President Laz to appoint new Malawi diplomats: Shake-up in embassies

President Lazarus Chakwera in consultation with vice-president Saulos Chilima  is making a host of new diplomatic appointments for Malawi, including to Embassy in United States, Washington DC, Belgium and South Africa.

Ted Kalebe: Contract expired
Sawerengera: Contract expired

The new ambassadors will be appointed  as most of the country’s diplomats in the foreign mission have their contracts expired and some are on recall.

The diplomats who have finished their tours of duty include Edward Yakobe Sawerengera at the Embassy in United States, Washington DC, George Mkondiwa the Malawi High Commissioner in India, Ted Kalebe (Belgium) and Kena Mphonda (United Kingdom).

Thier contracts expired in 2018 but continued serving in the Mission  in their current positions following failure by government to fund their return home.

Other   low-ranking diplomats have their contracts expired and others have recall letters.

They included Mike Mwanyula (Brussels), Patrick Mphepo (Dheli), some staff at Washington DC and most staff at London mission.

National Audit Office (NAO) audit has revealed that the country lost million of kwacha in public resources through fraudulent transactions in Malawi diplomatic missions abroad.

There has been widespread criticism over Malawi’s diplomatic service which has mainly been appointed based on political affiliation to parties in government. Many have advocated for career diplomats to represent Malawi if the country is to benefit from its representation abroad through trade, among other things.

Writting on social media,  UK-based journalist Peter Makossah tipped the new  administration to cleanse Malawi foreign embassies.

“The new government must, therefore, ensure to sanitize our embassies and take out all the rude, ignorant ‘viruses’who found their way into the embassies only because they are politically connected and not qualified, unfit and incompetent.

“It’s high time Malawi is represented by patriotic, capable and competent people in our embassies and advance our national agenda and market our beautiful and naturally endowed country,” he wrote.

He argued that government  must considered people for ambassadorial positions purely based on merit, professionalism and patriotism, citing some of the qualities as; national interest, credibility, patriotism,  clarity, understanding, circumspection, impeccable communication skills, people-management skills, comprehensiveness, knowledgeable, commercial-tourism-and- trade awareness and decisiveness.

“We don’t want people who will be promoting MCP or UTM in London, Washington DC, Geneva, Brussels, Paris, Berlin, Johannesburg or Harare, we want people who will promote Malawi and all her untapped beauty and undiluted sovereignty. We need people who love Malawi.

“Through strategic diplomacy, private-public partnerships abroad through our embassies and high commissions, the Tonse Alliance philosophy, which is hinged on making a better Malawi so much better for all, can be advanced via international policies that will benefit the people of Malawi,” he wrote.

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Iantana
Iantana
7 months ago

Mwati bwanji? mupangetu advertise sizongotenganako uko…

Chitolerapapo
Chitolerapapo
7 months ago

Nick Chakwera new malawi ambassador to japan

Neno Banda
Neno Banda
7 months ago
Reply to  Chitolerapapo

Ku Japan Embassy kuli sister wake wa Ben Phiri. Abwerere ku Malawi. She does not know anything. Ndi mbuli ngati Ben. Muchosenso ma cadet onse please.

John Phiri
John Phiri
7 months ago

I have said this before that to remedy this malaise, Tonse Alliance should engage our local universities to start career programs in International Relations. Our young men and women should be like those in HR, Accounting, Engineering, Economics etc.Not what we have been doing. The HE and VP should not listen to those who have surrounded them. Yes, this time they can send their relatives but let us make this as part of public sector reforms for the immediate future. Those who are connected, kindly forward this suggestion to the VP.

Nambuma Girl
Nambuma Girl
7 months ago

I have read a lot of comments about Ambassidor Bowlers conduct and behavior at the Embassy. Ndiye kuti munthu ameneyu ndi otani? Mpaka kutukwana ma staff members? Akuti he was once the main player in the 1999 election rigging for DPP. Shameful for a diplomat.

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Mphonda is indeed a smart guy and deserved to be there not mbuzi ngati mkazi wa Henry Mussa and Duwa mwana wa Bingu. Nsulira Banda is cool but was a dpp MP for Kasungu South East.

Nambuma Girl
Nambuma Girl
7 months ago

Why should Kenna Mphonda be left there? He should also be recalled. DPP cadets should be recalled. Let others also serve in those Embassies.

Najere
Najere
7 months ago

Only if the tonse alliance will start to talk about appointments based in diplomatic careers (by virtue of their academic training in international policy and development), they will or are doing the same thing of posting people based on loyalty and relationships with tonse leaders. Same trap and equally unproductive..

Bandung Cincau
Bandung Cincau
7 months ago

Mma Embassy munangodzadza ma cadet. Pali mbuli inayake anaichotsa kwina kuipamga post kwina Koma kulemba siidziwa. Ntchito gossip basi. Ku Malawi kuno ilibe pogwira. 10 years+ ku Embassy kumangoononga tax payers money for nothing basi. Mbuli imeneyi iona Nyekhwe ndithu

Bandung Cincau
Bandung Cincau
7 months ago

Inde the deputy is just some useless lady who rises through the carpet. What looks? She has no looks but just that she is a bastard. Kapena nditi mixed breed

Lamion
Lamion
7 months ago

Just advertise these positions and let people compete otherwise ku ma embassies kumapita mbuli zokhazokha

Takomana
Takomana
7 months ago
Reply to  Lamion

Very true 👍 ayambile sanitise onse a ku UK. EISH ngamwano. Phone email sayankha need umadabadwa kuti akutaniko. Onse azipita sure

Frnkmlkb
Frnkmlkb
7 months ago
Reply to  Takomana

Very poor customer service ku office ya ku London. Samayankha ma foni athu. A classic example I know a friend of one of the officials who I asked to phone him using a different number and he answered immediately.

maganizo kaloza
7 months ago

We said so many times that nepotism has no place in this country.Why sending Chakweras son to embassy.you critisized the same thing with DPP and you want to do the same thing.malawi sazatheka

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