LILONGWE—As expected following the change of government in April, Malawi has recalled five more ambassadors, bringing to eight the total number whose contracts will not be renewed.
MaraPost has it on good authority that the five are: Ambassador to China Charles Namondwe, Dr. Isaac Lamba (Germany), Prof. Richard Phoya (Zimbabwe), Dr. Martin Kansichi (Mozambique) and Jafalie Mussa (Egypt). A person who didn’t want to be identified as he isn’t authorised to speak on such matters said the majority of those recalled were close to the end of their contracts.
Among the five is the late president Bingu wa Mutharika’s cousin Namondwe. He was the first envoy sent to China after Malawi severed diplomatic relations with Taiwan in 2008.
During Mutharika’s funeral, Namondwe lambasted people he accused of celebrating the death of Mutharika.
The first three to be recalled after Pres Joyce Banda assumed power were Brian Bowler who was Malawi’s representative to the United Nations, Chrissie Mughogho who was in India and Agrina Mussa who was in South Africa.
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