Govt claims 15 officials only on Mutharika’s 3 nation tour: Businessmen self sponsor trip

Government has been forced to reveal the number of people on President Peter Mutharika’s three nation tour early December as pressure continues to mount on the DPP led government to drastically cut down on expenses following the virtual collapse of public health and education sectors.

Foreign Affairs MinisterGeorge Chaponda L and the Trade and Industry MinisterJoseph Mwanamveka  to accopany President Peter Mutharika

Foreign Affairs MinisterGeorge Chaponda (L) and the Trade and Industry MinisterJoseph Mwanamveka to accopany President Peter Mutharika

Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation George Chaponda said at a news conference Thursday in Lilongwe that there are only 15 government officials on the three nation trip.

He claimed three ministers who will accompany the President to Malta, UK and South Africa include Trade and Industry minister Joseph Mwanamveka and himself.

He also said the First Lady would accompany the President on the trip.

Chaponda, however, said businessmen who will accompany the president to South Africa have chartered a plane which they will use, saying the government will not spend any money on them.

He could not say how much the trip will cost nor if the President would use a chartered presidential jet, an issue which has caused economic and political storm in the past, saying these are matters that can well be answered by State House officials who arrange the mode of transport for the head of state.

During his trip to the UN in September, Chaponda told the nation that the President had a 20 man entourage but on his return, Mutharika admitted he had a 106 larger than life entourage, probably the largest in the history of UN general assembly meetings.

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28 thoughts on “Govt claims 15 officials only on Mutharika’s 3 nation tour: Businessmen self sponsor trip”

  1. Ndata says:

    Can someone tell Malawian men to unbutton the suit jackets when the are sitting down. They have no sense of proper fashion

  2. mosco says:

    Mmene mukuganizira pangani koma muziwe kuti feteleza bag ndi K20 000 mvula ikubwera pitani kunjako

  3. Kamunoli says:

    Tisiyeni alomwe tidyerere nsanje bwanji?

  4. Sex says:

    Kodi Chaponda nkhopeyo kuyera bwanji? Akuyuza?

    1. truth says:

      ones awiri alumadzola Shu baba. Akuti poti anthu akwawo amakonda kunena lkuti atumbuka ndi a biii onyasa nkhope. ndiye .nkhope ziwirizi zinangoganizila kuzolazola kuti ayele ngati Assisi awo aja

  5. john says:

    Mwaiwona inner circle?

    Chaponda and Mwanamvekha woyee. Alhomwe woyeee!

    Koma za 15 delegates akunama. Trust me. Ena awabisa. Atolankhani fufuzani mozama mupeza chilungamo!

  6. Kenkkk says:

    Sapitwa, shame on you. You want a figure. Just eight people are enough. Ok? 15 is still too much for me but significantly better than 115 to UN.

    From the comments here, it seems the mafia chaponda and probably his cohort mwanamveka have already left in advance. More likely others have also left in advance, yet the president himself will take 15. So the actual entourage is more than 15. Pure common sense.

  7. Willie Chimseu says:

    Nthawi yanu pangani zinthu m’mene mungathele. Basi tsiku ndi tsiku Chaponda and Mwananveka zoona. Alomwe alomwe nophia ,vivo kkkkkkk

  8. Bob says:

    Bon Voyage Mr President. Our hope this time is your trip would bear fruits not just empty promises. Most investors will tell you they will come and open up factories, build this or that but any wise investor needs a conducive environment for his money to profit eg good roads, security, electricity and potential market. Do we have these in Malawi? These demos that have just started will definitely send a wrong signal to potential investors. Check on your advisors akukupusitsani bwana President. Muzachoka chathawa muMalawi mono bwana. Zinthu sizili bwino.

  9. peter mshali ku salima says:

    charter or not APM is going on safe jet ,he is our head of state,safe journey mr president

  10. Stanley Nkhoma says:

    Zayambikanso

  11. clems says:

    Amalawi anzanga president ndi munthu wamkulu ndithu needs to chatter his own why you? What if you could be the one?

  12. Bright Mkosi says:

    Adyeleni amalawi opepela

  13. Chatola says:

    Anamatetule a boma lachina muthalika nde ndi Mwanamveka ndi Chaponda mungolimbana ndi Ben Phiri,awiriwo ndiamene akuyendesa dziko li fufuzani muona winaso ndi Fabiano,muthalika ndi ndani mchona wachabechabe,those guyz r really thorn in our country,mfiti zenizeni

  14. maganizo says:

    Pa Tanzanipa anzanu asiya maulendo akuti kuli ma embassy omwe aziyimilira koma inu 15 akatani- sugar k680 anthu akugona ndi njala, taganizira anthu umunthu mulibe komatu Mulungu akulangani. Malawi tadzuka, taganizira anthu ako 2019 yidzayankha

  15. miku says:

    Put Bushiri,out of this plz!!!!!!

  16. Alex Likoswe says:

    Next President and his Vice

  17. Nkhani Zimenezi Ife Tatopa Nazo Kodi Mumasowa Zolemba?

  18. Byron says:

    This is a Lomwe government for real, Mwanamvekha(Chidzina chonyatsa kwabasi ngati mwini wake) and Chaponda are all over the world on every trip, but is Malawi benefiting from them? These Lomwes are useless and we will kick their asses out pretty soon.Mlomwe sanakhalepo munthu wozindikira koma
    ufiti ndi kutukwana.They have killed so many tourists on Mulanje mountain magically. I hate this tribe, they are a taboo to the nation.

  19. KARU UNITED says:

    Komanso mukanatidziwitsa kuti, kodi m’buyo muno a katsala bambo Chilima, ayendera mipingo iti? Ndimadabwa kuti ku mpingo wathu wa Yehova ndi a Mikaeli safikako.

  20. Sapitwa says:

    Government has been forced to reveal? Were they hiding? Now they have told you that it is 15 delegates; is this high or reasonable or low? You will not be able to answer all these questions because you have no required figured figure. So who is a fool?

  21. Chemwali chimwene says:

    How many have gone as advance party? Mukunama a. Chaponda. Awa nde eni ake a DPP omwe amalamulira, Chaponda and Mwanamveka.

  22. Kenkkk says:

    Please just tell the truth and produce the list. Or you want us to Just ask the BRITISH embassy how many visas they have issued to people on this trip to uk?

    Let us hope that what you are telling us is true.

    I am suspicious that three business men have hired a jet to South Africa instead of using South African airways business class which is very good.
    Are these business men Asians draining our forex?

  23. dannaman says:

    Zanu izo umtiuza apamuthere ko poti tonse timkawona zedi obwana

  24. Kamtwanje says:

    ife takwera naye Chaponda SA Air ways lero Friday. Ndiye amalawi osamanamizana ayi. una yakula ndi nsanje.

  25. Woyera Kamasula says:

    Mwayambapo agalu inu. Nchifukwa chake mukulimbana ndi ma court injunction! Mwaiwala kuti that lady cashgater Abiti Ntila adagulitsa ndege. Now you want the president to perform the Bushiri magic of walking in air on his trips?

  26. Issa says:

    You can even charter a plane for each delegate no problem. Aliyense akwere yake yake

  27. Njolinjo says:

    Stupid! Mukuwuza ana anu Ku Mulanje ndi Chiradzulu.

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