Malawi sending another bloated delegation to New York
Malawi government which faced criticism for blowing K330 million of tax payer’s money with a bloated delegation to United Nations last year is at it again, this time sending another big delegation to New York for a UN Commission on the Status of Women meeting at a time when millions of Malawians face poverty.
The 60th meeting of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW) will take place at the UN’s headquarters from 14 to 24 March.
According to a list of people travelling as part of Malawi delegation, seen by Nyasa Times, the government is sending to United States a group of 48 to attend United Nations’ Commission on the Status of Women (CSW60)
While the country remains desperately poverty-stricken, the government is paying for 48 airline tickets, hotel rooms in the expensive New York
The delegation will be led by Minister of Gender and children Patricia Kaliati, Principal Secretary in her ministry Mary Shawa, Esmie Kasinga chief director of social support services and Peter Nsefula director of gender affairs.
Others in the delegation include: Peter Elesan, Annie Makuta, Alice Mkandawire, Fred Simwaka , Lucy Bondazi, Dina Gumulira, Mtisunge Khembo, Thoko Banda, Chimwemwe Banda, Chimwemwe Chipungu, Felix Pensulo and Pacharo Kayira.
Also in the delegation are; Robert Msuku, Mary Maulidi Khembo, Annie Mapulanga, Frieda Kayuni, Anderson Chikomola, Charles Thombozi, Shupikile Manyera, Fanny Mateyu, Kelvin Tchali. Bob Maonga, Loveness Dazimata, Mary Chinthuli, Cecilia Chazama MP and Agness Chimbiri.
Other include: Andrew Nkhoma, Makonokaya, Senior Chief Kachindamoto, Georgina Joji a student from Luanar, Hellen Chimkwita and Gugile Banda.
The delegation has members of civil society organisation who are: Abigail Dzimazi, Emma Kaliya, Hendrina Givah, Chrispine Sibande, Wesley Chabwera, Nelly Ngwaluko, Bernadetta Chiwaya, Jean Jessie Chamveka, Loma Mtema, Victor Maulidi, Mercu Mankhambera and Chimwemwe Nkosi.
Nyasa Times understand that countries richer than Malawi are sending to New York smaller delegations with maximum of 10 people than Malawi.
Money spent on 48 people on New York trip could fund life-saving medication in public hospitals.
Critics argue that bloated entrounge illustrates “irresponsibility and cruelty” to suffering of Malawians in time when life is very difficult.
Many people have called for the Mutharika government to slash its spending on luxuries like travel of officials and concentrate on improving the lives of its people.
CSW60 meeting will explore women’s empowerment and the link to sustainable development.
The Commission will also review progress since its 57th session in 2013 on the elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls; and also a third strand on an emerging theme yet to be decided.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :
It is really incredibly lunacy for the government of Muthalika to dispatch a horde of down to earth embaciles to the USA while our taxpayers go hungry with their falilies in tow.In this brutal economic stumble,that has created man eat man society the government has the audacity to spend millions of Kwacha,and un patriotically send more than 40 people for tourism and jolly-walks and come back home empty handed.Peter,in other countries,this is tantamount to high treason,but in Malawi,it is part of usual life where the wretched and the dehumanized citizens are just spectators of life.Peter,you have your daily meals paid… Read more »
48 on the trip, mapped unto scores of hundreds of Malawians sleeping on an empty stomach. Shame!
Ooo poor Malawi,why r u putting yourself at a position u don’t fit?Oh my God,my tax money is in shire,zambezi rivers to the ocean.
this shows hw unserious the mutharika admin is. I it’s tym he leaves office PEACEFULLY or else a c****-
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Malawi miyoyo ikuvutika pamene ena ndalama akungoseweetsa ngakhale malipilonso ndiochepa APM ndi nduna zaku mudzaziona zake zikudzazi popoza Achilima tsopano achuluka
I dont know if malawi has a leader
problem is we have a very useless and weak president at state house.he seem not know what he is doing.last year we had 130 people going to UN and today we have close to 50 accompanying a mere minister.if peter was a strong and tough leader ,this was not going to happen.because the president is weak everybody is doing what he/she wants.another problem i have heard from state house insiders is that the president is arrogant,he does not listen to advice.he only take advice from his wife and bodyguard.this is damaging his presidency
Thus the mistake of being greedy all this it’s you Kenyatta Nyirenda one day my friend u will answer before God for what you have imposed on the people of Malawi. You may think all is well because of what you have gained in all this but no my GOD is seeing all this and 1 day yes 1 day my friend u will face the truth. Mwana wakwithu kamaghanoghano ka kweluzge Wekha