The former United Kingdom (UK) prime minister Tony Blair wants to set up an advisory office on governance results delivery at Malawi State House and the Office of the President and Cabinet, a return to the country years after Blair and his team pulled out as official consultants to the then president Joyce Banda.
According to Tony Blair’s website, the Blair Institute is looking to set up a new project to support the government of Malawi to strengthen its delivery and implementation mechanisms.
TheTony Blair Africa Governance Initiative (AGI), a charity set up by the former prime minister, opened the same office in Malawi during the Joyce Banda administration but closed down soon after the K30 billion ‘cashgate’ corruption scandal emerged.
The AGI had been working closely with Mrs Banda and stepped up its “Malawi project” when it sent four advisers to the capital Lilongwe since July 2012 and the agreement was to support President Banda up to the presidential election in 2014.
Banda lost the elections but helped to propelled the incumbent President Lazarus Chakwera to power through the Tonse Alliance and is a close aslly to the Head of State.