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article imageMalawi high commissioner kicked out of Britain

By Joseph Zulu     Apr 27, 2011 in Politics
London - In what has been viewed as tit-for-tat, Britain has ordered Malawi’s acting ambassador, Flossie Gomile Chidyaonga to leave the country.
This has come immediately after Malawi expelled the British high commissioner who was earlier given 72 hours to leave the country.
Reuters quoted the foreign secretary, William Hague as having said: "The government of Malawi's decision to expel the British High Commissioner to Malawi, Mr Fergus Cochrane-Dyet, is totally unacceptable and unwarranted”.
Malawi diplomat, Flossie Gomile Chidyaonga was told through the foreign office that she and her dependants must leave UK at their soonest opportunity.
News Daily reported that the commissioner was ordered to leave the country on Wednesday.
The between the two countries turned sour when Malawi ordered CochraneDyet to leave the country after he allegedly described the President, Bhingu Wa Mutharika as autocratic.
It all started when a diplomatic cable was leaked by WikiLeaks in which Cochrane-Dyet described Wa Mutharika as becoming “ever more autocratic and intolerant of criticism”.
Britain’s action may not have been a surprise to Malawi as the Foreign Secretary in an earlier statement hinted out the consequences of expelling Cochrane-Dyet.
Vuma Kaunda, Government spokesman told Reuters that the British High Commissioner was given a formal letter of expulsion on Tuesday.
He said that his government had decided to expel Cochrane-Dyet because the tone in the leaked cable was not diplomatic.
Kaunda added that this has made the government to lose trust in him.
Britain is reported to be Malawi’s major donor, giving about 93 million pounds ($154 million) a year, according to the British government
According to the Telegraph, Wa Mutharika presides over one of the most impoverished countries in the world.
He has also recently come under fire by human rights groups for suppressing freedom of speech.
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