Malawi President Peter Mutharika on Friday left for the United States of America (USA) to attend the US-Africa Leaders Summit with a delegation which had more security detail and three cabinet ministers.
Mutharika is being accompanied by first lady, Gertrude Mutharika, along with the Ministers for Foreign Affairs George Chaponda, Trade and Indutrsy Minister Joseph Mwanamveka and Minister of Natural Resources, Energy and Mines, Atupele Muluzi.
The entrounge includes State House chief of staff Peter Mukhito, Ben Phiri who Special Assistant to the President and the president’s relations Chimwemwe Kajawo who is Special Assistant to the President (Special Duties).
Also in the trip are Lt. Col. F. Gundaphiri, Aide to Camp (ADC) to the President, Duncan Mwapasa the Presidential Guard Commander. Dr. Ross Constain Kinglsey Magomero (Presidential Physician), Paulosi Norman Chisale (Director of Security Services) and Constable Georgina Mukhuna (Security Officer).
An advance team from State House included Mrs. Grace Kangoli (Assistant Household Manager), Mrs. Phelomina Kasambwe (Special Assistant to the First Lady), Dabble Disi (Special Assistant to the President), Fradrick Ndala (Press Secretary), Roche Thomson (Security Officer), Jimmy Dzimbiri (Chef), Ashley Thyangathyanga (Waiter) and Ms. Lindiwe Chide,
Executive Secretary to the President.
The entourage also has George Mkondiwa (Secretary for Foreign Affairs), Kena Mphonda (Chief of Protocol), Gloria Sandasi an assistant Chief of Protocol (For the First Lady), Roberta Msaka(Foreign Service Officer),. Matilda Chunga (Protocol Officer).
Also making the trip are Ted Sitimawina Secretary for Economic Development, Esther Mwimba Director for Private Sector Development, Clement Kumbemba Chief Executive Officer of Malawi Investment and Trade Centre and Gideon Nyirongo,Director of Energy
State chief spy Nicholas Dausi and Captain Clement Ngalonde from Malawi Defence Force are also on the trip
The President has also travelled with the media team comprising Malawi Broadcasting Corporating staff Lapken Chauluka (Cameraman),Philip Business (Reporter), Francis Mpweya (Mana Photographer), Frank Nkondetseni (Mana Reporter). The journalists include those from private media houses who are Rhodes Msonkho a reporter of Capital Radio and Times Group journalist.Thom Khanje.
Mutharika was escorted on departure by his vice Saulos Chilima and other top ruling Democratic Progressive Party officials.