Malawians have taken up on social media to ask reasons for President Peter Mutharika’s prolonged stay in New York, United States, where he attended the 71st United Nations General Assembly after almost all the world leaders that had travelled for the UN General Assembly to New York have returned to their countries.
Taking it on Twitter, journalist and social commentator Idriss Ali Nassa says Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta is back, South Africa President Jacob Zuma is back, Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe is back whilst Tanzanian leader John Magufuli did not go to the UN.
However, Nassa wonders why Mutharika is staying on in the US.
Comments on Facebook on the issue are mixed with some saying the President is just wasting tax payers money for nothing.
“He should come back and fix the ever collapsing economy. He should take an example of Magufuli who could not travel to the US because of problems back home,” read one comment.
Another comment says Mutharika allegedly went to the US mainly to get his “useless and senSeless” awards.
However, others said as leader of Malawi, Mutharika is mandated to attend the meeting.
Mutharika was one of the first world leaders to address the UN last Monday.
Speaking to state broadcaster MBC on Monday in the US, Mutharika said Malawians seem to be happy when things go wrong, saying there are always negative stories on front pages instead of publishing succes stories of his trip.
“We should not be pessimistic, we should have hope,” said the President in what MBC said winding up statement of the US trip.
He said he was able to discuss issues concerning education, women empowerment and the economy.
Mutharika said his meetings with other leaders showed that there is ray of hope that problems rocking the country would be dealt with.