Malawi govt says President Mutharika return date not an issue for now

Malawi government spokesman has declared that the issue of when President Peter Mutharika will return to the country remains unnecessary for now after other heads of State left New York  to their respective countries at the end of the 2017 United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

Malawi President Mutharika addressed the  UN general assembly

Mutharika left the country on September 15th to attend the 72nd United Nations General Assembly which started on September 19 and ended on  22 September in New York.

When asked to say specifically on Times TV ‘Hot Current’ program when President Mutharika was due back in the country, government spokesman Nicholous Dausi was evasive.

“His date of return will be communicated later,” he said.

Dausi could not give details of Mutharika’s exact date of arrival.

Government spokesman was also elusive  on the travel budget and other expenses for Malawi delegation to UNGA.

George Kasakura, government’s fierce critic, in his comments on  ‘Hot Current’ accused  the DPP government  for its refusal to be accountable to Malawians.

“It is arrogance by a bunch of politicians who think they are Alpha and Omega of this country and free to do with it whatever they want,” he argued.

Kasakura and Brian Banda on the program said last year Francis Kasaila duped us all when he was Minister of Foreign Affairs by saying  that government will account for the UNGA tab but upon return he told journalists that he does not report to them but Parliament. When Parliament met, no UNGA report was tabled.

Meanwhile on Capital Radio leader of the Malawi Forum for Unity and Development(MAFUNDE) George Nnesa saud  Malawians should always be informed about the whereabouts of the president, regardless of whether he is conducting government or private business.

“The government is being very arrogant by not letting people know because this is not the first time that we have such a scenario. Most leader that were there have returned to their countries, there is nothing wrong in coming clean and telling the people that he is on holiday,” Nnesa added.

And  Executive Director of the Youth and Society Charles Kajoloweka, said people are mostly speculating because there is no transparency.

“If we were able to mobilise ourselves and demand accountability, this would have easily been prevented. But they are doing this because they know that Malawians will let it go, just like they always do,” Kajoloweka added.

Mutharika left Malawi for UNGA on a chartered plane to South Africa from where he connected on a commercial flight to New York.

Some members of his delegation have since returned home.

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Keen Observer
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It’s true, we came on this same platform defending the first family when people wanted to know where the First Lady was gowing exactly, some of us argued that it was not imperative for the nation to be knowing the movementsame of the president’s wife BUT this is a totally different ball game. The Head of State & Government, it’s in the interest of all the citizens to know cos he is a public servant No 1. There is no way they must try to hide the president’s programme’s it’s not classified information to tell the nation the program of… Read more »
Nganiza Muthulika
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Its stupid to answer like that. President is using tax payers money. Iam sure weather he is on holidays visiting his children he gets allowances in dollars. Its not fair for poor hard working Malawians Who are living in darkness everyday. And yet APM was asking diasporan to be patriot and talk good about Malawi in order to bring investors. How can we do that when he is not trying to live for it? He knows The major problem in Malawi and he is pretending like a stupid Un educated idiot. This issue of African leaders using more money than… Read more »
Zabura
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No issue here it seems alot of you dont have things to do in life.While not mobolising on cash gate issues.It shows kuti nthawi ya Amayi ija munkadya nawo .Why cant you do something to force the government kuti amayi azibwera akugwirisa ndalama zake ziti nthawi yonseyi.

Nganiza Muthulika
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NO issue when mangesi kulibe? What grade have u? Its tax payers money. Why other African leaders are back? It cost to stay there. Muntharika can stay with hus children But he gets allowances and yet he is on private holidays not UN anymore. A Malawi kusauka muzipasa mweka. Ubuli unachulika Thats Why Malawians are poOr and The country the poorest in the world. People like u make Malawi poor. Thats those who can steal do so because they know there are many ignorance people. Amayi JB will come. Even If she comes they be NO money for Malawians. Her… Read more »
Abonzi
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And the problem is the same every year, delayed salary for civil servants. Pano akuti system is down kaye for other district councils

oki
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And what was Callista Chapola Mutharika doing on the delegation? Kukumbutsa chikale?

Ineyo walero
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Mutharika is just fulfilling his green card requirement. He has to live in the USA 3 months of every year hence his delay. Akukwanilitsa masiku. Otherwise, he will lose his greencard. Eyetu!

Nganiza Muthulika
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U are right. I have a son who does the same every year go back to USA. He lives in Europe now.

Overstaying Malawians
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Overstaying Malawians

Alibe nzeru awa. That’s why sanawayitane ku nkhomaliro (despite being a highly educated African president and probably the only one to have lived in the USA almost the whole of his life).

Chilungamo Chimawawa
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MBAVA IZI. By the way do we have Malawi Government? or DPP Government? just imagine munthu wa nzeru akavale nsalu ya chipani ku mtsonkhano wa UN, Si chamba chimenechi?????? amalawi we are still in the stone age in terms of how we do things!

Dipipi wa Yudiefu
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It is a requirement that those who have green cards should live in the USA for not less than 30 days for them to remain USA citizens. Malawians should find out from the USA government. Muthalika is still a USA citizen because he did not withdraw his American citizenship like he told us. He still holds an American green card. He therefore cheated Malawians, he cheated Electoral Commission. His long stays in the USA is to fulfil the USA requirement for a green card. He is still cheating Malawians.

hambakahle kamdidi
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APM has no reason to rush back home in Malawi as he has no work. Other Heads of States quickly returned after the end of UNGA because they know they have work to do. Others like Ian Khama of Botswana didn’t even bother to attend as they had better things to do. Actually the presence or absence of APM in Malawi doesn’t make any difference as it cannot be felt. Did we Malawians feel the absence of APM? Do we feel his presence when he is around? Actually when he is around he bores us with long waiting time for… Read more »
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