MCP demand names in Malawi UN entourage: CHRR, Cedep add voice of concern

The main opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) on Thursday demanded the Democratic Progressive Party(DPP) led government to explain the use of 115 delegates who have been taken to to the UN General Assembly in New York.

Kabwila and MCP officials addressing a news conference

Kabwila and MCP officials addressing a news conference

President Peter Mutharika has taken a delegation of over 100 people that included cabinet ministers, security aides and support staff to attend the 70th Session of the UN General Assembly.

Addressing a news conference on Thursday in the capital Lilongwe, MCP Publicity Secretary Dr Jessie Kabwira demanded the list of the people who have accompanied Mutharika to the UN on tax payer’s money.

“What we have heard is that the organisations have sponsored them, we demand to know which organisations have sponsored them and list of people who have gone to the UN.

“We are told there that there are ten chiefs, if indeed this is true why taking that big number of chiefs,” said Kabwira.

Meanwhile Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR) and Centre for Development of People (Cedep) have released a joint statement accusing Mutharika administration for the bloated delegation to the UN.

The two organisations said they “unreservedly condemn the continued display of hypocritical leadership” by President Mutharika on matters of national importance, saying the Head of State is being on one hand and extravagant on the other.

“Malawians may wish to know that few days ago, President Prof. Peter Mutharika held a press conference where he sent a SOS to well-wishers to offer assistance towards the looming food shortage set to hit over two million Malawians.  It was a timely appeal, we thought. Given the stress some Malawians are going through—due to dry spells and floods that hit the country early this year—-the call by the President made sense,” read the statement in part.

The statement signed by CHRR and Cedep executive directors Timothy Mtambo and Gift Trapence respectively said: “What’s puzzling is that no sooner had the President made such a touching appeal than he took with him an entourage of over 100 Malawians—most of whom are mere ruling party hand-clappers—to the 70th session of the UN General Assembly in the USA.  We, at CHRR and Cedep find the action by the President a serious insult to the suffering Malawians.”

“The action also undermines the President’s SOS on hunger. For umpteenth time, Mutharika has been preaching austerity as part of his development agenda, and even called upon everyone, especially those in the government to live his directive.

“Through his Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) government, the President even came up with Public Reforms Program to, among others, champion efficiency in public sector. At some point in time, we at CHRR and Cedep gave the President the benefit of doubt on austerity when he could delegate a Minister to afunction that needed his personal presence.  For instance during the recent SADC Summit in Botswana, the President did the right thing by delegating the Foreign Affairs Minister in the name of saving resources.”

But presidential spokesman Gerald Viola said the President has taken a lean delegation on public purse including Foreign Affairs Minister George Chaponda, Minister of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare Patricia Kaliati, Minister of Industry and Trade Joseph Mwanamvekha, Minister of Health Peter Kumpalume, Chief Secretary to the Government George Mkondiwa, Ministry of Health Principal Secretary (PS) Charles Mwansambo and Ministry of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare PS Mary Shawa.

He also said three advisers Francis Mphepo (politics), Collins Magalasi (economics) and Colette Thornicroft (international relations) are in the delegation.

Chaponda also said some embassies sponsored some of the delegates to the UN. While Britain on Tuesday said it is up to Lilongwe to explain its entourage, Germany said it has not sponsored a delegate.

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52 thoughts on “MCP demand names in Malawi UN entourage: CHRR, Cedep add voice of concern”

  1. Okay says:

    But this larger than life size portrait of Chakwera. Or is he standing up? Koma the heart does not put on rugs indeed! Kuteroko akuti kuzimva kuti ali ndi authority, kuiwala kuti real authority ndi ija adaithawa pa pulpit ija. So a friend of mine Elias has joined this game of fools!

  2. clement says:

    Ngakhale mutadziwa maina mungachite chiyani amphaka ngati inu? Ngakhale kuti anthu avote mawa DPP iwinanso inuyo mukhale chete DPP ikonze dzikoli. Mwalephera kupanga za nzeru zaka makumi atatu kuchita kulephera kuika nseu Ku ntchisi ngakhale pa kamphata pomwepa kulephera afisi inu. Lero DPP yayamba kuwalitsa katauni kanu kafumbika mwayamba kusukusula. Bwanji mulimbane ndikulima Ife tizigula kuti muzipeza yomwera tea paja inu ngakhale kutenthe tea ndiye simuleka azimwale yooo.

  3. Nebraska says:

    Noise noise and noise opposition and groups fooled by MCP and Jessie. Koma zakhala bwino mwaiwalako za in-house-fighting with Felix Jumbe amuna bambo. Osati ozilemeretsa pobera osauka potolera zambale mkachisi!

  4. the truth says:

    MCP needs truly to re brand and stop politics of hearsaysor hear some put your facts straight. The nation needs your evidence on the bloated entourage why relying on gossip.

