Activists fault Chakwera over  bloated entourage to South Africa

Rights activists, the Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) has faulted President Lazarus Chakwera for abusing taxpayers’ money by taking a bloated entourage  of 66 people to South Africa, saying this is a recipe to economic downfall.

Journey man: Chakwera  had a delegation of 66 people to South Africa on his two-day visit

HRDC chairperson, Gift Trapence said there is no justification in the decision for the President to have such a huge number of people on his entourage.

“We are calling on the President to exercise financial prudence. Taking with him 66 people on a trip is just too much,” said Trapence.

Out of the 66 people in the entourage, eight were Cabinet ministers.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Eisenhower Mkaka defended the 66 strong presidential entourage that accompanied Chakwera to South Africa last week.

“Each one of them had a role to play in South Africa. They did not just go to South Africa for nothing,” said Mkaka who was in the entourage.

He said the Chakwera administration is not shaken and will continue concentrating on important issues that can develop the country and its citizenry.

Social commentator Emily Mkamanga wrote in one of her columns:”Experience in Malawi has shown that the only time the citizenry seems to matter to the leadership is during the election period. Even then, they are just used as stepping stones into power in exchange of mostly empty promises. Once safely in power, people who had made it possible are taken as trouble makers who must not be listened to. Sometimes the same people are told that they know nothing.”

Chakwera and Tonse Alliance members sharply criticised former president Peter Mutharika for his usual tendency of having a bloated presidential entourage in foreign trips United Nations General Assembly.

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saranabanda hule
saranabanda hule
9 days ago

Even donald trump sayenda ndi ndondocha. mcp mahule p. o. box chakwera

Kudya katatu patsiku
Kudya katatu patsiku
9 days ago

You ain’t seen nothing yet.More is to come Watch this space.Chili kwanzako chigwire nyanga ha ha haha haha

joe ted guta
joe ted guta
10 days ago

To err is human and to love is devine. The president is listening and next time things shall be sorted out 😊.

Nyusesi
10 days ago

Chakwera does not inspire any hope at all. Zero policies, zero delivery. All he knows is arresting Lomwe people basi. Stupid man. Anthu 66 amakataniko ku John? Fwetseki!!

Atuganiresent your Papa to RSA. Did baby Jesus an
Atuganiresent your Papa to RSA. Did baby Jesus an
10 days ago

Shit happens and shit flies. Chartered plane full to the brim plus allowances for the whole lot plus hotel accommodation for ALL. Eish kubera amphawi

John chidongo
10 days ago

This Chakwera does think at all no wonder he so many advisers who doesn’t have brain. I don’t know if Mr of information is reading to him all this comments. I wrote through the same channel that there no point for him to come here to come to RSA there are still on lockdown and no President had ever visited RSA since lockdown he could have wait. He heard about the issue of Bushiri it’s when one of you asking this Chakwera to intervene. That’s why you didn’t receive any respect detain for 7 hours. Plus coming with this so… Read more »

Mzwanya
Mzwanya
10 days ago
Reply to  John chidongo

Ndipo ma President a ku Malawi kuno ndi nkhutu kumve, adyera, agontha mkutu. Just few months ago ndi omwewa amapanga critic Peter Mutharika kuti his government was too extravagant he’s doing the same. If a two day trip to RSA had 66 entourage Ndiye ku UNGA kudzapita 2,000 Ndithu, mafumu onse, nduna zawo, anyakwawa, otsekula kumanda adzawatenga kuti akaone ku United States of America

Kudya katatu patsiku
Kudya katatu patsiku
9 days ago
Reply to  Mzwanya

akulu apa ndiye mwakamba zowona zeni zeni. Malawi sangatukuke ndi atsogoleri adyera ndinso osamva za anthu ena.Ndipotu uku nkuyamba chabe

james
james
10 days ago

mbola mpaka 66?shaa chigwile nyangazo iwe uli mu mtengo

Mbewa
Mbewa
10 days ago

In this day and age, not even the president should have gone. Tell me one thing that could not have happened remotely apart from offering bushiri a lift?

Rocky Dada
Rocky Dada
10 days ago

A very good and factual observation by social commentator Emily Mkamanga,,,i entirely agree.

Mangochi Kabwafu
Mangochi Kabwafu
10 days ago

To be honest, that was just too much.

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