominate the news in the reputable Daily Marverick  news over his ministry issuing a stinging statement complaining that the departure of Chakwera’s aircraft from Waterkloof Air Force Base on Friday had been delayed by seven hours, mainly because South African authorities wouldn’t allow the Malawian foreign minister and some other officials to board.

The Malawi government said the delay had been caused by SA’s “inexplicable refusal” to allow Chakwera’s advance party to board his plane at Waterkloof Air Force Base.

The statement said South African authorities had cited “unspecified security reasons” for its refusal. Pretoria had initially also refused — “for no apparent reason” —  to allow the Malawians to fly the presidential plane to Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport to pick up the advance party. But it had eventually allowed that after several more hours of delay.

Malawi said it was “justified in its dissatisfaction with the unspecified security reasons cited for the refusal”. It said Chakwera’s plane had been parked at Waterkloof military airbase, a highly secure facility, throughout his visit.

The statement also complained that the passports and luggage of the advance team had been thoroughly checked by uniformed police officers and not immigration officers.

It said that all the Malawian delegation’s luggage had been loaded on to Chakwera’s plane by South African military personnel and at the time of the scheduled departure of the plane at 3.30pm, there had been dozens of SA security personnel on the ground, who inspected the plane, its cargo and every passenger on entry.

These “unacceptable and unsatisfactory” security procedures and the delay they caused had “breached diplomatic protocols commensurate with the dignity of President Chakwera’s office and person”. However, the Malawi government welcomed the SA government’s statement “exculpating President Chakwera from false allegations dominating the South African media that his presidential plane was used as a conduit for trafficking two Malawians wanted by South African authorities”.

But the statement complained that Pretoria had not acknowledged that its treatment of Chakwera on his departure was “improper and incongruous to the warm hospitality he received upon his arrival”.

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Tonse
Tonse
16 days ago

South African officials were surprised ndi chinamtindi mpaka 65 , thus why they wanted thorough checks

Botolo
Botolo
16 days ago

65 member entourage for a two day visit! Mindset change indeed!

Sizzler
Sizzler
16 days ago

when a Nation has a foreign Affairs Minister who dont even know international relationships and protocols.
MR MKAKA you are a shame to us Malawians living outside Malawi…

False prophets
False prophets
16 days ago

Way too much drama for me, I can’t keep up!!! I’m going to switch off this saga completely!!!!!!

Dumba Nganya
16 days ago

Mkaka is a mafia and he indeed smuggled Bushiri to Malawi. Mkaka did this risky job to rescue Bushiri from the Rainbow nation in appreciation to the big funding Bushiri assisted the Chakwera presidential campaign. MCP through Mkaka could not do otherwise other than applying all tactics to trick the SA government and brought back their donor

tiyowoye nyasulu
tiyowoye nyasulu
15 days ago
Reply to  Dumba Nganya

if these people would release Sabao who was serving 10 years jail after he only served 8 months yet his only assistance to MCP was just prophesing that Chakwera would win and I am sure they would go an extra mile to bring back Bushiri who was supporting them financially and the courts will grand them bail because they were part of the syndicate to remove APM

Chillz
Chillz
16 days ago

Whilest the Mkakas and other many others thieves are busy making themselves rich and deprive Malawi of its reputation, resources and opportunities. Let’s be listening to the Motivation talks untill 2025,

Dpp Updated Version 2.1.

Game changer
16 days ago
Reply to  Chillz

Thus unfair, why do people just try to go straight into judgement…thus jealous at its best…kumangokhala owawidwa mtima without reason

Nalingula
Nalingula
16 days ago
Reply to  Game changer

Alekeni anamalira ka DPP kachipani Ka Tidye Izi ndi za Ambwiye ….That’s what they used to say when plundering govt resources …Okha okha akanganya a MTL Ltd ….Asiyeni aliri pano Malawi ndi wa Tonse I don’t have to declare that my mother comes Phalombe in order to get favours from the Powers that be ….

