Malawi worried over UK envoy crisis

2011-04-30 14:34

Blantyre - Malawi's government says it didn't expect its decision to expel a British ambassador would lead to a diplomatic crisis with Britain.

Presidential spokesperson Heatherwick Ntaba said on Friday that Malawi expelled Ambassador Fergus Cochrane-Dyet because it had "lost confidence" in him and expected Britain to simply replace him.

Malawi asked Cochrane-Dyet to leave after he was quoted as expressing concern about human rights in the African country and calling President Bingu wa Mutharika intolerant of criticism.

Britain, impoverished Malawi's major donor, responded by announcing the expulsion of Malawi's ambassador and a review of bilateral relations.

At a farewell news conference on Friday, Cochrane-Dyet said after 30 years of one-party rule and 17 of democracy, Malawi could "slide into bad old habits".

  • Wytie - 2011-04-30 15:04

    yep - stupid dumb african country - when are you going to realise that as long as you keep banking on hand outs and donations, you dance to the tune of the paying master.. dont kid yourselfs you are free and independent - you dont have the ability to be.

  • Hans-Erik Iken - 2011-04-30 15:08

    Reality check time: if you expel a diplomat for criticizing in an internal cable (not publicly even) then it is going to hurt relations. This is diplomacy 101 boys and girls. And especially stupid if that diplomat happens to be representing the nation that is funding a large part of your budget. Double dumb... Expect a further cut in aid from the UK, and rightly so. Why the hell would they give you money when you act like this? Entitlement tendencies it seems.

      Justinpassin - 2011-04-30 15:26

      Hans-Erik, too right!. The sense of entitlement is so entrenched that Malawi feels it is their right to be funded by Britain. Even whilst acting like a typical African country. This is why Africa is the butt end of the world.

      inyoka - 2011-04-30 15:49

      Why does the West still give hand-outs? All they get back is ridicule like in the case of Bob Mugabe. What is it with these "independent" nations who demand support, just so the government can fill the pockets of the elite. People at grass-root level are no better off now than in the days of the so called colonialism.

  • Brent - 2011-04-30 15:36

    Lol,see what happens when you bite the hand that feeds you!

  • inyoka - 2011-04-30 15:45

    Arrogant fools. The country infrastructure looks like shit, the roads are full of potholes and there is no pavement to speak of. What (like all African countries) do they do with the hand-out money because it clearly does not reach the places it is intended for.

  • Wow! - 2011-04-30 16:05

    Oh shame Malawi!!! You did not expect a crises? You really are even more stupid than I would have assumed.

  • Fred - 2011-04-30 16:15

    What a bunch of numbskulls. They are just as bad as the ANC, and typical of the trash ruling most of Africa. Hopefully Britain will stop doling money out to them now.

  • Nunya - 2011-04-30 16:35

    Why in the hell would anyone even care about diplomatic relations with these African dumps...all the do is beg and be a burden. Listen you African chumps, you wanted the white man out and your own deal with your own problems. Stop begging fronm the ones you chased out. We(RSA)are going the same route at the speed of light!!!

  • Kloete.Kloete - 2011-04-30 21:35

    As was previously said, RSA is moving in the same direction. As for hand-outs. If there are any country that has improved permanently after many years of foreign funding please inform me. It only increases dependance. This is child raising 101. The quicker you start to learn that money comes from sweat the quicker you become responsible and independant. Taking care on what you spend your money. The Malawi Goverment are like rich kids wasting dad's money.

  • J.Bones - 2011-05-01 12:24

    Malawi is a sliver of a country, surrounded by Mozambique. By rights it should have been a province of Mozambique, had it not been for the way the British and Portuguese powers drew the borders. The only time Malawi saw anything resembling economic growth was under Hastings Banda, who was a dictator by any definition. Now they have a "democracy", but the current President shows no intention of giving up power and shows all the signs of being a dictator, but without the positives of a Hastings Banda.

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