UK kicks out Malawi envoy in tit-for-tat expulsion

2011-04-28 07:37

London – Britain says it is expelling Malawi’s senior envoy after the southern African country kicked out the British ambassador.

Foreign Secretary William Hague says he has asked Malawi’s acting high commissioner and her family to leave Britain “at the earliest opportunity”.

He says Malawi’s expulsion of British High Commissioner Fergus Cochrane-Dyet was “unacceptable and unwarranted”.

Cochrane-Dyet was asked to leave earlier this month after he was quoted expressing concern about Malawian President Bingu wa Mutharika’s intolerance of criticism and about deteriorating human rights.

Britain said yesterday it would review its wider relationship with Malawi.

Germany, the United States and Norway have also expressed unease about Malawi’s political climate.

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