Govt Saves K777m in Monthly Foreign Mission Payments

The ministry of foreign affairs says it has significantly reduced salary payments from K1.3 billion to K523 million a month by decreasing the workforce in Malawi embassies and consulates.

The saving has also been attributed to the decision to recall staff who terms ended.

Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Dr Dalitso Kabambe said currently over 80 envoys to other countries have been recalled.

Speaking to Zodiak, Dr Kabambe disclosed that government is saving about K700 million monthly which was used to pay envoys and staff in embassies and consulates.

He further said all the recalled staff are no longer on the payroll and the last group of returnees is expected to jet into the country this week.

“About 82 have already arrived in the country and as a result of that their wage bill, compared to November last year, has gone down from K1.3 billion monthly to K523 million per month,” Kabambe said.

With the revelation over K500 million was found to have been misused in all embassies, the foreign affairs ministry provided auditors to go and monitor funds management in various embassies.

According to the National Audit office (NAO), 10 embassies to be audited first are Berlin, Brussels, India, London, Tokyo, Beijing, Johannesburg, South- Africa, Tanzania, Cairo in Egypt and Dubai.

The auditing exercise is to take place in two weeks from November 21.

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