  5. Chita says:

    The names have been given, so what MCP? Ndiye mutani tsopano? Go and hold another press conference. A party full of press conferences but no rallies. KKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK

  6. The Most Concerned says:

    Whatever the number APM has taken with him to UN, we already started yielding the results. USA has given Malawi K9,000,000,000.00 Grant for food aid, ndiye mikuti chani? Continue buying favours from Malawians, ife dziko liri m’manja mwathu ili.

  7. Zebede says:

    MCP and all opposition parties, CSOs and other economic and human rights organizations- you are actually sleeping while on duty. You are not helping Malawi and Malawians. Have you removed the words “proactivity, vigilant” from your vocabulary list? This govt and other previous govts have taken advantage of such weaknesses and have done very displeasant things to Malawians. May I therefore urge you to develop very watchful eyes and alert minds. Let’s make noise before worse things happen. Some legislation may do

  8. kaliati says:

    umbuli panyapako kumwera ndekut chan…u dnt c any point nyapapi iwe? do u wrk retard iwe…

  9. Chinena says:

    Mbuli zachilomwe zisiyeni zovotera chibekete ngati ichi

  10. George Kamanga says:

    Inu a Malawi muzingopemphera mmene munachitira nthawi ya galu uja bingu.

    galuyu (APM) musalimbane naye tsiku likwana. zawo za nthawi yochepa.

    Mulungu akumenyerani nkhondo mukakhala mwa iye muchowoonadi ndi chilungamo.

  11. Umbuli says:

    A MCP amwatu tamec Chakwelayo ndithu. Pangani zanu kuti muwine mwina mwake tsongolo muno. Komatu ndiye tonse akumwela titafa. Munja munatizuzila munja. MULIBE MANYAZI ETI.

  12. mthako wa Alhomwe says:

    #39 chizungu nchovutadi. Nyasa clearly states, SOME of the names…..is some justifying the limit of the list?

    Alhomwe akudyerera koma.

    1. Khuth'upa o'Machemba says:

      The gist of #39’s is valid, in view of the varying number of people on the trip thrown around by various groups. Seems people, including some in MCP, are just on a fishing trip, searching for a number that will make the public angry.
      And, it seems to many that #39 has pretty good command of the. Nothing to do with mLomwe here, at all; pretty short sighted to assume he is mLomwe, just based on his comments.

  13. Mzake wa Kabwira fumbi says:

    Jessie Kabwira, you and your MCP cohorts claim that 115 people have accompanied the President to the USA.Nyasa Times has listed down the names of 56 people only as making the presidential entourage.Could you tell us the names of remaining 59 people please?

  14. Mashamase says:

    Mwangoyenda nokha , what abt other party members, iwo sakufuna kuwona za trip and add some ideas,

  15. yunusu says:

    Iwe mulamu perekani ndikumasule tsopano mchizungu.First of al yr name says it all you are a beggar secondly how did you get a job in New york at an NGO for that matter what sort of papers do you have?because to say the truth your english is embarrasing!!pliz come back home and don’t make us look stupid with your broken english

  16. yunusu says:

    Kodi iwe #24 kunjako ukupanga chani makamamaka? chizungu chako chobenthuka. Umagwira ya ulonda kapena gardenboy?sukulu unamaliza?kapena zachibale zomwezi bwererani kumudzi mukutichititsa manyazi STUPID PERSON

  17. Khuth'upa o'Machemba says:

    It is one thing to protest the size of the delegation, but another to argue the value of divulging the names of the people on that trip. Are there not confidentiality issues here?
    I, for one, can’t understand the need for a press conference just on this subject. Waste of time and resources; like everything else Ms Kabwila-Kapasula is involved in, namely disagreements with DPP.
    Masewela eti (are you kidding me)?

  18. wez says:

    Abambowa angowachotsani paudindo umeneu sakuziwakulamulila anthu kumalawikuno. Awatu azatilowesela njalatu kunokwathu, awa atidyenawo (kaliati and group) alibemanyanzi kuti malawi alipamabvuto anjala, mankhwala mzipatala, ana amsiye, akungokomedwa ndi Newyork city. Tikuonelani kumene zitathele anthu ndiokwiya and ngotopa ndi mabvuto akukumananawo asiku ndisiku pamene odyelela achokela mbali imozi.

  19. Malawian Patriot says:

    Malawi needs sanity and understanding for it to move forward. It is only Umodzi Party that can provide that as of now. Let us not ignore this party and think seriously about our future as a nation. We can not keep on making the same mistakes and hope for a different result. I rest my case

  20. puludzu says:

    Kabwira sanapiteko kumeneko even the speaker.
    DPP chipani chochititsa dalazi. Bodza too much.

