News coming from Capital Hill, Malawi Government’s heartbeat indicates that State President Her Excellency Joyce Banda has appointed former diplomat Benard Sande as the new High Commissioner to London, the British capital.
Sande will be deputised by John Tembo Junior – son to Leader of Opposition, John Zenus Ungapake Tembo of Malawi Congress Party (MCP).
President Banda accompanied by the Vice-President Khumbo Kachale and Secretary for Ministry of Foreign Affairs Patrick Kabambe, told journalists in Lilongwe “my government has also decided to appoint a High Commissioner to the United Kingdom. I have appointed Mr Bernard Sande as Malawi’s High Commissioner designate and Mr John Tembo Jnr as his deputy.”
Her Excellency Banda said British Prime Minister David Cameron has also pledged to send an envoy in his letter which was delivered to her by the Charge de Affairs Kirk Hollingsworth on Sunday, April 22 at Mudi Residence.
Sande has served in the civil service with diligence and worked in various key positions as Malawi’s Secretary for Education, Principal Secretary for Private Sector Development and also Foreign Affairs secretary.
He has been to diplomatic tour of duty which included United States of America and Germany.
John Tembo Junior,a University of Malawi graduate , was introduced to diplomatic duties under the tenure of former president Bakili Muluzi. He worked at Malawi Embassy in Brussels, Belgium.
The news about the appointment of the envoys to London is positive news to many Malawians after relations between Britain and Malawi relations reached its lowest.
The government of late President Bingu Wa Mutharika sent packing British High Commissioner to Malawi after the envoy had described Mutharika as becoming dictatorial in his style of governance.
Britain retaliated by sending back home the Acting High Commissioner to London.
And in London, Foreign Secretary William Hague said on Tuesday that Britain is resuming full diplomatic ties with Malawi.
“I have now decided that the time is right to appoint a new high commissioner to Malawi. The Prime Minister has written to the president to convey this decisions to her,” Hague said in parliament.
Hague said the new ambassdor, once appointed, would “monitor developments in Malawi closely”.
Meanwhile good news coming from the corridors of power in the United Kingdom indicate that the former colonial master is about to appoint a new Queen Representative to Malawi thereby restoring the relationship between the two countries.
Many people including international donor countries and organizations have shown willingness to help and work very closely with the new government of President Banda.
Her Excellency Joyce Banda though coming from humble beginnings has shown commitment to drive Malawi into prosperity from the death of President Mutharika about three weeks ago.