JB Appoints John Tembo’s Son Envoy to London
In a fresh drive to renew the tattered relations between Malawi and her colonial master Britain, President Joyce Banda on Tuesday appointed Mr. Benard Sande as High Commissioner to London.
Mr. Sande’s deputy is John Tembo junior, son to MCP President and leader of opposition.
Mr. Sande is a former Principle Secretary and Malawi’s Ambassador to the US while John Tembo junior also once served in Brussels.
Political Analyst Dr. Augustine Magolowondo said politically the appointment of Tembo junior could be a sign that President Banda is trying to reach out to everyone.
“Although the position has no major political impact locally but this is a sign that the Presidents wants to build support base for her party by reaching out to everyone,” said Magolowondo.
Prominent historian and economic commentator, Dr. DD Phiri hailed the move as the beginning of renewed relations between the two countries.
“This is crucial and important. As Malawi we need to be in good relations with countries like Britain,” said Phiri.
President Banda told journalists that Britain will also send a new envoy to replace Mr. Fegus Chocraine-Dyte whom late President Bingu wa Mutharika expelled in April 2011.
His sin was that he branded the late President as ‘autocratic and intolerant of criticism’.
After the expulsion, London reacted angrily by also dismissing Malawi’s High Commissioner there, Mrs. Flossie chidyaonga plus suspending budgetary support, among other assistance.
Some donors followed suit, forcing President Mutharika to resort to the infamous zero deficit budget which heavily taxed Malawians to squeeze the much needed resources.
The two, Mr. Sande and Mr. Tembo junior, will leave shortly for London to start their work. - Zodiak Online
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