However,The Telegraph points that Blair’s staff and his Africa Governance Initiative (AGI) “are pulling out amid a corruption scandal engulfing the country.”
Presidential spokesperson Steve Nhlane had told local media that the government and AGI had agreed that work would finish before the 2014 presidential polls.
“The team will finish their work by the end of January,” he told Nyasa Times.
Former UK PM has embarked on international political consultancy but Malawi ” is thought to be the first job Blair has pulled out of ”
Recently, Blair’s role as adviser to the president of Malawi raised questions after the British government froze aid to the country amid the corruption scandal.
An official working in Malawi’s finance ministry was shot in the face and seriously wounded amid claims by his family he was about to expose widespread state corruption.
The assassination attempt and the web of corruption it simultaneously uncovered led to the arrests of several government officials, the sacking of the entire Malawian cabinet and the suspension of aid from the British government to the country. Millions of pounds are feared to have been stolen by officials.
The UK, through the Department for International Development (DfID), was due to spend £92 million of aid in Malawi next year, making it the biggest international donor. It has frozen £17 million of payments with “immediate effect”.
A spokesperson for Blair said that neither the former UK Prime Minister nor AGI had any idea of the corruption before it was mad public in September.