PAC confirms Chakwera’s 6 heads of mission appointees

President Lazarus Chakwera has sternly warned that “all bad apples” serving at the country’s various diplomatic missions will be recalled should they not live up to standards or fail to represent the aspirations of Malawians.

Chakwera’s warning comes barely two days after the South African government declared some Malawian envoys in Pretoria, South Africa persona non grata after they were implicated in a duty-free alcohol scandal.

Six heads of mission that Chakwera appointed, and have been confirmed by the Public Appointments Committee (PAC), have been cautioned to be responsible.

PAC chairperson, Joyce Chitsulo, said “the committee has approved six heads of mission.”

Dr Thomas Bisika – new High Commissioner to London

Dr. Thomas John Bisika to London, England. Bisika is a politician, demographer and public health specialist and served as a United Nations and African Union diplomat. Prior to his appointment, he was Director of International Affairs for the ruling Malawi Congress Party.

Mr. Charles Peter Msosa to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Msosa is not new to diplomacy having served as Permanent Representative to the United Nations under the DPP government. He held the office principal secretary for Ministry of Lands, Homeland Security, office of Vice President, Education, Energy and OPC among many public service posts. He joined the civil service in 1983 as a management analyst.

Dr. Agnes Mary Chimbiri to New York, USA. Prior to her appointment, Chimbiri worked at the UNDP as Portfolio Manager / Assistant Resident Representative.

Ms. Esme Janet Chombo to Washington DC, USA. High Court Judge famous for handling high profile Cashgate cases involving former Budget Director Paul Mphwiyo and others. Chombo who joined the judiciary in 1986 also handled the Madonna adoption case involving Mercy James.

Mr. Allan Joseph Chimtedza to Beijing and Ms. Stella Hauya Ndau to Pretoria, South Africa.

In a special interview with ZBS’ Tiwuzeni Zoona earlier on Sunday, principal secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Lucky Sikwese, said for sometime now the ministry has been working on making “some changes” at various missions.

Sikwese was reacting to a question by the talk show’s host, Daniel Mababa, who wondered whether Malawians living in the Rainbow Nation were safe with the Malawi mission shut down.

“There is nothing to worry about. Malawi’s relationship with South Africa is still intact. We have in fact already sent someone to head the mission in South Africa. We have been working on changes at a number of missions,” said Sikwese.

International diplomacy expert, Wiseman Chijere Chirwa, said it was imperative that those sent at diplomatic missions get imbued with a great sense of responsibility so that they do not shame their mother country.

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