  21. myao says:

    At the last UN summit. ena amati zumit. Some chiefs were complaining of being neglected in Hotel rooms saying Amantiyikila Vidyo kuvipinda. Apa pelete bwa?

  22. chingolopiyo says:

    MCP tell us who on the list that you have totaling 115. Thou shall tell the truth. Why do we cheat people, telling lies.

  23. Nyau Party says:

    MCP dikirani nthawi yanu. Tikudziwa muzizatenga ndi nyau zomwe ku UN. Khalani chete popeza akudya misonkho yao. Nanga nyau zimakhoma msonkho???

  24. Kaligondo says:

    Amalawi tulo tili ndwiii alomwe akutipusitsa kumasiya kusankha MCP lero ndi zimenezi

  25. wilson kasambandopa says:

    which party used to take nyau dancers and party loyalists to english.kudzadzana mu ndege yotchuka ija timati concode.ask old men at mnjomba in kasungu.anakaona london.lero mukhale ngati angelo.nthawi yanu inatha.nyakula boys simudzamva.akupatseni list ngati ndani ? Mwamva kuti apita ndi mabulundi.mutibwezele kaye mazira athu.a gadama chiwanga akadzazuka kumanda ndiye mudzawina

  26. http: are churches to protest? They have done this when
    things go wrong, why not this time? Are they bought by APM? He is good in buying people. Churches of nowardays are also corrupt. Donors can not give Malawi money when they hear this. Donors are not helping refuges fro war country Syria. Not Malawi where they are using money like they are rich country. Well wishes is what they use all the time. Why not mention those well wishes so that we citizens can know them and thank them or call they corrupt well wishes. Who promot bribe in Malawi. Asians will suffer for their corrupting leader. There are going to loose than gain when Malawians will one day will raise against the state. WATCH OUT.

  27. Mbonga Matonga. Do u remember ghost payments and it is the same ghost list of people. How can Kabwila be at the list at the same time hold a meeting in Lilongwe. It is two days journey to USA. The person or journalist who has given information is the true person. There are many free journalist in that meetings. They have seen how many Malawians are there with the president. They might not travel in the same plane. But Malawians talk.

  28. UWho is telling the truth? The truth will tell when they arrive. It is not the first time a Malawian president took o many delegates to UN. Bakili Muluzi took over 80 including chiefs. Bingu took 85 also with chiefs. JB took also many and were chief. I was in NY when Bingu was there. UN I know there is no room or sit fo African chiefs. No country brings chiefs except Malawi.SHAME. I dont meant they are not important but chiefs are for Malawi not UN. What are their gender? Most of the people who have followed they are their because they are going to get allowances and be shopping. They will not even go near UN office. It is so secured. Unless they are invited delegates. I am a Malawin living in NY. And working for org. I know how it is. I just wonder what a heil is Malawi. Is it not a shame. The counntry is going through hard time. No donor money. Hunger. No medicines. Not salaries for teachers. Etc and yet taking people who have never travelled outside Malawi, and dont know how to take underground train. NYC is not a City but a State. Its huge. How a villager man going to know where to find cheap shopping center? Last time Muluzi took these people they stayed in hotels afraid to go out and get lost. Nkondi chiyani kuti we should be ashamed because of stupid leaders who want support from their supporters. APM is muniplated by these old party gurus. It is the same people who spoilled his brother. He will be the one to be blamed. The man is old and he is not a kind of politician. He never was. Some Malawians hate Kabila. Because she is a woman. She has arealy faught for student rights and lost the job during Bingu. But some Malawians can not see that. People who treat u and use are more loved. WHY? I believe life could be better with MCP, than this government. A selfish government. Thieves, who even steal votes with stolen money. What is wrong with Malawi and Malawians? APM u wanted a prof. Now you have him. But have u got what u wanted? Or is it the name?

  29. MKWAPU says:

    Mai Chikukula
    Director of women dpp north
    Went as gov field officer
    More names to follow
    Usa embassy has given out all the names

  30. tz says:

    mbuzi ya munthu ngati iyi sindinaione chibadwireni .

  31. Mwamudioma says:

    Kodi ndimayesa tinamva kuti kabwira ndi msowoya apita nawo ku america?komanso naye kabwirayu aisamnako kati munthu wa mzimayi.mukuti ndi lecture ameneyu?

  32. Mbonga Matoga says:

    How many Kabwilas do we have in Malawi, were we not told by the DPP spin dogs that Kabwila was one of the MCP delegates at the UN summit? How come she is in Malawi holding this press conference?

  33. What? says:

    Koma inu chipani cha gule wankuluchi sichadzatheka eti? Mufikanazo pati zimenezo a chi na Jessie ndi a Chakwera? 2019 muzidzaliranso!

