UK to send High Commissioner to Malawi

Britain says it expected to send its High Commissioner to Malawi within a shortest time possible according to the Charge De affairs to Lilongwe, Kirk Hollingsworth.

“People should expect to see a representative from Britain before the British Summer” said Hollingsworth upon being asked by journalists to disclose the exact date when Malawians should expect to see the new envoy.

Hollingsworth expressed satisfaction with President Joyce Banda’s speech during the opening of parliament which he said will greatly benefit Malawians and transform the country.

“We (Britain) are very much encouraged with Madame Joyce Banda’s speech and the dream she has of transforming the Malawi nation” he said.

UK deputy high commissioner Kirk Hollingsworth

He further applauded the President for showing commitment in restoring the bilateral relations not only with Britain but also other foreign countries.

The British official further pledged continued support to the new President to help in improving and resolve the current economic impulse.

Malawi and Britain’s relations soared when late President Bingu Wa Mutharika ordered a persona non grata to then British High Commissioner for Malawi Fergus Cochrane Dyet for a leaked cable in which the British Government retaliated by sending back Malawi High Commissioner to the UK Flossie Chidyaonga.

The development forced the international donor community to stop presenting donor funding to Malawi nation forcing the Mutharika administration to adopt a Zero Deficit Budget which worsen the economic situation.

President Banda told Parliament the relations with United Kingdom “have been normalized” since her administration came into power in April.

“Following this development, the Prime Minister of Great Britain approved to send a High Commissioner on the understanding Malawi will abide by the international protocols that guide diplomatic relations between two sovereign nations,” she said.

President Banda has also appointed a High Commissioner for Malawi to the United Kingdom, Bernard Sande.

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