Embattled Malawi President Bingu wa Mutharika has finally apologized and withdrawn deportation orders for British High Commissioner Fergus Cochrane –Dyet and Michael Sata, the new Zambian President.
Both Britain and the new Zambian President demanded apologies from Mutharika as the first step in normalizing diplomatic relation with the two countries with so much history with Malawi.
“The government of the Republic of Malawi hereby revokes, reverses and withdraws any expulsion or deportation order that was, earlier this year, unfortunately made or issued against or in respect of His Excellency Mr. Fergus Cochrane-Dyet, the British High Commissioner to Malawi,” reads a statement from the Office of the President and Cabinet.
Similarly, government has also withdrawn, reversed and revoked the deportation order for Zambian President Sata who was declared a prohibited immigrant in 2007. His only sin was to come to Malawi to visit fellow opposition leader Bakili Muluzi, the first democratically president of Malawi.
Zambian Vice President Guy Scot on Monday declared that he would not accept any apology on behalf of his President while in Malawi. He insisted that the apology has to come from State House to State House.
Mutharika, who is hosting the 15 Comesa heads of state summit in Lilongwe amidst hunger, fuel and drug shortages, is increasingly looking isolated.
Only five heads of state have turned up for the summit out of the nineteen invited, a low turn up compared to last year’s meeting in Swaziland.