- Zimbabwe Expels Foul Mouthed Malawian Diplomat
Blantyre (Malawi) (African Eye News Service, October 19, 1999) - Zimbabwe
has expelled a Malawi diplomat for making "unpalatable utterances", Malawi's
Foreign Affairs department confirmed on Tuesday.
Malawi under secretary of political affairs to Zimbabwe, Martin Kaluluma Phiri,
has been given four days to leave the country after apparently insulting senior
It is still unclear exactly what Phiri said. He has served as political under secretary
at Malawi's embassy in Harare since 1996.
Foreign Affairs officials said on Tuesday that the Malawi government had already
informed Phiri that it would investigate his conduct with a view to disciplinary
action and possible dismissal from government.
The incident comes barely a week after Foreign Affairs and International
Development Minister Brown Mpinganjira admonished Malawian diplomats for
"extravagance" and "un-Malawian" behaviour.
Speaking after veteran diplomat Ron Nkomba had given him a paper on the
importance of etiquette in foreign postings, Mpinganjira said it was shameful for
Malawian diplomats to be expelled on charges of misconduct.
He warned that any diplomat expelled for bad behaviour would be summarily
dismissed and blacklisted from future government service.