Chakwera manyi manyi
Chakwera manyi manyi
13 days ago
Reply to  Nalingula
  • Chitsiru iwe galu. As if Mcp si chipani cha nyau zokha zokha. Chigoba chanu chi chi Eisenhule mkaka. PA NYERO PAKO
  • All the cabinet members in mcp are chakweras mbobo ridders, son inlaws. prostitues and pimps who worked with him. Kamuzu ndi John tembo were also notorious for nepotism now you nyau dancers want to act as if you are the next second coming. Pitani uko mukavale zi ma mask za virombo. Chipani cha a mbuye umanyengana ndi mayi ako. MXII
Chillz
Chillz
16 days ago

I think the president made a mistake from the go. Trusting people of very low if not no integrity to run the country because they are known or rich. Shame. Being in govt let alone cabinet means required to show high levels of accountability, professionalism and integrity. I said this only 7 of the cabinet members are people that can deriver at the highest level, the rest are there to get more richer, buy land, make deals , earn themselves a fortune etc. Because they are people with no leadership, brains, patriotic heart and not professionals. I sadly have to… Read more »

Maga
Maga
16 days ago

Mkaka is to mcp same as Mchacha was to dpp.

Gulukunyinda
Gulukunyinda
16 days ago
Reply to  Maga

Mkaka is educated. Mchacha is not

Ku lumbadzi
Ku lumbadzi
16 days ago
Reply to  Gulukunyinda

So ? Mutharikas were equally educated,but,.

Nafuneya
16 days ago

Malawi needs to understand international travel protocols. If you land at an international airport, you must also depart from an international aiport. Malawi delegation displayed ignorance of the highest order. You do not arrive at an international airport and then depart from Waterkloof arny base? Secondly, a presidential plane is not a bus that every jim and jack can embark and disembark on at any point. Protol must be followed. Mkaka and friends tamaphunzurani please.

Ndaziona
Ndaziona
16 days ago
Reply to  Nafuneya

Which International Travel Protocols are you talking about. As long as an airport has immigration officials you can leave using that airport. As far as I know the SA military makes special arrangements with the Department of Immigration whenever a foreign delegation is going to use Waterkloof Air Force Base.

Francis Kaisi
16 days ago
Reply to  Ndaziona

Mbuli ina ndi iyi. Nafuneya. Watercloof is like Pentagone in USA. Only VIPs are allowed to use the facility. The president arrived with 17 delegates which SA security teams had on record. He was supposed to use the same facility when leaving without scrutuniy. Now this Mkaka guy ndi Mbuzi zina they thought akukakwela Munorurama. The protocal team must be reprimanded for being unproffeional. Tatopa nanu a Malawi mukabwela kuno ku SA ndi umbuli wanuwo. Mumatichitsa manyazi.

Japan mee
Japan mee
16 days ago

There is nothing to fear here. Our president was held hostage. Period. Hate Mkaka at your own risk. He is the most closest and trusted minister of the good president. Die with hate or forget about it stupid and senseless cadets. Mxieww

Cairo
Cairo
16 days ago
Reply to  Japan mee

I am DPP supporter but for the action done by Mkaka, I salute him. SA people think they are the wisest and they think because we are poor, they can just say or do anything they want, Bravo Mkaka, you are a very courageous person, asatizolowere, iyaaa! After all, the leaving of Prophet and his wife from a such an advanced country with all security in it, was like David killing Goliath with a sling and stone. Achita manyazi osati masewera ai, a blow pa mphuno dhala!

Mkaka wovunda
Mkaka wovunda
13 days ago
Reply to  Cairo

a Malawi ntchito kupita ndi nsabwe mayiko eni. Bravo mkaka
wachani. This chimafuta goba needs to get his greasy face to Malawi and develop his country osati fwaka fwaka kwa eni. Africans like to go kwa eni instead of developing their own and then cry when the meet racist, xenophic people. Which south african do you see coming to malawi for anything. nyau fumbi lokha lokha . HAHAHAH

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