  34. Gojo says:

    Nkulu wamaphwando ukunveka, 2019 will tell

  35. Alex Likoswe says:

    The critical question is. Has also a voice in UN worth taking large entourage . Who will recognise a ant amongst elephants.

  36. Cocoon says:

    In the mean time children are dying in Malawi because lack of food, I just wonder who is looking after the country at the moment? Civil servan who are not in charge of public purse!!! s Munthrika owns the country and he can do what ever he wants. NGO’s should just pull out leave all to Muntharika and his cohort.

  37. Only Democrat Left says:

    Dr Chakwera the only way forward is for MCP to impeach Peter Mutharika and to get rid for once and all of the curse of Mutharikas imposed on Malawians by Bakili Muluzi. Malawians know that only MCP can free Malawi once again. This man Mutharika needs the same treatment that Liberians leashed out on Master Sergent Doe. Peter Mutharika needs to be tied to a tree

  38. Grrrrrriiiiiiiiiiii says:

    MCP want names?ask cedep and friends. Can’t you look around and see who is missing in the country?wasowayo watengedwa basi, anakatenga inu munakakana?ndani safuna kukwera ndege oo chakwera inu? za 11 mita ya cashgate tikufunsa ngati?inunso mulembe report shupiti

  39. Malawi wa Lero says:

    Time has come for Malawians to rise up and save our country by forcefully removing Peter. This man will destroy further this country. He is clueless and visionless. Unfortunately, we Malawians are as stupid as the president that we cant do anything chifukwa cha mantha. We will wait for general elections to make another mistake. Peter at his age was supposed to have retired but alas….

  40. Munthu the Citizen says:

    It’s Malawi again Lord!

  41. Citizen says:

    So bad!
    is this the same man who boarded a min bus & bought Bonya in trying to convince us citizens that he is a man of the people? shame on him. i feel sorry for my country.
    Infact, this is the worst president we ever had. Inconsiderate. has now chosen to close his ears so that he should not be bothered with the voices of our cries. am just glad that God never sleep or get drunk. he is watching all this.

  42. Truck says:

    THAT MONEY MAY BE ITS THE MONEY WHICH LATE BINGU LEFT THEY ARE PLAYING AROUND WITH STEAD OF BUYING MEDICINE IN HOSPITALS AND PAYING CIVIL SERVANT NDALAMA ZA MASIYE NDI ZOVUTA KIKI

  43. MAN G says:

    Demand ??????? Kkkkkk even if it was me I couldnt waste my time giving that information to Kabwira’s pressure group !

  44. Achimidzimidzi says:

    Whether sponsored or not, but why taking 100 people to America with you, Mr. Viola?100?

    1. What are these people doing in America?
    2. Are you objective Mr. Viola? or truthful?
    3. Mr. Viola, how do you differentiate government business and your estate?

    Mr. Viola and Dr Chaponda let us agree that:
    1. You are first class stupid
    2. You are a group of crooks
    3. You are taking Malawians for granted
    4. Surely self deception and subsequent downfall are catching up with you because I can’t
    see any wisdom in what you defending.

  45. jimbo says:

    On his return from the USA the President must be held to account face to face by the opposition parties. A detailed account of the financial expenditure of the trip must be given to parliament and published openly for people to see. The President must not be allowed to obfuscate and hide/deny what his extravagance has cost the country. It is totally unacceptable that so much of taxpayers money should be wasted on such an unprofitable and unnecessary trip outside the country. The President is a man of fine words but his deeds (or lack of them) are shameful and a disgrace to his office. He demands respect from the media and his people, but he certainly does not merit it in the least.

  46. kawonga says:

    koma mkuluyui azamva liti? akuoanga akukana kulemba ma nurse yet makobidi akuonongela za ziiiiiiiiii, zina ukaona aaaaaa

  47. KuluKulu says:

    Nanga atidyenawo ena abwana mwawaiwala bwanji? Any way, tikukuonani and nafenso timwalamwazapo chuma chaboma. Musamangodya nokha ndi acha abale anu kunyumba ya chifumu ndi muma parastatals. Mutipase list tiyione komanso tikayang’ana ku ma airport mu kuti tione atuluka ndi angati. Tili nanu nanu alhomwe inu, anthu wokudya njoka inu

  48. mike mulumbe says:

    its who should publish the 115 names and not government because government has given its side of story 20 people. you and zodiac ya miseche mutiuze

  49. paulo mpwiyo says:

    Kabwila is looking very bad. Looks like she is frustrated with life. Abale, mzimai azisamba.

  50. Here we go again says:

    So who is telling the truth

  51. Chinena says:

    Olo mutero samva kanthu inu simudziwa alomwe ndi mfiti ife tikafuna kukhwima timapita kwa alomwe

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