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


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


Tisiyeni alomwe tidyerere nsanje bwanji?


Kodi Chaponda nkhopeyo kuyera bwanji? Akuyuza?


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


Mwaiwona inner circle?

Chaponda and Mwanamvekha woyee. Alhomwe woyeee!

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


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.

Willie Chimseu

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


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.

peter mshali ku salima
peter mshali ku salima

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

Stanley Nkhoma


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